A 2011 transplant to Los Angeles, Puppett works as a video editor and assistant director to support her acting and directing careers. She also co-founded Queer Books, LLC, an LGBT*Q, feminist, progressive bookshop pop up that is working toward opening a retail, café, and event space in Philadelphia.
Jay Saper is studying at Bank Street College in New York City to become an educator of young children. Margot Seigle is the Social Justice Enrichment Coordinator for Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.
Leah is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow, originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio.
Bethany Berger is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow.
Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz is on the faculty at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham, MA. She blogs at thisiswhatarabbilookslike.wordpress.com.
Dr. Janet Bordelon became the Historian at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in June 2014.
Originally from Methuen, Massachusetts, Caitlin Brooking came to Mississippi in 2007 to assist with Hurricane Katrina volunteer relief efforts as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, and has yet to be asked politely to leave. She is currently a Master's student in Sociology at the University of Mississippi, serves as a CEED Innovation Fellow with the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, and continues to work with national and community service programs throughout Mississippi.
Nonnie Campbell is the Administrator at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). She has been with the ISJL since the very beginning, and is the go-to person for both institutional knowledge and college sports insights.
Rabbi Matt Dreffin, MAJE, is Assistant Director of Education at the ISJL.
Gail Goldberg lives in Greenwood, Mississippi. She is a board member of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, a member of Ahavath Rayim synagogue, and very active in her local community.
Missy Goldstein is a 2013-2015 Education Fellow at the ISJL.
Alachua Haskins is a 2013-2015 ISJL Education Fellow.
Becky Herring is co-chair of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.
Dr. Joel Hoffman is the chief translator for the popular 10-volume series, "My People's Prayer Book" (winner of the National Jewish Book Award). He is the author of "In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language" (NYU Press), and "And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning" (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press). His latest book is "The Bible's Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible." To learn more, visit his website, www.lashon.net.
Rachel Jarman Myers is the Museum and Special Projects Coordinator for the ISJL.
Ann Zivitz Kientz is Director of Programming at the ISJL. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rabbi Marshal Klaven is Director of Rabbinic Services at the ISJL.
Alanna (Lonnie) Kleinman is the ISJL's first Community Engagement Fellow.
Abby Klionsky is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow. She is a recent graduate of Princeton University, and hails from Chicago, Illinois.
Laney Lenox is a senior at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She is currently interning in the Community Engagement department at the ISJL.
Eliza Meredith is a 2014 Summer Intern in the ISJL's Museum Department. She is a student at Duke University.
Arielle Nissenlatt is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow.
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is Executive Director of Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute and the author of numerous books about Jewish spirituality.
Allison Poirier is a 2013-2015 ISJL Education Fellow, originally hailing from Massachusetts.
Rachel Reagler Schulman is the ISJL Board Chair. Originally from Wynne, Arkansas, she now lives in the greater Chicago area.
Dan Ring is an Education Fellow (2012-2014) at the ISJL.
Dr. Stuart Rockoff is the Director of the History Department at the ISJL.
Lex Rofes grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He is a 2013-2014 ISJL Education Fellow.
Michele Schipper is the Chief Operating Officer of the ISJL.
Malkie Schwartz is the Director of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s (ISJL) Department of Community Engagement. Malkie joined the ISJL staff in 2009 to complete the mission of the ISJL by ensuring that in addition to educational, cultural and rabbinic opportunities, the ISJL can be a resource to Southern Jewish communities wishing to elevate the role that service plays in Jewish life. Since the department’s launch, the ISJL has introduced T.A.P. (Talk About the Problems), a conflict resolution/peer mediation program; Read, Lead, Succeed, a cross age reading program; and The Health Express, a peer-to-peer health education program, to schools in the Jackson, Mississippi metro area. In addition, the ISJL recently began partnering with a cohort of congregations to begin replicating these initiatives in their own communities. Malkie’s position at the ISJL was preceded by 5 years of experience serving as the founding executive director of Footsteps, a New York City based non-profit organization that provides educational, vocational, social and emotional assistance to people who are seeking to transition from an ultra-orthodox lifestyle into the mainstream world. Malkie is a graduate of Hunter College and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a Repair the World Fellow and currently lives in Jackson, MS. Malkie serves on the board of Jackson 2000, an organization that promotes racial harmony in Jackson.
Rabbi Jeremy Simons is Director of Rabbinic Services at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. He travels to communities throughout the South with no full time rabbis of their own, providing Jewish resources and rabbinic support.
Paula Sinclair is Director of Programs and Partnerships at Jewish Women's Archive in Massachusetts.
Douglas Smith is a member of Temple Israel in Columbus, Georgia, where he serves as House Committee Chair and Community Volunteer. He is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent and Commercial Real Estate Broker, but most importantly, he is father to his eleven year old son, Jonathan.
Claire Solomon was an ISJL Education Fellow from 2010-2012. She now lives and works in New York City.
Rachel Stern is the Director of Education at the ISJL.
Sharon Warshaw lives in Columbus, Georgia. She is involved in Community Engagement in her community and a proud ISJL community partner.
Amanda Winer is a 2012-2014 ISJL Education Fellow, originally hailing from Massachusetts.