About Me

A father of two, I’m the Executive Director of Hillel of San Diego. My background is in nonprofit organizational leadership and Jewish education. I’m also a tech/gadget enthusiast, musician, photographer, and foodie.


A native of Cincinnati, Michael has lived in Colorado, Israel, San Diego, Washington DC, and New York and now lives in San Diego, California with his wife and two children.

Michael earned his B.A. at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he first got turned onto Hillel and the joy of building Jewish community on campus. Michael went to New York University to earn a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management and coursework in Jewish studies. He was a member of a Brandeis University research team that published The Jewish Sector’s Workforce: Report of a Six-Community Study.

Michael served as Director of Hillel at Emory from 2005 to 2011 and helped lead the construction of the Marcus Hillel Center at Emory, which opened in Februrary 2010. He joined Hillel of San Diego as Executive Director in January 2011.

Michael is married to Naomi, Program Consultant for the Leichtag Foundation and Parenting Program Supervisor of Pachie’s Place at Jewish Family Service, and has two wonderful daughters. A musician, Michael enjoys playing guitar and jazz piano.

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