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. Andrew@rutgershillel.org
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. RabbiReed@rutgershillel.org
Rabbi Adam Frieberg, 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.
Sara Frieberg, 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. Sara@rutgershillel.
Rabbi Brandon Bernstein, Reform Outreach Initiative Rabbi. Brandon Bernstein is a mystical sort of Jew interested in discovering the intersection between what was and what is, between Jewish wisdom and contemporary knowledge. He grew up in the high desert of Palmdale, CA and studied Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. After two years in the fields of education and tech training, Brandon attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he was ordained in May 2014. Brandon is always happy to talk about Judaism, comic books, and improv (separately, or any combination thereof). Also, don’t tell anyone else, but he joined the staff at Rutgers Hillel just so he could get to know you. RabbiBrandon@rutgershillel.org
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 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. Diana@rutgershillel.org
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. Greg@rutgershillel.org
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!
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. BarbaraC@rutgershillel.org
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.
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. Hana@rutgershillel.org
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Greenberg, JTS Rabbinical Student Intern, Katie Greenberg is a third year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary where she is pursuing her masters in education. A native New Yorker, she graduated from Oberlin with a degree in Jewish History and Environmental studies. She recently returned from three years living in Israel where she studied at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and worked at the Israel Religious Action Center on issues of pluralism and anti-discrimination in Israeli society. In her spare time Katie loves to bake challah, read The New Yorker, collage, and swim. Katie lives in Washington Heights with her spouse Matan and their cat Raven, who some mistake for a small panther. email@example.com