• Pola Ovrutski


    Pola has been the Director of Hillel at Ben-Gurion University since August 2015. Previously she worked for two years as Program Coordinator for Zachor v'Kabed and "Phoenix" at Hillel BGU. Pola is fluent in Russian and was introduced to Hillel through her participation in Hillel BGU's delegation to Belarus and Lithuania in 2013, which triggered her interest in both learning more about the Holocaust and Jewish life. Today she is an MBA student in the Mandel Program for Social Leadership at BGU. She has BA in Political Science and Management from BGU. Before joining Hillel she was a commander in Nativ, an IDF Jewish Zionist Identity Program for Immigrant Soldiers, which provides the structural framework to ensure the full integration of these new immigrants into Israeli society – both in the army and everyday life. She brings to the position a vast network and experience working with Russian-speaking Israelis

  • Yael Yafe

    Zechor Ve-Kabed coordinator

    Yael is a third year student in Psychology and Education, and simultaneously studies Animal-Assisted Therapy at Hebrew University. Yael has a lot of educational experience from formal and informal organizations. For two years Yael was a Jewish Agency shlicha at Stony Brook University Hillel in New York. As a shlicha there, Yael worked to strengthen the students' Jewish identity and their connection to Israel, to educate the students and community members about different topics regarding Israel and to advocate for Israel. Last year Yael returned to Beer-Sheva and wanted to continue being involved in Jewish education, which brought her to Hillel BGU. This is her second year coordinating the "Zachor v’Kabed" program which includes volunteering with Holocaust survivors and learning about Holocaust remembrance.  


  • Tzur Blank

    Triple Amiyut Coordinator

    Tzur is a fourth year student in Geography and Environmental Development. As a son of two parents who moved to Israel from different ends of the world he has always been interested in Judaism and Jewish communities around the globe. Two years ago he became involved at Hillel BGU and participated in our delegation to Uruguay, which triggered his continued involvement in Hillel BGU activities. Upon his return from the delegation he led a project in  Holocaust testimony in Russian at The Yeelim Absorption Center. Tzur coordinates the "Triple Amiyut" program which partners with Hillel Montreal and Hillel Germany. The program is supported by the Wohl Global Hillel Grant. This will be Tzur's second year as a coordinator and his main activity will focus on carrying out a social initiative for the community as a continuation of his delegation experience. 


  • Tal Weitzman

    Public Relations and Website Admin- Intern

    Tal is a second year student in Education and Management. Tal's connection to Diaspora Jewry began with her mother who maid Aliya from the United States. Tal first heard about Hillel from her mother who was an active member of Hillel on her university campus. During Tal's army service she participated in the "Birthright" program and discovered the importance of the connection between Israeli and American Jewry. She continued her exploration of Diaspora Jewry by being part of an Israeli delegation to an American summer camp, sponsored by the Jewish Agency. This year Tal asked to join the internship program in the field of Public Relations because of her identification with Hillel and her desire for self-development.


  • Reut Tzadok

    Marketing and Advertising Coordinator

    Reut is a second year student in Social Work. She was first exposed to Hillel during her participation in a delegation to American summer camps sponsored by the Jewish Agency. She has extensive experience working with youth, especially with educational projects for Jewish youth in the Diaspora. Reut worked with programs such as "Masa" and "The Israel Experience." Last year she participated in a unique program in Germany which deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This year Reut joined Hillel Ben-Gurion as the Marketing and Advertising Coordinator out of identification with the values and activities of the organization

  • Nir (Niko) Ben Haim

    Social Initiatives Coordinator

    Nir (Niko) is a third year student in Mechanical Engineering. Last year, Niko joined Hillel Ben-Gurion in the framework of the social practicum supported by "Rothschild Ambassadors." During that year he participated in Hillel’s "Echad Haam" program through which he contributed to the wellbeing of the new immigrants in the city by organizing volunteering events at The Yealim Absorption Center. In addition, Niko was chosen to take part in the "Israeli StudenTour" delegation to Hillel Centers on the west coast of America, resulting in his learning about Hillel International activities and the special projects which exist on various US college campuses. This year, Niko will be in a new position at Hillel Ben-Gurion as the Social Initiatives Coordinator, through which he will lead the students in carrying out their own initiatives

  • Shir Azaria

    Echad Ha'am Coordinator and Hillel Olami Intern

    Shir is a second year student in Political Science, European Studies and Settlement Dispute Management.  Last year she joined Hillel Ben-Gurion in the framework of the social practicum supported by "Rothschild Ambassadors." During that year she also participated in Hillel’s "Zechor v’Kabed" program, through which she contributed to the wellbeing of Holocaust survivors in Beer Sheva. As a result of this meaningful experience, Shir asked to continue her activity with Hillel as coordinator of the "Echad Ha'am" program.  The program includes volunteering with new immigrants of all ages. She will try to help immigrants in achieving a smooth integration into Israeli society.  In addition, Shir will take part in the "Hillel Olami" internship program in the "Tzedek v’Tikun Olam" track and will travel to Hillel CUNY for a short internship

  • Eliza Frankel

    Masa Beikvot Coordinator

    Eliza is a third year student in Sociology-Anthropology and Management. During her studies, she held a position as the Chair of Model UN at Ben-Gurion University and was in charge of activities on campus and competitions abroad. Last year, she was exposed to Hillel activities and started to coordinate the "Masa Beikvot" program- supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group. This program is designed for Israeli Russian-speaking students and focuses on their complex Jewish-Israeli-Russian identity. Eliza connects to the ideals of the program as she was once a new immigrant to Israel and volunteered in several frameworks, which included Russian immigrants. This year, she will continue her activities at Hillel as the "Masa Beikvot" coordinator in three Hillel Israel Centers


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