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Shalom!  We are an all-star group of full time and part time staff, ranging from Californians to Israelis, who make up the Hillel at Stanford team. Along with our amazing interns and volunteers, we love our jobs making a Jewish home for every student at Stanford.  Please feel free to get in touch if you need anything.

Serena Eisenberg

Executive Director

Rabbi Serena serves as the Executive Director at Stanford since 2011, and previously as the Hillel director and associate chaplain at her alma mater, Brown University. Serena was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2002. Her many fellowships include Wexner, Mandel Leadership Institute, Hartman, Upstart and CLAL Rabbis without Borders.  Serena also received a JD/MSW from UC Berkeley, and worked as an advocate and ombudsman in the area of family welfare. Serena has five sons, and loves hiking and adventure, including leading a bar mitzvah trek on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Program Staff

Heather Paul
Director of Student Engagement

Heather joined the Hillel at Stanford team in September 2010 . She served as the Camp Kesem Director and Jewish Life Associate from 2010-2014 before stepping into her current role as Director of Student Engagement. Before Stanford, Heather spent eight years in the redwoods in Santa Cruz, CA. Heather was the Program Director at Santa Cruz Hillel from 2008-2010. She holds an MA in history and BA’s in history and creative writing from UCSC, as well as a graduate certificate in experiential education from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion. When she’s not at Hillel, Heather loves reading and discussing excellent novels, visiting state and national parks, and spending hours in museums with her husband, Joseph. Heather and Joseph love museums so much, that in 2009, they got married at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, where they were surrounded by family, friends, and dinosaurs. Heather looks forward to getting to know you. Don’t hesitate to come say hello!  

Shifra Elman
Gesher Director / Interim Director of Jewish Life

After receiving her BA in Media Planning and AA in Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, then her MSW at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social work in Community Organizing she volunteered for a year with Americorps. Born, raised, and then some in Brooklyn, she packed up her her life and experiences in November 2011 and headed west with big dreams of helping hundreds of Jews become stars in their own Jewish lives! Now in 2014 she is still starry eyed and excited to foster community growth with and for graduate students, undergraduate students, and young professionals on and around Stanford Campus. She does this in two ways; one, her work with Gesher, the graduate and young professional community out of Hillel and two, through putting on community-wide shabbat and holiday events for the entire Stanford Jewish community throughout the year. If you are interested in any of these things or would just like a friendly person to connect with on campus because you are new or new to deciding you want to engage with our warm and welcoming community, hit her up for a coffee date or a walking date. She’d love to hear from you!

Yaron Fishelson
Jewish Agency Israel Fellow

Born in Israel, Yaron grew up in sunny Tel-Aviv among its lovely boulevards, the never ending nightlife scene and the warm salty air next to the beautiful sandy beaches. After serving in the IDF, Yaron lived in London, traveled throughout South and Central America and explored Thailand. He took a break from exploring the world to study at Tel Aviv University double majoring in biology and management. During this time he became the management faculty’s representative to the student government, did programing for the international relation’s department and interned as a Stand with Us Fellow. After completing his bachelor’s, Yaron worked for an online marketing company eventually deciding to continue to the next step and market one of his favorite things: Israel. Yaron wants to bring all the varied aspects and beauties of Israel to Stanford. He is always ready and willing to talk about Israel but wouldn’t mind at all talking about his other interests – photography, SCUBA diving, marine biology, creative writing and life experiences. Yaron’s door is ALWAYS open; anyone is welcome to come in for a chat, coffee, or just to hang out.

Jeffrey Sweet
Camp Kesem Director & Design Jewish Initiative Director

Jeffrey first joined Hillel in 2014 after spending six years in the Jewish community as a Stanford student.  When Jeffrey was not working on social action projects within Hillel, he was pursuing a BS in Materials Science and Engineering, an MS in Management Science and Engineering, and working on international health technology projects in Guatemala and Kenya.  He loves trying to understand how the world works, from its atoms to complex human organizations. Jeffrey brings his love of creativity, helping others, tikkun olam, and fun to the work he does.  He also loves walking, hiking, baking, and playing saxophone, and thinks every one of these activities is more fun to do with a friend.  If you ever want to talk about, well, anything, come find him!  His door is always open.

