Meet the Board


Cara Goldfarb 17′ and Ryan Weeks 16′

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 12.14.54 PMCara is a sophomore and an Environmental Policy major from Chappaqua, NY. Apart from being the Co-President of Hillel, Cara is a Waterville Jewish Leadership Fellow, a COOT Leader (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips), a member of the Oak Student Committee, and the Co-Program Coordinator of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. This past summer she was an intern at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. In her free time she loves to travel, learn about other cultures, and spend time outdoors.




Ryan is a junior from Framingham, MA majoring in Biochemistry and Mathematical Sciences. Along with Hillel, I am a varsity athlete on the swimming and diving team, a CCAK mentor, and a student researcher in the Rice Biochemistry lab. My favorite part of Hillel is spending Shabbat with other members and eating the deliciously cooked meals.




Executive Board

Jane Wiesenberg ’16.  Abroad Spring 2015

IMG_0864(1)Jane is a Government and Spanish major from Mamaroneck, NY. Apart from Hillel, she is involved with the Goldfarb Center, Outside Colby, Colby Democrats, and CCAK. Thai and Torah has been a highlight of Jane’s Hillel experience, and she is looking forward to another great semester of Shabbat dinners and growing the Hillel community!




Gabi Cortez 16’.  Abroad Spring 2015

Gabi is an Anthro-3pology major and Cinema Studies minor going into her Junior year at Colby. Along with Hillel, Gabi is a member of the COOT Committee (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips) and a COOT leader, a mentor in Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and she also works in the admissions office as a receptionist assistant. She will be going abroad during the Spring semester to Brazil, India, and South Africa. One of her favorite aspects of Colby Hillel is the way that it connects her to so many different people, both in the Colby community and throughout Waterville.


Anne Schechner 15’ – Kitchen Coordinator

AnneHello! I’m a Senior from New York majoring in Environmental Science. On campus, I’m also a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team and a TA for the biology department. I’m excited for all of the Hillel programming coming up- come join us!




Laura Rosenthal 15’ – Pugh Center Board Liaison

Laura Rosenthal is an English Major with a concentration in creative writing. At Colby, you can find Laura tutoring in the Writers’ Center, or running back and forth between the Hillel and Pugh Community Board rooms in the Pugh Center. After a semester abroad in London, Laura is looking forward to returning to Colby for her senior year. She is excited to make Shabbat dinners and celebrate holidays with the Beth Israel community.


Sarah Rockford 15’ – Beth Israel Congregation Liaison

1002659_10152235570132836_335562812_nSarah is a French and Global Studies double major from Denver, Colorado. Coming back from her junior year abroad in Paris, Sarah is looking forward to spending her senior year playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team, volunteering at Barrels Community Market and figuring what she wants to do with her life after college. One of the most rewarding parts of her participation in Colby Hillel has been getting to know the congregants of Beth Israel synagogue in Waterville and being part of this greater community founded on Torah learning and infused with Maine pride.


Lydia Nicholson 16’ – Multi-Faith Council Liaison

1920181_10204142781156579_6642472592281269519_nHi! My name is Lydia and I am now a Junior at Colby! I am a double major in American Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and I love religion, Maine, and food! For Fall 2014 I’m traveling around Europe studying Women’s and Gender studies. But in Spring 2015 I’ll return and I’m excited to be back for my third semester as Multi-faith coordinator for Hillel. Besides Hillel, in the spring I will also be doing publicity for SPB, hanging out CCAK with my mentee, and serving on the Multi-Faith Council Board. Go Hillel!



Ben Zurkow 15’ – Community Liaison

-1Ben is a Physics major and Jewish Studies minor from Scarsdale, New York. In addition to his participation in Hillel, Ben plays cornerback for the football team and throws the javelin for the track and field team. His favorite part of Hillel are the home-cooked Shabbat dinners every Friday.



Amanda Kirsch 17’ – Social Committee Leader

imageAmanda Kirsch is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia currently majoring in Biology. After being Assistant Stage Manager her freshman year, Amanda is hoping to participate in more shows with Powder and Wig- Colby’s theatre club. She is so grateful for the welcoming community Hillel provides, and looks forward to being part of the board.




Hannah Heymann 17’. – Kitchen Coordinator. Abroad Spring 2015

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 1.40.35 PMHannah is a Psychology major from Westchester, New York. Besides working in Hillel, I enjoy spending my time mentoring for CCAK, volunteering at the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, and working as a member of SPB. I love to cook and bake, and hope to be able to bring the joy from the kitchen into Hillel programming and events this year.



Sonja Hagemeier 15’ – Education Committee Leader 

20_18AMy name is Sonja Hagemeier and I am one of the Kitchen Coordinators for Hillel!  I love making challah, fermenting things and cooking.  At Colby, I am a Religious Studies Major with a German minor and I am also one of the Co-Chairs of the Bridge. I like to run and farm and read and bake and speak german and talk about interesting things. I love the Jewish community at Colby and am excited for all of the delicious food we will make this upcoming year!




Kevin Scott ’15 – Kitchen Coordinator
unnamed-1Hey, my name is Kevin Scott, and I’m from Croton-on-Hudson, New York. I’m a senior here at Colby;  majoring in History, and minoring in creative writing.  In my free time I enjoy talking at people about history, writing,
 creatively, and relaxing.  Even though I came a little late to the game, I’m incredibly grateful for the wonderful community that Hillel has fostered, and happy to have the opportunity to be on the board before I head off!




 Olivia Stein ’18 – Member at Large

Olivia is a freshman and is undeclared but on the pre-med track at Colby. She is from Wellesley, MA. Along with Hillel, Olivia is a mentor for Colby Cares About Kids and is a member of the Colby Outing Club. She is also on the tennis team and likes to go to the pottery studio in her free time. Two of her favorite parts about Colby Hillel is both the opportunity to meet new people and the delicious Shabbat dinners!




 Chantal Naegeli ’18 – Member at Large

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My name is Chantal Naegeli and I am from Montclair, New Jersey. I am a freshman at Colby, and will be double-majoring in Anthropology and in French and possibly minoring in art. Apart from being on the Hillel board, I am also a part of CCAK, Maine Aspiration Tours, and Mediocre A Cappella group. I can’t wait to be on the board this semester. There are so many cool people in Hillel, and some really great food! Hillel is a great way to meet new people in the Colby community, and the best part is everyone is welcome!



Alex Wolansky ’17 – Member at Large


Alex is a sophomore majoring in Spanish and minoring in Economics and Sociology from Houston, Texas. In addition to Hillel, he is a member of the finance committee, a member of the investment club, a mentor for CCAK, and an avid snowboarder at the loaf. He is very excited to study abroad in Santiago, Chile during the fall of his Junior year and is very excited for all of the upcoming Hillel events this spring!




 Ilana Zyatitsky ’18 – Member at Large
imageIlana is a freshmen and a government or global studies major and minoring in Russian. Apart from Hillel, she is on the Crew Team and participated in Model UN. She looks forward to being on the Hillel board as being Jewish has always been an important part of her life.





Mark Goldberg ’18 – Member at Large
Mark is a freshman and an Economics major and Jewish Studies minor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to Hillel, Mark is a member of the Men’s Rugby team and the Colby Outing Club. He has always fostered an interest in Jewish life and looks forward to joining the Hillel board