Our Staff

The staff at the Tanger Hillel provides support for Jewish student leaders on campus. Each staff person brings his/her unique background and talents to appeal to the varied students’ backgrounds and interests. We are at the students’ disposal to help organize events for existing clubs in addition to assisting in bringing new ideas to fruition. Most importantly though, we are the listening ear, the older “sibling” and the friend that students can rely on throughout their college experience and thereafter.

Nadya  Drukker

Nadya Drukker

Executive Director
phone: 718-859-1151 Ext 12

Nadya Drukker was born into a vibrant Jewish home in Munkach, a small town in Western Ukraine, and emigrated to the United States in 1990. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media communications and a minor in Marketing. As an undergraduate, Nadya served as Vice President of the Russian-Jewish Club at Brooklyn College Hillel. After graduation, Nadya decided to dedicate her career to the Jewish community and began working at the Brooklyn College Hillel in 1997 as the Director of the Center for Russian Jewish Life. In this capacity, she works with many other Jewish organizations to link Russian-speaking Jewish students to the greater Jewish community and she is responsible for coordinating city-wide intercollegiate programming for Russian-Jewish students. After a short time at Hillel, she was promoted to the Assistant Director and now is an Executive Director of the Tanger Hillel @ Brooklyn College. She has a passion for travel and theatre and resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Rachel Porges

Rachel Porges

Office Manager/Facilities Director
phone: 718-859-1151 Ext. 13

Rachel has been at Hillel since July, 1997 as the office administrator. Most times you will find her at the computer doing the books, working with the fund raising software or assisting Nadya Drukker. She finds Hillel a lively spot on campus with events happening all the time and enjoys being around the young, vibrant college students coming into Hillel. Away from Hillel she spends time with her husband, three children and grandchildren. She enjoys reading and knitting for her grandkids.

Yelena Azriyel

Yelena Azriyel

Program Director
phone: 718-859-1151 Ext. 20

Born in Ukraine, Yelena has lived in New York since her pre-teen years and recently graduated from Baruch College in Manhattan where she majored in Human Resources Management and minored in Industrial Organization Psychology. Throughout her life, Yelena has been involved in JCC programming in the Russian-speaking Jewish community of Brooklyn, New York.

Throughout college, Yelena served as president of the Baruch Association of Russian Students and has participated in alternative spring breaks doing volunteer work in Israel, Belarus and New York. She most recently completed a year volunteering in Kiev, Ukraine as a Jewish Service Corps Volunteer with JDC.  Yelena joined the Brooklyn College Tanger Hillel team in August 2010 as a Program Director. She is very excited to work with Brooklyn College students on existing projects and develop new programs.  

Julia Mayrin

Julia Mayrin

Engagement Associate
phone: 718-859-1151 ext. 17

Born in Italy during her parents’ emigration from Belarus, Julia grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in a Russian- speaking household. During her college career, she became involved with Jewish Community Organizations focusing on Jews with Former Soviet Union backgrounds.  A graduate of CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Minor in Media Studies, Julia is actively applying her research to the betterment and growth of the Russian-Jewish community.

During Hurricane Sandy, Julia pulled together all her resources from the JCC’s in Brooklyn to help run a platform for relief called Clean Up Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn.  Her passion for community projects and building stronger Jewish life has landed her with Brooklyn College Tanger Hillel as an Engagement Associate.  She is excited to create and guide students along their Jewish journeys. In addition, she's inspired by the constant learning with students from diverse backgrounds.

Shirel  Gidekel

Shirel Gidekel

A-Capella Leader

Born and raised in Israel, Shirel is a music graduate student at Brooklyn College majoring in voice. Music is her passion, especially opera of all styles, baroque music, modern and classic

Israeli music and recently, American musicals. Shirel graduated the Tel Aviv BuchmannMehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and performed with the Israeli opera young artists' program. She taught voice and music theory in a music conservatory in Jerusalem, and also music therapy in ICELP, The International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential.

She is the recipient of the AICF (America Israel Cultural foundation) scholarship in singing, and an Excellency scholarship in Baroque singing, among other academic scholarships. Shirel

served in the Israeli military as a "musician of excellence", singing and performing to soldiers all over the country. She performed various concerts in France, England, Israel and the US.

