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6154 South Fairbanks Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3780
Email: Tucker.Center@dartmouth.edu

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Tucker Staff 2017-2018

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(Photo by Michelle Chen '19)

 Rabbi Daveen Litwin

Dean and Chaplain of the William Jewett Tucker Center

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Rabbi Daveen Litwin was appointed to the position of Dean and Chaplain of the William Jewett Tucker Center at Dartmouth College beginning in August 2016. Dean Litwin is committed to open and inclusive doorways for students through the Tucker Center to explore the intersections of spiritual and religious practice, intellectual and philosophical inquiry, artistic and emotional exploration, and compassionate, ethical leadership. She is affirming and welcoming of all students, faculty and staff whether of a particular faith background, secular, seeking or questioning.

Dean Litwin arrived at Dartmouth after seven years serving as the Chaplain and Hillel Director of the Claremont Colleges in California. As one of three Chaplains serving the seven colleges that comprise the Claremont University Consortium, she was privileged to serve as a spiritual leader, pastoral counselor, and advisor with community members of diverse identities and traditions and to work in partnership across campus to develop dialogue and reflection on leadership, civil discourse, social justice and multifaith engagement.

Prior to Claremont she served three years as the Campus Rabbi of Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, in addition to her other duties as a counselor and post-baccalaureate social commitment advisor, Dean Litwin worked with Professor Harold Kasimow, George Drake Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College as co-editor of the April 2009 edition of Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement.

A six year tenure as the Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Kansas sparked a love of working in higher education and campus settings. She also has extensive experience as a congregational Rabbi, working at both a large synagogue in Canada, and then a small start-up congregation in Northampton, MA.

An active participant and recent member of the Executive Board of the National Association for College and University Chaplains, Dean Litwin holds professional memberships in the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Women's Rabbinic Network, and the Association for College and University Religious Affairs.

Dean Litwin is a graduate of Brandeis University with Bachelor's degrees in English and American Literature and Sociology and a minor in Women's Studies. Rabbinic ordination and a M.A. in Hebrew Letters were received from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997.

Leah Torrey 

Multi-faith Advisor at the William Jewett Tucker Center

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Leah Torrey is the Multi-Faith Advisor for the Tucker Center. Leah joined the Tucker Center in February 2015. She works with students, staff, and faculty to facilitate conversations and programming on the hard topics we face in life from diverse multi-faith perspectives.

Leah is in charge of organizing Multi-Faith Conversations, the Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. focused on race, faith, and justice, and Walks Clamantis. She works with campus partners to facilitate Speed Stories and the InterFaith Floor Living Learning Community.

Leah has experience working with Dartmouth students through her role as the assistant chaplain for the Episcopal Campus Ministry, where she facilitates weekly programing and serves as personal chaplain to the Kelsey Community at Edgerton House, an intentional Christian community.

Before accepting the role of Multi-Faith Advisor, Leah served as the executive director for the United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP). With UVIP, Leah mobilized people of faith from across 16 diverse faith communities to work together for systemic social change. Leah received the Campus Compact President's Community Partnership Award for work she did in partnership with the Tucker Foundation and UVIP.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in Religion and Neuroscience, Leah holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School where she received the Hopkins Shareholder Award for Excellence in Ministry.

Khalil Abdullah

Muslim Advisor

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Khalil Abdullah is the Muslim Advisor at the William Jewett Tucker Center. He's committed to helping students connect and explore a deeper sense of understanding themselves and one another across the Dartmouth community. Khalil works closely with Muslim students on campus to support their diverse cultural and spiritual identities while helping to strengthen their religious literacy and mutual respect for others. Khalil is completing a master's degree in Religious Studies with a focus on Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, where he also worked as its Major Gifts Officer. Professionally, he's held various leadership and management roles, taught in public and private schools, and has been active in interfaith dialogue and social justice efforts in Texas and Georgia. Khalil's interests include comparative theology, religious ethics and the history of Islam in America, with a focus on the African-American Muslim experience.

