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Lisa Bodziner | Executive Director

Lisa Bodziner grew up in Savannah, GA and then graduated from 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 coordinator 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 has now been the Executive Director of Towson University-Hillel since 2017 and has loved every moment. She is currently completing a fundraising intensive facilitated by Hillel international. Lisa also participates in community service work, loves hosting Shabbat meals, and adores being with her husband, son and daughter and playing with their new Italian mastiff, Bella.

Jake Campbell
Jake Campbell | Deputy Director

Jake comes from “across the pond” in sunny Sydney. An Australian trying to live the American dream, he was previously the Executive Director of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students, the Jewish Student Life Coordinator of Hillel at Florida State University, and before that, a Mentor team leader and high school English and History teacher. Jake has an MBA in Social Impact, Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Masters in Gifted Education, Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a double major in English and History, and a Bachelor of Education majoring in Secondary Education. Jake loves to cook and makes the best matzah ball soup—guaranteed (except for maybe your mother's)Jake loves getting lost in the bush, making cocktails, and watching rugby, but his number one hobby is Jewish communal organizing and for that he is so lucky to have made his passion his career.

Leora Match | Program Director

Leora is in her fourth year as Program Director of Towson Hillel. Throughout this time, Leora has enjoyed being a Friedman Fellow, learning at Hadar, participating in the Rising Song Intensive, and recording backing vocals for several Jewish musicians. Before working at Hillel, Leora was in a nationally touring indie-pop band, served as a literacy tutor in a school in East Baltimore through AmeriCorps, and worked on an urban farm in California. When not staffing events or leading the Jewish Learning Fellowship, you can find Leora running, blues dancing, hiking, camping, jamming with friends, or catching live shows in the city! Leora currently lives in Charles Village with her partner Rob, a linguist and musician.

McKenna Bates | Israel Engagement Associate

McKenna Bates grew up in Chesapeake Virginia, just a few minutes drive from sunny Virginia Beach. A lifelong Girl Scout and Jewish activist, McKenna combines the lessons she learned from her Gold Award project, her extensive leadership training, and long history of community service work to better her communities. She has been to Israel over five times, both to visit family and to live for a short time in Jerusalem, and loves to ramble about it! During her undergraduate studies at George Mason University, McKenna was highly involved in leadership in the Jewish community and was President of the Israel advocacy group for two years. McKenna has a B.A. in Government and International Politics, Honors College, with a Double Concentration in Comparative Politics and International Relations, a minor in International Security, and a focus in Middle Eastern Politics, specifically the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Outside of her academic studies, McKenna is learning to cook without using Google and how to win her friends' annual four-day Catan Championship. McKenna has multiple hobbies and little interests, but her biggest passion point is connecting Jews to Israel, and she is so happy to have found her niche.

Jewish Faculty & Staff Association (JFSA)

The Jewish Faculty and Staff Association (JFSA) works to provide Jewish cultural and dynamic programs for faculty, staff, students and guests on campus. The JFSA raises awareness around the Jewish community, experiences, services and opportunities on campus.

JSFA Goals

  • Raise awareness around the Jewish community, experiences, services and opportunities on campus
  • Create a micro-community for Jewish faculty and staff on campus
  • Be a draw for new and old Jewish faculty and staff to get involved with programs beyond regular teaching and class schedule
  • Build the Jewish brand, visibility and understanding of Jewish community on campus to larger, local audiences

For more info, visit JFSA, contact Jill Max, Director of Baltimore Hebrew Institute, or, Lisa Bodziner, Executive Director of Towson Hillel.


The Hebrew month of Nisan is approaching fast, and another holiday is on its way.
So, don’t “Pass over” the opportunity to order Pesach packages, by TU Hillel, today!

Filled with many unleavened items to celebrate this holiday’s nights and days, 
The practical, tasty, and fun/funny contents will help the recipient enjoy in many ways!

From Haggadah to Seder plate, and traditional foods as well, including matzoh, to enjoy and eat,
Asking the 4 questions and retelling the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt will feel fulfilling, enjoyable, and complete! 

Click the link below to purchase your Passover packages today. 
The ordering deadline is Wednesday, March 23rd so please make sure not to delay!

Click the link below to purchase your Passover packages today. 
The ordering deadline is Wednesday, March 23rd so please make sure not to delay!

Not actual contents of gift package.