Meet the Staff

Neubauer Executive Director | Associate Director | Assistant Director | |Senior Jewish Educator | 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, mandolins, traditional American music 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 Kerrith Rosenbaum, Senior Jewish Educator
Kerrith is originally from Weston, Connecticut.  She received her BA from Wesleyan University where she was a religion major.  Upon graduation she worked for UJA-Federation of New York in the Educational Resources and Organizational Development department.  She spent the next five years working as the Family Life Educator and Director of Teen Programming at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York.  While at JTS Kerrith was a recipient of the Neubauer Fellowship, served as the Rabbinical School Admissions Intern and was the Resnick Intern at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Pennsylvania.   She is passionate about creating space for students to explore and articulate their own Jewish identities and about being a partner in engaging the world through a diversity of Jewish lenses.
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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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Rabbinic Fellow
Coming soon!

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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Andrew Cohen , Program Associa
te-Taglit-Birthright Engagement
Andrew is responsible for connecting with the Jewish student community and organizing the Birthright trips to Israel. Andrew Cohen is originally from Orlando, Florida.  He attended the University of South Florida, where he received his degree in Business Management.  While in college, Andrew was very active within his Jewish community.  He served as the AIPAC Campus Liaison, Hasbara Senior Fellow, and was the Hillel Grinspoon Intern.  His first trip to Israel was on Birthright in the winter of 2007.  That experience had a huge impact on his life and began his desire to encourage students to participate in such an inspiring trip as well. 
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Lesley Kristeller

Lesley Kristeller, Development Associate is responsible for assisting in raising funds in support of Tufts Hillel's mission and vision. Lesley holds a B.S. in Business from Salem State College. Prior to holding a position at Hillel, Lesley had a longtime career in the Telecom and Public Safety industry. She is an avid gardener and local Medford resident.
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Shana Burstyn, Administrative Coordinator
Shana is responsible for keeping things organized and running smoothly. Shana is originally 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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