Sarita Bronstein
Executive Director

Sarita Bronstein is a passionate leader profoundly committed to Israel advocacy and the promulgation of Jewish life.  She has been active in the Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community for over twenty years.  Sarita served as an Executive Officer on the Board of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and Kehillah Jewish High School.  She was a founder of the Gideon Hausner’s Middle School, Kehillah Jewish High School, and Shalhevet (Teens Program to Poland & Israel).  A Wexner Heritage Foundation Alumni, she holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations, with the specific purpose of serving Israel.  She was the College and Career Center’s Coordinator at Gunn High School. Sarita served as the Director of the Israel Travel Initiative and Israel @ 60 Mission at the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.  Sarita was fully responsible for initiating and establishing the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces new chapter in the San Francisco Bay area. Sarita was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia.  Sarita has two children, Zachary and Rebecca.

Contact Sarita:
Direct Line: 408-775-7531


Cindy DiPietro
Staff Accountant

10369137_1502324673324270_4654666736520682175_nCindy brings to Hillel her many years of business management experience. She and her husband have owned and operated a variety of small businesses over the years including a multi-unit franchise restaurant chain and a fine art gallery in Carmel CA. Cindy is enjoying her new position at Hillel, working with the supportive staff and awesome students. Cindy and her husband live in Gilroy and have three children, two who are in college and the youngest in high school.

Contact Cindy:
Direct Line: 408-775-7535


Maya Jacobson
Program and Engagement Associate

Maya graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2015 with a B.A. in English. While at school she was a member of the Jewish non-Panhellenic sorority, Sigma AEPi. After a year of not having any idea how to use her degree, she decided to pursue a career that combined two of her favorite things: Judaism and college. Aside from Jewish values, Maya loves overanalyzing movies and books that bridge the gap between the Victorian era and Modernism.

Contact Maya:
Direct Line: 408-775-7533


Mitch Reitman
Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Mitch Reitman is responsible for programming, fundraising, and administrative tasks here at Hillel of Silicon Valley. Mitch’s career spans over 30 years as a Jewish communal professional, development officer and non-profit administrator. Mitch has worked in Jewish Community Federations, as an Executive Director at several Bay Area synagogues, as well as Regional Executive Director of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and USY. Later, Mitch worked as Development Director for several notable non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mitch holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from the University of Maryland and in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University. He lives in Foster City with his wife, Lisa. Together, they have two grown sons, Jeremy and Adam and a new grandson, Jordan.


Noa Shemer
Israel Fellow

“I want to bring Israel with me; I am proud to show what MY Israel is really like.” Noa Shemer, our new Israel Fellow, holds a B.A Degree in Psychology and Human resources from Haifa University. While in college Noa worked at the Israeli Friends Association of the University of Haifa where she was responsible for stewarding donor and alumni relations. Noa coordinated the Ambassadors on Line course where she trained 35 students about public diplomacy, and best practices for communicating a positive image of Israel. She developed a project highlighting Israel as the only country in the Middle East with women’s rights and ways to communicate it to the world. Her project won 1st place and won her a scholarship from Chaikin Chair in Geostrategy.  While serving in the IDF Noa worked as a Diagnostician of Behavioral Sciences at the Israeli Air Force.

Contact Noa:
Direct Line: 408-775-7534