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Meet the Staff

Josh Levine

Executive Director

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Josh Levine, Executive Director of Santa Barbara Hillel, has extensive experience managing across the nonprofit, legal, and education sectors. He most recently served as Executive Director of Herzl Camp, a pluralistic Jewish overnight camp based in Minnesota. Previously, he was Vice President for the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University and Executive Director of Camp Alonim in Southern California. Josh was selected for the first class of the Wexner Foundation’s Field Fellowship, is a graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute, and has received training in creating meaningful and memorable Jewish experiences from the JCC Association and M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. 

Josh received his A.B. from Brown University, where he was commencement speaker, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the law review. He was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, worked as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and served as a federal law clerk at the trial and appellate levels. Josh enjoys the Dodgers, mockumentaries, design, and exploring new neighborhoods and trails. 

Rabbi Madeline Anderson

Senior Jewish Educator & Assistant Director

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Rabbi Maddy Anderson is in her second year at Santa Barbara Hillel and serves as the Assistant Director and Senior Jewish Educator. Rabbi Maddy combines administrative skills with a focus on community-building and experiential learning opportunities. She also implements pastoral care into her work, offers support for students during exams, breakups, grieving, and more. 

Rabbi Maddy was ordained in 2022 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended the University of Indianapolis, where she received a BS in Global Leadership. Before rabbinical school, Rabbi Maddy served as an AmeriCorps member for one year, building homes in Indianapolis with Habitat for Humanity. She then worked in various nonprofit administration roles at Habitat for Humanity and Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. As a rabbinical student, she served the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) as a fellow and then as the Interim Assistant Director. Rabbi Maddy also worked in two midwestern student pulpits in Petoskey, MI, and Kokomo, IN. She taught in multiple religious schools and served as a hospital chaplain in Cincinnati. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, kickbox, listen to podcasts, and spend time with her dog Malka.

Allison Granet

Director of Engagement

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Allison Granet, our Director of Engagement, is in her third year at Santa Barbara Hillel and has really loved building meaningful relationships with the students over the past few years. A huge part of the reason why she wanted to go into Hillel work was because of the positive impact that the Hillel staff at the University of Oregon had on her when she was in college. Getting to help connect students with their Jewish identity and community is one of the most fulfilling feelings for her. Allison is very excited to continue to connect with the returning and new students this year, and inspire students to build a relationship with the incredible Jewish community here at UCSB.

In the summer of 2023, Allison began studying at Hebrew Union College – the Jewish Institute of Religion’s Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. She is studying to receive a degree in Jewish nonprofit management. Allison is excited to incorporate what she is learning into her work at Santa Barbara Hillel. This year, she plans to assist in a development project to better engage the parents of current students. 

Daniel Benisty-Harris

IACT: Israel Engagement Associate

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Daniel Benisty-Harris is Santa Barbara Hillel's Israel Engagement Specialist (IACT). Daniel grew up in Redondo Beach, CA, in an Israeli-American family. He has extensive experience living both as an American Jew, being involved in numerous Jewish movements, such as BBYO and Hillel, and as an Israeli Jew, having lived in Israel for numerous years while serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Having recently returned to the United States following the completion of his military service, Daniel is delighted to be working in a role that will allow him to utilize his life experiences and apply them here at Hillel to truly make an impact on students’ Jewish lives. 

Amaranta Jimenez

Operations Manager

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Amaranta Jimenez is Santa Barbara Hillel's Operations Manager. She was born and raised in Venezuela, then lived in France for part of her childhood before completing her undergraduate degree in Hospitality & Tourism Planning in her native country. Then, she earned her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in the U.S while living with a Jewish family and having the opportunity to explore Jewish culture. Amaranta has worked in the nonprofit sector (at a Women’s Reproductive Health Clinic), in the public sector (for the Government Tourism Department), and in the private sector (in managerial positions in luxury hotels and retail).


After watching the Venezuelan economic and political situation continue to decline, Amaranta made the decision to leave, and she and her daughter were able to emigrate to the U.S.  They love Santa Barbara and she appreciates the warm welcome that Hillel offered her. Amaranta enjoys to travel, listen to music, dance and watch good movies.


Rebekah is a recent graduate of UCSB with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Rebekah grew up in the Bay Area and was very involved in the Jewish community there through participation in organizations such as NFTY, her temple youth group student board, b'nei mitzvah tutoring, trips to Israel, and more. She has served on Hillel's student board for three years, currently as the Tzedek VP. She is also the Co-President of Keshet, the LGBTQ+ Jewish club on campus. At Hillel, she is working in development to support Hillel initiatives and community events. 

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