Dan Brosgol, MJEd'04
Dan Brosgol is the Director of Prozdor. He holds a BA in Politics from Brandeis University and both a certificate in Jewish Day School Education and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He is also pursuing a doctorate in Education at Northeastern University. Dan has been at Prozdor in various positions since 2003 and has served as Director since 2011, In his time at Prozdor Dan has been instrumental in transforming the school into a program with a diverse set of education and engagement opportunities for youth, and in particular has shaped Prozdor's vision for Israel engagement, education, and travel over the past decade. Dan regularly writes for JewishBoston.com and The Bedford Citizen, and his writing has also been featured on the Hebrew College blog, the Jewish Women's Archive, and InterfaithFamily.com. Dan is an active volunteer in Bedford, where he is an elected member of the School Committee, serves on the town Capital Expenditures Committee, appears on local television, and coaches youth sports. Dan is married with five children.
Leah Goldstein is the Associate Director for Prozdor and Program Coordinator for the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston. She holds a BS in Organizational Communication and Leadership from St. Edward's University and an MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. After spending a year at Tel Aviv University during college, she finds a way to get back to Israel as often as possible. A native of Austin, Texas, Leah brings a passion for Judaism and a unique Texas flair to the team. Prior to coming to Prozdor, Leah served as the New England Coordinator for The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and interned at 3 different agencies in the greater Boston Jewish community during her time in graduate school. Leah lives in Brookline and is a master of both baking and crafting.
Director of Makor
Ariel Margolis is the Director of Makor and the Director of Online Learning at Hebrew College, in addition to teaching on Special Education for the Shoolman Graduate School. He is known in the Jewish Day School community for his commitment to innovative educational models and for leveraging technology to help students engage with STEM and Judaic curriculum. Prior to coming to Hebrew College, Ariel worked at Kehillah Schechter Academy for 15 years, where he served as a math, science, and Tanakh teacher, middle school principal, teacher coach, and instructional technology coach. Ariel has co-authored several grants for technology, including for Smartboards and tablets, science, and Israel education. He has co-led several webinars on how technology has enhanced inter-institutional collaboration. He holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MA in Special Education from Bridgewater State University. He attended Harvard's Principal Institute (2008 cohort) and has certifications in Chrome Classroom and Flipped Classroom techniques from Sophia Learning LLC. He is also a certified EdTech coach and is a consultant to several edtech companies and local area day schools.
Jason G. Happel, Esq. is an associate at Sullivan & Clark, Attorneys at Law, practicing probate law. He studied political philosophy and law (B.A. 1991, magna; M.S. 1997 summa, J.D. 2007). He volunteers as a mock trial coach and judge for high school and college competitions and is the lead instructor for the Mock Trial Boot Camp at Brandeis University. Jason has taught comparative law, Shakespeare and classics in various settings, including international seminars sponsored by Brandeis (BGI) for Russian-speaking students, a course on Western philosophy for Thompson Learning, and lectured on great books for Newton's Community Education.
Barak Cerf earned his BA in Middle East Studies and Human Resources Management from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and his Master of Art in Teaching from Brandeis University (“Delet” Program). He is alum of “Ale Tzameret” – an advanced studies program in Transformational Jewish Leadership with the Jewish Agency of Israel. Barak served as a field agent and team leader in the “Special Operations unit” in one of the Israeli secret service branches, for 13 years. Barak moved to America with his wife, Yael (a neuroscientist at Harvard University), and their two sons – Maayan and Shilo. Barak has been teaching Hebrew for several years at Gann Academy and at Hebrew College and currently he is the Hebrew Department Head at “Ner-Tamid Community Day School” at Sharon, MA.
Pedagogical Consultant, Hebrew
Mira Angrist has extensive experience teaching Hebrew and mentoring and providing professional development workshops for Hebrew teachers. In addition to her work at Prozdor and Makor, she is a full-time Hebrew instructor and head of the Hebrew program at Boston University. Mira has presented in national conferences and has been involved in developing Hebrew curriculum for Jewish day schools, supplementary schools, and higher educational settings. Mira's main interests in Hebrew education are assessment oofg students' language abilities, integration of technology in Hebrew education, and modalities in professional development. Mira enjoys traveling and the art of mosaics.