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Student Board

Sydney Pacelli


Sydney Pacelli is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Neuroscience major, minoring in Chemistry and Studio Arts, and pursing a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. She is from West Windsor, New Jersey and misses the great bagels from home! Sydney loves children, and worked at the JCC camp in her hometown for four years after being a camper herself for nine years. She has also volunteered at her Synagogue's religious school for five years, and has been very involved in different Jewish peer leadership programs. She loves hanging out with her friends, and has made some of her greatest friends through Hillel. Sydney is so excited to be serving as the President of the Hillel Jewish Student Union, and cannot wait to engage with Pitt's Jewish community! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact her at [email protected].

Jamie Schachter

Vice President

Jamie Schachter is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Health Information Management with a certificate in Jewish Studies. She is from Marlboro, New Jersey but loves to travel to NYC and Philly for the great food hot spots. In high school, Jamie was involved in USY and is now a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi. In her spare time, Jamie volunteers at the hospital and likes to go cycling. Last year, Jamie served as Hillel's Shabbat chair and loved welcoming everyone into the special Shabbat atmosphere. She looks forward to continuing her Hillel involvement as Vice President this coming year. If you have any questions or just want to meet Jamie, you can reach her at [email protected].

Alyssa Berman

Holidays Chair

Alyssa Berman is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. She is majoring in Political Science and is pursuing a certificate in Jewish Studies. She is from Glastonbury, Connecticut and really misses the Connecticut fall and winter. She has always been active in her Jewish community. She was a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor at her synagogue, a classroom aide at Sunday school and President of her temple youth group during her senior year of high school. She also spent nine summers at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA and was a participant of NFTY Northeast while in high school. She loves hanging out with her friends and exploring the city of Pittsburgh. She is very excited to be working as Holidays chair and celebrating the holidays with the entire Hillel community! If you have any questions, Alyssa is always happy to meet and grab coffee (it is basically a food group for her), feel free to each out at: [email protected].

Jori Newman

Shabbat Chair

Jori is a sophomore at Pitt and is studying English Writing while pursuing Medical School. She is from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, a small town where she fell in love with the quiet forests and poised mountains. When she wasn't hiking, biking, reading, writing, or making tea, she was probably volunteering in her local hospital or coordinating events with her school's Interact Club. Growing up in a area without many Jewish peers, Jori didn't start her Jewish journey until she arrived in Pittsburgh for college. She discovered an important part of her identity through Judaism after coming to Shabbat every week, going to Israel on Birthright, and forming strong connections with her Jewish peers. She is a Campus Engagement Intern for Hillel, is leading the Gluten Free baking club, and is very excited to be serving as the current Shabbat chair at Hillel, for it was a Shabbat dinner that inspired her to become active in the Jewish community. Jori is thrilled to be able to share her experience with others and help create a warm and welcoming environment for everyone, no mat ter what stream of Judaism they're flowing down. She would love to get to know you and answer any questions you have, please feel free to contact her at [email protected].

Brian Burke

Shabbat Chair

Brian Burke is a sophomore planning on majoring in History and Political Science with a Certificate in Jewish Studies. A Pittsburgh native, Brian has loved being involved with Jewish activities since his days in Jewish day school. In high school, he was an active member of numerous youth groups, educational programs, committees, and clubs. Brian is the president of Panthers for Israel, Hillel's Israel club, and an on-campus intern with the David Project. When he is not in class or participating in Hillel activities, Brian can be found talking about old movies, sports, politics, Israel, or just about anything else. He is excited to continue his experience on the Hillel student board as Jewish Enrichment Chair and cannot wait for another great year! If you have any questions about Jewish life at Pitt or Israel advocacy on campus, feel free to email Brian at [email protected].

Nicki Aviel

Social Action Co-Chair

Hi everyone! My name is Nicki Aviel and I'm a junior studying Cultural Anthropology at Pitt. I'm originally from Palos Verdes, California and when I got to Pitt I didn't even know what a down coat was. Since coming to Pitt I've been active in Hillel and am on exec board for Challah for Hunger as well as Hillel. I'm also a member of Chi Omega and Ballet Club. I love art, kids, traveling, trees, baseball, and being around people. My dream is to save the world in some small way and I have Hillel to thank for making it possible! I'm serving as the Co-Social Action Chair and I'm super pumped to make social justice accessible and fun for all students at Pitt. Feel free to reach out to me about anything, my email is [email protected].

Sam Ressin

Social Action Co-Chair

Sam Ressin is a freshman at Pitt studying Economics/Statistics with a minor in Political Science. While in high school, he was a madrich at his temple and served as the Social Action VP of his NFTY region, NFTY-MAR (woop woop). Youth group was a major reason why he became excited about Judaism, and he wanted to continue to engage with his Jewish peers when he came to Pitt. Sam hopes to focus on issues such as homelessness and renewable energy while serving as Hillel's Social Action Chair. In his free time, he enjoys going downtown and walking through Schenley Park. A fun Jewish fact about Sam is that he has three ties with Moses on them, so definitely be on the look out for those when Passover rolls around. If you want to talk more about social action or why Jews are the perfect group to advocate for social justice, send Sam an email at [email protected]. He would love to talk to you!

Emily Pullman

Arts and Culture Chair

Emily Pullman is a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh. She is studying Social Work and Spanish on a pre-Occupational Therapy track. She is from East Brunswick, New Jersey, and loves going into "the city" every time she's home. Emily grew up surrounded by Jewish life through her summers at Surprise Lake Camp and involvement in BBYO. In addition to serving as Arts and Culture Chair, Emily is an Engagement Fellow at Hillel. She is also a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi, a volunteer at the Friendship Circle, and works at the JCC. In her spare time, Emily loves photography, hiking, baking, traveling, and meeting new people. Feel free to reach her at [email protected]

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Joey Kramer

Greek Chair

Joey Kramer is a sophomore planning on majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics and Administration of Justice. Joey is from Buffalo, New York, and has been involved in his Jewish community for most of his life. He attended and worked at a Jewish sleep away camp for nine summers. Joey was also his USY chapter president his senior year. Joey is new to the Hillel student board, but is excited for his position as the Greek Chair. When he is not in class or participating in Hillel events, Joey can be found talking with friends about sports, greek life, movies, or pretty much anything else. If you have any questions about greek life at Pitt and how it can relate to our community feel free to contact him at at [email protected].

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Rachel Wagner

Community Outreach Chair

Rachel Wagner is a Senior here at Pitt majoring in Applied Developmental Psychology with a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Children's Literature. She is planning on attending Pitt for a fifth (graduate) year for the Primary-Plus Pre-K to 4 certificate program which will give her a teacher's certification! Rachel is from Newtown, Pennsylvania which is one of those places that are "outside of Philly, just like the majority of the student body at Pitt." Here at Pitt, she is involved in Phi Sigma Pi; a National co-ed Honor Fraternity, an active Engagement Fellow at Hillel (taking Jewish students out for coffee, so if you haven't been taken out for coffee yet, send her an email), and an active member of the Hillel marketing team. She is very excited to be serving as the Community Outreach Chair this year on Pitt's Student Board! If you have any questions, or want to be taken out to coffee, or just want to get to know her, feel free to email her at [email protected]!