November 5, 2013

Our Team

Eric M. Leiderman

Co-Founder & President

Eric is one of our co-founders and the driving force behind Masorti on Campus. A recent graduate of Binghamton University, with a degree in Sociology and Religious Studies, he is currently a Lishma Fellow at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem with a second fellowship at The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education. After completing the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, Eric majored in Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, served as President & CEO of UHart's Chabad Chevra, and helped orchestrate a major revival in that campus's Jewish community. He is a lifelong Ramahnik, including working as part of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires' year round team. Eric continues to be recognized for his work, including USCJ's 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award.

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Eric Garfinkel

Director of Programs

Eric Garfinkel is a current second year student at the William Davidson School for Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, pursuing an MA in Educational Leadership. Originally from New Rochelle, NY, he is an alumnus of Hofstra University, Class of 2015, graduating with a degree in History and Jewish Studies. He is also a former member of Hofstra Hillel. As a member of Hofstra Hillel, Eric served on the Student Executive Board of Hofstra Hillel as Vice-President and President and as the chair of the Athletic Committee. He is excited to return to Hofstra Hillel as the Community Educator, aiding in programming for both Hofstra Hillel students and the Jewish community at large! In his spare time he is a musician and loves to play the guitar, cello, and piano. He is also a huge sports-enthusiast.

Kayla Reisman

Kayla Reisman

Outreach Coordinator

Kayla Reisman is the most recent addition to our team as our Outreach Coordinator, bringing with her a rolodex that almost won her the title "Rosh Jewish Geography," after two years as Senior Engagement Associate and Director of Jewish Student Life for Hillel at Ithaca College. In addition to her role with us, Kayla also serves as the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA. She is also working towards her MA/MBA in the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University.

Kayla comes from a strong Jewish education background through day schools and Camp Ramah. After completing the Nativ College Leadership Program, Kayla attended Dickinson College where she received a degree in Judaic Studies and Sociology with a certificate in Jewish and Hebrew Education. Kayla has been a Hillel International Ezra Fellow, and a Taglit-Birthright Israel Fellow.

Douglas Kandl

Co-Founder

Douglas Kandl was President of Pace University Hillel and the driving force behind the save Koach campaign. He was a UJA-Federation of New York Bridging the Gap Fellow and on the International KOACH committee. Doug continues to be an active member of his Jewish community, with his wife Melanie in suburban Maryland.

Rabbi Dave Siegel

Rabbi Dave Siegel

Strategic Consultant

Rabbi Dave Siegel grew up in Massapequa, New York in Long Island. As a teenager, he was an active member and officer of METNY United Synagogue Youth (USY). After graduating Massapequa High School, he received his BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Law/History from Binghamton University and has received masters degrees from both New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Jewish Theological Seminary's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Before attending JTS, Dave worked as the Director of Special Projects at the 92nd Street Y. During his time in Rabbinical School Dave focused on leadership and professional development in the Jewish community. He has also served in leadership positions at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and United Synagogue Youth. Dave is currently the Executive Director of Hofstra University Hillel and lives in Merrick, New York with his wife Nicole and children Jake and Anna.

Sara Horowitz

Dean of Student Life at JTS

Sara Horowitz is currently the Dean of Student Life at JTS and oversees extra-curricular and co-curricular programming for the JTS community through the Office of Student Life.  Before beginning her career at JTS, Sara was very involved with the Conservative Movement through USY and Camp Ramah.  Her interest in student affairs work was inspired by her prior work in the Orientation Office at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.   Sara was raised in the Washington, DC area and graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics. She received a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Education in Student Affairs Administration from Columbia University-Teachers College in New York City.

Sara served as a Trustee on the Management Committee of the Young Leadership Council of UJA Federation-New York and chair of a UJA Young Leadership mission to Israel.  She received a Young Leadership award at the UJC General Assembly. She also served on the Board of Directors of the JCC of Manhattan as co-chair of the JCC Associates.

After 19 years of living in Manhattan, Sara truly feels like a New Yorker at heart.  In her spare time, she loves to attend Jewish cultural events, walk through Central Park and along the Hudson River and travel, especially to Israel.

 

    David Kaplinsky

    Creative Consultant

    David has been part of Masorti on Campus since its inception. As a former Koach campus intern from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and 2012 Koach Kallah co-chaired, David's insights have been key to getting us off the ground running. His experience with Koach's campus programs and mega-Shabbaton conferences have made him an invaluable member of our team. David's current position of "Creative Consultant" jives with his professional skills as an a working actor, teacher, and digital content creator.