Gayle and Hillel

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

About Hillel

Hillel likes to say that he was raised in a Canadian household in Israel. After immigrating at the tender age of 6 months (with parents Pauline and Jerry, brother Jason and sister Rena), he grew up in Jerusalem's Baka neighborhood. At the time, the Coopers were one of only two Anglo-Saxon families in the area, and Hillel and his friend Daniella (more about her later) went to school prepared to fight off the taunts of the Moroccan kids.
He entered a different world in 7th grade (Grade 7 for the Canadians) when he was accepted into the Rubin Academy for the Arts, where he played oboe.
His army career was varied: He was accepted into the paratroopers, naval officers, and pilots courses, but ultimately served in the artillery.
Afterward, he served in an elite police unit, learning essential relationship skills like rapelling, knot-tying, and search and rescue.
Now, he chases down software bugs in the quality assurance department of Pelephone, the first mobile phone company in Israel.
He is a devoted dancer, learning salsa, hip-hop, modern, and other styles.

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