Every year, we welcome new members to our talented team of Hillel professionals!
This year, we are thrilled to welcome Ruth Chitiz, Lior Diklshpan, Noam Kamm, Rabbi Ariella Rosen, and Amit Rozenblum.

Read on to get to know them a little better.

Lior Diklshpan, Director
Hillel York

Q. Where were you born?
A.
Israel
Q. What university did you attend?
A. I attended Queens College in New York and The George Washington University in Washington DC.
Q. What did you study?
A. I have degrees in Psychology and Nutrition and a Masters in Jewish cultural arts and experiential education
Q. What was your first encounter with Hillel?
A. My first encounter with Hillel was during my undergraduate degree. I walked into the Hillel space by mistake and immediately made a connection with the Rabbi, who was the Israel fellow at that time. The Rabbi and I had many meals together and I became an active student at Hillel.
Q. What is your favourite thing about Jewish holidays?
A. The food, especially Shavuot – my mom’s cheesecake is the best.
Q. What is your wish for the upcoming year?
A. My wish for this upcoming year, more than anything, is that we all stay healthy.

Rabbi Ariella Rosen, Senior Jewish Educator
Hillel Ryerson, Hillel UofT, Hillel York

Q. Where were you born?
A. Baltimore, Maryland
Q. What university did you attend?
A. List College, the joint program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)
Q. What did you study?
A. Psychology and Midrash
Q. What was your first encounter with Hillel?
A. First year orientation Shabbat dinner. I still remember the senior student who was at my table and made me feel so incredibly comfortable and welcomed.
Q. What is your favourite thing about Jewish holidays?
A. Well, my favourite holiday is Sukkot because I love being outside and feeling connected to nature. In general I love that holidays give us the chance to think creatively about food, stories, and ideas in ways that enable us to feel connected to the Jewish people as a whole.
Q. What is your wish for the upcoming year?
A. Health and healing for all.

Amit Rozenblum, Director
Hillels Waterloo and Laurier

Q. Where were you born?
A. Haifa, Israel
Q. What university did you attend?
A. Haifa University
Q. What did you study?
A. I did my Bachelor’s degree in Archeology and Hebrew Literature and my Master’s degree in Biblical Archeology
Q. What was your first encounter with Hillel?
A. My first encounter with Hille was during my work at JIAS Toronto (about 2 years ago) – I heard great things about Hillel and the work that they do – when I saw the opportunity to work in the organization, I immediately applied!
Q. What is your favourite thing about Jewish holidays?
A. The high holidays are always a wonderful opportunity for the community to get together. It is such a wonderful thing to attend shul and see your friends and family (and having great food!). Although this year we are experiencing a challenging time, we can still find ways to obey health restrictions and be together – if not physically, then spiritually and emotionally.
Q. What is your wish for the upcoming year?
A. That we as a community will find the good and the positive things this time entails – although it’s not clear, we can and should focus on the good, individually and collectively.

 

Noam Kamm, Springboard Innovation Fellow
Guelph Hillel, McMaster Hillel, Hillels Waterloo, and Laurier

Q. Where were you born?
A. Jerusalem, Israel
Q. What university did you attend?
A. University of Guelph
Q. What did you study?
A. Psychology as well as Family and Child Studies
Q. What was your first encounter with Hillel?
A. My very first Hillel event was back in my first year during orientation week. My roommates and I went to the Welcome Back Carnival!
Q. What is your favourite thing about Jewish holidays?
A. There is so much I could list that I love about the holidays! I think recently one of my favourite things has been the preparation – as I got older I’ve been learning more about the traditions and recipes that have been in our family for years and their significance in relation to each particular holiday!
Q. What is your wish for the upcoming year?
A. My wish for the upcoming year is to continue navigating and finding new ways of creating a sense of closeness and community with others in a time where there is such physical distance.

Ruth Chitiz, Advocacy Manager
Hillel Ryerson, Hillel UofT, Hillel York

Q. Where were you born?
A. Toronto, Canada
Q. What university did you attend?
A. Queen’s University
Q. What did you study?
A. BAH and MA in Religious Studies
Q. What was your first encounter with Hillel?
A. My first encounter with Hillel was Israel programming on campus.
Q. What is your favourite thing about Jewish holidays?
A. Time with family!
Q. What is your wish for the upcoming year?
A. My wish for the upcoming year is an end to the pandemic!

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