President- Jeremy Brick ’15
Jeremy is a senior from Lexington, MA, right outside of Boston. He is double majoring in Drama and Economics, and loves acting, singing, and all things Jewish. Outside of classes and VJU he is president of Unbound, one of the student theater organizations, as well as a tour guide and musical director of the Accidentals, the all male A Cappella group on campus. He is so excited to be this year’s VJU president and can’t wait for all of the amazing programming he knows we will do!
Vice President-Kira Greenberg ’15
Kira is a senior Anthropology major from central New Jersey. She has been on the board since Freshman year, and is so excited for this upcoming year with the VJU! She is also Vice President of the senior class and is an Academic Intern for the Anthropology Department. She enjoys pop culture references, feta cheese, and making casual conversation with adults about what she’s going to do after graduation. STEVE HOLT!
Treasurer- Jason Storch ’17
Jason is a sophomore from Hewlett, Long Island. Jason is also a prospective history/chemistry double major who is preparing to attend medical school. In addition to serving as the treasurer of the VJU, Jason also serves as a research assistant in the Russian Studies Department as well as the secretary of Vassar’s ComedyNormative troupe. Off campus, Jason holds a research position at the Mt. Sinai Heart Center and also serves on a lobby team in Washington that fights for increased federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Some of Jason’s hobbies include running, reading, lots of HBO, and of course learning about Judaism. He cannot wait to be a part of a yet another truly phenomenal year at the VJU.
Secretary- Uriel Walker ’15
Uriel is a senior Urban Studies major from upstate New York, with a possible Studio Art correlate. He shares a birthday with David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, and Elvis
Shabbat Chair- Zach Sherman’16
Zach is a Junior from Memphis, Tennessee. He is majoring in Biology, and also pursuing a correlate in German. He plays percussion in the Vassar College Orchestra, and has also played with the Wind Ensemble. Zach volunteers on the Vassar College Emergency Medical Service, and in his spare time has been known to pull out a lick or two on the banjo. Be on your guard, as he may also throw a random piece of trivia your way!
Social Events Chair- Ian Snyder ’17
Ian is a sophomore from Memphis, TN. He is pre-med but is still undeclared. He enjoys running, playing guitar, and playing table tennis. Outside of the VJU, he is on the Exec Board of RunVassar, the President of Chabad Jewish Student Group, writes for the Chronicle, plays intramural table tennis and basketball, advocates at VARC, works as the Youth Advisor for USY kids at Temple Beth-El and is the Vassar campus rep for peta2.
Education Chair- Abby Johnson’17
Abby is a sophomore from Rochester, NY. She’s an English major and currently considering various correlates (the fancy Vassar way of saying minor). She loves reading, writing, eating pizza, watching TV, talking about TV, and being the Education Chair for the VJU.
Religious Events Chair- Emma Glickman ’18
Emma is a freshman from Livingston, NJ! She is interested in majoring in Psychology and possibly Education. She loves playing sports, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Outside of the VJU, Emma’s on the squash team and involved in a program that teaches elementary school kids from Poughkeepsie. She is thrilled to be part of the VJU board and to help plan religious events.
Social Action Chair- Dorian Oberstein ’16
Dorian is a Junior English major, Education minor. She’s also working toward getting certified in secondary education. She is currently serving as the Social Action Chair in the VJU. You may encounter her working in the Writing Center or performing in a student theater production. Her principle passions are acting and creative writing. She’s thrilled to be working with the VJU and is looking forward to an exciting year!
Social Media Chair- Sara Abramson ’16
Sara is a junior psychology major and educate correlate from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. As co-founder and co-president of J Street U Vassar, she spends most of her time advocating for a 2 state solution to end the Israel/Palestine conflict. She also teachers Hebrew school to 5th graders at Vassar Temple (just down the road!) and loves dogs and dolphins.
Outreach Coordinator- Josh Perlin ’18
Josh is a Freshman from Oldsmar, Florida, a suburb located right outside of Tampa. As a member of the VJU board, he is most excited about contributing to a safe spiritual space for all Jewish members of the Vassar community. Although undeclared, he is considering double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Outside of the VJU, he enjoys performing in theatre productions (his dream role is Tevye), competing in Mock Trial, and beatboxing/singing in Vassar’s nostalgia pop, coed a cappella group, The Vastards. His kippot come in all styles, sizes, colors, and patterns, and he (fashionably) wears one every day.
Bayit Intern- Tessa Permar ’15
Tessa, a senior drama major, grew up most of her life on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. After making it off the island, Tessa took a gap year in which she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, studied Portuguese in Lisbon, and trained for five months under Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Co. in Israel. At Vassar, Tessa has found a home as a choreographer of dance, movement, and combat, an RSL Intern, and a host of monthly Full Moon Ceremonies in the Orchard (open to all). A National Theatre Institute alumna, Tessa seeks a career in the performing and healing arts.
Bayit Intern- Jason Goldman ’18
Jason is a freshman from Westchester County, just outside New York City. He has yet to declare, but will probably do something with music! He enjoys singing, playing piano, and performing for anyone and everyone. Outside of the VJU, he is in Beauty and the Beats, Vassar’s all-Disney A capella group, as well as the college’s choir. He is ecstatic to be a part of the VJU and can’t wait to involve as many members as possible as Bayit Intern!
Bayit Assistant-Henry Rosen ’17
Henry is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California. Henry enjoys cooking, performing on stage, and spending time with his family. A film major, Henry has a passion for movies. He is involved with Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. Henry works alongside Sarah Quiat to prepare meals for Friday night dinners at the Bayit. He looks forward to many more meals!
Bayit Assistant- Sarah Quiat ’18
Sarah is a freshman from Boulder, Colorado. She is extremely undecided about her major but she is very interested in Economics, History, Political Science, International Studies….The list goes on and on! She loves to do anything outdoors, and is very afraid of humid, cloudy northeastern winters. She loves cooking meals as one of the Bayit Assistants, and can’t wait to see the amazing things that VJU will create this year!
RSL Inter-Religious Fellow- Adah Hetko
Adah is in her second year as the Inter-religious Fellow with Vassar College Religious and Spiritual Life. She is a 2013 graduate of Oberlin College, where she served as an Interfaith Community Service Intern, and was a three year resident of Oberlin’s Jewish program house. While Adah isn’t technically part of the VJU board this year, she loves coming to and supporting VJU events, especially Shabbas at the Bayit (yum!)
Rabbi- Malka Packer
Rabbi Malka Packer is thrilled to be the new Rabbinic Advisor for the VJU. Before coming to Vassar, she served as the Rabbinic Intern at Bryn Mawr College Hillel while completing her Rabbinic Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania. Prior to Rabbinical School, Malka earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked as an educator for over a decade. She especially loves dancing, yoga, photography, playing her shruti and leading chanting and meditation prayer services.