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 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 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. As 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. 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.
Rebecca is 28 years old. She was born and raised in Haifa along with her five siblings. Her parents moved to Israel from Ethiopia during "Operation Moses" in 1984. At the age of 18 she was drafted to the army and served in the Military Police, working at check points all over the West Bank, preventing terror attacks from get into Israel. After the army, Rebecca decided to grab her destiny and to follow her dream as a Government Diplomacy and Strategy student at IDC in Herzliya. Two years ago, she was privileged to be part of a delegation, with seven other students, to participate in Israel Apartheid Week on campuses throughout South Africa and “Make the Case for Israel”. Rebecca volunteered at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and traveled to England to speak to groups, communities, students and individuals about her Jewish identity as Ethiopian Jewish Israeli student. Rebecca is very excited to begin her next adventure as an Israel Fellow at Hillel at Stanford.
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 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. She recently "retired" from her position as Director of Operations, and she is now working two days a week taking care of all of Hillel's financial matters. 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 joined Hillel at 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 at Stanford!
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!