Alexander Kaye
Alexander Kaye
Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies;
Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair in Israel Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-5927 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 317
  • Expertise: Jewish thought, intellectual history, political thought, legal history

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

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, Massachusetts. 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 United States, United Kingdom 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)

Before joining the Schusterman Center in the fall 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 girls' overnight camp, in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

“Introducing my students to Israeli culture opens their eyes, their minds, and their hearts. They gain a critical understanding of the complexity and diversity of Israel's multiethnic and multicultural society, which disrupts preconceived notions and undermines stereotypes.”

Gannit Ankori

Professor of Art History and Chair of the Israeli Art, Department of Fine Arts, Brandeis University