Who We Are
Kehillah (Community) is Yale’s Jewish Graduate and Professional Student Community. We are a Slifka-sponsored, student-led organization that programs social events, Jewish learning, and prayer. While we are primarily dedicated to serving graduate and professional students of all denominations, we welcome young professionals in the greater New Haven area to join us in our programming.
Upcoming events–including social activities, book club meetings, and learning opportunities–may be found in our calendar. Please see the Notes section of events to find RSVP links. Live Calendar
Pumpkin Picking for Sukkot
Bike and Brew
Chanukah Care Packages
Tu b’Shevat Seder
How to Get Involved
Ora Weinbach (she/hers) serves as a board member and prayer chair. She is a second year M.Div student at the Divinity School. Ora grew up in Hillside, NJ and has lived in a total of seven states (so far!). After graduation from Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women, Ora taught for seven years at the Heschel High School in NYC. She is a Wexner graduate fellow and serves as the Community Educator at The Jewish Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Her favorite Jewish holiday is any occurrence of a 3 day Yom Tov (when a major holiday adjoins with shabbat, it makes three days in a row of refraining from constructive work and technology use) so she can spend 72 hours learning Torah, reading epic fantasy novels, and just generally hanging out on the couch.
Cameron Frostbaum (he/him/his) serves as a board member. He is a student in the theater management program at Yale School of Drama. Cameron’s hometown is Atlanta, Georgia, and he stayed close by, at Emory University for his undergraduate training. He loves Simchat Torah, in part because his bar mitzvah fell on Simchat Torah, and because he always loves periods of joy and celebration. He is passionate about most aspects of theater and enjoys listening to music, being involved in Jewish life, and spending time with friends and family.
Gwendolyn Towers (she/her/hers) serves as co-president and programming chair. She is a fourth-year student at Yale School of Medicine. Having grown up in Seal Beach, CA, she attended Wellesley College, where she studied English. She loves the ritual of baking challah for Shabbat and hosting friends and family for dinner. When not in the hospital or planning fun activities for Jewish students, you can find her in the ballet studio, at a poetry reading, or at a piano.
Darya Watnick (she/her) is co-president and communications chair for Kehillah. She will be completing a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment in December 2021. Her studies focus on agriculture and food systems, at the intersection of climate change, soil health, land conservation, and policy. Darya is originally from California and has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She loves Tu biShevat, bagels and lox, hiking, and crafting.