Staff

Reb Jevin Eagle, Executive Director

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Jevin Eagle, a former business executive and current Hebrew College Rabbinical School student, is excited to leverage his entrepreneurial talent, spiritual depth and passion for Hillel’s mission as the Executive Director of Boston University Hillel.

Prior to attending rabbinical school, Jevin Eagle was the CEO of DAVIDsTEA, a senior executive at STAPLES, Inc. and a partner at McKinsey & Company. He was one of the executives responsible for STAPLES’ Easy Brand Strategy and the famous “Easy Button.” Eagle says his career change from business to the Rabbinate was the fulfillment of a life-long dream to immerse himself in text study and serve the Jewish people. Illustrative of his commitment to the Jewish community while working in business, Jevin served as board chair of Harvard Hillel and Dartmouth Hillel from 2002 to 2006.

Eagle has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he served as an executive committee member on the Jewish Students Association, and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, where he majored in religion and government, and served as Hillel student president. Before Harvard Business School, he helped found Jewish Lights Publishing. He serves on the board of directors of Carter’s, Inc., the leading branded apparel marketer for babies and young children. Email Jevin at jeagle@bu.edu.

Ethan Sobel, Assistant Director

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Ethan Sobel first brought his energy for campus life to Boston University Hillel in 2014 as the Director of Student Life, and now serves as the organization’s Assistant Director. He completed his M.S. in Public Relations at Boston University and B.B.A. in Finance and Sport Management at UMass Amherst. Ethan has spent time working in student life and athletics at MIT and UMass Amherst and has completed projects with the Combined Jewish Philanthropists of Greater Boston. In 2016, Ethan was awarded the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International, the highest recognition given to a field professional. He has also served in Program and Development roles with two small educational nonprofits, Nehirim and Athlete Ally. Ethan has served on the Board of Directors for FLAG (Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Flag Football and the Boston University Jewish Cultural Endowment, and is a cellist in the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Ethan was born in Springfield, MA and resides in Cambridge. Email Ethan at esobel@bu.edu.

Rabbi Elie Lehmann, Campus Rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator

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Elie Lehmann loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. He joins the BU Hillel community after completing Rabbinical School at Boston’s Hebrew College and serving as Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. Recently, he returned from a year of learning in Israel and summer teaching Judaic Studies in Kenya. Elie is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and completed B.A.s from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. When not jamming on drums, Elie can be found experimenting in the kitchen or cycling around new neighborhoods. Email Elie at elie@bu.edu.

Deborah Glickman, Director of Operations

Deborah Glickman comes to BU Hillel after serving as the Chief Finance Officer at the Willow Hill School, a non-profit, independent, Special Education day school. Prior to Willow Hill, Deborah was the Finance and Operations Director at Understanding Our Differences (UOD), a 501c3 that provides disability awareness education programs for the Newton Public Schools, and other local districts. In addition to her non-profit work, Deborah also has extensive experience in finance and operations roles with larger for-profit corporations including Dun & Bradstreet, Nielsen Marketing Research and Putnam Investments. She holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Union College and an MBA from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Deborah is a lifelong resident of Newton who, along with her husband David, is an active participant in the Boston Jewish community. She is a Camp Pembroke alumni, Prozdor graduate, former USY leader and a lifetime member of Congregation Mishkan Tefila (CMT). Over the years, Deborah has held many CMT leadership roles, including Sisterhood President, Membership Chair, and a member of the Board of Directors. She currently serves as secretary of the Endowment Committee. Email Deborah at debglick@bu.edu.

Matt Bonney-Cohen, Development Manager

Matt Bonney-CohenMatt Bonney-Cohen has returned home to Boston University, where he is a proud member of the COM Class of 2006. Prior to joining BU Hillel, Matt worked as Senior Program Coordinator for Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School, where his portfolio focused on programs in national and homeland security as well as state and local government policy. He holds a master’s degree in management with a certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard University Extension School and earned his bachelor’s degree in film and television from Boston University’s College of Communication. Matt lived in Israel for two years, including one as an OTZMA Fellow, and served as the chair of the Boston area israel360 initiative for three years. He lives in Brookline with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son Ma’or, where they are members of Washington Square Minyan. Email Matt at mattboco@bu.edu.

