Josh Synder

Josh Snyder

Executive Director of Goucher Hillel

Hi, I’m Josh, and I’ve served as executive director of Goucher Hillel since 2008. I grew up in suburban Philadelphia and graduated from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001 with degrees in biology and Talmud. After a brief foray into veterinary medicine, I went to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where I interned for two years at University of Delaware Hillel before I was ordained as a Rabbi in 2008 and started up at Goucher!

I am continually energized by the students and community at Goucher College and all the possibilities in helping students, staff, and board members find meaning through interaction with Hillel each and every day. Outside of work, I love spending time with my wife, Nikki, and our blended family of five children (and two dogs!), playing guitar, nerding out on history and trivia podcasts, and playing either word games or Marvel anything!


Beth Vander Stoep

Global Jewish Life and Engagement Coordinator

Hi, I’m Beth and I’m thrilled to be Goucher Hillel’s new global Jewish life and engagement coordinator! I build student engagement while partnering with students to create innovative programming around Israel the Diaspora, and our position as Jews in a global landscape. My biggest priority is making sure that Hillel is providing the supportive community infrastructure that students need to thrive.

I’m originally from Washington State but I’ve been living the past two years in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. My hobbies mainly include gardening, brewing kombucha, and playing fetch with my cat! My go to Shabbat dinner item is keftes garaz which is a Syrian meatball. This year I’m most excited for kosher cooking nights and diving deep into Jewish culinary history!