• Kari Semel

    Janet L. Swanson Director of Jewish Student Life at the University of Pittsburgh

    Kari begins her full time role with Hillel JUC after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with her Masters in Social Work, during which she worked with Hillel as the MSW intern. Kari received her BA in Sociology from DePaul University before moving to Louisville, KY to work as the Jewish Youth Director at the Jewish Community of Louisville. During her time in Louisville, Kari oversaw the day camp experience, BBYO, JCC Maccabi Games, International March of the Living and other programs which helped shape her understanding of youth engagement. Kari is eager to continue her work with Hillel JUC and the students at the University of Pittsburgh, and can most likely be found catching up with students over coffee! While not working, Kari enjoys spending time with her fiancée and dogs Lucy and Frankie, baking, reading, and cheering on her Cleveland Cavaliers!

  • Alex Zissman

    Alex Zissman

    Jack G. Buncher Director of Jewish Student Life at Carnegie Mellon University

    Alex comes to Hillel JUC after graduating from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Organizational and Community Leadership. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Alex has worked with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Delaware. After his involvement with UD Hillel, including serving as the student president, Alex continues to be excited about working with the JUC staff and students. Most likely, Alex can be found on CMU campus, eagerly meeting as many students as possible. He welcomes all Jewish CMU students to join him for a cup of tea, or coffee if you prefer. While not working, Alex can be found on the tennis court, traveling, or exploring Pittsburgh.

    Office Phone: (412) 621-8875, ext. 119 (Press 1 during the voicemail to be forwarded to his cell phone)

  • Jared Stein

    Jared Stein

    IACT Coordinator

    Jared Stein is proud to join the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh as their new IACT Coordinator. Jared graduated in the Spring of 2020 from Florida Atlantic University, where he received a degree in Social Work and had his first Israel experience in his senior year on Birthright. Always chasing the sun as a Floridian transplant, Jared enjoys hiking and paddle-boarding. After graduating, he interned at a nonprofit in Tel Aviv and then continued his Israel journey by moving on to Kibbutz Ulpan. It was through this year abroad that he learned the value of community and camaraderie. As an IACT Coordinator, Jared hopes to meet with as many students as possible, eat his way through Pittsburgh, and lead memorable Israel experiences.

    This position is made possible in part by a grant from Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community Foundation.

  • Zoe Hertz

    Springboard Innovation Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University

    Zoe comes to Hillel JUC after graduating from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s in Psychology and Anthropology, and a minor in Education Studies. Originally from Israel, and then Bucks County, PA, Zoe has always been involved in Jewish life, including multiple academic fellowships, teen learning communities, and personal and group studies with Rabbis. She is so excited to be working for Hillel and can’t wait to meet all the students! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to her for a meetup of coffee, tea, or just to chat. While not working, Zoe can be found outdoors, doing art, reading, traveling, or trying something new.

    Office Phone: (412) 621-8875, ext. 120

  • Sarah Chalmin

    Springboard Innovation Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh

    Originally from Bel Air, Maryland, Sarah recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Human Services and is so excited to join the Hillel JUC team. She spent much of her time getting involved in different clubs and working to be hands-on with the community in Newark. She spent her time at UD Hillel involved in leading and facilitating programs for other students. She is so excited to continue engaging students and watching them grow and make new connections on campus. As she is new to the area, she is so excited to explore the city and know what everyone’s favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is. She loves a good walk, stopping to pet all the dogs, and can’t wait to meet new people! She cannot wait to join the Hillel JUC team, so feel free to email her at [email protected] and introduce yourself, she would love to meet you all!