Meet the Staff

Neubauer Executive Director | Associate Director | Assistant Director | |Director, Initiative for Innovative Community Building| Director of Development |Program Associate - Taglit-Birthright Israel | Program Associate | Development Assistant | Administrative Coordinator | Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Neubauer Executive Director, is a double Jumbo, having received both a MA and Ph.D. from Tufts. He also serves as Tufts' Jewish chaplain and Research Professor in the Department of Music and the Judaic Studies Program. His CD "Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda" was nominated for a GRAMMY award. He recently finished a new CD for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on the music of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim coffee farmers of the Delicious Peace Fair Trade Coffee Cooperative in Uganda. He is passionate about hiking, guitars and Jewish music.
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Lenny Goldstein

Lenny Goldstein, Associate Director, is the Chief Operating/Financial Officer of Tufts Hillel. He works closely with the Executive Director on issues regarding strategic planning and organizational management and is responsible for fiscal and budgetary management, facility utilization, staff management and administration, as well as financial and board resource development. Lenny holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Boston University. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys live theater, great books and bad tv.
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Lauren Bloom, Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing the vast array of programming at Tufts Hillel. As Repair the World Director of Social Justice, Lauren's work has a special focus on making social justice an integral component of work on campus. Lauren is a Syracuse alumna, and holds a graduate degree in Social Work. Prior to her appointment at Tufts Hillel, Lauren directed youth programming at a large synagogue and has also worked extensively with the foster care system and troubled youth.
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Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Director, Initiative for Innovative Community Building
Jordan is a newly-minted rabbi from Hebrew College in Boston, who enjoys seeking out the spiritual significance of the world he encounters, whether through art or Torah or conversation or America’s Funniest Home Videos. Before coming on board full-time, Jordan was the Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts Hillel, where he learned that there is no better place to work. As the Rabbinic Director, Jordan will mentor, teach and, most importantly, learn from the amazing fellows who are a part of the Initiative for Innovative Community Building. Originally from Shreveport, Jordan left Louisiana to attend college at NYU and has been working his way up the NE corridor ever since. Jordan is a pickler, a Saints fan, a Scrabble-lover, and a Pa to two adorable kiddos.
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Fran Kantor, Director of Development
Fran is responsible for raising the funds required to support the Tufts Hillel programs.  She transitioned to development from the corporate world with the desire to find more meaningful work and is pleased to say that she’s never looked back.  Prior to coming to Tufts, Fran held positions of increasing responsibility raising funds for The Rashi School and, most recently, served as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Kehillah Schechter Academy.   Originally from New York, Fran lives in Brookline where she is an active member of Temple Beth Zion and has been on their Board for a number of years. 
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Stephanie Sanger-Miller, Rabbinic Fellow
Pluralism, love of Torah, and bringing out the joy in Judaism and Jewish culture are central to Stephanie's practices at Hillel and beyond. A long time Hillel participant herself,  Stephanie attended Boston University, where she studied Sociocultural Anthropology and Hispanic Language and Literature. After college, Stephanie worked as a chef in Boston, Austin, and Upstate New York and retired as Chef de Cuisine before deciding to pack up her knives and go to Rabbinical School. Stephanie is pursuing Rabbinic Ordination at Hebrew College in Newton Centre. Currently, she is 1/3 of a rabbi. Stephanie enjoys reading, Instagramming, surfing, and cooking.
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Raechel Banks, Program Associate
Raechel connects with Tufts' Jewish students, provides guidance to the Hillel student board and supervises Hillel's service-learning trips. She is originally from Dallas, TX and graduated from Brandeis University. After graduation, Raechel worked as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC, where she advocated for social justice policy issues. She is passionate about learning new things every day, travelling around the country and the world, watching chick flicks, and finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Raechel's door is always open!
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Sara Legasey , Program Associa
te-Taglit-Birthright Engagement
Sara Legasey is responsible for engaging the Jewish student community and organizing Birthright trips to Israel. Sara discovered her passion for education, travel, and Jewish life while a student at Boston University. After earning her BA, she explored careers in political activism and law. Going on Birthright inspired Sara to follow her passions, and she most recently spent a year living and teaching English in Netanya, Israel. A native New Englander, Sara is excited to return to the Boston community, and reunite with friends, family, and her tiny dog, Gus.
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Development Associate
Coming soon!

Shana Burstyn, Administrative Coordinator
Shana is responsible for keeping things organized and running smoothly. Shana is from Baltimore, MD and originally moved to the Boston area to attend Brandeis University, from which she received her degree in American Studies and Theater Arts. She felt very much at home within the Jewish communities of Baltimore and Brandeis and finds Tufts' to be similarly welcoming. Shana enjoys crafting, theatre, nerdy tv, and trivia.
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