MEET OUR STUDENT LEADERS
OCTAVIO VIRAMONTES PEREZ
Octavio Viramontes is a sophomore at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he is majoring in Civil Engineering, and minoring in Business Administration. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and later moved to San Antonio, Texas to be part of a stronger Jewish community.
As a freshman at UTSA, Octavio sought to find a community where I could help enhance and enrich campus life. Octavio became involved in several organizations involving my diverse interests such as in the triathlon and swimming team, engineering clubs, and AEPi and Hillel, where his passion for my Jewish heritage and interest for Israel only grew. Currently, he serve as the President for Hillel San Antonio, aside from being an active member of his community as part of UTSA’s Sustainability’s Office, active brother of the AEPi San Antonio chapter, and part of the Multicultural Advisory Council of UTSA, in addition to participating on Hillel's Student Advisory Cohort for Israel. You can contact Octavio at
Bennett Rosin is a senior at The University of Texas at San Antonio majoring in Accounting. Passionate about engaging the Jewish college community, this past year he has served on the Hillel board as an Engagement Intern. Bennett has also become active on Campus in multiple organizations including the Investment society as the Market Outlook where he helped students begin their investment portfolios, and Alpha Epsilon Pi where he served as both Vice President and now holds the position of President. He is excited to continue his leadership in Hillel, and help Hillel develop stronger than ever, now taking on the role of Co-Management Intern.
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Maria Viramontes is a sophomore at the University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in business management. She has been an active Hillel member ever since starting college. One of her priorities is always being able to provide Jewish life on campus for her fellow Jewish students. Maria is passionate about her Jewish identity and enjoys expanding her Israel and Judaism knowledge. This previous year, Maria formed part of San Antonio's Hillel Development Committee, where she got the opportunity to work aside from a team of students towards a successful Global Giving Week fundraiser. Providing Jewish life on campus for the rest of her Jewish peers is a big priority to her. Outside of Hillel, Maria enjoys doing triathlons, music, and engaging in social events. You can contact Maria at
Engagement and Social Justice Intern
Gabriella Stein is a rising sophomore at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and is from Bethesda, Maryland. Her current academic interests include Theatre and English. Gabriella will start her Engagement and Social Justice internship in the fall of 2021. She looks forward to meeting new people interested in Hillel, as well as linking current issues to Judaism. While on campus she spends her time as a multi-faith spiritual life fellow, in mainstage theatre, Trinity University Players, and eco- allies. Outside of school she enjoys story telling, reading, spending time with loved ones, and being outside. You can contact Gabriella at
Management and Campus Initiatives Intern
Calena is a Senior at Trinity University pursuing an accounting degree. This is her second year on board now serving as a Management and Campus Initiatives intern for Hillel San Antonio. She is originally from Austin Texas and is excited to be living and exploring San Antonio. In her free time she loves to play candy crush, volunteer, and dance. Her favorite Jewish food is hummus. You can contact Calena at
Webmaster and Communications Intern
Benjamin Zucker is a Junior at the University of San Antonio, majoring in Computer Science. Before UTSA, he attended San Antonio College for 2 years. Benjamin is active within San Antonio Hillel as a member and became the Webmaster and Communications Intern in his junior year. At the start of his college life, Benjamin joined AEPi and soon after joined the Executive board as Scribe. Benjamin Zucker enjoys hanging out with his friends, scuba diving, and bike riding. With doing all of this, he hopes to help the Hillel organization in San Antonio in his position and make connections. You can contact Ben at