Staff

Jonathan D. Sarna
Jonathan D. Sarna
Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
University Professor; Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies
781-736-2977 Mandel 307

Expertise: American Jewish history and life, Jews in the Americas, American religion

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Shayna Weiss
Shayna Weiss
Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
781-736-5923 Mandel 316

Expertise: Israeli history, gender, Orthodox Jews, politics of popular culture, television and film, nationalism, politics

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Rise Singer
Rise Singer
Associate Director for Administration
781-736-2152 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 316

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 and international education. She holds an MA in intercultural relations from Lesley College and a BA in Russian language and intercultural studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Keren Goodblatt
Keren Goodblatt
Marketing and Communications Specialist
781-736-7310 Mandel Center for the Humanities

Keren Goodblatt has been with the Center for over 12 years. Before coming to Brandeis she was the student life coordinator at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Keren was born in Israel and grew up in California. She has a BA in French from UCLA, and studied romance philology, semiotics and sociolinguistics at the University of Bologna, Italy. Keren speaks Italian, French, Hebrew and Welsh. 

Mengqi Tian
Program Administrator
781-736-2154 Mandel 319

Mengqi is a Brandeis alumna ('21) who majored in Psychology and Education Studies. In her prior work, she focused on supporting educational and psychological services and research in universities and NGOs across the US, UK, and China. She also has an MEd in Human Development and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her native language is Mandarin Chinese.

Wendy Schwartz
Wendy Schwartz
Senior Department Coordinator
781-736-2166 Mandel Center for the Humanities 308 (reception)

Prior to joining the Schusterman Center in the Fall of 2018, Wendy served as the Admissions Coordinator for the Trust Center for Early Education at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline and has worked for Eim Chai, a local start-up Jewish women’s organization, to name a few. She also spent 13 summers as the office manager for Camp Pembroke, a Jewish girl’s overnight camp, in Pembroke, MA.