Hillel Colorado Professional Staff Members
Daniel W. Bennett
Daniel@HillelColorado.org • (303) 818‑8207
Daniel has been statewide executive director of Hillel of Colorado since 2016. He arrived in Colorado in 1979 (planning to stay for a little while!) after completing graduate studies at The Ohio State University, and has lived in Colorado ever since – teaching, leading, convening, coaching and guiding Jewish communal organizations to achieve their highest goals.
In Daniel’s final engagement as founder of Sea Change Consulting, Inc., a firm he formed in 2009 to work with local and national nonprofits, he convened Hillel of Colorado stakeholders to inform the strategic and business plans he wrote for Hillel of Colorado in 2015; soon thereafter, Hillel engaged Daniel to lead its turnaround.
In June 2009, Daniel completed a 12-year position as President & CEO of the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE); for the previous nine years, he had been director of education at two large Denver synagogues – where he spearheaded the development of youth, family, and adult education programs while publishing, lecturing, and leading students and families with vision and passion. Daniel has led numerous Israel group trips for students and adults, and was honored to serve Oak Tree Foundation in Denver for nearly a decade as philanthropic advisor.
Daniel and his wife, Devorah have two thirty-something sons, a daughter-in-law, and a spirited Golden-Sheltie named Sawyer.
Sami@Hillelcolorado.org • (720) 231‑7667
As a third generation Denverite, Sami Hazan continues a family tradition of involvement with the Jewish community. She is thrilled to be part of the Hillel of Colorado team and enjoys working with committed and talented professionals who strive to ensure a strong and enriching Jewish environment for students. When she is not at Hillel, Sami can be found working part time in the BMH-BJ Gift Shop, spending time with family and friends or taking on another home project.
Linda@HillelColorado.org • (303) 725‑4383
Linda’s interest in Jewish community work started with the writing of her book, Paper Plates: When Part of Your Family Keeps Kosher. Linda had started her journalism career as an editor at Scott, Foresman, a textbook publisher in Illinois. Then, for twenty years, Linda worked as a writer/columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera. Linda’s book was finished in 1999 and that exploration of Jewish community led to Linda becoming the Executive Director of the Boulder JCC, from its inception in 2000 to 2010, when Linda retired.
During the course of Linda’s 10-year tenure at the JCC, she managed an annual budget of $1 million plus, supervised 25 part-time staff members, oversaw program elements including a large preschool, diverse adult education classes, activities for children, older adult and Israel programming, and community health initiatives. Linda managed the annual fundraising, created alliances with Jewish agencies and funders, and helped launch a $25 million capital campaign.
Since retirement from the Boulder JCC, Linda has been volunteering with Boulder Jewish Family Service to raise its profile, increase staffing and launch active fundraising initiatives, including the Boulder Reel Hope annual event.
Noah@HillelColorado.org • (303) 747‑3747
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Noah has been deeply engaged with the Jewish community for nearly his entire life. Some of his background includes serving on local and regional youth group boards, teaching Hebrew and Jewish studies at his local synagogue, and staffing multiple Birthright Trips to Israel. Noah has lived in Boulder throughout his schooling years, earning his BA in both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Due to his lifelong contributions to and investment in the Boulder Jewish community, Noah was invited to become a member of the Hillel Colorado team in January 2017 where he works to develop and coordinate student programs for the CU Boulder campus.
Outside of work, Noah is an avid cook and a loyal Broncos and Buffs fan, and spends his time exploring the world with his friends.
Natalie@hillelcolorado.org • (917) 674‑4155
Natalie has recently joined Hillel Colorado as the new University of Denver Jewish Student Life Director. With a Bachelor’s in Jewish Studies, and her experience at JTS Rabbinical School, Natalie has come from New York to create and oversee exciting programs for the Jewish students at the University of Denver. Her background includes working as a coach for One Table in New York, and as an assistant program director for Kids4Peace in Jerusalem. Having been involved with Hillel as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Natalie is taking a step above and beyond to contribute back to Hillel, and to develop it even further into the future.
In her free time, Natalie is a yoga instructor, ski enthusiast, and loves spending time in the mountains and the great outdoors.
Alex@HillelColorado.org • (970) 224‑4246
Alex was born in Odessa, USSR and moved with his family to Chicago when he was young. Since graduating from Loyola University Chicago, Alex has worked in restaurant management, marketing, and sales. But moving out to Colorado to work for Hillel is one of the greatest professional decisions he has ever made. Alex loves working with and supporting Jewish students on campus to build a home away from home together. Our Hillel wants to be known for the sustainability initiatives, interfaith bridges, and the student-led community that it builds.
Another reason moving to Colorado was such an amazing decision is because Alex met a nice Jewish girl named Rachael from Paradise, CA (she was a CSU graduate student at the time) at a JEWnity Shabbat Dinner cohosted by Hillel, Chabad and AEPi. They recently celebrated their Chuppah this past August!
Jordyn joins the Hillel of Colorado team with a passion for creating community and engaging in Jewish learning. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jewish Studies and Sociology from The Ohio State University, where she was an active leader in Hillel on campus. Jordyn has been the Jewish Educator and Song Leader at Camp Inc. in Steamboat Springs, CO for two summers, and has worked for the Jewish Communal Fund in New York as a Grants Research Associate. She is excited to be a Denver resident and is looking forward to spending time on all three HOC campuses!