The Team at Hillels of North Texas

Meet the professional staff who are dedicated to building deeply meaningful Jewish experiences with incredible student leadership in a pluralistic, welcoming environment

Melissa Duchin

Executive Director

A Dallas native, Melissa Duchin has led Hillels of North Texas for four years as executive director. Melissa loves working in the Jewish community of her hometown and has been an active leader in different facets of the Dallas Jewish community since her high school days in USY. When she is not engaging in Jewish life on campus, you can find her at improv classes or playing fetch with her dog Jordie Benn.

Jen Weintraub

Program & Engagement Director, a long-term grant of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Jen Weintraub is originally from Los Angeles, California. She started Hillel on her campus at Manhattanville College in Westchester, New York where she majored in International Studies with Middle Eastern Concentration and minored in Jewish Studies. Before joining Hillel, she spent a year teaching her peers about Israel with StandWithUs. Her favorite memory this year was taking students on Birthright Israel!


"I'm eternally grateful for Hillel because it gave me a Jewish community I could call my own. I'm the AEPi chapter president welcoming new students to campus who were like me. Through Jewish programming, social events, and leadership opportunities, Hillel has shaped me into the Jewish adult that I am today."

Fred Traylor, UTDallas Class of 2019



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