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 the field of 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 dog, sing with a chorus, and escape to the Adirondacks.

Contact Brad Moot at brmoot@jtsa.edu.

 

Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall Staff

 

Alex and Clara Salzberg, MSRH RDs

Resident Directors

Alex and Clara Salzberg
are delighted to serve as the resident directors for Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall.

Alex is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and Clara is from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. They both attended Wesleyan University, where they majored in the College of Social Studies and became well versed in the art of all-night paper writing sessions.

Following college, Clara attended the University of Maryland School of Law, and is now an assistant district attorney in the Bronx. Alex received an MA in Jewish Education from Towson University, and is currently enjoying his studies at The Rabbinical School.

In their spare time, Alex and Clara love going on Shabbat walks through Riverside Park and bike rides along the Greenway, cooking food, baking bread, and caring for their baby girl.

Contact Alex and Clara Salzberg at msrhrd@jtsa.edu.

 Tyler Dratch

Second-Floor Resident Advisor

Tyler Dratch
, the resident advisor on the second floor of MSRH, is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is in his third year of the Joint Program studying Bible and Political Science, and enjoys the vibrant community of MSRH and JTS. He loves living on the best floor of MSRH with its best residents, and sharing wisdom from his experiences in college so far. Tyler is also a List 101 intern, and looks forward to free lunch and conversation with the first-year students every Tuesday. Tyler is involved in Columbia/Barnard Hillel and the Columbia Chapter of the Roosevelt Institute. Feel free to knock on his door any time.

 Shachar Binyamin

Third-Floor Resident Advisor

Shachar Binyamin is the resident advisor of the third floor of MSRH. He is ecstatic about the opportunity to guide and teach the fresh, young minds of List College students in his senior year. Shachar hails from the great state of Maryland as well as from his childhood home of Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a Talmud and Rabbinics major at JTS, and a Financial Economics major at Columbia. Shachar loves philosophy; religion; politics; and Hashem, to whom he is always communicating, especially at JTS's Stein Minyan. Yoga, exercise, and Torah are Shachar's lifeblood; his fuel is all of the hekshered food at Trader Joe's. Please reach out to Shachar—he loves to inform and be informed.

 

 Mayla Boguslav

Fourth-Floor Resident Advisor

Mayla Boguslav, the resident advisor on the fourth floor of MSRH, is from Worcester, Massachusetts. She is looking forward to majoring in Jewish Thought at JTS, and is a mathematics major and premed at Columbia. Mayla loves meeting new people and being in new situations. She volunteers in the emergency department at the local hospital, teaches Hebrew school to kindergartners and fifth through seventh graders, and is involved in  Columbia/Barnard Hillel. She is the coleader and choreographer of Shalhevet, the Israeli-inspired dance group on campus. Even though she does not consider herself funny, she loves comedy, specifically movies. She watches too much television, which both relaxes her and distracts her from her work.

Julia Russell

Fifth-Floor Resident Advisor

Julia Russell is the resident advisor for the fifth floor of MSRH. She is studying Modern Jewish Studies at JTS and Environmental Biology at Columbia. Batman is her favorite superhero, but if she had a superpower, it would be flight. She is in the fencing club at Columbia, and enjoys cooking and baking. She works at Ramah in the Rockies, and loves being outdoors—so if you ever want to have a picnic in Central Park with her, let her know.

Goldsmith Residence Hall Staff

 

Josh Rabin and Yael Hammerman

Resident Directors

After eight years of studying at JTS, Yael Hammerman is very pleased to finally move into Goldsmith Residence Hall for her last year at The Rabbinical School. Yael is a fifth-year student in The Rabbinical School and The Davidson School, and is a graduate of List College's Double Degree Program. She is currently the director of student placement for The Rabbinical School and H. L. Miller Cantorial School, and has served as coordinator for the InterSeminary Dialogue group and Isha el Akhota: The Women's Center at JTS. Yael has worked all over the Upper West Side—at B'nai Jeshurun, Ansche Chesed, and the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan—and loves teaching students of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. She enjoys traveling, cooking, scouring clearance racks, reading young adult fiction, and becoming emotionally invested in the lives of her favorite TV characters.

