Meet Our Professionals


Rabbi Jeremy Fierstien,
Executive Director

Rabbi Jeremy joined UMBC Hillel as the Executive Director in July of 2016. Prior to his appointment he served as the Associate Director of Cornell Hillel in Ithaca, NY. Jeremy completed a BS in Family Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!) and received Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew College in Newton, MA.

Jeremy grew up in Bradley Beach New Jersey, across the street from the Atlantic ocean, where he learned how to surf and attended Yeshiva day school and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. He loves exploring the outdoors with his son and dog, fishing, and is a sports fanatic.

Jeremy is excited to explore the breadth and depth of Jewish tradition with the UMBC Jewish students as well as to experiment with how to best foster a pluralistic Jewish community on campus. If you are interested in getting together for a cup of joe or just to chat you can reach Jeremy at 908 770 5695 or by email at Go Retrievers!


Lesley Levin,
Jewish Student Life Coordinator

Lesley Levin has been the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at UMBC Hillel since August 2015. An alumna of The Ohio State University, Lesley has consistently served in the Jewish communal field since 2007 where she worked for the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Jewish Teen Initiative and Temple Judea of Palm Beach Gardens. Prior to basking in the beautiful Florida weather, Lesley honed her leadership skills and love of grilled cheese in the Jewish camping world at Camps Airy and Louise. Lesley’s favorite part of working at UMBC Hillel is celebrating the holidays creatively on campus with students. If you would like to meet Lesley and talk about the Nationals, Gilmore Girls, or how delicious chocolate rugelach are, then contact her at