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JCLP Alumni

Class of 2022

  1. Clare Lauer Clare Lauer

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Clare Lauer completed her Master of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health & Substance Abuse through the University of Michigan School of Social Work in the spring of 2022. She concurrently completed her time with the Jewish Communal Leadership Program, though has enjoyed staying connected to the program as a local alumna. Since graduating, Clare has continued her work as a Research Technician Associate through Michigan Medicine and is greatly looking forward to beginning a Post-MSW Fellowship with the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) through the Mary A Rackham Institute at the University of Michigan in February of 2023.

  2. Emily Gordon Emily Gordon

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Emily Gordon works at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit as coordinator of the new Caregiver Support Program, which provides tailored support and guidance to family caregivers. Emily feels honored to contribute to the health and strength of local Jewish and secular communities by helping create and develop the program and meeting with clients one-on-one. Emily was born and raised in northwest Ohio. She graduated summa cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and an interdepartmental minor in visual communication technology and ethnic studies. Prior to graduate school, Emily worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer in the Toledo area before shifting gears to nonprofit public relations and marketing at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium and the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Greater Toledo. Emily’s longtime interest in tikkun olam (repair the world) and Jewish community programming led her to JCLP. There, she appreciated learning about the many ways in which Judaism and social justice intersect and how to keep that knowledge in mind while developing community programming. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, amateur photography, traveling, and taking her dogs on adventures.

  3. Erica Kuhn-Fink Erica Kuhn-Fink

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Erica Kuhn-Fink comes to JCLP from Ypsilanti, MI, where she works as an artist and educator. Erica spent her formative years in Ann Arbor attending Temple Beth Emeth synagogue, where she also had her first experiences as a Jewish educator. She attended the University of Michigan and received a degree in Fine Art. Erica's engagement with Jewish community has been reflected in her many professional roles. She worked for three years after college as art director and educator at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, California, and as a teacher at Bay Area Midrasha, a Jewish experiential learning program for teens. Erica has spent over a decade developing and teaching inclusionary, creative educational programming for Jewish communities throughout the country including the Levin Jewish Community Center of Durham, North Carolina, and most recently, Chabad of Ann Arbor's Camp Gan Israel. In addition to her work as a Jewish educator, Erica maintains a studio art practice and runs a small business selling her work to collectors and boutiques worldwide. Erica is eager to continue her work with children and families in the Jewish community through JCLP where she will be studying Interpersonal Practice.

  4. Ezra Brown Ezra Brown

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Ezra graduated with a Master of Social Work and JCLP certificate with a concentration in Management and Leadership in May 2022. He greatly enjoyed his experience in JCLP and also appreciated working at the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor for his field placement. In July 2022, Ezra began a role as Development Associate at Resources for the Future, an environmental think-tank organization, in Washington D.C Originally from Evanston, Illinois, Ezra also graduated with a bachelor's from the University of Michigan in May 2020 with a major in Political Science and minors in Music and Judaic Studies. During his undergraduate experience, Ezra was a Lewis Summer Intern at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) where he worked with JUF's Leadership Development Department. In 2019, Ezra interned at the University of Michigan's Taubman School of Architecture as a Development Summer Intern, which led to him to develop a passion for development work and to look for additional educational opportunities at U-M's School of Social Work and through JCLP. Ezra was also a four-year member of the Michigan Marching Band and served as Trombone Section Leader his senior year.

  5. Miriam Chesterman Miriam Chesterman

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Miriam currently lives in Chicago and works for the New Israel Fund, where she is excited to continue fostering her Jewish community! Originally from Huntington Woods, Michigan, Miriam Chesterman came to JCLP from a year of direct service work in New York City through Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. Before and during graduate school, Miriam worked at Neighbors Together, a small nonprofit organization in Brooklyn that serves as both a soup kitchen and a social services organization, at which Miriam's role was to help low-income New Yorkers navigate the housing market, as well as other general social services. During her time in JCLP, she did her field placement at Detroit Jews for Justice and completed her degree in the Community Change track.

