March 13, 2015

Board of Directors

ChayaLeah Sufrin

ChayaLeah Sufrin serves many roles in the Long Beach Jewish community. She is the Education Director at Shul by the Shore, Long Beach where she designs the curriculum for students K-8, teaches Jewish history to 4th-8th graders, and supervises the other teaching staff. She is the high school Jewish History Chair at the Hebrew Academy in Huntington Beach, and also serves as a Jewish educator for Beach Hillel. Recently, the Alevy Family Foundation awarded her a grant in Jewish Community Outreach, through which ChayaLeah is building a year-round curriculum for Jewish students, reaching and engaging young adults throughout the Long Beach area.

ChayaLeah is a native of Long Beach and has chosen this wonderful city to raise her 4 sons, together with her husband, Boruch. The Sufrins have an open Shabbat table where you can find an eclectic mix of guests almost every Friday night. ChayaLeah was raised and lives in the chasidic world of the Chabad community, yet she loves pop culture and is as knowledgeable as any of her students about music, movies and current affairs. As such, she offers a unique perspective on preserving Jewish values in a modern world, always delivered with humor, wisdom and unusual insight into the timeless messages and lessons in Judaism.

Felice C. Adler-Shohet, MD

Dr. Adler has been working at CHOC since 2008 and is currently the director of outpatient services for the division of infectious diseases.

Jordan Greenberg

Jordan graduated from CSULB in 2008 and has been on the Board of Directors for Beach Hillel for 3 years. During his time at CSULB, Jordan was Vice President of Hillel and worked to grow and develop the organization. Jordan participated in planning many events such as Jewlicious Festival and the annual Sukkah Hop. Jordan currently works as a Business Consultant for ADP, helping small business clients stay compliant with increasing regulations. In his free time, Jordan enjoys traveling, playing lacrosse, and mentoring with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Jordan looks forward to continuing my work with Beach Hillel to create a positive environment for the future generation of students on campus.

Jeffrey Blutinger, PhD

Dr. Blutinger holds the Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and is director of the Jewish Studies Program at Long Beach State. He teaches courses in modern European and Middle Eastern Jewish history and Holocaust.

Barbara Shoag

Barbara is a licensed realtor with over 30 years of real estate experience in the Greater Long Beach area.

Leslie Shiffman

Leslie is a 4th generation Californian who grew up in LA and attended USC. She considers herself to be a professional volunteer, in which she has previously been the National President of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority from 1985 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2003. After having worked with college students for the past 55 years, Hillel is a natural progression. Also, Leslie is strongly committed to the Jewish Community and will work to instill Jewish heritage and values in the hope that they will go back to their own communities after college and make a difference in their communities. Leslie worked as personal assistant to couture fashion designer James Galanos for 20 years. In the Jewish world, Leslie worked as an assistant to Rabbi Mark Fasman at Sinai Temple in LA for 3 years. She has 3 adult children – Susan (53), Steven (52) and twins Tom and David (48)- and has 6 grandsons, Andrew (22), Jake (19), Chris (13), Kevin (15), Luke (8) and Elliot (4).

Nicole Malina

Nicole Malina has been working in development and fundraising for over a decade. She began her career as a Jewish nonprofit professional, working for organizations such as New Israel Fund, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and Bet Tzedek. Nicole now serves as Pacific Circle Manager for the Aquarium of the Pacific. She joined Hillel’s Board of Directors in 2013 and also sits on the board of the Jewish Federation of Long Beach. Originally from New York, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering to help shelter animals, and collecting hip hop records. She lives in Long Beach with her three rescue cats.

Neil Wasserman

Neil has been the Treasurer of Hillel since 1999. The growth we have experienced throughout these years is propelled by the number and quality of young people Beach Hillel has touched in a very positive Jewish way. When Neil was a student at LBCC and CSULB, Hillel had very little Jewish connections on and off campus. Neil sees these students excited and alive with a Jewish confidence that did not exist many years ago. Today, because of my start with being the Treasurer of Hillel, I am self-employed as the Owner of Neil’s Bookkeeping. I have previously worked for a CPA firm in Los Angeles for approximately 12 years.

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