Pauline Margulis

Pauline Margulis

Hillel Club President

Pauline has always cared about being involved in the school that she attends. In high school, she was the one that would love to bring people together, whether it was for social events, or for charity work. In Hunter, she became part of the Jewish Committee at the Brookdale dorms. She has met some incredible, spiritual, and focused people; together they were able to create a feeling of Jewish community at the dorms and this was so rewarding. Pauline has worked on organizing events together, performing chesed, putting together shabbatons, and establishing other amazing learning opportunities. As a rising senior, it's now time for her to take the next step, and become a leader at the Hunter Hillel. She considers herself a very social and friendly person who is always there for people if they need help with anything or have any questions. She also feels very strongly about creating a sense of community within the Jewish population at Hunter. Being that Hunter is a commuter school, it is often very difficult to make friends and establish connections. However, she wants the Jewish students at Hunter to know that they always have a place where they feel welcome at Hillel.

Olivia Mittman

Olivia Mittman

Hillel Club Secretary and Migdalim Fellow

Olivia Mittman is a rising sophomore in the Roosevelt Scholars Program for public policy here at Hunter.  She is leaning towards majoring in political science and entering the Pre-Law track.  Olivia has been incredibly active on campus through her involvement in the Undergraduate Student Government and Hunter Hillel.  She is currently a Freshman Senator in the USG and serves on the Student Welfare Committee.  Olivia and her fellow committee members have spearheaded many events such as a healthy living initiative, and a sexual assault awareness campaign to promote a safer environment on campus.

Olivia has been heavily involved with Hillel this year and is honored to take the position of Secretary to enhance her participation.  Olivia is grateful for the opportunity to become an official member of the Hillel Board and looks forward to a rewarding, fulfilling year.

Nayeh Yisrael

Nayeh Yisrael

Hillel Club Vice President and David Project Fellow

Nayeh Yisrael is a junior at Hunter College majoring in English and has hopes of having a career in the field of Education and to serve on the New York City Council. She has been working for a year and a half at an Insurance firm, doing secretarial work and providing assistance to both the liability and property departments. She also has worked for NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, arranging meetings and keeping the Public Advocate’s schedule up to date, completing intake forms for constituents, managing ingoing and outgoing mail and prioritizing events.

Nayeh has been a part of many extracurricular groups both inside and outside of school because she is a big supporter of giving back to the community as well as leadership development. She is currently a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Co-ed Service Fraternity Incorporated. She is also an ambassador for a service and leadership development program at Hostos Community College, and dedicates her time to community service.

Nayeh is a Hebrew Israelite, and participated in the CUNY Birthright Trip to Israel this Summer.  She is excited to celebrate the cultural and religious diversity within Hunter Hillel, and across CUNY.  

Sharon Zirkiev

Sharon Zirkiev

Hillel Club Co-Treasurer and Migdalim Fellow

Sharon is a Junior, majoring in Bioinformatics and Minoring in Sociology. Ever since high school, she has felt that being an active participant in school life, especially Jewish life, is very important. She involves herself with lots of community work, creating learning opportunities for both herself and others in order to further discover Jewish identity, and has served as the treasurer for the Pre-Optometry Club since Sophomore year.  As part of the Hunter Hillel board, she hopes to help expand our ever growing group of diverse students and speakers in order to make the upcoming school year a great one.

Jonathan Goldhirsh

Jonathan Goldhirsh

Hillel Club Co-Treasurer; Gift of Life Treasurer

Jonathan is a Sophomore at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. He intends to major in Political Science and pursue law school after completing his undergraduate degree. His love for Judaism and Israel started at a young age after attending a Jewish day school and continues to grow. He is a founding leader and current Treasurer of Hunter’s Gift Of Life Bone Marrow Foundation chapter, which seeks to help those with bone and blood cancers.

Elliot  David

Elliot David

Hunter Students for Israel Vice President and Birthright Recruiter
Elliot is originally from New Rochelle, New York. He grew up in a modern Orthodox religious home and after completing high school, moved to Israel and joined the Israel Defense Forces. He tried out for and was accepted to the paratrooper brigade where he enlisted in battalion 101. Towards the end of his service, he was sent to accompany a Birthright Israel trip for young professionals between the ages of 22-26. On the trip he learned about the gift that is Birthright and began to understand why it is so important. 
 
After completing his service in the IDF, he moved back to New York where he currently attends the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. He is considering a double major in physics and mathematics. Among his minors he hopes to pursue a minor in modern Israeli studies. On campus, he is involved with various Israel-related initiatives: after a semester of coordinating club tabling, he now serves as the Vice President of the Hunter Students for Israel club; he is a founding member of the Hunter Chapter of IAC-Mishenalu for Israeli Americans/people who speak fluent hebrew and have spent meaningful time in Israel; and this summer, he co-staffed the CUNY trip to Birthright with Israel Outdoors.
 
Elliot hopes to bring his experience in Israeli culture and the birthright Israel program to bring the zionist experience to others.
Ariel Glueck

Ariel Glueck

Hunter Students for Israel Treasurer and David Project Fellow

Ariel is a junior Muse Scholar majoring in political science and educational policy. She is a David Project intern and the treasurer for the Students for Israel club. Her deep-rooted love for Israel comes from her Judaism and growing up in the Young Judaea movement. Her experience in engaging with Israel in a nuanced and complicated way comes from her experiences on her gap year, Kivunim. Her Zionism and her Israel advocacy have less to do with borders and politics and more to do with personal relationships formed around and affected by Israel - good or bad. As a natural peace-maker, she is very committed to developing a deep understanding of each side of a conflict. She wants to change the world, and it's her mission in the next few years to figure out how. 

