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San Francisco Hillel is a beneficiary of The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Koret Foundation, and The Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund. San Francisco Hillel is accredited by Hillel International: The Foundation For Jewish Campus Life.
Ollie Benn Interim Executive Director
Ollie is very active in the Bay Area Jewish community, where he recently sat on the Jewish Community Federation's Board of Directors as a board observer, served in the Federation's Fed Fellows program, and served on the Jewish Community Relations Council's metropolitan council. Professionally, Ollie worked for many years as a lawyer (primarily at the international law firm Duane Morris) representing corporate and technology clients, before founding and running a medical device company. In his free time he loves soccer, yoga and skiing.
Office: (415) 333-4922 ext. 16
Rachel Nilson Assistant Director of Jewish Student Life
Rachel Nilson grew up in Sonoma County, where her Jewish experiences revolved around her synagogue. As a student at San Francisco State University, where she majored in History and minored in Jewish studies, she was active with SF Hillel's student board, Israel Coalition, and as a Koret Israel Intern. Jewish campus life opened up a whole new focus for her, and now as the Assistant Director of Jewish Student Life she is passionate about working with students to sustain a welcoming, fun, and diverse Jewish community. Outside of Hillel Rachel enjoys participating in projects such as Abraham's Vision, visiting museums, hiking, and travel.
Office: (415) 333-4922 ext. 14
Omer Zohar Israel Fellow
Omer is a former Sergeant in the Magllan, an elite infantry unit, and the Armored Corps for the Israel Defense Forces, where she conducted educational programs regarding moral and ethical conduct for commanders. She participated in the Rabin Fellowship, during a year of national service before her army role. Omer recently graduated from IDC Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center with a degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, specializing in Counter-terrorism and Diplomacy.
Office: (415) 333-4922 ext.15
Samantha Leveston Operations and Special Projects Associate
Sam spent most of her life on the east coast but always had dreams of moving west. She attended the University of Vermont where she was involved with her Hillel as a Peer-Network Engagement Intern. Sam spent her first year after college in D.C. as a participant in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps -- a program that places Jewish young adults in jobs that work to fight urban poverty. While in D.C. she worked for an affordable housing non-profit. Additionally she’s spent time on a Jewish farm and previously worked at the Yiddish Book Center in Massachusetts. She is so excited to finally make her way over to the west coast and combine all her passions into the position of Operations and Special Projects Associate at SF Hillel. Sam is a big dog lover too!
Office: (415) 333-4922 ext. 10
Koret Student Fellows 2013 - 2014
The Koret Student Fellowship empowers students to take ownership of their Jewish campus community and enhance professional skills and experience. The fellowship consists of a cohort of 5 - 6 students, each charged with a different area of responsibility, who alongside our staff, collectively co-design and implement San Francisco Hillel's strategy for engagement, programming, education, development, and community relations.
Student Engagement Fellow: Danielle Karta
Student Engagment Fellow: Karen Erlich
Campus Liaison Fellow: Shira Kattan
Israel Education Fellow: Jason Steckler
Social Media and Public Relations Fellow: Melody Rainville
Community Relations Fellow: Liana Hersh
The Peer-Network Engagement Internship is designed to enhance Jewish life on campus. The
internship establishes a cohort of 3 - 5 student interns charged with
building relationships with their uninvolved peers and connecting them
with Jewish resources and opportunities on campus.