Hillel Council of New England Supporting & Connecting Jewish Life Across Campuses

Meet the Staff


Miriam Berkowitz BlueMiriam Berkowitz Blue, HCNE Assistant Director & Hillel Director, Simmons College  781-731-2671, [email protected]

Miriam Berkowitz Blue is the newly appointed Assistant Director for Hillel Council of New England, and has been serving as the Hillel Director at Simmons College since September, 2012.  Miriam has previously worked as the Regional Director of New England Young Judaea, Director of Adolescent Education for the Commission for Jewish Education in West Palm Beach Florida, and the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and received a Master's of Jewish Education (MJEd) as a Legacy Heritage Fellow at Hebrew College. Miriam lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts with her husband, Phil and daughter, Talia. Check out Miriam's obsession with Pinterest by following her boards here: http://pinterest.com/miriamblue/   


Jennifer Dennis bio pictureJennifer Dennis, Marketing and Digital Communications Manager   508-655-4002, [email protected]

Jennifer Dennis joined HCNE in 2013 as part of our rebranding effort and became the Website Manager. Since then, she has expanded her role to include Marketing Communications and works closely with all of the Hillel Directors.  She also serves as a liason to Program Pros, the student leadership programs, Birthright Israel and Hillel International. Jennifer has a small business and nonprofit marketing consulting business and is on the Board of the New England Women's Leadership Institute.


Jacob Freedman bio pictureJacob Freedman, HCNE Regional Programs Coordinator, Hillel Advisor at Emerson and Wheaton Colleges, Suffolk University   617-791-1108, [email protected]

Jacob previously worked at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology as the Communications Coordinator in Admissions, and has served as the Young Artist Program Manager at Maine Media Workshops + College. He received a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Quinnipiac University where he was proud to be the president of the campus Hillel. He is extremely excited to be part of a community that combines his love of Judaism and his passion for working with students. Jacob has had a lifelong interest in media. Feel free to ask him about his favorite films.


Hayley Goldstein bio pictureHayley Goldstein, HCNE Rabbinic Intern, Hillel Director at Boston College    646-571-7892, [email protected]

Hayley is new to HCNE and is entering her third year at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. She has been a Jewish Educator for the last five years. Her experiences range from teaching 2nd graders Aleph-Bet Yoga in a Brooklyn classroom, to feeding goats with 7th graders at Ramah of the Rockies in Colorado, and meditating with teens in the woods behind Prozdor. Originally from Minnesota, Hayley is a passionate Jewish educator whose other passions include, but are not limited to: making music videos, being a puppeteer, pottery, cooking, and her fat, glorious cat, Yossi. She is very excited to be a part of the New England Hillel Community!


Sam MendalesSam Mendales, Executive Director,  617-928-1488 X3, [email protected]

Since 1985, Sam hasguided the transformation of Hillel Council from an umbrella organization providing support to the large established Hillel foundations in the immediate Boston area to a focus on fostering Jewish campus life on ten small campuses throughout New England.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, The Mandel School of Social Science at Case Western Reserve University and the School of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. He has an honorary Doctor of Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College.  Sam is also a Board Member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston; the Board of Governors of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, a member of Temple Isaiah, Lexington and a member of the Bedford Center for The Arts.


Neill SilvermanNeill Silverman, Chief Operating Officer  617-928-1488, X4, [email protected]

Neill's portfolio includes a fiscal services program under which Hillel Council provides a wide range of fiscal services to some of the largest Hillel Foundations in New England, including those at Boston University, Brandeis University, MIT and Tufts University since 2010.  Additionally, Neill manages both Hillel Council's internal finances and financial relationships with the small campus Hillels staffed by Hillel Council.  Neill also provides budget oversight and management for the IACT birthright programs at Northeastern University, Clark University, Williams College and Amherst College.  Neill is a licensed attorney with many years of legal experience, both in the corporate law firm and self-managed small and solo practice settings.  Neill has also worked as a political consultant, including political campaign management.  Neill is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School.  Neill served as treasurer of Congregation Or Atid in Wayland, MA for many years.