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"In no other school - and I studied in several countries on two continents - have I found as much support and encouragement in my academic pursuits, and respect for diverse viewpoints, as in NEJS."

NEJS Study Abroad Liaison

Professor Ilana Szobel can assist NEJS students with their academic choices abroad and help answer questions about receiving major/minor credit while abroad. 

Hebrew Language Placement Testing

Please see Hebrew Placement Testing on the Registrar's website for detailed instructions on taking the exam.

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Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Noam Cohen ('16)Noam Cohen
Hi! I’m a senior from New Jersey, majoring in the Judaic Studies track of NEJS, and minoring in Religious Studies. I’ve taken courses in many areas of NEJS, but my primary interests are in the Bible and Ancient Near East, also known here as BANE. Outside of NEJS, my main hobby is gardening/farming. I am a former president of the Brandeis Orthodox Organization (BOO), and am a board member of Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW). During summer 2015 I’ll be working on campus at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, as well as off-campus at the Harvard Semitic Museum. Don’t worry about me leaving at the end of the year though, because I’m sticking around for a fifth year as part of the 5 year NEJS BA/MA program! Please reach out to me if you have questions, or have any suggestions for the NEJS department or for specific UDR programs you would like to see. I would love to chat or advise about anything NEJS related!

Hannah Kober ('16)

Hannah KoberHello everyone! My name is Hannah and I am looking forward to another fantastic year as one of your NEJS UDRs! I am a senior studying NEJS (the Hebrew Language track) and Linguistics. I have done a lot of work on topics in Israel Studies as well, and am starting to research the role of Arabic in Mizrahi Jewish communities in Israel for my NEJS Senior Honors Thesis. I am currently the Musical Director of Ba'note, Brandeis' Premiere All-Female Jewish A Cappella Group, and am involved with Kehillat Sha'ar, an independent egalitarian prayer group, and J Street U, a Pro-Israel and Pro-Peace advocacy organization. I hope to meet you all soon and be of help with any questions or concerns you may have about NEJS! 



Hebrew Language & Literature

Ellie Rosenthal ('16)rosenthal
Hi! My name is Eliana Rosenthal and I am so exciting to be working with the Hebrew Department this year. I am a junior double majoring in Psychology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies hailing from California. On campus, I am co-chair of Relay For Life, co-president of the Hebrew Honors Society, and I am a research assistant at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy. I am so looking forward to meeting you!


Zoe Grossman ('16)Zoe Grossman

Hi I'm Zoe Grossman and I am excited to be one of your NEJS UDRs this year! I am particularly interested in Modern Jewish communities in America and the Hebrew language and its involvement in Jewish lives today. I have loved all of the NEJS and Hebrew courses I have taken, and look forward to planning some exciting programming and being your liaison to the NEJS department faculty. I am the secretary of Eta Beta Rho, the Hebrew Honors Society, and I am the President of Brandeis Starving Artists, one of the many a cappella groups on campus. I look forward to meeting all of you and a successful year! 


Emma Silver ('17)
Emma SilverHi there friends of the NEJS Department! My name is Emma Silver and I am so ready to be one of your UDRs for the Hebrew Program for this year! I am a NEJS major on the Judaic Studies track and have a particular affinity to the Hebrew Program— the professors are wonderful, and the classes are fun and interesting as well as a great academic investment. At Brandeis, I am a member of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, as well as a member of the Ethics Center Leadership Council at Brandeis’s Ethics Center. I also work at a Hebrew School in Wayland, MA as a teacher, where I get to not only teach Hebrew but sometimes practice speaking it. I am looking forward to a wonderful year of getting to know more NEJS majors and Hebrew scholars!