Staff Profile: Rachel Kitt

Azriella Friedman

In between running marathons, being a Hausner parent, and taking on a new role as Hausner as Community Engagement Manager, Rachel Kitt sat down and shared with us her passion for fitness and being involved in the Hausner community.

1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?

I was born and raised in Los Altos, went to school at the University of Arizona (bear down!), and then moved to San Diego where we were planning to live for the foreseeable future. When the pandemic hit we decided to move back to the Bay Area so that our children (Abigail, 9 yo and Charlotte, 7 yo) could spend more time with their grandparents who live in Los Altos, Mountain View, and Salinas.

2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?

I am the Community Engagement Manager. This is a new position to Hausner that started in August this year. This is also my second year as a Hausner parent! My role is to build upon the community that has been established and increase opportunities for connection for our current families and recent alumni. My first "to do" was to plan and host our 3 Shabbat and Havdalah events in September and October. My focus now will be on creating neighborhood chavurot (more info coming soon), alumni connections for current 9th-12th graders, and supporting Parent Kesher as the staff liaison. 

3. What is the highlight of your working week?

My office is in the Upper School and I really enjoy my daily interactions with the 5th and 6th graders. They visit me often to say hi, ask if they can help me with projects (like assembling the Shalom Bags for the September Shabbat dinner or the pie bags for the Thanksgiving pie drive), and are very curious about the work I do.

4. What do you do when you're not at work?

I own FIT4MOM Sunnyvale-Mountain View and teach prenatal/postpartum fitness classes 4 days a week. I also enjoy taking hikes with friends, going to San Jose Sharks games with my husband and his family, playing Mah Jongg with my mom, baking with my girls, and visiting my family's Ranch in Jamestown (outside of Yosemite). We spend a lot of time with our families and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to live so close to them.

5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a Community Engagement Manager?

I'd probably be volunteering with Parent Kesher because I love being involved!

6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I've run 13 half-marathons. 10 were before I had my girls and my last one was 6 years ago! 

7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?

Slicha ("excuse me")! No matter how much my Hebrew improves or declines, I know when I visit Israel, it's the one word that I can use everywhere I go (especially in the shuk).


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