Professional Staff

IMG_1713Executive Director
Jeanne Snodgrass
first joined Mizzou Hillel in February 2013 as Interim Director and moved into her current role in June 2013. She holds a BA (1998) from the University of Iowa and a MFA (2007) in Dance from the University of New Mexico. Jeanne grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. Before coming to Missouri over ten years ago she had also lived in Iowa City, IA; Jackson Hole, WY; and Albuquerque, NM where she was active in chavurah groups and Reform and Conservative congregations as a teacher and in program and curriculum development. As a college undergraduate Jeanne studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She returned to Israel in 2004 for a summer study program at the Conservative Yeshiva and most recently has been leading Mizzou students on their Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. Jeanne has extensive experience in arts non-profit organizations and community outreach and education and, along with her husband Dave, was an independent business owner. She is an active member of Columbia’s Congregation Beth Shalom where her three daughters attend religious school. Jeanne is particularly interested in the ways we find connections to Judaism in a diverse and pluralistic society and in the relationships we, as Jews, build with one another. She loves the potential for continued growth that she sees at Mizzou Hillel and looks forward to working with students and community from MU and the nearby mid-Missouri colleges to build meaningful Jewish programming.
Jeanne invites students to come visit and get involved at Hillel.
Interested in learning more about Hillel or just contacting Jeanne? Call Hillel at 573-443-7460 or E-mail her at 

Ezra Fellow/Program and Engagement Associate
This position is funded with support from Hillel International and the Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Joel Finkelstein
Originally from West Hempstead, NY, Joel attended the University at Buffalo where he graduated with a BA in History and a minor in Jewish Studies. After being engaged by Hillel on campus, he eventually took on active roles in the campus Jewish community, interning for Buffalo Hillel while being on the board of UB for Israel and Aish Buffalo. He has been to Israel many times to study at Aish HaTorah, intern in the Old City of Jerusalem, and volunteer through JNF and VFI. Together with his friends and family, he has completed nine half marathons to raise over $400,000 for the children of Chai Lifeline. Joel is very excited to be to be the Program and Engagement Associate as an Ezra Fellow at Mizzou Hillel, where he can utilize his passion and experiences to inspire students. Email Joel to learn more.

Mizzou Hillel believes in empowering our Jewish students and we rely on our student leaders to create, implement, and lead programs. Check out our amazing Student Interns and Jewish Student Organization Board.

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