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.
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! 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 is excited to utilize her background in community building, program development and evaluation to promote a welcoming and inclusive Jewish community for MIT graduate students. Natalie oversees programming and engagement for Jewish graduate students at MIT and is responsible for leading the ConnecTech and Benenu (partnering Israeli MIT students with American host families in Boston) programs at MIT.
JJ Kimche is a student, teacher, translator, ghostwriter, and archivist. A graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Shalem College, and the IDF's Paratroopers Brigade, he's currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University's department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, specializing in modern Jewish intellectual history. His area of focus includes the intersection between Modern European philosophy and Post-Enlightenment Jewish thought. JJ has spent the past 12 years teaching Jewish ideas and texts to diverse audiences, across three continents and in multiple languages, including at Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Science, the Hartman Institute, and Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah. He also tries to carve out some time for play, including cooking, weight-lifting, conversing with friends across the world, and keeping in touch with his 27 nieces and nephews.
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, where she now works as her first full-time job. A Saugus, MA native, she loves Boston, and is excited to be working in Cambridge.