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Rabbi Kenny Weiss (he/him) - Executive Director


Rabbi Kenny Weiss is the Rabbi and Executive Director for Houston Hillel. Kenny is also

a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Houston. Prior to arriving at Houston

Hillel in 2001, Kenny served as a congregational rabbi in Bucks County, Pennsylvania,

and Washington, D.C. He earned a degree in Communication from the University 

of California at San Diego, a Secondary Social Studies Teaching Credential from

the University of Colorado in Boulder, along with a Masters Degree in Hebrew Letters

and Rabbinical Ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

in New York. (Whew, that’s a lot of school!)


Kenny does a lot of local and national stuff to benefit Jewish life for college students

and Jewish twentysomethings, but he'd rather tell you that he's married to

Rabbi Amy Weiss, Founder and Executive Director of Undies for Everyone.

Amy and Kenny enjoy spending time with their sons, Eli and Joshua.


When he’s not hanging out with college students, you can find Kenny running around Rice in preparation for the Houston half-marathon, biking around Houston, figuring out a bouldering problem at the local rock climbing gym, or listening to the Grateful Dead while building something in his garage.


Contact Kenny at or on Facebook.

Carly Fleck (she/her) - Director of Jewston and Springboard Innovation Fellow


Carly Fleck grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan before attending Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she majored in Communication Studies.


During her time at GVSU, Carly found a Jewish Community within Hillel, something she had never experienced before. Quickly gaining interest in Hillel, Carly became Hillel's Social Media Editor as well as Vice President. In 2019, Carly interned with the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids as a Communications Specialist.


Becoming more and more involved within the Jewish community, Carly began to realize that Hillel was not just an extracurricular club, but also a passion.


Outside of her professional life, you can find Carly walking her pug, practicing photography, and trying new restaurants.


Carly is excited to bring her creative thinking and enthusiasm for Judaism to Houston Hillel.


Contact Carly at or on Facebook.

Israel Fellow
Daniel Kimel (he/him) - Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to Houston Hillel

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Kedem Blatt (she/her) - Jewish Family Service Counselor

Kedem Blatt is Licensed Master of Social Work in Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel and her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston. 


Kedem has experience working with clients from different cultures, age groups, and socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly with regard to family and relationship distress, anxiety, depression and substance use.

Kedem is determined to provide a safe place for clients to build coping skills and resilience in the face of different life challenges.

Kedem is fluent in both English and Hebrew. She loves spending time at the beach, and ending her day reading a good book. 

Contact Kedem at
Sara Keene (she/her) - QJews Program Director


Sara's educational journey has traversed Alvin Community College, Lone Star College, UH and UHD.  Her nonprofit experience includes serving as 1st Vice-President of the Texas Locksmiths' Association (TLA), and Program Manager for Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers - Southwest (VIC). As part of the TLA she coordinated educational trade shows, public outreach, and was editor for the newsletter. At VIC, she worked with different organizations to expand services available to seniors with limited transportation means.


In her personal life she has coordinated annual drives to support various causes including pet food, the Houston Areas Women's Center, and Texas Children's Hospital - Oncology. 

Sara is a native Houstonian who has traveled to a dozen countries, and was fortunate to add five new places in 2022. She enjoys all hikes from the Sequoias to Golan Heights, and everything in between. She is constantly exploring and learning. Her favorite holiday is Sukkot and she looks forward to building, decorating, and inviting new faces to the sukkah each year. 

Sara believes in tikkun olam and that kindness should guide decisions. She enjoys continuing to build a welcoming environment for all, and encourages all who would like to be part of the journey to contact her. 


Contact Sara at

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