Where should a Jew go to college?

Where Should a Jew Go to College?
Event Time
5:00 PM


Event Details

Where should a Jew go to college?
Thursday, April 11 at 5:00pm Pacific Time | 8:00pm Eastern Time

Campus experts discuss navigating antisemitism on college campuses and choosing the right college for your Jewish student.

Join Maryland Hillel’s Rabbi Ari Israel, 2023 Harvard alumnus Sabrina Goldfischer, and AJU’s Rabbi Pinchas Giller for a vital panel discussion on where to send your Jewish student to college amidst rising antisemitism. Moderated by AJU’s Alyssa Silva, the panel will tackle pressing questions about identifying and addressing antisemitism on campuses, evaluating institutional responses, and fostering student’s Jewish identity and resilience amidst rising challenges.

Ari Israel Headshot

Rabbi Ari Israel is in his twenty-eighth year as executive director of the University of Maryland Hillel. In addition to rabbinic ordination, Ari has master’s degrees in medieval Jewish history and secondary education and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, teaching Jewish leadership.

Sabrina Goldfischer Headshot

Sabrina Goldfischer is a 2023 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College. She served as president of Harvard Hillel from 2021-2022, inspiring her senior thesis, “The Death of Discourse: Antisemitism at Harvard College.” Her thesis received media coverage and honors from the college, including the Harry and Cecile Starr Prize in Jewish Studies. She was recently named one of the Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life in 2023. Sabrina currently works at the White House and is writing a book on college antisemitism.

Rabbi Pinchas Giller

Rabbi Pinchas Giller was ordained at Yeshiva University and received his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His has written four scholarly works on Kabbalah and its central work, the Zohar. Rabbi Giller is on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School and is the head of the Jewish Studies department at the American Jewish University.

Alyssa Silva Headshot

Alyssa Silva is the Programming Manager for the Office of Innovation at American Jewish University whose passion is to reimagine and implement what Jewish community looks like by bringing a unique perspective on what is engaging and inspiring Jewish communities today. Prior to arriving at AJU, she was the Assistant Executive Director of Houston Hillel, the Programming and Operations Associate at Maryland Hillel, and is a proud Moishe House DC alumni. Alyssa has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management from The Zelikow School, a BA in Religious Studies from The University of Arizona, and a certificate in Jewish Experiential Education from The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.