Edden Dembsky

Director of Student Life
Edden is originally from Oak Park, California and has been at SDSU Hillel for three years. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a double major in Communication and Judaic Studies and recently earned her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Innovation from Hebrew Union College. Edden has a deep background in Jewish culture from Jewish youth groups to sleep away camp. Edden grew up at Camp JCA Shalom from camper to unit head and loved the opportunities camp gave her to build Jewish community away from home. This experience was what motivated her to want to create this feeling for others. Edden loves to spend her free time hiking, going to the beach, eating lots of desserts and of course, binge-watching Netflix.

Elad Kanfi

Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow
Elad recently finished his legal internship and is now studying for the bar examination. For the last semester of law school he participated in the student exchange program at UM. When he finished law school he took a year off to travel and open a business in Australia. He hopes to make a positive impact on students at the University, and show people everywhere just how amazing Israel is.

Shoshana Rice

Ezra Springboard Fellow
Originally from Chicago, Shoshana studied English and art in Ohio at the College of Wooster. There, she was Hillel president, on the newspaper, active in the outdoors club and her local sorority, and co-founder of an Israel discussion group. After graduation, she went to Israel on Birthright and then spent six months in Tel Aviv working at the magazine Timeout Israel. On her Birthright trip, she was moved by her experience engaging with young Jews developing their Jewish identities and returned to the U.S. with a passionate drive to pursue Jewish education. Now after working as a 5th grade Hebrew school teacher, in the Shorashim office, and staffing a Birthright trip, she can’t wait to continue creating inspiring ways to get the younger generation excited about Judaism at SDSU.