Meet Avirah



Sarah Paley, Class of 2020

Sarah is a senior finance and information systems double major and Spanish minor from East Brunswick, NJ. She began dancing in elementary school and joined Avirah in 2017. When she's not dancing, she's working in the inter-library loan department of McKeldin Library and watching the Yankees.

Artistic Director, Choreographer

Hannah Weisman, Class of 2020

Hannah is a senior educational neuroscience research major and double bass performance minor. She's originally from Gaithersburg, MD, and began dancing at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day of School of the Nation's Capital (formally known as JPDS). Through she joined Avirah in 2016, she's been Israeli dancing for over 15 years. When she's not dancing her heart out, you can find her working in her flu research clinic, giving campus tours, and playing bass in the UMD Repertoire Orchestra!


Deborah Brown, Class of 2022

Deborah is a sophomore from Houston, Texas studying Supply Chain Management and Operations Management & Business Analytics (that's a long major)! She is passionate about Israel and involved in many Israel-related groups and programs, and she's also in many other organizations across campus. Avirah is Deborah's favorite group of people, and Israeli dancing is her favorite pastime, whether in Maryland, Houston, Israel, or anywhere else!

Public Relations Chair

Molly Goldstein, Class of 2022

Molly is from Columbia, MD, and she is a sohpmore majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Global Engineering Leadership. She joined Avirah in 2018. She adores musical theater and dancing in ensembles, and she also loves reading, journaling, and playing the ukulele. When she's not dancing or studying, she's either hanging out with friends or interning as a Software Engineer for Tenable, Inc.

Fundraising Chair

Aara Kuehl, Class of 2022

Aara is a sophomore Engineering Major pursuing a minor in Global Public Leadership from Columbia, Md. She joined Avirah in 2018. When she's not dancing in her dorm room or at Avirah rehearsal, she spends her time with her friends, at the gym and working backstage at the Clarice..

Internal Relations Chair

Maddie Ferguson, Class of 2020

Maddie is a senior who is double majoring in Government & Politics and Political Science. This is her second year as an enthusiastic member of Avirah. When not in dance or class, Maddie can normally be found going on hiking adventures, baking, or binge watching her latest Netflix guilty pleasure (currently Gilmore Girls)!



Moshe Ackman, Class of 2021

Moshe is from Richmond, VA and is a junior studying aerospace engineering. Even though his classes keep me plenty busy, he still makes time to dance competitive ballroom, sing and beatbox in a multilingual a capella group, and of course dance with Avirah! He joined Avirah freshman year, and these have been his favorite people to spend time with ever since!

Aliza Mintz, Class of 2022

Aliza is a sophomore Information Science major from Silver Spring, MD. She started dancing in kindergarten at Sabra Hebrew Day Camp and joined Avirah in 2018. When she’s not dancing, you can find her playing guitar, watching Israeli TV, singing, or planning her next trip to Israel!


Adina Schwartz, Class of 2020

Adina is a senior psychology major. It is her fourth year dancing in Avirah. When she isn’t in class or dancing you can find her knitting or driving the bus for Shuttle UM.

Jonah Tash, Class of 2022

Jonah is a sophmore Computer Science & Math Dual Degree. He loves Israeli dance, and has been dancing for 3 years. When he's not dancing Jonah is a TA for CMSC 216, a CMNS recruitment ambassador and a guest researcher at NIST.

Mira Tash, Class of 2020

Mira is a senior Special Ed major dancing with Avirah for the fourth year. When she's not in the classroom as either a student or teacher, you can find her spending time with friends, listening to Broadway soundtracks, and of course dancing with her Mishpachavirah.

Manny Bass, Class of 2021

Manny Bass is a Junior Geology student, and it’s his first year with Avirah Israeli Dance Company! When he’s not dancing his heart out, he’s usually at home working on knitting a sweater.

Danya Levy, Class of 2023

Danya is a freshman linguistics major. In her free time, she likes to go camping, crochet, and spend time with her cats. This is her first semester in Avirah, and she is so excited to be here!

Paulina Leder, Class of 2023

Paulina is a freshman at and attended Richard Montgomery High School before coming here. She did ballroom dance for a year, but she joined Avirah because I wanted to have a new experience. She loves to dance, and she loves to read, even if she's the only one who enjoys Shakespeare's "Hamlet."