Staff


Jonathan D. Sarna
Director

Jonathan D. Sarna is director of the Schusterman Center and holds the titles of University Professor and Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies.
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Dr. Shayna WeissShayna Weiss
Associate Director

Shayna Weiss joined the Schusterman Center as Associate Director in 2018. Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, she is a Brandeis alumna and earned her PhD from New York University in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She has taught in America and in Israel and previously was the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Israel Studies at the United States Naval Academy. Her research interests include the intersection of religion and gender in the Israeli public sphere as well as the politics of Israeli popular culture.


Rise SingerJoann Leavitt
Assistant Director

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 GoodblattKeren Goodblatt
Communications Specialist

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.


Photo of Anna SimpsonAnna Simpson
Program Coordinator

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.