Arinne developed her passion for experiential education and Jewish student engagement through her 7 years with Hillel Council of New England, serving as: Director of Regional Student Services, Director of Small Campus Engagement, and Director of the Hillels at Emerson College, Wheaton College, and the University of New Hampshire.
Arinne graduated from Smith College with a BA in psychology in 1999, completed the Jewish Organizing Initiative’s community organizing fellowship in 2003, and received her M.Ed. from Cambridge College in 2007. Her master’s thesis was titled, “Beyond the Bagel Brunch: A Pluralistic, Experiential Program Addressing Jewish College Students’ Search for G*d.”
From her first post-college job as a complexity management consultant at the non-profit VHA Inc. and Plexus Institute, Arinne has been drawn to holistic models of working in partnership with diverse groups to build community and create positive change.
She has experience designing and implementing Jewish and non-Jewish workshops and educational conferences for a variety of audiences. Arinne has additionally served in a wide range of roles with young adults as a: Jewish chaplain, Taglit-Birthright Israel madricha, Jewish youth group advisor and curriculum director, camp counselor and administrator, teacher, tutor, mentor, and advocate. A former certified LifeSkills trainer in the Malden Public schools and YWCA street outreach youth worker with training from the BEST Initiative, she brings a diverse skill set and approach to her work with sacred community.
In her free time, Arinne reads Jewish theology, experiments with allergy-friendly recipes, and plays Thomas the Tank Engine with her two sons.
Michelle works with students, alumni, faculty, and staff to facilitate a dynamic campus community. In particular, she helps connect students with Judaism through programming, relationship building, and leadership development. Michelle is originally from Potomac, MD. She attended Northeastern University, where she received a degree in Organizational Communications and spent a semester living in Spain. As a student, Michelle was very active within the Jewish community. She participated in the Maimonides program, traveled to Israel on the NU campus Birthright trip, served as the president of Hillel and did one of her co-ops at Combined Jewish Philanthropy in Boston. She is excited to bring her passion for Jewish learning and programming to Northeastern Hillel. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys cooking, fashion, and traveling.
Israel Programs Coordinator
Ariel comes to Northeastern Hillel with over six years of involvement in Jewish life and Israel education on college campuses, summer camps, and year-round programs. She spent one year living in Israel after high school on Young Judaea Year Course, where she participated in basic training in the IDF for three months, taught English in a low-income school in Bat Yam, and studied at the American Jewish University in Jerusalem. Ariel graduated with a degree in Judaic Studies and Organization Psychology from the George Washington University in Washington DC and most recently received her MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
By fusing her love of Judaism and Israel with engagement and programming, Ariel brings passion and enthusiasm to the position of Israel Programs Coordinator. Ariel recruits and leads Northeastern University students on the Taglit-Birthright, an incredible free 10 day trip to Israel. She also maintains close relationships with students after returning back to NEU’s campus. Ariel looks forward to helping Northeastern students explore Jewish life in a meaningful and authentic way.
Northeastern University Hillel is excited to welcome composer Matti Kovler, our new Artist-in-Residence, who will be bringing his groundbreaking work in the field of Jewish Musical Theater to Northeastern’s Hillel House. Matti will lead an “Israeli Songs Salon” as a part of a larger “Israel at 65” project. Students (with no previous musical experience needed), will explore a variety of Israeli songs, from Sasha Argov and Naomi Shemer to Israeli Rock and Hip Hop, within the cozy setting of the Hillel House’s new music studio. Music is a universal way to bring together individuals of diverse cultural, religious, and educational backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore their Jewish identities through music and performance. Northeastern Hillel will serve as a Jewish musical hub for local students, with Northeastern students having the opportunity to connect with musically-inclined Jewish students from Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and Boston University.
Kovler was born in Moscow and received his education in Israel as well as in America. He wrote his first opera at the age of 17. For eight years, Matti performed as a singer, and pianist with the Ha’Oman Hai Ensemble. In 2010, upon his arrival in America, he established his own ensemble, now called Matti Kovler Ensemble. This talented musician was granted the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship among other honors and fellowships.
Kovler’s music has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Israeli Philharmonic and the Tanglewood Music Centre. He is the composer of “Here Comes Messiah!,” a musical journey about a woman giving birth, “The Escape of Jonah,” a parody about the prophet Jonah, and “A Jew Among the Indians” based on Jerome Rothenberg’s poem “Cokboy” and the story of a Jew who finds himself in America. His music is considered “part mystical, part comical” by Grade A Entrepreneurs and takes a unique approach in Jewish musical theater.
Visit Matti Kovler’s office on the 1st floor of Northeastern Hillel to meet this gifted and celebrated artist and get involved!
Northeastern Jewish Spiritual Advisor
Hillel Greene is in his fifth and final year of Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, where he is also receiving a Masters in Education. In addition to serving as Spiritual Adviser of Northeastern University, Hillel will be the Rabbinic adviser and director of Boston College Hillel, BC’s Jewish student group. A graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with undergraduate degrees in English literature and Talmud, Hillelhas also previously worked as a Jewish educator and chaplain in a variety of settings including Camp Ramah New England, MIT Hillel, Hebrew Senior Life, Prozdor, and several local Hebrew Schools. Hillel is passionate about making the wisdom of Jewish tradition accessible for all who wish to engage regardless of background or experience. Born and bred in Massachusetts, Hillel currently lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Lily Rabinoff-Goldman and their smiley baby Eli. In his free time, Hillel enjoys swimming, watching the Red Sox, and reading. Currently, he is slowly making his way through the complete works of William Shakespeare.
Co-op, Jewish Student Life Coordinator
Anna has just been added to the Hillel team through the co-op program at Northeastern. She is serving as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator, working with Michelle and Ariel to enhance all aspects of Jewish life on campus. Anna has been to Israel twice in the past year; on Birthright last winter, and on a five week study abroad program at the end of spring. She loves learning about Israel and connecting students to the country in all of her Northeastern activities. Anna is the Co-Vice President of Outreach on the Huskies for Israel board, and the Vice President of Cultural Affairs on the Hillel board. She is a third-year student in the process of proposing an independent major in Jewish studies, and hopes to gain a better sense of where she would like to one day serve in the Jewish community throughout her time on co-op. Anna enjoys meeting and engaging with new Jewish students at Northeastern, and is available for coffee anytime!