Our full-time professional staff is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on an emergency cell phone to respond to any unexpected events that may present themselves in off hours. As with all of NYU’s Study Abroad Centers, NYU Tel Aviv is fully integrated into the University’s Security, Emergency Response, and Health & Wellness systems.
A professional student services staff member assists students with their adjustment to life outside of class. This NYU employee assigns housing, maintains the residence hall, plans activities and sees to the general well-being of the student body. Being away from home and familiar surroundings can sometimes be disorienting, and the student life staff is prepared to respond to any questions or concerns which may arise throughout the semester.
Professor Benjamin Hary - Director
Professor Benjamin Hary is the Site Director of NYUTA and a Professor at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
Up until 2014 he was a Professor of Hebrew, Arabic, and Linguistics and the Director of the Program in Linguistics at Emory University. He is the author of Multiglossia in Judeo-Arabic (1992), Translating Religion (2009) and Daily Life in Israel (2012, with R. Adler). He is also the editor and co-editor of Judaism and Islam (2000), Corpus Linguistics and Modern Hebrew (2003), and Esoteric and Exoteric Aspects in Judeo-Arabic Culture in 2006. His recent Languages in Jewish Communities, Past and Present (2018, with Sarah Benor) demonstrates his focused research on issues such as why and how Jews (and for that matter, Christians and Muslims as well) speak and write differently from people who are not Jews or Christians and Muslims. Hary has published over 50 articles and book reviews on Judeo-Arabic, as well as Arabic and Hebrew linguistics, and has lectured widely in Europe, Israel, Egypt, the UAE, and North America. He is currently working on completing his book, Sacred Texts in Egyptian Judeo-Arabic. His research interests include Jewish language varieties in general and Judeo-Arabic in particular, Jews in the Islamic world, the politics of Arabic language use in Israeli society, corpus linguistics, Language and Religion, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.In addition to Hary’s role as the Director of NYUTA, he also co-teaches The Languages of Israel; occasional seminars in Judeo-Arabic; and several Independent Studies courses.
Edan Raviv - Assistant Director for Academics
Edan Raviv has been the Assistant Director for Academics at NYU Tel Aviv since the Fall 2016 semester.
In his role, Edan is responsible for ensuring that NYU’s academic curriculum and policies are implemented locally at NYU Tel Aviv. This includes coordination with the Office of Global Programs and various schools and departments at NYU’s three portal campuses; supporting NYU Tel Aviv faculty in providing a challenging and meaningful learning environment, including leveraging our unique study away location so as to offer our students a unique academic experience, both inside and outside of the classroom; and providing mentoring, guidance, and academic services that seek to ensure that our students have the best conditions to succeed in their study away semester.
In addition to his administrative duties, Edan teaches two courses at NYU Tel Aviv: Radical Politics (Fall semester); and Religion State and Politics (Spring semester).
Edan holds a Ph.D. in political science from Tel Aviv University, a master's in politics from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in global and international studies from UC Santa Barbara. His intellectual interests include comparative political systems, political ideology, radicalism, extremism, political philosophy, political entrepreneurship, and social innovation.
Prior to joining NYU Tel Aviv, Edan served as the director of the business and environment department at the Peres Center for Peace, where he developed and implemented regional projects between Israelis and Palestinians.
Shira Sade - Assistant Director for Finance and Operations
Shira Sade has been the Assistant Director for Finance and Operations at NYU Tel Aviv since the Spring 2016 semester.
Shira has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NYU Tel Aviv, Shira served as Head of Development at the Israeli Government Tourism Corporation. Until December 2014, Shira was the Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer of The Batsheva Dance Company, an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company.
Shira also worked for six years at CAL- Cargo Airlines Ltd; her last position there was the Director of the Economics Department.
Shira holds an MBA from Bar Ilan University and a BA in Economics and International Relations from the Hebrew University.
Shira lives a bit north of Tel Aviv and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Eran Rotshenker - Manager of Student Life and Housing
Eran Rotshenker joined NYU Tel Aviv in January 2016. In his position as manager of student life and housing, Eran spearheads all student life efforts at NYU Tel Aviv including health and safety, extra-curricular programming, community engagement, communications, life skills and leadership education and, together with other members of the team, he is part of NYU Tel Aviv's Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, and Equity (IDBE) committee. Eran is also responsible for NYU Tel Aviv’s residence hall, community building and housing assignments.
Eran holds an MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, specializing in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management. Eran also holds a BA in Psychology and Business Administration. Prior to joining NYU Tel Aviv, Eran worked for four years at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University as the Director of the Office of Student Life and coached youth Basketball at local community centers. Eran was born in Jerusalem and now lives in Modi’in, a small town located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Ilana Goldberg - Internship Coordinator
Ilana Goldberg is the internship coordinator for NYUTA and teaches the Internship Seminar and Experiential Learning course, which complements students’ internship or community placement. Ilana has a Ph.D in Anthropology from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from NYU. As an undergraduate she studied Bible and Assyriology at the Hebrew University. Outside of academia, Ilana has spent considerable time in the trenches of the non-profit world: she has worked as a project manager in the field of environmental education and leadership development; with at-risk youth in urban café; and with psychiatric patients in a therapeutic community. She is also an independent translator, currently working on the translation of a scholarly work on medieval Hebrew manuscripts.
When not scouring the horizon for new internship opportunities, Ilana enjoys hiking, biking, doing alchemy with legumes, vegetables and spices in non-reactive pots, and feeding a family of six.
Aya Azem - Residential and Student Life Assistant
Aya is a Palestinian-Israeli who speaks Arabic, Hebrew and English fluently.
Aya is a full time MA student in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. After joining NYU Tel Aviv in August 2021 as a Residential Life Assistant, she has been living at the residence hall and works with students in both an administrative and mentoring capacity. She also works as an interpreter at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Aya has been involved in many projects aimed at empowering vulnerable groups, especially of minorities and women.Coupled with her experiences as a study abroad student in Europe and the US as an undergraduate, Aya has developed a truly global perspective. In her free time, Aya likes to do yoga and socialize with friends.
Omer Biton - Residential and Student Life Assistant
As NYU Tel Aviv’s Residential Life Assistant, Omer lives at the residence hall and works with students in both an administrative and mentoring capacity. He helps to coordinate student life activities and introduces the city to students by creating a variety of extracurricular activities, which emphasize community engagement, diversity, and sustainability.
Omer is a B.A student in political science, strategy, and diplomacy at
the IDC Herzliya. Throughout the years, Omer has been working with
teenagers and young adults in AHARAI - Youth leadership development program. He influenced the development of young adults towards meaningful military service and social engagement as an instructor.
Sports and self-development are Omer's biggest passions. He is an active member of running groups and is a diving and surfing instructor.
Omer holds a practitioner certificate in NLP, and he meditates daily. Omer joined NYU Tel Aviv in August 2021.
Matthew McClure - New York Site Representative