At Hillel: Rabbi Joe directs the Hillel Foundation, supervises programming staff, works with Board of Directors, represents the Jewish community to the University administration, chairs the Interfaith Center and serves as a chaplain, serves on University committees, directs Jewish religious life, works on large scale programs, teaches University courses and study groups, and is the Jewish Chaplain at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook Medicine.
At Home: Rabbi Joe is beginning his 39th year as a Hillel Director this fall, and his 36th year at Stony Brook. He loves working on the campus, shmoozing with students, telling stories and jokes, and teaching Torah. He has a BA in Humanities/Judaic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Contemporary Jewish Studies and Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion. His wife, Susan Remick Topek, is a retired Early Childhood Education specialist at the Jewish Education Project and the author of seven Jewish children's books. They have three married daughters and five grandchildren. Rabbi Joe's area of academic interest is American Jewish military history, a subject on which he has lectured and published extensively. He has lectured for the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, the Jewish Museum, the New York Jewish Historical Society, and many others.
At Hillel: Jenn serves as the advisor to the Hillel Student Club, supervises the Peer Network Engagement Interns and oversees programming for Hillel. She also works on cultivating relationships across campus to provide resources to our students and make connections for people across the University.
At Home: Jenn is originally from North Babylon, NY and after graduating with a B.A. in secondary Social Studies from SUNY Cortland, she attended Stony Brook University and received a master’s in Liberal Arts. In 2011, Jenn moved to Rishon LeZion, Israel on Masa Israel Teaching Fellows where she taught English to elementary students for a year. Upon returning stateside, Jenn spent four years as the Program Coordinator for Jewish Life at Duke. In her free time, you can find her scrapbooking, singing show tunes very loudly or enjoying NY bagels and pizza!
Jenn is also an avid coffee drinker and would love to meet with you over a cup of Joe! Feel free to email her to find a time to chat!
At Hillel: As Stony Brook Hillel's Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Gal engages students to enhance their knowledge base about Israel. In order to accomplish this important goal, she facilitates Israel cultural and educational programs on campus, recruits students to participate in programs in Israel, and reaches out to students to help them connect to Jewish life through connections with Israel.
At Home: Gal served as a Sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces from 2009-2011 and studied at Hadassah College for a BA in political science and communications and headed the Model UN. She is a native of Jerusalem recently has served as a communications officer for the Israeli Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety.
Hannah is our new Springboard Social Justice Fellow in partnership with the Hillel International Center. Her work will focus on Jewish ethics and values through social action and social justice programming for both undergraduate and graduate students. Hannah hopes to show students that Hillel is an inclusive space that has opportunities for students of all backgrounds to engage and become part of the community.
Hannah grew up in Chappaqua, New York. She holds a BA in Sociology from Davidson College and an MSc in Migration Studies from University of Oxford. At Davidson, Hannah was Hillel President, where she collaborated with groups across campus for interfaith, cultural, and educational events. She was also active in several multiculturalism and diversity initiatives and served as a mentor to other students of color, first generation college students, and students from immigrant families. She has extensive study abroad experience in England, China, Thailand, and Laos and has worked the past five summers leading educational and community service programs for high school students throughout Southeast Asia. In her free time, she loves reading, writing, horseback riding, and researching different places and communities around the world.
At Hillel: Rabbi Agishtein is the rabbi of the campus orthodox service, the Stony Brook Hebrew Congregation. He does outreach in the community, organizes services, advises students, faculty, and community members, and teaches.
At Home: Rabbi Shlomo (Alex) Agishtein was born in Moscow during the waning days of the U.S.S.R. He was fortunate enough to be born to parents whose intellectual and spiritual thirst brought them back to their Jewish heritage despite still living behind the Iron Curtain. Shlomo moved to the United States as a two year old immigrant. He grew up in the heart of the yeshiva world, in the then-small town of Lakewood, NJ. Shlomo learned from R’ Elya Svei and R’ Shmuel Kamenetzky while attending high school and beth medrash, and continued his studies in Israel before heading back to his hometown of Lakewood to pursue rabbinical ordination in Beth Medrash Govoha. Shlomo moved to Stony Brook to assume the position of Rabbi at the Stony Brook Hebrew Congregation and to join the Hillel as the Orthodox Rabbinic Fellow. He will be continuing his math and computer science studies starting in the spring at the University.
He has spent his summers engaging in outreach in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to his Torah studies, he enjoys the humanities and the classics. He is also interested in the technical and mathematical fields and is pursuing dual degrees in mathematics and computer science. Shlomo keeps busy by juggling his Torah teaching, rabbinical duties, his college courses, and his three rambunctious children (the kids have developed very thick skulls). In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, cooking, hiking, reading, and boxing.
At Hillel: Lisa is responsible for processing, entering and acknowledging donations and assisting with High Holidays and other community events.
At Home: Lisa is a 1985 Stony Brook alumna with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. After graduation, she went on to earn her Paralegal Certificate and worked in law as well as in retail and sales.
Growing up, Lisa attended many years of Cejwin Camps, which at one time was the largest Jewish sleepaway camps in the county. She was a member of Young Judea as well as several other Jewish youth groups. She spent much of her time at Bronx House which is a UJA supported Community Center. Lisa is married to a fellow Stony Brook alum and has three children who range in age from a college student to an elementary school student.
At Hillel: Directs kosher supervision of Kosher Dining in the East Side Dining building and serves as the Jewish Chaplain at Stony Brook University Hospital.
At Home:Rabbi Adelman serves as the Rabbi for the Young Israel of Huntington. He has 12 children and over 40 grandchildren!