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For Eli Schiff, an eight-week dash to remodel

Whether by carrying heavy boxes, wheeling carts through the hallway or staying until 9 p.m., Eli Schiff was going to have school ready for students.

Mr. Schiff, the new Director of Facilities, started working at Shalhevet the third week in June and spent much of the summer supervising this summer’s extensive remodel of the building. His role focused on allocating money and time, but he says he’s also been painting, watching and moving.

“Whatever needs to be done needs to be done so it’ll be ready for you guys,” he said, chatting with student volunteers while painting lockers in front of the school.

The lockers weren’t in place in time for orientation Monday, but considering how different everything else was from when students left last June (see related stories, Page 1), what was left looked pretty small.

Mr. Schiff grew up on Long Island and graduated from Yeshiva University 2005, then moved to Los Angeles in 2007 after working in real estate in New York. He then worked at the dating service J-Connect for two years, and then at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge as a Judaic Studies teacher, and also with a group called Hebrew Helpers, which trains teenagers for their bar and bat mitzvahs.

“I enjoy working with the Jewish community,” Mr. Schiff said. He thought Shalhevet was interesting in part because of the Fairness Committee and people being held accountable for their actions.

“When I found out what Shalhevet was really about I loved it,” he said.

Mr. Schiff’s job at school does not follow a strict agenda, but will be to “make the school more efficient” by maintaining the building, calendaring, sending e-mails, and dealing with security, among other things.  He also is Executive Assistant to new head of school Rabbi Ari Segal.

Of the new remodel, Mr. Schiff said the newly clear division between teacher and student areas ensured that there was plenty of space for both, along with conference rooms where students and teachers can meet.

“We wanted it to be a more presentable place,” he said. “We wanted to give more space to everyone. I hope they [students] appreciate what it’s about.”

On the personal front, Mr. Schiff just celebrated his first anniversary with his wife, Cheri Peri, a freelance cartoonist who has had her work published in the Jerusalem Post and Chabad Publications. Mr. Schiff’s own hobbies include building puzzles – he once made a 3-D model of downtown Manhattan over several Shabbatot – and performing comedy, which he’s been recently doing at the Strait Jacket Society in West Hollywood. He also hopes to run a marathon in Los Angeles.

Now that the week he’s been working toward has arrived, Mr. Schiff will be watching closely for student reaction.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the reactions and hoping they’re what we hoped they would be,” Mr. Schiff said.

 

 

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Leila Miller, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Currently a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Leila has already had a distinguished career in journalism, writing ground-breaking reports for the Miami Herald, Moment Magazine and the Jewish Journal, particularly on the Jewish community in Argentina and its history through that country's "dirty war" and beyond.  She also has interned for KCRW News in Santa Monica. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York,  she is Argentinian by birth and fluent in Spanish. She enjoyed her first dulce de leche ice cream at five months, became a Harry Potter fanatic at age eight, and got her second ear piercing at 14.  Leila joined The Boiling Point team as a freshman, and her story assignments led her to her first-ever rock concert at the Troubadour (Say Anything!), watch intense behind-the-scenes Drama rehearsals, and wake up early before school to interview Jewish community leaders in Chile after the earthquake there. She was also the Shalhevet choir’s piano accompanist and would go ice skating with you at a moment’s notice! Leila was Editor-in-Chief of the Boiling Point for the 2011-12 school year, and graduated in 2016 from Oberlin College.

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