LEARNING FROM TAGLIT-BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL: AN ACADEMIC SYMPOSIUM

 

May 23-24, 2012 Brandeis University

Taglit-Birthright Israel

SPEAKERS AND PARTICIPANTS 

Confirmed as of May 14, 2012

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Chairs/Presenters/Discussants

Jonathan Ariel, Executive Director, MAKOM

Dr. Gabor Balazs, Professor of Jewish and general philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Szeged

Prof. Zvi Bekerman, Professor, School of Education and The Melton Centre for Jewish Education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Research Fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Barry D. Berger, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Haifa, Academic College of Emek Yezreel; Visiting Adjunct Professor Honors College, University of South Florida 

Prof. Len Bickman, Professor of psychology, psychiatry, and public policy, Vanderbilt University

Jonathan Boyd, Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Policy Research

Dr. Mooli Brog, Chief Knowledge Officer, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Prof. Barry Chazan, Professor of Education, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

Fern Chertok, Associate Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Erik Cohen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Elan Ezrachi, Fellow, Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education

Prof. Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Mandel Professor of Jewish Education; Director, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University

Rachel Fish, Assistant Director of Program Development, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Joseph and Esther Foster Professor in Judaic Studies, Brandeis University 

Prof. Rachel Friedberg, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Brown University

Prof. Lisa Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York      

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, Founding President, Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life 

Prof. Bethamie Horowitz, Research Assistant Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development 

Prof. Charles Kadushin, Professor Emeritus Sociology, Graduate Center, CUNY; Distinguished Scholar, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Ari Y. Kelman, Jim Joseph Chair in Education and Jewish Studies, Stanford University

Prof. Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University   

Dr. Ezra Kopelowitz, CEO, Research Success Technologies Ltd.   

Prof. Jon A. Levisohn, Assistant Professor of Jewish Education; Assistant Academic Director, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University

Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director, The JCC in Manhattan

Dr. Daniel Marom, Academic Director, Mandel Leadership Institute

Dr. Jonathan Mirvis, Senior lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship and Adult Education, Melton Centre for Jewish Education 

Prof. David Mittelberg, Associate Professor of Sociology, Oranim, Academic College of Education

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Senior Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism

Dr. Alex Pomson, Senior Lecturer, Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University

Dr. Jillian Powers, Post Doctoral Fellow, Washington University

Dr. Zohar Raviv, Director of Education, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Prof. Joe Reimer, Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Brandeis University

Prof. Shulamit Reinharz, Jacob S. Potofsky Professor of Sociology; Co-director, The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University

Prof. Larissa Remennick, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University 

Prof. Amy L. Sales, Associate Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Director of Fisher-Bernstein Institute, Brandeis University; Project Director JData.com

Prof. Jonathan Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University 

Prof. Theodore Sasson, Senior Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University; Professor of International Studies, Middlebury College 

Prof. Leonard Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Jewish Community Research and Social Policy; Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University

Michelle Shain, Graduate Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University   

Prof. Lee Shulman, President Emeritus, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus,  Stanford University

Dr. Rebekah Sobel, Program Evaluator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Jeffrey Solomon, President, Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Neubauer Executive Director, Tufts Hillel; Research Professor, Department of Music, Tufts University

Prof. Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies; Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Gil Troy, Professor of History, McGill University

Prof. Beth Weitzman, Vice Dean and Prof. Health and Public Policy, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Prof. Philip Wexler, Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Professor in Jewish Communal Innovation, Brandeis University            

Dr. Jonathan Woocher, Chief Ideas Officer, JESNA    

Dr. Aviva Zeltzer-Zubida, Director of Research, Evaluation & Measurement, in Strategy & Planning Unit, Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

Dr. Rachel Zorman, Executive Director, Henrietta Szold Institute

Participants

Barbara Aronson, Chief Administrative Officer, Birthright Israel Foundation

Cheryl Aronson, Associate VP, Israel and education, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Michele Athay, Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Sharon Avni, Assistant Professor, Developmental Skills, CUNY-BMCC

Dr. Ofra Backenroth, Associate Dean, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, JTS

Jessica Balaban, Senior Vice President, Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

Joanna Ballantine, Executive Director, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Shai Bazak, Consul General, The Consulate General of Israel

Dina Bleckman, Research Specialist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Michael Bohnen, President, Adelson Family Foundation

Matthew Boxer, Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Daniel Brown, Founder/CEO, ejewishphilanthropy.com

Nir C. Buchler, Associate, United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ    

Rabbi Mark Charendoff, President, The Maimonides Fund 

Seth Cohen, Director of Network Development, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Sandra Edwards, Associate Director, Jim Joseph Foundation

Dr. Elan Ezrachi, Fellow, Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education

Maxyne Finkelstein, Chief Operating Officer, Birthright Israel Foundation

Theadora Fisher, Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Dr. Shira MJ Fishman, Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School

William Foster, Executive Director, The Jacobson Family Foundation

Rabbi David Gedzelman, Executive Vice President, The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Ariella Goldfein, UJA-Federation of New York

Prof. Jonathan Goldstein, Professor of History, University of West Georgia

Deborah Grant, Editor, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Shahar Hecht, Senior Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Gail Hyman, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Birthright Israel Foundation

Prof. Benjamin Jacobs, Associate Director, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development 

Deborah Joselow, UJA-Federation of New York

Tova Katz,  Jacobson Family Foundation

Orit Kent, Senior Research Associate, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University    

Prof. Reuven Kimelman, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University   

Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Director, Research and Analysis, The Jewish Federations of North America

Jonathan Krasner,  Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Sacha Litman, Founder and Principal Consultant, Measuring Success

Masha Lokshin, Assistant Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Laura Conrad Mandel, Director, Prism-Young Adult Initiative of the New Center for Arts & Culture

Sheryl Marcus, Lay Member, Boston Haifa Connection Jewish Education and Identity Committee 

Gail Perrault, The Jacobson Family Foundation

Charles Radin, Director of News and Communications, Brandeis University

Prof. Mark Rosen, Assistant Professor, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University

Dr. Wendy Rosov, Principal, Rosov Consulting

Avi Rubel, Director of North America Operations, Masa Israel Journey

Dr. Aviad Rubin, Lecturer, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa

Dr. Ofir Rubin, Lecturer, Department of Management and Public Policy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman, Mayanot

Elizabeth Sokolsky, VP Education & Operations, Taglit-Birthright Israel

David Squire, Brandeis University Trustee, Emeritus

Abi Dauber Sterne, VP for Global Jewish Experience, Hillel (Schusterman International Center)

Eran Tamir, Senior Research Associate, Mandel Center for Studies in Education and Education Program, Brandeis University

Shuki Taylor, Director, Experiential Education, Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future

Rebecca Weinstock, Senior Associate, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore 

Rabbi Elyse Winick, Jewish Chaplain, Brandeis University

Graham Wright, Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University