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Director of Education Phil Hankin

Phil Hankin, RJE
Director of Education
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Phil Hankin, who joined us as the Director of Education on July 1, 2015. Phil has had a long history with the Jewish community in the SF Bay Area. His formative years were spent in Fremont, attending Temple Beth Torah. He attended UAHC Camp Swig as a camper, CIT, and staff person, and was very active in NFTY as a teen. He stayed active with his Judaism during college and beyond by working as a religious school teacher, Israeli Folk Dance Instructor, and youth group advisor at multiple synagogues throughout California.

Following completion of his Master’s Degree in Jewish Education (May 2001) from Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, Phil served many institutions within the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Community.  Before coming to Temple Emanu-El to serve as the full-time Director of Education, his prior posts included serving as Education Director at Congregations B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek and Kol Shofar in Tiburon, Project Director of the East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation, Youth Educator at Temple Sinai in Oakland, Camp Director of Camp Kadima in Pleasanton, and Associate Camp Director at URJ Camp Newman. Phil is an avid sports fan and enjoys participating in many sports (e.g. golf, tennis, softball, soccer, poker – is that even a sport?). In his free time, Phil enjoys spending time with his two lovely children, Zachary and Sophie, and his wife Dina, whom he first met at a NFTY retreat at Camp Swig in 1985.

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