Hillel board elects new leaders
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Hillel board elects new leaders

Ekka Adler, left, and Scott Ugell
Ekka Adler, left, and Scott Ugell

Ekka Adler of Nyack was elected president and Judge Scott Ugell of Bardonia was elected vice president of Hillel of Rockland County; Marsha Forman of New City and Tzipora Reitman of New Hempstead were re-elected as secretary and treasurer, respectively. The election took place at the August 17 Hillel board meeting.

Based at Rockland Community College, Hillel of Rockland serves Jewish young adults in Rockland with Birthright Israel trips, Shabbat and Yom Tov celebrations, community service, crisis intervention, Israel advocacy, leadership training, and more.

Ms. Adler, executive assistant to the chief Israel emissary at Jewish National Fund, became involved with Hillel of Rockland in 2005 when she first enrolled in the honors program at Rockland Community College. After taking time off to spend in Israel, she returned to RCC in 2008, when she met Hillel directors Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver, who began leading Hillel of Rockland the previous year. Through their friendship and mentoring, Ms. Adler deepened her involvement in Hillel. She attends Hillel of Rockland alumni activities and is excited to represent students and alumni as president. “I am thrilled to bring new ideas to the table and collaborate with my esteemed board colleagues who have many years of experience as lay leaders for various organizations,” she said. “Jewish and Zionist education, advocacy, and engagement are key to the success and future of Rockland’s Jewish community and to the global Jewish community. Institutions like the Hillel of Rockland are doing just that, and I am thrilled to help lay the foundation for future generations.”

Ms. Adler is the daughter of Paul and Mary Adler of Nyack, and she will marry Harrison Peck in 2019.

Judge Scott Ugell, parent of RCC honors graduates Sari and Rebecca and father-in-law of Sari’s husband, Ziv Schwartz, joined the board of Hillel of Rockland after becoming involved through his children’s involvement. Judge Ugell is very active in the community. He is board chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland and a member of the Jewish Federation of Rockland, the New City Chamber of Commerce, the New City Jewish Center, the New York State Bar, and the Rockland County Bar Association, where he co-chairs the Bankruptcy Committee. He is a past president of the Rockland County Magistrates Association.

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