Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, Campus Rabbi and Executive DirectorRabbi Matt Rosenberg joined Hillel as our campus rabbi and executive director on July 1, 2013.
Rabbi 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 still-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, his master’s degree in geography from California State University Northridge, and a master’s 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 exited 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, a board member of NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster, and is the den leader for his son’s Tiger Scouts Den.
Veronica Beskin, Jewish Student Life CoordinatorAtlanta native Veronica Beskin joined our Hillel team as our Jewish Student Life Coordinator in January 2014. Veronica attended Tulane University in New Orleans where she earned a bachelor of fine arts in vocal performance and a minor in Jewish studies. She was active in her Hillel by leading services and as an orientation coordinator.
Veronica recently worked as a youth and family program coordinator at a synagogue in Orlando and as a concierge and staff trainer for Walt Disney World resort. It was Veronica’s participation in Birthright-Israel in 2010 that kindled her desire to serve the Jewish community. Outside of work she enjoys singing, dancing, and all aspects of health and fitness. You can usually find her working out at the Student Recreation Center or at Sweet Eugene’s having coffee with students. To schedule your own coffee date with Veronica, she can be reached at email@example.com or on Facebook.
Lena Lieb, Director of Development
Starting later in Spring 2015, Lena will serve as our director of development in a unique partnership between Houston Hillel and Hillel at Texas A&M. Lena will be based in Houston at the Houston Hillel but she will be reporting to both Rabbi Kenny Weiss, executive director of Houston Hillel, and Rabbi Matt. As director of development, Lena will work to help both Hillels reach more Jewish students on their respective campuses with dynamic and engaging programming.
Lena most recently served as a development associate at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. She holds a masters in public administration from the University of Houston and is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University, where she served as president of Hillel. Following graduation from Texas A&M, Lena spent two years as a education fellow with the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, based in Jackson, Mississippi.