Meet Our Student Presidents

Hi my name is Geoffrey Handelman and I am the president of Hillel Ryerson. I am a second year student majoring in hospitality and tourism management at the Ted Rogers School of Management. Before attending Ryerson I spent a year in Israel learning at Hebrew University and volunteering around the country. This experience not only enhanced my Jewish connection but equipped me with many valuable and transferable skills. In my spare time I am a peer mentor for first year hospitality students, a member of the Hillel Ontario Runway Fellowship, and an executive member of students supporting Israel Ryerson. My three passions are my family, cooking, and the Toronto maple leafs.

I am so excited for the 2017-2018 year at Hillel Ryerson. We have so many awesome programs planned and I can’t wait until we truly get under way. Some of the major things I’m looking forward to are our weekly lunches, new and innovative programs, and finally engaging and reaching out to new and prospective students to truly give them a taste of what Hillel has to offer. With our newly renovated loft, and exciting initiatives I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing year and I look forward to sharing our experiences at Hillel Ryerson!


My name is Laura Herman and I am the incoming Vice-President External Affairs at Hillel Ryerson. I am so honoured and grateful to be joining an amazing executive team committed to creating and fostering a Jewish home for students on campus. As I enter my third year of psychology at Ryerson, I am interested in implementing new ideas and networking with other student groups. Specifically, I am excited to start having different themed weekly lunches at our student loft and to have joint events with other groups on campus. I’m looking forward to this year and all the amazing initiatives to come!


Hi there, my name is Myriam Kazin and I am a fourth year student at Ryerson University – currently studying Business Management, majoring in Human Resources with a minor in Marketing. Since the first day that I became a member of Hillel Ryerson, I was welcomed by many friendly faces, an absolutely comforting environment, and many delicious bagels. That day was four years ago, since then I have made many friends, held various positions within Hillel and made some pretty incredible life-long memories. Most importantly, Being a part of the Hillel Community has given me the chance to learn more about my Jewish Identity.