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Recent JCLP Alumni

Class of 2018

  1. Alana Goldstein Alana Goldstein »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    From Deerfield, Illinois, Alana Goldstein is the Community Building Associate at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. She is a recipient of the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship funded through the Jewish Federations of North American Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence for students who are planning careers in the Jewish Federation system. In her time in graduate school, Alana studied Management of Human Services for Communities and Social Systems and has interned at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. As a JCLP student, Alana enjoyed exploring and discussing the intersection of Judaism and social work.

  2. Eli Zucker Eli Zucker »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Eli Zucker currently lives in Seattle, Washington. He is from West Bloomfield, Michigan and graduated with his B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Michigan in May 2016. Through JCLP, Eli forged relationships that illuminated the spectrum of individuality within Judaism and enjoyed learning alongside other young Jewish leaders. Eli interned at Detroit Jews for Justice and U-M's Global Scholars Program.

  3. Erica Golden Erica Golden »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Erica Golden is 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Ilana Soumekhian Ilana Soumekhian »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Ilana Soumekhian lives in Seattle, Washington. Originally from Rockbille, 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 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.

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