Meet the Staff

Rabbi Evan Goodman

Edgar M. Bronfman Executive Director

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Rabbi Evan Goodman is the Executive Director of Santa Barbara Hillel. He loves working with college students and Santa Barbara Hillel supporters to create a dynamic “Jewish home away from home” where we explore Judaism, engage our Jewish values in the community around us, and enrich the lives of our students. He is proactive in standing up for SB Hillel's students, building bridges, and fostering a positive campus climate.

 

An avid hiker, Rabbi Evan can often be found on local trails - or taking a getaway to Yosemite or Tahoe. He's a big fan of the San Francisco Giants. Rabbi Evan and his wife Lori are the proud parents of two sons, Ilan and Noah. Before arriving at Santa Barbara Hillel in July 2009, Rabbi Evan served for 16 years as a congregational rabbi in San Francisco and San Mateo, California, and in New Rochelle, New York.

 

Rabbi Goodman’s honors include Hillel International’s 2015 Richard M. Joel “Exemplar of Excellence Award” and AIPAC's 2014 “Ally of the Year” award. He recently completed a fellowship with the Shalom Hartman Institute, and is Immediate Past President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis. Rabbi Goodman also serves on the Taubman Symposia Program Committee at UCSB.

 

A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio, Rabbi Evan was ordained in 1993. He received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

 

Rabbi Evan Goodman is pleased to lead our amazing staff at Santa Barbara Hillel as we inspire the Jewish future.

Eliana Michelson

Director of Student Life

emichelson@sbhillel.org

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Eliana is thrilled to be part the Santa Barbara Hillel team as the Director of Student Life. Originally from San Diego, CA, but she spent the last year in Orlando working for Disney World.  Eliana is currently pursuing a Master's in Human Resource Management. She graduated from Chapman University with her B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies with Emphasis in Teaching and Learning in the Community. As well as having minors in Leadership Studies and Spanish. She also studied in Spain and speaks Spanish. On campus, she was involved as an Orientation Leader, Rho Gamma, working at the Fish Interfaith Center, Hillel, Greek life, and more.
 

Eliana was also active in her Hillel in college, serving as president of the student board and as a Student Engagement Intern. It was through her experience with Hillel that her passion for enhancing and empowering Jewish life on college campuses grew. In her free time, she loves being in the great outdoors, finding a new show to watch, trying new places to eat and cooking up a good meal with friends. Eliana knew that she wanted to be working in the Jewish community and is looking forward to enriching the Jewish student experience both on and off campus!

C.A. Celic

Operations Manager

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C.A. Celic is the Operations Manager for Santa Barbara Hillel.  Born and raised in New Jersey, C.A. moved to California as a teenager.  They earned their Associate’s degree in Communication Studies at Santa Barbara City College, and earned their Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University, Monterey Bay in Humanities and Communication and minors in Nonprofit Management and Environmental Studies.  C.A. relocated to Northern California, where they pursued their graduate studies in History at California State University, Chico.  While earning their degrees, C.A. dedicated their career to working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations and education institutions.

 

When not at Santa Barbara Hillel, C.A. enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking in the Santa Barbara region, camping, and taking road trips throughout California with their canine sidekick, Penny Pickles.  On the weekends, C.A. also dedicates their free time to a driving force in their life -- volunteering.  C.A. has been volunteering over the past decade with the Channel Islands Naturalist Corps, as an interpretive naturalist for Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary, which inspired their appreciation for the region’s diverse environment, and natural and cultural history.

 

C.A. is grateful for the opportunity to bring their nonprofit and operations experience, and enthusiasm to Santa Barbara Hillel’s dedicated team and supporting its mission.

Allison Granet

Engagement Associate 

agranet@sbhillel.org

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Allison Granet is the Engagement Associate for Santa Barbara Hillel. Growing up she spent many summers going to Jewish sleep away camp, which tremendously helped shape her Jewish identity. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of science degree in Family and Human Services, and was also very involved in the Hillel there.

 

In Allison’s free time she loves being around her friends and family, and exploring new spots in Santa Barbara. She knew that she wanted to work in the Jewish community ever since she started going to summer camp, because of the positive impact her counselors had on her. Allison is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity here at Santa Barbara Hillel to have the same positive impact on students.

Liv Schneider

Israel Engagement Specialist: IACT 

israel@sbhillel.org

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Liv Schneider is joining the Santa Barbara Hillel team as the Israel Engagement Specialist: IACT. Coming from an interfaith and intercultural family, Liv was not sure that she had a place in the Jewish community until she discovered Israel. In her freshman year at U of A, she took her Birthright trip with Hillel, which allowed her to embrace her Jewish identity and indigenous roots. She returned to campus with a new passion for Jewish learning. She changed her major from Theatre to Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern studies, and found mentorship and friendship within the Jewish community on campus.

After spending the following three summers interning and studying in Israel, Liv decided to move to Israel in 2020 as a MASA English teacher with BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. After a powerful experience teaching there, she decided to return to the States to work at Santa Barbara Hillel, to encourage students to discover and foster a connection to Israel. Get to know each other by scheduling a time here to meet for coffee or a zoom!

Alexandra Bull

Development Associate

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Alexandra is delighted to join the Hillel of UC Santa Barbara as the Development Associate. Originating from Atlanta Georgia, she went to Jewish day school as well as Jewish summer camp and was raised by very active Jewish leaders in the community. Living in Colorado for 7 years after that, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Colorado State University. During her undergraduate years she was the Founding President of the first Jewish sorority on campus, SAEPi, and served on the Hillel Student Board. Now, recently moved to the southern California region with her husband, received her Masters of Nonprofit Leadership and Management from USC and sits on the National Board of Directors for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi as President-Elect. Before joining Hillel, she was at the Santa Barbara Zoo and the Denver Zoo.

In her free time, Alexandra enjoys hiking and snow shoeing to alpine lakes with her dog as well as skiing. You can almost always find her with Jazmine, her 100-pound Alaskan Malamute/Golden Retriever mix. She also loves to read fantasy novels, eat at the best restaurants, and host dinner parties with her husband, David. Judaism and nonprofit work have been a huge part of her life and she is excited to connect the community with Hillel’s mission and values.