student board

What is Hillel's student board?

Student board is the student governing body that ensures Hillel is running smoothly and efficiently at all times. It is the external face and spokesperson of Hillel to the University and the community at large.​ Student board implements strategic vision for Hillel leadership team, ensures the duties and obligations of the organization are met, and maintains a lively jewish community on campus through social, religious and community outreach programs and community service and social action events.​

Meet the 2021-2022 student board

Alena Fishkin


Alena is the president of Illini Hillel! She is a sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in Jewish studies. She is excited to be involved in the Hillel community. She loves seeing friends and meeting new people at Shabbat dinners and other events like Bagel Brunch. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting, and listening to music.

Lyla Zegelstein

Social Chair

Lyla is the Social Chair for Illini Hillel! She grew up in New York and competed in ski racing for 10 years. When not studying Electrical Engineering, Lyla enjoys hiking, rock climbing, traveling, and training for Spartan races. The highlights of her 2013 trip to Israel include running down Masada with her brother and eating rugelach. She came to the first Hillel Shabbat freshman year and since has made great friends. She is looking forward to getting to know more students and planning events with the Social Committee!

Sam Polyakov

Vice President

Samuel was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He is currently a sophomore in college pursuing a major in Quantitative Economics and a minor in Spanish. In his free time, Samuel loves to read, swim, and write poetry.

Zoe Wachtel

Jewish Education Chair

Zoe is the Jewish Education Chair for Illini Hillel! She is double majoring in Chemistry and MCB. When not studying, Zoe enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, and reading books. Zoe is extremely excited to be the education chair, and to spread Jewish knowledge. She can't wait to work with you!

Tuvya Ty Miller



Emily Alder



Student Board Bylaws


We, the members of Hillel Student Board, at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and established for the purpose of creating a pluralistic environment that both welcomes and engages as many students as possible to explore and celebrate Judaism do adopt these bylaws.

Article I - Name and Purpose

Section 1: Name. The name of this organization shall be known as the Hillel Student Board. Section 2: Purpose. The purpose of this organization shall be conducted as a pluralistic environment that both welcomes and engages as many students as possible.

Article II - Officers

Section 1: Student Board. The Hillel Student Board shall include the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Jewish Education, Vice President of Israel Education, Vice President of Tzedek. Section 2: Time of Election. The time and place of election shall be at the end of the calendar year and the event will be publicized with at least one week notice. Section 3: Board Terms, Limitations, and Eligibility. Elected office shall serve for one calendar year, until their successor is elected, and shall begin their term at the last business meeting of the year they are elected. No student may hold more than one elected office at a time or the same elected office for more than two terms. No student may hold more than two committee positions. Only students that have held a Hillel leadership position are eligible to run for President. Section 4: Committee Member Duties. Committee members shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws, Appendix, and other documents adopted by this organization. Elected officers are responsible for the general welfare of the organization and upholding its purpose. Committee members shall fulfill all duties applicable to their position and assigned by their respective elected officer. Each officer must submit a report at the end of their term.

Article III - Meetings

Section 1: Board Meetings. The regular meetings of the organization shall be held each week of the academic year, unless otherwise ordered. Section 2: Leadership Meetings. The organization will designate the time and hour of a meeting when necessary to relate information to all leaders. The purpose of the meeting shall be for the purpose of elected officers and for any other business.

Article IV - Student Board

Section 1: Meetings. The President shall serve as chair of the Hillel Student Board. The elected officers of the organization shall constitute the Board. Meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President, programming director, or request of members of the Student Board. Section 2: Board’s Duties and Powers. The Executive Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of the organization, make recommendations to the organization, and perform such other duties as are specified in these bylaws. The Student Board shall be subject to the orders of the organization, and none of its acts shall conflict with the actions taken by the organization.

Article V - Governing Documents and Amendments

Section 1: Bylaws. The bylaws of the organization shall contain the fundamental rules of the organization and supersedes other documents below. Section 2: Appendix. The appendix shall contain the duties and powers of officers and committees not otherwise specified. Section 3: Amendments. The bylaws and appendix may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote, provided the amendment has been brought to attention within seven days notice.

Article VI - Impeachment and Resignation

Section 1: Impeachment. A student may be impeached including but not limited to the following reasons Failure to attend at least 2/3 of meetings at any point in time. Bringing alcohol or drugs illegally into the building. Failure to properly represent Illini Hillel. Breaking into the building after hours. Section 2: Resignation. A member of the board may resign through sending an official notice to the president and programming director.

Article VII - Running Eligibility

Section 1: Student. Must be a student at Parkland College or University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in order to run. Section 2: The student running must be on campus throughout their term. Section 3: President. President must have held a Hillel leadership position. This includes but is not limited to board member, administrative intern, committee member, minyan leader, programming intern, OUJLIC intern, and the assistance in the planning of regular programming.

Interested in running for a student board position? Check back for applications in Oct. 2021.