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NEJS Study Abroad Liaison

Professor Ellen Kellman 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

Joey Barr ('18)

Joey BarrHello, My name is Joey Barr, and I’m very excited to be one of the NEJS UDRs for the upcoming school year! I am a Junior from Deerfield, Illinois in the Judaic Studies track of the NEJS program, with a strong passion for Jewish overnight camp. Along with being on of your NEJS UDRs, I am also a Coordinator on the Chabad 2.0 Board, Social Media Chair for JFI (Judges for Israel), and also a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, or if you would just like to chat! I am always available and only an email away! 

Leah McNeil UDRLeah McNeil ('18)

Hi! My name is Leah McNeil and I'm a junior from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and minoring in Religious Studies and Hispanic Studies. I'm honored to be serving as a UDR for the NEJS Department, an incredible community of people that has added so much to my Brandeis experience! 

I'm a proud alum of NFTY and have served on the Hillel at Brandeis student board for the past two years, as the First Year Representative and the Vice President. I'm a board member and co-founder of JFAB, the Jewish Feminist Association of Brandeis. This year, I'm a co-coordinator for Shira Chadasha at Brandeis, a Partnership Minyan that aims to maximize women's participation in prayer under halakhic guidelines. I also work with children with special needs at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. 

After Brandeis, my goal is to become a rabbi and serve as a chaplain in prison and hospital settings before pursuing congregational work. 

I would love to meet you, answer your questions and talk about the department! Please reach out to me at leahmcneil@brandeis.edu or find me on Facebook. I can't wait to meet you!