MEET OUR TEAM
Hannah Sherman joined the PDX Hillel team as Executive Director July 2018. She is so excited to continue the great work Hillel has been doing over the past 10 years, and is looking forward to forming and growing relationships with students, parents, faculty and administration, and community members.
Hannah spent the past four years working at Santa Barbara Hillel, reinventing the student leadership board as well as supervising other staff members to expand Hillel's reach into the university community. Additionally, Hannah is a participant in Hillel International's Weinberg ACCELERATE Executive Training Program, a program for select Hillel employees that prepares them to become successful Hillel directors.
Hannah grew up in the sunny suburbs of Los Angeles before spending four years as a Banana Slug at UC Santa Cruz. She then pursued her graduate studies at Brandies University's Hornstein Program, receiving a dual Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She is so excited to make Portland her home and if you have suggestions on the best food cart in town, send her an email!
Jewish Student Life Coordinator
Leah Chasin joined the PDX Hillel team in July 2019 as the Jewish Student Life coordinator. Leah was born and raised in a suburb outside of Los Angeles where she loved going to temple and being involved in the Jewish community. Leah decided to ditch the SoCal heat and move to a more temperate climate for college where she studied Digital Communication Arts and Public Health at Oregon State University. Leah found her true passion in rebuilding her university's chapter of Hillel by serving on the student board all 4 years of college. She spent many days running between classes and Shabbat prep, tabling on the quad, and collaborating with other student leaders on campus to create the thriving Hillel that exists on campus today.
After graduating, Leah decided to continue building Jewish community in Oregon by moving into the Portland Moishe House where she and four roommates create Jewish programming for young adults. Leah is so excited to serve as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator for PDX Hillel to help students in the same way devoted Hillel staff have inspired her to become a leader in her community.
Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow
Eden Ferede grew up in Ashkelon, a small city in the south of Israel where she is the fourth of six siblings. When she was little, she wanted to be Israeli journalist, Ilana Dayan, so she attended Sapir College near Sderot, graduating with a degree in Communications in 2016. For the past three years she has been working in the social sector, working with others to bring about social change in Israel. She most recently worked at Beta Israel Village, an Ethiopian educational village in Kiryat Gat, which provides programs to adults from the Ethiopian community and gives the Israeli society a different perspective on the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel. Through this work, Eden has been able to explore her own Ethiopian Jewish identity, an empowering experience she is excited to share with the Portland community.
She is looking forward to helping our Portland area college students create a space where they, too, can explore their unique Jewish identities. She hopes to create a fertile ground for an open, complex and honest discussion about Israel, identity, religious beliefs and cultures.