Shani Gross returns to New York after a 5 year stint in Northern California. Shani is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 29) and a Fellow of the Hillel International Office of Innovation, where she serves as rabbinic intern for Hunter College Hillel. She was the Director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, a new center of learning on the West Coast that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts in a pluralistic, warm and intellectually challenging environment. Before co-founding the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, she studied in a number of Jewish institutions including Migdal Oz, the Drisha Institute and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Shani earned a dual degree in Jewish Studies and Marketing from Stern College at Yeshiva University. When not lecturing on topics relating to Tanakh and Midrash and how they speak to our modern Jewish community, Shani can be found looking up recipes she will never actually cook and attempting to teach her son how to walk.