Staff

Willie Recht – Executive Director
Tel: 916-486-0906 ext. 301 | email: wrecht@jewishsac.org
Willie brings a wealth of Jewish communal and development experience, including positions with the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and Keshet. His most recent position was as Development Officer at Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Willie also served as a Major Gifts Officer & Women's Philanthropy at Federation. The Colorado native worked directly with the Chief Executive Officer, Federation senior leadership, and Major Gift donors to empower Jewish philanthropy and to raise more than $10 million. Willie also helped to secure supplemental funding to begin PJ Library and Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer, as well as additional funding for a community Taglit-Birthright bus. He also served as the professional contact for NWP Board Members and lay leadership, which represents more than $180 million nationally. 

Elissa Einhorn – Communications Director
Tel: 916-486-0906 | email: eeinhorn@jewishsac.org
Elissa is an award-winning journalist who has published thousands of articles in Jewish publications, including The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, The Forward, and the J (Jewish News of Northern California). A veteran Jewish communal professional, Elissa brings her dual American-Israeli citizenship to her work, as well as a global perspective of world Jewry, a result of working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and several Israeli non-profits. A native New Yorker, Elissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a Master of Science in Communications/Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rebecca Ray, MSW – Community Social Worker
Tel: 916-205-0688
Rebecca is a social worker with previous experience working in a Jewish nursing home in Western Massachusetts where her primary responsibility was ensuring the residents’ psychosocial well-being. She also has experience working with families with issues such as loss of independence, death of a loved one, and dementia. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s in Social Work from Springfield College. Rebecca and her family moved to Sacramento in 2015 from upstate New York.

Shelly Kremer – PJ Library Program Manager
Tel: 916-486-0906 ext. 308 | email: skremer@jewishsac.org
Shelly is a native Californian and recent transplant from Washington, D.C. She has most recently been involved with Moishe House, Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, and the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center. Shelly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio from the University of California at Berkeley and has specialized in arts-based education initiatives throughout her professional career. Her professional background includes strategic partnership development, marketing, corporate event planning, and wellness-focused projects. 

Rachel Schoenfeld – Community Engagement and Campaign Associate
Tel: 916-486-0906 ext. 304 | email: rschoenfeld@jewishsac.org
Rachel has been an active member in many Jewish communities. She started her career as a Jewish Educator at Congregation B’nai Israel, where she taught Pre-K and Kindergarten. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Sacramento, Rachel moved to the Bay Area to pursue a career with Camp Tawonga, where she worked as Summer Staff, and then as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Her passion for serving the Jewish Community remains strong, and has followed her back to Sacramento, where she is thrilled to be working with the Community that gave so much to her so many years ago.

Nancy Hernandez – Administrative Associate
Tel: 916-486-0906 | email: federation@jewishsac.org
Nancy has worked for non-profits for more than 15 years, first in Southern California at the LeRoy Haynes Center, a group home for troubled boys. After moving to Northern California, she worked at the Non-Profit Medical Corporation in the Human Resource Department for 9 years.