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Class of 2021

  1. Rebecca Belkin Rebecca Belkin

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Rebecca Belkin is the New York Program Director at Avodah, where she previously served as an Avodah Justice Fellow in 2018-19. During her MSW program she completed her field work at Detroit Jews for Justice. Becca is originally from Providence, RI, graduated from New York University in 2014 with a BSW and a minor in Studio Art. She completed her undergraduate field placement at an agency that provides social, academic, and mental health support to high school students at risk of dropping out. Following graduation, Rebecca worked as a preschool teacher, where she emphasized fostering an inclusive classroom community that instilled a sense of wonder in her young students, supporting their natural curiosity, and encouraging a love of learning.

  2. Simi Adler Simi Adler

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Simi Adler, originally from Boulder, CO, is currently a school-based clinician at a high school in Denver, CO. During his MSW program he concentrated in Interpersonal Practice with a minor in Management of Human Services and completed field work as a Management Intern at Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit where he worked on program development, evaluation, and assessment projects as well as non-profit strategic operations.  After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2009 with a BA in Psychology, he held many positions working with youth and young adults including as a Mental Health Worker at a residential treatment center, a Youth Director at a Synagogue, the Assistant Director the Maurice B. Shwayder Camp and most recently as the Director of Student Life at the University of Denver Hillel. Simi has also had the opportunity to pursue his passions of youth development and social justice when he spent a year abroad studying and volunteering in a social justice and coexistence program in Jaffa, Israel. As an avid lover of the outdoors Simi has worked as an adaptive ski/sports instructor with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, CO.

Class of 2020

  1. Ashley Schnaar Ashley Schnaar

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Ashley Schnaar currently serves as a Senior Planning Associate at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, where she previously worked as a Youth Mental Health Coordinator and Planning Associate. Ashley’s graduate studies focused on the Management of Human Services and the Jewish non-profit sector. She completed her fieldwork at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor and Trotter Multicultural Center at the University of Michigan. Ashley also enjoyed being involved in several evaluation projects where she conducted focus groups and reported on organizational impact. JCLP has given Ashley a deep appreciation of the strengths and challenges of the Jewish community, and she has gained lifelong friends in the process. She hails from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and is a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Religious Studies.

  2. Hannah Berger Hannah Berger

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Hannah Berger works at Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit as a Family Support Services Social Worker. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Hannah obtained her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2020. While in the MSW and JCLP program, Hannah spent time working at the Jewish Family Service of Washtenaw County and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago. In her free time, Hannah plays volleyball and rock climbs, works on young adult Jewish programs as a board member of The Well, and volunteers with Detroit Jews for Justice.

  3. Lauren Fine Lauren Fine

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Lauren Fine (she/her) lives in Durham, NC and works as the Alumni Manager at Avodah, where she creates programming, career services, and opportunities for alumni to connect across the network. During JCLP, her fieldwork was with Detroit Jews for Justice and the National Council of Jewish Women in DC. Her career as a Jewish professional began as a Baltimore Repair the World fellow in 2014. She went on to be the Director of Student Leadership at North Carolina Hillel, where she found her love of community engagement. Lauren grew up in the U.S. South, the Northeast, and Midwest and is passionate about southern Jewish life and the strength of small and mid-sized Jewish communities. Lauren believes in the transformative power of Judaism and the power of solidarity movement-building. Lauren is a proud Crohnie and loves talking about IBD, chronic illness, and being temporarily able-bodied. In her free time, you’ll find Lauren organizing with Carolina Jews for Justice, picking mulberries, and taking on overly ambitious baking projects.

  4. Megan Bernard Megan Bernard

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Megan Bernard currently serves as Associate Director of House and Pod Programs at Moishe House, where she previously worked as  Mid-Atlantic Community Manager in Washington, D.C. Megan completed her field work at Kutz for its 2019 (and final) summer session, as well as at Hazon Detroit (The Jewish Lab for Sustainability) during the 2018-2019 school year. Megan concentrated in Management of Human Services with a minor in Interpersonal Practice. She is originally from Grand Blanc, Michigan. She graduated with her B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change from the University of Michigan in 2016. Upon graduating, Megan worked for BBYO as an Associate Regional Director in the greater DC area, working with teen leaders to strengthen the Jewish future. Megan has been active in the Union for Reform Judaism, specifically its teen leadership camp, URJ Kutz Camp, for 7 summers. Kutz is where she realized her interest in Jewish communal work and started her journey to become a social worker.

  5. Nora Greenstein Jacober Nora Greenstein Jacober

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Nora Greenstein Jacober, originally from Washington, DC, works as a Program Officer at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, where she formerly worked as a Program Associate. She graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2015 with a BA in Psychology, and a minor in History. 


    Prior to JCLP, Nora lived in Los Angeles, where she worked at the University of Southern California Hillel as the Program Manager. Through this role she participated in the Ezra Fellowship, a program through Hillel International working on integrating Jewish education and content into engagement methodology. As a JCLP student, Nora studied Management of Human Services with a minor in Interpersonal Practice, completing her field placement at the William Davidson Foundation. Nora is incredibly grateful to the deep relationships and questions she has been able to explore through her time in this program.

  6. Sam Langstein Sam Langstein

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Sam Langstein is currently a Dorot Fellow through the Dorot Foundation's fellowship in Israel. Most recently, he was the Director of the Helpline & Data Management at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in NYC. Originally from Long Beach, NY, he graduated from CUNY Hunter College in 2015 with a BA in Psychology. Before joining JCLP, Sam worked for three years at Footsteps, an organization which supports and affirms those transitioning out of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Sam was a member of the 2015-2016 cohort of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar in graduate school. At the School of Social Work, Sam studied Management of Human Services and completed field placements with Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit and with Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center in Los Angeles.

  7. Sara Weinfeld Sara Weinfeld

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Sara Weinfeld currently works as a clinical social worker at the Frankel Jewish Academy and is thankful for the wealth of knowledge and friendships she gained through JCLP. She also holds part-time roles as a social worker at Tamarack Camps and group leader at Social Skills for Kids. Originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, she studied Interpersonal Practice and completed field placements with Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw Country and at St. Michael Catholic School in Livonia while receiving a School Social Worker specialization. Sara is a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University, where she received her BA in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Health Promotion. During her undergraduate years, she held many leadership positions at MSU Hillel, with a focus on increasing participation and engagement of the campus community.

Class of 2019

  1. Ali Duhan Ali Duhan

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2019

    Ali Duhan originally from Baltimore, MD, work as a Senior Development Associate at the Baltimore Federation. She came to JCLP from Jackson, MS where she was an Education Fellow with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. In this role, she traveled throughout the South in order to write and implement Jewish religious school curriculum. Ali graduated from McDaniel College in May 2015 with a BA in Sociology. She is proficient in American Sign Language and spent time working with Deaf students in the Dominican Republic. She also interned at the Baltimore Federation at Jewish Volunteer Connection, where she worked on creating outreach programs for children through programs such as Mitzvah Mission and Camp Tzedek. Through JCLP, she enjoyed learning about the changing landscape of American Judaism. She especially enjoyed attending the General Assembly and spending time with her cohort planning their Communal Conversation. Ali studied Management of Human Services and completed field placements at both the Michigan and National Sections of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).

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