Jonathan Shmidt Chapman (Cohort I) leading a program with The K’ilu Company. Photo Credit: Wide-Eyed Studios


Jethro Headshot

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.

Tova Birnbaum

Tova Birnbaum is the Senior Jewish Education Specialist at the JCC Association and a faculty member in the Mandel Educational Leadership Program at the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. She was the Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto for eight years. Tova was born in B’nai B’rak, Israel, in an Ultra-Orthodox home, and was one of the founders of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, where she was a faculty member for many years. She also served as the Central Shlicha (emissary), Director of the North America Region of the World Zionist Organization. Tova is a Judaic studies teacher, Theater Midrash workshop facilitator, and a Secular Jewish Life Cycle ceremonies officiant. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto and on the Birthright Israel Education Committee. Tova holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in Theater from Tel Aviv University. Tova and her husband live in Palo Alto and are proud parents of two daughters.

Jonathan Krasner

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair of Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University. Jonathan is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps and The Benderly Boys in American Jewish Education. He is former chair of the Network for Research in Jewish Education and was named as a 2012 finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. He is currently working on a history of the American Jewish Day School movement and was the recipient of the Sylvia and Moshe Ettenberg Prize of the Network for Research in Jewish Education to support his research. 
Smart Headshot

Michal Fox Smart

Michal Fox Smart is Chief Program Officer of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), guiding its faculty and programs. Michal has crafted ground-breaking programs in personal and spiritual development for over 30 years. She previously served as Director of Ayeka North America and Associate Principal (Judaics) of Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy. A pioneer in Jewish outdoor and environmental education, Michal was Executive Director of the Isabella Freedman retreat center and a co-founder of the Teva Learning Center. Michal is a graduate of Princeton and Cornell, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Her publications include Spirit in Nature and Kaddish: Women’s Voices. An avid biker, yogini and poet, Michal lives in CT and is the proud Ema of five emerging adults, each deliciously different as people and as Jews.

Devora Steinmetz

Faculty for the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and the Hebrew College rabbinical school. Devora is the founder of Beit Rabban, a Jewish day school profiled in Daniel Pekarsky’s Vision at Work: The Theory and Practice of Beit Rabban. She is the author of scholarly articles on Talmud, Midrash, and Bible as well as of two books, From Father to Son: Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis and Punishment and Freedom: The Rabbinic Construction of Criminal Law. Devora has served on the faculty of Drisha, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshivat Hadar, and Havruta: a Beit Midrash at Hebrew University.

Visiting Faculty

Tuck School of Business professors photographed in Hanover, New Hampshire on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. 

Copyright 2016 Rob Strong

Adam M. Kleinbaum

Adam M. Kleinbaum is a professor in the Strategy and Management area at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  He teaches leadership and organizational behavior, social networks, and leads learning expeditions to Israel, focusing on technology and entrepreneurship, and to Alabama, focusing on leadership and systemic racism. He also consults to organizations about issues of leadership and organizations, culture, and collaboration.  His research has been published in leading journals from Nature Communications to the Harvard Business Review and has been covered by media outlets ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Teen Vogue and Cosmo. He enjoys riding his vintage 3-speed bicycle.
Arielle Levites Headshot

Arielle Levites

Arielle Levites is the Managing Director of the Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) and a Research Assistant Professor at George Washington University. Dr. Levites’ research focuses on contemporary American Jewish education. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Network for Research in Jewish Education. She is working on a book based on an ethnographic study of contemporary American Jewish spiritual practitioners. She recently served on the advisory committee for the Pew Research Center’s 2021 study of American Jewry.