Student Leaders

Jewish Students Association (JSA)

Ari Weiss, President

Ari Weiss

Shalom! I’m Ari Weiss, and I am a senior, International Studies major here at Johns Hopkins hailing from Long Island, New York. As the President of the Jewish Students Association for Hopkins Hillel, I look forward to hearing and working with you to make this year at Hopkins Hillel the best for you. The programs and directions of Hopkins Hillel and its student leaders and staff over the years have allowed me to become involved in the Hillel community through social programming, Israel politics, philanthropy,and so much more. Your experience at Hopkins Hillel will only be strengthened through your suggestions and support, and look forward to hearing from and meeting you over the course of this year!

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Andrea Fields, Vice President

Andrea Fields

Hi! My name is Andrea Fields and I’m a junior originally from Brooklyn, New York. I’m premed and double majoring in Biology and Writing Seminars. Last year I was the Campus Liaison for JSA, and I’m so excited to be serving as Vice President this year! On campus besides JSA, I’m really involved in my sorority Alpha Phi, I’m on the executive board for Blue Key (the tour guiding society), I have a job in the admissions office, and I do community service at a local elementary school. When I manage to find any free time, I spend it going out with my friends, watching Yankees games, and online shopping. We have some amazing ideas for the upcoming year, and I can’t wait to be working with such a great board!

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Mathew Lehman

Matt Lehman

My name is Matthew Lehman and I am the JSA Treasurer for the upcoming school year. I am a rising Junior from Queens NY. I am double majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Economics. I first got involved with Hillel Freshman year attending Friday night dinners and I am exited about having the opportunity to serve on the JSA board for the upcoming year.

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Michelle Greenman, Communications Director

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Jon Weinreich, Jewish Life Director

Jon WeinreichMy name is Jon Weinreich, I’m a sophomore from Long Island, New York, and am very excited to serve on the upcoming JSA Board as the Jewish Life Director! I’m majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering here at Hopkins. I’m a member of the Blue Key Society, on the Chemical Engineering Car Team, and do research on campus. I love watching and rooting for the Mets, talking math or chemistry, and spending my summers at Ramah. I’m eager to work with everyone this year!

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Erica Biegen, Social Director

Erica Biegen

Hi! I’m Erica. I am super excited to be JSA’s Social Chair this year. I am a rising sophomore from New York City. I am planning to major in International Studies, and minor in History. On campus, I am a member of the Sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Club Swim Team. I love Hillel and can’t wait to get started with the JSA Board this year!


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Arielle Kaden, FYSH Director 

Arielle KadenArielle Kaden is a sophomore this year at Johns Hopkins University and is thrilled to be serving as the FYSH (First Year Students at Hillel) Director on the Jewish Students Association board. Arielle comes from Randolph, New Jersey and is majoring in Writing Seminars, while also minoring in Jewish Studies and Film and Media studies. Within Hillel, Arielle is very active within the JSA, Community Services, Hopkins Organizers for Tikkun Olam, and the Israel student associations. In addition, Arielle is a fellow in the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Program where she is researching the Holocaust, specifically the anti-Nazi Partisan resistance. Arielle is so excited to plan activities for this year’s first year students and cannot wait to meet the new JHU Class of 2017!

Coalition of Hopkins Activists for Israel (CHAI)

Daniel Benarroch, Co-President

My name is Daniel Benarroch, I am Spanish and proud to be the soccer world champions! I am a Senior at Hopkins and double majoring in Math and Physics. I am the co-president of CHAI and have been involved with Hillel for a year now and it has been an incredible experience! I am also the president of a volunteering group, Crossover Basketball, where we mentor disadvantaged kids in Baltimore. Let me know if you have any questions about life!

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Ariel Goldschlag, Co-President

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Laura Scavo, Vice President of Communications

My name is Laura Scavo and I am a sophomore from Bethesda, Maryland. I am currently majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in Jewish studies. My favorite way to end and reflect on the week is attending Friday night services and dinner at Hillel. When I’m not studying or in class, I enjoy spending time with friends, catching up on TV shows, or exploring the many nooks and crannies of campus. I am so excited for my second year on the CHAI board and to see what this year has in store!