Roza Shamailova

Roza Shamailova

Kafkazi Engagement Intern and Holocaust Program Planner

Roza is a senior majoring in Jewish Studies and minoring in Chemistry. She is the Vice-President and Co-Founder of The Society of Bioethics at Hunter College and the Treasurer of Hunter's Photographer's Collective. She has been heavily involved in Hunter Hillel since her freshmen year and loves to engage all students. Her major in Jewish Studies has allowed her to gain a great understanding of Jewish History and culture. She is doing Cardiology and Histology research at The Icahn School of Medicine and works part time in a medical office. In her free time she loves to read, learn more about the multiculturalism of the Jewish people, and spend time with her family.

Eden Gorodischer

Eden Gorodischer

Stand With Us Emerson Fellow and Migdalim Alumni

Eden is a lower sophomore and Roosevelt scholar hoping to pursue a degree in Psychology. She spent her gap year in Israel learning, touring, and volunteering. As a Migdalim Fellow, she gained experience creating meaningful dialogue about Israel and Judaism. As an Emerson Fellow Eden has been trained in effective Israel advocacy and program training, and will be creating Israel programming for Hunter Students for Israel. She can often be found tabling for Hunter Students for Israel or in the Brookdale dorm. She is looking forward to an amazing year!

Shira Hein

Shira Hein

Migdalim
Shira Hein is a Sophomore in Hunter college, majoring in Nutrition. She is passionate about health and fitness, but even more passionate about her love of Israel. After attending Orthodox elementary and high schools growing up, she spent a gap year in Israel studying, before attending college.Growing up, she spent every summer in Israel with her family, and is very excited to share her love of everything Israeli.  

 

Jessica Freiman

Jessica Freiman

Migdalim Fellow

Jessica is a rising sophomore double majoring in psychology and nutrition, and is currently on the pre-med track. She has many interests and completed a theater conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, participated in musical theater throughout high school, worked in a french bakery in New York City and a vegan bakery in Tel Aviv, volunteered at the SPCA in Tel Aviv, worked with the elderly in Jerusalem, and took a course, "Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives," conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. She currently volunteers at City Harvest and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and works as a dog walker in her spare time.  Jessica cannot remember a point in her life when she did not love Israel, however, her ties to the country strengthened even further when she went to Israel for the first time at the age of twelve. Jessica has attended a Jewish day school from nursery through high school, and then spent a semester abroad studying the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and Arabic in Israel. Her goal is to continue to support and advocate for the Jewish state while remaining open to dialogue and critique. Jessica hopes to further her nuanced opinions of Israel by listening and becoming even more receptive to unfamiliar perspectives and thoughts. She is extremely grateful to gain this opportunity by working as a Migdalim Fellow this upcoming year.

Elizabeth Frenkel

Elizabeth Frenkel

Brookdale Dorm Coordinator

Elizabeth Frenkel is a Sophomore in Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. She enjoys swimming and even works as a lifeguard during the summer. . Elizabeth has always had a overwhelming love for Shabbat and the rituals that come along with it every week. Elizabeth also loves bringing people together on Friday night and Saturday to participate in shabbat rituals together as a community. She currently lives in the Brookdale Dorms and helps organize and run everything jewish in the dorms! Her hopes are to create a strong jewish community that everyone can feel apart of at the dorms. 

Baeta Samel

Baeta Samel

David Project Fellow
Beata Samel is a senior studying Public Policy and Religion. As a David Project intern she is responsible for building relationships across Hunter College to better inform students about Israel and Zionism. Her hopes this year as a student leader are to bring more non-Jewish students on the David Project's winter Israel trip. She also hopes to foster stronger connections between different student groups and Hillel. Enthusiastic about support for the Jewish state, she hopes to build a rigorous intellectual discussion of Zionism. Her other interests include women's issues, law and travel. 

 

Charles Chakkalo

Charles Chakkalo

David Project Intern

Charles is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in a Syrian-Sephardic home and graduated Magen David and Flatbush Yeshivot.

Charles is a full-time Junior Honors Scholar majoring in Philosophy and English as well as minoring in Legal Studies & Middle East Studies. He is a member of the President Raab's Executive Committee on Speech Safety, a David Project intern, vice president of Mock Trial.

In addition to his undergraduate affairs, Charles is a part-time Litigation Paralegal and a Government Relations Intern at the World Jewish Congress. At the World Jewish Congress, Charles is particularly working in the standing and situations of the Arab-Jewish refugees.

Charles's college exposure and experience in international relations exposed him to the complexity and beauty the Jewish State enjoys. Charles now works to protect Israeli pride and support on campus in addition to applying the Israeli narrative to the field of philosophy.

Charles hopes to use his backgrounds in Arab, Jewish and legal fields to enhance and protect Jewish life.

 

 

Libby Unger

Libby Unger

Gift of Life Fellow

Libby Unger is an incoming junior who hopes to pursue a career in psychology and accounting. Libby loves to start conversations with different people she meets. Every since she can remember, Libby has wanted to be involved in anything and everything. Becoming a part of Hunter College's Hillel club has allowed for her expand her horizons in meeting new people and grow her love of Judaism and Israel. Libby is currently apart of the CAP program with Gift of Life Marrow Registry, which is a campus ambassador program that allows her to run bone marrow swab drives to find matches for sick blood cancer patients. Libby is very excited to be apart of this amazing organization and to help save as many people as possible!