Rabbi Yehuda Witt, OU-JLIC Rabbi and Educator

Yehuda Rachamim Witt was born into Jewish outreach in a large family (the 6th of 14 children) in Jerusalem. Yehuda has studied at Yeshivat Heichal HaTora, in Tekoa with Rav Froman as well as being in the founding cohort of students at Meor Modiin. He studied education at David Yellin College in Jerusalem. Yehuda was part of the faculty at the Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo smicha program. Simultaneously he pursued his own semicha under Rav Riskin as well as participating in the Straus-Amiel Practical Rabbinics Program and the George Weinstein Institute for Semicha and Pedagogy. Yehuda has taught extensively throughout Israel and New York, been an educator for The Maccabiah and is a sought after private Gemara instructor. He also has vast experience outside the Torah world, working as a chef, kashrut consultant, and mashgiach. Yehuda is passionate about sharing Judaism, both the traditional canon as well the richness of its cultural traditions such as Jewish food, storytelling and music/ niggunim. Email Yehuda at yehudaw@bu.edu.

Sarah Young, OU-JLIC Educator

Sarah Young is an educator, artist, and activist who grew up outside Boston. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied sculpture and gender studies. She earned her MFA in visual art from Hunter College while completing a post-baccalaureate in Psychology. Sarah was an arts fellow at Drisha Institute and the inaugural art fellow at Pardes. She also completed the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Sarah has created experiential artist’s projects for the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and others. She was also a Global Justice Fellow for American Jewish World Service (AJWS). She moved to Israel a few years ago for a Dorot Fellowship. While living in Jerusalem she became involved in the women’s group of the Abu Tor Good Neighbors Project as well as serving as a fellow for Encounter. Sarah loves yoga, has her teaching certification and is working on becoming a certified yoga therapist. Email Sarah at sarahy@bu.edu.

Rachel Kaplan, Hebrew College Rabbinic Intern

Rachel strives to cultivate Jewish community that is as welcoming as it is meaningful. As a third year rabbinical school student at Hebrew College, she is thrilled to join the BU Hillel team. Rachel holds a BA in psychology from Grinnell College and began her post-college career path as an organic vegetable farmer and educator. This native Mainer grew her first vegetable as an ADAMAH fellow at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and is a graduate of the Beit Midrash program for Talmud study at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Studies. Rachel has taught at summer camps in Maine, Canada and Colorado, Hebrew school programs in Iowa, New Jersey and Massachusetts and on-farm educational programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Georgia. Rachel loves putting her hands in the dirt, cooking, crafting, running, practicing yoga and back porch shabbat hammock naps. Email Rachel at racheltalikaplan@gmail.com.

Danielle Neeman, IACT/Birthright Coordinator

A Providence, R.I. native, Danielle Neeman has served as BU Hillel’s Birthright Coordinator since August of 2017. Danielle received her B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Syracuse University. While at S.U. she became deeply involved in the Hillel community after participating in the university’s Birthright trip. After college, Danielle embarked on a number of journeys, from conservation research in the Costa Rican jungle, to working in the Israeli desert as a research assistant at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and the Interuniversity Institute in Eilat. She was also a marketing intern for Livnot U’Lehibanot in the city of Tzfat where she had the pleasure of getting to know many Birthright participants! If shes not dancing along the way, she’s taking photos of unsuspecting wildlife. Email Danielle at dneeman@bu.edu.

Linor Stein, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow

14139372_10207270973681249_724778583_oLinor Stein has lived her whole life in Israel, most of it right next to Tel Aviv. For the past three years, she’s been getting to know Jerusalem up close. She has recently completed her B.A. in Sociology and Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

For the past two years, Linor has been a tour guide at the Knesset’s Visitor Center, introducing Israel to various crowds, and learning all there is to know about Israeli politics. She spent almost six years serving as an Intelligence Officer in the IDF, in various positions, and is now a Captain in Reserve Duty.

Linor is the new Israel Fellow at BU Hillel, and is looking forward to finding new and exciting ways to bring Israel to campus! Email Linor at linors@bu.edu.

Ben Hersch, Springboard Fellow

19211018_1495032732_7754_funddescriptionBen Hersch is a recent graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies. While at American, Ben was an Israel Programs and Engagement Intern at Hillel. He has spent time serving the AJC Washington, D.C. Regional Office, Camp Ramah in the Poconos, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Leadership Action Network, and was a Nachshon Project Fellow.  He was the President of American University Students for Israel in 2015. Ben is eager to bring his passion for Judaism, love for Ultimate Frisbee, and positive vibes to Boston University Hillel! Email Ben at bhersch@bu.edu.