MEET OUR STAFF MEMBERS!
Sharon Stern – Executive Director
Sharon Stern became the Executive Director of Cincinnati Hillel in August 2012 after 8 years at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati as the Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Community Building. In those roles, Sharon oversaw and coordinated planning and allocations, organizational development, senior leadership development and agency relations. She was the lead staff for Cincinnati 2020, a community-wide long-term strategic planning initiative for the Cincinnati Jewish community. She was also the lead staff for the 2008 Cincinnati Jewish Community Study. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Sharon was with the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh for 19 years. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Pronouns: She, Her, & Hers
Paula Harlan – Assistant Director
Paula Harlan was born in Toronto, Canada and attended the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT). From there she went to Toronto’s York University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law & Society and Philosophy. Throughout her undergraduate career, Paula took every possible opportunity to travel to Israel, participating in various Israel travel programs and eventually leading Taglit-Birthright Israel trips for Canadian young adults.
Short term trips eventually were not enough, and after completing her degree, Paula moved to Israel to attend a two year Master’s program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Upon completing her Master’s in Community Leadership and Philanthropy Studies, Paula spent three wonderful years working for Aardvark Israel Immersion Programs, a study abroad and volunteer program for Jewish college students.
Paula joined the Cincinnati Hillel team in June 2013. She loves to travel, swim, and explore her new home of Cincinnati. She loves Graeter’s ice cream and looks forward to Shark Week every year.
Pronouns: She, Her, & Hers
Landon Cohen – Program and Engagement Associate
Landon Cohen is a graduate of Ohio University with a BA in English: cultures, rhetoric, and theory. He grew up in Chicago, IL and has participated and worked in the Jewish community his entire life. He began working at the JCC at 16 and soon after became the song leader at his Jewish overnight camp. He became involved with Hillel at Ohio University his freshman year and soon after involved himself and led their music group for services called “The Friday Night Miracles.”
In his free time Landon enjoys playing music, hiking, and watching Netflix. Landon is very excited to be working with University of Cincinnati Hillel and is looking forward to meeting all of the students!
Pronouns: He, Him, & His
Rotem Ben-Lulu – Israel Fellow
Rotem grew up in a small town in northern Israel called Metulla (border of Lebanon) where she participated in the Metulla youth movement and became more involved as a camp counselor.
For her IDF Army service, Rotem served for two years in the Office of Northern Command, Logistics Command. She has a BA in Education and Political Science from Tel Aviv University and has completed four years of substitute teaching and received her teaching certificate.
As a student, Rotem volunteered at The Perach Tutorial Project as a tutor for underprivileged youth. She also volunteered as an advisor at YEDID – The Association for Community Empowerment where she helped adults with issues in the work place.
Rotem will be returning for her third year as our Israel Fellow where she plans Israeli educational and cultural programs with our student leaders. Rotem also coordinates our winter and summer Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, and assists students who are looking to intern or study in Israel.
Ethan Litvin – Director of Cincy Internships
Ethan Litvin is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and holds a B.A. in Psychology. After giving a presentation to one of his college classes about Anti-Semitism, Ethan was inspired to establish his own Jewish community at his small liberal arts college and founded the university’s Hillel. Since then, he has served as a Hillel Director at Virginia Commonwealth University, Assistant Director of Youth and Family services at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond VA, as well as a MASA Israel participant where he recently spent 6 months working, studying Hebrew, and volunteering in Israeli society.
Following his experience in Israel, Ethan spent 2 months in Mumbai, India where he taught English to children living in extreme poverty, with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Ethan hopes that his passion for non-profit management and Jewish communal work, will lead him to a bright future in helping to strengthen Jewish communities around the world. Ethan is thrilled to be serving as the new Cincy Internships Director, and is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the Jewish community’s efforts in connecting Jewish students to the great city of Cincinnati.
James Lovett – Building Maintenance
James has been expertly taking care of Hillel’s building for over 20 years! If it weren’t for him, the building would not look as great as it does, nor would we be able to find anything on our own. James was born and raised right here in Cincinnati and also has a son named Isaiah.