Meet Our Staff

Student Life Staff

Sara Horowitz, Dean of Student Life, guides the staff with a caring hand and an abundance of energy. She enjoys spending her time working with JTS students and the Office of Student Life. Sara was born and raised in the Washington DC area, but feels truly at home in New York City's Morningside Heights neighborhood. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Government and Politics, and received an MA and an MEd in Student Affairs Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ruth Decalo, Director of Student Life and Community Outreach, helps to facilitate and coordinate the myriad student life and community service initiatives spearheaded by the JTS community. Her personal and professional pursuits before coming to JTS took her around the world as she worked with youth, refugees, and trade unions. She also worked with domestic Jewish organizations during her time at the Jewish Outreach Institute. Ruth’s always happy to discuss her service in the Peace Corps, local volunteer opportunities, arcane medieval trivia, Harry Potter, international literature, music, and travel.

Shira Markert, Student Services Office Manager, is the first smiling face you see as you enter the Office of Student Life. She grew up in New Jersey, and began working at JTS soon after graduating from New York University in 2003 with a BA in Judaic Studies. Shira loves working with JTS students.

2014–2015 Jewish Life Directors
Jewish Life Directors (JLDs) help create and foster community in the Mathilde Schechter, Goldsmith, and Brush residence halls through Jewish cultural, religious, and educational programming; home hospitality; and their daily interactions with residents. Have a question about Judaism or Jewish life in New York City? Ask your JLD, and he/she will help you find the answer.

Hillel and Sarah Konigsburg are excited to be Jewish Life Directors for the students who attend List College.

Both Sarah and Hillel are originally from South Florida and met at Hillel Community Day School. Hillel is a 4th-year student in The Rabbinical School, and is also working toward a master's degree in Jewish Education at The Davidson School. Hillel graduated from List College and majored in sociology and Jewish history. Sarah studied literature at New York University, and received her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She has worked for several legal nonprofits in New York and an Israeli law firm.

Sarah and Hillel enjoy traveling, museums, and hanging out in the park. Feel free to challenge Hillel to a video game or ask Sarah if you can borrow a book anytime.

Hailing from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Yoni Nadiv graduated from List College in 2011 and is a 4th-year student in The Rabbinical School. He spent last year living in Jerusalem and studying at Machon Schechter.

Yoni plans to focus his rabbinical career on the field of Jewish Education. During the year, he teaches Hebrew school and tutors.

Yoni enjoys cooking, reading, and sports. He is eager to work with students to enhance and infuse meaning into Jewish life on campus.