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Conference Chairs

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Gabriel Groz is a senior at Yale College, originally from Stamford, Connecticut. He studies history and Chinese literature, and concentrates his research on the theory and practice of empire in early modern Europe and China. When it comes to Judaic studies, Gabriel is interested in modern Jewish history and political thought.

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Shalhevet Schwartz is a sophomore at Yale College. Originally from Riverdale, New York, she spent two years studying at the Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz. Shalhevet is particularly interested in Jewish law: its historical development, its theoretical underpinnings and its practical applications.


Conference Planning Committee

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Joe Blumberg is a senior at Yale College from Lexington, Massachusetts. He studies American religious history, with particular interests in colonial theology, sermons, and war-time chaplaincy. Joe also leads Yale’s Reform community and sings with Magevet, Yale’s Jewish a cappella group. He is an alumnus of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Summer Program.


Yonatan Greenberg, originally from Potomac, Maryland, is a sophomore at Yale interested in studying some combination of philosophy and religious studies. He is currently most interested in 19th century European philosophy and hasidut. Before starting Yale, he spent a year studying in yeshiva in Israel.


45642121_306239639981061_6210392108650463232_nAvigayil Halpern is a senior Judaic Studies major at Yale College, where she is focusing on Talmud and the medieval period. Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, Avigayil is the editor in chief of Shibboleth: Yale’s Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Thought. An alumna of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships and the Rising Voices Fellowship, Avigayil has written for numerous publications about gender and Jewish observance.


Alan Presburger is a sophomore at Yale and is originally from Dallas, Texas. He is a prospective Philosophy major with an interest in comparing the ideas of morality and law between different Jewish thinkers. He also serves as the Religious Life Chair for Yale’s Hillel.

Intercollegiate Board

UJSC HeadshotPamela Brenner, a Manhattan native, is a Yiddish Studies major at Barnard College. She is a YIVO Research Fellow and serves as president of the Yiddish Club of Columbia/Barnard Hillel. In addition to her academic interests, Pamela is involved in various Torah study initiatives. She is an alumna of the Migdal Oz Beit Midrash for Women.

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Aryeh Roberts is currently a sophomore at the University of Maryland, where he is studying philosophy, history, and Jewish studies. He is particularly interested in how ideas are translated into specific social practices.