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
Benjamin Hary assumed the directorship of NYU Tel Aviv 2014 and is also a Professor at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. Up until 2014 Hary was the Director of the Program in Linguistics and a Professor at Emory University. Hary 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. He also 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 and North America. His research interests include Jewish languages 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. He has recently focused his 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).
Edan Raviv - Assistant Director for Academics
Edan has been the Assistant Director for Academics at NYU Tel Aviv since the Fall 2016 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 academic interests include comparative political systems, political ideology, radicalism, political entrepreneurship, and social innovation. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches two courses at NYU Tel Aviv: Radical Politics; and Religion State and Politics.
Edan has been living in Tel Aviv since 2009. 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 projects between Israelis and Palestinians.
Shira Sade - Assistant Director for Finance and Operations
Shira Sade is the new Assistant Director for Finance and Operations at NYU Tel Aviv. 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 (Netanya) 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. 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 Activities. Eran's responsibility was to spearhead all student life efforts for the school. Eran was born in Jerusalem and now lives in Modi’in, a small town located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In addition to his work and studies, Eran is also a youth Basketball coach for children aged 10–15 years old at local community centers.
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.
Adi Raban - Residential and Student Life Assistant
Adi is studying at Tel Aviv University towards a B.A. in Communication and African Studies. Adi is a native Tel Avivian who is well aware of the art, culture, and various communities that are unique to Tel Aviv. During the military service as teacher-soldier she contributed to the integration of young immigrants into Israeli society. She served as a Hebrew teacher in Ulpan as well as a youth counselor in a community center. Adi studied ballet and contemporary dance professionally until she joined the army. She has continued dancing ever since, particularly hip hop, and is certified as a dance instructor. Adi joined NYU Tel Aviv in January 2018.
Haim Kalvo - Residential and Student Life Assistant
Haim holds a B.A. in musical education for elementary school and preschool, from the Levinsky School for Education. Over the years Haim has worked as a counselor and educator for children and teenagers in many formats and organizations - the scouts, art museums, music workshops for youth, the Jewish Agency –and as a mentor for people with special needs. Haim’s biggest passion is music; he has a diploma in composing and is a member of a rock-pop band that plays original music. Haim joined NYU Tel Aviv in November 2017.
Mria Hanoch - Program Assistant
Maria is a Yoga and Pilates instructor. She has a B.Sc in Biology from Tel Aviv University as well as a sound technician certificate from the Sound School in Tel Aviv.
Maria loves nature, music and visual art. She enjoys working with people, learning and teaching, reading and organizing. Maria joined NYU Tel Aviv in January 2019.
Ofer was born in Kiryat Ata, a suburb of Haifa. He did his military service in the IDF’s infantry division, a significant professional experience that has since guided him throughout his career.
Following his military service, Ofer completed his BA in Geography and Middle East Studies (concentration on classical Arabic) at the University of Haifa. During his studies he worked as a security guard at an infrastructural facility in Haifa and was later put in charge of the security staff.
After graduation Ofer began to work for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), where he underwent a training course to become an INPA ranger. Among his many positions at INPA over the years, Ofer has been in charge of Mount Meron and Hula Valley nature reserves, and was the head of the department responsible for enforcing the ban on vehicular use on Israel’s beaches.
In his spare time, Ofer enjoys traveling the country, coaching runners and preparing them for marathons, and more. Ofer also serves today as part of the security team of his local community.
Ryan Bedell - New York Site Representative