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Hillel Staff
Adam Kolett, Executive Director
adam@hillelcenter.org, 561.297.4099
Adam joined our Hillel team in June of 2016. Adam brings a wealth of relevant education and work experience to drive continued success and growth at our Hillel. He attained his MBA from Brandeis University at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and holds a MA from the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership. Since 2009 Adam has worked with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in various roles, most recently as the Director of the North Dade Branch. Having grown up in a variety of Jewish communities including Redlands, California and Memphis, Tennessee, Adam learned how inclusive and strong communities can help shape one’s life decisions. Prior to attending college, Adam participated on Young Judea's Year Course Program in Israel. He went on to the University of Texas and graduated as History major, Judaic Studies minor, and an active participant in Hillel. Following college, he returned to Israel as a Young Judaea staff member, ultimately becoming an Assistant Department Director of Year Course. It was during those years working with college-aged students that Adam made the decision to dedicate his life’s work to the Jewish community. Adam also served in the Israel Defense Forces and eventually came back to the United States to pursue his career in Jewish communal work. Adam, his wife Francine, and his two children Matan and Aviva live in Delray Beach.
Jill Deutch, Development Director
jill@hillelcenter.org
Jill Deutch has been Hillel's Director of Development since 2008. She adores speaking with donors about the fabulous students at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach and explaining how their financial support gives every Jewish student the opportunity to connect with other Jewish students and to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. Jill has a degree from the University of Michigan where she and her husband Ted were actively involved in Hillel. She also has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a Master's degree in Judaic Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University. In addition to her professional work at Hillel, Jill is an active community volunteer. She is crazy about her kids and family and also loves movies, books, traveling and cooking...especially Shabbat and holiday meals.
Melanie Litzer, Assistant Director for Operations and Development
melanie@hillelcenter.org, 561.297.4098
Melanie has been a part of the Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach professional team since 2013. As Assistant Director for Operations and Development, Melanie oversees the operational and financial aspects of the agency and is responsible for fundraising efforts in Broward County. Melanie’s passion for Jewish life on campus began when she was a student at Arizona State University where she was involved in Hillel, Chabad, and an active member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. Having spent the past 10 years studying, living, and working on college campuses, Melanie is continuously inspired by college students and enjoys being surrounded by their infectious energy. In addition to her professional work at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, she also enjoys traveling, interior design, and rooting for Los Angeles sports teams!
Rabbi Rose Durbin

rabbirose@hillelcenter.org

Rabbi Rose Durbin is excited to jump right in and join the amazing team here at Hillel. Rabbi Rose grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, spent her summers at URJ Camp Coleman, and rocked her local youth group. During her time at Brown University she participated in the first ever Birthright cohort, led her Hillel's Jewish Women's group, used a hammer during the Hillel alternative spring break, coordinated the university's Women Peer Counseling program and studied Community Health. Following graduation, she worked at the URJ Youth department, where she supported student leaders from Hillels across the country, and led several Birthright Israel trips.  During her time in NYC, she served several congregations as a student rabbi (including one in the U.K.), and was a student chaplain. She presented her rabbinic thesis; “David’s Divas: An Analysis of Michael, Abigail and Bathsheba’s Political Influence,” and was ordained from HUC-JIR in 2010. Following ordination, Rabbi Rose served as the Director of Education for several synagogues in upstate NY before she became the rabbi of Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Gloversville, NY. Rabbi Rose has extensive leadership experience working with students, most recently serving as the Director of Youth Education at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens.  Rabbi Rose, her husband Rabbi Matthew Durbin and their opinionated and cuddly daughters, Delilah, Maya and Eliana, live in Palm City, where you will find her attending hot piloga classes, eating Indian food, and binge-watching Netflix. Ask Rabbi Rose about her tikkun olam adventures; like leading bingo games in Jerusalem, building latrines in Senegal with AJWS, and channeling her inner Taylor Swift to raise money for prenatal care and education.

