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Shalom! We are an all-star group of full-time and part-time staff from all over the country who make up the Hillel@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
650.723.3002
serenae1@stanford.edu

Rabbi Serena has served 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.


Jeremy Ragent
Assistant Director
650.724.2401
jragent@stanford.edu


Jeremy Ragent, a Bay Area native, has learned that a little humor goes a long way. After studying history at UCLA, he spent a year living and volunteering in Israel doing a program called Otzma (z”l). He began his career at Hillel@Stanford taking Jewish Stanford students out to coffee, hearing their stories, and working with them to make Jewish life happen. After some fun in LA getting an MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management and Public Administration from HUC and USC, doing development work for a Jewish public interest law firm called Bet Tzedek and a synagogue’s free summer literacy program called Wise Freedom School, he is delighted to be back on campus working with those same energetic, passionate, and fun students (and Hillel’s fantastic professional and lay team) to enrich Jewish life on campus. Jeremy loves learning and speaking Hebrew (it brings out his chutzpah), singing and playing music, exploring nature, and spending time with his friends and family.

Daniel_squareRabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein
Director of Jewish Life & Learning 
570.223.4333
danielrs@stanford.edu

Born and raised in London, Daniel studied literature and social and political sciences at Cambridge University (B.A.), and international relations at Warwick (M.A.). He also spent three years in Israel, learning at Yeshivot Ein Tzurim, Shvilei HaTorah and Maale Gilboa. Before studying for the rabbinate at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, Daniel worked as a spoken word artist, MC and creative educator, performing and facilitating for diverse audiences all over the world. Daniel is a co-founder of Lines of Faith, a Muslim-Jewish hip hop and poetry collective that uses performances and creative workshops to challenge prejudice and build meaningful bonds between individuals and communities. Daniel also co-founded Moishe House London, a successful post-denominational community that helped to spark a grass roots revival among 20 and 30-something London Jews. Daniel is an experienced and accredited meditation teacher, an enthusiastic practitioner of Tai Chi and is passionate about music, film, and travel. Daniel, his wife, Karin, and their baby, Yonah, love learning from all the amazing people at Stanford. 


Brian KaplanBrian_web[1]
Director of Development
650.724.2401
brian.kaplan@stanford.edu

Brian began his career in high tech and after working at Octel and Nuance Communications, he began supporting nonprofits. Most recently, Brian founded Relevant Learning, a nonprofit designed to bring relevancy and engagement into high school classrooms. Earlier, he was Vice President of Development at New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit raising the effectiveness of new teachers. Prior to NTC, Brian served as Vice President of Development and Marketing at Silicon Valley Education Foundation. He is a trained facilitator in inter-personal dynamics (touchy/feely) from the Stanford GSB and serves as a Strategic Advisor to Educate Girls Globally. Brian holds a BA from Northwestern University, an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and an MA Ed. from Stanford University. Brian has two children, lives in Palo Alto with his wife Stephanie, and loves hiking, outdoor adventures, and road cycling.


Lia NilsonLiaNilson_square
Innovation Specialist, Springboard Fellow
650.723.3098
lnilson@stanford.edu

Lia Nilson was born and raised in Sonoma County and she recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Northern California has always been home for Lia, specifically the Bay Area, and she truly loves it here. She is less familiar with the South Bay and is eager to immerse herself in the cultures and communities on and around the Stanford campus. As a Springboard fellow, Lia is a member of a 20-person cohort, trained to integrate design thinking methodology in Hillel programming to engage more students and better serve their needs. She is passionate about art and gardening and believes that mindfully engaging in hands-on activities inspires opportunities for social action.


Will FunkWill Funk_square

Camp Kesem Director
650.723.1603
wfunk4@stanford.edu

Will first began his involvement with Stanford Camp Kesem in 2016 as a student counselor and fell in love with the organization, mission, and community so much that he just couldn’t leave! He is now joining the Hillel team after having completed his BA in Science, Technology, and Society with a minor in African Studies from Stanford. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Will was heavily involved on campus as a director of Stanford Dance Marathon, the Stanford Tree, and much more. Will loves engaging with students in a variety of conversations, from tackling larger societal issues to discussing personal identities. He also loves improv, hiking, movies, dancing, and singing, especially when surrounded by friends and family! Will is excited to join this community and cannot wait to engage with all of the incredible students and staff that make it so special.


Jed Rich
ENGAJ Manager
650.725.1424
jedr@stanford.edu

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 moved back to the Bay Area from Tel Aviv, where he explored how Jewish ethics can inform social action. 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. As a law student, he served as an anti-“predatory lending” fellow at Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto and with Stanford’s Jewish Law Students Association and represented Stanford Law School during its first program in China. As an undergraduate, he majored in International Relations and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Since 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 combines his interests in Judaism, ethics and global social justice to engage graduate students and young professionals in Silicon Valley.


Susan_square_roseSusan Feist
Development Associate 
Part-time: M,T,Th
650.723.3337
sfeist@stanford.edu

In late 2010 Susan made aliyah 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.


Audrey_squareAudrey Samon
Operations Director
Part-time: M,T,Th,F 9-2
650.497.6523
asamon@stanford.edu

Audrey joined Hillel@Stanford in February 2014. 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@Stanford!


Teri DunwoodyTeriDunwoodyHeadshot_square
Finance Director
Part-time: M-F, 9-1
650.724.3103
tdunwoody@stanford.edu

Teri joined Hillel in early 2016. Prior to that, she worked for several companies in the Tech Industry in a variety of management roles in Finance and Product Marketing, including most recently as CEO of a small business she co-founded devoted to energy-efficient server designs. Teri holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford, a master's degree from Princeton and an MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. She has four amazing daughters and loves to enjoy the outdoors and sports with them.   


Rich Stoner
Facilities Manager
Part-time: M-F 8-12

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