Welcomes and well wishes to Hendricks team

Michelle Larrabee

We congratulate Michelle Larrabee on her new role as Parent & Family Services Coordinator, which is placed within Parent & Family Services for Enrollment and the Student Experience (ESE).

In this new role Michelle will assist in the planning and execution of key events, such as Syracuse Welcome and Family Weekend, and will also support Parent & Family Services as a liaison to parents and families through their website, social media accounts, and various outreach materials. 

Michelle joined Hendricks Chapel in 2009 as Events Coordinator. In this role she has managed the scheduling of countless chapel-sponsored events, supporting their technical and staging needs and collaborating with a diversity of campus and community partners. We will miss her!


Syracuse Hillel

Syracuse Hillel is pleased to announce the appointment of an expanded professional staff team for the organization. The new team includes Jillian Juni as Executive Director, Rabbi Joel Goldstein as Campus Rabbi, and Ronen Tzadok as the Jewish Agency and Syracuse Hillel Israel Fellow. Jessica Lemons, current Interim Executive Director, will be moving into a new role as Chief Operations Officer. Plans are underway to hire an Engagement Associate in the coming months. This team will lead a campus-wide organization that inspires and enriches the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students in Syracuse so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

The team members that are transitioning from Syracuse Hillel are:

  • Shany Ben Tzvi, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow -- Shany joined Syracuse Hillel in August 2018 and has made a deep impact amongst our students. In just one year she has grown Israel engagement and education nearly two-fold. During her time at Hillel, she started the Israel Learning Fellowship, a weekly class focused on nuanced education around Israel, and planned the largest-ever Israel Fest in honor of Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day). Her impact will be felt for years to come by the students she traveled to Israel with on Birthright, the students she mentored and the programs she planned.
  • Rebecca Zeuschner, Engagement Associate -- Becca joined the Syracuse Hillel team in July 2018 and has made meaningful connections with Jewish students across campus.  She laid important foundations with Hillel umbrella groups: Jewish Greek Council, Challah for Hunger, Oy Capella, and the Hillel In House Agency.
  • Rabbi Leah Fein, Interim Executive Director -- Rabbi Leah came to Syracuse in July 2015 as the Campus Rabbi and became Interim Co-Executive Director in May 2017. During her four years at Syracuse Hillel, the organization has reached new heights. Over 100 students have engaged in ongoing Jewish learning with Leah during her time at Syracuse. We reached 10% more students this year than we did during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students are energized, excited and eager to continue their Jewish journey because of Rabbi Leah’s hard-work, mentorship, and leadership. She has been an inspiration to our students, staff and the entire Syracuse community.

For more information about these changes, visit the press release on Syracuse Hillel’s website.


Historically Black Church Chaplaincy

Pastor Pedro Castro and his wife, Rev. Stephanie Castro, have served the University community over the past four and a half years as Chaplains of the Historically Black Church Chaplaincy. During his time on campus, Pastor Pedro served on numerous committees and task forces, including the initial team of leaders who established the Worship the King program at the Carrier Dome. Pastor Pedro also founded the 12 B.O.W.S. which provided SU students with the opportunity to assist local farmers by gleaning food from the farms and families in need of food by offering the food free of cost. Rev. Stephanie served as an important fixture in the music/worship service component of their weekly worship service, now known as Worship on Wednesday (W.O.W). 

Under the leadership of Pastor Pedro, HBCC grew from work done by two Chaplains to an expansive team that also included an Associate Chaplain, a Campus Minister, three work-study students, and the HBCC band.  Best wishes to Pedro and Stephanie on their future endeavors. We are pleased to announce that Elder Melvin Baker ('13 MSW) will lead the HBCC this fall. 


Buddhist Chaplaincy

For the past year, Bonnie Shoultz and JoAnn Cooke have worked together as Buddhist Co-Chaplains. As Bonnie, who has served as chaplain since 2006, anticipates retirement, JoAnn is preparing to take on the duties of chaplain. For the upcoming academic year, the Buddhist Chaplaincy will see a minor change as JoAnn assumes the role of Chaplain and Bonnie as Assistant Chaplain.

“I have greatly appreciated the mentorship I’ve received from Bonnie this past year,” says JoAnn. “As I continue to grow and learn, I’m grateful Bonnie is able to stay on as Assistant Chaplain. Becoming a chaplain is literally a dream come true. I remember thinking years ago what an interesting job that would be and wondered who the Zen Center would ask to take it on someday. It never occurred to me they would ask me.”


Baptist Chaplaincy

Baptist Campus Ministry has welcomed Kate Bartholomew ’11 as campus minister this spring. Kate oversees student programming within the chaplaincy, developing student-led service and outreach. She is joining her husband, Devon, who is the Baptist chaplain at Hendricks Chapel. Kate has volunteered with Baptist Campus Ministry for several years, providing mentorship to students, and recently concluded a two-year directorship with International Learning Center Syracuse. Welcome, Kate!