Student Executive Board 2017-2018
Mardi Caminer, Student President
Mardi Caminer is a senior studying Special Education and Child Studies. Originally from Chicago, Mardi’s involvement with Hillel started freshman year, when she helped found the Vanderbilt chapter of Challah for Hunger and was a member of the FYSH board. She went on Hillel Spring Break in Panama during her sophomore year and spent her Junior spring studying abroad in Prague. When she’s not at Hillel, you can find Mardi at Relay for Life meetings or eating apples with peanut butter. Ask Mardi about life as a twin, her favorite Jeni’s ice cream flavor or student teaching. She is so excited to serve in this role and hopes she can make Hillel as much of a home for other students as it’s been for her.
Jackie Eissman, VP of Programming
Hi! My name is Jackie Eissman, and I’m a junior from Northbrook, Illinois, majoring in Cognitive Studies and Neuroscience. I am currently serving as one of the Vice President of Programming for Vanderbilt Hillel. Last year, I was one of the Co-Membership Vice Presidents, as well as co-chaired the Big FYSH/Little FYSH program. Outside of Hillel, I serve as the Vice President of Outreach for Relay for Life, and I’m in a sorority. Being on Hillel leadership is important to me, because I love inspiring students on campus to become involved with Hillel and love helping them to become a part of the Hillel community that is so welcoming and special. I can’t wait to work with this year’s students and plan lots of great Hillel programs!
Rachel Nevett, Co-VP of Programming
Hi! My name is Rachel Nevett, and I’m a sophomore from Maryland. I’m double majoring in Psychology and Human & Organizational Development. I am thrilled to be serving as Co-VP of Membership, focusing on Retention, alongside Ruthie. I loved my time last year on FYSH Board, last semester on the Engagement and Programming Boards, and all of the amazing experiences Hillel has given me. I can’t wait to get to work helping provide those experiences to others. Outside of Hillel, I am a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega, and am part of the Relay for Life board. I am so excited for this semester!
Ruthie Perlman, Co-VP of Membership
Hi friends! My name is Ruthie Perlman, and I am a sophomore from Greenville, SC majoring in Human & Organizational Development and Political Science. I am beyond excited to be serving as a Co-VP of Membership, focusing on recruitment and first-year engagement, alongside Rachel. In Hillel, I have loved my experiences on FYSH board, the Engagement Committee, and serving as the vice president of Challah for Hunger. The best thing about Hillel is being part of the community. It is a home away from home, and I can’t wait to help more Vanderbilt students find their home in Hillel. Outside of Hillel, I am a proud member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the Undergraduate Honor Council, and the Greek Inclusivity Alliance. Can’t wait for this semester!
Emily Groff, VP of Jewish Life
Hello! My name is Emily Groff and I am the Vice President of Jewish Life at Hillel. I am a Junior studying music education and saxophone from Miami Beach, Florida. I Songlead Friday night services at Hillel and served this past year on the Jewish Life Committee. Outside of Hillel I am in Greek Life, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, University Concert Band, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Jewish Life on campus is important to me because Jewish students should have a place to feel at home with their new Jewish community. My first Friday night service was the first time I felt at home at Vanderbilt and I hope to continue making Hillel’s Jewish Life feel like home.
Max Zirin-Hyman, VP of Israel Affairs
Bio coming soon!
Hannah Smilansky, VP of Communication
Hi! My name is Hannah and I’m a senior majoring in Child Development and minoring in Spanish and Quantitative Methods. I’m originally from Seattle, but am enjoying the chance to explore the South! In addition to Vanderbilt Hillel, I’m also involved in Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break and autism research at the Kennedy Center. I’m excited to serve as secretary for Hillel this year!
Evan Suzman, Treasurer
My name is Evan Suzman and I am a junior from Scarsdale, New York. I am majoring in History and Child Development and minoring in Chemistry. Hillel has been a meaningful part of my life at Vanderbilt because it allows me to not only be engaged in the Jewish community, but also contribute to it. Outside of Hillel, I am on the Varsity Cross Country/Track teams and enjoy tutoring at Eakin Elementary school. I look forward to a fun, productive year on the executive board!