Dem Ruthrauff

Resident Advisor

Dem recently finished their bachelor’s degree in sociology and Jewish studies at Smith College and is excited to start a new chapter in Portland with Tivnu. Throughout their time at Smith, they worked as a member of the college’s Jewish Community Board to develop dynamic programming for their classmates, from Talmud-learning shabbatonim to Purim celebrations. Mindful of the profound spiritual and personal development that a welcoming Jewish community can foster, they look forward to building a rich social and spiritual community with Tivnu participants.

Dem has gathered experience in conflict resolution and organizing across lines of difference through activism work with J Street U, an organization encouraging dialogue among peer groups related to the political conflict in Israel/Palestine. Dem knows that the active listening and group decision-making they learned there will be an asset in facilitating an open and communicative  residential community.

In their free time Dem loves getting outdoors. Having spent much of their upbringing in the Rocky Mountains, they’re excited to get out into the Pacific Northwest with Tivnuniks and make some memories! On the more mellow side, Dem is always down for a good board game or early-2000s rom-com, too.

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