Executive Director, Hillel @ The Claremont Colleges
Bethany Slater is the executive director of Hillel at the Claremont Colleges, the pluralistic Jewish affiliate organization that serves the 7Cs. Bethany loves helping students celebrate and explore their Jewish connection and build meaningful relationships. She is also passionate about empowering people to find their strengths and nurturing their inherent leadership potential. She does this work because she believes that life is more flourishing when shared with others.
Bethany lives close to campus with her husband Rabbi Stephen and her two kids Anav and Emet. She and her family enjoy thoughtful conversations, inter faith learning, flying kites, singing, reading out loud to one another, cooking and hosting people for shabbat dinners.
Hi, I am one of the staff for CCF. I graduated from Pomona in 1997, and this is my 21st year doing this work! Through CCF I love getting to know students on an individual basis (Claremont students are amazing!), building community, and creating an inclusive space for people of all identities and wherever they’re at with faith. Chris and I live in Claremont with our 11-year-old daughter Audrey and our cat Momo and would love to have you over to our home when it’s safe! Our family enjoys watching musicals, traveling, camping, playing games, and eating good food (especially Asian food!).
Hi, my name is Chris Harry and I’m one of the staff for CCF. I’m a Pomona alum and have an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary. This is my 17th year(!) of ministry at the Claremont Colleges. I enjoy playing bass guitar, watching movies, eating good food, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends. My wife, Lorraine, and I met at Pomona and love working together with college students. We live with our daughter here in Claremont.
Rabbi Yossi and Rochel live in Claremont with their 4 children. Yossi grew up in Calgary, Alberta while Rochel was raised nearby in Upland, CA. Two years after Yossi got his rabbinical degree in NYC, they moved to Claremont to help support the start of 5C Chabad and have been serving the college community for the last 7 years. They like the beautiful campuses and love the people even more. Hope the people come back soon! Yossi’s favorite campus activity: Meeting with a student or alum for a cup of coffee. Rochel’s favorite campus activity: The 5C Chabad Passover Seder.
Despite 15 years at the 7Cs, I’m still finding new corners to explore on campus. I joined 5CIV Christian Fellowship as a campus minister when my husband Dave became a chemistry professor at Harvey Mudd. In college was when I became a follower of Jesus, and I love helping students know more about God. Dave and I have 3 rambunctious kids, whom you might see running around campus. In addition to corralling our kids, I love board games, dancing, and travel. I have my Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and work for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
A retired CMC philosophy professor, Steve Smith began meditating in 1981, and in 1993 created the Zen Meditation group. Steve has edited two books on Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen: Love and Work, and Nothing Special; Living Zen. He and his wife, Pat, live at Pilgrim Place, a Claremont retirement community. Steve Smith grew up on a farm in Iowa. His B.A. was from Earlham College, a Quaker-related institution. He gained his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and came to Claremont in 1968. Steve is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and attends Claremont Monthly Meeting.
I was born and raised in Honolulu, moved to Baltimore to obtain my Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, and eventually found my way to sunny SoCal where I pursued my Master of Theological Studies. My work as a Religious Affiliate has been deeply impacted by my own college experience where I devoted my life to Jesus through a faith community I encountered on campus. My current life includes mentoring students in first, love, coding as a quantitative analyst, serving at a humanitarian-aid organization, leading as a local pastor in Claremont, and chilling with my wife (Lani) and newborn son (Isaac).
I was born and raised in Honolulu but lived in Baltimore for six years where I pursued my Bachelor and Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University before moving to California. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with many incredible students at the Claremont Colleges through first, love while concurrently serving on staff with Solid Rock Church in Claremont, working as the Operations Manager for Habibi International, a humanitarian-aid organization serving refugees in the Middle East, pursuing my Master of Theological Studies at Gateway Seminary, all while being a full-time mom to our new baby, Isaac.