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JCLP Alumni

Class of 2018

  1. Erica Golden Erica Golden

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Erica Golden is the first executive director of the groundbreaking Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. She previously was the Youth Engagement Director at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, Florida. Originally from Tampa, Erica came to JCLP by way of New Orleans. She received her M.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in May 2016. Erica also earned her B.S. in Psychology and Jewish Studies from Tulane in May 2015. During her time in JCLP, she studied Management with a focus on Children and Youth and interned at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. As a JCLP student, Erica was excited to explore the intersection of Judaism and social work while continuing to be an active member of the Jewish community.

  2. Essie Shachar-Hill Essie Shachar-Hill

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Essie Shachar-Hill is the Midwest Education and Training Manager for Keshet in Chicago and a curricula writer for Moving Traditions. Born in Cambridge, England, they graduated with a B.A. in English and Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan in May 2015. As a member of AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps in Chicago, Essie worked with "Girls in the Game" as an after school coordinator. As an undergraduate, Essie was involved with U-M Residential Life and also received the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Through JCLP, Essie continued to examine how social justice and Judaism interact and inform each other in the field of social work.

  3. Ilana Soumekhian Ilana Soumekhian

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Ilana Soumekhian lives in Seattle, Washington where she works as a Medical Social Work at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Originally from RockbilleRockville, MD, she completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC) from the University of Michigan in May 2016. She interned at the Michigan Medicine's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant along with Von Voightlander Women's Hospital in Inpatient/Outpatient Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  4. Jacob Ehrlich Jacob Ehrlich

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Jacob Ehrlich lives in Detroit and works as a Program Coordinator for Congregation T'chiyah as well as the Music Enrichment Specialist at Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network. Originally from Westhampton, NY, he holds a BA from Hampshire College, where he studied comparative religion and completed a thesis project exploring the philosophical and sociological resonances between Jewish and Hindu devotional movements. For his field placement, Jacob worked with the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network, working to address the psycho-social and spiritual care needs of clients and their families as they navigate the end-of-life. As an activist and aspiring spiritual leader, Jacob appreciated the unique opportunity that JCLP affords to integrate social justice, spirituality, and Jewish learning into the practice of micro- and macro-level social work, and enjoyed two fulfilling years of intensive learning and fellowship.

  5. Leah Josephson Leah Josephson

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Leah Josephson lives in Ann Arbor, MI and is a consultant with Emergence Collective, a capacity building consultancy she founded with a group of former and recent Michigan graduates. She helps organizations measure and communicate their impact. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, she has worked as a fundraiser and communications strategist for nonprofit and political organizations, including North Carolina Hillel as Director of Development. Leah was also active with the Carolina Abortion Fund, where she served as Board Chair, and was co-founder of Moishe House Triangle. In 2015, she completed the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies summer program in Jerusalem, Israel. As a JCLP student Leah appreciated the opportunity to connect with community members and local organizations working at the intersections of Judaism and social justice, including through her management field placement with Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit.

Class of 2017

  1. Annie Shapiro Annie Shapiro

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Annie Shapiro is the Policy Manager at Fair Food Network in Ann Arbor, MI. In this role, Annie leads public policy engagement in Michigan. She completed a dual degree in Social Work and Public Health. During her time in JCLP, Annie enjoyed thinking critically about the inclusivity of the Jewish community and how to engage those who are marginalized or on the fringe of the community. Originally from the Twin Cities, she received a B.A. in International Affairs and History from the George Washington University. Following graduation, Annie worked in DC on international HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment for the government. Annie is passionate about working to create a more equitable health system in the U.S. Annie's field placement was at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit where she worked on health and wellness and healthcare navigation. Annie hopes to continue conversations about the intersection between the Jewish community and social justice movements and think of innovative ways to energize the Jewish community around increasing equity in our communities and nation as a whole.

  2. Avery Markel Avery Markel

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Avery Markel is a case manager/counselor at Jewish Family and Career Services in Louisville, Kentucky where she lives with her husband and their menagerie of pets. A metro-Detroit native with stops throughout the midwest and mid south, Avery’s interest in social work sparked during her year in Chicago with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, where she worked at The ARK, a Jewish social service agency. JCLP gave Avery the opportunity to explore Jewish values as they relate to social work, as well as a unique historic context. In JCLP, Avery studied Interpersonal Practice and completed field work at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit. JCLP continues to provide a space for Avery to explore the Jewish communal response to social issues and has allowed her to consider her future role in that response.

  3. Haley Schreier Haley Schreier

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Haley Schreier is the manager of engagement and outreach at Michigan Hillel. She is an Ann Arbor native who graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan with a double major in Women's Studies and History in 2015. On campus, she was involved in both the University of Michigan Hillel and the University of Michigan Chabad, where she had a variety of leadership roles including Outreach and Public Relations Chair for the Chabad Student Government and Public Relations Chair for Hillel's Conference on the Holocaust. Her field placement through JCLP was at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, where she learned about organizational management and change, as well as community organizing.

  4. Lauren Rouff Lauren Rouff

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Lauren Rouff is a school social worker in Dearborn, MI and during the summer is the camp social worker for Camp Tamarack. Originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Communications and Spanish. Before coming to the School of Social Work, she worked as a Program Associate for Hillel of Metro Detroit, working with Jewish college students around the Detroit area. Lauren is a long-time Tamarack Camps camper and counselor, and served on their Young Adult Advisory Board where she gained non-profit leadership skills. Her JCLP field placement was with Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit where she worked in various day schools facilitating social skills groups. She enjoyed being able to learn about so many different organizations and individuals by being part of the JCLP.

  5. Mariel Schwartz Mariel Schwartz

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Mariel Schwartz is a social worker with Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Detroit, MI. She previously worked as a geriatric social worker at Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit in Oak Park, MI. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated with high honors from Lehigh University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Following college graduation, Mariel relocated to Washington, DC to work first for United States Congressman Jason Altmire and then for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Mariel was also a member of the Jewish Women International's Young Women's Leadership Network and volunteered weekly with the Jewish Social Service Agency by visiting hospice clients in their homes. Mariel enjoyed learning about community organizing and social justice work in the American Jewish community. As a Geriatric Care Management intern at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, Mariel connected older adults with a myriad of resources available specifically to the geriatric community. As a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Mariel will furtherexplored explore the intersection of Jewish life and aging. She is passionate about understanding how the Jewish community can enrich the lives of older adults. In her spare time, she enjoys attending a book club and visiting Jewish communities around the world.

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