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Meet The Staff

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf '91

CJL Executive Director and Jewish Chaplain at Princeton University

Rabbi Gil is a Princeton alumnus who has dedicated his life to teaching, inspiring leaders, and creating a vibrant Jewish community. He has a passion for teaching and fostering dynamic new leaders within the Jewish community and the world. He has a deep love of Princeton and the Princeton Jewish community, which shaped his life's path as a Rabbi, and sees his return to Princeton and the CJL as a "homecoming long in the making." He is excited to use his skills as an institutional leader, as a teacher of Torah and spiritual wisdom, and as a pastor who derives profound meaning from sitting one-on-one with young people at the moment in life when they are asking the big questions.

Robin Rudofker

Director of Institutional Advancement

Robin joined the CJL staff in 2012, bringing nearly 20 years of fundraising and marketing experience in the Jewish community to her work as the CJL’s chief resource development professional. A graduate of both Brandeis University and Drexel University, she is deeply committed to informing our many stakeholders

Rabbi Ira Dounn

Associate Director

Rabbi Ira cannot wait to get to know you and what inspires you! He comes to the CJL from BBYO, where he served as South Jersey Regional Director in Cherry Hill, NJ and Director of Jewish Enrichment based in Washington, DC. He was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) in New York. He and his wife Shaina and two young children, enjoy exploring the outdoors, seeing movies, and bowling.

Marni Blitz

Senior Program Advisor

Marni is thrilled to advise the CJL student board and several affiliated student groups, to supervise the CEI and JRC engagement interns, and to oversee the dynamic and diverse programming in our community. She works closely with a wide variety of campus partners to enrich the experiences of all Princeton students.

Rabbi Azi Horvitch

Co-Director and Torah Educator of OU Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Princeton

Rabbi Azi Horvitch was born and raised in Jerusalem and then Beit Shemesh. He learned at the High School of Mercaz Harav. From there he continued to a Yeshiva in Cochav HaShachar where the emphasis was on intense Talmud and Jewish thought learning. He drafted into the army as a combat medic. Over the next few years, he participated in various learning programs including a tour guiding course, Mizmor, a music school and a yearlong leadership program in Yishivat Siach. He also worked as a counselor in the same high school he attended, and as a tour guide in Jerusalem.

Atara Horvitch

Co-Director and Torah Educator of OU Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Princeton

Atara was born in New York and made aliya with her family to Bet Shemesh in 2005. After High School, Atara served one year of National Service (Sherut Leumi) in Israel and then learned at Nishmat, the Jeanie Schottenstein for Advanced Torah Study for Women for five years. During that time, she also worked as a counselor for overseas students. While at Nishmat, Atara earned her bachelor’s degree education at Herzog College. Atara has spent many summers in Bnei Akiva in Camp Moshava Indian Orchard and at Mach Hach Ba’aretz, as a camper and in both programs as Counselor and Division Head.

Orly Chesney

Executive Assistant

Orly has extensive experience supporting CEOs in Israel and the US in various global industries.

Orly was born in Tel Aviv and served in the Israeli Air Force as an air traffic controller and volunteered for several years as a traffic officer in the Israel Police. She has a BS in Social Science from the University of Maryland and a piano diploma from Tel Aviv music academy. Orly has a grown daughter who lives in Portland, Oregon, and in her free time, she enjoys playing piano, traveling, reading, and watching movies

Orly is very enthusiastic about being part of the CJL’s mission of amplifying young students' connections to Israel and Jewish meaning.

Mor Mamoya

Jewish Agency Israel Fellow

Mor was born and raised in Hadera in the Haifa distric of Israel. She  is a graduate of Lauder School, Reichman University with a B.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Her last position was in the public sector at the office of The State Comptroller. Mor is a native Hebrew speaker, fluent in English and can converse in both Spanish and Arabic. Mor is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of Israel politics, foreign policy, security issues and middle east culture with the Princeton community, as well as represent the different communities that live in Israel. Mor enjoys listening to music, hiking and watching movies.



Debra F. Orel

Marketing & Development Manager

Debbie joined CJL in 2018, bringing over 20 years of business and marketing experience to the CJL.  Debbie's professional career includes small business owner, Marketing Director at one of the largest JCCs in the country and most recently Executive Director at a synagogue in Princeton.  Debbie's passion for Jewish connection and community began at Camp Ramah and continued throughout USY, BBYO, Hillel, study abroad at Tel Aviv University, and ulpan and post-graduate work in Israel. Debbie and her husband Craig Provorny have a blended family with one son and four daughters.  Debbie enjoys the gym, pickleball, traveling and spending time with her family in her spare time. Strengthening Jewish peoplehood has always been an important part of her life and she is thrilled to continue that precious work here at CJL.

Maureen Behr

CJL Administrator

Maureen began working at Princeton University in Human Resources as a Benefits Administrator in 2022. Before Princeton University, she worked for over 20 years in higher education as a Director of Training and Organizational Development and Senior Compliance Associate.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Stony Brook University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Long Island University. Her passion for working with students and educators led to her developing a Leadership Academy and Management Certification Program.

Susan Johanesen

Finance and Database Manager

Susan Johanesen joined the CJL in 2009 after 25 years of owning and operating an office support business. In her role as Executive Assistant, she provides support to the Executive Director and Development Director, maintains development databases, does the bookkeeping and handles the many other functions that keep the office running.

Missy Goldstein Gleisser

Campus Marketing and Development Manager

Missy is an employee of Hillel International who will be supporting the advancement work for Center for Jewish Life as well as American University Hillel and UMass Amherst Hillel.