Executive Director, Long Beach Hillel
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.
Reach out to ChayaLeah Sufrin at email@example.com
Director of Jewish Student Life and Springboard Fellow, Long Beach Hillel
Ally Levine graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in elementary education! After college, she spent a year in Netanya, 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 back in Southern California after 5 years and is looking forward to being a part of the wonderful Long Beach Jewish community. Ally is passionate about Jewish learning and coffee. She helps with holiday events, Shabbat dinners, weekly discussions, and more! She is always excited to grab a coffee and chat!director of outpatient services for the division of infectious diseases.
Reach out to Ally Levine at Ally@BeachHillel.org
Israel Fellow, Long Beach Hillel
Shir grew up in Petach-Tikwa. She served as a commander in the Israel Defense Force and recently graduated from university with a degree in Leadership and Human Resources. Though she has traveled to eight different countries, this is her first time in America and she is grateful for the chance to begin a new chapter of her life in Long Beach. In her role as a mentor and educator at Beach Hillel, Shir is excited to share her love of Israel with students, holding space for them to ask questions, honor complexity, and engage deeply with what it means to be a Jew in today’s world. In addition to coordinating immersive learning opportunities and engaging students in the Taglit Birthright experience, Shir will be available for anybody who would like to grab coffee and discuss Israel.
Reach out to Shir Horovitz at shir@BeachHillel.org
Springboard Innovation Fellow, Long Beach Hillel
Bri Rubin was born in Texas and grew up primarily in Massachusetts. She studied Psychological Sciences and Studio Art at the University of Vermont and is also a certified yoga teacher. As a college student, she spent three summers traveling around the state of Vermont, generally in the woods on a bicycle, working as a canvasser for an environmental nonprofit. After graduation, Bri traveled to Latin America where she painted murals at hostels and taught yoga at wellness retreats and intentional communities. Bri loves holistic wellness and honored to be in a position where she can support students as they journey through their college years. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to deepen her connection to Judaism, expanding her knowledge and understanding of what it means to be Jewish while inspiring students to do the same.
Reach out to Bri Rubin at bri@BeachHillel.org