Born and raised in LA, Elaine Gill is a graduate of UCLA. She and her husband, David, are the parents of four sons and grandparents of seven, ages 15 to 2. Elaine has an apparently limitless capacity for challenges, from her considerable involvement with the Jewish community, to her more personal side which includes printing her own High Holiday cards, playing in the pit orchestra or dancing and singing in amateur musicals (she still sings in choir). She has served on numerous committees and boards, but only where she can be hands-on. A past president of Valley Beth Shalom, she remains an active leader. She was on the board of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute for more than twenty years, has served on AJU, Jewish Family Service, Hebrew High, and Jewish Federation Council boards. To keep some balance, she became emeritus as a docent at the Skirball so that she could become president of Hillel at UCLA Board.
FROM THE DESK OF ELAINE GILL:
My love and respect for Hillel began in my days as a UCLA student where I proudly engaged my sorority sisters in Hillel activities; we all benefited greatly. My commitment to the mission of Hillel ran so deep that I went on to serve as the Assistant Director of Hillel at UCLA in the days before Rabbi Chaim. It is now my privilege to see, first-hand, the phenomenal work that Hillel continues to do. The staff is exceptional and the students are constantly raising the bar. The programming blends both traditional aspects of Jewish campus life with cutting edge engagement techniques which empower student leaders and bring unengaged students out of the woodwork and into the fold of Jewish life at UCLA.
Representing the mission of Hillel as Board president is something about which I’m particularly proud. Can you blame me? Being a lifetime volunteer in the Jewish world, the message I would like to convey is gratitude for the opportunities that have been afforded me as a lay leader. Because of them I have grown as an individual and carry with me a great sense of fulfillment. To the Hillel students, to our staff and fellow volunteers who are younger (students, I’m talking to you), I strongly suggest that service to our community at large, and specifically to the Jewish people, will produce within you not only increased wisdom and experience but the intrinsic reward of knowing that you have helped to preserve and transmit our tradition l’dor v’dor (from one generation to the next).