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Beren Tutors and Director

Beren Writing Center


When tutors are hired in the Writing Center, they begin a training process that involves familiarizing themselves with the Writing Center Handbook. New tutors then observe tutoring sessions between clients and senior tutors, reflecting on their experiences with fellow staff members. The Beren Writing Center conducts monthly staff development meetings to continually foster dialogue amongst tutors to share their successes and struggles in an ongoing process of learning. If you are interested in applying to be a tutor at the Beren Writing Center, please review our tutor application and submit your materials to Director Gina Grimaldi. 

Writing Center tutors are available to help you generate writing ideas, refine your rough drafts, or simply have a conversation about writing. Writing Center tutors not only support fellow student writers, but they are also prolific writers themselves.

What will tutors do for you?

  • Our tutors will help you with any type of writing assignment at any point in the writing process. We can offer you support in generating and clarifying your ideas, developing arguments, locating evidence, consolidating conclusions, and developing a cohesive structure.
  • Tutors will enable you to hone and develop your own thinking and writing skills.
  • Tutors will help you feel more comfortable with the writing process.

Meet our current tutors!

Rebecca Adulculesi is from Teaneck, NJ. She attended Frisch for high school and then studied at Sha'alvim for Women. Rebecca is currently a biochemistry major at Stern College for Women. In her free time, she enjoys learning torah and playing tennis. Rebecca is excited to help students improve their writing skills and become confident writers!

Riki Greenberg is from West Hempstead, NY and went to Central-YUHSG for high school. She is currently a shaped major in human services, and will join YU’s dual degree program next fall to earn a BA-MSW in Social Work. Riki loves to read, exercise and spend time with friends. Riki loves to write, and is looking forward to working with everyone!

Sarina Hilowitz attended Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida, followed by a gap year at Bar Ilan University. She is currently a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. Outside of the Writing Center Sarina can be found involved in Active Minds and working as a research assistant at a child developmental lab. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends and loves meeting new people. She looks forward to working with you all this semester!

Leia Rubinstein attended Ma’ayanot for high school followed by Sha’alvim for seminary. She is currently a junior at Stern, majoring in biology and minoring in English with the plans of going to medical school. Leia loves reading, writing and meeting new people and is so excited to work with you!

Kate Weinberg is from Teaneck, NJ. She is currently a junior majoring in Finance and BIMA. She spent a year studying at Midreshet Harova and most recently has taken her online learning to Israel where she is excited to begin working at the Writing Center. 

Marnie Weingarten is from Queens, New York. She attended Central, Yeshiva University’s High School for Girls and then spent an incredible year in Michlalah Yerushalayim! She is currently a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. Marnie hopes to pursue a career in nursing with the goal of ultimately becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Outside of class Marnie loves learning and teaching Judaic subjects, staying active, and getting involved in community service initiatives. She looks forward to working with you this semester!

Avigail Winokur is from Queens, New York. She attended Yeshiva University High School for Girls and Midreshet Harova. She is a junior majoring in biology: neuroscience and minoring in creative writing. Beyond the Writing Center, she is involved with YUPAC, YUNMUN, College Edge, the Breather, and the Observer. She loves writing and is looking forward to working with you all this semester!

Davi Zlotnick  is from Teaneck, NJ. She is currently a senior at Stern and majoring in Psychology. She spent a year studying at Midreshet Mevaseret Yerushalayim and is hoping to pursue a career in Psychology after she graduates. Davi loves to write and is looking forward to working with you this semester! 


Gina Grimaldi
Writing Center Director
Instructor of English

Gina Grimaldi teaches composition and literature courses at Stern. After undergraduate study at Kenyon College and the University of South Florida, she attended the CUNY Graduate Center. Besides Renaissance drama and 20th-century fiction, she loves podcasts, documentaries, Brooklyn parks, and her little dogs, Teddy and Ruby.

Her fantasy dinner-party guests would include: Christopher Marlowe, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, Truman Capote, Lucille Ball, Carl Sagan, and Margaret Atwood.

Teaching students to write with conviction is her perennial mission. One of her favorite pieces of wisdom comes from Annie Dillard in The Writing Life: "Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment." 

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