Andrew Getraer

Andrew Getraer

Executive Director

Andrew Getraer 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: Andrew@rutgershillel.org

Rabbi Esther Reed

Rabbi Esther Reed

Senior Associate Director

Rabbi Esther Reed 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: RabbiReed@rutgershillel.org

Rabbi Yitzchok Landa

Rabbi Yitzchok Landa

OU-JLIC Educator

Rabbi Yitz Landa holds five rabbinical ordinations and an M-Div equivalency, earned during his 12 years living and studying in Israel. He has served as associate rabbi at two community shuls for a combined 10 years; taught and directed programming at Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim; and served as a founding member on the MASA Committee on Yeshivot.

Rabbi Yitz currently lives in Toms River, NJ, where he teaches mathematics, serves as a columnist, and founded and led the Grande Woodlands Shul. Among his favorite hobbies are hiking, skiing, skydiving, and motorcycling. He is currently in the process of becoming a USAF chaplain.

email: yitz@rutgershillel.org

Shoshana Landa

Shoshana Landa

OU-JLIC Educator

Shoshana Landa holds an MSW from Hebrew University and is an Israeli-licensed LCSW (Bar-Ilan University). She opened and ran a private clinic in Jerusalem treating survivors of trauma and childhood abuse. Shoshana also served at the SULAM School of Special Education, and later at RJJ School. She currently provides psychotherapy for children in the Toms River area.

Shoshana is a proud mother, therapist, and Torah teacher. Beloved for her warmth and genuine affection, she enjoys connecting with Jews of all types and stripes. She enjoys painting, hiking, gardening, and learning; and is fiercely opinionated.

The Landas have four rambunctious and adorable children. The three oldest are boys, who have all definitely been spotted, but never in one place. The youngest, age four, is a very fancy lady.

email: shoshana@rutgershillel.org

Adva Ripple Solomon

Adva Ripple Solomon

Jewish Agency Israel Fellow

Adva Ripple Solomon grew up in Israel and served in Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Navy. Adva holds LLB in Law and BA in Government from IDC Herzliya, and now in the process of obtaining her Masters in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. She has worked in the Diamond Bourse, in fashion, a law firm and was a manager in two businesses specializing in an after school activities for kids. When  Adva was in high-school she helped found Krembo Wings, a youth movement for Children with and without disabilities. She was a coordinator and volunteer for 5 years at Hillel IDC, and has been working and involved with AEPi Israel since its early days to this day. She love sports especially soccer, hockey, and surfing.

email: adva@RutgersHillel.org

Ryan Siegel

Ryan Siegel

IACT Coordinator for Birthright Israel

Ryan lives in Staten Island and is a graduate of Brooklyn College Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science. He has been to Israel eight times in the last four years, including as staff for five birthright trips. He loves to talk about politics and law. One day he hopes to be a lawyer. He loves to travel and hopes to visit every continent in the future.

email: ryan@rutgershillel.org

 

Trent Works

Trent Works

Springboard Innovation Fellow

Trent is originally from Newark, Delaware and a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in History. As an undergraduate student he served as a student leader at the University of Delaware Hillel. In the future, Trent plans on attending rabbinical school as well as traveling to as many art museums as possible.

email: trent@rutgershillel.org

Dana Weinstock, MA, NCC, LPC

Dana Weinstock, MA, NCC, LPC

CAPS Clinician and a Community Based Counselor

Dana grew up in Manalapan, NJ. She received her Master’s degree from TCNJ and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience working in college counseling centers and partial hospital programs, and teaching as an adjunct professor. Dana is thrilled to be working with Rutgers Hillel through her position with Rutgers CAPS in her role as a Community Based Counselor. Dana enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on her photography, playing instruments, and traveling.

email: weinstdr@echo.rutgers.edu

Barbara Josephs Cohen

Barbara Josephs Cohen

Senior Development Officer

Barbara Josephs Cohen 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: BarbaraC@rutgershillel.org

Rachel Podhorcer

Rachel Podhorcer

Office Administrator

Rachel Podhorcer grew up in Swampscott, MA and is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she received her BA in Music Performance. She is a violinist and is passionate about music education. Rachel lives in Highland Park with her husband, Ari, a Rutgers Hillel alum. Rachel loves to travel, read good books, and go to museums.

email: rachel@rutgershillel.org

Madlenne Lalush

Madlenne Lalush

Facility Manager

Madlenne grew up in Akko, Israel, and fulfilled her love of the sea by serving in the Israeli Navy. She studied accounting and worked as an accountant at Leumi Bank, Discount Bank, and in the stock market. Madlenne also has 30 years of experience in building management and catering businesses. She has two beautiful kids: Shai has a heating and air conditioning company and Shelley is in nursing school. Madlenne also has a new granddaughter, Kelley. Madlenne has many talents, including interior design and jewelry design.

email: madlenne@rutgershillel.org