Student Representatives

Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

The Undergraduate Departmental Representatives serve as a resource and representative for fellow majors and minors and potential majors and minors, and bring student concerns and/or ideas to the program faculty. They also provide feedback to the program chair, undergraduate advising head and faculty regarding scheduling problems, course offerings, etc. and help organize events for majors, minors, and other interested students.

NEJS

Maya Klareich
NEJS Undergraduate Departmental Representative

Maya KlareichMaya Klareich (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year student majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with minors in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Outside of the classroom, she is a Violence Prevention Educator at the Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center (PARC) and is also a member of the sorority Sigma Delta Tau. She plans on pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) after she receives her undergraduate degree. In her free time, Maya enjoys spending quality time with friends, trying new restaurants throughout Waltham and Boston, talking about her Jewish summer camp, and meeting new people! She can’t wait for this year and to spread her love for NEJS! 

Arabic

MJ Ibrahim
MJ Ibrahim
Arabic Undergraduate Departmental Representative

MJ is a junior dual majoring in HSSP (Health: Science, Society, and Policy) and Biology with a minor in Arabic. To keep where he's from long-story short: He's a dual citizen of Iraq and Russia, born in Libya, raised in Malaysia, and moved to Orlando, FL just over six years ago. In his spare time, he loves to watch Netflix specials, hanging out with friends, going out for tea, and self care nights. His interest in Arabic comes from how different Arabic dialects are usually not understood amongst each other; and being a native speaker of the Iraqi dialect, it's almost a guessing game trying to converse with other dialects. Studying Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is usually the "compromise" between other Arabic speakers, so it's really cool to see how different MSA is when compared to other dialects.

Sam Nassar
Sam Nassar
Arabic Undergraduate Departmental Representative

I am one of the UDR's for Arabic. I am a junior majoring in Health, Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) with minors in Arabic and Economics and am interested in learning Arabic because of family in Egypt. I am also on the basketball team and enjoy spending time volunteering, working, and doing research. I am excited about the events we have planned for the upcoming year and would happy to answer any questions that students have about the Arabic program!

Hebrew

Eitan Marks
Eitan Marks
Hebrew Undergraduate Departmental Representative
My name is Eitan Marks and I am the new UDR for the Hebrew Language Program! I am a Sophomore, and I am from Englewood, New Jersey. I am majoring in the NEJS Hebrew track and minoring in Politics and Legal Studies. I love listening to Israeli music and watching Israeli TV shows. Some of my favorite shows are Kupa Rashit, Hamefakedet, and Al Ha Spectrum. I am here to support students in the Hebrew program, and answer any questions you may have. I also organize programs and events for students to practice and engage in Hebrew outside of the classroom. (Check out our weekly TV nights this Thursday at 7:30!) I am so excited to get working and to get to know all of you!!

Yiddish

Meirit Cohen
Meirit Cohen
Yiddish Undergraduate Departmental Representative

Meirit is a junior double majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Psychology, and minoring in Yiddish and Eastern European Studies.  A Boston native, Meirit loves sharing her hometown favorites with her friends. Wandering around the MFA looking for Jewish art is one of her favorite pastimes.  A proud library student employee, you can find her hiding out in the stacks looking for more books that she definitely does not need. Meirit is so excited to be a UDR for the Yiddish department this year and she can’t wait to meet all of the new Yiddish students! 

Lia Dankowicz
Lia Dankowicz
Yiddish Undergraduate Departmental Representative

Lia is a sophomore majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. She loves learning about history and culture and is especially interested in Jewish history. She is a language enthusiast, and spent this past summer taking classes in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Swedish (though not all at the same time!). Lia would love to practice with anyone interested! Despite the long-distance scenario, Lia is looking forward to spending the year working with other undergraduates to strengthen the Yiddish community and overall NEJS community at Brandeis.

Graduate Student Representatives

Graduate Student Representatives are resources for fellow and potential graduate students. They can assist students with learning about the program from an experienced student's perspective, give advice on housing and getting around town or navigating campus, share questions or concerns about being a graduate student, and suggest ideas for promoting social connections with fellow students. They represent NEJS graduate students at the monthly departmental faculty meetings and can share your suggestions or areas of concern.

Shirah Cohen
Shirah Cohen
Graduate Student Representative
Born in Israel and raised in Japan, Shirah completed her undergraduate studies in liberal arts at Doshisha University in Kyoto, during which she also spent time at Leiden University in the Netherlands and wrote her honour’s thesis on the impact of nationalism on the development of Modern Hebrew and Modern Japanese literatures. Her main interest is in the relationship between modernity and literature in the early 20th century, in particular in how writers processed their place in the world. She is interested in topics such as artistic intertextuality, especially the relationship between literature and music, as well as in themes such as anxiety and the sublime. In her graduate studies, she hopes to further delve into these topics, focusing on Hebrew, Japanese, English, and German literatures.