Deryn Rae Pressman-Mashin is a violinist and Jewish community organizer. A New York native who grew up in Florida, with additional careers in Tennessee and Israel, Deryn graduated from Brandeis University with an MBA in nonprofit management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and an MA from the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership. Having learned to read music before she could read words, a passion for creative expression developed early on. As a lifelong musician, Deryn’s practice has led her to a variety of careers, from founding a student nonprofit music organization to volunteering in Dresden, Germany, as a teaching artist to studying abroad in Panama and later to Tel Aviv and Haifa, where she became active in nurturing Jewish identity and leadership. Deryn is the director of community engagement at Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead and lives with her husband, Eivgeni, and dog, Krembo, in Salem.
1/1/2020 Top Pick
There is so much pain and suffering in this world, but there is also joy, happiness and promise for new beginnings, new partnerships and lovingkindness.
The award recognizes alumni who have continued to pursue social justice in their personal or professional life.