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Lisa Buchsbaum Pollack joined Hunter College Hillel as Executive Director in 2007. Lisa received her B.A. Cum Laude from Barnard College and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Before joining Hunter Hillel, Lisa practiced law for more than fifteen years, specializing in the areas of litigation and bankruptcy/corporate law. Lisa also clerked for a Federal Judge. She served as the Executive Vice President of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk County and of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Glen Cove and sat on both Boards for many years. Lisa served as the Director of Admissions at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk County. She served as a Vice President of the Board of the Melillo Center For Mental Health and continues to be a member of their Board. Lisa has continued throughout her career to lend her professional expertise to clergy and secular and community based not-for profits on Long Island.
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Sam graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Media, Society, and The Arts. While in college, he was a member of Westchester Hillels participating in Jewish activities on campus as well as within the Westchester community. Birthright alum, Sam has been to Israel both as a participating member and as staff. Before joining Hillel, Sam worked for numerous companies and venues in the arts and culture industry throughout the greater New York and New Jersey area. Sam has worked as an events coordinator in the past responsible for planning diverse events for a number of communities. Sam believes the New York Rangers will win a Stanley Cup very soon.
One of Sams favorite things about working at Hillel is the ability to lead and coordinate alongside so many unique and inspiring students. The makeup of our Hillel is global and he believes that this is what makes Hunter Hillel one of the most unique in the country. It is a great privilege and honor for Sam to call Hunter Hillel home.
Sam can be found at the Hillel Lounge room 501 in Thomas Hunter Hall. Please stop by to say hello at any time. Always know that Sam will be near his phone or a computer to e-mail you answers to the questions you may have.. E-mail him at email@example.com or call 212-650-3568
Rori Picker Neiss graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2007 with degrees in Religious Studies and Political Science. She has worked as the Acting Executive Director for Religions for Peace-USA, Program Coordinator for the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, and Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and is co-editor of "InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook," a practical guide for embracing the growing religious pluralism in America. Rori has studied in the Beit Midrash at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and is currently in her first year at Yeshivat Maharat*.
*Yeshivat Maharat is a pioneering venture, founded in 2009 to be the first institution in Jewish history to train women to be fully integrated into the Orthodox community as spiritual leaders and halakhic authorities.
Aaron Potek grew up in Saint Louis Park, MN and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering. While in college he was active in Hillel, where he created and led various student groups including JEngA (the Jewish Engineering Association) and the Jewish Penicillin Hotline, which delivered matzah ball soup to any sick student on campus. He then spent two years in Israel learning Jewish texts and is currently studying at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, an Open Orthodox rabbinical school in New York City. He has worked in many different educational settings for teenagers with organizations like the Nesiya Institute in Israel, Genesis in Boston, and Moriah College in Sydney. Last year he served as the rabbinic intern at Beth Israel congregation in New Orleans, LA. He has been involved in many interfaith groups and programs, and he attended the University of Cambridge Interfaith Summer School in the summer of 2011. Aaron also loves hiking, music, comedy, and podcasts. After receiving ordination, he hopes to work for Hillel as a campus rabbi.
Aliza Kaye graduated from Stern College for Women in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently a student at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and she is excited to join the Hunter College Hillel team as this year's social work intern. Aliza has worked in an array of settings related to social work and community organization, including the National Eating Disorder Association and a summer camp run in low-income communities in Israel. Interning at the Hunter College Hillel allows Aliza to use her creativity and outgoing nature to plan timely and meaningful programs that will have positive and inspiring effects on the students. She is looking forward to an amazing year becoming part of the Hunter Hillel family