Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood.
Hillel serves approximately 1,000 Jewish students at Miami University. It promotes a strong sense of community throughout the campus. It fosters collaboration and cooperation among Hillel, student organizations, the University, the Oxford community, Cincinnati and Dayton and other nearby Jewish communities. The entire campus community values a Jewish presence and Jewish students participate in activities both within the walls of Hillel, around campus, and in the surrounding communities.
Marcy brings a wide variety of professional experiences to her position not only from within the Jewish communal world but also the international community. She has previously worked in the Jewish education and leadership fields, the legal profession, and has held the positions of executive director, interim director and assistant director of Hillels at both public and private universities. She has also staffed and participated in many Hillel initiatives including birthright trips and Alternative Spring Breaks, Ta Shma - a Jewish studies program in Israel, and a unique tzedek training opportunity for Hillel staff in Nicaragua.
Megan Harkavy was born and bred in Baltimore, Maryland and is a die-hard Ravens and Orioles fan! Following her undergraduate studies at Towson University, Megan served as the Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corp Fellow at the University of Georgia. She went on to receive a Master in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew University. She spent 5 years serving as the Baltimore Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator where she facilitated a 15-month Teen Leadership program in leadership, community service, Jewish identity, and Israel that culminated with a 3-week Israel trip. Most recently, Megan served as the Director of Leadership and Engagement for Art with a Heart, a visual arts non-profit, where she created and launched a new teen leadership program that brought together underprivileged and privileged teens to learn about all of the different issues that face the Baltimore community. Megan is thrilled to be back in the Hillel world and looks forward to meeting all the students at Miami University of Ohio.
Hila-Hillary Katz has been working as a Jewish Agency Israel fellow for Hillel at Miami since August 2015. She is originally from Petah-Tikva, located in central Israel. Hila has a B.A. Degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, majoring in Sociology-Anthropology and Political Science, and feels that it is her obligation as an Israeli to help the community in the states to better understand Israel and its people. She is always in the mood to talk about everything: life, politics, food, music, and of course Israel. And above all else, she enjoys traveling, "When it comes to trips you won't have to ask me twice, I am spontaneous and always in the mood for an adventure".
Ethan Litvin is the new Director of Careers Cincinnati, a joint venture between Hillel at Miami University and Cincinnati Hillel connecting area college students to internships and careers in the greater Cincinnati area. Ethan is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and holds a B.A. in Psychology. He was the founder of the Hillel at Randolph-Macon and served as Hillel Director at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Assistant Director of Youth and Family services at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond VA. Ethan was a MASA Israel participant spending six months working, studying Hebrew, and volunteering in Israeli society. Careers Cincinnati is funded by a three –year grant from the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.
A Louisville native and rising second year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, David graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University, Bloomington with B.A.s in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and French. Throughout his undergraduate career, he served the university in various capacities as a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board and of the College Academic Fairness Committee. Active in the Jewish community in Bloomington, he held numerous positions at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center where he served on the Executive Student Board and led services. He also became deeply involved in promoting interfaith cooperation on campus through various initiatives and by founding an interfaith student organization. A recipient of many prestigious academic awards, he founded the Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Studies and wrote his honors thesis on the conception of personhood in ancient Israel as portrayed in Genesis 2:7. During his year in Jerusalem, he volunteered at an absorption center for Ethiopian immigrants where he worked with children. A Fourth Degree Black Belt, he enjoys studying and teaching martial arts in his spare time.
Joel has been involved in Jewish communities throughout North America for over 30 years including being the Executive Director of Hillel at Syracuse University and Hillels of Rochester Area Colleges. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the Rochester Institute of Technology.