Rabbi Jeffrey Summit , Neubauer Executive Director
Lauren Bloom , Assistant Director
Rabbi Jordan Braunig , Director, Initiative for Innovative Community Building
Fran Kantor , Director of Development
Rebekah Scaduto, Development Coordinator
Sara Legasey , Program Associate-Israel
Abby Calish, Program Associate
Shana Burstyn, Operations and Data Manager
Ilana Zietman, Rabbinic Fellow
Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Neubauer Executive Director, is a double Jumbo, having received both an 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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Lauren Bloom, Assistant Director, oversees 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, seeks to give students the tools and the confidence to construct a meaningful Jewish life for themselves. Jordan’s work as a rabbi and community builder combine his passion for conversation, text, and rambling walks with his desire to see a more robust, dynamic, and diverse Jewish community on campus. As the Rabbinic Director, Jordan mentors, teaches and, most importantly, learns from the fellows who are a part of the Initiative for Innovative Community Building. Having received his rabbinic ordination at Hebrew College in Boston, Jordan cherishes pluralistic practice, the wisdom of ancient sources, and fermented foods. If you want to share a caffeinated beverage, mosey around campus, or spend some time with his three adorable dumplings (children), give him an email.
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Fran Kantor, Director of Development, directs fund-raising to support Tufts Hillel. 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 fund-raising responsibility 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 a long-time board member.
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Abby Calish, Program AssociateAbby was born and raised in Boston, and left to attend Union College in New York where she majored in Spanish and Hispanic studies. After graduation she spent a year in Rehovot, Israel where she taught English at a local middle school and fell in love with the country and its people. In her spare time Abby enjoys rock climbing, traveling, baking, trying new restaurants, and rooting for her favorite Boston sports teams.
Sara Legasey, Program Associate, engages the Jewish student community and organizes our Taglit-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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Rebekah Scaduto, Development Coordinator, supports administrative and database operations for Tufts Hillel and helps execute the annual development plan. She recently moved across campus from Tisch College, where she worked closely with local community agencies. Rebekah received her BA in Sociology from the University of Maine, where she learned to love ice hockey and everything related to winter. She is enthusiastic about bringing people together to achieve common goals, and volunteers with both local and international nonprofit organizations.
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Shana Burstyn, Operations and Data Manager, keeps things at Tufts Hillel 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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Ilana Zietman, Rabbinic Fellow, is a fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College, where she is also pursuing a master's degree in Jewish education. During her time in rabbinical school, Ilana continues to enjoy teaching, learning and praying with people of various ages and flavors of Jewish identity and practice. She has previously served as the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline and was the Program Leader at the JustCity Leadership Institute, a precollege summer program in Jewish social change leadership in New York. After graduating from Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011, Ilana spent three years living in Washington, DC, where she worked at a women's homeless shelter and a legal aid organization serving immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. A native New Yorker, Ilana enjoys cooking, hiking, and yoga. She loves working with young adults and is thrilled to be joining the Tufts Hillel community.
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