David returned to San Diego in 2015 from Dallas, where he was the Founding Director of Makom, a young spiritual community recognized by Slingshot 14-15 as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in North America. David is a graduate of Clal’s Clergy Leadership Incubator and a member of Rabbis Without Borders. David graduated from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2012. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he served as President of the Jewish Student Union and Berkeley Hillel. David is married to Danielle Rugoff, with whom he raises Jackson, a French Bulldog.
Sophie is an artist-turned-educator who returned to her hometown of San Diego after time in the Bay Area, Philadelphia, and abroad. Sparked by her own involvement with Hillel at UC Berkeley while studying Dance and Rhetoric, Sophie began pursuing a career in Jewish experiential education. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, with a concentration in Israel Education. When she isn’t working on campus, Sophie can be found doing yoga, dancing, or binge-watching her favorite TV shows.
Syvan Diamond is a San Diego native who has a passion for working in the Jewish community. A graduate of SDSU and an active participant in Hillel during her time there, Syvan is extremely excited to be part of the Hillel team in her hometown. Following graduation, Syvan moved to Israel as part of the Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship, where she spent 10 months in Netanya teaching English to students. Syvan is very happy to be on the team helping to build the Glickman Hillel Center, to give future students the same transformative experiences that she had in college.
A native Israeli, Dor graduated with a degree in informal Education and Asia studies from the Academic College of Tel-Hai, where he was a member of the Student Union and worked at Hillel Tel-Hai. Dor founded the cooperative Bar/Cafe in Kiryat Shmona, and is the recipient of a of the title “Tel-Hai College Trustee” for his efforts in social activism at the college. Dor is an active partner in the “The Balance”, the Alumni Association of Mechinat Rabin, pushing social activism. Dor served as Sergeant Corps of Infantry and Intelligence in the Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.
In the last five years, Lola has lived in six different cities across the US including Milwaukee, DC, and Eugene, Oregon. During undergrad she attended both Marquette University and the University of Oregon, where she studied Theater and Political Science respectively. When not on stage or working on political campaigns, Lola’s free time was largely split between participating in Jewish student life on campus and her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Lola is thrilled to have turned her love for Jewish student life into a career as a Hillel professional. Nowadays her free time is spent exploring Southern California on weekends and playing trivia with her friends on Tuesdays.