Professional Team

Hillel of San Diego Agency Staff

Michael Rabkin

Executive Director

(858) 550-2210

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Michael Rabkin joined Hillel of San Diego as Executive Director in January 2012 with an extensive background in nonprofit Jewish organizational leadership. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. Prior to joining Hillel of San Diego, Michael served as Director of Hillel at Emory University and helped lead the development of the Marcus Hillel Center at Emory. Michael has lived in Israel including a year volunteering with Project OTZMA and a summer learning at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

Amy Hart

Lori 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 with her most recent work as Director for Jewish National Fund in San Diego.  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.

Jennifer Paul

Annual Campaign Manager

(858) 550-1798

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Originally from New York, Jennifer now lives in San Diego with her husband and two 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. Prior to working at Georgetown, Jennifer worked in marketing and management positions at Kaplan test Prep & Admissions and Student Advantage. In her spare time she loves to dance, exercise, travel, bake and spend time with her family.

Yvonne Lawrence

Business Manager

(619) 583-6080

Yvonne Lawrence has worked for Hillel of San Diego since 1995. She is responsible for the accounting and business affairs of the agency. She enjoys her job and finds it to be very rewarding, especially when she has a lasting impact on students’ lives. When Yvonne is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and watching football and soap operas.

North County Staff

Wendy McCreary

Director, CSUSM

(760) 828-7230

Wendy grew up in San Marcos, California and loves working with the Jewish community in her home town.  Wendy earned a B.A. at UC San Diego in Communication with a minor in Visual Arts: Film and Video in 2009 and a Masters in Communication at San Diego State in 2011, where she was also an active member of Hillel. Before becoming a Hillel professional, Wendy worked for Girl Scouts of San Diego in their camp and outdoor programs and as an Outreach Coordinator for a federal GEAR UP grant at Palomar College.  When Wendy is not working she enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, and being outdoors.

SDSU Staff

Jackie Tolley

Director, Hillel of San Diego, SDSU

(619) 583-6080

Jackie, Director of Hillel at SDSU, was born in Washington, D.C., but San Diego is definitely her home now, having lived here longer than she lived in her own hometown.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, she majored in Education and was a public school teacher before finding her passion for working on campus.  She loves her job because she helps young Jewish adults connect to their Judaism, works with terrific students and staff to create a welcoming Jewish community at SDSU, and can have coffee with students and talk about life, the world and everything in between!  She loves hanging out with her family and friends, cheering enthusiastically for the San Diego Padres, reading fiction and non-fiction (loved all 7Harry Potters, The Tipping Point, The Kite Runner etc.), snorkeling on vacation, listening to music and just enjoying life.

Edden Dembsky

Lipinsky Engagement and Leadership Associate

(619) 583-6080

Edden is originally from Oak Park,California and new to the San Diego area. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a double major in Communication and Judaic studies. Edden has a deep background in Jewish culture from Jewish youth groups to sleep away camp and is very excited to bring her ideas to San Diego Hillel. Edden was very involved in Hillel at the U of A and loved the opportunities to build Jewish community away from home. This experience was what motivated her to want to create this feeling for other students. Edden loves to spend her free time hiking, going to the beach, eating lots of desserts and of course, binge-watching netflix.

Gal Winrebe

Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, SDSU

(619) 583-6080

Gal graduated with a degree in Economics and Management from the Academic College of Tel Aviv–Jaffa, with an emphasis on capital markets. In college, he was the vice chair of the Student Union and founded three business. One was a students-teaching-students social enterprise. Another, called SeatApp, lets restaurant customers order and pay from their smartphone at their seats. The third company, which developed currency options algo-trading software, sold to a private equity firm. He has also written a business plan for Estee Lauder to open an R&D center in the Negev, and it has been authorized by the Israeli Agricultural Ministry. Gal served as a ship mechanic in the Israeli Navy.

USD Staff

Glenda Sacks Jaffe

USD Hillel Director

(760) 815-0121

Glenda is originally from Cape Town, South Africa and has lived in San Diego since 1987. She has been happily involved in Jewish communal work for most of this time. Glenda is passionate about Israeli dancing and going on long walks and talks. She is an avid reader of good, long novels and enjoys studying Hebrew and Jewish texts.

UCSD Staff

Rabbi David Singer


(858) 550-1795

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David Singer, a San Diego native, began as Director of UCSD Hillel in 2015. He moved to San Diego 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. Named by The Jewish Daily Forward as one of American’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, David is a graduate of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership’s Clergy Leadership Incubator and a member of Rabbis Without Borders. David graduated from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2012. David has previously worked closely with American Jewish World Service and Brooklyn Jews in Brooklyn, NY. As an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, he served as President of the Jewish Student Union and Berkeley Hillel. David blogs at, and is married to Danielle Rugoff, with whom he raises Jackson, a blonde French Bulldog.

Sophie Needelman

Jacobs Director of Engagement and Leadership

Sophie Needelman is a Jewish educator currently residing in her hometown of San Diego, California. While studying Dance and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley, she was involved in Berkeley Hillel’s student leadership and programming. Since then, Sophie has studied in Israel on various Jewish learning trips and gained interest in Jewish Educational Tourism. Sophie enjoyed a short stint in Philadelphia where she was a part of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Leadership Development Program, and worked in Jewish Heritage Travel to Israel at Gil Travel Group. It was then that she also began her Masters Degree in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.

Dor Gwieta

Jewish 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

Springboard Innovation Specialist

Lola is overwhelmingly excited to be UC San Diego Hillel’s new Springboard Innovation Specialist. During her undergraduate studies at both Marquette University and the University of Oregon, where she studied Theater and Political Science, a large portion of her free time was split between participating in Jewish student life on campus and her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Lola can’t wait to see what San Diego and UCSD have in store for her.