Get to Know Our Staff
Our staff team is dedicated to providing a lived example of pluralism, team-work,and mutual respect across difference.
From across the country and around the world, our staff represents a broad diversity of backgrounds and interests.
We look forward to the opportunity to be partners with you in building vibrant Jewish life on campus.
Anna Levin Rosen
Rabbi and Executive Director
Anna Levin Rosen serves as the Rabbi and Executive Director at UChicago Hillel. Having served UChicago Hillel for ten years, Anna’s work is part of the fabric of the University. With a passion for Jewish life and social justice, Anna has served as a guest educator for a spectrum of organizations in Chicago including Mishkan, Anshe Emet, Spertus and Interfaith Family. Committed to social justice, Anna served as a community organizer with JCRC in Boston and Fairmount Temple in Cleveland.Anna has a Rabbinical Degree from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where she earned Masters degrees in Hebrew Letters and Educational Administration. She was the recipient of a Dean’s research grant for her thesis project entitled: Thinking Outside the Tzedakah Box. She received her BA from University of Virginia in Religious Studies, Anthropology and Jewish Studies. Anna enjoys travel and spent two years living abroad in Israel. Currently Anna loves exploring Chicago with her husband Tal and her children Joshua, Eliezra, Amiel, and Ezekiel.
Contact Anna about the vision and mission of Hillel, Jewish learning and supporting Hillel.
Tamar Paz Ishayah was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. At two years old she moved to Portland, Oregon with her family, and then came back to Tel-Aviv at the age of nine. After high school she completed her two years of IDF service at the Ministry of Defense spokesmen’s office. After the IDF service and during her BA studies, she enjoyed working part time as a dance, fitness, and swimming instructor. Tamar holds a BA in Fashion Design and has worked as a fashion designer in Israeli local brands as well as international fashion brands. During her studies she took part in several programs working towards sustainable fashion, environmental awareness, and design projects for aiding the local community. Tamar is super excited to be a part of the UChicago Hillel family and to meet and connect with all the students!
Contact Tamar to learn more about Israel, and Israel programming on campus.
Hannah grew up in Teaneck, NJ by way of Rochester NY and attended the Ma’ayanot Yeshiva HS for girls. She considers herself an intown girl with an out of town heart. Hannah then spent a year learning at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim in Jerusalem, proceeded by volunteering for a year of national service at Chorev Elementary School in Jerusalem. After Hannah made Aliyah, she got married and then finished a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Informational Systems from Jerusalem College of Technology, Tal Campus. Hannah has been working as a Tax Associate at Masamerica in Tel Aviv.
Hannah and Yehudah have two adorable sons who are excited to come to campus! Hannah’s hobbies include reading non-fiction books of the Culinary Arts (cookbooks), spinning- the thing on the bike that goes nowhere, binge watching Friends and learning פניני הלכה. Hannah is extremely passionate about being a mother, personal growth, and expressing love through food.
Contact Hannah to hear about Jewish learning opportunities, social events, and Shabbat meals.
Social Justice Fellow
Lilli is the engagement and social justice staff person at Hillel. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she graduated from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College with a B.S. in Journalism in 2020. On campus, she was active in Jewish life and assisted with public health research.
At UChicago Hillel, Lilli facilitates the queer book club, the Reform community group with Rabbi Anna, and the Green Team, Hillel's environmentalism group. She also co-facilitates the Bronzeville Youth Identity Collaborative, a program focused on art, identity, and reclamation of narrative in partnership with the University Community Service Center. In her free time, Lilli likes to read, do ceramics, spend time outside, and listen to music.
Contact Lilli to get involved in social justice learning and initiatives.
Rabbi Yehudah Auerbach
Rabbi Yehudah hails from Cedarhurst, NY where he graduated as valedictorian of his class at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, High School for Boys. Yehudah went on to Yeshivat Shaalvim in Israel, where he learned for a year and a half before enlisting in the IDF and serving in the Golani Brigade. After his service, Yehudah went back to Sha’alvim to continue his Torah-learning pursuits and is currently working to complete Semicha from the Mizrachi Musmachim program. Yehudah has been working on the staff of Yeshivat Shaalvim as a Teacher’s Assistant, where he gave shiurim on topics ranging from Talmud, to Jewish Philosophy & History. Yehudah is also completing a bachelor’s degree from the Jerusalem College of Technology in Business Management & Entrepreneurship. Yehudah’s hobbies include playing Chess or other intense sports, drinking French press, reading biographies, and discussing current events. He enjoys a spirited debate and loves to schmooze. Yehudah is passionate about Torah, Judaism, and his family. Hannah and Yehudah have also gained invaluable experience as members of the Mizrachi Shalhevet Leadership Seminar, where they became certified Chattan and Kallah teachers, and as fellows of the OU- JLIC Shalhevet Campus Fellowship.
Contact Rav Yehudah to hear about Jewish learning opportunities, social events, and Shabbat meals.