Meet the Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Director

Brad Moot is The Jewish Theological Seminary's Residence Life director, overseeing and administering all student housing and residential operations. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Brad started working at JTS in the fall of 2007.

Before coming to JTS, Brad worked for 15 years in Residence Life at SUNY—Alfred State College and Hamilton College. When asked why he loves working in Residence Life, he explains, "It is exciting to witness how students are challenged to live with one another. How they negotiate and compromise to solve their issues is crucial in developing the skills they will need when they leave JTS." In his spare time, Brad loves to spend time with his dogs, sing with a chorus, and escape to the Adirondacks.

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Horace W. Goldsmith Residence Hall Staff

Andy and Michelle Markowitz

Resident Directors 

Andy and Michelle Markowitz are excited to spend another year with the Goldsmith community as its resident directors. Andy is currently a fifth-year rabbinical student. Before entering rabbinical school, Andy received a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Temple University, where he previously served as a member of the residence life team. Andy’s year as an RA was one of the most meaningful experiences he had in college, and some of Andy’s former residents even attended Andy and Michelle’s wedding in November 2012. Andy has spent the past 10 summers working at Camp Ramah in the Poconos as a counselor and then division head. Andy’s passions include Jewish education, science fiction fantasy novels, and making fabulous balloon artistry. Feel free to stop by for a personalized balloon creation (no bicycles).

Michelle graduated from the University of Delaware with a double degree in Psychology and Sociology, and completed her Master's of Social Work at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Michelle is currently serving as a social worker at the Young Adult Outreach Initiative, a nonprofit program in the Bronx helping at-risk young adults develop job readiness-skills.  Michelle has worked at Camp Ramah in the Poconos for the past eight summers as a counselor and teacher. When Michelle is not busy addressing issues of social justice, she likes to crochet kippot, learn about the history of superheroes, and ask Andy to make bicycles out of balloons.

Andy and Michelle both hail from the greater Philadelphia area—Andy is from Northeast Philadelphia, while Michelle grew up in Lower Merion. Andy and Michelle were friends during their time in USY (both served on the regional board), and finally started dating during a summer at Camp Ramah, when they were on the same staff. Together, Andy and Michelle enjoy traveling and exploring new places and cultures, including taking the subway to Times Square.

Second-floor Resident Advisor

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Amram Altzman is a junior in the Joint Program, majoring in sociology at Columbia and Jewish History at JTS. A New York native, Amram enjoys exploring the city and writing. He is a blogger for New Voices Magazine, a website by and for Jewish college students, and is also on the board of Koach, the Conservative student group at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. An avid listener of pop music and reader of books on American History, Amram can usually be found reading and listening to P!nk, Panic! at the Disco, and other pop bands, so stop by his room if you ever want to chat!

Second-floor Resident Advisor

Gavriella (Gavi) Bernat-Kunin, from Los Angeles, California, is a Junior majoring in Talmud and Sociology. In addition to being an RA, Gavi is a participant in the JTS Artist-in-Residence program, a member of the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, and is the vice president of Groups on Hillel's Executive Board. Prior to this academic year, Gavi has been an admissions intern for JTS. At Hillel, she has served in the First-Year Leadership Fellowship and the Shabbat Meals Committee. Gavi is also a member of the Peoplehood Project, serves on the Koach (Conservative Minyan/Group) board, and is a member of the Jewish Life Orientation team. Gavi also loves exploring New York City's museums, shopping at Trader Joe's, and spending her summers at Camp Ramah in California.

Third-floor Resident Advisor
Ross Haimowitz is from Toms River, New Jersey. As a senior in the Joint Program, Ross studies Economics, Political Science, Business Management, and Jewish History. On campus, Ross is a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and serves as vice president of Finance for List College's Student Council. In his free time, Ross enjoys reading, playing sports, and traveling; during his semester abroad he visited nine different countries. If you ever need help planning a trip, want someone review to your resume, or just want to chat, stop by!


Third-floor Resident Advisor

Dani Kogan is a junior in List College originally from Queens, New York. She is studying Psychology at Columbia and Bible at JTS, and loves talking about both at length. She enjoys spending her time in the JTS Student Life lounge, the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and her kitchen—where she can be found making cupcakes and other goodies at all hours of the day or night. Dani also works at a Hebrew school teaching fifth graders and is a past List 101 intern and List College Orientation Co-Chair. Dani is one of the few native New Yorkers she knows who actually likes Times Square, and tries to get out of Morningside Heights at least once a month to explore places like MoMA and fun places in midtown. She loves hosting Shabbat dinners for friends and sitting around chatting over tea and cookies on a Friday night (or any time). 

Zoe Kress

Fourth-floor Resident Advisor

Zoe Kress is the resident advisor on the fourth floor of Goldsmith Hall. She is majoring in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies at JTS and in Psychology at Columbia. Zoe was adopted from China at the age of two months, and loves finding ways to mix her Chinese and Jewish identities at List College. Zoe is the coordinator of the Asian Youth Program, a community impact club at Columbia that pairs college mentors with Asian children who have been affected by domestic violence; a sister of Alpha Chi Omega; and a member of Shalhevet, Columbia/Barnard Hillel's Israeli-inspired dance troupe. In addition, Zoe has held a variety of internships both on and off campus including at JTS's Va'ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach, NYU’s Collegiate Leadership Internship Program, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. Zoe loves eating all kinds of food—so if you ever want company to eat, feel free to knock on her door.

  Ethan Shapiro

Fifth-floor Resident Advisor

Ethan Shapiro is the resident advisor on the fifth floor of Goldsmith. Originally from Cooper City, Florida, Ethan is in his fourth year of the Joint Program studying Modern Jewish Studies, History, and Business Management. Ethan loves spending time with friends, sports, movies, music, cooking, and exploring the city. He referees intramural sports, has worked in marketing, and is the treasurer of both the Ferris Reel Film Society and the Tamid Israel Investment Group. Additionally, he has sat on LCSC's Policy Committee for the past two years. He's extremely happy with the communities he is a part of and loves to impart his wisdom about his student experiences to fellow classmates and residents. Feel free to visit or reach out to him at any time.

Ortal Isaac

Sixth-floor Resident Advisor

Ortal Isaac is a New York City native (hailing all the way from 96th Street) majoring in Jewish Literature at JTS and Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia. She loves language, poetry, photography, and yoga, as well as drinking inordinate amounts of tea (usually while browsing one of her many favorite food blogs). She sings in the coed Columbia/Barnard a capella group the Clefhangers, and you can usually hear her humming "doo-doo's" and "ba-ba's" when she walks back to GH from rehearsal. In her free time, Ortal loves riding her bike around the city, strolling nearby parks. and searching for new bookstores and coffee shops she hasn't explored yet. She's also a huge foodie and loves to cook, so stop by her kitchen to try out a new recipe with her or grab a bite.

Louis S. Brush Residence Hall Staff

Simeon Cohen
Resident Director 

Simeon Cohen is excited to be the resident director at Brush for a second year. He is a fourth-year rabbinical student. He is also a graduate of List College, where he studied Jewish Thought at JTS and Philosophy at Columbia. Prior to beginning rabbinical school, Simeon spent a year in Israel as a staff member in the Nativ Program. He has also spent time studying at the Conservative Yeshiva and at Yeshivat Hadar, and has taught in many settings, including at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. This year, he will also be serving as the Conservative rabbinic intern at the Hillel at Yale University. When he is not studying the writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel or Maimonides, you can find Simeon reading fantasy literature, playing guitar, and enjoying the music of Phish and the Grateful Dead.


Meet the Office of Student Life Staff