We are so excited to welcome our first cohort of Masa-Hillel Fellows. The new fellowship is a six-month professional development seminar to prepare current Masa participants for Hillel work.
Through Hillel’s partnership with Masa, Hillel is providing a Fellowship experience for current Masa participants who were at the Masa Israel Leadership Summit in December. The goal of the Masa-Hillel Fellowship is to build a talent pipeline and populate Hillel’s professional cohort with talented individuals and budding leaders who are actively exploring Israel and reinforcing their Jewish and Israel connections.
Abby Calish is currently an Israel Teaching Fellow in Rehovot. Prior to spending this time in Israel, Abby was a student at Union College where she majored in Spanish and Hispanic studies. While she isn't teaching English or volunteering at a local community center, Abby loves spending her time traveling, dancing, baking, and rooting for all of her favorite Boston sports teams.
Carrie Collister is currently spending a year with Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv- Jaffa studying and interning at The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism. A native of Wisconsin, she spent five years prior to Tikkun Olam living and working in the Deep South. While attending college, she could be found either in the library studying History or on the quad prepping her sorority sisters for an upcoming recruitment event. Carrie’s passion for Judaism is shown through in her teachings at Sunday School and in founding and leading the Young MOTs of Dothan. Carrie is a devoted Packers fan and enjoys spending time with her dog Bella when stateside.
Hannah Elovitz is learning at Pardes and living it up in Israel for the year. Born and raised in Olney, Maryland, Hannah is a proud graduate the University of Maryland where she studied Marketing and Religious Studies. She was also a Design Fellow in the Business School, which combined her passion for creativity with business. Hannah loved UMD for its huge Jewish community, was very involved in interfaith organizations on campus, and co-founded an Israeli dance group her senior year. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, connecting people to each other, and jogging (she recently ran her first 10K in the Jerusalem Night Run).
Alex Feder is currently an Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon LeZion, where he augments the English program at an underserved elementary school through specialized tutoring and extracurricular activities. Before coming to Israel he was involved in development at Northwestern University's Hillel, where his interests in Jewish education and non-profit management flourished. Alex looks forward to pursuing these interests upon his return home to the States at the end of this year.
Shana Feld is a current participant of Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv – Jaffa, where she volunteers with several in need populations including slower developing and special needs youth, the elderly, and at risk youth on welfare. Before dedicating a year of her life in Israel, Shana attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Shana enjoys spending her free time doing yoga and exploring the outdoors.
Megan Garrett, an Israel Teaching Fellow, has been teaching, tutoring, and organizing events for Netanya youth this school year. Megan’s passion is shown through her past roles as a supervisor at a Jewish overnight summer camp, Youth Group advising position, and her presidency of Marshall University’s Jewish Student Association. Megan actively involves herself in outdoor activities and platforms that allow her to grow through educating and engaging our youth.
Mike Greenstone is a 2013-2014 Masa Israel Teaching Fellow at Avivim School in Rishon LeZion, Israel. A native of Champaign, Illinois, he holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from the University of Illinois, where he was active at Hillel and was a member of the Marching Illini. During the summers, he serves as Media Director at URJ camp OSRUI, where he has worked since 2003. In his free time, he enjoys writing song parodies.
Bari Lang is an enthusiastic individual, currently living in Be’er Sheva as an Israel Teaching Fellow. She prepares lessons and teaches English to low-income elementary school students, in addition to volunteering in the community. While at the University of West Florida, Bari was a Resident Assistant which helped her develop her communication, organization, and presentation skills. She was born and raised in Miami and can often be caught singing to 90’s music.
Sara Legasey is currently teaching English in Israel through the Masa’s Israel Teaching Fellows Netanya program. Sara discovered her passion for education while a student at Boston University, where she volunteered in the community as an after school tutor, interned at a non-profit providing aid to under-served public schools, and volunteered as an English teacher for six months in Ghana. After graduating in 2011, she explored careers in activism, working briefly for a political consulting firm, and at a law firm. A native New Englander, Sara plans to return to Boston after completing the Israel Teaching Fellows program, where she will be reunited with her dog, Gus.
Leanna Lynch is a current an Israel Teaching Fellow in Rehovot, Israel. Prior to her Israeli adventure, Leanna was a student at Binghamton University where she spent her time cheering on athletics as a member of the University’s Dance team, motivating people to instil health habits into their lifestyles as a campus Personal Trainer and engaging students in their Judaism as a Hillel Peer Network Engagement Intern. Leanna is familiar with the level of professionalism required to continually support student engagement and team enrichment. She is excited to be a part of the Masa-Hillel Fellowship’s 2014 cohort.
Katherine Nelson is currently an Israel Teaching Fellow in Beit She’an. Before coming to Israel, Katherine was finishing her credential for elementary teaching at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While attending university, she was an orientation leader for new students and served on the judicial board for her sorority. Coming from a small town in Northern California, Katherine loves nature and is frequently found hiking with her golden retriever, Sasha.
Seth Reder is currently working as an Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya, Israel, teaching English to under-privileged children from 3rd-6th grade. Prior to embarking on his Israel journey, Seth worked as an Area Director for the Department of Housing and Residential Life at the University of Miami for three years, where he oversaw the daily operations of a first-year residential college consisting of over 900 students. Seth earned his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, and loves learning, teaching, and supporting student development and leadership. When Seth Reder is not working as an educator, you can find him writing music, performing, playing ice hockey, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Deborah Stone is currently teaching English at an underprivileged school in Netanya, Israel as an Israel Teaching Fellow. Prior to volunteering in Israel, Deborah served as the Executive Assistant for Trilogy Capital, LLC, a hedge fund in Greenwich, Connecticut. While there, she simultaneously completed her graduate degree earning a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2012. When she is not educating, you can find her traveling, cycling, running, skiing and maybe even sky diving.
Brittany Walters graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science and African Studies. For a time, she moved to Australia, working for a human rights radio program and music periodical. Continuing her focus on arts as a means of cultural preservation, she bid adieu to Melbourne for the ONE Campaign in Washington, D.C. Following this, she worked as the East Coast Editor for RYOT News; after deciding that proximity to houses of the white variety was not a profound enough reason to stay, she headed East. Middle East, that is. At present, she is inspiring the youth of Israel through pantomimed English and candy-oriented lessons with Israel Teaching Fellows and studying Jewish music and identity retention through arts mediums.
Originally published on Hillel's News and Views Blog