Meet the 2020-2021 Jewish Leadership Fellows
The Jewish leadership fellowship is open to students of all backgrounds to exercise leadership in our community in accordance with the wisdom, cultural riches, and values embodied in the Jewish tradition. This fellowship integrates service to the Colby, Waterville, and statewide community with rigorous Jewish learning and mentorship.
Jenna Greenbaum, Hebrew School Fellow
Jenna is a senior from Amherst, Massachusetts, majoring in French and Education. Outside of the classroom, Jenna enjoys assistant teaching in the Waterville schools, leading Colby admissions tours, and skiing and skating with friends. As the CSTJL fellow working with Rabbi Asch at Temple Beth El in Augusta, Jenna looks forward to getting to know the students and to fostering a strong, caring Jewish community together (and having some fun along the way!).
Sydney Ku, Jewish Youth Connection Fellow
Sydney is a senior from Seattle, Washington, majoring in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Sydney works as a sexual violence prevention peer educator, plays on the women’s squash team, and assists with behavioral neuroscience research in the Glenn Lab. Sydney is passionate about fostering spaces for youth that are diverse, welcoming, educational, and support spiritual growth and guidance. By serving as a teen fellow, she is excited to work towards achieving this end for the Center for Small Town Jewish Life.
Sonia Lachter, Community Conversations Fellow
Sonia is a junior majoring in global studies and government. She grew up near San Francisco. On campus, she is a co-president of Hillel, news editor of the Echo, and a COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips) leader. She dances with Colby Dancers and the Department of Theater and Dance.
Raizel McNally, Jewish Youth Connection Fellow
Raizel is a sophomore from Portland, Maine, majoring in anthropology with a minor in environmental Studies. She is involved in Colby Cares about Kids and the Woodsmen Team, and is an orientation leader and Sexual Violence Prevention peer educator. She is excited to connect with other Jewish youth in Maine through her fellowship!
Maya Rebitzer, Hebrew School Fellow
Maya is a sophomore from Palo Alto, California studying environmental science. She volunteers with Colby Cares About Kids and plays on the club rugby team. On campus, she also works as a Religious Studies Research Assistant and Sexual Violence Prevention Peer Educator. Maya loves running, gardening, and climbing. She’s thrilled to work with the Beth Israel Hebrew School this year and to get to know the Waterville Jewish community.
Ellie Spector, Maine Conference for Jewish Life and
Beit Midrash Fellow
Ellie is a senior from Bethesda, Maryland. She’s studying psychology and taking pre-med requirements. She is a member of the cross country team and Colby Hillel, and conducts research in the psychology department. Ellie enjoys hiking, exploring Maine, and cooking food with friends. Passionate about connecting with Jews of all ages and backgrounds, Ellie will be serving her third year as a fellow.
Hillary Swimmer, Fall Shabbaton Fellow
Hillary is a junior from Chicago, Illinois. She is majoring in environmental policy and minoring in art. She serves on the Hillel Board, works as a research assistant in the Environmental Studies department, and is a member of the COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips) Committee. She is looking forward to spending the semester working on the Fall Shabbaton and connecting to Jewish people throughout Maine.
Duda Voldman, Engagement Fellow
Duda Voldman is a sophomore from Stamford, Connecticut. He is majoring in government and economics. He is a member of the varsity squash team and the Colby Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is a government research assistant. He is excited to continue to reach out to people in the greater Jewish community.