2014-2015 Engagement Interns

Meet the 2014-2015 Elon Hillel interns who will be engaging first-year Jewish students in Jewish life at Elon.  Contact an intern with ANY questions about Elon or Jewish life on campus.

Cameron Magida, Zoe Berman, Spencer Neiman, Elena Goldman

Cameron Magida
Hometown: Darien, Connecticut
Major: Undeclared
Favorite thing to do outside of class: Play guitar
Fun Fact: I can play the ukelele, guitar, and piano.
Favorite Hillel Memory: I can't choose- there are too many! I've enjoyed everything from Bagel Brunches to taking a nap on the couch upstairs.

Zoe Berman
Hometown: Armonk, NY
Major: Media Arts and Entertainment
Favorite thing to do outside of class: Make movies and play piano
Favorite Hillel memory: Cooking dinner with my friends in the Hillel house.
Fun fact: I was a cheerleader for 4 years!

Spencer Neiman
Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA
Favorite thing to do outside of class: Watch TV and relax
Favorite Hillel memory: Making 600 matzoh balls in the kitchen.
Fun fact: I know how to juggle.

Elena Goldman
Hometown: Bolton, MA
Major: Elementary Education
Favorite thing to do outside of class: I love crafting and spending time with friends and family
Favorite Hillel memory: Planning the Passover Seder
Fun fact: I want to travel to all 50 states

Allie Roteman, Senior Intern

The Elon Hillel Engagement Internship is funded by the LAWRENCE J. AND ANNE RUBENSTEIN FOUNDATION and the GREENSBORO JEWISH FEDERATION



Allie Roteman, Jeremy Recoon, Morgan Goldstein


Julia Denick, Eric Halperin, Carley Gaynes


Emily Cable, Mat Goldberg, Arielle Weil

"I just really needed someone to take me by the hand and drag me along to Hillel events to get over that awkward new person stage."  

It turns out that peers not only can reach students in ways that institutions can’t, but they also can do it creatively, imaginatively and with lasting effect

"At Elon it is easy being Jewish; Hillel’s engagement intern program does a great job introducing first years to Jewish life. The program was the connection I needed to get engaged in Jewish life on campus...."  Aaron Marks '16

I've loved being an intern for Hillel because it's given me an opportunity to get to know the new Jewish students in a way that I would not have otherwise. I like knowing that I have been able to help some of them in their transitions into college and have showed them that they have a home at Hillel.  Arielle Weil, 2011-2012 intern

Quotes from first-year students:

Coming into this year, my first at Elon, I really was unsure of what I wanted my involvement in Hillel to be. I can honestly say that I am more involved than I initially thought I was going to be. One of the primary reasons for this is my interaction with the Engagement Interns. They sparked my involvement and since then I have absolutely loved every aspect of Hillel.

I know when I first arrived on campus I was a bit lost and really didn’t know what to do during my free time just yet….It was really nice to have the Hillel interns contact me in the beginning of the year asking to meet for lunch or coffee.

My involvement began last summer when an intern contacted me and introduced herself. She was able to answer questions I had about the Hebrew class I then took in the Fall of 2011 and because I had already established a connection with her, I felt comfortable engaging with Hillel.

If it were not for the Engagement Interns reaching out to me the summer before I came, I don’t think I would have been as willing or enthusiastic about going to Hillel events. They accurately represented what it is to be a Jewish student at Elon. They understood our questions, concerns, and knew how nervous we were about asking questions without feeling overwhelmed.

Hillel was a main reason why I had such a smooth, successful transition to college.  Hillel was always there for me, especially when I needed it the most, and I’m forever grateful for that.  The Hillel interns this year did a fantastic job and I feel so lucky to call all of them my friends.  I feel comfortable asking any one of them for help, advice, or just meeting for a cup coffee! 

I found that while I was lost at first in the overwhelming experience of becoming a college student, that I could count on Hillel to be something familiar and welcoming.