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


Vanina J. Sandel Mutchnik
Assistant Director

Vanina Sandel Mutchnik, a System Information Engineer originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina moved to San Jose in 2004 to become the Program Director at Hillel of Silicon Valley. Leaving her high tech career behind, Vanina has been working for the past eight years at Hillel helping students to create a meaningful Jewish Life during their college years and beyond. Vanina is married to Sharon Mutchnik and they have one son named Ethan (or Eitan) who is 2 ½ years old. Today Vanina is the Assistant Director of Hillel of Silicon Valley and is very proud of the growth of the organization and the positive impacts Hillel has made in the students and local community.

Direct Line: 408-775-7532


Cindy DiPietro
Staff Accountant


Contact Cindy:
Direct Line: 408-775-7535



Matt K's photo (3)Matt Kramer-Morning
Israel Program and Engagement Associate

This is Matt’s first time living in California, having just moved back from Israel.  Originally from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Matt was actively involved with Israel Advocacy and education while in college.  After completing an internship for AIPAC and graduating from college, he decided to make Aliyah to Israel. Matt spent the first year in a Kibbutz in the North where he learned Hebrew and worked. After that Matt was drafted into service in the Israel Defense Forces where he served for two years, which was eighteen months more than required of him by Israeli law.  Matt is looking forward to working with his new coworkers and students here in the Bay Area.

Contact Matt:
Direct Line: 408-775-7534 (1) (2)Matthew Lorch 
Program and Engagement Associate

Matthew Lorch, an alumni of the University of Oklahoma, has been actively involved in Hillel since his freshmen year. Matt has served as a student board member and as the religious chair. Among his responsibilities were leading services and Jewish Study events. Matt is thrilled to be part of Hillel of Silicon Valley as the Program and Engagement Associate. This will be Matt’s first year with this Hillel, and he looks forward to engaging new students and building new friendships.

Contact Matthew:
Direct Line: 408-775-7533