Meet The 2016 Fellows
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Getzel Davis is a native New Yorker who has lived in Boston for the past decade. He received his rabbinical ordination and Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College where he also got a certificate in nonprofit management. Getzel is a rabbi and educator at Harvard Hillel and also as an Harvard University Chaplain. Getzel received wide acclaim for the sermon he gave at Kol Nidrei at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park.
Ben Elgart harnesses research and design to solve problems. He chases insight from psychology and human behavior to plan, create and evaluate experiences that connect people with their goals. In the past, he has pushed organizations to integrate user-centered approaches that support drivers navigating routes, homeowners refinancing mortgages, borrowers activating credit lines, and patients adhering to medications. He currently helps patients work together to improve healthcare as an interaction designer at PatientsLikeMe.
Alexis has lived in Boston for 10 years, but is a Chicago transplant and a Midwesterner at heart. In her professional life she manages 120 events each academic year at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. As a Divinity School alumna, she relishes the chance to stay involved in the academic community. Her business allows her to combine her commitment to the interfaith community and her love of sending cards.
Julie Judson works at Citi Performing Arts Center as the Manager of Institutional Advancement. Julie works closely with Citi Center’s Board of Directors and Overseers, major gift prospects, plans special events, and manages the Metropolitans, Citi Center's young professionals group. She is a team leader for City Hall's ONEin3 Council initiative. Her work has led Julie to develop an interest in Millennial giving. She earned her M.S. in Arts Administration from BU in May 2015.
Bryanne is a passionate advocate for a strong, inclusive, inspiring community. Currently working as the Development Director at Cambridge Community Services, an education nonprofit working with low-income, immigrant youth, Bryanne is also a busy volunteer for Strong Women Strong Girls, JBBBS, and The Philanthropy Connection. A double Husky, she graduated from Northeastern University with Bachelors and Masters degrees in History. Outside of work and volunteering, Bryanne enjoys running and hip hop yoga.
Andy Pankin is a former Jewish educator turned entrepreneur with a passion for using technology to innovate and disrupt. He is well connected in the Jewish community of Greater Boston and the Boston startup ecosystem and he is excited to combine these passions and networks for this venture. Andy grew up in Needham, MA and currently lives in Brighton. When he is not working he is usually outdoors (most likely at a Phish concert.)
Mark Rudnick is deeply passionate about education and technology, and is working with PresenTense to wed those interests to his passion for the Jewish community. He is currently a manager at edX, a non-profit that delivers online courses from the best educational institutions around the world. Mark hails from Worcester, MA originally but loves to travel; he lives in Boston with his wife, whom he met while living and working in South Korea.
Noah Steinhardt is the Prozdor Recruitment Coordinator and Hevruta Coordinator at Hebrew College. He graduated with a BS from Boston University in Communication and Sociology and is currently pursuing an MA in Jewish Education at Hebrew College. He has staffed multiple Birthright trips and is passionate about Zionism and Israel education. Noah lives in Brookline and enjoys playing basketball, cooking, studying Jewish texts, and watching the New York Jets lose.