Hillel grew up in Flushing, Queens and fell in love with swimming as a boy. When he was just 16, he began working as a swim instructor and lifeguard at Rockaway Beach. He went on to swim in college at Queensborough Community College, where he was a breaststroker. When he's not teaching with Imagine, Hillel is also an Assistant Swim Coach at Brooklyn College. In his free time, he enjoys staying active and works as a personal trainer. His favorite food is sushi and he loves to go hiking. Hillel also loves to watch movies and his favorite superhero is Spider-Man.