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Susanna Garfein – The Associated
Susanna Garfein – The Associated
Community Builder, Dead Language Enthusiast, Joyful Jew

Dr. Susanna Garfein is Director of Leadership Engagement for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, where she inspires current and future leaders on their volunteer leadership journeys. Susanna is motivated by the desire to build community and the belief that nonprofit Jewish organizations can be agents of good for all.

In addition to her role at The Associated, Susanna is a frequent lecturer of Bible and Jewish Texts in the greater Baltimore area. Susanna served as the Director of the graduate program in Jewish Studies at Towson University as well as Dean of Students at Baltimore Hebrew University, where she taught a variety of courses in Bible and Religious Studies. Susanna has served as a visiting professor at The Johns Hopkins University, UMBC, and McDaniel College.

Susanna received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Philology from the Johns Hopkins University and her BA in Religion from The University of Georgia.  Susanna enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Ross Goldstein, their son, Bram, and their pandemic puppy, Bella.