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    Igor Khokhlov

    Executive Director

    Igor Khokhlov is the Executive Director at UM Hillel and joins University of Miami Hillel after spending five years in Ithaca, New York working as Program and Marketing Director for Cornell Hillel and Executive Director at Ithaca College Hillel. Igor has volunteered and worked for the Hillel movement since 2002 in Russia, Israel, and now in United States. Igor earned two Masters Degrees from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Religious Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management. Igor resides in Miami, FL with his wife Olga and son David.

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    Janu Mendel

    Director of Engagement

    Janu was born and raised in Jamaica. Upon his transition to Miami, he became involved in corporate business. After becoming a more active member of the local Jewish community, he realized that this was where he belonged professionally. He does full-time student engagement at Hillel and holds various Jewish positions and committee seats locally, specifically focused on the young Jewish demographic.   
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    Karem Sandgarten

    Director of Finance and Operations

    Originally from Cordoba, Argentina, Karem moved to Miami in 2013 and joined the Hillel team.  She has a background in Jewish youth movements in Argentina and she is a certified accountant.  In addition to Karem's financial oversight, she also advises UM Hillel's student group for Latin Americans called "Hola Hillel".  
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    Lindsay Flammey

    Engagement Associate

    A life-long learner, Lindsay attended Jewish day school K-12 and graduated Simmons College in 2016 with a B.A. in Art History. Lindsay has been a Jewish educator since 2012 and teaches Hebrew, Jewish history and culture, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. In addition to loving to learn and teach Lindsay is an avid reader, practices yoga, and recently started playing ultimate frisbee and is thrilled to begin her professional career as an Ezra Fellow at the University of Miami!

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    Morgan Waisner

    Assistant Director of Development

    Morgan grew up in Merrick, New York and graduated from Hofstra University in 2013 with a B.S. in Art Education and received her Masters in Creative Art Therapy from Hofstra University in 2015. She is also a graduate from Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work where she received a certificate in Jewish Philanthropy in 2016. During her undergraduate years, Morgan was an Ask Big Questions fellow for Hillel, where she found her love for engaging students in the Jewish community. Morgan has worked as an Engagement Associate, advised Ask Big Questions fellows and has recently worked as a development professional. Morgan is excited to join the University of Miami Hillel team and be part of the Miami Jewish community.

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    Rabbi Lyle Rothman

    Campus Rabbi and Jewish Chaplain

    Rabbi Lyle comes to Miami with seven years of Hillel experience.  During rabbinical school he served as a rabbinic intern at Columbia/Barnard Hillel and most recently as the Director of Jewish Life and Learning at Hofstra University Hillel.  Rabbi Lyle was ordained and received a MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-JIR in May 2012.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in 2004 and graduated with a B.A. in Jewish Studies and a double minor in Philosophy and Religion.

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    Tara Levy

    IACT Israel Engagement Coordinator

    Tara Levy is the new IACT Israel Engagement Coordinator for the University of Miami Hillel. Tara grew up in Coral Springs, Florida and is excited to continue to engage with South Florida's diverse Jewish community in her new position. Tara recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Management. During her four years at FAU, Tara was actively involved in her campus community where she served as a student government leader, a student leadership ambassador, and was active in her campus Hillel. During her senior year, Tara served as a StandWithUs Emerson Fellow, advocating for Israel on campus and in the local community. Tara’s love for Israel stems from her experience in high school, when she participated in USY Poland/Israel Pilgrimage, and her subsequent experience on her Birthright trip in the summer of 2014. Tara is passionate about Israel and Judaism and is excited to have the opportunity to work with students to inspire them to explore their own personal Jewish identity though Israel engagement. 


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