Matt Vogel began as the Executive Director of UVM Hillel in August 2013. Before moving to Vermont he was the director of the Hillel at Baruch College and created the Kol Hillel initiative with his partners in the Hillels of Kiev, Ukraine and Herzliya IDC in Israel. Matt was awarded the Richard M Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award for "amplifying the global spirit at Baruch College and around the world."
Matt began his career in Hillel as a proud Spartan at Michigan State University as then as Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He then served as a preschool teacher and administrator with the Boulder JCC Preschool, and moved to New York to pursue an MPA in Nonprofit Management at New York University. While in New York he led the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) for Hillel and helped inspire many participants to pursue careers in the Jewish world. During his time in New York he served as a board member and Treasurer of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
Office Phone: 802-540-1087, ext 1 Cell Phone: 802-355-6695
Sharon Silverman begin her career at UVM Hillel in 2011 as the Engagement and Leadership Coordinator and currently serves as the Assistant Director. Originally from Pennsylvania, Sharon graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Jewish Studies and is thrilled that she could turn her passion for Jewish life into a career. Helping students turn their passions into actions is central to the work she does as Assistant Director, and she is committed to providing opportunities for every Jewish student to find their connection to Jewish life.
During her time at UVM Hillel. Sharon has studied in Isarel through Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, participated in cohort 4 of LAPID, an international professional development opportunity through Hillel International, and is currently in ACCELERATE, an executive training program through Hillel International. In addition, Sharon is a member of Root 7, Vermont’s only contemporary a cappella group as well as Vermont’s chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Cell Phone: 215-906-8579 Office Phone: 802-540-1087, ext 2
Max Davis is a native of the City of Chicago and graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he double majored in Political Science and Jewish Culture and Society. Max grew up in both Jewish day and public schools, USY, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, Write On for Israel, the AIPAC campus movement, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Hillel, Chabad and Aish. Following graduation, he worked in government and political campaigns in the State of Illinois, where he focused on building connections between state leaders and the Jewish community. He joins us as part of Hillel's Ezra Fellowship for top Jewish leaders and educators after a brief stay in Denver, Colorado. In his free time you can find him in the outdoors, eating good food, listening to music, and riding his bike very slowly.
Cell Phone: 773-988-9210 Office Phone: 802-540-1087, ext 4
IACT Israel Engagement Associate
Hannah is originally from Orange County, NY. She grew up attending Jewish summer camps, where, from a young age, she was inspired by stories of Israel. She graduated from SUNY Purchase College as a History major with a Jewish Studies Minor; she was the President of the Hillel at Purchase College for three years and a leader of the Challah for Hunger chapter on campus. Hannah also was a two-sport athlete at Purchase College where she swam and played lacrosse. She now loves CrossFit and the team atmosphere it gives her- She has also always loved snowboarding and can't wait to get back to it in Vermont!
Hannah traveled to Israel two times while in college, once on Taglit-Birthright, and once on a study program in the Old City of Jerusalem. After graduation, she moved to Israel to intern at Yad Vashem the World Holocaust Remembrance Center and to explore Israel as a local. During her time in Israel, she was selected to be part of the spring Masa- Global Leadership Institute Summit. Following the summit, she became a World Zionist Organization (WZO) Fellow. After commemorating Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, and celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut in Israel, Hannah was able to travel to Poland with the Masa-GLI Wilf Family Holocaust Education Program in Poland. She is incredibly excited to move to Vermont and to meet and make meaningful relationships with students at UVM.
Cell Phone: 845-325-7323 Office Phone: 802-540-1087, ext 5
Director of Development
Originally from Huntington, NY, Deb has lived in Burlington since 1991. As a UVM alumna (class of ’95 and Tel Aviv University, Spring of ‘94), Deb has spent most of her professional career in the Jewish non-profit world, working or volunteering for organizations such as the World Zionist Organization, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, WUJS (World Union of Jewish Students) and Maccabi USA Sports for Israel. In addition, Deb has played an active role in the local, Vermont non-profit scene as well, having a hand in the ever-popular fundraiser, The Clothes Exchange, King Street Youth Center’s Capital Campaign and the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health. Most recently, Deb was part of Mayor Miro Weinberger’s successful campaign for Mayor of Burlington as well as a member of his Transition Team. Her passion for all things Burlington, Jewish, Israel and UVM have finally found their perfect home at the UVM Foundation as the Director of Development for UVM Hillel. She is passionate about ensuring that Hillel continues to thrive and grow on the UVM campus. She lives in Burlington with her husband Jeff Schulman (’89), UVM’s Senior Associate Athletic Director, and their three children, Theodore, Gabriella and Mara.
Office Phone: 802-540-1087, ext 3 Work Phone: 802-656-2011
Cell Phone: 802-238-5954
My name is Jennifer Freifeld Prue and I have been the faculty advisor to Hillel for 5 years and serve on UVM Hillel's Board of Directors. I have taught at UVM for almost 24 years in the College of Education and Social Services, Department of Education. My goal is to support and be a resource to students who engage with Hillel in any manner. Please do not hesitate to contact me!
Cell Phone: 802-363-9203