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.
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!