North Carolina Hillel is excited to welcome new colleagues to the staff team in late July.
Ginny Vellani has been named the new Director of Statewide Initiatives, overseeing student engagement, programs and leadership development across the state, outside of Chapel Hill. Based in Greensboro, Ginny will work closely with colleagues to support students at core campuses UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro and especially North Carolina State University, as well as at unstaffed campuses.
Ginny has been with Hillel for four years, most recently serving as Acting Director at Elon Hillel. At Elon, she helped to lead the community’s growth as it doubled in size, opened a permanent building on campus, and expanded to include a historically Jewish fraternity, an Israel advocacy and dialogue club, and a chapter of Challah for Hunger. Her work has emphasized immersive experiences and off-campus opportunities, including Birthright Israel, teaching a month-long Holocaust Studies course in Europe, and traveling with students to interfaith leadership conferences across the country.
Ginny is a member of the Weinberg Accelerate Executive Training Program’s fourth cohort. She has a B.A. in Religious Studies from Agnes Scott College, a M.A. in Jewish-Christian Studies from Seton Hall University, and also studied at the University of Haifa’s International School. A proud native North Carolinian, she currently lives in Winston-Salem with her husband.
Rabbi Dr. Jenny Solomon will be joining NC Hillel as our next Senior Jewish Educator, providing students with rabbinic support, facilitating students’ meaningful Jewish experiences and playing a central role in crafting the Jewish educational vision for UNC Hillel.
As a spiritual director, dynamic adult educator, and leader of creative Jewish prayer and ritual, Rabbi Dr. Jenny Solomon compassionately inspires her congregants and students as they navigate their Jewish journeys.
Rabbi Solomon received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and completed a doctorate in counseling from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Solomon spent extensive time studying in Israel and was awarded a Wexner Fellowship. She currently serves as a rabbi at Beth Meyer Synagogue as well as the founding director of Libi Eir Awakened Heart Community Mikveh in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Rabbi Solomon has recorded two musical projects and has published numerous articles on mikveh, parenting, and Jewish contemplative practice. The proud mother of Meirav, Adi and Natan, Rabbi Solomon also loves to run, practice yoga, and cook.
We welcome Amanda Genovese as our next Development and Communications Associate. Amanda will play a critical role on the NC Hillel development team, working with colleagues and lay leaders to expand and cultivate NC Hillel’s donor base and increase financial resources.
Amanda was born and raised in North Haven, CT. She went on to study Neuroscience, with a minor in Religious Studies, at Brandeis University. While at Brandeis, she particularly enjoyed her involvement with the Alumni Relations Reunion Program, serving as a Social Media Ambassador for the Communications Department. She also played varsity softball and was named a Division III All-American, leading the nation in stolen bases. After graduation, she participated in the 10-month Masa Israel Teaching Fellow program, teaching English at an elementary school in Rishon LeZion, Israel. She likes sports, the outdoors and cooking.
Additional staffing announcements are expected in the coming weeks as NC Hillel fills out its growing staff team prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year.