President and Engagement Fellow
Maggie, a senior studying psychology at the U, moved to Utah from Washington in her teens. When she's not in class, she loves playing clarinet in the U's Wind Ensemble, rock climbing, and going to classical music concerts. Maggie went on her Birthright trip this past summer. Her favorite Jewish food is her mom's homemade challah french toast, and she loves cozy Shabbat dinners with her friends.
Vice President and Engagement Fellow
Mara Kushner is a senior at Westminster College majoring in educational studies and minoring in outdoor education and leadership. She loves to run and is on the cross country and track team at Westminster. Mara also loves to ski, hike, and be outdoors. Mara comes to Utah from Houston, Texas. Spending time with friends and family is also important to her.
Matzo ball soup ranks high on her list of favorite Jewish foods. One of her favorite Jewish traditions is attending the East Coast family Passover Seder (about 60 people each year) where every child gets a great prize for finding the afikomen.
Board Member, Social Media
Chloe is a sophomore musical theatre major at the University of Utah. Originally from San Diego, California, she misses the beach, but says Utah's mountains and beautiful outdoors make up for it. Chloe loves to sing, dance, go to yoga, and celebrate her Moroccan/French and Jewish heritage. She loves latkes with a lot of sour cream and says there is nothing better (besides her meme's couscous for Passover). Chloe likes Purim because you get to dress up and she's named after Queen Esther (who saved the Jewish people and was a fierce woman way ahead of her time). Chloe says she's blessed to have found a wonderful, Jewish community on campus and in Salt Lake City and is excited to be a part of Hillel for Utah's growth.
Secretary and Outdoor Programming
From Colorado, Alex is a senior at Westminster College studying environmental studies with a Spanish minor. His hobbies include snowboarding, backpacking, climbing, reading, and jamming to music. Challah is big on his favorite Jewish food list and he enjoys being with his family and 'doggos' during Hanukkah.
Board Member, Israel Programming
Rachel Malaga came to the University of Utah from New Jersey. She's a sophomore studying musical theatre. In her free time, she says she's probably doing more theater. In fact, this past summer, she was in a production of "Annie Get Your Gun," in Ogden. Her favorite Jewish food is kugel, and her favorite holiday is Passover.
Board Member, Campus Relations
Jessica is a sophomore at Salt Lake Community College and is from Utah. She's majoring in biology, hoping to someday become a physician's assistant. She says what she loves most about being Jewish is the food--especially challah and falafels! Her favorite holiday is Passover because her New Jersey family would fly out to do Seder together and she remembers the excitement for their visit. She loved everyone getting together, the matzo ball soup, and finding the afikomen.
Utahn Maria attends the University of Utah, where credit-wise she's a junior. However, Maria is starting her first year of graphic design. She's involved in making art to writing to music. Her favorite Jewish food is smoked salmon and she really enjoys Passover.