Professional Team 2017-11-02T23:36:57+00:00
Rabbi David Singer
Rabbi David SingerExecutive Director
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 Needelman
Sophie NeedelmanJacobs Director of Student Life
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 is in the process of earning her Masters Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, with a concentration in Israel Education. When she isn’t working on campus, Sophie serves as the Token-Jewish-Mother of her boyfriend Aaron’s UCSD School of Medicine Class of 2019.
Dor Guata
Dor GuataJewish Agency for Israel Fellow
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.
Lola Stanten
Lola StantenSpringboard Innovation Specialist
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.
Amy Hart
Amy HartLori Bolotin Director of Development
Amy graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Communications and English. While in college, Amy was Philanthropy Chairperson of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, worked on-air as a Reporter and in the Admissions Department recruiting new students. She brings 20+ years of Sales and Marketing experience to her role working with and growing Hillel’s generous supporters. Amy has also held positions as Media Consultant for Cox Communications, Partner Relations Manager for Ziftit, Realtor for Prudential Home Sales and Sales and Marketing Executive for KFMB TV in San Diego.
Orr Toledano
Orr ToledanoIntern
Sydney Chalpin
Sydney ChalpinIntern
Fiona Cisternas
Fiona CisternasIntern
Jennifer Paul
Jennifer PaulAnnual Campaign Manager
Originally from New York, Jennifer lives in San Diego with her husband and three children. Jennifer earned her B.S. in TV/Radio and her Masters in Corporate Communications from Ithaca College in upstate NY. She also has a certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University. Jennifer served as the Director of Alumni Engagement at Georgetown University for over 5 years where she managed a team that oversaw Homecoming Weekend, Reunion and alumni volunteers. In her spare time she loves to dance, exercise, travel, bake and spend time with her family.
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