RABBI EVAN GOODMAN
Edgar M. Bronfman Executive Director
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.
An avid hiker, Rabbi Evan can often be found on local trails - or taking a getaway to Yosemite or Tahoe. He's also a big fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. 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.
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.
Over the years, Rabbi Goodman has been very involved in communal activities, both within the Jewish community and in inter-religious projects. He has been committed to inclusiveness, interfaith understanding, and Klal Yisrael (the unity of the Jewish people).
Currently, Rabbi Goodman serves on the Regional Advisory Board of Santa Barbara ADL and on the Taubman Symposia Program Committee. Past community leadership positions include Vice President of the Northern California Board of Rabbis, member of the Executive Board of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Israel and Overseas Allocations Committee of the SF Jewish Community Federation and the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League, Central Pacific Region.
Hannah is so excited to join the Santa Barbara Hillel community! She grew up in the sunny suburbs of Los Angeles before spending four years as a Banana Slug at UC Santa Cruz (yes, the Banana Slug is a real mascot). Trading her flip flops and shorts for snow boots and down jackets, Hannah relocated to Boston to pursue her graduate studies at Brandeis University's Hornstein Program, receiving a dual masters degree in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. In her spare time, Hannah can be found jamming to a wide variety of music, favorites including the Grateful Dead or any classic 90s pop. Hannah is always willing and eager to chat on topics ranging from the continued influence of Mean Girls in modern culture to how to prepare for a Walking Dead-style zombie apocalypse. Hannah is looking forward to returning to the best coast, creating meaningful relationships with the students at Santa Barbara Hillel and helping others forge their own relationship to both the Hillel community and Jewish life!
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Steff Altman is so excited to be the Director of Engagement for Santa Barbara Hillel! She is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania - a suburb outside Philadelphia. While she graduated from Drexel University, she has also studied in Costa Rica, Spain, and Israel. Steff majored in International Human Rights, and minored in Gender Studies, Spanish, and World History and Politics. Her love for Israel and Judaism has grown since joining Young Judaea at 12 years old and her passion for Hillel has flourished since her time as Drexel Hillel’s president. She loves being social, traveling, being outdoors, and going on new adventures – hence her changing coasts! Steff is excited to be in Santa Barbara and working with our students on their Jewish journeys.
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Rafi Schraer is the Israel & Campus Coordinator for Santa Barbara Hillel. Originally from San Diego, Rafi is ecstatic to spend some time soaking up the California sun after a year spent at the University of Vermont Hillel. He is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he served in various capacity on the SDSU Hillel student board. Rafi’s experience with Israel is multi-faceted. He spent one year living in Holon, Jerusalem, and Arad on Young Judaea Year Course, and has been back several times since. He took part in the Jewish National Fund’s Alternative Spring Break to the Negev, where he volunteered with local desert communities. He has led two Birthright trips and looks forward to staffing the September Santa Barbara Hillel trip. In his spare time, Rafi likes to ride his bike, play guitar, and read the collected works of Kurt Vonnegut.
Director of Operations
Lisa Howard Phillippe spent most of her career in the banking industry from branch teller to VP Loan Operations manager running her own department. With 2 exciting and busy years as the Director of Operations at Santa Barbara Hillel she looks forward to many more wonderful and fulfilling years as part of this fun team. When Lisa is not working she and her husband Jim are enjoying the great outdoors in their new travel trailer. There is never a dull or quiet moment at the Howard Phillippe family gatherings with their 5 sons, 5 daughters and 2 grandchildren; she is putting her cooking skills to good use! Jim and Lisa call Carpinteria home with 2 of their sons and their 2 dogs at home. One of these days they hope to do a lot of traveling and see the world.
Associate Director of Development
Jillian Juni is thrilled to be the Associate Director of Development at Santa Barbara Hillel. She was born in New York and lived there for most of her life. She received a BA in sociology from Rutgers and a MA in human rights from Columbia. Growing up, Jillian spent her summers at URJ Eisner Camp. Following college she worked for Eisner year round. In NY and while at Rutgers she was deeply involved in the Jewish community and hopes to continue such involvement in Santa Barbara. She and her husband, Mordechai, are enjoying all the sunshine, cool breezes, and adventures that California has to offer.