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Mollie FeldmanMollie Feldman graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2011 with a degree in Philosophy. Mollie’s senior capstone project addressed the question of what makes a group continuous over time, focusing her research on the continuity of the Jewish people. After her BA, Mollie worked for three years as youth director at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 2014, Mollie received a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College, joining a cohort of Jewish leaders passionate about professionalizing the field of experiential education. Most recently, Mollie was part of the Experiential Educators program at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Mollie’s love for Jewish experiential education is largely inspired by her 2009 participation in Brandeis Collegiate Institute, where she returned as a staff member in summers 2014 and 2015. Mollie is excited to expand her capabilities as an educator through a deeper understanding of Jewish history and the Jewish institutional landscape.

David Gabriel grew up in nearby Newton, MA. He received his BA in History and Politics from Earlham College. He is returning to the Greater Boston Area after a year of service with the AVODAH Social Justice Service Corps in New Orleans, LA at the Promise of Justice Initiative. David enjoys cooking, reading and debating politics. His research interests are in early Israeli historiography and Palestinian Nakba memory. 

Eric Greene got his first taste of coexistence working at a small zoo in Israel's Arava desert staffed by arabs, Jews, and other Eric Greeninternational wanderers. This summer (2014) he was a delegate at the Muslim Jewish Conference in Vienna where he met Jews and Muslims from around the world who share a similar vision for a peaceful and sustainable future.  He is a singer/songwriter and a percussionist and recently released his first solo album entitled "Gone".  He works extensively in the greater Boston Jewish community as an educator, trip leader, and Bar Mitzvah tutor.  Eric holds a bachelors degree in Operations Management and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Kimiko Ichikawa was born in Japan and immigrated to the United States in 2006 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Hebrew from UCLA. A master’s student at NEJS, she has Hebrew Literature as an academic interest and loves traveling, cooking and cats. 

William Klein proudly hails from West Amherst, NY. He received his B.A. in History from SUNY Brockport. While at Brockport, he served as President of the school's Hillel and also became first acquainted with the academic subject of historical Jewish-Muslim interactions. He earned an M.A. from Tel Aviv University in Security and Diplomacy Studies in 2013, where he got to see a glimpse of such interactions more up-close.  During his time in Israel, he experienced Operation Pillar of Defense--when, for the first time in two decades, air-raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv. He is most interested in the modern (late 20th and 21st century) Middle East, particularly focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Kurdish Question. He is very excited to be a 1st-year MA student in NEJS and look forward to improving my skills in both the Hebrew and Arabic languages. He hopes to eventually earn a PhD in Near East Studies.

Eric Maurer is a dual M.A. student in NEJS and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.  Hailing from Burlington, Mass., Eric holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from the University of Hartford.  During his undergraduate studies, Eric was honored as the Jerome E. Caplan Scholar of the Year and as a Fishman Fellow in American Jewish History and Jewish Communal Leadership.  Eric's academic interests are focused in modern Jewish history, in particular Holocaust studies, anti-Semitism, and Jewish literature. Eric is eager to integrate the study of Jewish history and culture into the realm of the Jewish community.

Alexandra NewtonAlexandra Newton is a MA student in COEX and NEJS from Long Island, New York. She earned her BA in Political Science  from Pace University. Alexandra has spent time during the  summers of 2013 and 2014 volunteering with the Israeli Defense Force. Alexandra was assigned to Logistic units through a Volunteers for Israel program. During her undergraduate years she took interest in early crime intervention of juveniles; she worked with adolescent felons in an Alternative to Incarceration program in New York City as well as an investigative intern with the Legal Aid Society of NYC in their juvenile rights practice. Alexandra wants to continue focusing on conflicts involving juveniles during her time at Brandeis.

Ariel Pardo graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from UCLA. Ariel PardoShe currently ​​works as the OU-JLIC co-director at the Hillel at Brandeis with her husband Rabbi David Pardo. After living in Israel for 3 years and studying Hebrew texts since childhood, she decided to pursue a master's degree in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies. Her particular interests are Second Temple Judaism and Rabbinic Theology.

Alexandra Scarf is a M.A. candidate in Bible and the Ancient Near East. She holds a B.A. in Classical Studies and arrived at Brandeis from research in Harvard’s Comparative Literature Dept. Alexandra is interested in pursuing the philosophical problem of time within the ancient Near East, its ideological and ontological components, and its later reception. Her research fields include modern classical reception, Middle Egyptian, Biblical literature and literary temporality. Her languages are Latin, Hebrew, Middle Egyptian and German.

Tamar Shachaf SchneiderTamar Shachaf Schneider hails from Tel Aviv, Israel. She has a B.A in Political Science and Communications and dreams about being a Jewish leader.  She has traveled extensively around the world to Thailand, Canada, Laos, New Zealand and the U.S.  These experiences and attending a Chicago-based conference dedicated to the meaning and future of Zionism and Israel Education have confirmed that she would like to devote her career to working with young Jewish people around the world. She is very excited to be joining the dual-degree NEJS/Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis this fall.

Stefany Truesdell is a Master's student in NEJS, focusing on the Jewish Studies track. I have both a B.A. from CSU Bakersfield in Religious Studies with minors in Political Science and Asian Studies as well as an M.A. from CSU Long Beach in Religious Studies. I am originally from Southern California, but have lived in Northern California, Houston, and moved here from Montana. My Master's thesis for CSULB looked at conversion as a necessary feature of nation building and is entitled "Conversion: An Element of Ethno-Religious Nation Building in Early Judaism." My primary areas of interest are Second Temple Judaism and the Holocaust and I intend to research the effect of the Holocaust on American Jewish identity for my thesis. When not doing academic work, I enjoy watching football, playing video games, cooking, and doing various crafts, such as quilting and beading.