The first mention of a Hillel at the University of Miami is in December 1940 and the first B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at UM was started in 1941. Originally located in a storefront on Ponce de Leon Blvd in downtown Coral Gables, the original Hillel Building was built in 1953.
Six decades later, in 2015 a brand new Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life opened its doors doubling the footprint of the original building.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have a great team that are committed to supporting UM’s Jewish students and strengthening Jewish engagement in Miami.”
The University of Miami Hillel strives to provide the best possible Jewish education to students and community members, in doing so, it engaged the most talented professionals and lay leaders to serve on the Board of Directors and in professional capacities.
Our commitment to the highest standards of quality did not go unnoticed, and we were honored to receive:
UM Hillel is committed to students at the University of Miami. Everything we do as an organization is aimed at providing meaningful Jewish life to students, and the larger Miami community.
Our vision is to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.
We are fortunate to have assembled the best team of professionals to serve at UM Hillel. We represent a diverse, highly educated and experienced team, that brings together their expertise and vision to achieve the mission of the University of Miami Hillel.
Igor Khokhlov is the award-winning Hillel Director, known for his entrepreneurial approach to organizational and leadership development. Igor received two Master degrees at Hebrew Union College. For close to a decade, Igor has worked for the Hillel movement, and was involved as a volunteer in Russia and Israel. Prior to joining the University of Miami Hillel in 2015, Igor worked at Cornell and Ithaca College Hillels. He is a Wexner Fellow, and a member of the Schusterman ROI community. Igor resides in Miami, with his wife Olga, and two children.
Originally from Cordoba, Argentina, Karem moved to Miami in 2013 and joined the Hillel team. She has a background in Jewish youth movements in Argentina and she is a certified accountant. In addition to Karem’s financial oversight, she also advises UM Hillel’s student group for Latin Americans called “Hola Hillel”.
Rabbi Lyle comes to Miami with seven years of Hillel experience. During rabbinical school he served as a rabbinic intern at Columbia/Barnard Hillel and most recently as the Director of Jewish Life and Learning at Hofstra University Hillel. Rabbi Lyle was ordained and received a MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-JIR in May 2012. He earned an undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in 2004 and graduated with a B.A. in Jewish Studies and a double minor in Philosophy and Religion.
Kate was born and raised in Miami and has worked as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations and independent schools for over 14 years. She is just as passionate about friend-raising as she is fundraising and cherishes her professional and personal relationships, dearly. Kate graduated from the University of Florida in 2004 with a Liberal Arts degree, where she majored in History and minored in English literature. Kate also received a Master’s degree in 2006 from the University of Miami in Public Relations. She is thrilled to be back on the UM campus connecting with community members, students, and fellow alumni, to bring support and awareness to UM Hillel. Besides her passion for Advancement, Kate loves to spend time with family and friends, cook and enjoy great food, read a good book, and relax with a nice glass of wine.
Rachel is in her second year as IACT Coordinator. After graduating in 2018 with degrees in Jewish Studies and History from the University of Texas in Austin, she moved to Bat Yam Israel to teach English with MASA Israel Teaching Fellows. She is an avid Israel supporter and can’t wait to take our next group of students on Birthright Israel. Besides the Jewish state, Rachel loves dogs, reading and exercising. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she’s very excited to continue working in the Jewish world here in Miami.
David was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University majoring in Advertising and minoring in Business and Sociology.
While at Penn State, David was involved with Hillel and served as a Campus Engagement Intern and Marketing Intern. In the summer 2018, David participated in the Onward Israel Internship program in Tel Aviv, Israel and worked as a social media and event planning intern at The Israel Innovation Fund.
David is in charge of of some key engagement initiatives o campus - such as Freshmen Leadership Council, Campus Engagement Internship, and Challah for Hunger to name a few.