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Leadership Council

What is Hillel's leadership council?

The Leadership Council is the student governing body that ensures Hillel is running smoothly and efficiently.

The purpose of the Hillel Leadership Council, it to create a pluralistic environment that both welcomes and engages as many students as possible to explore and celebrate Judaism. Twice a month, the leadership council hosts town hall meetings where Micro-communities can gather and voice their accomplishments and concerns. A Micro-community could be a Registered Student Organization (RSO) or it could be a group of 8 students that share some common goal or identity.

Meet the 2023 leadership council


Ben Shapiro


Ben is a pre-medical student majoring in biochemistry and minoring in statistics and chemistry. As president of the HLC and a StandWithUs fellow, he is passionate about bringing more Jewish and Israeli programming to campus. In his free time, Ben loves swimming and weightlifting. Feel free to reach out to him at

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Samantha Levy


Hi! My name is Samantha Levy and I am a freshman majoring in Architecture. I was born and raised in Skevanston (Skokie and Evanston) and have many hobbies including riding a unicycle and playing basketball. 

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Lev Sosani

Vice President

Hi, my name is Lev Sosani and I'm a sophomore here at UIUC majoring in Computer Science and Economics. I have a strong passion for fitness, computers, music, and most importantly, Judaism. I'm looking forward to making my time on the HLC board the best it can be.

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Avra Friedman


 Hi! My name is Avra Friedman and I’m a sophomore studying clinical psychology and public health. In my free time, I love to go for runs outside, stress bake cookies, and practice sketching! You can find me drinking tea and studying at Hillel nearly every day of the week if you ever want to hang out and chat!

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