Adena loves her work thinking creatively with staff, students, and stakeholders about providing GW students the tools they need to create vibrant Jewish lives in college and beyond. Prior to her career in the Hillel world, which began at NYU, she earned her Masters in Social Work as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and spent time at a non-profit organization focused on poverty in New York City. Adena loves cruising the streets of DC with her husband Josh, daughter Layla, & sons Oliver and Jack. Check out her blog, Adena the Coffee Queen, to hear more about her adventures on campus.
RABBI DAN EPSTEIN
Senior Jewish Educator
Dan brings a love of storytelling to GW Hillel. He graduated from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah this spring, where among his internships he spent time at Hoftstra Hillel. Dan previously worked as a financial adviser at JP Morgan, but realized his true calling was in the world of Torah; he now helps people take stock and form bonds with God and with themselves. Raised in Queens, New York (and a graduate of Queens College), Dan is enjoying his new home in Washington with his wife Odelia and his three children, Emmett, Emunah, and Ahava.
RABBI DANIEL NOVICK
Daniel is thrilled to be returning to the DC area, where he grew up, to work with the incredible community at GW Hillel! With degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Virginia, he comes to GW Hillel ready to integrate his passions of relationship-building, entrepreneurship, marketing, and Jewish education to help build community and cultivate Jewish identities. Daniel is a huge Washington sports fan, a potato connoisseur (what’s your favorite form of potato?), and loves traveling and enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Sarah.
Director of Development
Meredith is excited to help build a permanent home for the Jewish community in the heart of Foggy Bottom! With more than five years of experience in development, Meredith has been with GW for two and a half years. Previously, she worked as a leadership annual giving officer on behalf of the entire university. Meredith is in her second year of the MBA program at the School of Business. In her spare time, Meredith is a volunteer through a reading program in a local elementary school and co-chairs for the DC Young Alumni Council for the University of Michigan. She also enjoys traveling, being outdoors, yoga, and reading. She’s always looking for great book recommendations!
Shaw is excited to join the GW Hillel family, bringing over 15 years of non-profit finance & accounting experience to Hillel. As a mother of two college students, she strongly supports Hillel’s mission – enriching lives, so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Both of her boys are actively involved with Hillel. “Hillel is my boys’ home away from home” said Shaw. Prior to joining GW Hillel, Shaw worked for The Arc of the US as the Finance Manager and later as the HR Director, Finance Manager for the Eno Center for Transportation and Accounting Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Shaw received her BS in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Massachusetts.
Springboard Social Justice Fellow
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Marlee made a move north attending Indiana University - Bloomington, before heading to D.C. There she honed her passion for mental health and social services with a major in Psychology and a minor in Social Welfare and Advocacy. Her personal advocacy missions focus on supporting and empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence, destigmatizing mental illness, learning how to become actively anti-racist, access to affordable and intersectional healthcare, and reforming the current education system. In her free time, you can find her listening to true crime podcasts, learning new recipes, staying connected with friends near and far, and giving her cat, Franklin, one-woman performances of Mamma Mia! An empath with a never-ending drive for change and deep conversation, Marlee looks forward to using her role as a Springboard Fellow to empower students to realize and actualize their missions and passions and connect them with Jewish values through the greater George Washington University and Washington D.C. communities.
Jewish Agency Israel Fellow
Sigal was born and raised in the city of Haifa, Israel. She recently received her B.A in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herziliya. Sigal loves to experience new things- she is very energetic and loves to travel, listen to music, and read. Sigal brings to GW her experience as a young Israeli from an Ethiopian family and how their very Zionist story impacted their lives. Sigal is an educator who believes in social justice and in the power of people to bring about change. She is very excited about the opportunity to meet young American Jews and to be part of their journey.