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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 grew up in West Bloomfield, MI. She graduated in May 2019 from Ohio University (OU) with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Psychology. She worked at OU Hillel as an engagement intern, planning and leading student activities that promoted Jewish life on campus. Kayla was also a research assistant in the Center for Intervention and Research in Schools lab at OU. Other interests included being the treasurer of Sigma Alpha Iota and being a cellist in the OU Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her time in JCLP, she has completed her field work at The Well and Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor. Kayla is studying Management of Human Services with a focus on Community and Social Systems.

  4. Meredith Berlin Meredith Berlin

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Meredith Berlin is originally from Huntington Woods, Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University in April 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services with minors in gerontology and human resource management. During her undergraduate years, she held many leadership positions on campus with being an administrative resident assistant for two years and serving on Hillel @ WMU’s board all four years of her undergrad. Meredith’s formative Jewish experiences stem for an extensive background as a camper, counselor, and supervisor at Tamarack Camps in Ortonville, MI. Meredith is passionate about leadership, Jewish identity, and education. Meredith’s field placements have been at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit and she will complete her field work at Burton Elementary in Huntington Woods. She is studying Interpersonal Practice with a focus in Community and Social Systems.

  5. Rebecca Belkin Rebecca Belkin

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Rebecca Belkin, originally from Providence, RI, graduated from New York University in 2014 with a BASW and a minor in Studio Art. She completed her undergraduate field placement at an agency that provides social, academic, and mental health support to high school students at risk of dropping out. Following graduation, Rebecca worked as a preschool teacher, where she emphasized fostering an inclusive classroom community that instilled a sense of wonder in her young students, supporting their natural curiosity, and encouraging a love of learning. In 2018-19, she participated in the Avodah Justice Fellowship in NYC, where she began exploring the historical connections between Judaism, justice, and resistance. Rebecca is excited to return to social work and continue exploring the relationship between justice work and Jewish community through JCLP. She will be studying Community Organization.

  6. Simi Adler Simi Adler

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2021

    Simi Adler, originally from Boulder, CO graduated from the University of Colorado in 2009 with a BA in Psychology.  Since graduating, Simi has held many positions working with youth and young adults including as a Mental Health Worker at a residential treatment center, a Youth Director at a Synagogue, the Assistant Director the Maurice B. Shwayder Camp and most recently as the Director of Student Life at the University of Denver Hillel.  Simi has also had the opportunity to pursue his passions of youth development and social justice when he spent a year abroad studying and volunteering in a social justice and coexistence program in Jaffa, Israel. As an avid lover of the outdoors Simi has worked as an adaptive ski/sports instructor with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, CO. He is concentrating in Interpersonal Practice with a minor in Management of Human Services. He spent the past academic year as a Management Intern at Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit where he worked on program development, evaluation, and assessment projects as well as non-profit strategic operations.

Class of 2020

  1. Ashley Schnaar Ashley Schnaar

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Ashley Schnaar hails from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Religious Studies. Ashley’s graduate studies focused on the Management of Human Services and the Jewish non-profit sector. She completed her fieldwork at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor and Trotter Multicultural Center at the University of Michigan. Ashley also enjoyed being involved in several evaluation projects where she conducted focus groups and reported on organizational impact. JCLP has given Ashley a deep appreciation of the strengths and challenges of the Jewish community, and she has gained lifelong friends in the process. Ashley currently serves as a Youth Mental Health Coordinator and Planning Associate at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

  2. Hannah Berger Hannah Berger

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Hannah Berger works at Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) as the NEXTGen Detroit Employment Specialist. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Hannah obtained her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2020, and also completed the Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP). Before that, she graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2018 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. While in the MSW program, Hannah spent time working at the Jewish Family Service of Washtenaw County and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago. In her free time, Hannah likes to rock climb, cook spicy food, read historical fiction, and volunteer at the Humane Society. 

  3. Lauren Fine Lauren Fine

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Lauren Fine, originally from North Carolina, works as a Planned Parenthood NC Votes Community Organizer. She received a B.S. in Communication Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies from Appalachian State University in 2014. After graduating, Lauren was a Repair the World Fellow in Baltimore, tackling issues of food justice and education justice in the city. Before JCLP, Lauren spent three years as the Director of Student Leadership at North Carolina Hillel in Chapel Hill where she worked with student leaders to plan programs, engage their peers, and bring vibrant Jewish life to campus. Lauren came to JCLP to learn more about the Jewish community's role in social justice and discover the field of social work. While here, she completed a year of fieldwork at Detroit Jews for Justice and a summer as a Legislative Fellow at the National Council of Jewish Women in DC. Lauren is excited to return to North Carolina and use the skills she has gained to do Jewish community organizing around racial and economic justice. 

  4. Megan Bernard Megan Bernard

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Megan Bernard is originally from Grand Blanc, Michigan. She graduated with her B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change from the University of Michigan in 2016. Upon graduating, Megan worked for BBYO as an Associate Regional Director in the greater DC area, working with teen leaders to strengthen the Jewish future. Megan has been active in the Union for Reform Judaism, specifically its teen leadership camp, URJ Kutz Camp, for 7 summers. Kutz is where she realized her interest in Jewish communal work and started her journey to become a social worker. Megan completed her field work at Kutz for its 2019 (and final) summer session, as well as at Hazon Detroit (The Jewish Lab for Sustainability) during the 2018-2019 school year. Megan concentrated in Management of Human Services with a minor in Interpersonal Practice, which has led her to her newest venture as Mid-Atlantic Community Manager for Moishe House in Washington, D.C.

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