The Student Board is responsible for guiding the Hillel community. Student leaders oversee creative student programming to explore Jewish identity, through art, text study, spirituality, travel, sports, music, cooking, and more. Student leaders challenge one another to build and sustain a warm and nurturing community with compelling and diverse content.
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The 2021 Executive Board
Aliyah Blattner (she/her/hers) is excited to serve the Brown RISD Hillel community as this year’s Student President. At Brown, Aliyah concentrates in Literary Arts and Gender & Sexuality Studies and is a member of the Class of 2023. In her free time, Aliyah enjoys writing poetry, painting, playing guitar, and facilitating dialogue around gender-based harm. Aliyah believes that Hillel is a site of possibility for Jewish exploration and hopes to support students in fostering a radically inclusive, deeply meaningful, and ultimately joyful Jewish college experience, in whatever form that takes! As President, Aliyah looks forward to working with other student leaders to celebrate the unique Jewish journeys of our College Hill community members and to cultivate a culture of curiosity through our programming. Aliyah’s door is always open and she would love to hear any hopes, dreams, ideas, questions, or concerns over email or a socially distant cup of coffee!
Rebecca Rosenzweig (she/her) is this year's Vice President of Social and Cultural Engagement at Brown RISD Hillel. Rebecca is a part of the class of 2023 at Brown and concentrating in Neuroscience and Music, and is also a Pre-Med student. She plays cello and loves to run in her free time. Rebecca’s role at Hillel is to create welcoming, fun, and accommodating activities, events, and anything related to social life and the culture of Brown RISD Hillel. This includes overseeing all Hillel student-led groups, DIY shabbat, and anything else that contributes to social aspects of the Hillel community. Rebecca is so excited to be on Hillel’s E-Board and foster a warm and exciting Hillel community this year on and off campus for all students. Please reach out to Rebecca with any ideas, questions, concerns, or a socially distant coffee date!
Elana Nussbaum Cohen (she/her/hers) is thrilled to serve as this year’s Vice President of Religious and Spiritual Life. Elana is a sophomore at Brown likely concentrating in Sociology and Religious Studies. In her role as VPRSL, Elana is excited to create meaningful and engaging Shabbat and holiday programming that does not water down Judaism. She is looking forward to exploring how our community can embody pluralism in everything we do and imbuing spirituality into otherwise mundane activities. When Elana is not talking to her friends about their relationships to God (or lack thereof), she enjoys beatboxing with Harmonic Motion a capella, feeding her sourdough starter, jamming on the guitar and drums, reading cookbooks, and singing nigunim (wordless melodies). Elana is excited to work with students who run the gamut of Jewish practice and identity and wants to envision how Brown RISD Hillel can be even more inclusive to all members of this wonderful community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Elana if you have any questions, ideas or concerns!
Elyse Forman (she/her/hers) is so excited to serve as the Brown RISD Hillel’s Vice President of Social Justice & Interfaith Engagement along with Caroline! She is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California concentrating in Health and Human Biology. Elyse loves to bake, go to the beach, and knit when she has some free time. She is thrilled to work as a leader within Hillel to make it the most welcoming, accessible, and inclusive space it can be. Elyse cannot wait to foster students’ passions in social justice and help them explore their Judaism in a way that connects to the daily challenges that we work to overcome. She wants to hear about all of your social justice and interfaith ideas, so please reach out to Elyse if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to chat about anything over a virtual coffee.
Caroline Cheng (she/her) is excited to be Brown RISD Hillel’s Vice President of Social Justice & Interfaith along with Elyse! Caroline is a part of the class of 2023 at Brown, studying Applied Mathematics and Economics. In her free time she loves painting and sewing, and is a part of Brown’s Fashion@Brown. Through her role at Hillel, Caroline looks forward to helping students pursue meaningful social justice projects, as well as fostering a welcoming space for students of all backgrounds. If you have any questions or would just like to have a virtual coffee chat with Caroline, do not hesitate to reach out!