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 & 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.

Leah ApothakerLeah Apothaker

Leah is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow, originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio.

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

Janet BordelonJanet Bordelon

Dr. Janet Bordelon became the Historian at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in June 2014.

Caitlin BrookingCaitlin Brooking

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 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.

Becky HerringBecky Herring

Becky Herring is co-chair of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

Joel HoffmanJoel Hoffman

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,

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.

Arielle NissenblattArielle Nissenblatt

Arielle Nissenlatt is a 2014-2016 ISJL Education Fellow.

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.

Rachel Reagler SchulmanRachel Reagler Schulman

Rachel Reagler Schulman is the ISJL Board Chair. Originally from Wynne, Arkansas, she now lives in the greater Chicago area.

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.

Douglas SmithDouglas Smith

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 SolomonClaire Solomon

Claire Solomon was an ISJL Education Fellow from 2010-2012. She now lives and works in New York City.

Rachel SternRachel Stern

Rachel Stern is the Director of Education at the ISJL.

Sharon WarshawSharon Warshaw

Sharon Warshaw lives in Columbus, Georgia. She is involved in Community Engagement in her community and a proud ISJL community partner.

Amanda WinerAmanda Winer

Amanda Winer is a 2012-2014 ISJL Education Fellow, originally hailing from Massachusetts.