Lisa Kassow, Hillel director

Lisa Pleskow Kassow lived in Jerusalem, Israel from 1978-1990, where she was a photojournalist. In 1990, Lisa won the annual Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism (Photography) for her coverage of the mass Russian Jewish immigration to Israel.

Before becoming Trinity‚Äôs full-time Hillel director in 2001, Lisa worked at the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center (now the Mandell JCC) in West Hartford, CT.  During her tenure at the JCC, Lisa directed adult education and later assumed the post of director of arts, culture, and education. Lisa Kassow is the founder and former director of the Hartford Jewish Film Festival, a program that Trinity co- sponsored for many years.

Lisa holds an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion, and a BFA in art from Carnegie-Mellon University. She completed the iCenter Masters Concentration in Israel Education (iFellows) in 2016. Lisa was the recipient of an Exemplar of Excellence Award from Hillel International in 2017 and the 2008 Jewish Vision Award of the Charter Oak Cultural Center in recognition of her involvement and work in the Greater Hartford Jewish community. E-mail:


Amy Zylberman, Hillel Program Manager
Amy Zylberman received her B.A. in English from Endicott College. She founded Endicott's Hillel, a branch that now falls under the organizations Small and Mighty division. Amy helped Endicott's Hillel visit area synagogues, host a group Pesach Seder, and build a Sukkah on campus. Amy's love of Judaism and Judaic culture stems from rich family history. She's honored to be the granddaughter of liberated holocaust survivors.
She received Endicott's President's Award upon graduating for her leadership in student organizations, including collegiate a cappella and Spokenbird, the poetry slam team which she also founded. As an undergraduate, Amy completed internships with a creative writing classroom, children's book author, and a Boston-area improvisation studio. After graduation, she lived and worked in Maine's Acadia National Park and came back to work for several Connecticut museums and theaters.
Amy's passions include artistic collaboration, reading, golden retrievers, writing, theater, museum trips, good conversation, cooking, and travel. She is more than thrilled to join the Trinity Hillel family.