Professor Steven M. Cohen, Director. Prof. Cohen is a sociologist whose work focuses on the American Jewish Community. He is a Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Graduate Student Assistants
Jennifer Bell Hillel, 2009. Jennifer graduated with an MPA in Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner in 2010. She currently works at Birthright Israel Foundation as a Foundation Relations Officer.
Naomi Berlin, 2013-2014. Naomi holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts, and an MPA in Policy from NYU Wagner.
Tara Bognar, 2008-2011. Tara served as BJPA's Chief Information Officer. She holds a JD from McGill University.
Jessica Cavanagh-Melhado, 2011-2012. Jessica holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a graduate student in NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual degree program in public service and Judaic studies.
Seth Chalmer, 2008-2015. Seth was a grad student employee, then Communications Director, and finally Assistant Director. He holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management, and an MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, both from NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual degree program in public service and Judaic studies.
Joshua Diamond, 2014-2015. Joshua holds a BA in International Relations from NYU, and an MPA in Policy from NYU Wagner.
Stephanie Feit, 2012-2013. Stephanie holds a BA in History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies from NYU. She is a graduate student in NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual degree program in public service and Judaic studies.
Emily Fishman, summer 2010. Emily is now a speech-language pathology student living in Boston.
Kimberly Go, 2103-2014. Kimberly holds a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures from Barnard, and an MPA in Policy from NYU Wagner.
Aimee Gonzalez, 2010-2011. Aimee is an MA candidate in Political Economy at the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Stefanie Gordon, 2011-2012. Stefanie holds a BA in English from the University of Delaware. She is a graduate student in NYU's Steinhardt-Skirball dual degree program in education and Jewish studies.
Daniel Greenspan, 2013-2015. Daniel holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Arizona, and an MA in International Relations at NYU.
Negin Hadaghian, 2009-2010. Negin graduated from NYU in 2011 with a BA in Politics and minor in History and Metropolitan Studies. Currently Outreach Director for an Iranian human rights advocacy group, she will attend Fordham Law starting in fall 2011.
Rachel Hodes, 2012-2013. Rachel holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University. She is a graduate student in NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual degree program in public service and Judaic studies.
Steven Jean, 2009-2010. Steven holds a BA in Politics from NYU and an MPA in International Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner. He now studies at Columbia University School of Law.
Daniel Kirzane, 2009-2010. Daniel is a rabbinical student and Wexner Graduate Fellow at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he is also earning an MA in Religious Education.
Alex Meirowitz, summers 2009-2011. Alex holds a BA in Jewish History and Civilization and Politics from NYU and now studies at the George Washington University Law School.
Tova Messer, summers 2010-2011. A writer and non-profit professional, Tova holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Anthropology and an MA in Social Work from Rutgers University.
Paul Mutter, 2014-2015. Paul holds a BA in History and Political Science from Rutgers, and an MA in International Relations from NYU.
Sara Reynolds, 2012. Sara holds two BAs, one in History and one in French and Francophone Studies, both from the University of Florida. She is an MA student in French Studies at NYU.
Ana Gabriele Sabancevaite, summer 2015. Ana holds a BA in Politics and International Law from Amsterdam University College. She is pursuing an MA in Politics and Sociology from NYU's Gallatin Graduate School of Individualized Study.
Alex Shapero, 2012. Alex holds a BA with a double major in Science and Technology Studies and Comparative Literature from Cornell University. He is a graduate student in NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual degree program in public service and Judaic studies.
Layah Steinberg, 2010-2011. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Layah is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt with an MA in Education and Jewish Studies.
Mordecai Walfish, 2008-2012. A key player in developing BJPA, Mordecai served as its Assistant Director and Director of Special Projects. He holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and now works for Repair the World.
Sarah Waldbott, 2010-2012. Originally from Detroit, MI, Sarah received her BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is currently a graduate student in NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual degree program in public service and Judaic studies.
Vera Wexler, 2010-2011. Vera holds an MA in Library and Information Science from Queens College, as well as an MA in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation from Yeshiva University. She is committed to connecting the public with all types of information, and she has worked towards that goal for a variety of Jewish and secular organizations, including the Jewish Theological Seminary, BJPA, the New York Public Library, and the New York City Department of Education.
Zachary Worthen, 2012-2013. Zach holds a BA in Religious Studies from NYU, and holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner.