Jason Benkendorf has served as the Executive Director of American University Hillel since 2011. Under his leadership, Hillel has dramatically increased student involvement and launched a wide range of initiatives to engage, educate, and empower Jewish students. In addition to his work at AU, he is currently Chair of the Hillel International Directors Cabinet and serves on the Hillel International Board of Directors. Jason was honored with Hillel International's Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award in 2019. He previously founded and led the mid-Atlantic region of The Curriculum Initiative (TCI), an organization that facilitated inclusive Jewish programming at independent high schools. He also served as Senior Officer of Public and Academic Affairs at the Embassy of Israel, during which time he worked closely with students at AU and other DC area campuses. A passion for public service brought Jason to DC, and he received his BA in political science from the AU School of Public Affairs. He subsequently completed an MBA at Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in organization development.
Assistant Director & Senior Jewish Educator
Mollie Feldman joined the AU Hillel team in 2017 after receiving two master's degrees from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. In her time with Hillel, she has successfully launched Hillel's Jewish Learning Fellowship, our Lilith Jewish Feminist Fellowship, and a wide range of other programs. Mollie previously served as the youth director at a synagogue in Minneapolis and as an educator at Brandeis Collegiate Institute, an innovative four-week residential program for Jewish young adults. She completed the Experiential Jewish Educators Program at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and received a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College. Mollie received her BA in philosophy from Carleton College.
Hillel is delighted to welcome Sarah Bernstein in the fall of 2020 as our first Springboard Fellow. She will focus on student engagement and social justice initiatives. Sarah graduated from the University of Delaware where she served as a Resident Assistant, an alternative break leader, and President of the campus Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter. She was also deeply involved with Hillel, serving as an engagement intern her sophomore year. A Massachusetts native, Sarah is excited to be in Washington and to be part of the AU community!