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. 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. Please don’t hesitate to stop by Hillel and say “Howdy” to Rabbi Matt! He can also be reached via email at email@example.com, by phone at Hillel at 979-703-1856, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Neta Hetz – Israel Engagement AssociateBorn and raised and Israel, Neta moved to College Station in August 2013 for her husband’s doctoral studies and they have called Aggieland home with their two kids ever since. Neta earned her bachelor degree in psychology and creative arts in 2009 and a master’s degree in art therapy in 2012, both from the University of Haifa. Neta joins Hillel with a lot of love for Israel, in the hope of helping advocate Israel throughout the campus and Jewish students of A&M. If you love Israel, want to know more about it and think that supporting Israel is an important cause, come meet with Neta, maybe talk some Hebrew on the way. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rubing Yen – Hillel ChefRube is a true lover of food and cooking. He is a student of cooking – always searching for ways to impart more flavor, attain balance, and produce dishes with broad appeal – approaching cooking from a scientific perspective and pursuing a greater understanding of why delicious food is delicious. Rube loves the entire cooking process, from concept to completion, and especially loves the joy that a great meal can bring. For Rube, food and community go hand-in-hand. There’s no celebration, holiday, gathering, anniversary, birthday, or festival where food is not a significant consideration, and he sees in food, the opportunity to bring people together. He also sees the importance and connection between food and culture. Food has an undeniable ability of bridging difference and the time-tested power to unify.
Rube grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois, received his undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After a stint living in northern California and Taipei, Taiwan, he moved to Athens, Georgia with his wife. While in Georgia, he taught 2nd grade in a public elementary school in Athens for seven years, earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and saw his family grow with the birth of his daughter, and the birth of his son. He spent his last year in Athens teaching community cooking classes and helping to open a new restaurant kitchen and seeing it through its first successful year. He and his family are new to the BCS area having arrived in August of 2015. He is excited to be a part of the Hillel community and looks forward to making a positive impact through food.