hillelday2lowres-146Karen Podorefsky

IACT/Israel Outreach Coordinator                            
Phone: (508) 245-0564
Karen Podorefsky is originally from Hopkinton, MA. She studied Journalism and Education at UMass Amherst and graduated in 2015. While at UMass, Karen found strong communities in the extracurriculars she was involved in, especially through Hillel, Phi Sigma Pi, the marching band, and the school newspaper. Her involvement in each of these, as well as four trips to Israel to travel, learn, and volunteer, shaped her career goals and drove her to work at the Clark Hillel. She is excited to work with and inspire students about Israel, Judaism, and planning events on campus.
As the Israel Programs Coordinator, Karen brings her passion for Israel and Judaism, and enthusiasm for outreach and programming to her position.  Karen recruits Clark University students to go on Birthright Israel trips and then leads them on these trips during both the winter and summer breaks.  She maintains close relationships with students who participate and assists them, along with other students who are ineligible to participate in Birthright, in finding other ways to engage with and return to Israel.  Some of the other trips Karen assists students with include service-learning trips, summer internships, study abroad, and religiously affiliated programs.  Feel free to reach out to her with any questions or comments; she loves to chat via email or Facebook, and take students out for coffee!