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.
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!
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.