Meet Kol Sasson

Rebecca Ashkenazy

Senior • Mezzo • Musical Director • Alumni Liaison • CD Coordinator

Rebecca is a Psychology major from Great Neck, NY. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV, quoting Rick and Morty, and reading about the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator. She will shamelessly ask anyone she meets to take the test...  It may or may not be an obsession. She has also been told to be quiet numerous times when singing in the shower. That hasn't stopped her. 


Yona Levitt

Senior • Bass/Beatbox • CD Coordinator • Social Media • Fundraising

Yona, standing slightly above average height, is a Psychology major on the pre-law track. When he’s not singing, beatboxing, or writing music, you can find Yona on the Jumbotron at the basketball games, decked out head to toe in UMD gear, paired along with his signature top hat. Fun fact: he is the fourth consecutive red-headed bass that Kol Sasson has had since 2011. But most importantly...he is credited with the creation of the world-famous dance move, the “Hype Train.”

Hannah Wandersman

Senior • Alto • Tour Coordinator • Social Media • Alumni Liason 

Hannah is from Rockville, MD, and is a Supply Chain Management and Marketing double major. In her free time, she enjoys creating playlists on Spotify, annoying all her friends by singing too much, and binge-watching Netflix. You can also find her watching soap cutting videos, eating lots of cheese sticks, and pretending she is a bass/beatboxer (a girl can dream).


Allyson Sweiderk

Senior • Soprano 

Allyson is a Musical Theater major from Kent Island, MD with a love for all things music, Disney, and Broadway! She prides herself on reciting every line from The Phantom of the Opera and keeping her bullet journal overly organized. She loves learning new instruments, though piano remains her favorite and go-to tool for writing music. Allyson aspires to one day be a Disney Princess, so that she can spread magic to the young and young-at-heart, and to remind everyone that dreams can always come true!

Keren Binyamin

Junior • Soprano • President

Keren is from Columbia, MD and is a marketing and management double major. In her free time, she enjoys doing pro-Israel advocacy, spending time with her friends, and singing + playing ukulele. You can also find her eating anything cheesy in sight but of course never with meat!!


Elyse Broder

Senior • Alto • Business Manager • Costumes

Elyse is a psychology major from Rochester, New York.  When not in Kol Sasson rehearsal, Elyse can be found jamming at the piano, petting any dog in sight, and spending time with her sorority sisters. She loves fried rice, Grey’s Anatomy and skiing. 

Jason Kearney

Junior • Tenor • Musical Director

Jason is an Information Science major from Gaithersburg, Maryland. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, watching anime and aimlessly walking around with friends. He also can recall the episode from almost any SpongeBob quote.


Micah Pickus

Graduate Student • Bass • Fundraising

Micah was a Russian Studies Major, Double Minor in Politics/Islamic and Middle Eastern studies in undergrad and is a Public Policy Master’s student from Durham, North Carolina. In his spare time he enjoys making music, baking/cooking, and watching soccer and basketball.

Aviel Taube

Freshman • Bass/Beatbox • Fun Coordinator • Costumes

Aviel is a Psychology Major who grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. When he’s not singing and beatboxing with the rest of Kol Sasson, he’s either running, biking, swimming or doing some other sport that doesn’t involve other people. Most hours of the day you'll find him somewhere in Hillel pretending to do work or reminicing about the "good old days" living in Sharon.


Jackson Diaz

Sophomore • Baritone • Fundraising

Jackson is an Aerospace Engineering major from Gaithersburg, MD. In his free time, he enjoys discovering new music, watching anime, and playing the piano. Jackson wants to one day work on spaceships and send humans to Mars!

Ruthie Vogel

Freshman • Alto

Ruthie is a Physics major from Silver Spring, MD, and is also minoring in Sustainability and International Development. Outside of Kol Sasson, she spends her time writing poetry, baking food to share with friends, hiking, and asking her family to send pictures of her dog. Ruthie’s favorite thing to do is have good conversations with people she cares about.   

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Michael Chernak

Freshman • Baritone

Michael was born in Baltimore, MD (unfortunately), but has since moved to Highland Park, NJ (also unfortunately) when he was 12. He loves stuffed animals, video games, and Brandon Sanderson, and is always ready to reference an obscure/SpongeBob meme. Right now, Michael is studying Physics, but is considering a second major in Astronomy!