Meet The Staff
2018 Faculty Mentors
Faculty Mentors will be announced in the coming months!
2017 Faculty Mentors
Herschel is currently an MA/MBA candidate in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Originally from Albany, NY, he is a recent magna cum laude graduate from the Yeshiva University Honors Program, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Business Management. For his senior honors thesis, he developed and ran a survey to quantitatively assess the efficiency of Jewish camp at fostering lasting Jewish values.
Herschel’s excitement and dedication to the Jewish non-profit world stem from his experiences at Camp Yavneh – a pluralistic camp in New Hampshire at which he has spent the past 14 consecutive summers as a camper, counselor, unit head, assistant head of boys and most recently in a custom-built position, Head of Experience. While at Yeshiva, he was a statistics peer tutor, as well as a tutor for Washington Heights public school students both in and out of their classrooms.
He also worked for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, as well as the Mannis Foundation, where he had the chance to be part of a collaborative partnership with the Society for American Baseball Research. When he can find time, Herschel loves to go snowboarding and long-distance running, but usually not on the same day.
Karen Spira is a PhD candidate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) at Brandeis University (MA '11) and a Schusterman Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Her dissertation, “The New Hebrew Child: Education, Care, and Acculturation in Palestine/Israel, 1918-1948,” examines conceptions of Jewish childhood and the development of a new Israeli identity among children living under state care. Over the last 10 years, Spira has taught Israeli and Jewish History at Brandeis University, The University of Georgia, NewBridge on the Charles, synagogues in the Greater Boston Area and New York City, and the Tzion Israel Adult Education program. Spira is a returning faculty mentor for the 2017 Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies. She lives in Waltham with her husband and two children.