Miriam Starkman – Executive Director – Miriam is the long-time Executive Director of HMD. For over 20 years she has seen students come and go, and sometimes come back again. As an informal Jewish educator, she welcomes the opportunity to help students as they develop both Jewishly and personally. There are few questions or comments from students that would surprise/shock her, but she encourages any student to try!
Margo Lazar – Development Director – A native Detroiter, Margo has been involved in the non-profit world for some time with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Planned Parenthood, Bookstock, ORT and Hadassah, as well as her children’s school PTOs. She is excited to be at Hillel of Metro Detroit and help make a difference in the lives of Jewish young adults in our community. She enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and her two daughters, Shaina and Brooke. She loves meeting new students so if you are in the area, stop by and say hello.
Illana Greenberg – Endowment Campaign Director – Illana joined the HMD staff in August, 2015. She is managing HMD’s new endowment campaign that will be used to enable new and creative programming and solidify HMD’s future. Born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area, Illana has worked for 25+ years in marketing and communications and in non-profit campaign, event and program management. She has held many community volunteer positions and currently serves on the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s marketing committee, Women’s Philanthropy board and Jewish Ensemble Theater board. Illana lives in Franklin with her husband, Danny, and her cat, Shayna.
Neil A. Cantor – Director of Jewish Student Life – Neil has always had a passion for working with Jewish students and young adults. He is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and still has a true love for the South. Neil received his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining HMD as Director of Jewish Student Life, Neil worked in state government for many years and worked with Jewish youth and students. Since shifting his professional career, Neil does not miss having to wear a tie at work every day. He has enjoyed the opportunity to connect with students and help them embark on their Jewish journeys. When not at work, Neil spends most of his time with his wonderful wife, Ilene, and their son Robby.
Rabbi Michele Faudem – Rabbi – Rabbi Faudem joined the HMD staff in September 2015. She graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary, earning Rabbinic Ordination and an MA in Education. Rabbi Faudem loves people, learning and teaching and looks forward to combining all three in her work at HMD. She is originally from Detroit and spent her high school years in Jerusalem, where she also completed two years of National Service. In addition to her work at HMD, Rabbi Faudem teaches adult education classes through the Florence Melton Mini-School sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. She lives in West Bloomfield with her husband and their three sons. She enjoys reading and sports, and loves road trips.
Or Furer – Jewish Agency Israel Program Associate – Or is originally from Rosh Ha’Ayin in Israel. She graduated from Ben Gurion University of the Negev with a B.A in psychology and education. During Or’s her last year at Ben Gurion University, she raised a seeing-eye puppy named Happy and is willing to tell anyone about it. She loves to bake so make sure to stop by and check for cupcakes.
Hannah Weiss – Program Associate – Born and raised in Flint, Hannah graduated from Michigan State University in 2015. Her passion for Jewish culture led her to a B.S. degree in Anthropology. While at MSU she participated in two alternative spring breaks through the MSU Hillel traveling to Israel and New Orleans for community service projects. Hannah attended and worked at Tamarack Camps for 14 years which shaped her Jewish identity. She is excited to be a part of HMD and in the Detroit area to help students discover their Jewish identities.
Heather Rosenbaum – Program Associate – Heather graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Communication. She is from the metro Detroit area and was involved at MSU Hillel while in college. Prior to that Heather was very involved with BBYO and also spent most of her summers at Tamarack Camps. During her free time she really enjoys photography, all types of crafting and travel, her favorite places are Israel and Nicaragua. Heather also loves movies, especially comedies, and sports. She is excited to be a part of HMD and help bring Jewish life to our campuses.
Kyle Smith – Office Manager – Kyle is the gatekeeper of HMD. Her background includes a dedicated involvement with Detroit non-profit community-based organizations. Kyle has coordinated and been director of programs and initiatives which addressed the quality of life and neighborhoods for citizens of Detroit. She is the proud mother of three adult children, Tesa, Jahshua and Kenya and one granddaughter, Star Lynx. In her free time, Kyle loves music, reading, independent films and stimulating conversations.