- Voices of Descendants
- GISELE JOACHIM
MICHEL JEIFA - Father,
BLANCHE JEIFA - Mother (Deceased)
DESCENDANT BRIEF BIOGRAPHY BY gisele joachim
I am the Vice President for Law School Engagement at the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Prior to joining LSAC, I was the dean of enrollment management at Seton Hall University School of Law. In this role, I was responsible for all aspects of admissions and recruitment for both JD and graduate law programs. Prior to arriving at Seton Hall in 2004, I served as the director of financial aid services for the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), where I was responsible for coordinating financial aid training, assistance, and advisement for HESAA staff, schools, students, and families. During my career, I have also served in financial aid, admissions, and student services positions at various colleges. I have a BA from SUNY Oneonta and have completed graduate coursework in counseling at Marist College. I have served in a variety of volunteer positions, including serving as a member of the LSAC Board of Trustees.
Since 2016, I have been speaking to students and teachers in New Jersey schools, Catholic colleges, and synagogues telling the story of my father, Michel Jeifa’s Holocaust experience as a hidden child in Vichy France. I speak with my spouse, David Joachim, also a 2G decendant, and my survivor father.
Michel Jeifa along with his daughter, Gisele donated his historic, Holocaust artifacts to the Institute of Judeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall, NJ. The Institute is the oldest academic institution in the world dedicated to Catholic-Jewish relations. (Refer to Related Media to view a sampling of donated Artifacts).
Sources and Credits:
The SSBJCC Holocaust Memorial & Education Center gratefully acknowledges the donation of digital and family photographs by Gisele Joachim and her father, Michel Jeifa at his survivor testimonial events.