Our Leadership Cohort is comprised of students dedicated to creating impactful, thoughtful, and fun experiences
for students looking for a place in the Jewish community
In partnership with staff and members of the leadership cohort, we encourage anyone to bring us their ideas and we’ll work together to build together. Do you have an idea? Reach out to one of these leaders to bring it to life!
Senior Leadership Intern
Aliza Oppenheim is a third year from Fair Lawn, New Jersey double majoring in Law, Letters, and Society and Political Science. Aliza is looking forward to her second year of Hillel leadership, and is excited to find new ways to expand and engage the community she loves. In Hillel, Aliza serves as the Library Intern and participates in the Egalitarian and Yavneh minyanim. On campus, she enjoys acting in University Theater productions, reminding people to vote with the Institute of Politics's UChiVotes team and the Women in Public Service Program, and working with the Undergraduate Law Magazine. She's excited for a great year at Hillel and is always available to talk about Hillel!
Emily Knopf (2 silent letters so it’s pronounced like “nahf”!) is a third-year undergraduate from Teaneck, New Jersey studying Psychology and Public Policy Studies. Outside of Hillel, Emily is involved in the Organization of Students with Disabilities, various projects engaging with communities on the South Side, and works in a Psychology lab which studies early childhood math development. Some of her other passions include animals (ask about her bunnies!!), drinking tea, playing her ukulele, having deep conversations, and listening to show tunes. Emily is extremely excited to be serving on the leadership cohort this year and wants to work to make Hillel a more comfortable, accessible, and fun place for students with all different backgrounds, identities, and connections to Judaism!!
Rafael is a second year from Mexico City double majoring in Political Science and Economics. He is thrilled to be in Hillel’s leadership team because his first year enabled him to reconnect with with Jewish roots. Rafael is involved in various community service projects, and he is especially excited to continue tutoring underprivileged kids in the south side. One of his biggest passions is coffee and discovering new spots around the city. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Livia is a rising third year from New York City, majoring in History and Russian and Eastern European Studies. Outside of Hillel, Livia also works at the Smart Museum of Art, and serves as an editor of the Chicago History Journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking and hiking. Livia is excited to be on the Hillel Leadership Cohort, and looks forward to a meaningful year!
Max Marcus is a second year majoring in biology and economics. He is from New York. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, cooking, scuba diving, and playing floor hockey (a sport that only exists in the yeshiva league and in intermural sports at UChicago.). Max is looking forward to helping create opportunities for students to further connect to their Jewish identities.
Jonah Sobel is a second-year in the College, and is majoring in Physics. Originally from Great Neck, NY, Jonah attended Ramaz Upper School and is proud to represent Yeshivat Orayta on campus as Ambassador to UChicago. He spent this past summer as Rosh Plugah (Head of Maintenance and Logistics) at Camp Stone in Sugar Grove, PA. Jonah is an active participant of the Yavneh minyan at Hillel, and serves as a Social Chair of the Yavneh Board. He loves eating elephant ear cookies, driving tractors, and playing Jewish geography. Jonah is excited to join Hillel's Leadership Cohort and help facilitate another year of growth and connection at UChicago!