Professional Staff

Executive Director

Jeanne Snodgrass (she/her)

Jeanne (MFA, MAJS) 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 teach and attend religious school. Jeanne is interested in the performance of Jewishness and social justice, the ways we find connections to Judaism in a diverse and pluralistic society, and in the relationships we, as Jews, build with one another. In addition to her Hillel work she is working towards Rabbinic ordination with IISHJ; serves as an elected member of her local school board; and enjoys dancing, reading, hiking, and occasionally revisiting old knitting projects and pretending she’s going to finish them. She loves working with students and community from MU and the nearby mid-Missouri colleges to build meaningful Jewish programming.

Ezra Jewish Education Fellow

Daniel Crasnow (he/him)

Daniel (BA) graduated from Stetson University in May 2020 with a BA in English and Minors in History, Philosophy, and Creative Writing. While at Stetson, Daniel served as Stetson Hillel’s Ritual Vice President, where his focus on inter-communal event programming culminated in his proudest moment in the role— a successful Purim Drag Show alongside the LGBT Community at Stetson. He spent his first year after graduation as a MASA Teaching Fellow in Tel Aviv and Nazareth. Now, he is serving the next two years as the Ezra Jewish Education Fellow at Mizzou Hillel. Daniel is also a published poet, short story author, and essayist. Creative writing remains his life-long passion, alongside DND, talking to himself, mental health advocacy, and the Jewish Community.

Engagement Associate

Raya Aberbach (she/her)

Raya (BFA) is a Columbia native who moved back after receiving her BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She has spent thirteen summers at Goldman Union Camp Institute and has been active in the Columbia Jewish community her whole life. Raya is passionate about cultivating community for Jewish students, and is excited to bring that to Mizzou Hillel. Outside of Hillel, Raya might be found reading, playing guitar, or working through the New York Times crossword archive.

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 2022-2023 Jewish Student Organization (JSO) Board and Student Interns Here, and get more information on our Student Interns Page Here.

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