At Hillel: Jenn serves as the advisor to the Jewish Student Association, 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, Bar-Nesiya 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: Bar was born in Jerusalem and raised in Haifa. She enjoys painting and making all sorts of crafts, also she likes to cook and bake. During her service in the Israel Defense Forces, Bar served as an ordnance instructor. She studied at Haifa University and graduated with a BA in social work. Before joining Stony Brook Hillel, Bar worked as a social worker with underprivileged populations at the Haifa Well Fair Service Dpt
Bar is always looking for someone she can hangout with and show her new places. Feel free to come share your favorite places to see, travel and great american food she has to try!
At Hillel: As the Jewish Life Coordinator, Celia helps bring all things Jewish to campus. Whether through leading Jewish Learning Fellowship cohorts, celebrating Jewish holidays, or building programs around spiritual identity and worship, she loves helping students find new ways to connect with Judaism.
At Home: Celia originally hails from San Diego, CA but left behind sunny beaches to head to Oklahoma City University where she studied Music Theater and Vocal Performance. While at OCU, she helped create the first Jewish student organization on campus - known as the Jewish Stars (a play on the university’s mascot, the Stars.) After moving to Queens a little over a year ago, Celia is thrilled to be joining the Stony Brook Hillel family! Through high school and college, she was involved in the North American Federation of Temple Youth and served as the Religious and Cultural Vice President on the NFTY North American Board in 2016. A lifelong Jewish summer camp enthusiast, Celia is an alum of the URJ Kutz Camp, URJ Camp Newman, and JCA Shalom.
In her spare time, Celia loves tap dancing around her kitchen, embroidering any article of clothing she can, playing her bright blue guitar, and eating avocados (her one true love!)
Let’s grab a cup of coffee or tea! Email Celia to set up a time to chat on Zoom or on campus!
At Hillel: Rabbi Agishtein is the rabbi of 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.
As a child living in New York City, Peryl Agishtein dreamed of becoming a National Geographic photojournalist, a ballerina, or a librarian (preferably for the library from Beauty and the Beast; and preferably all three at once). She was ultimately inspired to become a scientist and a psychologist by her parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Jacob Grossman, who imbued her with two key values of intellectual curiosity and a passion to help others. Her interest in biology and in the puzzle of assessment led her to pursue a specialization in neuropsychology, while her interests in interpersonal dynamics attracted her to attachment research. Her doctoral dissertation investigated how attachment to G-d interacts with everyday stress and anxiety; she was inspired to examine this idea by her Jewish faith and her deep belief in G-d, as well as years of philosophical discussions with her father. Peryl is currently a staff neuropsychologist at St. Charles Hospital. Peryl spends her free time with her husband and three children, and loves to hike, travel, photograph, and play piano (slightly better than her husband’s) whenever she has the opportunity. She tries not to psychoanalyze her children too much.
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.