Hillel at Miami University—the center of Jewish life on campus—seeks to engage, connect, and empower Jewish students by encouraging exploration of their Jewish identity, creating a vibrant Jewish community, and inspiring the next generation of Jewish leaders.

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 1,100 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.

Hillel Staff



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.



Joel has been involved in Jewish communities throughout North America for over 30 years, including as 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.


Kathryn Friedman, Director of Jewish student life

A Rochester New York native, Friedman received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Roberts Wesleyan College. Kathryn was active with the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project and Challah for Hunger while a student and spent three months in Israel last summer as a Social Justice and Diversity Intern with a social service agency in Haifa.

Kathryn looks forward to meeting with as many students as she can to help the Hillel team strategize how to best offer creative, intentional, and relevant programming to meet the diverse needs of the Jewish and broader campus community.



Lior comes to Oxford from Shlomi, a small town located in the north Israel. She has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Criminology from Emek Israel College and a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Political Communication from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Lior looks forward to meeting all students at Miami, and welcomes them to ask her anything about Israel. She’d also love to talk about her other two passions—movies and musicals!


Rabbi Iah Pillsbury, Senior jewish educator

Rabbi Pillsbury is an educator, artist, and activist. She teaches and guides groups of all ages, produces ketubot and other ritual text and artifacts, officiates in all life-cycle ceremonies, and engages in community building and organizing. Formerly a Dr. Norma and Donald Stone Fellow at HUC-JIR’s Center for the study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems, Rabbi Pillsbury’s interest and expertise center around the intersection between gender, violence, and rabbinic literature. Recently, she has been researching rabbinic writings on the story of Esther and developing teaching and outreach tools to explore identity and community building while addressing challenging texts and ideas. Rabbi Pillsbury is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati campus.