We like to think that our team is pretty big. If you participate in or lead an Ask Big Questions conversation, you're part of the Ask Big Questions team. Our professional team includes campus advisors, Hillel Schusterman International Center staff, student fellows and representatives from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust.
Rabbi Josh Feigelson
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. Since that time, he has guided the development of our educational theory, approach to training, and design of educational resources. Ordained by YCT Rabbinical School, Josh also holds a BA from Yale University in music (he played the tuba and conducted an orchestra). He is currently working on a PhD at Northwestern about the life and work of Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg. Josh lives in Skokie, IL with his wife Natalie Blitt and sons Jonah, Micah and Toby.
Anna is an education professional, with a background both in the classroom and curricula development. She has taught for the Jackson Hole Community School, Berlitz International in Tel Aviv, and as a freelance instructor. Anna moved to Israel in 2009 to participate WUJS Hadassah's Peace and Social Justice program, later acting as a representative of the Jewish Agency for Israel and participating in Shimon Peres' Presidential Conference. While in Israel, Anna worked for the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) as the Editor of the Urdu/Pashtu Project. In addition, Anna has experience in professional theater as an Assistant Director and Literary Associate at the Old Globe Theater. Anna received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. from the University of Chicago, where she published work on the intersection of politics and Israeli theater.
Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship, Hillel International
Sheila is an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in person action. She has presented at the American Association of Colleges & Universities Global Education Summit, Millennial Impact and at the White House Interfaith Gathering. Sheila has been named one of 16 people changing the world by CraigsList founder Craig Newmark and is a 2010 recipient of Hillel International's Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award. Previously, Sheila was the Assistant Director at North Carolina Hillel and a Teach for America Corps Member in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Ithaca College. Sheila is currently a Wexner Field Fellow through the Wexner Foundation.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Director of Educational Content
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.