She is excited to reinvigorate the Tanger Hillel A-Cappella group, bring a taste of Hebrew, Israeli and Jewish music to Hillel and create a warm, fun and creative environment for music making!

 

Shira  Boshnack

Shira Boshnack

The Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) Educator
phone: 718-859-1151 Ext. 18

Shira Boshnack is the OU's JLI on Campus Educator.  Always with a kind word and a smile, Shira can often be found giving classes, teaching Kallot, and planning events. She is an advocate for those in need and a shoulder for everyone who needs her help. In the blink of an eye, she draws people in to whatever it is she is doing, making them feel a part.  A native of Woodmere, NY Shira holds a BA in Psychology from Stern college and a Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She and Rabbi Reuven have four wonderful children, Levi, Gitty Shimmy and Chumi.

Reuven  B. Boshnack

Reuven B. Boshnack

The Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) Rabbi Educator
phone: 718-859-1151 Ext. 19

A master of many talents, Rabbi Reuven as he is called can be found doing any number of things, often at once. Whether it's cooking, teaching, having a shmuess with someone, or helping to plan the next Hillel extravaganza event, he brings a zest for life, and his boundless enthusiasm to the halls of Hillel. His warm smile, and listening ear are sought out by students. Rabbi Reuven hails from the town of Oceanside, NY and  holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Education and ordination from Yeshiva University. He is currently finishing a Master's in counselling to better assist the students on campus. He and Shira have four kenayinahara beautiful children, ranging in ages between 9 and 1 year old.

The Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) is a program of the Orthodox Union in partnership with Hillel.

In recognition that the overwhelming majority of Modern Orthodox college students are being educated at secular universities, the OU, in partnership with Hillel, administers the Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC), a program that helps Orthodox students navigate the college environment, and balance their Jewish commitments with their desire to engage the secular world. In addition, JLIC provides avenues for spiritual development and exploration for Jewish students from varied backgrounds; JLIC presents a positive, sophisticated and welcoming face for Orthodox Judaism on campus.

Elke Reva Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known for it's WASPs but with a substantial New England flavored Jewish community. Always an artist, Elke pursued a BFA in illustration at Pratt Institute in New York. After graduating she used her communication design skills from her schooling to make a name for herself as a fine artist, receiving critical acclaim for her “Hipsters & Hassids” painting series, and being featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Haaretz among others. She has since been named one of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” young Jewish innovators and is now a PresenTense Fellowship alumn.

In 2010, Elke founded the global resource Jewish Art Now with the aim to redefine Jewish art in the 21st Century, and her work curating Jewishly themed exhibitions in untraditional spaces lead her to the Tanger Hillel. Elke arrived as a visiting curator for their first exhibition "Breath/Breadth" collaborating with the art department on campus and bringing in artwork from the Jewish art community's top talent in New York as well as from Canada, London, and Israel. 

Now Elke is the founder and visual arts director of CreaCo (Creative Coexistence), a new program at the Hillel that uses art to bridge cultural diversity divides on campus. Stop by and experience a hands-on workshop that explores the art histories of different cultures fuzed with contemporary trends and techniques!


Elke lives in "hip" Brooklyn with her filmmaker husband Saul. Follow her artwork at www.elkerevasudin.com and the larger Jewish art community at www.jewishartnow.com.
Jesse  Freedman

Jesse Freedman

JESSE FREEDMAN is a New York City based theater artist and teaching artist who is thrilled to be making things with Brooklyn College Community. 
 He is co-founder of Meta-Phys. Ed,  a multidisciplinary performance collective that creates Jewish text based  theater.    Collaborating as a director, designer, performer, puppeteer and dramaturge, Jesse has worked with  Meta-Phys. Ed., The Anthropologists,  Target Margin, Black Box Studios, New Yiddish Rep., The Living Theater,  Eschatological Theater, Jewish Theater Workshop, and Lang Arts.   As a teaching artist, he has performed taught and designed curriculum for JCC’s, Siegel College, Jews For Judaism, Black Box Studios, The Retreat Institute and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.
He holds an MFA  in Theater from  Sarah Lawrence College.