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Annela Levitov, Administrative Assistant

Annela Levitov graduated with honors from Gettysburg College with a BA in English with a Writing Concentration. Prior to joining the IIJS, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and later on the Community Team of a global internet and technology firm in Manhattan. She also has professional experience in the health and wellness field and holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certification.


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Dana Kresel, Assistant Director

Dana is a graduate of the Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University (2009), where she received BAs in Modern Jewish Studies and American History. In addition to a semester abroad at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she held internships at the Claims Conference in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and was an active student leader in Hillel. Prior to joining the Institute, she served as the Development and Program Associate for the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel. Between 2010 and 2015, Dana was on the steering team of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar; she is still an active volunteer.


Stuart Weinstock, Lecturer in Film in the Faculty of the Arts

Stuart Weinstock is a writer, a director, and a professor of Film. He earned his BA in Film Studies and Psychology from Columbia College, and his MFA in Directing from Columbia's School of the Arts. His short films have screened and won awards at film festivals worldwide. Stuart has taught Film courses at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mercy College, and the New York Film Academy. His courses for Columbia include Topics in American Cinema: the History of Comedy, Auteur Study: Steven Spielberg, and New Hollywood: 1967-1980.