Professional Team


Theodore Sasson

Ted Sasson is the founding director of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Director of Programs of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. He is also a professor of Jewish Studies at Middlebury College where he teaches courses about Israeli politics and society and American Jewish life. Previously, Ted served as Senior Research Scientist at Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, where he also held the title of Visiting Research Professor in the Sociology Department. Ted is author of The New American Zionism (NYU Press, 2014) and several previous books, as well as dozens of articles and research monographs in the fields of Israel Studies, diaspora studies, heritage tourism, demography, and the sociology of crime and punishment. His short essays have been published in the Jewish Review of Books, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, The Jerusalem Post and other periodicals. He is author most recently of review essays on Israeli perspectives on American Jewry, and Israeli perspectives on civil rights, democracy and Arab-Jewish relations. Ted previously served as chair of the social science division of the Association for Jewish Studies and on the boards of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and the Association for Israel Studies. He earned his B.A. at Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in sociology at Boston College.

Liana Brodsky

Liana Brodsky is the Associate Director of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Previously she served as the Director of Programs at ShalomLearning, a nonprofit dedicated to providing technology-based Judaics and Hebrew curriculum for Jewish educational institutions. Previously, she was the Teen Program Manager at the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, coordinating the Diller Teen Fellows. Ms. Brodsky currently volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, the Westwood Young Women’s Club, and Temple Beth David of Westwood on their security committee. She was selected as one of Combined Jewish Philanthropies “Chai in the Hub” winners; the top 18 most influential young Jews in Boston. Ms. Brodsky received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Child & Family Studies and her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education both from Lesley University. Additionally, she received a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University.

Eva Heinstein

Eva Heinstein is the Director for the Cultural Leadership Program. Prior to joining the Mandel Foundation, Eva worked at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership where she managed partnerships with the Center’s board, alumni, and community organizations. She has developed a range of creative initiatives over the course of her career, such as the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at New England Conservatory and Piyut North America, a project that aims to revitalize Jewish musical and spiritual traditions from North Africa and the Middle East. She holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, an MA in Ethnomusicology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Musicology and Hebrew Literature from New York University.
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Jethro Berkman

Jethro Berkman is the Director of the Educational Leadership Program and a Program Officer in Jewish Education at the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Before joining the Foundation, Rabbi Berkman worked at Gann Academy for eleven years, most recently as Dean of Jewish Education. He is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a member of the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis. He also studied at the Yakar Center for Tradition and Creativity, the Harvard Divinity School, the Hebrew University, the Pardes Institute, the Conservative Yeshiva and Machon Schechter. Prior to his studies at RRC, Rabbi Berkman spent three years living in Israel, both studying and working for Seeds of Peace, an organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn peacemaking skills. Rabbi Berkman also worked with children with special needs in the Boston Public Schools and volunteered for the community service program City Year Boston.

Hanna Paris

Hanna Paris is the Program Associate of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Prior to joining the Mandel Foundation, she served as a Paralegal Specialist for the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Paris earned a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Case Western Reserve University in 2021.

Avital Habshush

Avital Habshush is the Operations Associate of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Prior to joining the Foundation, Avital spent a year on the Dorot Fellowship in Israel exploring the complexities of the land, engaging in leadership development, and volunteering at a therapeutic plant nursery. Avital has a deep love of learning especially when it comes to Jewish studies and science. After receiving her B.A. in biology at Stern College, Avital spent a year studying Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS). Afterwards, she served as a Jewish Educator at Harvard Hillel and a Genetic Testing Coordinator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.