Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Daniel Libenson

Daniel Libenson is Director of jU. He previously served for six years as Executive Director of the University of Chicago Hillel and for three years as Director of New Initiatives at Harvard Hillel. Dan is a 2009 AVI CHAI Fellow and has also received the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence award, Hillel International's highest professional honor. In 2010, he was named a Jewish Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Jewish News. Dan attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review, and assisted Professor Alan Dershowitz in criminal defense work and on book projects, including The Vanishing American Jew. Before devoting his life to working in the Jewish community, Dan spent five years as a law professor after clerking for Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and two children. You can contact Dan at

Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Rebeccah Stromberg

Rebeccah Stromberg is the Campus Coordinator of jU. Originally from Los Angeles, she graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a double degree in English Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Rebeccah began engaging in the Jewish community in high school, where she participated in the Los Angeles Diller Teen Fellowship. This experience inspired her to continue working in the Jewish community all throughout college. During her third year at UChicago, she founded the Shabbat Supper Club, and began hosting regular Shabbat dinner parties at her apartment. Rebeccah has a passion for all things related to cooking and baking, and enjoys creative writing and bringing people together over food. You can contact Rebeccah at


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Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Benay Lappe

Benay Lappe is jU's Director of Jewish Education. She is an award-winning educator specializing in the radical methods of legal change recorded in the Talmud. Benay also serves as the Executive Director and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA, a traditionally radical yeshiva based in Chicago; is Professor of Talmud at the Hebrew Seminary, in Skokie, Illinois; and is an educator and consultant for Keshet, in Boston. She holds a BA in Italian Literature and an MA in Teaching from the University of Illinois, an MA in Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism, and an MA in Rabbinic Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Benay was chosen by Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation to be its first Spielberg Fellow at CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where she remains on the faculty as an Associate. She has taught at institutions and programs throughout the Jewish world.