Judaic Studies Alumni Council

Our Council's Mission

The mission of the Judaic Studies Alumni Council is to advise the department in developing strategic partnerships and long-term planning, to expand the network of opportunities for current students and recent graduates, to provide learning opportunities for alumni and friends, and to assist in recruiting students to Binghamton.

Advise Department Chair on building partnerships with Jewish institutions, developing and achieving long-term goals, identifying additional funding opportunities for students and the Department.

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Our Council Members

  • Abby Pitkowsky '89

    Bronx, NY | abby.pitkowsky@gmail.com

    Director of Israel Education and Westchester region, The Jewish Education Project

    Favorite courses in Judaic Studies: All Hebrew classes of Dr. Yedida Stillman z”l and Prof Allan Arkush, Contemporary Zionism

  • Matthew Becker '07

    New York, NY | mjbecker@bdo.com

    Audit Director in the Nonprofit and Healthcare Practice in the New York Metro Area offices of BDO 

    Brief Bio and Job Description: After graduating Binghamton University with a bachelor of science in accounting, Matt has dedicated more than 15 years to providing high-quality accounting and consulting services as well as thought leadership to nonprofit and healthcare organizations. Matt’s range of nonprofit expertise includes Jewish/Israel and Friends of Organizations, Human Service Organizations, Membership and Religious Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations and various other nonprofits.

    Matt is intimately involved with the BDO-US Israel Desk and serves as a liaison to the Desk for the nonprofit industry. The US-Israel Desk is a platform designed to enable exceptional client service to organizations both in the U.S. and in Israel, attending to their auditing, tax, and advisory needs. Headquartered in New York City and Tel-Aviv, the US-Israel Desk, the Desk seamlessly coordinates a wide range of integrated services.

  • Illana Ben Ezra '14, MA '15

    New York, NY | ibe209@nyu.edu

    Assistant Director, Hillel at Baruch, City, John Jay, Pace, and SVA (Jewish communal field)

  • Yael Brenner '16

    yael@baruchhillel.org

    Assistant Director, Hillel at Baruch, City, John Jay, Pace, and SVA (Jewish communal field)

    Brief Job Description: Oversees operations and programming for a cross campus Hillel in Manhattan - including Baruch College, The City College of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Pace University, and The School of Visual Arts

    Favorite courses in Judaic Studies: Sephardi Mizrachi Voices, Early Zionist Thought

  • Sarah Diamond '98

    West Orange, NJ | sarahbdiamond@yahoo.com

    Director, New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
    Adult Department Program Director, JCC MetroWest

    Brief Job Description: Manages a major Jewish film festival i including oversight of committees, sponsorships, film selection and post-screening discussions

    Create and implement programming for adults aged 50plus with lectures, trips and other social programming.

    Favorite courses in Judaic Studies: History of Jews in America

  • Cindy Goldstein '92

    Livingston, NJ | cindy.goldstein1@gmail.com

    Religious school teacher: Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell, NJ

    Brief Job Description: Judaic Studies teacher (calendar, holidays,etc) for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.  Also teaching mindfulness classes across all ages from kindergarten through 8th.  

    Favorite courses in Judaic Studies: Women in the Rabbinate

  • Linda Grabel '71
  • Randi Halperin '93
  • Justin Hayet '15, MPA '16
  • Joseph Hury '98
  • Rachel Jacobs Opsal '08

    Brooklyn, NY | racheljacobs86@gmail.com

    Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf

    Brief Job Description: Rachel Jacobs is involved in prosecuting all types of personal injury cases, particularly motor vehicle and medical malpractice cases. Her work includes all aspects of case investigation, drafting and overseeing pleadings, researching and writing motions, preparing and defending plaintiffs’ examinations before trial, court appearances, and trial preparation.

    Favorite courses in Judaic Studies: The Holocaust

  • Jessica Morgenthal 
  • Seth Meyer '07

    New York, NY | sethjmeyer@gmail.com

    Brown & Altman, LLP, Melville, New York

    Brief Job Description: Represents businesses and individuals’ zoning and real estate matters involving various types of commercial and residential properties on Long Island and in New York City.  I also represent clients in commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts.

  • Michael Pitkowsky '89

    Bronx, NY | michael@pitkowsky.net 

    Manager of Enrollment Analytics at St. Francis College

    Brief Bio and Job Description: After a career in academia and higher ed that included working with sophisticated learning platforms and data analysis, Pitkowsky decided to make a full transition to the world of high tech and software that eventually led him to dive head first into the Salesforce ecosystem. Within the Salesforce community Pitkowsky found a supportive environment that challenged him to develop his skills in the application of technology towards helping organizations better fulfill their mission. His goal is to help organizations understand how the Salesforce platform can help them become better and more effective at what they are doing. 

  • Yael Rabin '14

    New York, NY | YRabin@adl.org

    Data Analyst, Center on Extremism at Anti-Defamation League

  • Ira Rohde '87

    New York, NY | irohde@shearithisrael.org  

    Rabbi-Hazzan Ira L. Rohde is hazzan-minister (cantor) of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York—North America’s first congregation—and he holds rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, in New York City

    Brief Bio: Rohde has made a special study of the Portuguese liturgical traditions, working closely with Shearith Israel’s esteemed hazzan emeritus, the Reverend Abraham Lopes Cardozo, who came to that congregation from Amsterdam and Surinam.

  • Maurice Salth '89
  • Brian Smollett '03

    New York, NY | brian.smollett@gmail.com

    Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)

  • Michael Snow '14
  • Belle Yoeli '14

    New York, NY | yoelib@ajc.org

    Chief of Staff and Chief Innovation Officer at AJC Global


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