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

Sarah Austin

Sarah is a Senior in the Hotel School from Long Island, NY. As President, she is committed to continuing to build the Jewish community on campus and helping to foster positive memories like those she is fortunate to have from Hillel. When not in a matching sweat set, Sarah can be found in Stocking Hall, going on VERY long walks, or baking challah. Last year Sarah served as VP Engagement and is always excited for a coffee chat!

Will Barkoff 
Executive Vice President

Will is a Junior 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 Executive Vice President, Will is excited to organize Hillel events and make Hillel even more awesome for the entire Cornell Jewish community.

Simone Shteingart
Vice President of

Simone Shteingart is a Junior from Westchester, New York. She is studying Human Development and hopes to work in special education. Before coming to Cornell, Simone took a gap year in Israel where she studied Jewish texts, traveled, and ate her way through Israel. Simone LOVES New Girl, 70% dark chocolate, and all things cozy. As VP of Engagement, she is very excited to plan engaging and community-building events!

She can’t wait to meet you!

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Sam Bueker
VP Finance

Sam Bueker is a sophomore 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.

Rebecca Parish
Chair of Social & Environmental Justice

Rebecca is a Sophmore from Tenafly, New Jersey and is undecided in the College of Arts and Sciences. Outside of Hillel, she is a reading mentor for Ballet and Books and on the Assorted Aces Dance Team. Rebecca loves Broadway musicals, Star Wars, and her pet turtle, Suzie. She is looking forward to helping students get involved with social and environmental justice. Rebecca hopes to help those in need and make a meaningful impact on campus and to the Ithaca community.

Darby Krugel
Chair of Freshman Engagement

Darby is a Junior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan majoring in Human Development. Outside of Hillel, she is involved in Ballet and Books, musical theater, and Greek life. Darby loves reading, dance, embroidery, Taylor Swift, and spending time with her family and friends. Cornell Hillel gave her an incredible community to join as she started college, and she is honored to have the opportunity to pay it forward by welcoming new students as Chair of Freshman Engagement.

Sami Albert
Chair of Cultural Programming

Samantha is a Sophmore from Tenafly, NJ intending to major in Mathematics and Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is excited to serve as the chair of Cultural Programming to help plan events that bring a variety of Jewish students as well as those from different backgrounds together. Outside of Cornell Hillel, she is involved in TAMID and loves to bake challah with Challah for Hunger.

Emuna Rohani
Chair of Israel Engagement

Emuna is a Sophmore from Long Island, New York studying computer science in the school of engineering. Outside of Hillel, Emuna could be found running, playing the piano, singing at the top of her lungs, and hanging out with friends. Emuna looks forward to bringing fun and creative events to campus that celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of Israel’s culture!

Mel Schwartz
Chair of Shabbat and Holidays

Mel is a Sophmore from Westchester, New York majoring in Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. She enjoys running, watching basketball, spending time with friends and family, and attending chem office hours. As Chair of Shabbat and Holiday Programming, she is excited to make Shabbat dinners a welcoming place for all students! She looks forward to hearing your Shabbat and holiday ideas!

Rachel Sulciner
Chair of Communications

Rachel is a Sophmore from the Bay Area, California studying Policy Analysis and Management. On campus she is also involved in Cornell Votes and the Wardrobe. 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. 

Jewish student leaders are invited to fill out our Finance Form to apply for funding for upcoming events, initiatives, and programs. Please read the application carefully and answer every question.