  6. Moss Herberholz Moss Herberholz

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Moss Herberholz works as a psychedelic integration therapist at the Radical Well-Being Center in Southfield, MI. In addition, he co-facilitates dismantling oppression workshops for Priceless Development Consulting. After graduating from JCLP in May of 2022, Moss Herberholz spent the summer working as an adventure therapist for BaMidbar - the first Jewish adventure therapy program in the country. During his time in JCLP he engaged in field placement experiences at both Healthy Choice Community Counseling Services and Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit. He also served as the president of the Student Association for Psychedelic Studies (SAPS). Moss holds a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in theater arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In his free time Moss loves to dance, sing, slackline, and spin fire.

  7. Rachel Levy Rachel Levy

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Rachel Levy (she/her), LLMSW works as a psychotherapist at a private practice in Ferndale, MI. She hails from Tucson, Arizona and has lived in Southeast Michigan since 2016. Rachel graduated from the School of Social Work in 2022 with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership after completing her undergraduate studies at U-M in 2020, with a BA in Sociology of Health and Medicine and a minor in Judaic Studies. During her Masters, she served on the Interprofessional Health Student Organization (IHSO) board as the Social Work representative, worked as a Graduate Student Instructor in the Department of Sociology, participated in Out of Blue, a choir that works with incarcerated individuals to utilize creative expression for healing, and studied Yiddish. Outside of work, Rachel is based in the West Village of Detroit and enjoys exploring all of the food and music that Detroit has to offer, learning to throw at Sugar Hill Clay, climbing at Dyno, vintage shopping, and participating in East Side justice efforts. She is still figuring out how to integrate the lessons from JCLP into her professional and personal life, and would love to have you over for Shabbat if you are ever in the area!

Class of 2021

  1. Courtney Bushnell Courtney Bushnell

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Courtney Bushnell is originally from Sandy, Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University with her bachelors in Sociology in June 2018. Her capstone research was on the development of religion into culture. During her undergrad she had the opportunity to study abroad in Jerusalem which amongst other formative experiences have led her to JCLP. Since graduating Courtney has worked with the anti-human trafficking organization, Operation Underground Railroad as the Team Lead for the volunteers in the Denver metro area. Additionally, she has served as a leader in a faith based organization that serves a group of girls to help prepare them to be strong contributing women in society. She hopes to work within faith organizations and be a part of interfaith collaboration to help achieve mutual humanitarian efforts in society and the world. She will be studying Management of Human Services and Community and Social Systems.

  2. Hilary Forrest Hilary Forrest

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Originally from Albany, NY, Hilary Forrest comes to JCLP by way of New York City where she currently works as a recruiting associate at ExecOnline, an EdTech startup which partners with top global business schools to deliver online leadership development programs. She graduated in 2016 from UM’s Ford School of Public Policy. Hilary worked at the Jewish Federations of North America and the International Institute of Education at the United Nations before teaching English in Israel through the Masa Teaching Fellows program. Most recently, Hilary organized events for young Jewish professionals through the Manhattan Jewish Experience. She is excited to return to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan and plans to study Interpersonal Practice.

  3. Kayla Kapen Kayla Kapen

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Kayla Kapen is currently the Advancement Associate at Hillel Day School of Metro Detroit, where she assists in fundraising, social media & event planning. She grew up in West Bloomfield, MI and graduated in May 2019 from Ohio University (OU) with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Psychology. Prior to JCLP, she worked at OU Hillel as an engagement intern, planning and leading student activities that promoted Jewish life on campus. Throughout her time in JCLP, she completed her field work at The Well and Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor. A highlight from her time in JCLP was visiting New Orleans and learning about the impact that the Jewish organizations there made after Hurricane Katrina. She is thankful for the meaningful and challenging discussions that she engaged in during her time in JCLP. Before joining Hillel Day School, she worked at the Michigan Region ORT America office.

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