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    Rabbi Evan Goodman

    Edgar M. Bronfman Executive Director
    egoodman@santabarbarahillel.org
    805-968-1280 x22

    Rabbi Evan Goodman is the Executive Director of Santa Barbara Hillel. He loves working with college students and Santa Barbara Hillel supporters to create a dynamic “Jewish home away from home” where we explore Judaism, engage our Jewish values in the community around us, and enrich the lives of our students. He is proactive in standing up for SB Hillel's students, building bridges, and fostering a positive campus climate.

    An avid hiker, Rabbi Evan can often be found on local trails - or taking a getaway to Yosemite or Tahoe. He's a big fan of the San Francisco Giants. Rabbi Evan and his wife Lori are the proud parents of two sons, Ilan and Noah. Before arriving at Santa Barbara Hillel in July 2009, Rabbi Evan served for 16 years as a congregational rabbi in San Francisco and San Mateo, California, and in New Rochelle, New York.

    Rabbi Goodman’s honors include Hillel International’s 2015 Richard M. Joel “Exemplar of Excellence Award” and AIPAC's 2014 “Ally of the Year” award for his “Accomplishments on Behalf of the U.S.-Israel Relationship on Campus.” Rabbi Goodman currently serves as Treasurer of the Executive Board of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, a member of the Regional Advisory Board of Santa Barbara ADL, and a member of the Taubman Symposia Program Committee.

    A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio, Rabbi Evan was ordained in 1993. He received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

    Rabbi Evan Goodman is pleased to lead our wonderful staff at Santa Barbara Hillel as we inspire the Jewish future.

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    Jillian Juni

    Associate Director
    jillian@santabarbarahillel.org
    805-968-1280 x21

    Jillian Juni is the Associate Director of Santa Barbara Hillel. Born and raised in New York, Jillian received a BA in sociology from Rutgers and a MA in human rights from Columbia. Growing up she spent her summers at URJ Eisner Camp, and following college she worked for Eisner year round. She is passionate about Judaism, women, and making the world a better place. Jillian moved to Santa Barbara in 2012 with her husband Mordechai. While here they welcomed a new addition to their family, their adorable (non-biased opinion) son Lev. Lev is a regular at Hillel’s weekly Shabbat celebration and hopes to see you there!

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    Jen Stone

    Director of Student Life
    jens@santabarbarahillel.org
    805-968-1280 x17

    Jen Stone is thrilled to be joining Santa Barbara Hillel as the Director of Student Life. Jen grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts, right outside Boston all the way over on the East Coast! She attended Lesley University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Expressive Arts Therapy, and then spent a wonderful, and warm, two years down in Tallahassee, Florida where she earned her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration. For the past few years Jen has been working in a variety of settings within higher education and student affairs, including campus programming, residence life and housing, as well as Jewish student life. She has decided to take her passion for Judaism, college students, Israel, and warm weather; bundle it all together and turn it into a career! 

    Jen enjoys traveling, (she has been to 17 countries and keeps that list growing) all things Harry Potter, kickboxing, reading on the beach, creating and experimenting with new art techniques, trying out new recipes she finds from tasty videos and the Great British Baking Show, jamming out to the Maccabeats on repeat in her car, re-watching all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls, and tries to get to NYC at least once a year to see a Broadway show! With her love of Judaism and the collegiate student experience, Jennifer hopes to continue to bring passion, creativity, innovation and fun into the Santa Barbara Hillel community on this new adventure on the West Coast!
     
  • Ben Kern

    Ben Kern

    IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement
    israel@santabarbarahillel.org
    805-968-1280 x19

    Ben Kern is excited to be joining the Santa Barbara Hillel staff as the IACT Birthright & Israel Engagement Coordinator! Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Ben is a recent graduate of Rutgers University (go Scarlet Knights!) where he studied Business Management and Jewish Studies. Ben grew up going to URJ Eisner Camp, and later worked there for a summer. He credits camp with inspiring him and demonstrating the value of Jewish community. 

    At Rutgers, Ben was Israel co-Chair of the Hillel Student Board and an Intern for the David Project. He was a recipient of the “Bridge Builder Award” at the 2016 “Chancellor’s Student Leadership Gala” for initiating collaborative programming between Rutgers Hillel and a diverse array of other student organizations. Ben was a member of the Marching Scarlet Knights Drumline. He is also an amateur ukulele player, avid follower of Israeli politics, and travel enthusiast. Ben is thrilled to be moving out west to join the Santa Barbara Hillel family! He is especially looking forward to traveling to Israel with students and helping them find their personal connection to Israel and Jewish life. 
     
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    Hannah Phelps

    Engagement Associate
    hannahp@santabarbarahillel.org
    805-968-1280 x18

    Hannah Phelps is excited to start her first year with Santa Barbara Hillel as the Engagement Associate! A southern California native, Hannah grew up in San Diego before attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to pursue a Psychology degree. Throughout her time as a Mustang, she was a part of the percussion ensemble, Orientation Team, and passionately involved in Jewish life. As a facilitator of Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome Orientation Team, Hannah trained students to lead and transition incoming freshmen to the campus. Within SLO’s Jewish community, she served on several student boards and found a home within Hillel. Her most meaningful times in college were spent working to help grow SLO’s small but mighty Jewish community!

    Currently, Hannah is finishing up her role as a Psychological Research Assistant, working to perfect her latte art as a barista in a local coffee shop, and enjoying the rest of her senior year in SLO before moving to Santa Barbara. Staying true to her Californian roots, you can always find Hannah enjoying the sun and the outdoors! In her spare time, she’ll be at the beach, hiking, and exploring local thrift stores (and recruiting anyone to join along the way). Hannah is excited to join the Santa Barbara Hillel family and get students just as pumped about Hillel as she is!
     

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Isla Vista, CA 93117
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