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Rand Levin
Executive Director

Rand grew up in Los Angeles, CA where he attended Hillel Hebrew Academy, Y.U.L.A., and went on to graduate from Beverly Hills High School. In 1989, Rand moved south to San Diego to attend San Diego State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Journalism with a Radio/TV emphasis and minored in psychology. In 1993, he was named Outstanding Graduate of S.D.S.U.’s Journalism Department. Professionally, Rand was an Emmy Award winning television news photographer at NBC San Diego from 1994-2008 where he also co-produced, shot and edited “Ken Kramer’s About San Diego” program. He owned and operated Rand Video Productions from 2008-2013 doing work for such media entities as CBS News, ESPN, and 10News KGTV (the ABC local affiliate) among others.

In 2013, after 4 consecutive years as Shul president, Rand was hired as Beth Jacob Congregation San Diego's very first Synagogue Administrator. He was promoted to Executive Director in 2016. He managed all of the business affairs of the shul including Beth Jacob’s rental properties. In addition to serving as President of Beth Jacob, his lay leadership experience includes time as Gabbai, Vice-President, CFO and Trustee. Rand was one of the Founding Board Members of Southern California Yeshiva High School where he most recently held the position of Vice-President. 

Rand just got remarried and is living in West Hempstead with his wife Sari and their newly blended family.

 

Mindy Kremer
Director of Youth Education and Family Outreach

Mindy joined OWHC in July 2014, and held the positions of Interim Early Childhood Director and Early Childhood Director, prior to becoming the Director of Youth Education & Family Engagement. Raised in a tight-knit Jewish community outside of Baltimore, where she attended yeshiva until high school, she received a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University and a J.D. degree from Cornell Law School.

In the midst of a successful career as a litigation attorney, Mindy realized that something was missing in her professional life, left the law for a career in Jewish communal service and has never looked back! She has worked at the Jewish Education Project (formerly SAJES- Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services) and UJA-Federation of NY, and taught students ages 3 to 13 in a variety of synagogues throughout Long Island and Connecticut.  She served as Education Director at Congregation L’Dor V’Dor- Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center (formerly Little Neck Jewish Center) for 3 years before joining OWHC. In addition, she tutors Hebrew and has prepared private students for their B’nai Mitzvah.
 
A fervent believer in the value of lifelong learning, Mindy is a graduate of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s (USCJ) New Directors Institute and a member of the Conservative Principals Council. She has attended conferences of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), the Jewish Early Childhood Association (JECA), and USCJ, and meetings of the Jewish Education Project's Family Learning Network, and actively seeks out opportunities for continued professional growth.
 
Mindy’s son is a screenwriter who lives in California with his fiancée. Mindy considers OWHC her second home, and is honored to spend her days in such a warm and welcoming congregation, helping children grow intellectually, socially and emotionally, and sharing the beauty of our Jewish tradition.

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