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Student Executive Board

We believe that fostering student leadership is the key to a thriving Jewish future


Hillel's Student E-board is an elected group of 9 undergraduate students committed to improving the Jewish experience at Cornell through programs, big and small.


Our diverse student E-board represents the best of what we do: giving the next generation of Jews the education, guidance, and resources they need to lead.

Meet the Student E-board

Will Barkoff 

Will is a senior from New York City. He is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Outside of Hillel, he is the software lead of the Cornell Rocketry Team and is a member of the Cornell Amateur Radio Club. As President, Will is excited to organize Hillel events and make Hillel even more awesome for the entire Cornell Jewish community.

Simone Shteingart
Vice President

Simone Shteingart is a senior from Westchester, New York. She is studying Human Development and hopes to work in special education. Simone LOVES New Girl, 70% dark chocolate, and all things cozy. Outside of Hillel, she is a Human Ecology Ambassador and a member of Big Red Buddies. As Executive Vice President of Hillel, Simone is excited to continue creating an amazing community and is ALWAYS open for coffee chats. She can’t wait to meet you!

Rebecca Parish
Vice President Engagement

Rebecca is a junior from Tenafly, NJ majoring in American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Outside of Hillel, she is a reading mentor for Ballet and Books, a member of Cornell Class Councils, and on the Assorted Aces Dance Team. Rebecca loves Broadway musicals, Star Wars, and her pet turtle, Suzie. As VP of Engagement, she is excited to meet new people and plan community-building events!

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Sam Bueker
VP Finance

Sam Bueker is a junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts studying Government and Near Eastern Studies in CAS. Outside of Hillel, Sam is on the e-board of the Cornell Political Union and a member of the men’s fencing team. Over the summer, Sam had an amazing experience on Big Red Birthright, after which he spent six weeks herding goats in Israel. Hillel has provided Sam with an amazing community at Cornell, which he hopes to give back to as treasurer. This year, he is excited to work with Hillel’s amazing staff and student e-board to strengthen the Jewish community on campus.

Drew Wilenzick
Chair of Shabbat Programming

Drew Wilenzick is a sophomore from Westchester, New York. He is studying Computer Science and Operations Research and Engineering. Outside of Hillel, Drew is involved with TAMID, is a part of the Cornell Electric Vehicles software team, and loves running around campus. He is so excited to plan some really fun Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations!

Shohum Finkelstein
Chair of Freshman Engagement

Shohum is a junior from Berkeley, California studying Biological Engineering. She enjoys art and music, spending time with friends, and going on really long walks. As Chair of Freshman Engagement, she is so excited to welcome new students to Cornell and introduce them to all the amazing things the Hillel community has to offer!

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Maya Weisberg
Chair of Jewish Education

Maya is a sophomore from East Brunswick, New Jersey intending to major in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is excited to serve as the chair of Jewish Education bringing learning opportunities of all varieties to Jewish students on campus. Outside of Cornell Hillel, Maya is involved in CornellVotes, EARS peer mentoring, and psychology research.

Maya Blanchard
Chair of Social and Environmental Justice

Maya is a sophomore from Ithaca, NY and is studying marine biology in CALS. Before coming to Cornell, Maya spent a year exploring Israel with Young Judaea YearCourse. When she’s not with her amazing Hillel family, she can be found shopping at TJ Maxx, practicing viola, or running on Ithaca’s many trails. As chair of social and environmental justice, she is excited to engage the community in making Cornell (and the world) a better and greener place!

Mel Schwartz
Chair of Israel Programming

Mel is so excited to be Hillel’s Chair of Israel Programming! She is a junior majoring in Human Development and minoring in Business, and she is from Westchester, NY. Mel enjoys running, hanging with her friends and family, and watching basketball. As Chair of Israel Programming, she is excited to organize and run programs related to Israel! She is super passionate about everything connected to Israel and would love to hear any suggestions, ideas, and thoughts! Feel free to reach out, Mel would love to meet you! 

Rachel Sulciner
Chair of Communications

Rachel is a junior from the Bay Area, California studying History and Government. On campus she is also involved in Cornell University Parole Initiative and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Outside of school, she loves to go hiking around Ithaca, bake bread, and go thrifting. Rachel is excited to bring a new perspective to Cornell Hillel’s communications team, ensuring that Hillel’s events and messaging are accessible to the entire Cornell population. She can’t wait to work together with E-Board and with the Jewish community at Cornell!

Let's work together!

Fill out our Public Relations Form to request help with advertising your event including posters, quarter cards, and social media strategies. All requests must be submitted two weeks before you want to begin advertising.  

Our Eboard works with their peers to plan exciting and experiential gatherings. Whether you join a Hillel committee, or simply need support in bringing your idea to fruition, we're here to help. 

Hillel is proud to sponsor innovative experiences throughout the Cornell Jewish community. Jewish student leaders are invited to email the Hillel VP of Finance, Sam Bueker, to apply for funding for upcoming events, initiatives, and programs.  

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