The Beren Greek Life Leadership Fellowship is a cohort of 15 Jewish sophomores, all involved in Greek life, who are all inquisitive, dynamic, well-networked, and creative, looking for a new way to build innovative, campus-based Jewish activities and initiatives for themselves and their friends.

You're involved in Greek life.  Feel like you should have all the answers? The Beren Fellowship brings together a group of students trying to figure out how to "do Greek," how to balance that with being an adult, asking life's bigger questions, and what place Jewishness has in all this. We'll ask and answer questions like, How do I make friends? How do we deal with rejection? What can I expect in a sexual relationship? How can I cope with conflict? What do I actually believe in? Who do I want to become? Learn Wednesdays with rabbi Gabe Greenberg and JRP staff member Sofy Maxman. Designed for sophomores in the Greek system.

Students in the Beren Fellowship not only learn, but create Jewish life as well. Fellows will learn how to have one-on-one Jewish conversations with peers in their campus networks, and will have the opportunity to create initiatives to bring Jewish life to their fraternities and sororities. Fellows receive a stipend at the conclusion of the semester for their work.

Fellows are responsible  for advancing Jewish life on campus by creating innovative initiatives that are meant to engage otherwise uninvolved Jewish students at Penn. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in a weekly seminar designed to push students to explore critical questions surrounding leadership, Israel, Jewish identity, and Greek life at Penn.

  • Attending a two-night Shabbaton and orientation held at a retreat center in the Pocono Mountains.

  • Attending bi-weekly check-in meetings.

  • Building new relationships and strengthening old ones with Jewish students on campus.

  • Creating new Jewish and/or Israel-related initiatives on campus.

  • Being outgoing, approachable, and very social (Jewish Shmoozing!)​

Some past initiatives by Penn students include: 

  • Social Entrepreneurial Network (the SEN initiative): An Intern created this club, which brings social entrepreneurs who are extremely successful professionals (such as Edgar Bronfman) to campus to meet and mingle with students.

  • Moral Voices: Another Beren Intern helped create a Penn branch of Moral Voices, a group that spreads awareness about social justice issues.

  • Mentoring Dinners: Dinners around campus with successful Jewish professionals in various fields where students have the opportunity to learn about their careers and how Judaism has played a role in their lives.

  • Shabbat dinners around campus: Hosting Shabbat dinners and discussions for their friends, some interns made celebrating Shabbat something fun and easy to do.

  • And much more!

Interested in applying? Find the application here.

Questions or want to learn more? Email Sofy Maxman 


Kappa Alpha Theta

Samantha Linn is a sophomore in Wharton planning to study Management and Finance. She is from Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In addition to JRP, Samantha is involved in Cogwell and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In her free time, Samantha loves spending time with her friends and exploring restaurants in Philly. She is very excited to become further involved with the Jewish community in a college campus setting.


Delta Delta Delta

Lulu Lipman is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA. She is undecided, studying in the College. Lulu is a member of Tri Delta and is excited to bring the values of JRP to her sorority. In her free time, Lulu enjoys writing, spending time with friends and family, and being in involved in the Penn community.


Tau Epsilon Phi

Zach Reznikoff is a sophomore from Fairfield, CT, and is in the college studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. At school, Zach is involved in the Penn Public Policy Consulting Group where he pursues his interest in public policy and government. In his free time, Zach enjoys listening to music and hearing local artists. He is a brother of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity and looks forward to being a part of the Beren Greek Life Fellowship.


Zeta Beta Tau

Ben Swanson is a from Plymouth Meeting, PA and is a biology major in the class of '22. His interests in the classroom include biology, medicine, and healthcare management, and is involved outside the classroom as well. He is on the club tennis team, in the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club, and is a brother of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Outside of Penn, he enjoys tennis, soccer, and music. Through JRP, Ben hopes to infuse his various communities with Jewish traditions and ways of thought.


Kappa Alpha Theta

Caitlin O'Flanagan is from New York City. She is a sophomore in the college and is a member of Cogwell and her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta in addition to JRP. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys running and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited for the year ahead with JRP!


Tau Epsilon Phi

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Zeta Tau Alpha

Emily Kopp is a sophomore from Westchester, New York. She is in the College of Arts and Sciences intending to major in either BBB (Biological Basis of Behavior) or mathematical economics. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes, playing cello, and poorly belting Broadway songs. As a JRP Beren Greek Life Fellow, Emily is excited to become further engaged with Jewish life on campus this year.



Alex Freed is a Sophomore from Bethesda, Maryland who is studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is the House Manager for the Theos fraternity, and is involved in IM soccer and football as well as the International Affairs Club. In addition, Alex enjoys fitness, fashion, and skiing in his free time.



Brandon Cohen is a sophomore in the college of Arts and Sciences from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. On campus, he is the Think Tank co-Director of the Penn Microfinance club as well as a member of the undergraduate sports business club. In his free time, Brandon enjoys playing soccer and watching sports with his friends and family. Being a Beren Greek Life JRP Fellow, Brandon is looking forward to connecting with as well as expanding the Jewish community at Penn.


Pi Kappa Alpha

Adam Zheleznyak is a freshman from Oakland, CA. He is in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematics. In addition to the Beren Greek Life Fellowship, Adam is freshman liaison for the Penn Undergraduate Math Society, plans events for the Science and Technology Wing, and is involved in the University Scholars program.


Sigma Delta Tau

Maddy Fair is from the suburbs of Philadelphia and is a sophomore at Penn pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in the Biological Basis of Behavior. At Penn, she is also involved in Service Link, The WALK Fashion Magazine, Upstander Initiative, and Sigma Delta Tau Beta chapter. She loves traveling, photography, cooking, and playing with dogs, and she is excited to be a Beren Greek Life Leadership Fellow!

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