Authors

Jay Saper & Margot SeigleJay Saper & Margot Seigle
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.
Bethany BergerBethany Berger
Bethany Berger is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow.
Rabbi Leah R. BerkowitzRabbi Leah R. Berkowitz
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.
Janet BordelonJanet Bordelon
Dr. Janet Bordelon became the Historian at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in June 2014.
Nonnie CampbellNonnie Campbell
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 DreffinRabbi Matt Dreffin
Rabbi Matt Dreffin, MAJE, is Assistant Director of Education at the ISJL.
Gail GoldbergGail Goldberg
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 GoldsteinMissy Goldstein
Missy Goldstein is a 2013-2015 Education Fellow at the ISJL.
Alachua HaskinsAlachua Haskins
Alachua Haskins is a 2013-2015 ISJL Education Fellow.
Rachel Jarman MyersRachel Jarman Myers
Rachel Jarman Myers is the Museum and Special Projects Coordinator for the ISJL.
Ann Zivitz KientzAnn Zivitz Kientz
Ann Zivitz Kientz is Director of Programming at the ISJL. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rabbi Marshal KlavenRabbi Marshal Klaven
Rabbi Marshal Klaven is Director of Rabbinic Services at the ISJL.
Alanna KleinmanAlanna Kleinman
Alanna (Lonnie) Kleinman is the ISJL's first Community Engagement Fellow.
Abby KlionskyAbby Klionsky
Abby Klionsky is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow. She is a recent graduate of Princeton University, and hails from Chicago, Illinois.
Laney LenoxLaney Lenox
Laney Lenox is a senior at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She is currently interning in the Community Engagement department at the ISJL.
Eliza MeredithEliza Meredith
Eliza Meredith is a 2014 Summer Intern in the ISJL's Museum Department. She is a student at Duke University.
Rabbi Kerry M. OlitzkyRabbi Kerry M. Olitzky
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is Executive Director of Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute and the author of numerous books about Jewish spirituality.
Allison PoirierAllison Poirier
Allison Poirier is a 2013-2015 ISJL Education Fellow, originally hailing from Massachusetts.
Dan RingDan Ring
Dan Ring is an Education Fellow (2012-2014) at the ISJL.
Stuart RockoffStuart Rockoff
Dr. Stuart Rockoff is the Director of the History Department at the ISJL.
Lex RofesLex Rofes
Lex Rofes grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He is a 2013-2014 ISJL Education Fellow.
Michele SchipperMichele Schipper
Michele Schipper is the Chief Operating Officer of the ISJL.
Malkie SchwartzMalkie Schwartz
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 SimonsRabbi Jeremy Simons
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 SinclairPaula Sinclair
Paula Sinclair is Director of Programs and Partnerships at Jewish Women's Archive in Massachusetts.
Rachel SternRachel Stern
Rachel Stern is the Director of Education at the ISJL.
Amanda WinerAmanda Winer
Amanda Winer is a 2012-2014 ISJL Education Fellow, originally hailing from Massachusetts.
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