Saul Hankin is a 2013 graduate of the University of Michigan with BA degrees in history and Judaic studies. As a student, Saul used the Yiddish Book Center’s digital and print resources, and he looks forward to working as a Fellow to help make them accessible to others.
Saul’s focus as an undergraduate was Polish and Eastern European Jewry. With this academic focus, Saul often worked with Yiddish primary sources, including for his senior thesis, which relied heavily on the Yiddish newspaper Unzer Tsayt. As a volunteer at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, Saul translated Yiddish material concerning Detroit’s Chene Street. Saul also worked as a research assistant on a project about Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity.
Saul’s background includes teaching Hebrew school and working as a band camp counselor. He gave campus tours for prospective students at Michigan, led the percussion section of the Michigan Pops Orchestra, and currently writes and edits history questions for National Academic Quiz Tournaments.
Amanda Lundquist is an artist and video editor with a passion for building Jewish culture through storytelling and nonfiction video. Amanda graduated from Hampshire College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in video production and Middle Eastern studies. While at Hampshire, Amanda did internships with the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. She was a recipient of the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Critical Language Scholarship in 2008, and she has worked and studied abroad in Cairo and Beirut.
Since graduating from Hampshire, Amanda has gone on to edit videos for the Discovery Channel, PBS, and the Austin, Texas Film Festival. As a founding member of Lipschtick, described as a “borscht-belt inspired art collective,” Amanda creates live and video performance content on issues of Jewish community. She returns to the Center with a valuable background in video editing, performative story-building, and the narrative interpretation of Jewish-American cultural life.
Jessica Parker is continuing for a second year with the Yiddish Book Center’s Fellowship Program. Building on her first year as a Fellow, Jessica will continue to work primarily with the Wexler Oral History Project; she also supports alumni engagement and the development of the Center’s new middle and high school field trip program.
Jessica holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Toronto with minors in Linguistics and French, and a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a double specialization in Jewish studies and museum studies. Jessica conducted her Master’s research on representations of Israel in the permanent exhibition of the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, where she did an undergraduate internship and graduate fieldwork. She has also worked as a curatorial intern at both the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.
Jessica is proficient in both French and Hebrew, and is a 2010 graduate of the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. At the conclusion of the Steiner Program, Jessica was awarded a Discovery Fellowship to conduct an oral history project with South African Jews living in Kingston. Jessica has extensive experience with educational and cultural programming for youth and young adults, most recently as a Jewish communal organizer.
Danielle Winter is a librarian and archivist with a keen interest in the preservation of Yiddish archival material. Danielle holds a BA in American Studies from Rutgers University and an MA in Library Science from Indiana University, where she received a Foreign Language Fellowship for Yiddish Language in 2011.
She is the current Public Relations Chair for the Association of Jewish Libraries, and works to organize outreach programming and library conferences. As a former Archivist Intern for the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey, Danielle also has extensive experience cataloging archival material and conducting oral history interviews in the New Jersey community.
Danielle studied Yiddish with Asya Vaisman Schulman at IU’s Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian languages, and maintains a working knowledge of Yiddish and Hebrew. She is a proficient researcher and archivist with a background in digital archiving, preservation sciences, and Jewish community engagement.
Rola (Reyzele) Younes is a lover of languages in general and Yiddish in particular. She has studied Yiddish in Vilnius, Paris, and Brussels, and has catalogued Yiddish books as a volunteer at the Medem Library in Paris. Born in Lebanon, Rola’s first languages are Arabic and French. She is fluent in English, and has studied Russian, Hebrew, Persian, and Sinhala as well.
Rola earned her M.A. in philosophy and sociology at the Sorbonne University of Paris, where she subsequently taught undergraduate philosophy classes. She wrote her master’s thesis on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Lecture on Ethics. Rola has a keen interest in all of the social sciences, including ethnology, history, and political theory. She has also organized visits and workshops for adults and children at Paris’s Poste Museum.
Through academic research, museum exhibits, and collaborative research and performance with Jewish artists and filmmakers, Rola has worked in many aspects of cultural interpretation. For a recent project with Israeli filmmaker Nurith Aviv entitled "Announcements," Rola worked with original scriptures in both Hebrew and Arabic.