Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman has arrived at Berkeley Hillel ready to sit down and get to know the students.
San Francisco's J newspaper reports:
Naftalin-Kelman comes to the East Bay after having served in a similar post at the University of Colorado in Boulder for the last three years. Swapping the thin Rocky Mountain air for the hyper-political atmosphere of Berkeley is a big step for Naftalin-Kelman, 34, but one he looks forward to.
"The caliber of the students, their level of involvement, and being at one of the premier institutions in the country was an opportunity that seemed difficult to pass up," he says.
Naftalin-Kelman hopes to make Berkeley Hillel a place for Jewish college students to "explore and experiment with their Jewish identity" through a variety of Jewish educational opp-ortunities, holiday programs and other initiatives.