Rabbi Isabel de Koninck

Executive Director and Campus Rabbi

Rabbi Isabel de Koninck serves as the Executive Director and Campus Rabbi for Hillel at Drexel University. Rabbi de Koninck began her career with Hillel as the Advisor to Jewish students at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in 2008. Prior to beginning her work with college students, Rabbi de Koninck served as the editor of Ritualwell.org and as rabbinic intern at Temple Shir Hadash of Westford, Massachusetts. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Rabbi Isabel de Koninck is a 2004 graduate of Brandeis University, and received her rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2010 where she additionally completed a graduate certificate in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies. Rabbi de Koninck is also a proud alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and currently serves on the board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Rabbi de Koninck's passion for Jewish life starts with the belief that Judaism is a relevant and inspiring framework for engaging the daily opportunities and challenges of today's world. While her personal roots are in progressive Jewish community, her experiences with Jewish pluralism as an undergraduate and as a part of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship have affirmed for her that there is a mode of Jewish practice and identity for each person who seeks one, and that the diversity of Jewish expression is an asset to Jewish community and the Jewish future.

At Drexel, Rabbi de Koninck is most excited by the start-up energy embodied by the University's commitment to entrepreneurship, and by Drexel's passion for using the talents and skills of all of our University community members to solve today's biggest civic challenges. She is eager to meet each Jewish student, learn their story, and help them to discover their own pathway into Jewish living, learning and leadership.

Hannah Rosenberg

Director of Engagement

Hannah Rosenberg came to Drexel Hillel after seven good years at Franklin and Marshall College, where she was first a student, then worked at F&M Hillel as the Ezra Fellow and Engagement/Jewish Life Coordinator, and finally Assistant Director. Hannah graduated from F&M in 2015 with a degree in Classical Archaeology and Judaic Studies, and was heavily involved in Hillel, Greek Life, and Resident Hall Advising.

Now, Hannah supervises our Community and Shabbat/Holiday Engagement Interns and our Tikkun Olam Interns, manages our Student Board, oversees the First-Year Experience program (including Jewniversity and Welcome Week), co-staffs Birthright Israel trips, bakes challah every Friday (follow @challahatDrexel!), and infuses Jewish learning and values into everything we do.

In her free time, Hannah is a proud donut connoisseur (her favorites are Peace Love and Little Donuts in Pittsburgh, Daily Provisions in NYC, and obviously Federal Donuts in Philly!) and enjoys listening to podcasts while walking, cooking, or exploring new places. Coffee is her main food group, so she’s happy to get to know you better over a large iced latte!

Corey Bass

Israel Engagement Director

Corey was raised in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies and Hebrew from Temple University. Following graduation, Corey began working for United Synagogue Youth (USY), first as an intern and eventually as a branch director. During the past ten years, Corey’s work has focused on empowering Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish people, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living.

Growing up, Corey spent his summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and the other 10 months of the year immersed in USY, which is where he developed his strong love for Judaism and Jewish education. Prior to beginning his studies at Temple University, Corey lived and studied in Israel for a year through USY’s Nativ program. In addition to his work on the regional USY level, Corey has held several local chapter advisor positions and worked in the summers as a counselor and unit head at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. In the past several years, Corey has enjoyed teaching pre-teens and teens at Congregation Beth El in Bucks County where he has served as the Hebrew high school coordinator, as well as a Hebrew school educator.

When he is not working, Corey loves hanging out with his niece Elayne who is the coolest kid. They enjoy hikes, Disney movie nights, and fostering puppies. Corey also enjoys fishing and biking, and he is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player.

Adam Strater

Rabbinic Intern

Adam Strater is Drexel Hillel’s Rabbinic Intern and the Rabbinic Intern for Tzedek Initiatives for the 2021-2022 school year. He is a fourth year rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Adam is also a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Ethics at Emory University, where he hopes to defend his dissertation in Fall 2021. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Adam began exploring the world and his Judaism while pursuing graduate degrees in Jewish Studies and History in Berkeley and in Jerusalem. Now Adam’s “home base” while he is not in Philadelphia is Atlanta, Georgia, where he loves to explore the city and its diverse food scene, usually on bike, with Sharon, his wife, and Milo, his three-year-old son.

Adam’s focus is on creating inclusive and compassionate Jewish spaces. He is excited to help students explore their Jewish identities and find their own place within the Jewish community at Drexel. Adam looks forward to getting to know students and would love to connect with you! Whether it’s for a coffee and a chat, a walk around campus, or a bike ride around Philly, please feel free to reach out!

Mike Gross

Development Director

Mike has over fifteen years of experience in non-profit fundraising and management. Most recently he worked as a consultant at The Lapin Group where he oversaw fundraising and marketing strategies for Jewish and other non-profit organizations. Previously, he spent eight years as a Community Organizer and eventually Executive Director of Building One New Jersey, leading public policy advocacy on issues including education funding and affordable housing. He has a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and spent two years studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Hillel and Jewish mentorship were important to Mike when he was in college, as was his year-long trip to Israel on the Sherut La’am program. He is excited to provide Jewish Drexel students with some of these same opportunities.

Mike enjoys practicing Hebrew and Spanish, playing tennis and basketball, reading history, and spending time with his wife and daughters. He resides in Philadelphia, serves on the Board of the Germantown Jewish Centre, and co-chairs his synagogue’s annual family retreat.

Anna Caplan

Anna Caplan

Operations and Communications Manager

Anna is the Operations and Communications Manager for Hillel at Drexel University. She began her career as a Hillel professional and is thrilled to be back at Hillel after ten years in Jewish nonprofits and education.

Anna received a BA at Harvard College, where she studied comparative literature and was active in the performing arts and Hillel. Upon graduating, she joined the Harvard Hillel staff and spent two years mentoring students and staffing Birthright trips. Since then, she has worked in various roles at the intersection of nonprofit management and Jewish education. In 2018, she founded Honeycake Magazine, a nonprofit Jewish magazine for young children.

Originally from Maryland, Anna lives in Wynnewood with her partner and two children. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, and playing the piano.

Danielle Brief

Artist in Residence

Danielle is a South Philly based artist who fuses her passion for product design with her knowledge of the fashion industry, earned from eight years of working as a home decor buyer. She measures her professional success based on the joy each custom mosaic brings to her customers, the memories they preserve, and the dialogue they start about how we choose to commemorate life milestones.

She graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Design & Merchandising and a Minor in Spanish in 2014 and is enthusiastically returning to campus to share her passion for the arts with the Drexel Hillel community. Danielle was a Tribe12 Fellow in 2019, where she launched her sustainable Judaica brand, HamsaMade, which helps Jewish couples recycle the broken glass from their chuppah ceremony into custom mosaic artwork. Connecting her Jewish identity with her custom art commissions adds value and joy to her work. Prior to starting HamsaMade, Danielle had developed & designed home decor products that are sold in Five Below retail stores nationwide. Her knowledge of the home decor industry is also reflected in her ability to design spaces for events and gatherings of all sizes & budgets. Beyond her art career, Danielle is also a buying assistant and customer service associate for Occasionette, a beloved local gift shop based on Passyunk Avenue.

Danielle has many passion projects outside of her career and loves exploring all the amazing hidden gems this city has to offer. She is a street art activist with the Percy Street Project, delivers meals to her neighbors with the Mitzvah Food Project and is an active member of the Philly Jewish community. When she's not decorating the sukkah at the South Philly Shtiebel, you can find her leading a Jewish wedding-themed book club for Moishe House, planning a Moon Circle program for Tribe12 or booking a show for her Jewish improv team, The Maccababes.