Theodore Sasson is Director of Programs of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and Director of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. A sociologist by training, he has written widely in the fields of diaspora studies, heritage tourism, Israeli politics, American Jewish opinion, American Jewish demography and criminology. He is the author of The New American Zionism (New York University Press, 2014), several previous books and dozens of scholarly articles and research monographs. His essays have appeared in The Forward, Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Week, The Jerusalem Post, Sh’ma Magazine and other periodicals. He is a Middlebury College professor on extended leave of absence for service to the Foundation.
Liana Brodsky is the Assistant 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 volunteers as a Board Member of Yad Chessed, an organization working to support local Jews in financial distress, as well as with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston. 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 is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Prior to joining the Mandel Foundation, Ms. Heinstein worked at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership where she managed partnerships with the Center’s board, alumni, and community organizations. Ms. Heinstein has developed a range of creative initiatives over the course of her career, such as the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at New England Conservatory, a program that empowers young musicians to chart new paths in the field, and Piyut North America, a project that aims to revitalize the global Jewish music of Piyut in the U.S. She will soon complete an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Musicology and Hebrew Literature from New York University.
Jethro Berkman is 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.
Alyssa Berkson is the Program Associate of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Ms. Berkson received her B.A. in Linguistics from Brandeis University in 2019.
“The Mandel Institute will strengthen leadership of nonprofit institutions that serve the general public and the Jewish community—a top priority for the Foundation.”– Jehuda Reinharz, President, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation –