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Dana Kresel, Assistant Director

Dana holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University (2017); she is also a graduate of the Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University (2009), where she received BAs in Modern Jewish Studies and History. 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.

Dina Mann, Communications Manager

Dina has worked as a writer and in communications roles at UJA-Federation, Reboot and the Religion Unit of CBS News. Dina holds an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Rutgers University.

Betty Beecham, Administrative Assistant

Betty has a background in Immigration Law and worked as an Executive Legal Assistant at The Law Office of Adam Wright and at Derell LLC Inc. managing customer relations.  Betty holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).

Stuart Weinstock, Film Series Coordinator

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.

Daniel Bonner, Foreign Policy Fellow

Daniel Bonner is Director of Jewish/Israel Philanthropy at The Paul E. Singer Foundation in New York City. He graduated from Columbia College in 2013, where he studied history and served as President of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel and vice-chair of the Student Governing Board.