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), after which he spent two years studying at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah in Israel. He then attended Yeshiva University. He graduated May 2009, and then enrolled in Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, RIETS. Adam spent two years studying at the RIETS Israel Kollel (Gruss), pursuing his rabbinical ordination, and “summering” in Toronto, where he had the tremendous opportunity to serve as the Rabbinic Intern at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue.Adam spent his final year of RIETS in New York, interning at Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, CT, and concurrently completing his Masters in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration which included student teaching two days a week at Manhattan Day School. In August 2012, Adam, Sara and Emunah (4 years old) returned back home to Toronto, and soon after welcomed Rina (now 18 months). There they have had the opportunity to learn with, and give back to, their hometown community. Adam has been a member of the YU Torah MiTzion Kollel, spending his days studying, learning with members of the community and teaching classes around town as well as in a local high school (Or Chaim). He also served as Rabbinic Assistant at Shaarei Tefillah Congregation. Adam loves playing hockey, squash, and hanging out with interesting people. RabbiAdam@rutgershillel.org
Sara Frieberg, JLIC Co-Educator, was born in Calgary but grew up in Toronto. She also attended CHAT and then went on to learn in Israel – first on Nativ, and then ultimately at Midreshet Moriah. She then 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 then went on to get an Masters in Bible from YU. While Adam was learning in Israel at Gruss, Sara had the amazing opportunity to learn at Nishmat as well as to teach at an American midrasha program. She also partook in the “Rebbetzin Training Program” that was offered to the wives of the Gruss students where she took courses about women’s health and halacha, other issues that come up in communal work, and trained to be a kallah teacher. In Toronto, Sara ran the admissions office for the local Bnei Akiva High Schools. Sara loves learning, teaching, a good cup of coffee, and shopping.
Sara, Adam, Emunah and Rina can’t wait to get to know all the amazing students at Rutgers and are very much looking forward to spending time together through learning, hanging out and Shabbat meals. Sara@rutgershillel.org
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 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. 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,
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. email@example.com