Staff

Jonathan D. Sarna
Jonathan D. Sarna
Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
University Professor; Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies
781-736-2977 Mandel 307

Expertise: American Jewish history and life, Jews in the Americas, American religion

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Shayna Weiss
Shayna Weiss
Associate Director
781-736-5923 Mandel 316

Expertise: Israeli history, gender, Orthodox Jews, politics of popular culture, television and film, nationalism, politics

Dr. Shayna Weiss '07 was the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Israel Studies at the United States Naval Academy. She earned her PhD from New York University in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in Israel at Bar Ilan University and Tel Aviv University, where she taught courses about Israeli history and society. She has also taught at Brooklyn College and New York University. Her research interests converge at the intersection of religion and gender in the Israeli public sphere, as well as the politics of Israeli popular culture. She is completing a book on gender segregation in the Israeli public sphere.

Rise Singer
Rise Singer
Assistant Director
781-736-2152 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 316

Rise Singer joined the Schusterman Center as assistant director in September 2014 after 10 years managing the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis. Prior to Brandeis, Rise enjoyed an extensive career in university technology management, as well as stints in college admissions and international educational settings. Her academic training was in Russian language and intercultural relations.

Keren Goodblatt
Keren Goodblatt
Communications Specialist
781-736-7310 Mandel Center for the Humanities

Keren Goodblatt is the Schusterman Center’s communications specialist. Before coming to Brandeis she was the student life coordinator at Hebrew College and speaks Italian and French, as well as Hebrew. Prior to her current role she was information architect for Jellyfish, our online resource center, and managed recruiting campaigns.

Anna Simpson
Anna Simpson
Program Coordinator
781-736-2154 Mandel 311

Anna Simpson is the Schusterman Center’s program coordinator. Prior to Brandeis, Anna worked for the Fulbright Program at the Institute of International Education in Russia and speaks Russian and Dutch. She has worked for the Dutch education non-profit organization Nuffic Neso and has a master’s degree in International Relations and Global Politics.

Wendy Schwartz
Department Coordinator
781-736-2166 Mandel Center for the Humanities 308 (reception)

Prior to joining the Schusterman Center in the Fall of 2018, Wendy served as the Admissions Coordinator for the Trust Center for Early Education at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline and has worked for Eim Chai, a local start-up Jewish women’s organization. to name a few. She also spent 13 summers as the office manager for Camp Pembroke, a Jewish girl’s overnight camp, in Pembroke, MA.