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  • Andy Gitelson

    Executive Director
    (541) 343-8920 ext. 101
    Andy has served as Oregon Hillel's Executive Director since August 2012.  He began his career in building Jewish community serving as the Baltimore Council BBYO Director and eventually found his way back to his native Hoosier state where he served as the Assistant Director at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University. During his 5 years with IU Hillel, he oversaw the fundraising campaigns, worked closely with the Governing Board of Directors, and supervised the student executive board and numerous student committees. Andy then joined the development team at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he served as a Major Gifts Officer. Originally from Indianapolis, He holds a B.S. from Ball State University in Natural Resources Environmental Management and Interpretation, and is committed to building relationships with Jewish students to help them continue (or embark) on their own personal Jewish journey.
  • Brittany Lenhart

    Assistant Director
    (541) 343-8920 ext. 106

    Brittany Lenhart was born a Buckeye in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up a Hoosier in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She grew up in the Reform movement and attended the Union for Reform Judaism’s Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) for fifteen years as a camper, counselor, and unit head. This is where her passion for programming and working with Jewish youth began.

    Brittany studied human rights and social movements at Indiana University, then began her career working for educational nonprofits in Chicago, Illinois, and Asheville, North Carolina. Brittany became a Taglit Fellow in 2014 and has lead five Birthright trips through Israel Free Spirit and Israel Outdoors. Most recently, as of July 2016, she completed her Masters in International Education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

    Brittany is excited to call Oregon home and join the Hillel team. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading, and taking her dog, Ava, to the dog park. Stop by the Hillel house and meet Brittany anytime you're nearby! She is looking forward to meeting you.

  • Nathan Blocker

    Israel Engagement Fellow
    (541) 343-8920 x102

    Nathan is an East Coast boy from Greensboro, NC but is very excited to now be on the West Coast and to call Oregon home! He began his career by opening his own restaurant with his family that was ironically named, “Nate’s Place” that he then ran for almost 5 years. After that he went back to college where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a double major in Political Science and International Studies with a Globalization Concentration. He also minored in Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies and Studied Abroad at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia. After graduation he was a Fellow at the American Hebrew Academy and then a Business/NGO Advisor doing Community Economic Development in Ukraine with the Peace Corps. Nathan is currently continuing his studies with SOAS, University of London studying Public Policy & Management. 

    Nathan is very passionate about Israel and helping Jewish students with their own relationship and journey with Israel. In his free time Nathan likes to travel, snowboard, bungee jump, play basketball and play soccer. He is always willing to meet up and talk, play a game of basketball or grab a coffee.

  • Rachel Chodorow-Reich

    Director of Jewish Student Life - Oregon State University

    Rachel brings a diverse background of Jewish, spiritual, and ritual experience, as well as decades of group building, leadership development, and coaching. She is thrilled to support Oregon State Jews in drawing on our huge gift of connection to thousands of years of tradition, family lineage, spiritual and life guidance, and a global tribe of diverse people with diverse connections to our heritage. She is here to encourage all strands of Jewish Beavers to find and build their Jewish home at OSU. It is also her priority to build relationships and allyships with other ethnic/racial/religious/cultural groups on campus and in the community.

    Rachel has led Jewish rituals and discussions with Jews and non-Jews age five to eighty-five in synagogues, at summer camps, in homes, at Google, and in the ocean and wilderness. She loves Jewish/camp singing around a campfire, and celebrating the ancient practices of Jews in connection with nature through Wilderness Torah and the larger Jewish Outdoor Food, Farming, and Environmental Education and justice movements. She enjoys supporting people in researching and sharing their lineage, doing historical/ancestral grief work, and creating rituals that feel meaningful for many occasions and rites of passage.

    Originally from Berkeley, CA, Rachel studied Education and Africana Studies at Brown University and loves living in beautiful Corvallis with her partner.


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Oregon Hillel

1059 Hilyard Street
Eugene, OR 97401-3716
(541) 343-8920

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