Our Experts

Meet our exceptional army of influencers, artists, writers, researchers, and educators. Bring us to your community to experience inspiring, cutting-edge, and unique perspectives on Jewish identity. We offer speaking, teaching, press appearances, writing, and consulting.

Associates & Digital Producers

Hen Mazzig, Senior Fellow

A globally-recognized speaker, educator, and digital influencer. Historians credit him as the founder of "Mizrahi Hertiage Month," and he has written for NBC News, Newsweek, and the LA Times. He has appeared as an expert on Jewish issues on four continents, over 500 college campuses, BBC, SkyNews, TEDx, and countless Shabbat dinners. He was named in Algemeiner's top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life, the top 50 online pro-Israel Influencers, Top 50 LGBTQ+ Influencers, and won CAMERA’s Portrait in Courage Award.

Dr. Olga Kirschbaum-Shirazki, Visiting Fellow

Dr. Olga Kirschbaum-Shirazki is a historian and co-founder of the Tel Aviv Review of Books. She has a PhD in modern European history from NYU. As a researcher and translator she has collaborated with numerous  authors and organizations on the topics of Jewish history, inter-religious encounters and the universal in Judaism.  She is also the co founder and editor of Tel Aviv Review of Books, an online review that presents the entire spectrum of views from and about Israeli culture, religion, and politics to an international audience.

Dr. Matthias J. Becker, Visiting Fellow

A linguist whose research focuses on discrimination in mainstream society and the construction of implicit hate speech. Since 2020, Dr. Becker leads the international research project “Decoding Antisemitism”. In this 3-year pilot project, 9 researchers analyze antisemitism on mainstream news websites and social media platforms in Germany, France, and in the UK based on a mixed-methods approach, also integrating AI technology. who analyze antisemitism on news sites and social media using AI.

Yseult Polfliet Mukantabana, Research Fellow

Yseult Polfliet Mukantabana is Rwandan, Jewish and a queer woman. She is an author, creative director and social and art advocate. Mukantabana is the Co-founder of Kinswomen, sits on the Board Committee of POWarts, an organization meant to uplift professional womxn in the art industry, Ted Speaker and designer/ co-founder of YOAH, a gender-free children’s’ brand created with her brother Noah Polfliet. Her unique approaches to matters of race issues are global, located mainly in New York, she speaks four languages, lives and travels between Kigali, Paris and Tel Aviv.

Mukantabana has done consulting in anti-racism for small and large groups, her clients have ranged from corporate America, high profile art institutions and prestigious American universities such as Columbia and Yale. She has a distinct way of intersecting spaces and people. Her work aims at making the conversation possible and practical. She makes it available for people to build a realistic plan of action to be impactful and empowered in their advocacy.

David Christopher Kaufman, Adjunct Fellow

David Christopher Kaufman is a New York-based journalist. His work focuses on the intersections between politics, culture, media, and identity across the globe. Currently at the New York Post, he previously served as an editor at The New York Times and Global Digital Director at Architectural Digest, Kaufman regularly contributes to publications ranging from The Financial Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal, to Monocle, AirMail, The Telegraph, Tablet, and The Forward. Kaufman studied at Brandeis University and received a graduate degree in Journalism from New York University. He is co-author of the book "Pride: 50 Years of Parades and Protests.”

Daniella Rabbani, Community Manager

Following our 2022 Lab in Tel Aviv, Daniella joined our team officially as a Community Manager. An actress known for her roles as Rabbi Zoe on CBS’ God Friended Me, Jane in HBO’s Scenes from a Marriage, and extensive stage work with The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. She hosts the podcast Mom Curious, a safe space to ask moms of all stripes what the real deal is. BFA: NYU Tisch. She sheps nachas over her two kids Ness and Paz + advocates for a better world.

Tamar Teifeld, Associate

producer • Los Angeles, USA

Tamar Teifeld has been Vice President of Digital Marketing at Paramount Pictures for the last 10 years, prior to which she spent years at MGM in Publicity. Tamar currently oversees digital PR for all Paramount titles including Transformers, World War Z, Fences, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, and many more of the biggest titles under her lead. Tamar was also the producer of the wildly successful and critically acclaimed documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Vasquez Story.

Zoë Buckman, Associate

artist • New York, USA

Zoë Buckman is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography, exploring themes of Feminism, mortality, and equality. Notable solo shows have included Nomi at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, No Bleach Thick Enough, at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, Heavy Rag at Fort Gansevoort Gallery New York, Let Her Rave at Gavlak Gallery Los Angeles, Imprison Her Soft Hand at Project for Empty Space, Newark; Every Curve at PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles; and Present Life at Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York. Public works include a mural, We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, in collaboration with Natalie Frank at the Ford Foundation Live Gallery of New York Live Arts in NYC. Buckman lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Liz Teich, Associate

fashion, New York

Liz Teich is a New York based fashion stylist, style creator, on-air style expert and mom of two. Liz has been a professional commercial stylist for 15 years, styling fashion and home goods for print and digital advertising campaigns, catalogs and e-commerce for major brands and retailers including Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Alex and Ani, Target, and ESPN. Through the campaigns she’s worked on she’s styled celebrities including Mike Tyson, Tom Brady, Ashley Graham, and the cast of Stranger Things. She has appeared as an on-camera style and lifestyle expert for brands, regional and national news and appeared in and contributes her fashion expertise to national publications such as CNN, NY Post, Forbes, InStyle, DailyMail, Womens Health, USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, and appeared on the cover of New York Family Magazine. You can find Liz on her blog thenewyorkstylist.com

Jonah Platt, Associate

creator, performer, Los Angeles

Jonah Platt is a multi-platform creator and performer whose unique career spans many facets of the entertainment industry. As an actor, Jonah has appeared in prestigious projects from stage to screen, such as Broadway’s smash hit WICKED, Aaron Sorkin’s BEING THE RICARDOS, and TV comedy favorites THE OFFICE and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Most recently, he played the hilarious “Horst” in Darren Starr’s newest series UNCOUPLE, heading to Showtime for Season 2 this year. He'll next be seen onscreen in Universal Picture’s THE LIST, starring Halston Sage, Tubi's SPREAD with Harvey Keitel, and THE MENSCH, starring Jon Rudnitsky, for which he is also a lead producer. He has also written for NBC’s MR. ROBINSON, Fuse’s BILLY ON THE STREET, and Cartoon Network’s ANNOYING ORANGE series. Jonah is also an accomplished musician, composer, singer, and award-winning vocal arranger. Jonah is also highly engaged in the community through a number of different organizations.

Eyal Booker, Associate

Eyal Booker’s debut TV appearance was on ITV’s Love Island in 2018. Eyal was a popular, dynamic and charismatic contestant on the well-loved show, and his presence really set him apart from the cast which has ensured his profile online and in mainstream media has gone from strength to strength. His esteemed modelling career kicked off at a young age, which has seen him feature in global fashion campaigns for the likes of Puma, Adidas, and Bed Head to name a few. Eyal thrives at the opportunity to create beautiful content alongside commercial & editorial partners, ensuring his work is authentic & engaging, always. Eyal has always strived to do his part for charity & community that are close to his heart. Some of these include: World Vision, Rays of Sunshine, Holocaust Educational Trust, March of the Living & the RSPCA to name a few.
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