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.
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Direct Line: 408-775-7531
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 two grandsons Jordan and Noah.
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Direct Line: 408-775-7532
Special Projects Coordinator
Karen Baskind is Bay Area native, growing up in Cupertino. Being a child of Israeli immigrants, she was brought up on hummus, Bamba, Bissli, and spending summers in Israel with family. Karen is a graduate of San Francisco State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a minor in Jewish Studies, and a certificate in Fundamental Nonprofit Management Skills. It is during her time as an undergrad where she fell in love with Hillel and took an active leadership role. Karen bring experiences from multiple fundraising positions. At Hillel of Silicon Valley she holds responsibilities in individual giving and event management. In her free time, Karen enjoys practicing yoga at her favorite studio and is an advisor for a local BBYO chapter.
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Direct Line: 408-775-7532
Leanna Parsons has joined the Hillel SV team as Program and Engagement Associate. Leanna graduated in 2016 from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies. Previous to joining us, Leanna worked as a Program Coordinator that provided services and technology to prevent blindness. In 2017-18, Leanna spent a year as a MASA Teaching Fellow by helping to tutor Israeli children in English. Leanna will be responsible for student empowerment, engagement, and program planning.
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.
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Direct Line: 408-775-7535
Yarin Yosef Shachagi joins our staff as our new Jewish Agency Israel Fellow. Yarin served in the Israel Defense Forces from 2010-2013. He graduated from Tel Aviv University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Jewish History. He recently worked as a museum guide at Beit Hatefutsot (Museum of the Diaspora) where he led workshops on the subjects of synagogues, Jewish heroes, Jewish humor, and more to Israeli students, soldiers, and elderly at the museum. He has experience working with American youth, first as a counselor at a Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF) camp in Pennsylvania and later as an Israeli guide for a USY Summer Israel Pilgrimage group.