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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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Sheridan Gayer, Assistant Director

Sheridan holds a BA in English from Columbia University and a BA in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary where she received the Rosalyn Gooen Milians Educational Award. She received the William Davidson Fellowship which allowed her to pursue an MA in Jewish Education (JTS '05). She has served as the Director of Teen Community Services at Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, where she was also the Director of the Community Service Summer Experience, and as the Education Coordinator for the Department of Youth Activities at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism where she served as the Editor of Moadim L'Simcha: A Book on the Jewish Calendar and Holidays as well as the managing editor of the quarterly news and literary magazines. She serves on the executive board of Limmud NY and the Recent Alumni Leadership Committee of the School of General Studies at Columbia University.


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Dana Kresel, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

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. Since 2010, Dana has been on the steering team of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar.


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Adam Kirsch, Graduate Program Coordinator

Adam Kirsch graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English. A poet and critic, he is the author of seven books, including "Why Trilling Matters" and "Benjamin Disraeli," which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in biography. His writing appears regularly in the New Yorker, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books and other publications. He is a columnist for Tablet magazine, and teaches on the seminar faculty of Columbia's Center for American Studies.

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.