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Richi Mishaan, Vice President of Finance

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Lindsay Bauer, Vice President of Marketing

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Annie Davis, Vice President of Education and Outreach

Hopkins-American Partnership for Israel (HAPI)

Jonathan Hettleman, President 

Jonathan HettlemanMy name is Jonathan Hettleman and I’m a senior Political Science major from Baltimore, Md.  In addition to working with HAPI, I am a catcher on the J8HU baseball team, I am a participant in the Senior Leadership Consultants, and I am a Teaching Assistant for a class called Baltimore and The Wire.  I look forward to continuing to broaden the base of Jewish life at Hopkins in the coming year.  Additionally, I hope to engage new students from all different backgrounds in the many activities and groups at Hillel.


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Mikey Weiss, Vice President

Mikey WeissHi, my name is Michael Weiss, but everyone just calls me Mikey. I am currently a sophomore at Hopkins pursuing an International Studies Major, and an economics minor. I hail from Long Island, New York, and proudly serve on the executive board of HAPI, the Hopkins American Partnership with Israel. Outside of HAPI, I am a Hillel Engagement InterN,and also a member of the Blue Key Society and the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.

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Spencer Perl, Vice President

My name is Spencer Perl and I am a Junior economics major originally from New York City. I went to Ramaz and then to Riverdale Country School. I have been an AIPAC student delegate since high school and worked in Berlin for the STOP THE BOMB grassroots political campaign during the summer of 2010. I have been a member of HAPI since 2011 and am proud to serve on the executive board this year. I am also a member of the Delta Phi fraternity.

Hopkins J Street U

Jenny Ferentz, President

Jenny FerentzMy name is Jenny Ferentz, and I am currently the president of the J Street U chapter here at Hopkins. I’m a senior majoring in Sociology, and minoring in Theatre Arts and Studies, and from New York City. I am involved with A Place to Talk and serve as co-Selections Chair, am a tutor at the Writing Center, and a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women. I’m a passionate camp counselor, love reading the news, and excited for this upcoming year!

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Carly Greenspan, Vice President of Campaigns

Carly GreenspanMy name is Carly Greenspan and I am from Columbia, Maryland. I am currently a sophomore, double majoring in International Studies and Anthropology. I have been involved in J Street U since my freshman year and am also a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. I cannot wait to continue my work with J Street U, and I am eager to collaborate with the Hopkins Hillel community on a variety of campaigns and programs during the upcoming year.
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Ben Schwartz, Vice President of Outreach

Ben SchwartzBen is a sophomore Public Health Studies and Economics double major from Pittsburgh (aka Steel City). He is a Reform Jew who believes the values of Tikkun Olam are at the heart of the endeavor to bring peace to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Ben is also a News and Features editor for The Johns Hopkins News-Letter, is on the board of the Hopkins College Democrats, and is a member of the Hopkins Running Club. He is incredibly excited about working with the Hopkins Hillel community this year on a wide array of projects.

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Helen Fonda, Treasurer

Helen FondaHelen Fonda is a Senior from Alexandria, Virginia and is excited to be the Treasurer for Hopkins J Street U again this year! She is majoring in Physics, Economics, and Math, and is pursuing an education degree in hopes of teaching high school after she graduates. On campus, she enjoys spending time volunteering with Alpha Phi Omega.  Helen loves (in no particular order) music, sundresses, her family, dancing, and outdoor activities, especially backpacking.

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Shereen Shafi, Chair of New Media and Advertising


Marcelo Sayeg, President

Marcelo SayegMarcelo is from São Paulo, Brazil and is a Junior majoring in Economics and IS. In addition to being the Co-President of JiGL, Marcelo is also the President of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and the Assistant Manager for Hopkins Student Movers, a student-run moving and storage business. Marcelo is also a Teaching Assistant for Financial Accounting and involved with the MSE Symposium. He has been involved with Hillel since Freshmen year when he starting attending Shabbat dinners and joined JiGL. JiGL ON!!!

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Elizabeth Mash, President

Elizabeth MashElizabeth Mash is from Chicago, Illinois and is a senior majoring in Political Science. She is extremely excited for her final year at Hopkins with all the JiGLers. Elizabeth is a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity and is the co-president of JiGL and has
been involved with Hopkins Hillel since her Freshman year. She has recently spent the year abroad in Paris and Australia and can’t wait to stay in America for a while. Let the JiGLing begin!

