Eric Medeiros


Eric is a graduate student at San Jose State University in Educational Counseling. He grew up in the Bay Area, and did his undergraduate degree at San Jose State as well. He has been involved with Hillel for a long time, and won the Pillars award in 2012.


  1. What is your favorite activity to do that calms you down?
    1. The first thing that came to mind was singing in choir, but also just being around good people who are respectful is always helpful because I’m so extroverted.
  2. If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
    1. Hugh Jackman definitely, because he’s the coolest actor and guy. He’s the kind of guy in Hollywood that shows up to the set with cupcakes or goodies for everyone.
  3. What is one random fact that no one would know about you?
    1. I’m a pretty good piano player!
  4. If you could invent a holiday, what would it be and why?
    1. I would combine every Jewish holiday into one and call it “Wine and Food Day”.
  5. What is your least favorite time of year and why?
    1. Finals definitely.
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat at Shabbat dinners?
    1. Definitely good old-fashioned, Jewish-mom-made brisket. Nobody makes brisket better than a Jewish mom!
  7. If you could talk to the President, what would you talk about?
    1. There would be way too much to talk about. I’d have a counseling session with him and Netanyahu and we would work out all of our silly, stupid issues.
  8. What was the best thing that happened to you this past weekend?
    1. I worked with the Next Shabbat dinner and we did a Pink Shabbat to raise awareness for breast cancer research and we focused on Jewish women’s relationship with breast cancer.
  9. What is one food you wouldn’t want to give up?
    1. All sauces– everything from pesto to marinara to alfredo to barbecue sauce. I put sauce all over all my food.
  10. What is your favorite thing about Hillel?
    1. Hillel brings me inspiration to find my Judaism and be a part of a family and also take responsibility to the world and be supportive of Israel.