Kathy Boivin

Assistant to the Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Center

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Kathy Boivin is the Assistant and Office Manager to the Dean and Chaplain, Rabbi Daveen Litwin at the William Jewett Tucker Center. She began working for Dartmouth in the summer of 2007 as the Administrative Assistant for Service and Education Programs at the Tucker Foundation. In July 2015, the Tucker Foundation split into two centers and Kathy became the Administrative Assistant for the William Jewett Tucker Center. Kathy came to Dartmouth after working as an administrative assistant with Morgan Stanley for 13 years. Prior to that Kathy worked for Mascoma Savings Bank in Lebanon for 10 years. After over two decades in the financial industry, Kathy is pleased to have the opportunities that the Tucker Foundation, and now the Tucker Center, offer for interaction with Dartmouth students and the wider community.

Rabbi Boraz Rabbi Edward Boraz

Rabbi, Dartmouth Hillel & Associate Chaplain

Rabbi Edward Boraz received his BS from Loyola University in 1975, his JD from Loyola University in 1978, Rabbinical Ordination from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993, and finally his Ph. from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998. The Rabbi currently serves in the following capacities:

  • Rabbi and executive director of Dartmouth Hillel
  • Officer of the Tucker Center
  • Rabbi of the Upper Valley Jewish Community
  • Adjunct assistant professor in Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School

Most recently, he has served as the chairperson of the College Committee of Alcohol and Other Drugs from 2000 to 2002.

As rabbi and executive director of Dartmouth Hillel, his primary responsibilities include furthering the mission of Hillel, which is to improve the quality of Jewish life at Dartmouth specifically, and working towards the betterment of the Dartmouth College community in general. The essence of his position is pastoral, with an emphasis on exploring with students the moral, ethical, and spiritual problems of contemporary life.

Prior to coming to Dartmouth, he served as the rabbi for Bnai Tzedek, a congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio, while completing his doctoral studies. He is the author of Understanding the Talmud: A Modern Reader's Guide for Study (Jason Aronson Press, 1998).

"Serving as rabbi for Dartmouth Hillel and as an officer of the Tucker Foundation remains a great privilege and honor," Rabbi Boraz says. "The diversity of students with whom I interact where we confront the challenges of our time continues to be personally rewarding." 

Claudia Palmer Claudia Palmer

Administrative Assistant, Dartmouth Hillel

Claudia Palmer is the administrative assistant to Rabbi Edward Boraz at Dartmouth College Hillel. Claudia holds an Associate's Degree from Northern Essex Community College. She moved to the Upper Valley in 1993 with her husband and three children. At that time Claudia worked as a special educator at the Marion Cross School in Norwich while her children attended school there.

In the 10 plus years that Claudia has been with Hillel, she has learned much about the many facets of Jewish traditions and cultures. There are many meals to be enjoyed at Hillel—from Shabbat to High Holidays to Passover and all others in between—and Claudia enjoys helping with the planning of all of them.

Her interests are gardening, decorating, and tubing on the White River. She looks forward to getting to know you.

EmmEmma Wunscha Wunsch

Director of Donor Relations, Dartmouth Hillel

Emma Wunsch, director of donor relations, joined the staff of Dartmouth College Hillel in October 2013; she produces the Kol Koreh, email newsletters, and many of Hillel's mailings and pamphlets. Along with Claudia Palmer, Emma helps plan and coordinate events like the Nixon Fellows, alumni gatherings both on and off campus, and a wide range of other student events and activities.

Prior to working at Dartmouth, Emma taught English composition at several colleges, including River Valley Community College in Claremont, N.H., and Brooklyn College. She holds a BA from Binghamton University and an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College.

United Campus Ministers

United Campus Ministry (UCM) is an organization of Dartmouth College, comprised of the campus ministers and advisors of our student religious groups. More information about UCM can be found here.

Last Updated: 11/9/17