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SDJA’s New Director of Security and Safety

Dear Parents,

Over the summer our Director of Security Michael Hoffman relocated to North Carolina to assume a new position that would bring him closer to his family on the East Coast. We wish him much happiness and thank him for his hard work on our behalf.

We have a new director of Security and Safety at the school. Here is the press release that we are sending out. Be sure to stop in and say hello to Gabe in his new office at the top of the steps on the second floor of the A building.

San Diego Jewish Academy Hires New Director of Security and Safety

Former FBI Special Gabriel Ramirez Brings Unique Combination of Vast Law Enforcement Background and Experience Mentoring Local Youth


(San Diego, CA) – San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA), an independent Jewish day school located in the Carmel Valley community of San Diego, today announced the hiring of Gabriel Ramirez as Director of Security and Safety.

“Following a very competitive interview process, we have hired Gabe Ramirez as SDJA’s new Director, Security and Safety,” said Chaim Heller, Head of School.  “His credentials and impressive background, combined with a passion for mentoring local youth, make him a perfect fit for our community.”

Ramirez, who is also fluent in Spanish, spent the last 27 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, specializing in complex criminal investigations, with service in the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia where he oversaw agents and administered multinational sensitive investigations in Colombia and Ecuador.  He also has led white-collar investigations, and attained indictments against 11 leaders of a major Mexican drug cartel.

Throughout his career, Ramirez also spent considerable time mentoring local youth.  “Gabe’s long-standing commitment to our community and our youth make him the perfect fit to help keep our school safe,” continued Heller  “More impressive than his resume, Gabe’s core values align perfectly with our school and our community.  He has tremendous sensitivity and interpersonal skills – and we are lucky and pleased that he has joined the leadership at SDJA.”

Ramirez attended San Diego State University.  He is married with two children who will both attend SDJA this fall.


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