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.
Lev Meirowitz Nelson — Jewish Educator
Lev is in his last year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College. A native of Teaneck, NJ, he did his undergraduate work in geology at Brown and also spent time at Woods Hole's SEA Semester and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, in the south of Israel. Lev's Jewish identity is a composite of influences from Conservative synagogues, URJ Eisner Camp in western Mass, the Havurah movement, and close friends from the Reconstructionist world. For fun, he likes scuba diving vacations, science fiction, board games, discussing politics, and hosting meals with his wife, Eliana. Lev enjoys meeting students across campus and learning about their Jewish stories.
Rabbi Gershon Segal - Orthodox Advisor
Rabbi Gershon Segal serves as advisor for the MIT Orthodox Minyan and the MIT Kosher kitchens. A resident of Massachusetts since 1988, he also serves as the spiritual leader of congregation Beth El Atereth Israel in Newton Center.
Daniel Watt - Director of Development
Danny oversees all aspects of fundraising from the annual campaign to the ongoing major gifts campaign. He helps members of the larger MIT community fulfill their sense of commitment to MIT and its Hillel.
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.