About us

Conference Chair


Avi Siegal is a junior at Princeton University, where he is a concentrator in philosophy and a certificate student in subjects including Judaic Studies and Arabic Language and Culture. Avi is a founding editor-in-chief of Jubilee: Princeton’s Journal of Jewish Thought and Expression. He has served as the Education Chair of Yavneh of Princeton and of the Center for Jewish Life Student Board. He is a proud native of the Bronx, NY.


unnamed-5Aaron Forman is a senior at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he is majoring in History and minoring in Archaeology, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Middle East Studies. He has received the Jonathan Paradise Israel Experience Fellowship to work on an archaeological excavation in Israel, as well as the Ted Mullin Memorial Fellowship and the David Parks Memorial Fellowship to pursue projects in Jewish history. He is fascinated by the role of Jewish travelers in establishing a sense of unity in the Medieval Jewish world. Outside his studies, Aaron is the starting goalkeeper for the Carleton Knights Varsity men’s soccer team and the Vice President of the Jewish Students of Carleton (JSC).


Seth Eislund is a junior history major from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is interested in Holocaust history, especially in the role of the Einsatzgruppen during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. He is also interested in the history of Eastern European Jews in the Pale of Settlement more generally. Seth presented at the 2020 Undergraduate Judaic Studies Conference about the history and motifs of a menorah found in the Austro-Hungarian town of Rzeszow. He is overjoyed to become a board member and make this year’s conference an unforgettable experience!

Headshot2020Shira Silver is a senior at The University of Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Judaic Studies and Computer Science. Shira is wrapping up her second semester as president of Penn Hillel, where she has also served as gabbai for the Egalitarian and Partnership communities. Shira is interested in the values that shape Jewish communities as well as the process of paskening Halakhah. Originally from Westchester, NY, Shira is a proud alumna of SAR High School, The Hadar Institute, and Midreshet Nishmat.

imageRuthie Davis is a sophomore at Yale University, where she is majoring in Judaic Studies and Environmental Studies. She is interested in the Second Temple and Tannaitic periods, and particularly fascinated by the concept of ancient “Judaisms,” with an eye to their interpretation and uses in modern Jewish thought. Outside of academics, she is a member of Yale’s Jewish-Christian Bible Study and currently serves as Shabbat Chair on Hillel Student Board. She was proudly born and raised in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

sarahSarah Cabot is a junior at Barnard College studying English and Judaic studies. A Midreshet Lindenbaum alumna, Sarah is actively involved in campus life, as she is serving her second year on the board of Yavneh at Columbia, this year as president. She has spent the past two summers as a Drisha Summer Kollel fellow and an intern at Sefaria. Sarah is particularly passionate about Jewish law and literature.

PHOTO-2020-12-14-21-11-01Zev Mishell is a junior at Princeton University, where he’s concentrating in Near Eastern Studies with certificates in Judaic Studies and Humanistic Studies. An alumnus of Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, he’s interested in how Hasidic masters applied Kabbalistic cosmology to Jewish practice at the onset of modernity. He’s the former president of Koach, Princeton’s Conservative minyan, and is deeply passionate about cultivating open, meaningful Jewish communities. Zev is from Chicago, Illinois, and is a proud graduate of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School.