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

Marci Borenstein

Director of Precollege Programs


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 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.

Kenyora Johnson

Assistant Director of Precollege Programs


Kenyora is responsible for directing several programs at Brandeis’ Precollege programs (App Design Boot Camp, Service Corps, Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies, among others), as well as developing new initiatives. Previously, Kenyora worked at Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program for girls and women. Kenyora has over a decade’s experience working with youth, families, and community leaders in the nonprofit sector. She was recognized as a finalist of the “EXTRAordinary Women”, a campaign led by the City of Boston in March 2016.

Currently, she serves as the Vice President of the African-American Alumnae/i Association at her undergraduate alma mater, Simmons College. Additionally, she serves on the Alumni Association Board at Boston University’s School of Social Work, where she received her Master’s Degree. Originally from Lynn, MA, Kenyora currently lives in Norwood with her fiance, Franklin.

Michael Golitsyn

Business Operations Manager


Michael has an extensive background in management, software development, emergency medical services, dance and fitness. Prior to joining Brandeis Precollege Programs, Michael co-founded and ran a medical transportation and emergency medical services company.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University and Master’s degree in Management from Brandeis University.

Tirtzah Bassel

Assistant Director, BIMA


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.