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.

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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, and Amiel. 

Contact Anna about the vision and mission of Hillel, Jewish learning and supporting Hillel.

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Lilli Sher

Social Justice Fellow

Lilli is from Columbus, Ohio, and recently graduated from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College with a B.S. in Journalism, where she was also involved with Hillel, student media, and the Women’s Center. Prior to graduation, she wrote a thesis about how “fake news” is reported on in the United States and in Israel. She is incredibly passionate about the intersection of Judaism and social activism, and she is so excited to work within that intersection as the Springboard Social Justice Fellow at the University of Chicago! Lilli is particularly passionate about conflict resolution, racial justice, and food justice. She is excited to help UChicago students engage in meaningful service and build partnerships with the local community in South Side Chicago through a Jewish lens. Lilli loves to read, cook (she puts tahini in everything possible), do ceramics, spend time outside, and listen to music.

 

Contact Lilli to get involved in social justice learning and initiatives.

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Rabbi Jon Singer

OU/JLIC Educator

Jon was born and raised in Toronto, where he started training for the Chicago winters at a young age. Jon studied at Yeshivat Shvilei Hatorah in Jerusalem for two years, where his love of Israel and Judaic texts grew such that he decided to make Aliyah and continue learning. Upon becoming an Israeli citizen, Jon joined the Hesder program at Yeshivat Har Etzion, where he also worked as a counselor for foreign-born students. Jon also served in the Nachal Brigade in the Israeli army. Jon holds a degree in Economics and Biotechnology from Hebrew University and has rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. In his free time, he enjoys reading Israeli military history, playing basketball, listening to podcasts on big ideas and playing Devil’s advocate on nearly any topic.

Contact Jon to hear about Jewish learning opportunities, social events, and Shabbat meals.

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Joelle Swatez

Director of Development and Operations

Joelle has been passionate about creating meaningful, inclusive, Jewish communities her entire life. She is a graduate of Indiana University, where studied Jewish Studies, Nonprofit Management, and Political and Civic Engagement. Currently, she is working on a Master's in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. She previously worked as the JUF Uptown Cafe Coordinator at EZRA (Chicago's first anti-hunger kosher program for those in need), and as a Student Life Fellow at American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Contact Joelle to learn more about donations and operations.

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Yuval Gutlohn

Israel Fellow

Yuval Gutlohn was born and raised in Ra’annana-  a small city near Tel Aviv, Israel. After high-school she joined the Israeli Army and served for 2 years as a sergeant in the operations room at mount Hermon; she now  serves in the Israeli reserves at the Yiftach Brigade in the Golan Height. Yuval holds a L.L.B with a minor in international relations from Hebrew University. Her studies included a semester at the Georgetown University Exchange Program in London and an international Moc ICC trial in Poland. Yuval took part in the establishment of the Women Law Faculty Graduate Alumna Association. She has been involved in the Israeli and Jewish community for several years, including starting a new Scouts tribe in Ra`anana and working as a summer camp counselor at the JCC Manhattan. In her free time, she likes to travel around the world, cook but not bake, study history, and read books. 

Contact Yuval to learn more about Israel, and Israel programming on campus.

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Orly Singer

OU/JLIC Educator

Orly Singer was born in Chicago and made Aliyah at ten years old along with her family. After high school, she completed national service and subsequently attended Migdal Oz Institution for Higher Torah Study where she developed her love for Jewish learning and addressing challenging questions. She has worked for several Jewish educational programs, such as Bnei Akiva and Onward Israel, where she continued to enhance her love for Judaism and Israel. She holds a B.A and an M.A in Psychology and has worked with a variety of clinical communities in mental health institutions. Orly is extremely excited to be joining the UChicago Hillel family and can't wait to get to know you!

Contact Orly to hear about Jewish learning opportunities, social events, and Shabbat meals.

All UChicago Hillel programs are made possible through the generosity of the Jewish community. 

University of Chicago Hillel is an initiative

of the Jewish United Fund, supported by

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

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5715 S Woodlawn Ave

Chicago, IL 60637

hillel@uchicago.edu

773-752-1127