Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, Campus Rabbi and Executive DirectorRabbi Matt was ordained in May 2013 at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and moved with his family immediately after ordination to College Station, Texas. He joined Hillel as our fourth executive director and campus rabbi on July 1, 2013.
At Texas A&M, Rabbi Matt is working to grow the Jewish community and the Hillel by building a Jewish Studies program, growing Israel advocacy on campus, and offering a wide-range of educational, religious, and social programming to Jewish students in the relatively new Hillel building.
Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Matt was a director of emergency and volunteer services for the American Red Cross in California. Rabbi Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from UC Davis (making him also an “Aggie”), his master’s degree in geography from California State University Northridge, and a master’s degree in rabbinic studies from American Jewish University. He is the author of two books about geography and operates a website about geography.
Born in Los Angeles, Rabbi Matt grew up in Sacramento, California. He and his wife Jen spent a year in Jerusalem, studying at the Conservative Yeshiva. Rabbi Matt has traveled far as part of his Jewish journey – in the summer of 2011, Rabbi Matt traveled to Novosibirsk in Siberia to train fifty young Jewish teens about Judaism, in 2008 he traveled to Ghana with the American Jewish World Service as part of their Rabbinical Student Delegation, and in 2007 he traveled to Ukraine to help lead Passover seders in fledgling Jewish communities.
Rabbi Matt and his wife Jen are happy to call College Station home with their three children. In his “copious” spare time Rabbi Matt is a volunteer chaplain and member of the ethics committee at the Scott & White Hospital in College Station and a board member of NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster.
Lena Lieb, Director of DevelopmentLena Lieb ’08 is the joint Director of Development for Hillel at Texas A&M and Houston Hillel. A Houston native, Lena grew up at Camp Young Judaea and was active with United Synagogue Youth. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Biomedical Science and Entomology. During her time at A&M, she was the student president of Hillel at Texas A&M and opted for a career change. She moved to Jackson, Mississippi where she spent two years as an Education Fellow for the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Upon moving back to Houston, she received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston and a certificate in nonprofit management from Texas A&M University.
Lena most recently worked as a Development Associate at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC and has served on the Board of Directors for Houston Hillel. She is currently a Committee Member for Boy Scout Troop 806.
Lena met her husband, Eric Lieb at Hillel and they have a wonderful son, Alexander, a dog, Maple and a cat, Falafel. Swimming and cycling are two of Lena’s favorite pastimes. She has completed two triathlons and plans to compete several more. As a family, the Liebs love camping and being outdoors but any time spent together is a perfect occasion. Lena can be reached at email@example.com.
Danielle Freedman, Jewish Student Life CoordinatorAuburn, Alabama native Danielle Freedman joins our Hillel team as Jewish Student Life Coordinator in July 2015. Danielle earned a bachelor of science in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama in May 2015. During her time at Alabama Danielle spent three years as an engagement intern at the Bloom Hillel at the University of Alabama. At Hillel Danielle enjoyed being with Jewish friends to celebrate Shabbat and holidays together and she looks forward to helping students make the most of their Hillel experience.
During her free time Danielle enjoys being active – playing golf and hanging out with friends. Danielle is excited to start her journey with Texas A&M Hillel and can’t wait to meet all the students! To set up your own coffee date with Danielle, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.