Director - Rabbi Heidi Coretz became the Director of Hillel at SMU in 2004. Her student centered, open and caring approach has led to significant organizational growth, now reaching over two hundred Jewish members each year. Rabbi Coretz enjoys one-on-one meetings with students, getting to know them, whether they are seeking spiritual and personal guidance or just enjoying chatting about life over a cup of coffee. As the SMU Assistant Chaplain for Jewish Life, Heidi works to build a robust Jewish community on campus. A graduate of the University of Florida, Rabbi Coretz received her M.A.H.L. in 1994, Rabbinic Ordination in 1995 and D.D. (honoris causa) in 2020 from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

Advisory Board - Hillel at SMU is blessed to be supported and led by an Advisory Board consisting of SMU graduates, lay leaders in the Jewish community and SMU faculty members. Members of the Board work closely with the Director on programming, finances, fundraising and organizational planning. Current Advisory Board members include: Sandy Kaufman, Chair, Dr. Serge Frolov, Chad Sheinbein, Dr. Beth Newman, Dr. Bruce Levy, Leon Monastirsky and Wendy Coleman.

The Student Board is a very important part of creating the programs of Hillel at SMU and leading our work. Current student board members include:

  • Nathan Pupko and William Kavy, Co-Presidents
  • Keilah Eletuu, VP Programs
  • Dean Sandler, AEP Representative
  • Maya Coneh, VP Outreach
  • Jake Larcara, VP Jewish Learning
  • Rose Hurwitz, Grad Student Representative
  • Brandon Solomon, Grad Student Representative