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

Josh Feldman

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 Jessica Lott

Associate Vice President of Education jlott@hillel.org

Rabbi Jessica Lott loves to teach and has done so with people of all kinds – from toddlers to seniors, at synagogues and summer camps, on Israel trips, in interfaith dialogue groups and, of course, on college campuses. Her interest in stories, how we tell them, and what we learn from hearing and telling them is what led her to the rabbinate. A deep investment in innovation and pluralism lead her to a career in Hillel. She joined Hillel International to build a supportive network among Senior Jewish Educators, expanded her work in the Meyerhoff Center to creating Jewish educational content for all Hillels, and most recently built out Hillel U’s Center for Engagement and Wellness. Prior to her time at the SIC, Jessica was the Associate Director for Jewish Life and Learning at University of Maryland Hillel and worked at the Hillels at the University of Delaware and at Temple University as well as for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, a Chicago-based Jewish social justice organization.

Jessica is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She also holds a bachelors in Jewish and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St Louis and a masters in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from DePaul University in Chicago.

Heather Paul

Assistant Director, Springboard Fellowship Hpaul@hillel.org

Heather Paul brings over ten 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.

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.

Nikki Goldrod

Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition Ngoldrod@hillel.org

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.

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.

Springboard Educators

  • Ira Blum

    Assistant Director, University Of Pennsylvania Hillel

  • Arielle Krule

    Director of the Jewish Learning Fellowship, Hillel International

  • Mollie Andron

    Program Director, Amplifier

  • Rabbi Danielle Kranjec

    Senior Jewish Educator, Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh

  • Nikki Goldrod

    Assistant Director of Talent Acquisition, Hillel International

  • Sam Sittenfield

    Program Manager, Repair the World

  • Janu Mendel

    Executive Director, Repair the World Miami

  • Rabbi David Jaffe

    Director and Founder, Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project

  • Rabbi Avi Killip

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

  • Rabbi Yonah Schiller

    Executive Director, Tulane Hillel

  • Rachel Ralston

    ​Associate Executive Director, San Francisco Hillel

  • Mordy Walfish

    Acting CEO, Leading Edge