Meet The Team
Brenna is still trying to figure out how college works. As a midyear, she has spent approximately 3.5 months on the Brandeis campus, but has loved (mostly) every minute of it. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, Brenna brings her out-of-town but still kinda-in-town-since-she-went-to-SAR qualities with her to Boston. After graduating from SAR, Brenna spent a year at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and then another semester as Shana Bet (shtick or shtark?). Brenna’s favorite obscure fact about herself is that she is really good at telling what brand a car is by it’s headlights at night. Cool, right? She can’t wait to be Vice President for BOO and work together with everyone to strengthen the community!
After growing up in the world-renowned Plainview, NY and attending HANC for 16 years (yeah definitely a long time), Adena spent about a year at MMY (oops covid). Obsessed with trees, water w/ ice from Einstein (sorry not a big coffee drinker), her yellow winter coat, and all things peanut butter related, Adena is hyped to get everyone involved in all sorts of stuff this year!!
Mikey Schwartz is absolutely pumped to keep BOO rolling in dough as its next treasurer. Born and raised in Newton, at Brandeis, Mikey is technically even more in-town than Justin. His priorities for the next year are clear: help fund great BOO events. If you want to chat with Mikey, he can be found ordering coffee at Einstein’s or talking with his parents, Aliza and Justin. Please note that if you wish to get a good response from Mikey, it is most effective to first present him with a tribute of steamed chicken dumplings from Taam. He can’t wait for a year of service, shtick, and fun!
A grad student trapped in a senior’s body, Justin is super excited to serve as the BOO secretary for the Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 semesters. Hailing from Englewood, (EngleWORLD) New Jersey, Justin is as in-town as it gets. His days at Frisch and Orayta have inspired his daily Shacharit attendance, while his days at Ramah have inspired his love of Israeli Music. Despite being anti-shtick, Justin is always down for a good bit. Connect with him on LinkedIn!
Yonina Reichman, our Education Coordinator comes all the way from “the other side of town,” Teaneck, New Jersey. Yonina graduated from Frisch (the Frisch School? Yeshivat Frisch? What even is its proper name?) and then spent a year learning (how to crochet kippas) in Migdal Oz before coming to Brandeis. Despite being a junior and having declared a Biology Major, you can often find Yonina in the Beit Midrash where she claims to be productively procrastinating all her work (contrary to some rumors, she didn’t actually like Chem). Yonina loves good shtick, torah, and chocolate.
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Maya, your new and excited social events coordinator is featured above a her happiest state: eating a bagel on the beach. She is from Teaneck (Ir Hakodesh) but She prefers to be in Migdal Oz. Maya went to Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls where she was a poster child. She is the proud owner of a lovely fish named Seth Shapiro (no relation to Matt Shapiro). You may catch Maya chatting up a storm with her favorite Sherm employees (Emil, Charlie, Marsha, Richard, Kali, Jason, and ofc Tosaporn). She can’t wait to be on board!!!
Eitan Leff is a Junior studying mathematics and physics. In his spare time, he is a data engineer and the Gabbai for the Brandeis Orthodox Minyan. He has 3 years of Gabbai experience before becoming Gabbai for BOM and continues to learn and grow.
Rachel Araten was born and raised in The City, where she attended Ramaz. A member of Brandeis class of ‘24, she is interested in studying NEJS and Education and spends her free time trying to scout out all of the healthy snacks in the C store. Rachel loves Trader Joe’s and can talk for hours about all of her favorite products. She also is an avid artist who loves arts and crafts activities and wishes she could live in the Michael’s craft store. Rachel loves minyan (especially finding leiners) and enjoys being able to help the community have a meaningful prayer space.