Meet The Staff

Rabbi Julie Roth

CJL Executive Director and Jewish Chaplain at Princeton University

Rabbi Julie enjoys nothing more than meeting with students, faculty, and alumni, and her passion for pluralism, Jewish life, and multi-culturalism make campus work an ideal match. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rabbi Julie and holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Brown University and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2005.

Marni Blitz

Associate Director

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 Ira Dounn

Senior Jewish Educator

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 enjoy exploring the outdoors, seeing movies, and bowling.

Rabbi Ariel Fisher

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

Rabbi Fisher originally hails from New York City and spent a year after high school studying at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, where he fell in love with learning Torah and hiking in the Israeli countryside. He majored in Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the role that religious communities play in the lives of the urban poor.

Bina Brody

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

Bina was born and raised in Jerusalem to American parents who made Aliyah ten years prior to her arrival. She grew up speaking Hebrew and English but has always had a love of languages which eventually led her to studying linguistics for her BA at the Hebrew University.

Arielle Kaden

Programming and Marketing Coordinator

Arielle is excited to serve as the Program and Marketing Manager at the Center for Jewish Life-Hillel at Princeton University. Arielle was raised in New Jersey and later moved to Baltimore to earn a Bachelor’s Degree at Johns Hopkins University.

Matt Lieberson

Social Media Specialist

Matt is the CJL’s social media specialist as one of Hillel International’s inaugural Springboard Fellows. Coming from Vanderbilt University, Matt looks forward to enlivening the CJL’s social media presence and sharing the fantastic things that the CJL’s students do. 

Lior Sharir

Israel Fellow

Lior Sharir was born and raised in Israel, served in the Israeli army as an infantry officer, he later worked in a Jewish summer camp in California and traveled around the world to as much as 25 countries. He has a B.A in communications and marketing from Sapir Academic College in Sderot Israel.

Robin Rudofker

Development Director

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

Susan Johanesen

Executive Assistant

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.

Ruth Palmer

CJL Administrator

Residing at the CJL, Ruth is a member of Princeton University's Office of Religious Life (ORL). Ruth is delighted to be part of a staff committed to creating a community that is supportive of students and welcoming to all. Ruth began her Princeton career in 2007 as part of the first Whitman College staff. Ruth holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington.