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 in 2009 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 Institute in Jerusalem. She enjoys fantasy and science fiction, cycling (and unicycling), oenology, exploring the nexus of science and religion, and, especially, meeting with students, faculty, and alumni. In 2014, Rabbi Fisher was awarded Hillel International's highest individual award, the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award.
Marissa has worked with students at MIT since 2012. She helps students learn, live, and lead Jewishly. 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. In 2020, Marissa was awarded Hillel International's highest individual award, the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award.
In May 2022, Marissa celebrated 10 years at MIT Hillel! See how students, colleagues, and friends congratulated her.
Shoshana Gibbor brings passion to the position of Director of Engagement and Immersive Experiences by fusing together her love for Judaism and Israel with outreach and engagement programming. Her philosophy is all about meeting the student where they are at and walking side by side on their 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! In 2015, Shoshana received Hillel International's highest individual award, the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award.
In June 2021, Shoshana celebrated 10 years at MIT Hillel! Watch the expressions of gratitude from her students.
Read Shoshana’s reflections on outside-the-box education in a virtual/hybrid world.
No matter where she lived growing up (Singapore, Israel, and the US), Natalie has always found comfort and community in the Jewish world, and it's important to her that others feel the same in their Jewish experiences. Natalie completed pre-medical studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and only after finishing all of her requirements, decided that she wanted to pursue a different path more aligned with her interests. Natalie moved to Miami after undergrad to serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member, and then went on to complete her masters in Community Psychology at the University of Miami. Natalie utilizes her background in community building, program development and evaluation to promote a welcoming and inclusive Jewish community for MIT students. Natalie oversees the engagement strategy for MIT Hillel, with a specific focus on graduate students at MIT.
Originally from West Hills, CA, Rabbi Dinin received ordination (Semikha) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2015. He is a lifelong learner and has teaching experience with every age from 9-93! He brings his personal passions for art, history, science, philosophy and music (jazz, folk, rock and more!) into his rabbinic life, having served as both a pulpit rabbi and part time day school teacher for nearly a decade! Without his amazing experiences as a student at Hillel and Jewish summer camp he wouldn’t be where he is today! Whether he was living in Prague, Israel, or Milwaukee, his heart has always been in New England. He has three wonderful children, Meira, Michael, and Jacob, with his beloved wife Sarah.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Andrea first became involved in Jewish life as a student at Columbia University where she discovered a strong personal connection to Jewish tradition and community through the Columbia/Barnard Hillel. She studied History as an undergraduate student before spending several years working at an Alaska Native tribal consortium in Anchorage. Andrea thrives in work that explores the intersection of history, community, and identity and feels most fulfilled when she can support people who are navigating these spaces for themselves. Her work at MIT Hillel is guided by her desire to uplift student exploration, to promote diversity in Jewish understanding and practice, and to strengthen each student’s sense of Jewish belonging. She is thrilled to serve as MIT Hillel’s Engagement Associate and to support students as they write their own Jewish stories.
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.
Leah Kaplan is an alumna from the University of Rhode Island, and graduated with a BA in Public Relations. She spent her senior year interning at URI Hillel, and made the smart decision to apply to MIT Hillel! A Saugus, MA native, she loves going to Sox games, concerts, and hanging out with her dog, Max.