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

Cindy 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


Shifra Elman
Assistant Director Shifra (2)

After four years with Hillel at Stanford as the Gesher Director (Gesher is the graduate and young adult community out of Hillel at Stanford) and later the Interim Director of Jewish Life and Learning Shifra Elman has come to Hillel of Silicon Valley! In her capacity as Assistant Director, Shifra is excited to tackle new challenges, work with new colleagues, and continue to make sure Jewish life stays vibrant for our five schools. She received her MSW in community organizing, BA and Media Planning and AA in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University and is passionate about Jewish life and learning. Some of her favorite Jewish philosophers include A.J Heschel, J.B Soloveitchik, and of course, Martin Buber (come chat any time!). She also loves hiking, gym-ing, cooking, creating connections, art, and travel. Originally from Brooklyn and incredibly happy to call the Bay home!

Contact Shifra:
Direct Line: 408-775-7532


Shelby Jirikils  
Program and Engagement Associate

Shelby Jirikils is a recent graduate of UC Irvine with a Bachelors in History. She has been involved with the Jewish community on campus since her first year, specifically as an active member in Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Phi where she served as President, Vice President of Recruitment, and Director of Philanthropy. She recruited women to the chapter, promoted sisterhood, and raised over fifteen hundred dollars in honor of their national philanthropies. At Hillel, she worked closely with the Student President as the Director of Outreach and Engagement, and later as President to provide a Jewish home away from home for students at UCI. Her passion for ensuring consistent programming that students can rely on, and her passion for the Jewish Community at UCI inspired her to seek a career with Hillel. “I am excited and honored to be Hillel SV’s Program and Engagement Associate, and I can’t wait for all the awesome events the year holds.”

Contact Shelby:
Direct Line: 408-775-7533


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