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.
Alyssa Silva (she/her) - Assistant Executive Director
Alyssa is a graduate student at the Zelikow School of Nonprofit Management where she is pursuing her Master's degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management. Before moving to Houston in 2019, she received her certificate in Jewish Experiential Education from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and her bachelor's in Religious Studies from the University of Arizona. Alyssa has lived in California, Arizona, Washington DC, and Jerusalem, and loves being able to create fun and meaningful Jewish programming everywhere she goes!
Alyssa's passion for Jewish community building has grown over the years through her work at the University of Maryland Hillel and her leadership and mentorship roles through Moishe House programs such as Retreatology, Moishe House Without Walls, and more.
When Alyssa isn't hosting a Shabbat dinner or planning the next big Purim party, she is playing softball, finding the best brunch spots in the neighborhood, or listening to live music around town.
Carly Fleck (she/her) - 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.
Lior Ashkenazy Dor (she/her) - Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to Houston Hillel
My name is Lior Ashkenazy Dor. I'm 25 years old, and married to Tom. I studied for my B.A in political science and Middle East studies. I have two brothers and two sisters, and I'm the youngest. I like to travel and read.
I feel very connected to Israel, and I believe that the best way to connect people to Israel is through the people and their personal life experiences. I hope to be able to connect with students and tell them the story of Israel through my story. Also, I hope to be someone they can rely on and simply be there for them. I Believe that the shlichut is a challenging experience in which I can grow and learn a lot about Judaism, about Israel and about myself.
Can't wait to meet you all!