Archive: July 2020

Heather Santelli

Posted on July 2, 2020

Heather is the Director of Finance for the organization.  She manages all financial operations both in the US and Israel and has been with The Fellowship since 2001.  She holds degrees in both Accounting and Hotel and Restaurant Management and is a Notary Public licensed in New York State.  Outside of Bronfman, Heather assists various Continue Reading »

Daphna Yizrael

Posted on July 2, 2020

Daphna has been active in the field of Hebrew culture and Jewish Renewal for many years. She has held leadership and educational positions at the Mandel Leadership Institute, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, Gesher and the Zalman Shazar Center, and was senior community emissary in the MetroWest community in New Jersey. In Continue Reading »

Becky Voorwinde

Posted on July 2, 2020

Rebecca Voorwinde is Executive Director of The Bronfman Fellowship. Becky oversees the strategic planning for all aspects of the Fellowship in Israel and the US, including working closely with the global alumni community of over 1,200 and selects incoming Fellows. An alumna of the program, Becky served as a volunteer member of Bronfman’s Alumni Advisory Continue Reading »

Avi Weinstein

Posted on July 2, 2020

Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Executive Director Emeritus, has been associated with The Bronfman Fellowship since its inception in 1987, and is presently Head of Jewish Studies at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, KS.

Shimon Felix

Posted on July 2, 2020

Rabbi Shimon Felix is the Executive Director Emeritus of the program. He was born in New York, and has lived in Jerusalem since 1973. Rabbi Felix has been associated with The Bronfman Fellowship since 1991. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Hamivtar, where he served as educational director. Rabbi Felix has worked in a Continue Reading »

Michael Paley

Posted on July 2, 2020

Rabbi Michael Paley was the Bronfman Fellowship’s Founding Director, and is presently the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Resource Center of UJA-Federation of New York. He also teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism, City College, and the Ivry Prozdor High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Newsweek magazine Continue Reading »

James Ponet

Posted on July 2, 2020

Rabbi James Ponet is the Jewish Chaplain at Yale University and Director of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale.

Rachel Nussbaum

Posted on July 2, 2020

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (Fellow 1993, Faculty 2003, 2004) is the Rabbi and Executive Director of the Kavana Cooperative, an independent Jewish community in Seattle. This will be Rachel’s third summer on faculty. Rachel was recently named to Newsweek Magazine’s list of “America’s Top 50 Influential Rabbis.”  In addition, she has been a recipient of the prestigious AVI CHAI Continue Reading »

Yehuda Kurtzer

Posted on July 2, 2020

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He was Visiting Assistant Professor and the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University, where he taught courses in Jewish Studies for the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership and DeLeT programs.

Ilana Kurshan

Posted on July 2, 2020

Ilana Kurshan (BYFI ’95) is an alumna of the program. Ilana graduated from Harvard. After college, she spent a year in England studying British Romantic poetry at Cambridge and has been working in book publishing for the last eight years, first at Random House in New York. Ilana moved to Israel and began her current Continue Reading »