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Our Staff

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

Marci Borenstein

Director of High School Programs

Marci Bornstein

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.



Shimshon Stuart Siegel

Director of New Initiatives

Shimson Siegel

Shimshon began at Brandeis in summer 2007 as a community educator with BIMA and Genesis. He has taught in synagogues and public schools in Brooklyn, South Florida, Atlanta, Boston and the Bay Area. Shimshon spent two years in Israel at yeshiva and ran a residential program for teens with the Jewish Agency.

Since 2009, Shimshon has been developing new programs for Brandeis High School Programs.

Shimshon holds a B.S. in film from Boston University and a master's degree in Hebrew literature from the Hebrew Union College in New York.



Charlie Schwartz

Senior Jewish Educator / Director of BIMA and Genesis

Charlie Schwartz

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.



Michael Golitsyn

Program Administrator

Michael Golitsyn

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 and Admissions Coordinator

Tabitha Rohrer

Tabitha has recently returned from four years of living abroad in the UK.

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.