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Yoni Krupski, Vice President

Yoni Krupski is a senior studying chemical & biomolecular engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship and management. He is a member of the epsilon pi fraternity. He became a member of jigl as a junior and is currently a co vice-president.  He is exciting for the great things jigl has planned for the upcoming year.

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Jake Golman, Vice President

Jake GolmanJake Golman is a senior from Dallas, Texas, majoring in economics with a minor in entrepreneurship and management while also on the pre-med track.  Outside of class, Jake likes to workout in the gym and stay extremely involved in campus life.  He plays on the club tennis team, gives and organizes campus tours for prospective students as part of the Blue Key Society and is a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.  He is the Rush Chair for his fraternity and the Recruitment Chair for the Inter-Fraternity Council.  Jake looks forward to helping the Jewish Greek life community at Hopkins become more involved by serving as the Vice President of JiGL.

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Alyssa Kaden, Secretary 

Alyssa KadenAlyssa Kaden is from Plainview, New York and is a senior majoring in International Studies. Alyssa is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, the Chief Marketing Officer of Hopkins Student Enterprises, and the secretary of JiGL. She was recently abroad in London and is very excited to start her senior year!

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Adam Eckstein, Treasurer

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Joey Heaney, Social Chair

Joey HeaneyJoseph Heaney is from Oyster Bay, New York and is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Joseph is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, is the social chair of JiGL, and has been involved with Hopkins Hillel since going on the birthright trip his sophomore year. He is also captain of the men’s club soccer team at Hopkins, and is looking forward to a successful season and a good year.

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Savannah Karmen-Tuohy, Social Chair

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Andrew Ghalili, Philanthropy Chair

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Alyssa Zelicof, Philanthropy Chair

Alyssa ZelicoffAlyssa Zelicof is a junior from Westchester, New York, majoring in Anthropology. She has been on the Jigl board since her freshman year, and as a sophomore was a Hillel Engagement Intern. Alyssa is a philanthropy co-chair of JiGL, a JHU Tour Guide, and an Alumni Student Ambassador. She will be spending the fall in London, but can’t wait to come back and begin JiGLing in the spring!

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Eli Wallach, Hillel Liaison

Eli WallachEli Wallach is from Berkeley, California and is a sophomore majoring in International Studies and Sociology in the Global Social Change and Development track. Eli is a member of Phi Gamma Delta. Eli has been involved with Hopkins Hillel since Freshmen year and is an avid JiGL enthusiast! Other organizations that he is involved in include the Johns Hopkins News-Letter and Johns Hopkins Model United Nations.

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Josh Abady, Hillel Liaison

Josh AbadyJosh Abady is a Philosophy and East Asian Studies major from Westchester, NY.
This is his first year as Hillel Liaison in JIGL and he’s really excited. Outside of JIGLing, Josh is a brother of the PiKappaAlpha fraternity and sings tenor and beatboxes for JHU’s only comedy a cappella group, The Mental Notes.
He is also a member of the Blue Key Tour Society and hopes to go to China to study abroad in the years to come.

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Michelle Edelson, Logistics Chair

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichelle Edelson is from New York City and is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Management. Michelle is excited for her second year on the JiGL board and has been an active member of Hopkins Hillel since her freshman year. She is a member of Phi Mu, works for Hopkins Admissions and works for the Hopkins Alumni Association. Michelle can’t wait for the event planning to start, but she will have to wait until the spring since she will be spending her first semester abroad in Sevilla, Spain.

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Julia Silverman, Logistics Chair


Hailey Rosenthal, Public Relations Chair

Hailey RosenthalHailey Rosenthal is a sophomore behavioral biology major from Westchester, New York.  She is an EMT for Hopkins Emergency Response Organization, a member of Alpha Phi, and a Blue Key Society tour guide. She is very excited to be the PR chair for JiGL this year and looks forward to many more opportunities to be involved with Hopkins Hillel.

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Dean Yacar, Public Relations Chair

Dean YacarDean Yacar is a rising sophomore From New York City, majoring in Environmental Engineering. Dean is part of the Phi Kappy Psi Fraternity and is looking forward to being the PR Chair for JiGL this year.  He is excited to being his involvement in Hopkins Hillel this year as well.