Tali Amihud, Senior Program Associate
tali@hillelcenter.org, 561.297.4087
Tali Amihud is so happy to be the Senior Program Associate for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. This is her third year here and she loves working with the students. She was born and raised in sunny South Florida and was actively involved in USY in high school. Later, she worked as a staff member on summer teen tours and as an advisor for a local chapter in Margate. During her junior year of college, Tali studied in Tel Aviv where her love for Israel and Judaism inspired her to become a Jewish Studies major and get involved with Hillel. In her spare time, Tali loves dancing, watching Law and Order: SVU marathons, eating sushi, and singing in her car.
Aly Masciale, Operations Associate
aly@hillelcenter.og, 561.297.4089
Aly Masciale is excited to be the Operations Associate for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. Originally from Long Island, New York, she was involved with NFTY in high school and went on her first trip to Israel on NFTY’s L’Dor V’Dor program. For five summers, Aly was a counselor and tennis instructor at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Aly is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she majored in English and minored in Jewish Studies. After graduating, she was selected to participate as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Be’er Sheva for ten months, where she tutored students in English. Later, Aly was a Youth Director in Coral Springs, FL. This is Aly’s second year in South Florida. She loves sushi, the beach, and watching Netflix with her two cats.
Nikki Goldrod, Broward Engagement Associate
nikki@hillelcenter.org
Nikki is so excited to be the new Broward County Engagement Associate for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach! Nikki is a graduate from the University of Central Florida where she studied Political Science with a main focus of International Relations and Comparative Politics. Nikki's passion for educating and making a difference in people's lives led her to take the plunge after college and move to Thailand to teach English. Now, ecstatic to be back in South Florida, Nikki cannot wait to begin her career in the Jewish professional world. Nikki is obsessed with traveling, yoga, trying new restaurants and eating foodie foods and driving all over South Florida in her Jeep.
Gabrielle Lamport, Engagement Associate
gabrielle@hillelcenter.org, 561.297.4088
Gabrielle Lamport is so honored to be Hillel's Engagement Associate. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended American University where she studied International Relations with a focus on the Middle East and Counterterrorism. At American University she held leadership roles in Jewish and Israel groups on campus, was a Hasbara Fellow, and spent a year studying abroad in the UK and Israel. Internships in Congress and the Knesset gave her a love for public service and community engagement, and she can't wait to work with the Jewish students in Broward and Palm Beach. Gabrielle loves traveling, hiking, cooking, reading and having fun with her family and friends!
Or GreenWald, Israel Fellow
or@hillelcenter.org, 561.297.4102
Or Greenwald is the Israel Fellow for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. He is passionate about Jewish life and helping college students form a substantive relationship with Israel through personal engagement and educational activities. During his military service, Or served in a special unit in the Israeli Navy for three years and was released from the Navy with a certificate of excellence for his service. After the navy, he went on to study Economics and Sustainability at the Inter-Disciplinary Center in Herzeliya (IDC) and was part of the excellence program, “Economic Clinique” which helps under-privileged youth and adults become financially independent. During his senior year, Or was a project facilitator for a Jewish start-up company named World Jewish Heritage, which is a non-profit which shares and preserves the rich Jewish Heritage in major cities in Europe. In his free time, he loves beach activities such as diving or surfing, but is also likely to be found reading a book in the shade underneath a palm tree.
Evan Rakoover, Israel Engagement Coordinator
evan@hillelcenter.org, 561.297.4118
Originally from Austin, TX and a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, Evan graduated with a major in Public Administration and double minor in Public Policy and Jewish Studies. He was heavily involved on campus with Hillel and ZBT. He now lives in Florida working at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach as the new Israel Engagement Coordinator. He has been to Israel three times and has traveled to many different countries, including Switzerland, Romania and Bulgaria. Evan is excited to be leading Birthright Israel trips during winter and summer and showing students how much Israel has to offer. Evan can be found listening to music, watching Game of Thrones, playing sports, and at the movies. He is thrilled to show others how incredible a place Israel is!