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Adena Kirstein

Executive Director


Adena loves her work thinking creatively with staff, students, and stakeholders about providing GW students the tools they need to create vibrant Jewish lives in college and beyond.  Prior to her career in the Hillel world, which began at NYU, she earned her Masters in Social Work as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and spent time at a non-profit organization focused on poverty in New York City. Adena loves cruising the streets of DC with her husband Josh, daughter Layla, & son Oliver.  Check out her blog, Adena the Coffee Queen, to hear more about her adventures on campus.

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Rabbi Dan Epstein

Senior Jewish Educator


Dan brings a love of storytelling to GW Hillel.  He graduated from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah this spring, where among his internships he spent time at Hoftstra Hillel.  Dan previously worked as a financial adviser at JP Morgan, but realized his true calling was in the world of Torah; he now helps people take stock and form bonds with God and with themselves.  Raised in Queens, New York (and a graduate of Queens College), Dan is enjoying his new home in Washington with his wife Odelia and his three children, Emmett, Emunah, and Ahava.


Carly Schildhaus

Associate Director of Development


Carly is so excited to return to GW and join the Hillel team! As a (double) GW alumna and an active member of the DC Jewish community, she is thrilled to have found the perfect role to merge these interests and grow her professional experience. In her current role, Carly will be supporting Hillel’s fundraising efforts, working closely with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. A native New Yorker, you’ll often find Carly discussing Islanders hockey, Billy Joel, and the merits of thin crust pizza – feel free to stop in and chat about those or other topics!

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Emily Halpern

Springboard Fellow


Emily is a Chicago native and Northwestern grad who is excited to get to know a new city for her first time. When she isn’t consumed by Cubs baseball, she likes to hang out with her friends, practice her dad jokes, and eat lots of Cuban food. Emily is thrilled to be joining the GW Hillel team as a Springboard Innovation Fellow and can’t wait to learn and grow from the rest of the staff and students!


Shaw Fodor

Finance Manager


Shaw is excited to join the GW Hillel family, bringing over 15 years of non-profit finance & accounting experience to Hillel.  As a mother of two college students, she strongly supports Hillel’s mission – enriching lives, so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.  Both of her boys are actively involved with Hillel.  “Hillel is my boys’ home away from home” said Shaw.  Prior to joining GW Hillel, Shaw worked for The Arc of the US as the Finance Manager and later as the HR Director, Finance Manager for the Eno Center for Transportation and Accounting Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.   Shaw received her BS in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Massachusetts.

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Keren Azaria

Israel Fellow


Keren was born and raised in the north of Israel. She served for two years in the Israeli Air Force and recently completed her B.A in government, diplomacy and strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. At IDC, she was part of the Argov Fellows program, IDC’s honors program in leadership and diplomacy. Keren was a member of the StandWithUs Fellowship, where she led a project to improve Israel’s image through the fashion industry.  In her free time, Keren enjoys traveling, cooking vegetarian food, photography, listening to music and spending her time on social media.  Keren is excited to join GW Hillel, having volunteered with IDC’s Hillel, and looks forward to meeting new people, exchanging new ideas, and bringing the best of Israel to campus!