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 Alterman (née 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 the last 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.
Tamara is joining the University of Miami Hillel team after working for 3 years at North Carolina Hillel. She grew up in the Orlando area, so moving to Miami to join this team feels like a return home for her. Tamara received her Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Central Florida in 2018, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management from HUC-JIR’s Zelikow School of Nonprofit Management. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and Minor in Leadership Studies. In her free time, Tamara loves to cook, take cruises around the world, bake challah, and practice Hebrew. She loves working with Jewish students and is excited to integrate her passion for leadership development and innovative Jewish life on campus as Director of Strategic Initiatives
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.
Hi! My name is Danielle Touboul and I am thrilled to be joining the University of Miami Hillel team as the new Springboard Social Justice Fellow. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Global Studies and a minor in Hebrew. Born and raised in Los Angeles, I am excited to experience the Miami sun and beaches. I am an avid reader and always prepared for my next adventure. I can’t wait to meet all of you and chat all things social justice over a cup of coffee!
Since 2016, Rachel has expanded the digital marketing space within Hillel International. Joining the Springboard Fellowship (Aleph/1st Cohort) as a Social Media Specialist at the University of Delaware Hillel, her accomplishments included launching a successful rebrand for the Birthright Israel program and the creation of tracking digital student engagement. Since then, Rachel has been involved with strategizing fun and innovative daily content for Hillel: Birthright Israel program and Hillel International. Rachel currently resides near the Jersey shore with her cockapoo, Drake. In her free time, Rachel enjoys taking pictures, eating ice cream, and staying up to date on all social media trends.
My name is Christian, born in Massachusetts, where I lived the first 4 years of my life and then moved to Medellin, Colombia for 17 years. In 2017 I moved to Miami looking for new opportunities to grow in every aspect of my life and accomplish all my goals and very fortunately I was able to start working in the Jewish community. In 2019 I became the Building Manager for Hillel at University of Miami and everyday I do my best to keep all of our installations functioning properly and be as helpful as possible for any team member or students in need of any assistance. Always committed to learning, keeping our installations running smoothly and making all our guests happy.