She is the granddaughter of Beverly and Sam Cassius of Phoenix and Paul and the late Elaine Smelkinson of Tucson.
Jillian attends The Gregory School, where she serves as the secretary for the middle school student council. She enjoys ballet, drawing, reading and attending Camp Ramah in Ojai, Calif., each summer.
For her mitzvah project, she is working with Israeli artist Tsameret Zamir, facilitating the painting of decorative mosaic tiles by Anshei Israel students. This is one element of the larger Netiv L’Shalom (Path to Peace) project to beautify the security wall separating Israel and the Gaza Strip. (www.tsameret.net)