Merav Fine Braun
Merav Fine Braun is the incoming Executive Director at Hunter College Hillel and is very excited to return to the Hillel International family. She is a graduate of NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual Masters program in Nonprofit Management and Judaic Studies, and she holds a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Merav spent two years working at Maryland Hillel in College Park as well, and her combined six years there (four as a student, two as a professional) are her inspiration for working with students in Jewish Life. Past roles include consulting with Leading Edge, the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY, and OneTable. Most recently, Merav served for two years as the Program Manager for Member Services at the Jewish Funders Network office in New York. In her spare time, Merav teaches yoga, loves to cook (especially for friends), and to spend time outdoors with her husband, Adam.
Arielle Braude is excited to begin building community in her role as Assistant Director at Hunter Hillel. Before joining the Hunter family, she had the privilege of working with students as the Senior Associate for Student Life and Education at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU. There, she developed a multi-tier communal network of Jewish learning, including pioneering Black and Jewish Dialogue, Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice, #nastywomenstudytorah, and Are You There G!d? seminars. Arielle grew up in Southern New Jersey and spent a year before attending college to serve as the International President of BBYO, Inc., the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement. She then graduated Cum Laude from NYU with a Bachelor of Social Work and later a Master of Social Work. Arielle lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her boyfriend, Jackson, and their dog, Frida.
Shani Gross is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 29). Prior to becoming a full-time student, Shani was the co-founder and director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash: a center of learning on the West Coast that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts and ideas in a pluralistic, warm and intellectually challenging environment. She has studied at a number of Jewish Institutions including Migdal Oz, the Drisha Institute, and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She has taught at various organizations around the Bay Area, and particularly loves teaching topics relating to Tanakh and Midrash, and how they speak to our modern Jewish community. When not studying or teaching, Shani can be found looking up recipes she will never actually cook and attempting to teach her son how to crawl.
Eliezer Lawrence will be a Rabbinic Intern at Hunter College Hillel this fall. He is 3rd year Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. An alumnus of Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa and Mechon Hadar, Eliezer completed his undergraduate work in Rabbinic Literature, Linguistics and Yiddish Language at the Joint Program between Columbia University and JTS. He holds a MA in Bible and Semitic Languages as well as a certificate in Israel Education from the Davidson School of Jewish Education. Eliezer is interested in listening and sharing, searching and guiding, and being present to the journeys of each of his students.