Rutgers Hillel is fortunate to have an outstanding and diverse staff. These amazing people work day in and day out to make the Rutgers campus a wonderful place to be Jewish. If you have any questions or wish to talk to any one of them, please email (see link at end of each bio) or call them at Hillel: 732-545-2407.
Andrew Getraer, Executive Director, was born in Geneva, Switzerland and grew up in Queens, Westchester, and Greens Farms, CT. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He met his amazing wife Jean at Dartmouth and Hillel was an important part of their journey together. They live in Highland Park with their five children, Sandy, Alec, Benjy, Lindsay, and Sarah and their dog Colby. Arnold Schwarzenegger once sent him a Christmas tree in the mail. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@we1386547113rdnA1386547113
Rabbi Esther Reed, Senior Associate Director, grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she received both her master’s degree in Jewish Women’s Studies and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She is a Conservative rabbi and lives in Highland Park with her husband, Mordy Schwartz, and three sons: Isaac, Sammy and Jonah. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@de1386547113eRibb1386547113aR 1386547113
Rabbi Akiva Weiss, JLIC co-educator, hails from Atlantic City, NJ, where he grew up in the little town of Margate. After learning in various yeshivot in Israel for a number of years post-high school, he returned to the states to complete a bachelor’s degree from Touro College in Brooklyn and began Semicha at Yeshiva University. During his third year, he took a leave of absence to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces and served in the Givaati Brigade. Rabbi Weiss returned to the states after completing his tour of active service and worked at the Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford as a Judaics teacher, where he met (and later married) Nataly. email Rabbi Weiss The Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) is a program of the Orthodox Union in partnership with Hillel. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@av1386547113ikAva1386547113R1386547113
Nataly Weiss, JLIC co-educator, was born in Israel and grew up in the town of East Windsor, NJ. After learning in Israel for a post-high school year, she returned to the states to attend the University of Hartford, where she completed her BA and met her husband. After graduating, Nataly worked as a campus coordinator for the organization Hasbara Fellowships, training college students across the country to fight anti-Israel progaganda on college campuses and to be advocates for the State of Israel. email Nataly The Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) is a program of the Orthodox Union in partnership with Hillel. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@yl1386547113ataN1386547113
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker, Reform Outreach Initiative Rabbi, is very excited to be starting his time at Rutgers Hillel. A true”Valley boy,” Heath was born and raised in Southern California. He attended the University of Southern California (USC) where he received a BA in English. Prior to rabbinical school at the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College (HUC), Heath earned a Masters in Social Work at USC and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from HUC. Heath lives in New Brunswick with his wife, Amy, and their son, Ilan (ask Heath about the story of Ilan’s birth!). gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@ht1386547113aeHib1386547113baR1386547113
Diana Diner, Director of Israel Engagement. Diana was born in Queens, NY to Russian Jewish parents, who moved to Fair Lawn, NJ when she was three years old. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, and is beyond thrilled to be back on campus. Diana’s first trip to Israel was on Taglit Birthright immediately after graduation, and she since then, she has found many reasons and excuses to go back, including spending spending 6 months living and volunteering in Ramle. Diana and her husband just celebrated their first anniversary, and currently live in Brooklyn with their 2 mini dachshunds, Sandy and Seemore. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@an1386547113aiD1386547113
Greg Yellin, Director of Engagement, Greg grew up in the great state of New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Judaic Studies and World Religions. After graduation he spent two years working for the Hillel at the University of Vermont as the engagement coordinator. When he isn’t at the gym, getting tan down the shore, or doing his laundry, Greg is probably on the road traveling or in the kitchen trying to become the next food network star. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@ge1386547113rG 1386547113
Avia Prins, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Avia Prins is the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow. She was born and raised in Jerusalem, and loves everything about the city- from the smells in Machne Yehuda market, to all the holy places, and of course all the people that make Jerusalem so unique. Avia graduated from Bar Ilan University with degress in Psychology and Political Science. During her time in Bar Ilan, Avia was exposed to Judaism in the Diaspora and spent over 5 years working with students from all over the world who either made Aliyah or came to Israel to study. Just before coming to Rutgers, Avia spent 6 months travelling around Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, and India. Avia wants to bring all different aspects of Israel to the students at Rutgers University, but she would be thrilled to talk about her adventures in Asia as well!! Avia’s door is ALWAYS open, and anyone is welcome to come in for a chat, coffee, or just to hang out. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@ai1386547113vA1386547113
Amy Winn-Dworkin, Development Director, manages the Rutgers Hillel Annual Campaign of $1.1 million and the Capital and Endowment Campaign of $18 million. She comes to us immediately from AIPAC where she raised money to support the State of Israel. Previously she worked with Birthright Israel and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. In 2003, Amy took a pivotal first trip to Israel and decided to pursue a career focusing on Jewish identity and support of Israel. Prior to that, she had spent the past ten years working in politics as a lobbyist, campaign aide, and chief of staff to various politicians. She was born a proud Midwesterner from Evanston, Illinois, but gave it all up to marry her husband, Ben Dworkin. They live in East Brunswick, NJ with their 6-year old daughter, Miranda. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@ym1386547113A1386547113
Barbara Josephs Cohen, Senior Development Officer, has been at Rutgers Hillel since 2003 when she orchestrated the year-long “Israel Inspires” Initiative. She lives in West Orange with her husband, Michael, whom she met when they were both freshmen at Tufts University. They are the proud parents of Jonathan and Matthew. gro.l1386547113ellih1386547113sregt1386547113ur@Ca1386547113rabra1386547113B1386547113
Laurie Zinberg, Office Manager, grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ. She lives in Springfield with her husband, Scott. Their daughter, Marissa, is a teacher of autistic children. Their son, Greg, a graduate of Rutgers University, is a teacher of Health and Physical Education in Rockaway..
Jerry Enis, Communications Consultant, Jerry is a specialist in strategic communications who counsels Rutgers Hillel on media, development and public affairs. In his 45+year professional career he has counseled Israel affairs and cultural institution clients such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Newark Museum. His involvement with Israel began as a volunteer in the early 70’s and had an office in Jerusalem for 12 years to coordinate Israel-USA PR activities for programs of the WZO-American Section, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel Aliyah Center, Kibbutz Aliyah Desk among others. He has received dozens of awards including being named PRSA-NJ Public Relations Professional of the Year. *protected email*