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Benjie Kaplan, Executive Director

Benjie Kaplan, Executive Director

Benjie Kaplan got his professional start working for Hillel at UW-Madison before returning to school to earn a Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership. After spending seven years working for Jewish agencies outside the state, Benjie returned home to St. Paul, Minnesota as the Development Director at the St. Paul JCC in 2010.

Since 2014 Benjie has been back on campus though, serving as the Executive Director or Minnesota Hillel and dedicating himself to empowering Jewish students to make meaningful connections to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Benjie attended the University of Kansas where he received a degree in Journalism and served as the president of his AEPi fraternity chapter. Following his year at UW-Madison Benjie returned to school at Brandeis University and spent the next several years working for the Jewish Federations in Boston and Chicago.

Since moving back to Minnesota Benjie has settled into a new home in Edina with his wife Libby, twin daughters Maggie and Elly, and their Goldendoodle Gus (who can often be found at Hillel Shabbat dinners).

Benjie would love to meet with anyone and everyone who is looking for a Jewish connection on campus. You can reach him at or 612-676-0092.

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