Understand others. Understand yourself.

About Ask Big Questions

Our Team

Rabbi Josh Feigelson, PhD

Founder and Director

In 2005, when he was Campus Rabbi at Northwestern University Hillel, Josh founded Ask Big Questions along with students Allie Gross and Lexie Komisar. In 2011, Ask Big Questions became a national initiative of Hillel, and Josh became its Educational Director, working with Sheila Katz to launch and scale the program. Since that time, he has guided the development of our educational theory, approach to training, educational resources, and overall strategy. A leading thinker and writer in both the Jewish and higher education communities, Josh holds a PhD from Northwestern in Religious Studies, as well as ordination from YCT Rabbinical School, and a BA from Yale University in music (he played the tuba and conducted an orchestra). Josh is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and currently serves as the co-chair of the Wexner Fellowship Alumni Committee. He lives in Skokie, IL with his wife Natalie Blitt and sons Jonah, Micah and Toby.

Josh can be reached at jfeigelson@hillel.org

Facebook.com/josh.feigelson

Twitter: @joshfeigelson

Sheila Katz

Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship, Hillel International

Sheila was recently named as one of five women to watch in 2015 by Craigslist Founder, Craig Newmark. She is an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in person action. Sheila is Hillel International’s first Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship, managing new organizational partnerships and creating entrepreneurial opportunities for students. Previously, Sheila served as the Director of Ask Big Questions, a national initiative of Hillel that brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. An activist in the community, Sheila manages the social media for Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, serves on the board of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse and Our Time, and is a social start trainer for PresenTense. Sheila holds a M.Ed. degree from Pace University and a Bachelor’s from Ithaca College.  Sheila is currently a Hartman Institute Campus Fellow and a Wexner Foundation Field Fellow.

Sheila can be reached at skatz@hillel.org
Twitter: @SheilaKatz1

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Director of Education

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg has served as Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts Hillel and Campus Rabbi at Northwestern Hillel.  She is the author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (nominated for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature) and editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism and three other books on Jewish ethics.  She has been named one of ten “rabbis to watch” by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, one of the top fifty women rabbis by the Forward and one of 36 influential leaders under age 36 by The Jewish Week.

She can be reached at druttenberg@hillel.org
Twitter: @TheRaDR

Rabbi Aaron Katchen

Director of Ask Big Questions Fellowship

Aaron Katchen has served as Associate Executive Director and Rabbi for Hillel of Greater Toronto since 2009, where a key part of his work includes advising the Ask Big Questions fellowship program. Prior to his work in Toronto, Aaron worked for Hillel in Winnipeg, at Brown University, and at Oxford UniversityAaron completed his undergraduate studies at York University and studied for rabbinic ordination in Israel at the Pardes Institute. Aaron and his family enjoy spending their summers at camp.

akatchen@hillel.org

@aaronkatchen