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Naftali Brawer, PhD
Neubauer Executive Director & University Jewish Chaplain

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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.

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Lauren Bloom
Associate Director

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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.


 

Marilyn Goldman
Director of Operations

Marilyn joined Tufts Hillel in June 2022 as the Director of Operations.  She has spent her career working in the Boston Jewish Community in various organizations as well as working for many years at a private family foundation who supported local and national Jewish organizations.  Marilyn has extensive experience in nonprofit management, specifically in the areas of operations, finance and human resources.  Marilyn has also spent much of her career working with college students and high schools and is excited to return to campus through her work at Tufts Hillel.  Marilyn cares deeply about the Jewish community, in future generations, and is energized by her work with young adults.  Marilyn lives in Newton with her fiancée and is the proud mother of two young adults, who also live in the Boston area.  When not working, Marilyn enjoys experiencing the many sights and wonders of Boston and the greater New England area.


 

Fran Kantor
Director of Development

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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
Communications and Marketing Manager

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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.


 

Natalie Lopez
Student Life Coordinator

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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 400+ classes.


 

Rabbi Jonah Winer
Director of Religious Life

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Rabbi Jonah is a lover of text, tradition, and spirituality. Born and raised in Toronto, he is so excited to be making Boston and Tufts his home. After earning a BA in Religious Studies at McGill University, Jonah was ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York. While there he worked as a Rabbinic Intern at NYU’s Bronfman Center. Jonah is passionate about podcasts, local politics, and cooking every veggie in his farm share. Find him at a coffee shop to talk chasidut, pluralism, and everything interfaith. Schedule a coffee with him, or come say hello at Hillel any time!


 

Matthew Kaufman

Israel Educator

Matthew Kaufman is currently a graduate student at Brandeis University, where he studies Jewish Professional Leadership through the Hornstein Program. Before attending Brandeis, he worked for nonprofits such as the Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League and Repair the World Brooklyn. Matthew has also conducted research on behalf of Birthright Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. When he isn’t occupied with work, he can be found listening to jazz records and spoiling his pet cat, Babka.

 

David Walls
Chef Manager

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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 Jeffrey Summit
Emeritus Neubauer Executive Director

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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.