Staff

Lisa Bodziner
Executive Director


Lisa Bodziner grew up in Savannah, GA and then went to the University of Wisconsin Madison for her undergraduate degree. She lived in Israel for four years where she attended the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and received her Master's Degree in Jewish Education. After leaving Israel Lisa taught 6th-12th grade for three years in California and then moved to Reisterstown, MD to work at the Pearlstone Center as an experiential educator and signature program coordination where she also met her now husband (he talked about Towson a lot on their first date). Lisa became the Director of Educational Engagement at the Macks Center for Jewish Education and received a certificate in experiential Jewish education from the Yeshiva University. Lisa is humbled and thrilled to be the new Executive Director of Towson University-Hillel and when she has spare time she volunteers in communal work, loves hosting meals for Shabbat and loves being with her husband (Towson University Alumni) son and dog.

Scott Black
Assistant Director


Born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, Scott is thrilled to be part of the Towson Hillel team. This is full circle for Scott, as he first got involved in Hillel as a student intern at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he put his graphic design skills to use to help promote school-wide and citywide Hillel events. It’s thanks to a Hillel event in downtown Baltimore that Scott met his wife, Lauren, during their sophomore year of college. They now live in Baltimore City along with their daughter, Sydney. Prior to his role at Towson Hillel, Scott was the Assistant Director for Camps Airy and Louise. He started at Airy as a camper in the early 90s and spent every summer since. He was actively involved in creating dynamic programming for campers and staff alike.

Rachael Harvey
Engagement Associate


Rachael Harvey is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She was a coxswain for the women's rowing team at UMW all four years and served as a co-captain on the team her senior year. She has also been deeply involved with the Union for Reform Judaism for several years from being a participant in the Union's National Youth Group, NFTY-Northeast, to being on staff for 5 consecutive summers at the URJ Kutz Camp (the Union's summer home for Reform Jewish Leadership). Throughout her years in the various leadership positions she's held, Rachael has been able to mold together her role as a coxswain into these leadership positions at Kutz. As a coxswain, Rachael encouraged the rowers in the boat to move and pull as one to complete the race. In Jewish leadership, she feels she continues to do the same by motivating and encouraging the ones she works with to think together, apply their strengths, and pull as one in order to be successful in progressing towards a better future for stronger Reform Jewish engagement. She looks forward to her future in Towson Hillel, hoping to translate that same leadership into her role as an Engagement Associate and Ezra Fellow!

Eden Gelbert
Israel Fellow


Eden Gelbart was born and raised in Modi’in, Israel. She served for 2 years in the Israeli Air Force and was part of the "Arrow Unit". Eden’s responsibilities included training officers and making sure that they were qualified for combat, organizing practices for her unit and coordinating with other units when participating in special exercises. Prior to joining Towson University Hillel, Eden was a B.A student at the College of Management. She studied Behavioral Science and majored in Human resources specializing in Team Management. During her studies, Eden participated in an exchange student program and studied for one semester in IE University in Segovia, Spain.