Meet the 2021-2022 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.

Piper Dunton
Hospitality and Community Conversations Fellow

Piper is a senior studying English and sociology. They also act and participate in both club and department theater. In their spare time they enjoy reading comic books, sewing stuffed animals, and going on nature hikes to look at birds. As the Colby Hospitality and Community Conversations Fellow, they’re looking forward to speaking with people from the beautiful place they’ve called home for the past nine years and connecting further with the Jewish community.

Sydney Ku

Sydney Ku
Zakat/Tzedakah 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.

Jenna Hersh
Jewish Youth Connection Fellow

Jenna is a junior from Canton, Massachusetts, majoring in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Jenna is a member of the Hillel board, plays on the women’s rugby team, and assists in the psychology department’s behavioral neuroscience lab. She is excited to work with the Center for Small Town Jewish Life and build connections with Jewish youth throughout Maine.

Sonia Lachter 
Hebrew School Fellow

Sonia is a senior from California studying government and global studies. She is an editor in chief of the Colby Echo and a member of the Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips Committee. She serves on the Hillel board, and takes dance classes for fun. At the Center, she has taught Hebrew School, run Beit Midrash, and organized Community Conversations. She’s excited to teach and hang out with the Beth Israel Hebrew School kids again this year.

Martha Lieberman
Jewish Youth Connection Fellow

Martha is a sophomore from Baltimore studying government and Middle Eastern studies. On campus, she is co-president of Hillel, a Colby Cares about Kids mentor, and a COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips) leader. She plays trumpet in the Colby Symphony Orchestra. As a Teen Fellow, she is excited to get to know Maine’s Jewish youth and foster a welcoming, vibrant Jewish community for teens in Maine!

Ariana Lushtak
Maine Conference for Jewish Life Fellow

Ariana is a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay area. She is planning to major in environmental science and is a research assistant for Colby’s natural history collection. She takes part in Colby Hillel, hikes with the Outing Club, and is a stage manager for student productions. Ariana is eager to meet and learn from Maine’s Jewish community.

Raizel

Raizel McNally
Capital Area New Mainers Project Fellow

Raizel is a junior from Portland, Maine, majoring in anthropology with minors in environmental studies and education. She is co-president of Colby Hillel and the Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and is a member of the Woodsmen Team. Raizel also works as a Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips (COOT) leader and a sexual violence prevention (SVP) peer educator. She is excited to connect with and support new Mainers with the Capital Area New Mainers Project!

Maya

Maya Rebitzer
Hebrew School Fellow

Maya is a junior from Palo Alto, California. An environmental science major, she plays rugby, serves on the Hillel board, works as a sexual violence prevention (SVP) peer educator, and is a member of the Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips committee. She worked at Beth Israel Hebrew School over zoom last year and can’t wait to get to meet the community face-to-face this year!

Hillary Swimmer

Hillary Swimmer
Fall Shabbaton Fellow

Hillary is a senior from Chicago, 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.

Daniel Tarkoff

Zakat/Tzedakah Fellow

Daniel is a sophomore from northern California majoring in computer science and East Asian studies. He has a strong interest in the role of tzedakah in Jewish life, and how charitable giving functions at a college or university. Inspired by his mom, Daniel also has a keen interest in multifaith dialogue, and the ways in which multifaith collaboration can provide vital support to those in need.

Lily Yustein

Capital Area New Mainers Project Fellow

Lily is a junior from Montclair, New Jersey. She is a government major and a Jewish studies minor. She works as a research assistant for the government department and is a Sexual Violence Peer Educator. She is also a COOT leader and a member of the Hillel board. She is passionate about cooking, traveling, and skiing. She is looking forward to spreading her love of Maine, and connecting to new immigrants and refugees in the greater Waterville area.