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Meet Kol Sasson

Rebecca Ashkenazy

Freshman • Alto • Social Media/Alumni Liaison

Rebecca is a Communication 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

Sophomore • Bass/Beatbox • Musical Director

Yona, standing slightly above average height, is a Psychology major and the Musical Director for Kol Sasson. 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

Sophomore • Alto • Fun Coordinator

Hannah is from Rockville, MD and is a Business major. She is the Fun Coordinator of Kol Sasson, which is pretty fitting of her personality. 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).

Eli Rashti

Junior • Tenor • Secretary

Eli is from Potomac, Maryland, and he is a Physiology and Neurobiology major. He is a total nerd and loves chemistry. Eli is enthusiastic and loves talking to people. When he's not studying, he spends his time in the gym, at home eating cereal, or singing. How shocking!

Allyson Sweiderk

Freshman • Soprano • Tour Coordinator

Allyson is a Computer Science 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!

Rachel Slobodien

Senior • Soprano • Social Media/Costumes

Rachel is a junior marketing and supply chain management double major from South Orange, NJ. She is currently Kol Sasson’s ambassador to Rome for the spring 2019 semester and will be returning in the fall. While in Rome, she enjoys eating pasta and gelato, climbing 232 stairs to class every day, staring at the Trevi Fountain for hours, and getting lost roaming through the streets of Trastevere. In her free time, she enjoys singing in the shower, binge-watching Netflix, and breaking down the riffs to any song she can find. You can also find her practicing her beatbox zipper (she promises it is getting better) and bragging about the bagel drawer in her sorority house. Although she is so sad to be so far away, she is making it her mission to build Kol Sasson’s global support.

Molly Azrael

Junior • Alto • Costumes

Molly Azrael is a sophomore Nursing major from Baltimore, Maryland. She loves singing and spending time with Kol Sasson! While she's technically an alto, she sings just about every other voice part and is basically just a tenor at this point. You can usually find her jamming out to country music in her crocs. She is also fluent in Friends quotes and is always ready for a dance party. Oh! And you can’t forget about her two favorite people - Ben & Jerry!! Just kidding, but seriously, this girl does love her ice cream! 

Micah Shenk-Evans

Junior • Bass/Beatbox • Vice President/Business Manager

Micah is a Materials Science and Engineering Major from Cheverly, Maryland. In his spare time he enjoys playing a multitude of video games, as well as competing on UMD's collegiate paintball team. He also loves picking up quirky hobbies, so make sure to ask him about solving a Rubik's cube or stacking dice if you get the chance!

Mariel Berlin-Fischler

Graduate Student • Soprano • President

Mariel is a graduate student from Bethesda, Maryland, as well as a teaching artist in the local Jewish community. When she is not pursuing her master’s degree in Education with Arts Integration or testing the true limits of her vocal range at Kol Sasson rehearsal, she is usually scarfing down oceans-worth of sushi, forcing her friends to play board games, engaging in long, passionate rants, and trying to do four or five things at once. 

Sammy Turk Tolub

Senior • Tenor • Social Media

Sammy is a Psychology major from Wynnewood, PA. When he’s not singing with Kol Sasson, Sammy can be found playing basketball or talking about his summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. His chicken noodle soup has become the highlight of every Shabbat dinner but don’t ask for the recipe - it’s a Turk Tolub family secret!