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  • Jason Benkendorf

    Jason Benkendorf

    Executive Director
    jasonb@american.edu
    202.885.3324

    Jason Benkendorf has been the Executive Director of American University Hillel since 2011. He came to Hillel following five years with The Curriculum Initiative (TCI), an organization that supports inclusive Jewish programming at independent high schools. Jason previously served as Senior Officer of Public and Academic Affairs at the Embassy of Israel, during which time he worked closely with student activists at AU and other DC area campuses. He has also been involved with BBYO in a variety of capacities over the last fifteen years. A passion for public service brought Jason to DC, and he received his BA in political science from the AU School of Public Affairs. He subsequently completed an MBA at Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in organization development. Jason is a devoted Washington Nationals fan, a summer camp enthusiast and a lover of flip-flops. 

  • Mollie Feldman

    Assistant Director
    mollief@american.edu
    202.885.3127

    Mollie Feldman will join AU Hillel's team in July 2017 as Assistant Director.  Mollie comes to us after receiving two master's degrees from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University.  She previously served as the youth director at a synagogue in Minneapolis and as an educator at Brandeis Collegiate Institute, an innovative four-week residential program for Jewish young adults.  Mollie completed the Experiential Jewish Educators Program at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and received a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College.  She is a natural relationship-builder, a talented educator, and we couldn't be happier to welcome her to AU!

  • Bar Galin

    Jewish Agency Israel Fellow

    Bar Galin will join us in August as AU Hillel's new Jewish Agency Israel Fellow.  Bar is a certified Israeli tour guide and an experienced educator who has worked extensively with teens and young adults. He has also been deeply involved in political organizing.  Bar will soon complete his degree at the University of Haifa, where he has focused on Land of Israel Studies and History of the State of Israel.  He is excited to become part of the AU community and to share his Israeli story with our students!
  • Michaela Brown

    Development Associate
    mlbrown@american.edu
    202.885.3322

    Michaela Brown will join our team in July 2017 as Hillel's Development Associate.  Michaela comes to us after graduating from the University of Virginia, where her academic concentrations were Jewish studies and women, gender and sexuality studies.  She was deeply involved with Hillel as a student, has interned for a number of Jewish organizations, and spent a year prior to college serving as the International President of BBYO.  Michaela is excited to return to the Washington area, where she grew up, and to become part of our AU Hillel community!

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