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Class of 2017

  1. Annie Shapiro Annie Shapiro »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Annie Shapiro is finishing her last semester of her dual degree in Social Work and Public Health after completing her JCLP certificate in May 2017. 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 Drongowski Avery Drongowski »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Avery Drongowski is the program and engagement associate with The Well, an inclusive Jewish community-building, education and spirituality outreach initiative geared to the needs of young adults and those who haven't connected with traditional institutions in Metro Detroit. A metro-Detroit native with stops along the way in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Illinois, Avery's interest in social work was sparked during her year in Chicago with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, where she worked at The ARK, a Jewish social service agency. During JCLP, she studied Interpersonal Practice, and completed her field work at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, where she saw clients individually and in group settings for therapy. The Jewish Communal Leadership Program has been critical for Avery in exploring the Jewish communal response to social issues from the perspective of various agencies, and 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 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 further 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.

  6. Melanie Rivkin Melanie Rivkin »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Melanie Rivkin is the director of student programs and special events at the University of Chicago Hillel. 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.

  7. 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 works at Bay Area Community Resources as a Regional Supervisor for the BAYAC AmeriCorps department where she's responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising 25 AmeriCorps volunteers working at youth-serving partner organizations around San Francisco. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, 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 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 Manager of People and Special Projects for One Table 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. She studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Emily's formative Jewish experiences stem from an extensive background as a camper, counselor, and supervisor at Tamarack Camps. Her desire to pass along valuable Jewish experiences to the next generation also guided her to staff two UM Hillel Birthright trips. Emily served as a Graduate Student Representative on the Michigan Hillel Governing Board. She is passionate about building strong Jewish identities and communities. Emily's field placement was at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit primarily working in the NEXTGen department.

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