The MIT Hillel Office is located on the basement level of MIT building W11 (Religious Activities Center), at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Amherst Street. Please note that the entrance to the building is on Amherst Street.
Rabbi Fisher is the first alumna rabbi from MIT, and describes her return to MIT as "the mother ship calling her home." Rabbi Fisher earned her undergraduate degree, in chemistry, from Princeton University, and her Masters in Chemistry from MIT. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, she has served as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, MD and the Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek, CA. She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, a veteran of the US Naval Chaplain Corps, and a former student at both the Pardes Institute and the Hartman Instittue in Jerusalem. She enjoys fantasy and science fiction, cycling, oenology, exploring the nexus of science and religion, and, especially, meeting with students, faculty, and alumni.
Marissa works with students, recent alumni, faculty, and staff to facilitate a dynamic campus community. In particular, she helps students express their dreams through programming, community building, and leadership development. Marissa has created Jewish community, empowered student leaders, and built relationships through her work as a JCSC Fellow at Rutgers University and as a Program Director for BBYO in both Orlando and Boston. She studied Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, and earned an MBA from Indiana University. She has also studied Judaism and Informal Jewish Education at Pardes in Jerusalem and Hebrew College in Boston.
Shoshana Gibbor brings passion to the position of Birthright & Israel Engagement Coordinator by fusing together her love for Judaism and Israel with outreach and engagement programming. Her philosophy is all about meeting the student where he/she is at and walking side by side on his/her journey of discovery. Shoshana seeks out students interested in exploring more about their Jewish heritage, while connecting them with the opportunity of participating in a Birthright trip experience. Shoshana received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Community Health, and Dance from Hofstra University. She hails from Toms River, New Jersey, and some of her favorite things when spending time in Israel include: hiking in the Golan Heights, eating sabich, Fridays in Jerusalem, and swimming in the Dead, Med, and Red Seas!
Gavriel comes to MIT after 6 years in Israel, earning his s'micha/ordination from Bat Ayin yeshiva, and 10 years as a congregational rabbi in Boulder, Colorado. He is excited to live in the 21st century, with its unique challenges and opportunities, particularly in terms of science and culture. As our knowledge and capacity expand, we are challenged to keep hold of our friendships and sense of community, to understand our heritage, to keep our moral bearings and our sense of purpose, to set useful goals for ourselves and useful expectations of our world. Gavriel would like to be a resource for students who want to talk about life's big questions, or dig into an ancient text, or explore practical Kaballah, or play music, or talk about movies, or shoot hoops, or shake a lulav, or play backgammon.
Marla's affiliation with MIT goes back to her graduate school days at the MIT Sloan School, where she earned her SM in 1988. In her role as Director of Development at Hillel, she extends that connection through her relationships with current and future supporters of MIT Hillel. When she's not schmoozing in person or on e-mail, she can often be found doing a crossword puzzle.
Ben joined the MIT Hillel team after graduating from The University of Alabama with a B.A. in Religious Studies and History. Now, sitting behind the desk, Ben is tasked with some of the many nuances of the daily operations within MIT Hillel. When not in the office Ben loves to watch movies, discuss trivia and random facts, and play board games. Feel free to stop by and say hi!
Reb Daniel Schaefer is a fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College. He is passionate about Torah study, experiential learning, nature connection, and innovation. Prior to rabbinical school, he worked as a wilderness educator, ghostwriter, and social entrepreneur. He has a B.A. from Stanford University and is an alum of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and Mechon Hadar. When he’s not working or studying, he loves to swim in lakes, wander through the woods, catch up on Netflix, and think about the future of ideas and technology.