Meet the OC Hillel Staff!

Johannah Sohn

Executive Director

Johannah Sohn is the Executive Director of Hillel Foundation of Orange County. A native of Phoenix, AZ, her career in Jewish Education  can be directly attributed to consistent recruitment efforts by Arizona State University’s Hillel!  Most recently, Sohn was the Head of School of Adat Ari El Day School, a conservative Jewish K-6 Day School in Los Angeles, CA. During her eleven years at Adat Ari El, she worked to shift the synagogue’s focus from using traditional educational models to a community-building engine by creating spaces and programs centered upon the formation of a strong Jewish culture.

Addicted to the classroom, Johannah has a master’s degree in education from American Jewish University, a doctorate in education from Northeastern University and is a proud alumna of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) at The Jewish Theological Seminary.  When not at OC Hillel, you can find Johannah with her husband, Eitan, chasing their three amazing, energetic children!




(Moshe) Daniel Levine

Director of Jewish Student Life and Learning

Daniel Levine is from San Diego, California, where he spent the first 18 years of his life.  He attended UCLA where he double majored in Jewish Studies and Cognitive Science graduating Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and continued on at UCLA to receive a Master’s in Jewish Studies.  During his time at UCLA, Daniel was very involved in Hillel, intramural sports, campus interfaith groups, and student media.  At that same time, Daniel was studying for and received Rabbinical Ordination from YPS.  Daniel is excited to move to his third city in Southern California and give back to the Hillel and wider Orange County Jewish community!  When not at Hillel, you can catch Daniel discussing or writing about Jewish philosophy, going on a hike, or rock climbing.


Shmuel Avramov

Israel Fellow, Orange County Hillel

Shmuel is from Ramlah, Israel and is excited to be in America for the first time ever!  When he was 18 years old, he joined the IDF, and served in the infantry for almost 6 years, eventually being released as a captain.  After that, Shmuel went to the Technion studied Mechanical Engineering for the past 4 years, specializing in robotics and control system.  During his University studies, Shmuel was the chairman of the student’s committee for 2 years, and after that he was the director of social life in the Technion for the next 2 years.  In his free time Shmuel helped prepare boys and girls from Christian and Druze communities for the IDF.


Shelby Jirikils

Director of Programming, University of California, Irvine

Shelby is thrilled to be the Director of Programming at the University of California, Irvine – her Alma Mater (Go Anteaters!)! She holds a Bachelor’s in History focusing in European Studies. At UCI she got her taste of Jewish Programming as a student leader in her Hillel and Jewish Sorority, AEPhi, and decided she couldn’t get enough. After graduating, she moved to San Jose to work at Hillel of Silicon Valley as the Program and Engagement Associate. In 2016 she moved back to Orange County to become Program Director and Ezra Fellow. The Ezra program is a two year learning fellowship that focuses on Jewish experiential education to guide students on their Jewish Journeys where they are at. Some of her favorite education programs involve cooking and baking with students and having discussions on Jewish history and culture.

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