The JSA Board serves to represent the Jewish student community. JSA provides programming, learning opportunities, and opportunities to celebrate Shabbat and other holidays.
Serena Fretcher, President
Serena is a junior from Newton, MA majoring in History and International Studies. She is excited to serve again on the JSA Board and continuing ensuring Hillel is a place where the whole community feels welcome and comfortable to share ideas, learn, and have fun. As President, she hopes to work with the board to try new approaches for programs and events in order to excite Hillel regulars and engage more of the wider community.
Aaron Pultman, Vice President
Josh Blustein, Treasuer
Sammy Dayan, Social Director
Sammy is an Applied Math, Pre-Med Sophomore from Brooklyn, NY. He transferred to Hopkins from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY and has found the Hillel to be a huge part of his transition to a new school. As Social Director, he hopes to bring fun events that will bring together the Jewish students and others around campus.
Zoe Goldstein, Tzedek Chair
Zoe is a freshman from Riverdale, NY currently studying Computer Science. She is very excited to be tzedek chair for JSA and hopes to share her love of community service with the rest of our community by planning meaningful and impactful programs.
Jonah Kasdan, Jewish Life Director
Jonah is a Freshman from Los Angeles, California, majoring in International Studies and Global Environmental Change and Sustainability (GECS). He can’t wait to serve the Jewish community as Jewish Life Director, especially because Hillel has given so much to him. He plans on working with his fellow board members to enhance Jewish life on campus and make Hillel as welcoming and comfortable an environment as possible for Jewish students.
Eli Katz, First Year Students at Hopkins Hillel Chair (FYSH)
Serena Frechter, President and AIPAC Campus Liaison
Serena is a sophomore from Newton, MA studying International Studies and History.
As HAPI’s president, she enjoys working to strengthen the US-Israel alliance on campus and in congress through interacting with student leaders and congressional representatives. She enjoyed traveling to Israel with Hopkins Hillel’s Birthright trip last winter and hopes to return soon! Serena is also an Engagement Intern at Hopkins Hillel and serves as training director of the Hopkins Model United Nations Team.
Abby Berk, Vice Preisdent of Campus Relations
Abby is a freshman from Stamford, CT and is very excited to be a part HAPI! Through participating in many Israel advocacy programs in the past and spending her year after high school living in Jerusalem, Israel has been and continues to be central to my identity. Israel benefits greatly from bipartisan support from Congress and from the general American population, and by reaching out to leaders on our campus, she hopes to help promote a positive outlook on Israel amongst the leaders of tomorrow!
Aaron Pultman, Vice President of Political Affairs
Aaron is a Freshman from Teaneck, New Jersey studying International Studies. He joined HAPI in order to promote a strong US-Israel relationship. He believes that as a Jewish-American it is his civic responsibility to engage in the issues surrounding these nations. Aaron is also a member of the Hopkins College Democrats and he serves as the Jewish representative to the Hopkins Interfaith Council.
Martin Feuerstein-Mendik, Co-President
Marty is a sophomore from New York City majoring in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He has been involved with J Street since coming to campus and passionately advocates for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Marty helps lead Conservative services every Friday night. He can be found at any time in the Hillel building without shoes on as if he lives there. He is so excited to be part of the Hopkins Hillel community.
Ben Gellman, Co-President
Ben is a sophomore from Madison, Wisconsin studying Computer Science. He is a part of J Street U because of his commitment to Israel’s Jewish and democratic future, and his desire for human rights for all. These values demand that he work to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and achieve a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition to his involvement in J Street U, Ben helps lead Conservative services every Friday night and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Octopodes, an a cappella group on campus.
Ben Schwartz, Former President and Special Advisor
Ben is a senior Public Health Studies and Economics double major from Pittsburgh. He joined Hopkins J Street U as a freshman because he refused to compromise either his Jewish or his progressive values. Ben has also served as co-president of the Hopkins College Democrats and edited the News & Features section of the Johns Hopkins News-Letter. He is very excited to be working with the Hopkins Hillel community to broaden the campus conversation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Sophie Mirviss, Treasurer
Sophie is a sophomore International Studies major and Economics minor hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She joined Hopkins J Street U as a freshman because she wanted to be in an organization in which students were pro-Israel but could also openly and realistically talk about issues facing the region today. Sophie is also currently the Campaigns Chair for Hopkins College Democrats and is an active member in both Hopkins Model United Nations and JHUMUNC. She is extremely excited about working with the Hopkins Jewish community as well as engaging with the rest of campus to deepen and broaden conversations about Israel.
Ben Ramsay, Communications Chair
Ben is a sophomore from Seattle studying both Biomedical Engineering and Applied Math and Statistics. He joined J Street U as a freshman because he is interested in learning more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and supports a peaceful resolution to the conflict through a two state solution. After learning so much during his first year in J Street U, Ben is excited for what the group can accomplish over the next few years.