Rabbi Joshua Rabin is currently the rabbi-in-residence at the Schechter School of Long Island, where he provides rabbinic leadership to 400 students from grades K to 12. Josh graduated from The Jewish Theological Seminary, where was he received his rabbinic ordination and MA in Jewish Education, in 2011. While in The Rabbinical School, Josh served two terms as president of the RSSO; was the rabbinic advisor to the Conservative Minyan at the University of Pennsylvania Hillel; and worked with Jewish youth in USY, Genesis at Brandeis University, Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, and the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. Josh is a passionate fan of the Maryland Terrapins, loves to debate about the contestants on Top Chef, read three books at one time, and attempts to play the guitar.     

Yael and Josh met as USYers, and started dating after they staffed USY on Wheels together. They have been married for five years, and have an awesome new roommate, one-year-old Hannah. Hannah loves eating, smiling, getting into mischief. and blowing kisses. 

Contact Yael Hammerman and Rabbi Joshua Rabin at ghrd@jtsa.edu.

Yoni Dahlen

Graduate Resident Advisor

Yoni Dahlen is a third-year rabbinical student hailing from the tropical paradise of Sioux City, Iowa. Before coming to JTS, he lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received his MA in Jewish Philosophy from Brandeis University. He is thrilled to have left the cornfields and fried food of the Midwest for the deli grid and fried food of New York City. A diehard baseball fan, he loves taking the train to Yankee Stadium (though he is a devoted Chicago Cubs fan), and spends the majority of his non-rabbinical time reading, writing, and exploring the city. Yoni is a proud member of the Residence Life team, and looks forward to a fun and meaningful year.

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Second-Floor Resident Advisor

Sarah Wolfish is the resident advisor on the second floor of Goldsmith. She is a senior in the Joint Program, and is majoring in Midrash and Political Science. Having held multiple leadership positions at both JTS and Columbia, in addition to multiple internship positions, Sarah is extremely excited to share all her advice with her residents. She's from a small and fun town called Dublin, California, and is obsessed with Roar-ee the Lion and the San Francisco Giants.

Seffi Kogen

Third-Floor Resident Advisor

Seffi Kogen is the resident advisor on the third floor of Goldsmith. Originally from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Seffi is a senior in the Joint Program, and is majoring in Talmud and Rabbinics and History. As president of Columbia/Barnard Hillel, brother in the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, member of the JTS Student-Faculty Committee and the Columbia Undergraduate History Council, and consummate New York sports fan, Seffi is extremely looking forward to learning and growing with his incoming residents.

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Fourth-Floor Resident Adviser

David Friedland is the fourth-floor resident advisor at Goldsmith. He is a senior in the Joint Program, majoring in Talmud and Psychology. David is thrilled to work closely with residents of what he considers a home away from home. In his free time, David enjoys extensive chats, the outdoors, and being silly. He is passionate about theology, scouting, and education. Please do not hesitate to contact him.

Brush Residence Hall Staff

 
Danny Draschler

Resident Director

Danny Drachsler, the resident director of Brush Residence Hall, is a native of Alexandria, Virginia.  He received his BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and has studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. Danny's professional Jewish education experience includes serving as a Jewish educator at Camp Moshava Ba-Ir in Toronto; second grade teacher at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, New York; Jewish experiential education intern for Adamah in Connecticut; intern for the Jewish Journey Project in Manhattan; and codirector of an American Jewish Society for Service teen Summer of Service trip in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently in his third year of study in the Jewish Experiential Education master's degree program in The Davidson School of JTS. Danny's professional interests include environmental education, personal transformation and spirituality, and Hebrew.

Contact Danny Drachsler at brushrd@jtsa.edu.

 

Meet the Office of Student Life Staff.