Staff

Noam Bentov, Executive Director

A native of Hertzliya, Israel, Noam is thrilled to join Hopkins Hillel as the Executive Director. He is most excited about building strong relationships with the staff, lay leaders, and most importantly, the Hopkins students. Noam comes to Hopkins from Towson University Hillel where he was most recently the executive director. Prior to Towson, Noam served in a number of roles in different Jewish organizations.  Noam was Towson Hillel’s Assistant Director for two years before becoming the Executive Director in the fall of 2015. He was the Assistant Director of the Israel Fellows program at Hillel International in Washington, DC, and has worked for a number of summer camps, Jewish federations, and was an Israel Fellow at the University of Florida Hillel. He is passionate about living an exciting and dynamic Jewish life, and believes that in order to do so, exciting and dynamic Jewish communities are essential. Noam received a BA in Political Science and History from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service at Towson University. Noam lives in Columbia, MD with his wife, Becca, and their two children, Eitan and Lily.

Contact Noam at: nbentov1@jhu.edu

Brian Hertz, Engagement Associate

Brian grew up just outside of LA in the San Fernando Valley. Having attended Jewish Day School and Summer Camp for much of his life, Judaism has always been an important part of Brian’s identity. His time at Hillel at UCLA, however, is what really solidified his connection to Judaism, giving him a deeper understanding and a desire to learn more. Brian is excited to help students find personal connections to Judaism, and inspire them to explore their identities on their own terms. Brian loves to spend time hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants, hiking, and watching mediocre TV shows on Netflix.

Contact Brian at bhertz1@jhu.edu

Ziv Friedwald, Israel Fellow

Ziv was born and raised in Ramat Gan, a city right next to Tel Aviv. In high school, he had a great passion for science and took a lot of classes in mathematics and computer science. This ultimately got him into one of the special cyber units in the intelligence force when he was drafted into the IDF. During his second year in the army he began his first degree in Law at Ono Academic College. After finishing his 3 years of service, Ziv spent some time working as a ski instructor in Europe. Recently, Ziv spent a summer at Camp Ramah in California as a sports specialist. This experience, along with his time as a counselor in the Israeli boy scouts, has strengthened his connection to and interest in his Jewish-Israeli identity. Ziv is super excited to be part of the Hillel team, to get to know all the students, and to share his knowledge about Israel. In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, going out with friends, watching a good movie, and traveling to new places.

David Eckstein, JLIC Educator

David Eckstein has served as Director, Community Engagement at the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE) in New York City. He has also served as a Presidential Fellow for Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, rabbinic intern at Anshe Shalom B’nai Israel Congregation of Chicago, as well as other Jewish organizations. David and Jenny are both thrilled and excited to be joining the Johns Hopkins community.

 

Contact David at: DavidEckstein@jhu.edu

Jenny Eckstein, JLIC Educator

Jenny Eckstein was born and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She attended Midreshet Moriah seminary in Israel, Stern College, and received her masters degree for speech language pathology at CW Post. She currently works in a clinic, helping adults with developmental disabilities communicate.  Jenny has been an active volunteer with many Jewish organizations including Camp Hasc, Keren Or and the Manhattan Jewish Experience. Jenny and David are both thrilled and excited to be joining the Johns Hopkins community.

 

Contact Jenny at: JennyEckstein@jhu.edu