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Class of 2017

  1. Melanie Rivkin Melanie Rivkin

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Melanie Rivkin lives in Chicago and is enjoying building social justice Jewish community there. She works as a substitute teacher at Little Green Tree House and will earning her credentials at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work to become a school social worker in Illinois. While at U-M, Mel's JCLP experience focused on Management of Human Services and integrated macro social work practices into her internships at the Anti-Defamation League's Michigan Regional Office and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. After her graduation from Binghamton University with a B.A. in Judaic Studies, Mel spent several years exploring the Jewish social justice landscape as a fellow in the ADAMAH, Repair the World: Pittsburgh and Masa Israel Teaching Fellows: Ashdod programs. In JCLP, Melanie enjoyed being in a space that has been a container for intellectual discourse on numerous issues and ideas circulating in the Jewish non-profit world.

  2. Sharon Alvandi Sharon Alvandi

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Sharon Alvandi works with the Parenting in Context Lab at the University of Michigan where she gathers data about parenting education programs designed for fathers who are expecting babies. She also works for B'nai Brith Youth Organization's Perlman Camp as a part of their inclusivity initiative's staff. Over the 2017 summer, she worked to ensure that campers received appropriate accommodations for differing abilities, consulted with camp staff on mental health and behavior management, intervened, and counseled individuals in crisis, and worked with the general Perlman Camp community to expand BBYO's vision for inclusivity. She also attended the National Havurah Committee's Summer Institute as a Zeitler Fellow. Originally from a Persian-Jewish community in New York, Sharon earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Bard College and helped found a progressive middle school in the Bronx. While a JCLP student, she interned at a battering intervention program and a prison re-entry program as a group facilitator and a programming organizer. In her free time, Sharon worked to create brave spaces for youth from metro Detroit and nearby suburbs with the Student Youth Dialogues program at the University of Michigan Program on Intergroup Relations. She also worked with young Jewish students at synagogues in Ann Arbor and engaged in discussions with communal leaders about their perspectives on faith identities interwoven in social justice work. Sharon hopes to continue to focus on the interplay between gender and trauma, crisis intervention, and communal healing in social work practices.

Class of 2016

  1. Alli Rosen Alli Rosen

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Alli Rosen has returned to her hometown of Richmond, VA after more than 3 years of working with  Bay Area Community Resources as both a Senior and Regional Supervisor for the BAYAC AmeriCorps department where she was responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising 25 AmeriCorps volunteers working at youth-serving partner organizations around San Francisco. Alli graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BSW from James Madison University. Following graduation, she completed two years of AmeriCorps National Direct at LIFT-Chicago where she managed a community resource center helping community members achieve economic stability and well-being. Alli worked in food and environmental education with Hazon in the Bay Area, contributing to her dual passions for food justice and health equity across race and place. She completed her MSW field work at Fair Food Network and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

  2. Aubree Sepler Aubree Sepler

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Aubree Sepler works as an Emergency Projects Specialist with FEMA in New York City. She previously worked in the New York City Mayor's Office of Management and Budget on the disaster recovery task force. Her unit works to coordinate federal funding (HUD, FEMA) and provide resources to communities in recovery from disasters and to those at risk in the future. Originally from Florida, she studied Social Policy & Evaluation while in JCLP. Aubree graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan in April 2014 with a BA in Women's Studies and Psychology and a minor in the Community Action and Social Change program. Aubree's passion for the intersection of gender-based identity and Judaism stems from intergroup outreach efforts. In particular, engaging in dialogue work through positions at the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, as a research assistant for the Program on Intergroup Relations' Arab-Jewish Dialogue course, and as a fellow for the Shoulder-to-Shoulder emerging interfaith leaders program, has shaped Aubree's vision for the future of progressive Jewish organizing. Aubree has worked extensively with LGBTQ organizations and campus advisory boards, and held three separate policy and program evaluation field placements at the local and national level.

  3. Emily Zussman Emily Zussman

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Emily Zussman is the Director of People and Field Operations at OneTable in New York City. She grew up in Huntington Woods, MI, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Sociology and minors in Judaic Studies and Community Action and Social Change. Emily completed her field placement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in the NEXTGen Detroit department. Emily’s most formative Jewish experiences stem from her time spent as a camper, counselor, and supervisor at Tamarack Camps in Ortonville, Michigan. She is passionate about building teams that, in turn, build strong Jewish communities.

  4. Jaime Bean Jaime Bean

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Jaime Bean is the NEXTGen Israel Experience Associate with Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit in West Bloomfield, MI. She recently finished a year as a teaching fellow in Israel through the Masa Israel Journey. Jaime grew up in Huntington Woods, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC). Jaime's formative Jewish experiences stem from an extensive background as a camper, staff member, and supervisor at Tamarack Camps, a Jewish sleepover camp located in Ortonville, MI. Her field placement was at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit where she assisted with fundraising, development, and program management.

  5. Kate Malekoff Kate Malekoff

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Kate Malekoff is the Director of People and Operations at Safe Passage Project, a highly-focused nonprofit immigration legal services organization  providing free lawyers to refugee and immigrant children in the NYC-area. She worked at DREAM as the Volunteer Coordinator, Talent Operations Manager, and Director of Human Resources. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and later worked for Carnegie Mellon University. Kate's field placement while in JCLP was with Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, where she worked with community outreach and family case management. She is intrigued by the dual privilege and onus an American Jewish identity can bring, and how this intersection plays out in contemporary American issues. Kate is interested in a wide variety of issues, including school discipline, race in America, resettlement, and domestic violence. Kate served on the board of the Student Rights Project at the University, a project of law and social work students providing non-legal advocacy for low-income students facing expulsion or suspension in Southeast Michigan. She was also a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line.

  6. Mayan Herman Mayan Herman

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Mayan is a bilingual school social worker at KIPP Comunidad, an elementary charter school in Austin, Texas. She previously worked as a bilingual case manager with Any Baby Can. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Mayan attended the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BSW. Mayan also minored in Spanish, and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Mayan was a child welfare caseworker with the Department of Human Services in Pennsylvania, where she valued the diversity of cultural backgrounds in the families she served. During JCLP, Mayan interned at Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Washtenaw County in the Clinical and Community Services department, where she provided therapy, assisted community members by making referrals and addressing their needs in times of crisis, and ran a social skills group with young girls at the Hebrew Day School.

Class of 2015

  1. Emily (Meister) Odesser Emily (Meister) Odesser

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2015

    Emily Odesser is a hospice social worker at JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) in Rockville, Maryland. She previously worked as the Director of Enrollment with Young Judaea Israel Programs  the Development Coordinator at Shalem College in Israel. As a JCLP student, her field placement was at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, where she interned in the Refugee Resettlement Program. She worked with refugees from all over the world in helping them acclimate to life in America. She was Co-President of the Organization of Jewish Social Workers at the University of Michigan and served as a student representative on JCLP's Advisory Committee.

  2. Emily White Emily White

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2015

    Emily White is the Program Director of the Israel Education Center at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. As a JCLP student, her graduate field placement was with Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, where she worked with Mentor Connection serving Oakland County Youth in community and career mentoring. Before attending graduate school, Emily served as a teacher and mentor for Jewish teens for fourteen years at Oak Park Temple in the metro Chicago area. In JCLP, Emily strengthened her skills for working with teens and enhanced her knowledge of wider issues of leadership and engagement in Jewish education.

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