About The Springboard Fellowship

Innovation Specialist

Reimagine — and redesign — Jewish life on campus. As an Innovation Specialist, you’ll be trained in the Design Thinking methodology to spark new ideas, to connect with students, and to infuse creativity into all aspects of Hillel’s work. In this role, you need to be a creative thinker who embraces challenges, takes risks, fails, and learns from the past, while maintaining your passion and sense of humor.

2019 - 2020 Host Campuses
AZ Arizona State University Hillel
CA San Francisco Hillel
CA The Hillel Foundation of Orange County
CA University of Southern California Hillel Foundation
CO CU Boulder Hillel
CT Yale University Hillel
DE University of Delaware Hillel
FL University of Florida Hillel
FL Hillel at the University of Miami
IL Metro Chicago Hillel
IL Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University
IN Indiana University Hillel
LA Tulane Hillel
MA Boston University Hillel Foundation
MA University of Massachusetts Amherst Hillel
MI University of Michigan Hillel
NJ Princeton Hillel, Center for Jewish Life
NJ Rutgers University Hillel Foundation
NY Cornell Hillel
NY Hillel at Binghamton
OH Cincinnati Hillel
ON Hillel Ontario Western
ON Hillel Ontario York
PA Penn State Hillel
PA University of Pennsylvania Hillel
TN Vanderbilt Hillel
TX Houston Hillel

Social Justice Specialist

Empower students to make change on a local and domestic level guided by Jewish values, texts, and history. As a Social Justice Specialist, you’ll receive training in the areas of engagement, social action and community organizing, and learn how to seamlessly weave Judaism into your work as a Hillel engagement professional. To excel in this role, you must believe college students can change the world and consider justice an inherently Jewish cause.

2019 - 2020 Host Campuses
CA Santa Cruz Hillel
MA Boston University Hillel Foundation
MA University of Massachusetts Amherst Hillel
MI University of Michigan Hillel
MO Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
NY NYU Hillel, Bronfman Center
NY The Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College
OH Oberlin College Hillel
TX Texas Hillel Foundation
WI Hillel at the University of Wisconsin

Ezra Jewish Education Specialist

Bring Jewish learning to life on campus. As an Ezra Jewish Education Specialist, you’ll be trained in pluralistic and experiential Jewish education techniques to infuse Jewish learning into your work as an engagement professional. In this role, you should have a deep passion for Jewish wisdom, history and culture, and want to share that with others.

2019 - 2020 Host Campuses
CA Hillel of San Diego
CA UCLA Hillel
FL Hillel at Florida State University Foundation
IL Cohen Hillel at the University of Urbana-Champaign
KS University of Kansas Hillel
LA Tulane Hillel
MO University of Missouri, Columbia Hillel
NC UNC Chapel Hill Hillel
NY Hillel at the University of Rochester
OH Ohio State University Hillel
PA University of Pennsylvania Hillel
UT Hillel for Utah

Mimi Kravetz

Chief Talent Officer Mkravetz@hillel.org

Mimi Kravetz creates and executes on a new strategy for Hillel and the Jewish nonprofit sector to more deeply invest in our most important asset, our professionals. Mimi came to this role after six years as a Google Executive in the Marketing and People Operations or HR Functions. From this work, she brings a passion for building great workplaces, empowering employees, creating products/projects based on deep user insights, and driving innovation. Mimi began her career as a Jewish nonprofit professional at Hillel at Stanford in an engagement fellowship program like Springboard and, after over a decade in the business world at American Express and Google rejoined Hillel in 2015. Mimi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Tufts University graduating summa cum laude with majors in International Relations and Judaic Studies.

Josh Feldman

Associate Vice President, Leadership Development And Springboard Jfeldman@hillel.org

Josh Feldman is passionate about the intersections of creativity and leadership. Most recently, Josh was the Founding Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity and Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center for Continuing Education at American Jewish University. Previously, he was the Director of the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. Prior to that, Josh was the Jeremiah Fellowship National Director for the Progressive Jewish Alliance, now known as Bend the Arc. He is an alumnus of the Jeremiah Fellowship, Selah and ROI. He is a skilled trainer who focuses on creativity and leadership development.

