about hillel at ohio university
Hillel serves the OU campus community in areas of Jewish culture, education, history, social service, Israel advocacy, and communal experiences. Through involvement in Hillel, Jewish students learn valuable leadership skills, enhance their Jewish identity, and diversify the religious and cultural campus community.
Read about some of the individuals that make OU's Hillel a reality for students, alumni, parents, friends and the Athens community.
Rabbi Danielle Leshaw
office 740-592-1173 | cell 740-274-9265
Rabbi Danielle (as most students call her) has served as Hillel’s rabbi and Executive Director since 2002 and is a graduate of The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and Arizona State University in Tempe. In addition to her work with Hillel at Ohio University, Rabbi Danielle has served the Jewish student populations at Ursinus College in Philadelphia and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has served on Hillel's Schusterman International Center Board of Directors, The Post Editorial Board, The University Interfaith Association, The OU Jewish Studies Certificate Committee, and is a member of The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.
Also a writer, Rabbi Danielle has published in The New York Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet Magazine, and Kveller. She was honored to deliver the invocation for President Obama's visit to Athens in October 2012. Her invocation can be found on the Daily Kos.
Rabbi Danielle is mom to two delightful children, Zev and Ruthie -- both born and raised in Athens!
Originally from Potomac, MD, Lauren arrived in Athens via New York and Michigan. Lauren has a B.A. in Anthropology from Skidmore College and a Master's in Social Work from Western Michigan University. She has worked in various non-profit agencies, bringing a passion for Jewish identity, Israel, and social engagement to Hillel. Lauren is married to James Miranda and mother to baby Luna!
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees the goals, vision, and development of Hillel at Ohio University.
history of hillel at ohio u
In 1938, a small group of Jewish students joined together for friendship, Shabbat services and community on the campus of Ohio University. Since then, Hillel has served thousands of students in a myriad of ways, inspiring them to get connected to other Jewish students, build stronger Jewish identities, advocate for Israel, create meaningful opportunities for themselves and others, repair the world with tzedek opportunities and explore the rich tapestry of Judaism, Jewish culture and Jewish peoplehood.
Since Hillel's inception, we've cycled through several houses—who remembers our home on East Green in the 1950's, or our cottage on University Terrace in the 1960's?—and cycled through even more wonderful rabbis and communal leaders—Rabbi Harry Kaplan (z'l), Mr. Jacob Mirviss (z'l), Rabbi Joe Pollack, Rabbi Irv Wise, Rabbi Scott Flashner, Rabbi Eddie Sukol, Rabbi Mark Newton, Rabbi Randy Segal, Rabbi Marianna Gevirtz (z'l) and Rabbi Elena Stein.
In 1966, Athens Jewish community members purchased our current home, a duplex family house on historic Mill Street and expanded the building to include a sanctuary/multi-purpose room. In 2004, Hillel mounted a capital improvements campaign to renovate our historic home, creating a bright and expansive open floor plan that enables many more people to socialize, study, celebrate and organize.
If you're a prospective student or parent, or a current student, or an alumni, or just a friend, we welcome you to drop by and say hello.