MA and Dual MA in Education and Jewish Studies

Students

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    Interests: Experiential Education, Learning in Non-Traditional Settings, Socialization and Acculturation, Jewish Life and Ritual Practice

    Daniel Infeld is the Director of Programming and Operations at Limmud NY, responsible for supporting and supervising a core of volunteers to produce an annual conference celebrating Jewish learning, culture, and diversity. During close to four years at Hazon, Daniel lead and supported many projects, including running multi-day immersive retreats and bike rides, networking Jewish educators and synagogue lay-leaders around the country, and creating innovative resources that connect users to spiritual and environmental themes found in Jewish tradition.

    Daniel is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA where he studied Communication and Culture, with a minor in Sociology. He also spent five summers on the staff of Eisner Camp, including two in senior leadership positons, and is proud to have represented Eisner as a Foundation for Jewish Camp Cornerstone and Launchpad Fellow. During his junior year of college, Daniel spent four months as a safari guide at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – educating guests about conservation issues and providing world-class customer service. Daniel lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rachel and son, Asher.

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    Interests: experiential and text-based Jewish education, second language acquisition, bilingual education, Jewish law

    Nina Kretzmer Seed, originally from Chappaqua, New York, is a Jim Joseph Fellow in the Dual Master's Program. She recently graduated from the Double Degree Program between Barnard College, where she earned a degree in French Translation and Literature, and List College of The Jewish Theological Seminary, where she earned a degree in Talmud and Rabbinics. She has also studied at Yeshivat Hadar, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and the Sorbonne in Paris. She has participated in various religious communities on campus and on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is currently a fourth-grade teacher at the Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael Religious School in Springfield, New Jersey. Previously, she served as research assistant to Rabbi Dr. Neil Gillman, with whom she created adult education curriculum, and as a counselor at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, New York where she discovered her passion for exciting Jewish education that impacts everyday life.

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    Daniela Lehmann grew up in Seattle, Washington. She graduated summa cum laude from the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women, where she majored in English Literature and Judaic Studies with a minor in Music. She was a contributor to Yeshiva University’s Journal of Jewish Thought as well as a regular participant in the Stern Chamber and Choral Ensembles. During this time Daniela was a grant writing intern for the Organization for Resolution of Agunot (ORA), where she researched and obtained grants for educational programming in Jewish day schools across the United States.

    Daniela has worked in many educational settings, ranging from Sunday School teacher to college Hebrew Language TA. For the past two years she has worked as an assistant teacher at SAR Academy in Riverdale, teaching first grade Judaic studies. At SAR Daniela has enjoyed the opportunity to participate in developing and contributing to the first grade Hebrew language curriculum and has gained hands-on experience in bringing innovative technology to the classroom.

    Daniela is a Jim Joseph Fellow in NYU’s Dual MA Program in Education and Jewish Studies and Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She intends to teach Bible in Jewish day schools and to develop comprehensive Bible curricula which combine traditional and modern modes of learning the biblical text.

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    Interests:  Experiential education, Israel education, identity formation, youth leadership, and Zionism 

    Aaron Levi grew up in Maryland and in the labor-Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror. After a gap-year in Israel, he attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He wrote a column as an undergrad for the student newspaper about studying abroad in Morocco and Jewish-Muslim relations on NYU’s campus. In addition, Aaron taught immersive Hebrew and Judaic Studies using experiential learning methods at Gan Shalom and Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn and interned at the Jewish Daily Forward. During his undergraduate years Aaron also worked as a counselor at Habonim Dror Camp Moshava in Maryland, as a leader for Israel teen trips, and interned with the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem.

    In 2007, Aaron graduated NYU as an Honors Scholar with a B.A. in Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and Journalism. The following year, he served as the summer executive director at Camp Moshava before living in Israel for a year where he taught English and studied Hebrew. From 2010-2012, Aaron coordinated a youth leadership program called the San Francisco Diller Teen Fellows and served on the Board of Directors for the supplementary education program Midrasha at Berkeley, California. He currently participates in Yeshiva University’s Experiential Jewish Education Certificate Program, works as the Youth Group Leader at Union Temple in Brooklyn, and will study this fall in the NYU Dual M.A. program in Education and Jewish Studies and Hebrew and Judaic Studies as a Jim Joseph Fellow.

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    Interests: Experiential education, Israel education, Jewish travel, leadership development, movement, history

    Rebekah Thornhill grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from NYU in 2011 with a BA in History and Jewish History & Civilization. As an undergrad, she was a member of the NYU Purple and White Dance Team, awarded the Eryk Spektor Scholarship for Jewish Studies, and studied abroad with the pioneer group to NYU Tel Aviv. Rebekah is the Senior Associate for Leadership and Global Initiatives at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU where she oversees leadership development and interfaith initiatives. Rebekah also manages NYU’s Global Center for Jewish Life in Florence, Italy as well as the Bronfman Center’s alternative break program. She has been awarded the NYU Student Affairs Hallmark Award as well as the all-University Give A Violet Award in her three years of work at the Bronfman Center.

    Rebekah is pursuing a dual Master’s in Education and Jewish Studies through NYU’s Steinhardt School and Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She is passionate about Jewish learning and Israel education as well as Jewish communal leadership. Rebekah is a member of the 7th cohort of UJA-Federation of New York’s Shapiro Family Fellowship as well as an alumna of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She is a veteran member of the Limmud New York steering committee. Having spent many months living and studying in Israel, leading Birthright and alternative break trips, and facilitating various educational experiences, Rebekah is excited to gain formal training and apply it to her work with college students.