Professional Team2019-07-15T19:06:39+00:00
Lisa Motenko
Lisa MotenkoCampus Director at UC San Diego
Lisa is a native Californian, she graduated from UCLA with degrees in Psychology and Hebrew and received her Masters from Middlebury College in Spanish. Lisa began her career in the Jewish world at Berkeley Hillel and most recently worked for Honeymoon Israel as the Director of Community Engagement for the SF Bay Area.

Lisa is passionate about building community, facilitating important conversations, and exploring creative ways to engage with Judaism. Lisa also loves to travel and has spent significant time living in both Spain and Israel. In her free time, you can find Lisa eating cheese, dancing, reading, playing guitar, speaking Spanish, or spending time outdoors with her adorable husband, sweet toddler, and feisty dog.

Lisa recently shared that she is “so excited to return to Hillel and am honored to have the opportunity to engage with the bright and talented students, faculty, and administration of UC San Diego. We have wonderful opportunities ahead as we break ground with the new building and lift up the Jewish community to be a hub of welcome and inspiration for the campus and entire San Diego region. I look forward to meeting you soon!”

Nikki Golomb
Nikki GolombSpringboard Ezra Fellow
Nikki grew up in Olney, MD and attended University of Delaware, where she studied International Relations and Jewish studies, and was student President of UD Hillel. She loves traveling and writing, and has a blog with Times of Israel. After university, Nikki took a gap year during which she spent 5 months in Israel interning at the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, learning, and volunteering; afterwards, she volunteered in Greece where she taught English to refugees. They were both life-changing experiences, and she is excited to continue on her journey as the Springboard Ezra Fellow at UC San Diego Hillel!
Shir Azaria
Shir AzariaJewish Agency for Israel Fellow
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Shir comes to UC San Diego from Ben Gurion University in the Negev, where she was involved in Ben Gurion Hillel‘s social practicum supported by Rothschild Ambassadors. Shir has a large family with five siblings. She loves working out and dreams of running a half marathon one day.
Gabby Bitton
Gabby BittonIntern
Elliott Yamin
Elliott YaminIntern
Sydney Chalpin
Sydney ChalpinIntern
Joshua Anello
Joshua AnelloBirthright Intern