About us

Conference Chair


Pammy Brenner, a Manhattan native, is a senior at Barnard College. A Yiddish Studies major, she is a YIVO Research Fellow and serves as president of the Columbia Yiddish Club. The senior editor of The Current: A Journal of Contemporary Politics, Culture and Jewish Affairs at Columbia University, Pammy is interested in the relationship between religion, language and culture. She is an alumna of the Migdal Oz Beit Midrash for Women.


Intercollegiate Board

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Shalhevet Schwartz is a junior at Yale College. Originally from Riverdale, New York, she spent two years studying at the Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz. Shalhevet is particularly interested in Jewish law: its historical development, its theoretical underpinnings and its practical applications.


unnamedAvi Siegal is a sophomore at Princeton studying philosophy, Judaic studies, Arabic, and French. He is a founding editor-in-chief of Jubilee: Princeton’s Journal of Jewish Thought and Expression and serves on the board of Yavneh at Princeton. An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Avi is deeply attached to Jewish law and thought.


Screen Shot 2018-10-11 at 10.40.14 PMAryeh Roberts is currently a junior at the University of Maryland, where he is studying philosophy and Jewish studies, as well as serving as the President of Kedma, the Orthodox Jewish community at UMD. He is particularly passionate about the way timeless texts and ideas help build vibrant Jewish communities. A presenter and intercollegiate board member the past two years, Aryeh is very excited to contribute to the conference once again.



Sofia Freudenstein is a third year student pursuing a double major in Jewish Studies and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.  A Midreshet Lindenbaum alumna, Sofia is actively involved in Hillel at UofT and multifaith opportunities on campus, and has spent the past few summers as a counselor for the Drisha High School Program and intern for the organization Ayeka.  Sofia enjoys discussing the ramifications of existential thought on Judaism, how Torah manifests in different ways throughout the world, theology, and the capacity for wonder.


unnamed-5Aaron Forman is a Junior at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he is majoring in History and minoring in Archaeology and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He serves as a Social Chair on the Board of the Jewish Students of Carleton, and he received the Jonathan Paradise Israel Experience Fellowship to work on an archaeological excavation in Israel in 2018. He is fascinated by Medieval Mediterranean Jewish perceptions of the Indian Ocean world that appear in Benjamin of Tudela’s Masa’ot (Travels). Outside his studies, Aaron is the starting goalkeeper for the Carleton Knights Varsity men’s soccer team.