Interests: Jewish summer camp, social justice, experiential education
Marci Soifer is a third-year student in the NYU Wagner/Skirball MPA-MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies program and a Nash and Englander Fellow. She completed her MPA in May 2012. Originally from East Lansing, MI, Marci earned a dual BA in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Michigan in 2004. Following graduation, she coordinated a youth relief effort called "Caravan 4 Katrina" in response to Hurricane Katrina and spent six months volunteering with at-risk youth in South America. Marci expanded her skills as an informal Jewish educator at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake for over 11 summers, including three years as the full-time Assistant Camp Director. Summer 2010 marked her 19th summer in Jewish camping and the completion of her yearlong fellowship in the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Yitro Leadership Program. Marci selected the MPA-MA program because of its location, strong network of students and alumni, and academic flexibility to focus on her specific interests. Combining her interests in social justice and experiential education, Marci’s academic experience at NYU has been complemented by access to myriad professional and volunteer opportunities. She participated on an American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Rabbinical Students Delegation in Muchucuxcah, Mexico, worked as a group leader for AJWS Volunteer Summer in Kanchipuram, India, and served as an AJWS Kol Tzedek: Voice of Justice Speaking Fellow. She coached a PresenTense social entrepreneur, and served on the advisory board for Camp Kesem: Columbia University. Marci currently works as a Program Associate for Repair the World.