Daniel W. Bennett
Daniel has been statewide director of Hillel of Colorado since 2016. He arrived in Colorado in 1979 after completing graduate studies at The Ohio State University and has lived in Colorado ever since – leading, convening, and guiding Jewish communal organizations to achieve their highest goals. Daniel’s first 18 years as a Jewish communal professional in Denver were spent as an educational leader, first as Jewish Studies Director at the Denver Jewish Day School (then called Herzl Day School), and then as director of education at Denver’s two largest synagogues – Temples Sinai and Emanuel – where he spearheaded the development of youth, family, and adult education programs while publishing, lecturing, and leading students and families with passion. In June 2009, Daniel completed a 12‐year position as President and CEO of the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE). Daniel has led numerous Israel group trips for students and adults and was honored to serve Oak Tree Foundation in Denver for nearly a decade as the foundation’s philanthropic advisor. Then, in Daniel’s final engagement as the founder of Sea Change Consulting, Inc., a firm he formed in 2009 to work with local and national nonprofits, he convened Hillel of Colorado stakeholders and wrote Hillel’s strategic and business plans in 2015; soon thereafter, Hillel engaged Daniel to lead its turnaround – now complete as Daniel begins his 6th year as Hillel of Colorado’s executive director. Daniel and his wife, Devorah are proud to have two thirty‐something sons, a daughter‐in‐law and a daughter-in-law-to-be, a two-year-old grandson, and a spirited Golden‐Sheltie named Sawyer.
CSU Hillel Director of Jewish Student Life
Adam leads CSU Hillel as Director of Student Jewish Life. A native of Tucson, AZ, he holds two bachelor degree’s from Northern Arizona University. During his time on college, he was elected to the student government, held numerous board positions in student organization, and even interned in the United States Congress. Ask Adam what defined his college tenure, and he’ll reply, “being a Jewish student involved in Jewish life on campus.”
Adam has built a deep understand of Jewish nonprofit life before arriving at CSU Hillel. His journey included working for two JCC’s (Tucson and Akron, OH), Chabad (Northern Arizona University), and two Hillel’s (University of Arizona & University of Iowa). Additionally, He volunteered his time to be the BBYO City Director in Akron and was involved in engaging residents in Tucson with Handmaker, a Jewish assisted living facility.
These experiences have made Adam an ardent Hillel devotee. He believes that every individual who identifies as Jewish is fully welcomed and embraced in the Jewish community. His philosophy is that “Judaism is a universe that is ever-expanding. For every Jewish person is a connection to their Jewishness that is unique to them, shared by none, yet embraced by all.”
In his spare time, Adam enjoys watching his favorite Arizona sports teams, working out at the gym, reading American History, and listening to Alternative and Third Wave Ska music.
DU Director of Jewish Student Life
An alumni of the University of Denver Hillel herself, Lily’s connection to this community goes deep. Her passion for empowering students along their Jewish Journey began when she was a song leader and teacher for her synagogue growing up in Houston, Texas and only grew stronger during her undergraduate studies at DU where her roles as Social Justice intern and Chef empowered her to find what Judaism meant for her after leaving home.
Lily went on to working as a Behavioral Therapist for kids after graduating from DU in 2019. A year after beginning work, COVID-19 hit, forcing her to find a new way. She worked at EKAR farms cultivating food, community, and teaching youngsters about our Jewish connection to the land until she began her work for Hillel. Halfway through the year, Lily stepped in as the DU Director of Jewish Student Life. She is excited to help cultivate her Jewish community and empower students – just as her Hillel Directors helped do for her.
Engagement and Advocacy Director
Noam Dahary, 33, grew up in Korazim, a small Moshav (farm \ village) in the north of Israel. He served in a small reconnaissance unit in the IDF as a team commander of 20 soldiers. During his service he took part in the disengagement from Gaza in 2005, and the Second Lebanon War in 2006. After his army service he lived in the Nitzana , in the Negev desert of Israel, by the Egyptian border, and worked with national service volunteers in developing communities in the most remote areas of Israel. In 2011 – 2013 Noam served as the Jewish Agency community Young Shaliach (emissary) in Colorado. He got his B.A. in Israel studies from the Kinneret College and was certified as a tour guide by the Israeli ministry of tourism. Right after he graduated, Noam started “Darchei Noam Travel”, a small boutique company that provides educational experiences in Israel. In 2019-2020 Noam was DU Hillel Campus Director, and following that started working as a fundraiser for Jewish National Fund of the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest. Noam is married to Kolby, a rabbinic student, a Jewish Musician, and a student rabbi at Judaism Your Way in Denver. Kolby and Noam Lived together in Israel for 5 years and recently moved back to Colorado, where they live today with their son Oriyah and their dog Teton. The outdoors is Noam’s biggest passion, and he invests most of his free time outside mountain biking, backpacking, and doing nature photography. Connecting the outdoors and the Jewish world is one of Noam’s guiding principles as a professional and as an individual.