NEJS Graduate Representatives

Iddo Haklai, a Schusterman scholar, is a PhD student at NEJS. Iddo received a B.A. in Jewish Thought and Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science, both Magna Cum Laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked for several years at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust research and education center. His research interests focus on Orthodox Jewish thought, he is specifically interested in the theological underpinnings of the internal fragmentation of the "Dati-Le'umi" (the non-Haredi Orthodox) community in Israel in recent decades and in the re-framing of classical religious-Zionist terms and concepts as means in the internal sectorial dispute within that public.

Daniel Berman is a doctoral student in Bible and Ancient Near East. His research interests include ancient Near Eastern religions and the development of

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biblical texts, especially the Pentateuch and Deuteronomistic History. Dan first became interested in biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies as an undergraduate at Cornell University. Upon earning his bachelors degree, he spent six months as a visiting graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, after which he enrolled in the masters program in Bible and Ancient Near East at Brandeis. Dan is delighted to continue his studies in Brandeis’ PhD program. A passionate foodie, Dan cooks for his friends and roommates as often as he can, and in the winter, he enjoys taking ski trips with his family.

Stefany Truesdell is a Master's candidate in NEJS, focusing on the Jewish Studies track. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Religious Studies with minors in Political Science and Asian Studies. Stefany is originally from So. Cal., but has lived in Nor. Cal., Houston, andtruesdellBillings, MT. She is interested in the grand scope of Jewish history, from the Israelite period to current events, but is focusing on nationalism and identity, cultural and spiritual Zionism, and modern antisemitism in her time at Brandeis. Stefany's thesis research is looking at the BDS movement on US college campuses. When not studying, she enjoys football (Packers), video games (D3 and The Sims), cooking (ask some of her classmates), and quilting and beading (guess what her family gets as gifts). She lives off campus with her boyfriend and their 2 cats, who often make studying difficult because they think they own all of her books...and pens.