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. [email protected]
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. [email protected]
Rabbi Adam Frieberg, OU-JLIC Co-Educator, grew up in Toronto and spent his high school years at CHAT (Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto). He studied at Yeshivat Lev Hatorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh for two years and then completed a BA at Yeshiva University. He has semikha (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS – the rabbinical school of Yeshiva University, as well as a Masters in Jewish Education from Azrieli at YU. Adam loves playing hockey, squash, and hanging out with interesting people. [email protected]
Sara Frieberg, OU-JLIC Co-Educator, was born in Calgary but grew up in Toronto. She also attended CHAT where she and Adam met, and then went on to learn in Israel – first on Nativ, and then ultimately at Midreshet Moriah. She spent one year studying at McGill University, and then she switched to Stern College at YU, where she graduated with a BA in Jewish Studies. She also completed an MA from the Bernard Revel Graduate School at YU in Bible. Sara and Adam live right near the College Avenue campus with their two daughters, Emunah and Rina. They look forward to hosting many students in their home for shabbat meals and other programs. [email protected]
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. [email protected]
Sarah Magida, Reform Community Educator, was born and raised in Weston, CT. She has a BA in American Studies and Religious Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and wrote her thesis on the history of the Reform Movement in the United States. Sarah was an active member of the Skidmore College Hillel and served as Chazan, helping to lead services. In college, she went on Birthright Israel with URJ Kesher. Sarah also earned her Masters in Religious Education and Masters in Jewish Non-Profit Management from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she wrote her capstone on the relationship between Jewish summer camps and religious schools. She has worked at several different congregations across the Northeast in a variety of positions and spent 11 summers as a camper and staff member at the URJ Eisner Camp. [email protected]
Ido Mahatzri, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Ido Mahatzri was born in Ashqelon, Israel. He served in the Tactic Division of the IDF Ground Force Command for three years. After the army, he spent two years traveling around Europe, Southeast Asia and the Americas. He finished law school in July 2014. He comes from a big traditional Moroccan and Yemenite family. Fun fact: Ido has 132 cousins!
Liel Zahavi-Asa, IACT Coordinator for Birthright Israel, made Aliyah from California with her family and was raised in Efrat, Israel. She graduated from Lesley University, where she studied Expressive Arts Therapy and served as the Hillel president. She has extensive experience working as a formal and informal Jewish educator in communities across America. Liel believes that Birthright is an essential milestone in the development of Jewish identity in the 21st century. She has directed over 10 theater productions in Jerusalem. Ask her about Peter Pan. [email protected]
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 and grandparents to adorable Gavi. [email protected]
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. [email protected]
Hana Suberi Yavelberg, Development Associate, Hana grew up in Brooklyn, NY and Aberdeen, NJ. She is a proud alumna of Rutgers, graduating with a BA in Psychology and Jewish Studies and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Rutgers Hillel was an important part of her college experience. She lives in Highland Park with her husband, Joel. [email protected]
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. [email protected]
Lauren Reich, Development Consultant, grew up in Middlesex County and currently resides in Monmouth County. Lauren’s volunteer and philanthropic activities began with fundraising for Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ. She served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County and presently serves on their Executive Board. Lauren is the past President of Woman’s Philanthropy, Chair of Outreach, and Co-Chair of the Birthright Initiative. Presently she co-chairs the Vanguard Society for JFMC. She is a member of the Rutgers Hillel Board of Directors and a proud Lion of Judah. Lauren and her husband Nathan have been married for over 30 years, and they have three children, Daniel, Jeremy and Nicole, and a daughter-in-law, Amy. Lauren believes that when we share our work, we collaborate and communicate our best practices. [email protected]