Joyce Arovas

Joyce Arovas
J Arovas

Mrs. Arovas joined the Hebrew Day team in 2007, having received an MBA in non-profit management at the University of Judaism.  Mrs. Arovas is the mother of two Hebrew Day graduates – Ezra and Lily – and completed her undergraduate degree at SDSU.  Being a Hebrew Day alum, she understands the culture and mission of our school and is able to convey to donors and the community at large a depth of appreciation for the benefits of the HDS program.  Her husband, Dr. Daniel Arovas is a professor of physics at UCSD and the 2nd trumpet player in our Purim Band.  Mrs. Arovas oversees our Annual Campaign, the substantial E-rate support we receive to upgrade school technology, and supports the Board of Directors work and their committees.


What is your role at Soille? I am the Director of Development. I do fundraising for Hebrew Day.

Tell us a little bit about your history such as where you grew up, brothers and sisters . . .

I was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to California when I was 10.  I have one sister who lives in Australia and two brothers.  I also have 12 nieces and nephews and 4 great-nieces and nephews!  My husband is a physicist and we have two children who are both in high school.

What are some of your talents, activities or hobbies that occupy your time when not at work?  Music is a big part of my and my family’s life. I have a music degree and played the oboe all through high school and college. I also love reading murder mysteries.

Who is someone you look up to and why?  I am always amazed and inspired by people who experience adversity and gain the strength to pick themselves up and continue living meaningful and productive lives.

What do you like most about working at Soille?  Both of my children are graduates of Hebrew Day and it’s great to continue working here with so many people who are devoted to Jewish education.

 J Arova