Alumni Spotlight- Robert Beiser

Robert Beiser is the Campus/JConnect – Repair the World Director at Hillel at the University of Washington in Seattle. After several years at Microsoft, he left the tech world to work in the Jewish community as a social justice organizer.  He holds degrees in computer science and creative writing, as well as certifications in independent media production, multimedia design, and advanced international affairs. Music is also one of his passions, and Robert performs nationally as a singer/songwriter under the name A Mountain Cat. Robert’s first experience with volunteering in a Jewish context came during his Birthright Israel trip with Livnot U’Lehibanot.  Following this incredible opportunity, he served as a madrich on a later Livnot trip, studied Hebrew and Arabic in Israel while volunteering with Livnot, and ultimately made Jewish social justice work his full-time occupation. “Livnot was the first time I saw religious Jews as committed to acts of kindness and justice as they were to following the other commandments.  Even though I’m not religious, it opened up a space in my thinking where my Jewish life and my volunteering life could come together.”
Shayna Rehberg
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Shayna Rehberg straddles the Gen X/Millennial divide in Tzfat with her four unique and creative children as an ‘unlabeled’ Jew. In all her spare time she also enjoys music, photography, blogging, collecting knives and teacups, swapping stories, and shopping in the shuk.