Rabbi Danielle Leshaw

Senior Educator And Solo Professional Consultant Dleshaw@hillel.org

Rabbi Danielle Leshaw specializes in curriculum development, support for campuses around the country, and the education of student leaders and field staff. She has years of experience empowering Hillel professionals and students to deepen their knowledge of Jewish ritual and text and make lasting commitments to Jewish life and practice. She served as the Executive Director for Hillel at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, from 2002-2016. She is the recipient of the 2012 and 2014 Ohio Arts Council Prize for Fiction, the leading state grant for writers, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Heather Paul

Springboard Fellowship Manager Hpaul@hillel.org

Heather Paul brings over nine years of experience at Hillel, in Jewish life and in-service work. She previously worked as an engagement and program professional for Santa Cruz Hillel and Hillel at Stanford. Heather is passionate about empowering others to define and create their own Judaism, and the meaningful conversations shared over coffee with students and colleagues were here favorite part of campus work. Heather holds B.A. degrees in Creative Writing and History, as well as an M.A. in History from UC Santa Cruz, and a graduate certificate in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Heather is currently a rabbinical student in the ALEPH ordination program.

Sarah Fried

Vice President Of Institutional And Leadership Giving Sfried@hillel.org

Sarah Fried is Hillel International’s Vice President of Institutional and Leadership Giving.  In this role she oversees movement wide fundraising efforts for key initiatives, including the Springboard Fellowship, working closely with institutional donors and strategic partners to align interests with areas of need.  Before joining Hillel she was most recently the Vice President for Leadership Giving at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore where she oversaw leadership giving for the annual campaign and lead efforts in resource development. Previous roles include Development Director at Krieger Schechter Day School and Johns Hopkins Hillel in Baltimore, MD. Sarah received a MSW from The University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College.

Nikki Goldrod

Manager Of Early Career
Talent- Innovation And
Social Justice Tracks

Nikki Goldrod’s job focuses on bringing great talent to Hillel through hiring early and mid-career professionals, and the Innovation and Social Justice tracks of the Springboard Fellowship. Before working for Hillel International, she worked on campus at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach as an Engagement Associate, and most recently as Assistant Director of Broward County. Nikki attributes her professional growth to her time spent as a campus professional, which is why she is passionate about hiring, coaching and developing our future leaders and professionals on campus. Nikki graduated from the University of Central Florida with a focus in International Relations and Middle East studies.

Naomi Tilman

Manager Of Jewish Educator
Talent- Ezra
Jewish Education Track

Naomi’s work focuses on helping Hillel hire great Rabbis, Jewish Educators, Ezra Jewish Education Springboard Fellows, and other mid-career opportunities. She brings over a decade of experience in higher education, focusing in the areas of mental health education, leadership development and coaching, service learning, curriculum development, Jewish life on campus, and diversity and inclusion. Before coming to Hillel International, Naomi worked in student affairs at New York University and the University of North Florida and served as the Director of Student Life at Hillel at UCLA. Naomi received her bachelor’s at the University of Michigan, and her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU.

Becca Habalow

Senior Operations Associate for Springboard Fellowship bhabalow@hillel.org

Becca is passionate about empowering young adults as they form their own Jewish identities and in turn shape the larger Jewish community. As a former student leader at Hillel, Becca is excited to support the work of the Springboard Fellowship. Becca is an involved leader in her community in Boulder, Colorado where she founded and lived Moishe House. She also worked as an educator at Boulder Jewish Community Center, supporting young children and families. Becca holds an BS from University of Vermont and an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.

Springboard Educators

  • Ira Blum

    Assistant Director, University Of Pennsylvania Hillel

  • Arielle Braude

    Manager Of The Jewish Learning Fellowship, Hillel International

  • Erica Frankel

    Managing Director Of The Office Of Innovation And Director Of The Meyerhoff Center, Hillel International

  • Nikki Goldrod

    Manager Of Early Career Talent, Hillel International

  • Gita Karasov

    Rabbinical Student, Hebrew College

  • Rabbi David Jaffe

    Author Of Changing The World From The Inside Out And Director Of The Kirva Institute

  • Rebecca Katz

    Director Of Education, Repair The World

  • Rabbi Avi Killip

    Vp Of Strategy And Programs And Director, Project Zug, Hadar

  • Stephanie Morgan

    Sterenberg, Social Work Student At University Of Michigan

  • Alex Rogers

    Trainer, Leading Edge

  • Rabbi Yonah Schiller

    Executive Director, Tulane Hillel

  • Laynie Soloman

    Junior Faculty Member, Hadar

  • Mordy Walfish

    Deputy Director, Leading Edge

  • Rabbi Alex Weissman

    Senior Jewish Educator, Brown-risd Hillel