Meet Our Staff 2016-2017


Director of Hillel of Sonoma County

Amanda Urias grew up in Sonoma and went to the Santa Rosa Junior College to study business. She and her husband own three local businesses and are active members of the Sonoma County community. She and her husband Rick have three beautiful children and reside in Santa Rosa. Amanda is excited to be the new Director for Hillel and looks forward to growing the Hillel community at Sonoma State University and SRJC campuses. Hillel is a great opportunity for Jewish College students to build life long friendships and help them define their Jewish identity. She is excited to be a part of the Hillel family.


Sonoma State University Hillel President

Bailey Kaufman is a Senior at Sonoma State University and is in the Hutchins Liberal Studies program. She is serving as the SSU Head Intern for Sonoma County Hillel. She enjoys volunteering in the community and working with children who have special needs. Her favorite part of Hillel are the weekly Shabbat dinners that bring together students as a Kehilla or community.




Santa Rosa Junior College Hillel President

Channah Rosen is going on her second year as being President of Hillel for the SRJC campus.  She is a sophomore studying International Relations for the Middle East and is planning on transferring to UC Davis to finish her undergrad.  Channah has attended Congregation Shomrei Torah throughout high school and was an active in Chaverim and NFTY.  She just came back from her second trip to Israel as a Hasbro fellow and is looking forward to going back again! She is so thankful to be part of the Hillel family, which has allowed her to stay connected with her Jewish identity.



Shabbat and Holiday Intern

My name is Ethan Asur and I’m the Shabbat and Holiday Intern at Hillel of Sonoma County.  I am a sophmore at Sonoma State University and a biology major. Being the Shabbat and Holiday Intern means a great deal to me and one of the goals I hope to help accomplish in this position is to have everyone in Hillel become more of a family.





Israel Intern

My name is Kate Chavez and I am the Israel Intern for Sonoma County Hillel! I am from Los Angeles and I am in my senior year at Sonoma State University. I am a political science major and hope to go to graduate school in a year for international relations or security policy. On campus, I am president of Alpha Xi Delta, Order of Omega, and Students Supporting Israel. I enjoy being actively involved at SSU. I have had a love for Judaism and a passion for learning about Israel for as long as I can remember. I have now been to Israel twice, and I cannot wait to return to learn more about my homeland.


img_2361Outreach Intern

Lindsey Talley is so excited to be Hillel’s outreach and engagement intern! She is a Sophomore Hutchins major and is involved with ASP, Circle of Sisterhood, and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma. She aspires to be Hasbara Fellow in the near future.







img_2329Systems Coordinator Intern

Marlie Cymberg is from Long Beach, CA and is currently a sophomore at Sonoma State University. She is studying to become a registered nurse and ultimately wants to become a pediatric nurse. This year she is the Systems Coordinator Intern for Hillel. Marlie previously attended a Jewish day school in Orange County and often went to her temple for Shabbat and other holiday services. She’s very excited to get to know her new Jewish community here at Sonoma State and the Santa Rosa Junior College.