Meet Shayna Weiss, 2001 Precollege Genesis Alumna

Shayna Weiss

 

Read and watch as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Take a class outside your comfort. Be curious about the world around you and don’t let anyone insult your interests.

 

 

Genesis Alumna Shayna Weiss grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and went to Genesis in the summer of 2001. One of her favorite memories of Genesis was taking a class about Judaism and American law. She fondly remembers seeing a legal case argued in the Federal courthouse in Massachusetts, where she had a chance to meet a real judge. She is still in touch with many of the friends she made from Genesis – many of whom are involved in the Jewish community.

After Genesis she attended Brandeis as an undergraduate, earned her Ph.D at NYU, did post-doc work in Israel and in the U.S., and today works as the Associate Director at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis. The Schusterman Center is the biggest center for Israel studies outside of Israel and they host a number of events and programs for Brandeis students as well as the public. Dr. Weiss says that Precollege Program alumni are welcome to attend events that are hosted by the Schusterman Center and you can find more about those events here.

Throughout her career, she has conducted research about the intersection of religion and gender in Israel. Recently she has been conducting research on gender segregated beaches in Israel. Her advice to students is to read and watch as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Take a class outside your comfort. Be curious about the world around you and don’t let anyone insult your interests.

Interested in sharing your experiences at Precollege and beyond? All alumni of all programs are encouraged to contact Alison Cantor at the Precollege office (precollege@brandies.edu).