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 2022 leadership council


Rachel Weingart


Rachel is majoring in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability and is minoring in both Spanish and Political Science. She loves to connect with her community through Shabbat dinners and other Hillel events. Please feel free to reach out to her at rachel@illinihillel.org


Jacob Faibishenko


Jacob Faibishenko (he/him/his) is one of Hillel’s two co-treasurers, and he is a freshman majoring in brain and cognitive sciences. He was born in Evanston, Illinois and has many passions, including but not limited to cooking/baking, gardening, and football. If you need any help or just want to talk, feel free to reach him at jacob@illinihillel.org

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Sarah Faibishenko

Vice President

Sarah (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Evanston, IL. She is a freshman studying business within the Gies College of Business and is working towards a double major in Accounting and Information Systems.


Lucy Kramer


Hi, my name is Lucy Kramer and I am a junior here at U of I and I hold the secretary position on Hillel’s executive board. I am from Deerfield, Illinois and am pursuing a degree in chemistry with a minor in criminology. I am so excited for the amazing things to come this year and to get to know everyone in the Hillel community


Elisheva Gross


Hi, my name is Elisheva and I'm a freshman in aerospace engineering from LA...I know, how could I leave LA for Illinois to freeze? I have three nieces and one nephew. If it's not shabbat I will display pictures upon request. Please reach out if you need any help with budgeting or if you want to talk books!

Meet the Mirco-Communities

Want to become a mirco-community? Sign up HERE!

Shabbos Gamers

We are a community within Hillel that comes together, especially on Shabbat, to hang out and play games. We strive to meet new people and make connections with them. We invite all those that want to come join us weekly and experience these fun times.

Want to get involved? Contact Nathan Fensterheim at nef4@illinois.edu

Hillel Co-Ed Intramural Sports

Our community bonds over our love for playing sports in a fun way. We want to have a great experience playing sports together and intramurals is a great way to do that. This Micro-community is Co-ed; it is meant for anyone. Our goal is to have fun as a team and maybe win a few games.

Want to get involved? Contact Noah Brody at nabrody2@illinois.edu

Dungeons & Dragons

We meet every week to play the storytelling-roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons, our goal is to create a friendly and openminded environment, spur creativity, and tell a fun and exciting story that we all have a part in building and experiencing.

Want to get involved? Contact Eli Sofovich at eli.sofovich@gmail.com


LGBTJew is a space for queer Jews, allies, and all community members to celebrate and share in diversity. We offer a safe space for queer Jews and work to bring awareness to the different identities that exist within the Jewish community. Learn more about LGBTJew. 

Want to get involved? Join the mailing list.

Orthodox Jewish Students Micro-Community

We are the students who identify as Orthodox Jews (the collective traditionalist branches of contemporary Judaism), who do the things that Orthodox Jews do, i.e. pray, eat, observe halachot, etc. Our goals as a community is to, well, be a community — which involves quite a lot of things that I am not going to exhaustively list here, but includes sharing common goals and working together to achieve them, supporting each other, and generally being a cohesive and safe and prosperous and happy group within the Urbana-Champaign community.

Want to get involved? Contact Eli Sofovich at eli.sofovich@gmail.com