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.

2021 - 2023 Host Campuses
CA San Francisco Hillel
CO CU Boulder Hillel
DE University of Delaware Hillel
FL Central Florida Hillel
FL Florida Interational University Hillel
IL Cohen Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA Boston University Hillel
MA Hillel Council of New England
MA Northeastern Hillel
MI University of Michigan Hillel
MI Michigan State University Hillel
NC Duke Hillel
NC North Carolina Hillel- UNC Chapel Hill
NC North Carolina Hillel- NC State
NY Baruch College Hillel
NY The Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College
NY Cornell Hillel
OH Cincinnati Hillel
OH Cleveland Hillel- Case Western Reserve University
OH Hillel Foundation at Miami University (Ohio)
ONT (Canada) Hillel Ontario- Waterloo
ONT (Canada) Hillel Ontario- Wilfried Laurier
PA Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh
PA University of Pennsylvania Hillel
TX Houston Hillel
VA Hillel at Virginia Tech
Vancouver (Canada) Hillel British Columbia

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.

2021 - 2023 Host Campuses
AZ University of Arizona Hillel Foundation
CT Yale Hillel
FL Hillel at Florida State University
FL Hillel at the University of Miami
IL Northwestern University Hillel
IL Metro Chicago Hillel
MO Hillel at Washington University- St. Louis
NY Baruch College Hillel
NY Syracuse Hillel
OH Cleveland Hillel- Oberlin College

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.

2021 - 2023 Host Campuses
CA San Francisco Hillel
CA Stanford Hillel
GA University of Georgia Hillel
LA Tulane Hillel
MD University of Maryland Hillel
NY Baruch College Hillel
NY Hillel at Binghamton
NY Hillel at the University of Rochester
OH Ohio State University Hillel
PA Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh
TN Vanderbilt Hillel
VT University of Vermont Hillel

Danielle Natelson

Director, Springboard Fellowship dnatelson@hillel.org

Danielle is the Director of the Springboard Fellowship at Hillel International. This role brings her full circle as an alum of the Ezra Fellowship’s inaugural cohort. Danielle has spent more than a decade working at the intersection of leadership and learning across the Jewish communal landscape. Her intersectional identity as a Jew of Color has positioned her to contribute to efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the Jewish community, including selection into Bend the Arc’s second Jews of Color cohort of the Selah Leadership Program. As a Design Strategist at UpStart, she designed opportunities to support entrepreneurs and Jewish communal professionals’ leadership across the ecosystem. Danielle led efforts to ensure greater equity, inclusion, and diversity within UpStart and its network. In 2020, she designed and piloted the Jews of Color Career Development Program in partnership with the Jews of Color Initiative to catalyze more diverse and representative leadership in the ecosystem. Previously, Danielle spent six years cultivating relationships with students, community partners, and stakeholders at Hillel at UCLA. Her passion for music and Israeli dance has helped her enrich numerous Jewish communities through the arts, most notably at Camp Ramah in California. A lifelong learner and a cohort program enthusiast, Danielle is the proud alum of UC Berkeley, the Pardes Summer program, and multiple cohort programs with the Shalom Hartman Institute.  She is currently a member of the fifth class of the Wexner Field Fellowship and sits on the Jews of Color Initiative’s Grant Advisory Committee.

Shaina Abrams-Kornblum

Associate Director, Springboard Fellowship sabrams@hillel.org

Shaina Abrams-Kornblum is the Associate Director of the Springboard fellowship. Shaina brings with her a wealth of experience from both the Jewish communal sector and higher education. She has spent the majority of her career working with college students at Syracuse University, Penn State University, Stony Brook University, and Northeastern University as a student affairs professional. After finishing her M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Shaina worked at Stony Brook University as the Director of Jewish Student Life for Hillel. Prior to joining the Springboard team, Shaina served as the Associate Director for House Programs at Moishe House where she oversaw House operations in parts of North America. While at Moishe House, she also helped develop accessible Jewish learning resources and programming materials for community builders and assisted in the creation and implementation of diversity and inclusion curriculum. Shaina is passionate about the development of young adults and facilitating the experiences that shape their growth.

Becca Habalow

Senior Operations Associate, 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 and focus on the details both big and small to ensure operations run smoothly. 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.

Mimi Kravetz

Chief Experience and 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.

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.

David Korenthal

Associate Director of Talent Acquisition, Hillel International dkorenthal@hillel.org

David Korenthal is the Associate Director of Talent Acquisition at Hillel International, where he works with mid-career professionals and Jewish educators and Rabbis, including the Ezra track of Springboard, to bring the best talent to Hillels around the country. Prior to his time at Hillel, he worked  at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation as the IACT National Program Officer. Currently based in Boston, David is originally from the Chicago area and graduated from Ithaca College in 2010 with a BA in History. Upon graduation, David spent time living in Cairo, Egypt, and then a year living, working, and volunteering in Israel as a fellow on OTZMA 26. He then worked as the Engagement Associate at UChicago Hillel. David also spent 14 summers as a camper, counselor, and unit head at Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, Wisconsin. He is a 2016 graduate of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership program at Brandeis University, where he completed dual MBA and MA degrees.

Springboard Educators

  • Danielle Kranjec

    Senior Jewish Educator, Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh

  • Rabbi Melissa Simon

    Senior Jewish Educator and Rabbi, UNC-Chapel Hill Hillel

  • Sam Sittenfield

    Program Manager, Repair the World

  • Rabbi Elie Lehmann

    Senior Jewish Educator, Boston University Hillel

  • Mollie Feldman

    Associate Director of the Meyerhoff Center, Hillel International

  • Janu Mendel

    Executive Director, Repair the World Miami

  • Leah Kahn

    Senior Director of the Meyerhoff Center, Hillel International

  • Rabbi Charlie Schwartz

    Senior Director of Jewish Content, Hillel International

  • Heather Paul

    Senior Jewish Educator, Illini Hillel