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

Beach Hillel is excited to welcome its new incoming Israel fellow, Maya Unger, this fall!

Ezra Fellow, Long Beach Hillel

Beach Hillel is looking forward to its first-ever Ezra fellow this fall!

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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