Buffie comes to Hillel whenever possible. She brings energy, cheer, and comfort to anyone interested. Her favorite activities include being pet, eating, snuggling with humans, playing tug, and being sweet.
Rabbi Brawer cares deeply about the Jewish community of the future, and believes that it is being shaped on the college campuses of today. The excitement of supporting Jewish students as they experiment with, and discover a Judaism relevant to them, is what drives his work at Hillel.
Lauren oversees the vast array of programming at Tufts Hillel. Lauren's work has a special focus on making social justice an integral component of work on campus. Lauren is a Syracuse alumna, and holds a graduate degree in Social Work. Prior to her appointment at Tufts Hillel, Lauren directed youth programming at a large synagogue and has also worked extensively with the foster care system and troubled youth.
Pete received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Tufts University. Since leaving Tufts in 2002, Pete has shown his passion for new challenges and expanding his skill set through his work experiences. He has held leadership roles in public education, higher education, in a hospital setting, as one of the first employees of a start-up, and as the owner / operator of a small business. Pete loves Tufts and is thrilled to be working at Tufts Hillel. When not working Pete enjoys all forms of exercise, any outdoor adventure, and spending time with his family.
Fran directs fund-raising to support Tufts Hillel. She transitioned to development from the corporate world with the desire to find more meaningful work and is pleased to say that she’s never looked back. Prior to coming to Tufts, Fran held positions of increasing fund-raising responsibility for The Rashi School and, most recently, served as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Kehillah Schechter Academy.
Ilan Persing Student Life Coordinator & Director of Digital Strategy
Ilan hails from all over, including Haifa Israel, Brookline Massachusetts, and Berkeley California. At UMass Amherst he studied Communication and Film studies, and has spent the last decade working in Jewish experiential education. Most recently Ilan coordinated the San Francisco Diller Teen Fellows program. Ilan loves finding new restaurants to explore, playing his guitar, and spending quality time with his wife and their dog, Sirius Black.
Abigail Ripin facilitates Israel-related programming at Tufts Hillel, recruits for and staffs Birthright trips, and engages with students throughout their Jewish journeys. She recently graduated from Boston University where she studied French, linguistics, dance, and speech science. She also spent time interning at a theater in Tel Aviv and later training at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Outside of work, Abigail loves traveling, sampling different eateries, and all things performing arts. She is currently on a mission to find the best French pastry in the greater Boston area.
Natalie graduated from Tufts in 2020, earning her BA in Classics and International Relations. As a former intern for our Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Natalie is excited to be back at Tufts Hillel. She is looking forward to working with students and helping them implement successful programming. Outside of work, Natalie is an avid OrangeTheory Fitness member, having taken 150+ classes.
Chef Walls thoroughly enjoys really hot spicy foods. His favorite cuisine is Louisiana Cajun and the hotter - the better. In fact, he makes his own hot sauce because no one else can make it with as much heat and spice as he can. When not with his family and family of pet dogs, his other passion besides cooking is his Harley. Motorcycling is his great leisure past-time on the rare times he has time to spend. He enjoys creating new recipes for Pax et Lox Glatt Kosher Deli and cooking with and for friends.
Rabbi Summit stepped down from the position as Executive Director of Tufts Hillel after serving for 39 years. He is currently a Senior Consultant for Hillel International directing a national project entitled “Living our Values.” He continues in his position of Research Professor in the Department of Music and the Judaic Studies Program at Tufts and also holds the appointment of Emeritus Jewish Chaplain at Tufts. Rabbi Summit is an ethnomusicologist and his CD "Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda" was nominated for a GRAMMY award. He also recorded a CD for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on the music of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Fair Trade coffee farmers in Uganda and is the author of two books on music and identity in the American Jewish community. He is passionate about hiking, guitars, and Jewish music.