Rabbi Dan Aronson, Interim Rabbi and Executive Director
Rabbi Aronson is Texas A&M Hillel’s interim rabbi and executive director. Rabbi Dan comes to A&M after years of serving the Jewish community as a rabbi, educator, and administrator, including as assistant director of the Brown University-Rhode Island School of Design Hillel. He has worked as director of congregational learning and director of youth and education at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, in Richboro, PA, and Congregation Or Ami, in Houston, TX, respectively, and was the interim rabbi from 2013 to 2016 for Congregation Beth Sholom in Salem, Oregon. Rabbi Dan received his rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, where he later served as dean of admissions and recruitment and director of annual giving. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Rabbi Dan also holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Brown University in Providence, RI, and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. He currently is working toward a masters degree in Jewish Educational Leadership online through the Davidson School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Born and raised in Portland, ME, Rabbi Dan’s wife, Dr. Beth Aronson, is a professor of psychology at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. They live in Houston with their daughter, Katie, and two cats. Rabbi Dan’s son, Jacob, lives and works in Richmond, VA. Rabbi Dan can be reached at email@example.com as well as on his cell phone at (215) 432-2080 in case of emergencies.
Risa Bierman, Assistant Director
Risa Bierman is Texas A&M Hillel’s assistant director. Risa has lived in College Station for 22 years and has been actively involved in the local Jewish community. She has 25 years of experience working with college students at various institutions across the country, including nearly 20 years in student life at Texas A&M. She is excited to work with Jewish students at A&M and really make it feel like a welcoming place for them to go to college and grow. Her husband is a professor at Mays Business School and her two sons are in high school. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle Freedman, Jewish Student Life Coordinator
Danielle Freedman serves the community as our Jewish Student Life Coordinator. A native of Auburn, Alabama, Danielle earned a bachelor of science in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama in May 2015. During her time at Alabama Danielle spent three years as an engagement intern at the Bloom Hillel at the University of Alabama. In 2016 she was selected and trained as a Birthright Israel Fellow and spent the summer studying Judaism at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.
Danielle keeps Hillel fun with her dynamic programming and the individual relationships she develops with students. Her office is a beehive of activity – students working on projects or just hanging out. During her free time Danielle enjoys being active – playing golf and hanging out with friends. To set up your own coffee date with Danielle, she can be reached at email@example.com.