Rabbi Dave Siegel grew up in Massapequa, New York in Long Island. As a teenager, he was an active member and officer of METNY United Synagogue Youth (USY). After graduating Massapequa High School, he received his BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Law/History from Binghamton University and has received masters degrees from both New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Jewish Theological Seminary's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Before attending JTS, Dave worked as the Director of Special Projects at the 92nd Street Y. During his time in Rabbinical School Dave focused on leadership and professional development in the Jewish community. He has also served in leadership positions at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and United Synagogue Youth. Dave is currently the Executive Director of Hofstra University Hillel and lives on Long Island with his family.
A native Houstonian and proud alum of the University of Texas, Rabbi Meir (“Rabs”) continues to be an enthusiastic Longhorns fan.
He loves hiking in the national parks out west and taking lots of pictures of their mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. Rabbi Meir also enjoys tossing a Frisbee around, playing volleyball and guitar, and shmoozing with students.
He earned his M.S. in Education, Masters of Social Work, and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and was recently honored with the Advisor of the Year Award by Hofstra’s Student Government Association.
Sarah was born in Atlanta, Georgia, moving around the East Coast until she started attending Hofstra University. She is a recent graduate of Hofstra, earning a B.S. in Sustainability Studies with minors in Geology and Philosophy. Her love for the environment lead her to begin working for Hofstra Hillel to start the "Hillel Green" initiative and work as an Engagement Associate.
Josh was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL where he attended Jewish day school for nine years. He received his BA in Philosophy and Communication from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Josh spent his first year after graduation serving as an Americorps Member with City Year where he provided literacy tutoring and led after school programs for 6th-8th graders at an under-resourced middle school in San Jose, CA. He spent the following year teaching English to Arab elementary school students as an Israel Teaching Fellow in Nazareth, Israel. Wanting to remain in Israel for another year, Josh signed on for two semesters of learning at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem as a Lishma Fellow. There he took classes in Gamara, Chumash, Halakha, and Kabbalah and experienced the rich diversity of Jewish communal life that Jerusalem has to offer, including playing guitar at several Kabbalat Shabbat events. Throughout the years Josh has been a mainstay at Camp Avoda in Middleboro, MA where he has spent the past 14 summers, most recently serving as the Program Director. It was a longtime camp friend who introduced him to Rabbi Dave Siegel, leading Josh to join the Hofstra Hillel team. As Director of Jewish Life Josh runs programming for Jewish holidays and leads Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdallah services. He also hosts jam sessions as part of the Hillel Music initiative. He loves the students and community at Hofstra and is thrilled to be a part of Hofstra Hillel team!
Leora Y. Cohen, has joined the Hofstra Hillel team with more than 15 years of professional experience in the not for profit sector. Leora’s skill in leadership development, strategic planning and fund development combined with her passion for building organizational infrastructure positions her well for her role as Director of Leadership and Planning at Hofstra Hillel.
Prior to her joining Hofstra Hillel, Leora worked at DRG, an executive search firm where she specialized in search for the Jewish, not-for-profit sector. Leora worked in various positions at UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Leora earned a master’s degree in Social Work and a degree in Jewish Communal Studies from University of Pennsylvania and Gratz College and is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University. Leora lives on Long Island with her husband, Rabbi Joel Levenson and their family.
Originally from New Rochelle, NY, Eric is an alumnus of Hofstra University, Class of 2015, graduating with a degree in History and Jewish Studies. He is also a former member of Hofstra Hillel. As a member of Hofstra Hillel, Eric served on the Student Executive Board of Hofstra Hillel as Vice-President and President and as the chair of the Athletic Committee. Eric previously worked as the Community Educator for Hofstra Hillel where he aided in programming for both Hofstra Hillel students and the Jewish community at large, Eric now works on the back end of Hillel's donor management systems. In his spare time he is a musician and loves to play the guitar, cello, and piano. He is also a huge sports-enthusiast.
Alex was born and raised in NYC. A graduate of Muhlenberg College, Alex studied dance, Jewish studies and media and communications. As a student, Alex held the position of Hillel Program and Engagement Associate at Muhlenberg, where she coordinated programs and engaged students through Jewish learning and one-on-one conversations. Before attending Muhlenberg, Alex took a gap year in Israel that inspired her to seek leadership opportunities within Jewish life on campus and ultimately a career as a Jewish professional. At Hofstra Hillel as the Springboard Innovation Fellow, Alex has built Hillel JD and MD programs for grad students revamped student engagement tracking systems, and been the campus Birthright Israel & immersive experience coordinator. Alex is thrilled to be a part of the Hofstra team and is excited to continue to learn and grow from her fellow staff and students!