The Hillel Staff offices are located in the lower level of the Religious Activities Center in building W11.
Rabbi Michelle Fisher - Executive Director
After earning her Masters in Chemistry from MIT in 1997, Rabbi Fisher was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002. She is the first alumna rabbi from MIT, and sees her return here as "the mother ship calling her home."
MIT Hillel Interview with Rabbi Fisher (pdf)
Marissa Feinman - Director of Student Life and Programming
Marissa works with students, recent alumni, faculty, and staff to facilitate a dynamic campus community. In particular, she helps students express their dreams through programming, community building, and leadership development. Marissa has created Jewish community, empowered student leaders, and built relationships through her work as a JCSC Fellow at Rutgers University and as a Program Director for BBYO in both Orlando and Boston. She studied Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, and earned an MBA from Indiana University. She has also studied Judaism and Informal Jewish Education at Pardes in Jerusalem and Hebrew College in Boston.
Shoshana Gibbor - Birthright Coordinator
Shoshana works to reach out to students on campus, in hopes of providing an opportunity for them to form their own unique identities as Jewish men and women, as well as young adults coming of age. By fusing together her love for Judaism and Israel with outreach and engagement programming, Shoshana brings passion to the position of Birthright Coordinator. Her philosophy is all about meeting the student where he/she is at and walking side by side on their journey of discovery. Shoshana seeks out students interested in exploring more about their Jewish heritage, while connecting them with the opportunity of participating in a Birthright trip experience. She also helps students maintain close relationships with one another after returning back to MIT's campus. Shoshana is a Hofstra Alumna and hails from Toms River, NJ.
Gavriel Goldfeder - Senior Jewish Educator
Gavriel comes to MIT after 6 years in Israel, earning his s'micha/ordination from Bat Ayin yeshiva, and 10 years as a congregational rabbi in Boulder, Colorado. He is excited to live in the 21st century, with its unique challenges and opportunities, particularly in terms of science and culture. As our knowledge and capacity expand, we are challenged to keep hold of our friendships and sense of community, to understand our heritage, to keep our moral bearings and our sense of purpose, to set useful goals for ourselves and useful expectations of our world. Gavriel would like to be a resource for students who want to talk about life's big questions, or dig into an ancient text, or explore practical Kaballah, or play music, or talk about movies, or shoot hoops, or shake a lulav, or play backgammon.
Marla Choslovsky - Director of Development
Marla's affiliation with MIT goes back to her graduate school days at the MIT Sloan School, where she earned her SM in 1988. In her role as Director of Development at Hillel, she extends that connection through her relationships with current and future supporters of MIT Hillel. When she's not schmoozing in person or on e-mail, she can often be found doing a crossword puzzle.
Becca Van Horn - Administrative/Development Associate
Becca supports the day-to-day operations and fundraising at MIT Hillel. Originally from Vermont, she is an alumna of Bowdoin College and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.