March 13, 2015




Rachel Kaplan
Executive Director, Long Beach Hillel

Rachel came to Beach Hillel in November 2009 after having tought in the New York City public school system for the previous five years. Prior to teaching, Rachel worked for NCSY. She was previously a life-long New Yorker, having lived in Rochester before attending Yeshiva University where she earned her BA in Education. Rachel married her husband, Rabbi Drew Kaplan, in August 2007.

Rachel currently serves on the Hillel International Directors’ Cabinet and is involved in Hillel International’s Excellence Accelerator. Rachel was also involved in the first cohort of Hillel International’s Circles of Educational Excellence. Rachel co-coordinated the annual west coast Hillel staff conference, WHO, in 2013.

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Joel Bond
Innovation Specialist, Long Beach Hillel

Joel came to Beach Hillel in July 2016 as our Innovation Specialist as part of the Springboard Fellowship. After going through Tarbut V’Torah and being raised in South Orange County, Joel recently graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics #Aztecs4Life! During his time on campus, Joel played an active role in the Jewish and non-Jewish campus communities, which include Alpha Epsilon Pi, Associated Students, Aztecs for Israel, Hillel, and Model United Nations. Following graduation in 2015, Joel spent the next year working in all levels of politics, in which he realized his love for Jewish student life and was drawn back to the Hillel world. Now that Joel is a part of the Long Beach community, you can catch him playing basketball at the JCC, singing some Stevie Wonder classics or discussing the impacts of American foreign policy.

Get to know Joel and email him at!


Chaya Leah Sufrin
Jewish Educator, Long Beach Hillel

Chaya Leah Sufrin serves as the part-time Jewish educator for Long Beach Hillel, teaching various classes during the week and occasionally hosting Shabbat dinners. With her excited passion for Judaism and Israel, talking with Chaya Leah is sure to be quite an engaging experience!

Chaya Leah may be emailed at

Maya Unger
Israel Fellow, Long Beach Hillel

I’m Maya Unger, the new Israel fellow! In Israel, I worked as a lawyer, while I also enjoy making music. So, in my free time, I sing and create music.

I am very happy and excited to be part of Beach Hillel and to share about Israel, where I have lived my entire life. I am also excited to connect with the students and connect them to Israel, to its culture, education and values. I am here for any questions or requests.

As the only girl among seven brothers, I had to survive, which is why I learned Karate and Judo when I was little, because I had no choice. I love to cook, paint, and, in general, anything related to art. Also, I love chocolate!

You can email me at


Ally Levine
Ezra Fellow, Long Beach Hillel

Ally Levine is extremely excited to be joining the Beach Hillel team as the Engagement Associate and Ezra Fellow. She graduated from the University of Kansas, Rock Chalk! During her time at Kansas she was involved in various student organizations. She helped found KU Encouragements with two of her peers with the goal of boosting campus morale. She was actively involved in Hillel, serving as a student intern for three years. In addition to Hillel, Ally was part of a sorority where she served on the PR and scholarship boards. After college, she spent a year in Israel using her teaching credential to teach 4-6th grade classes in English while soaking in the Mediterranean sun and eating all the falafel she could. Ally is happy to be returning to Southern California after 5 years and is looking forward to meeting the wonderful Long Beach student community.


Feel free to reach out to Ally at


Rabbi Drew Kaplan
Shabbat & Holidays Rabbi, Long Beach Hillel

Rabbi Drew Kaplan serves as our Shabbat and holidays rabbi, MC’ing meals at Shabbat and holiday dinners. Having served as the rabbi for over six and a half years for Long Beach Hillel through SoCal Jewish Student Services, Rabbi Drew now provides a merry leadership of such dinners, both in leading blessings, as well as offering advice and wisdom. Rabbi Drew also occasionally teaches throughout the year for Beach Hillel.

Rabbi Drew can be reached at

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