Meet our 2017 Exemplars

May 1, 2017

At the end of each academic year, UD Hillel honors a group of students who have shown a tremendous amount of dedication, spirit, and passion for the Jewish community on campus. Learn more about them here. 


Michelle Schwartz, Pioneer Award
Class of 2017
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Major: Human Services
Favorite Hillel memory: Teaching my first yoga class at Hillel! Campus Activities: Alpha Xi Delta, UD Running Club, UD Lab preschool
Fun Fact: Will be starting graduate school in the fall at Rutgers School of Social Work



Jonah Vessery, Barry Kayne Mensch Award
Class of 2019
Hometown: Damariscotta, Maine
Major: International Relations
Favorite Hillel memory: Building the Sukkah
Campus Activities: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Chabad
Fun fact: Spent over a year and a half of his life traveling abroad






Heather Branspiegel, B'reishit Emerging Leader Award
Class of 2020
Hometown: East Windsor, NJ
Major: Chemistry
Favorite Hillel Memory: Walking into Hillel during Freshfest and seeing all the staff and upperclassman so excited to greet me!
Campus Activities: Hillel, Canine Companions for Independence, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
Fun Fact: Has never gone to school in the state she lives in


Falyn Salner, Hineni (Here I Am) Award
Class of 2019
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Major: Marketing with International Business minor
Favorite Hillel memory: Getting to put on a Tie Dye & Pizza event with the marketing team
Campus Activities: Pi Beta Phi
Fun Fact: Obsessed with dogs



Annie Gawroniak, Ruach (Spirit) Award
Class of 2019
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
Major: Public Policy, Political Communication Minor
Favorite Hillel memory: Going on Birthright
Campus Activities: Gamma Sigma Sigma
Fun Fact: Once had a pet rat

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