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Staff

Rabbi Debbie Pine, Executive Director

Rabbi Pine became the Executive Director of Hopkins Hillel in 2009 and she previously served as the Executive Director of New Orleans Hillel from 2006 to 2008. Debbie’s favorite part of Hillel is the amazing staff and the thoughtful, committed students at Hopkins. Before Hillel, Debbie was an Associate Rabbi at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1999, and she developed programs for youth, families, and women. From 1999 to 2005, she was the Rabbi/Educator at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. Debbie has served as staff and faculty at several of the Reform Jewish movement’s camps. She has served on numerous local and national committees and boards, and has taught on the college level. Debbie was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1992. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1987, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. Her husband, Rabbi Andrew Busch, is the Rabbi of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and they have 3 children.

Contact Rabbi Pine at: dpine@jhu.edu

Rabbi Darren Levin, JLIC Rabbi and Educator

Rabbi Darren Levin is looking forward to another year as co-director of the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at the Hopkins Hillel. Hailing from Long Island, NY, Darren was blessed to have spent two years living in Jerusalem with his wife, Avital, and son, Shmuel, before moving to Baltimore. When he was not learning or teaching, he was found walking the streets of the Old City, frequenting “the Shuk,” visiting used book stores, hosting diverse Shabbat meals, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Darren graduated with a B.S. from Yeshiva University, and holds Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Jewish Education. Having completed his rabbinical studies at Yeshiva University (RIETS), he has taught, lectured, and counseled in a variety of formal and informal settings. Some of Darren’s memorable professional experiences include serving as the Rabbi for a Passover getaway in Greece, and fitting seven fellow camp HASC counselors into his Mini Cooper on Circus Night. He prides himself on his homemade smoothies and frappuccinos. If you would like to sit for a cup of coffee, explore a Jewish topic, or come over for a Shabbat meal, don’t hesitate to be in touch!

Contact Rabbi Levin at: RabbiLevin@jhu.edu

Avital Levin, JLIC Educator

New Avital HeadshotAvital Levin is from Monsey, NY. Passionate about education, Avital has taught at Machon Maayan, the OU Center in Jerusalem, and Camp Yavneh. She is valued for her warmth and connection with students. Avital graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. She has counseled adolescents in various clinical and scholastic settings. She has also studied at the Yeshiva University Women’s Midrashiya where she graduated with certificates in infertility counseling and teaching kallahs. Avital loves to hike, dabble in matchmaking, hunt for clothing bargains, and chill with guests on the famous Levin couch.

Avital is excited to join the Hopkins Hillel, and can’t wait to dress her baby, Shmuel, in his Hopkins Lacrosse onesie.

Contact Avital at: AvitalLevin@jhu.edu

Jonathan Falk, Assistant Director

Jon is excited for his fourth year as part of the Hopkins Hillel family.  He is an alumnus of Muhlenberg College where he majored in Business and Religion with a concentration in management and Jewish thought. At Muhlenberg, he served as both Hillel President and President of Muhlenberg’s Student Government. Prior to serving as Assistant Director, Jon was the Program Director for Hopkins Hillel, where he had the opportunity to provide an immersion experience to over 150 Hopkins students. He believes these experiences can transform a relationship and inspire Jews to own their Judaism.

Jon is a local Baltimorean and he is thrilled to be back working with the Jewish community in his hometown.  An avid social media guru, he is constantly interacting with his students over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Within minutes you will know that he is a real foodie and some of his favorite foods include: (Green) mint chocolate chip ice cream, Buffalo wings, and of course his Bubbie’s matzo-ball soup. He will be seen all over campus and loves to meet new people. Shoot him an email if you’d like to meet him for coffee.

Contact Jon at: JFalk7@jhu.edu

Amir Bavler, Israel Fellow

Amir is thrilled to become part of the Hopkins Hillel’s family and to be the Jewish Agency Israel fellow on campus. Amir was born and raised in Holon, a small city near Tel Aviv.  He served in the Israeli army for three years at The Israeli Air Force. After completing his army service, he spent six months traveling around the world including stops in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and USA. Amir returned to Israel where he completed his bachelor’s degree in communication and Business management at The College of Management.

Amir has experience in education and professional training with past activities as a senior instructor at the Israeli scouts movement (zofim).  Immediately prior to his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Amir had two jobs which are his two loves: training and marketing.   As a guide and member of the training development team at “the Israel children’s museum” and account executive of two major advertising agencies in Israel “MccannErickson” & “Gitam BBDO”.

He strongly believes in pluralism and the universal values of Judaism. Amir is stoked about bringing Israel to the campus and to strengthening the ties between Israel and the Diaspora by fostering Jewish identity among students and exposing them to Israeli society, culture and the unique Israeli experience.

In his free time, he likes traveling, going to the beach, reading, watching movies, visiting museums, listening to music and going to concerts.

Amir loves to meet new people, and is never opposed to good coffee conversations.

Contact Amir Bavler at: ABabler2@jhu.edu