Hi everyone! My name is Ariel Kagedan and I hail from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I’m so excited to be joining the Hillel at Brandeis’ Student Executive Board for a third year, with my second term as Hillel Finance Coordinator. My job is to oversee the Hillel at Brandeis student allocations process to fund a wide variety of programs and events. My personal goal is to ensure efficient, effective, and fair use of our resources, in order to promote vibrant Jewish life at Brandeis. I love getting lost in music, hockey, hiking, canoeing, camping, and of course Canada. I’m a declared Politics major and Legal Studies minor, and when I’m not busy with Hillel I work as a research assistant at the Brandeis International Business School. My favourite past times include socialising, having fun and making new friends, so please come up to me and say hello!
Hi everyone! My name is Elana, and I am a sophomore from Skokie, Illinois. So far I’m majoring in Music and planning on a concentration in Musical Theatre Performance, and I’m thinking about adding American Studies and/or Theater Arts. I sing in Ba’Note, Brandeis’ premier all-female Jewish a cappella group, and will be Musical Director this year. If I’m not in rehearsal or the Hillel lounge, you’ll probably find me singing showtunes at the top of my lungs somewhere. As Communications Coordinator, I can’t wait to be a part of Hillel’s social media presence and publicity, as well as overseeing the Hillel at Brandeis calendar. I love meeting new people and talking about just about anything, so come say hi!
Hi there! I’m Leah, a senior studying social justice and education. I’m really excited about serving on Hillel Board this year, and sharing the message of tzedek through learning, advocacy, and action. The possibilities for social action work within the Hillel community are vast, and the probability of our success is great. I believe this because even if we mess up, we are learning to improve our lives and the lives of others, together. That’s big stuff, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with you. Alright, I’m done, for now… but I could talk about this stuff forever. I mean, it is one of my majors – oh so Brandeisian. Like coming from New Jersey, or, specifically, TeaNECK! You know. I love to dance, sing – BA’NOTE, my love, write slam poetry, occasionally strum my guitar, and always play with my dog. I’m pretty friendly, so wave, and I’ll wave back, talk, and I’ll… talk to you.
Hey there! I’m Ricky Miller, from Skokie, Illinois, sophomore and Hillel Religious Life Coordinator. It is my role to organize the various thriving prayer groups and holiday events on campus. As might have been apparent from the other board members’ biographies to those of you who didn’t already know, at Brandeis, each student is required to choose one discipline NOT to major in, and then just major or minors in everything else. I personally am not a French and Francophone Studies Major. Between my routines with class, The Justice Layout, Hillel Board, and whatever else gets sent my way, I look forward to having plenty of free time, so feel free to say hello. I look forward to meeting you all!
Shalom! I am Ben Notis from Allentown, Pennsylvania. This year, I will be serving as the Shabbat and Festive Meals Coordinator. This means that I will be working with the board to make sure that Hillel continues to provide a welcoming and pleasurable Shabbat and festival experience. I am currently deciding between studying computer science, psychology, creative writing, politics, and near eastern and Judaic studies. (Unfortunately, it will be very hard to quintuple major…) I love learning, reading, writing, running, planting cotton with my brother, and, of course, celebrating Shabbat. I have four wonderful siblings, one of whom is a junior in Brandeis. I’m excited to serve on Hillel board. If anyone has questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact me!
Hey Y’all! I’m a senior originally from the small town of Ridgefield, CT. I’m majoring in Business with specializations in communications and marketing and minors in Journalism and Film, Television and Interactive Media Studies.
You may have seen me on campus running between dance rehearsals because dancing and choreographing take up a good portion of my time here at Brandeis. I’ve been an active member of the Adagio Dance company since my first year at Brandeis and will be happily serving as our Brandeis Dance Marathon coordinator again as well.
This year, I’m excited to be dedicating more of my time to Hillel at Brandeis and I look forward to working with all of you. If there’s a social or cultural event you’d love to see happen or one from the past you want to bring back, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me because I want to hear your ideas!
Hey, everyone! My name is Adam, and I am a senior from Plainview, NY. I am your Hillel Education Coordinator for this year, and I am excited for us all to learn together. I’m majoring in math, and I’m minoring in linguistics and near eastern & Judaic studies. I can generally be found finding new geeky fandoms, playing Dungeons and Dragons, overanalyzing Harry Potter, playing competitive Pokemon, making bad puns, and pacing. Please come talk to me about anything you’d want to learn Jewishly during your time at Brandeis, or just if you want to say hi. I like meeting new people, and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you this year.
Hi guys! I’m a sophomore from Queens, New York and most likely double majoring in International Global Studies and Near Eastern Judaic Studies and double minoring in Business and Anthropology. I love dancing, doing yoga, learning about Israel and meeting new people. As Hillel Israel Programs Coordinator, I will work to encourage and improve the openness of the Israel dialogue on campus to provide a warm and inclusive environment that will accommodate a vast span of students’ opinions about Israel. Furthermore, I will bring innovative, educational, and interactive Israel-oriented programming to Hillel at Brandeis by celebrating Israel’s vibrant culture. I can’t wait to get to know and work with everyone this coming year!
Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I am a senior at Brandeis, who knew that was a year? I come from Riverdale, NY but I am a total Bostonian at heart. I am a creative writing major and a Elementary Education minor. You will usually find me talking about the adorable kids I will be teaching or instagramming. I am beyond excited to be the Campus Relations coordinator for this year’s Hillel Board. I hope to reach out to more groups on campus as well as other walks of Jewish life. I want to help engage more students on campus and help Hillel become more involved on campus overall. I dream of being a teacher, have a major vice for chocolate and can spend hours doing craft projects from Pinterest, especially if they relate to a classroom. I can’t wait to meet you all and work with this amazing board!