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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.


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).