MEET THE TEAM
Jillian (she/her) was born and raised in New City, New York. She received a BA in sociology, with a minor in Jewish Studies, from Rutgers University where she was an involved HIllel student and leader. Growing up Jillian spent her summers at URJ Eisner Camp, and following college she worked for Eisner year round. While working, she received a MA in human rights from Columbia University, focusing on women and religion. Jillian met her husband, Mordechai, at Hillel and together they moved to Santa Barbara in 2012. She worked at Santa Barbara Hillel for seven years and in 2017 was awarded Hillel International’s Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award. Jillian has been leading the amazing team at Syracuse Hillel since 2019. She has two children, Lev and Aviva, who love Hillel, Otto, and Syracuse. Jillian is passionate about Judaism, women, singing songs for fun, and making the world a better place.
Rabbi Ethan Bair
Rabbi Ethan Bair (he/him) comes to Syracuse Hillel after serving for the past year as College Rabbi and Hillel Director at Hamilton College and eight years as a congregational rabbi, most recently at Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach. He was ordained as a Reform rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 2011, after which he served as the campus rabbi at USC Hillel and helped establish the Los Angeles office of American Jewish World Service. Originally from Boston, Rabbi Bair is a trained singer and graduate of Oberlin College where he triple-majored in Religion, Jewish Studies and German Studies. After graduation, he went on to study at Humboldt Universität in Berlin as a Fulbright Fellow. A longtime activist for racial and environmental justice, immigration reform, and LGBTQ and women’s rights, Rabbi Bair is committed to building interfaith partnerships and creating an empowered spiritual Jewish community. He and his wife, Prof. Nadya Bair, have two daughters, Chaya Miriam and Emunah Gittel.
DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS MANAGER
Stephanie (she/her) was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Stamford, CT. She earned a BA in communications from Curry College and an MBA in Finance from Iona College. After graduating from Iona, Stephanie moved to Boston where she worked for 8 years at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. While at the Institute, Stephanie received the Partners in Excellence Award for her work on the Interprofessional Rounds. The Interprofessional Rounds is an annual event in which students come together to hear successful examples of how clinical teams collaborate to provide patient centered care. Stephanie has years of experience as a Program Manager and Development Operations Manager. She takes pride in the quality of her work and enjoys working in a collaborative environment. She is eager to join the Syracuse Hillel community and to begin working with, and learning from, this exciting team. When not at work, Stephanie loves traveling to Greece to spend time with her family there. She also enjoys trivia, all things Marvel, and watching hockey.
SPRINGBOARD SOCIAL JUSTICE FELLOW
Tamar (she/her) was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Growing up, she was an active member of her BBYO chapter and spent many summers at Perlman Camp, where she made lifelong friends. Tamar recently graduated with a BA in History Education with a minor in global studies from the University of Delaware. At UD, Tamar was a part of Hillel and the World Scholars Program, which allowed her to study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal, and Madrid, Spain. Tamar was also actively involved in undergraduate research and worked to design more equitable learning experiences for K-12 students in Social Studies classrooms across the state. She collaborated with other educators throughout Delaware to create culturally a relevant curriculum, and even designed a website for teachers. Tamar is extremely excited to start working with students at Syracuse University Hillel and to learn how she can help them tackle issues that they are passionate about resolving within the local community.
Omer (he/him) is an Israeli native and grew up in southern Israel and moved to Jerusalem for university. He got a BA in Business Administration and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During his time in university, he got to take an active role in Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Hebrew U. chapter and cooperating with AEPi’s headquarters and the undergrad cabinet. In the IDF he had active combat role in the Artillery corps along Israel’s borders. Omer enjoys reading, skiing, hiking and watching motorsports.