Jed Rich
ENGAJ Manager

Jed Rich is an avid fan of soul singer Sam Cooke and comedian Mel Brooks, whose movie “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” he can recite virtually verbatim. Jed recently moved back to the Bay Area from Tel Aviv, where he explored how Jewish ethics can inform social action at BINA Secular Yeshiva, the Museum of the Jewish People, and the Center for the Blind.  Previously, Jed worked as an attorney in a nationwide pro bono case on behalf of U.S. military veterans who served in the Cold War era.  This work earned him pro bono distinction for three straight years at Morrison and Foerster. A
s a law student, Jed served as an anti-“predatory lending” fellow at Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto and with Stanford’s Jewish Law Students Association.  Jed represented Stanford Law School during its first program in China, meeting with legal, government, and business leaders in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing.  He also externed with the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  Prior to law school, Jed studied intensive Mandarin at Tsinghua University.  As an undergraduate, he majored in International Relations and studied abroad in Seville, Spain.  He also earned honors in Ethics in Society for his thesis, “The Ethics of Targeted Killing,” and served as Vice President of the student board at Hillel at Stanford. Jed grew up in Naples, Florida and also lived in Marin, Cleveland, and New Jersey in his youth.  As males in his family have been singing since Russia was czarist (some say it still is), he will hog the microphone at karaoke.  He is the only known living person to have completed the Counter Burger Challenge.  Jed is eager to combine his interests in Judaism, ethics, and global social justice to engage graduate students and young professionals in Silicon Valley in his new role as ENGAJ manager with Oshman JCC and Hillel at Stanford. 

Rabbi Ephraim Kamin
Rabbi, Jewish Study Network
Part time:

Originally from Queens, New York, Rabbi Ephraim Kamin spent 14 years of intense study at the Rabbinical Seminary of America where he received his rabbinic ordination. At this time, Rabbi Kamin holds a BA in psychology. An inspiring educator, Rabbi Kamin has lectured on many college campuses across America and provides programming for graduate and undergraduate students on the Stanford Campus. He also has a spiritual coaching practice and works in crisis intervention. In addition, Rabbi Kamin is an avid fly fisherman, an amateur chef and an accomplished oil painter who has exhibited his work in galleries. However, his greatest delight is teaching Torah and spending time with his family. As JSN Campus Director, Rabbi Kamin partners with Hillel at Stanford.

Operations Staff

Mike Amerikaner
Assistant Director, Community Development

Mike joined Hillel at Stanford in 2013, which marks a return to Hillel as he used to be the program director for Hillel at Davis and Sacramento.  More recently, Mike was the young adult community coordinator at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.  He also worked for McKesson, the Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Team, and the San Francisco Giants. Mike has a MA in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a BA in International Relations from UC Davis. Mike was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Luis Obispo. He enjoys playing softball, hiking, photography, reading, and movies.

Susan Feist
Development Associate
Part-time: M-Tues & Thurs, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

In late 2010 Susan made aliya from New York to sunny California, where she enjoyed a long career as Marketing and Public Relations Director at two Westchester JCCs. After a short break from work, she decided it was time to look for the perfect job. Along came the opportunity to work at Hillel. Her major responsibilities revolve around thanking all the wonderful people who donate to Hillel, therefore allowing the organization to offer the important and dynamic programs that it does. Outside of the office, Susan can be found hanging out with her grandchildren, walking the Bay Trail, hiking in the hills, practicing yoga and volunteering at the Peninsula SPCA.

Pat Waters
Director of Operations
Part time: Mon – Wed, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pat joined Hillel at Stanford in 2003 bringing with her many years of experience working in industry, service and university settings. Pat was instrumental in working with contractors in renovating/building the Taube House and the Koret Pavilion. As Director of Operations she is responsible for administration, human resources and facilities. Pat is a native Californian and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Pat loves long walks on the beach, trying new salad recipes, and watching Dancing With The Stars.

Audrey Samon
Operations Manager
Part-Time: Wed- Fri, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Audrey joined Hillel at Stanford in February 2014.  Prior to, Audrey spent 10+ years in Advertising and Marketing with several NYC Ad agencies, which include Young & Rubicam, Grey and DDB Worldwide.  Audrey is a graduate of Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.  Her degree was in Music Education focusing on voice.  Audrey is rather new to California, she and her husband along with two young sons moved here less than three years ago.  Audrey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, being outdoors, swimming and exploring her new surroundings.   She is very happy to be part of Hillel at Stanford!

Rich Stoner
Facilities Manager
Part-Time: Mon- Fri, 5:00 am – 9:00 am

Rich is our rock-star Facilities Manager.  He works hard in the wee hours of the morning to keep the Taube Hillel House and Koret Pavilion in tip top shape.  If you happen to be here that early (maybe you're pulling an all night study session in the Kopa Cafe) be sure to say hello!


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Hillel at Stanford
Taube Hillel House & Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center for Jewish Life
565 Mayfield Avenue
Stanford, CA 94305-8456
(650) 723-1602