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Staff

The Brandeis High School Programs year-round and senior staff are dedicated to making all of our summer experiences unforgettable.


Marci Borenstein

Director of High School Programs

Marci

Marci is responsible for developing new initiatives and overseeing programs for high school students at Brandeis. Marci has many years of experience working with educators, youth and communities in the United States, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. She has a doctorate in education from New York University where her research focused on diverse immigrant families, urban schools and parent involvement.

Marci lives in Newton with her husband, Joram, and their three children, Eitan, Rina and Dalia.



Charlie Schwartz

Senior Jewish Educator / Director of BIMA and Genesis

Charlie

Charlie is a nationally recognized educator focusing on technology and Israel and the founding director of Not-a-Box Media Lab, creator of PocketTorah and The AlephBet App. He was named to the New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" as a leader helping to reshape the Jewish community.

Charlie has served with distinction as a squad commander in the airborne battalion of the Nahal infantry brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.

He received rabbinic ordination and a master's degree in education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.  A native of Portland, Oregon, Charlie lives in Cambridge with his wife Dr. Andrea Wershof Schwartz, their children Maayan and Aviv, and their sousaphone.


Joshua Mocle

Assistant Director of High School Programs

Joshua

From 2009 to 2014, Joshua served as a member of the Jewish and Student Life Team at Gann Academy, The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, where he also taught Film Production and Screenwriting. He spent four summers as a Community Educator for BIMA.

In 2011, he was awarded the Ryan B. Arditti Award for Lifetime Achievement for his work at CJLO Radio 1690AM in Montreal. He is a founding member of Boston-based experimental theater company Liars & Believers and has seen work published both online and in print through National Underground, Multiversity Comics and the American Century Theater.

He received his B.A.in Communication Studies from Concordia University.



Michael Golitsyn

Program Administrator

Michael

Michael has an extensive background in emergency medical services, dance and fitness. Prior to joining the Office of High School Programs, Michael co-founded and ran a medical transportation and emergency medical services company.

He holds a degree in computer science from Northeastern University.



Tabitha Rohrer

Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator

Tabitha Rohrer

Tabitha recently returned from four years of living abroad in the UK to work at Brandeis. She is a part of the Brandeis University Chorus and is a member of a classical ensemble in Boston.

She has a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Early Modern Literature and Culture from Sussex University.



KateLynn Plotnick

Design Lab Project Manager

KateLynn

KateLynn is managing the Design Lab a new initiative out of HSP that uses Design Thinking to engage teenagers with Judaism. Previously, KateLynn has staffed Taglit Birthright trips as the IACT Coordinator at Boston University. KateLynn has a strong passion for helping young people explore their Jewish identities.

KateLynn graduated Temple University with a B.A. in Communications and a focus in Jewish Studies.


Tirtzah Bassel

Assistant Director, BIMA

Tirtzah

Tirtzah is an Israeli artist and educator based in New York. Her drawings, paintings and site-responsive duct tape installations explore the permeable borders separating public and private domains, specifically in airport security zones, subways and border crossings. She has been a member of the BIMA Visual Arts Faculty since 2009 and joined the senior staff team this year.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally with recent installations created on site in Harlem, New York and El Paso, Texas. Tirtzah studied drawing and painting at the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel, and she has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Boston University.