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.
Talia is returning as NEJS UDR for the 2019-20 academic year. You can find her involved in Jewish life on campus, teaching Hebrew School at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, and playing piano late into the night when all the real music students on campus have left Slosberg. Talia spent a year studying in Israel before she started at Brandeis, has Australian citizenship, and has visited both countries many times. She loves talking about both countries and is happy to give travel or study abroad tips. She is majoring in Politics and NEJS and is writing a senior thesis in NEJS about Jewish Political / Zionist thought. She is eager and excited for Rachel to join her as UDR this year to continue fostering a sense of community amongst NEJS students and NEJS faculty. Please reach out to her about any and all questions or concerns. We’re looking forward to another great year!
Sarah is excited to serve as the Arabic Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the 2019 Fall semester. She is a junior majoring in International and Global Studies and Economics, and has minors in Arabic and in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her interest in Arabic stems from a desire to learn about the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict from all angles and perspectives, and from her interest in the Middle East as a whole. Sarah hopes to serve in the State Department one day and is thrilled to be studying abroad in Jordan in the spring!
In her free time, Sarah is captain of the Brandeis Women’s Rugby Team and enjoys volunteering in the Office of Admissions as an Ambassador and Chatter. Back home in Los Angeles, she loves training in martial arts and is an instructor of Krav Maga!
Yuchen is a junior with an interest in Hebrew language and Jewish history, majoring in NEJS and Economics. She enjoys reading about Talmudic and Midrashic stories. Learning about Jewish history fosters an understanding about good and evil, hardship, courage and determination in human nature. She believes that learning about Jewish life, stories and traditions help her to become a better person.
In her spare time, she is active in performing arts including Beijing opera and cross-talk comedy. She is eager to introduce more people from the globe to Hebrew languages and to help Hebrew students combine personal, academic and career interests.