Staff

Marci Borenstein
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.

Portrait photo of Lydia. In front of grayish background.
Lydia Casmier
Director, Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine

As Director of the Summit, Lydia works closely with all sites, partners, faculty and program staff to ensure a robust educational experience.  Her background is in social-emotional learning and college and career readiness training. Her approach to program management is driven by the Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework and her commitment to expanding college access to under-resourced and first generation students.

Prior to joining Brandeis, Lydia taught high school in Medellin, Colombia, and served six years as Senior Youth Development Coordinator at the Mary's Center Teen Program in Washington, D.C. Lydia received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Laura Bellows - Senior Jewish Educator, Director of BIMA and Genesis
Laura Bellows
Senior Jewish Educator / Director of BIMA and Genesis

Laura is an educator, community builder, and artist focusing on the intersection of Torah, ecology, gender, and justice issues. She pioneered the Teva Learning Alliance’s Jewish environmental community programs for teens and youth nationally, worked as an educator and rabbinic presence at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (in California), and has taught at and designed curriculum for Jewish high school programs across the country. Laura is an alumna of the American Jewish World Service’s Global Justice Fellowship and is the founder of the Hebrew College Eco-Ritual Lab. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston. When not immersed in building a more whole world with teens and young adults, Laura can be found hiking, making music, or cooking up a storm for Shabbat with her family.