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Class of 2022

  1. Clare Lauer Clare Lauer

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Clare Lauer is overjoyed to be joining JCLP back in her hometown of Ann Arbor! Since moving away, Clare has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in French at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in spring 2016. During her time at Lawrence, Clare greatly enjoyed her experiences as Vice President of Jewish Life and later as President of the close-knit Hillel. After graduating, Clare embarked on an incredible opportunity to live and work in Southwest France as an English Teaching Assistant through the TAPIF program. Since spring 2018, Clare has been working in Ann Arbor as a Research Technician Associate through Michigan Medicine. She is greatly looking forward to diving into social justice work through a Jewish lens, and to bringing her diverse interests into this next chapter! Clare will be studying Interpersonal Practice.

  2. Emily Gordon Emily Gordon

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Emily Gordon comes to JCLP from Toledo, Ohio, where she worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo for four years as a Marketing Associate. Emily grew up in the Toledo area. In May 2014, 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. Emily was a reporter and photographer for several newspapers in the Toledo area before shifting gears to Public Relations and Marketing. After interning at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium in its Public Relations department, Emily joined the Federation team. There, she shared the stories of a small but vibrant Jewish community through photographs and articles in the Toledo Jewish News, on the Jewish Toledo website, and over social media. Her longtime interest in leadership development, Jewish programming, and tikkun olam (repairing the world) led her to JCLP. As a new Wolverine, Emily is looking forward to delving into the world of social work and exploring the many fascinating ways in which Judaism and social justice intersect.

  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

    Originally from Evanston, Illinois, Ezra Brown graduated from the University of Michigan in May with a major in Political Science and minors in Music and Judaic Studies. Ezra was a camper at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin for six summers and worked as a cabin counselor for two summers, which deepened his appreciation for Judaism and Jewish communities. Ezra also was a Lewis Summer Intern at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) where he worked with JUF's Leadership Development Department. Last summer, 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. Ezra is very excited to return to the University of Michigan and to begin JCLP and start at the School of Social Work in the fall.

  5. Miriam Chesterman Miriam Chesterman

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Originally from Huntington Woods, Michigan, Miriam Chesterman comes to JCLP from a year of direct service work in New York City through Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. In the past year, Miriam has been working at Neightbors 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. Miriam graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2019 with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Community Action and Social Change. During her undergrad years, she spent most of her time with her community service organization and during the summers worked at Camp Tel Yehudah. Miriam is especially excited to return to the University of Michigan to study social work, and will be a part of the Community Change track.

  6. Moss Herberholz Moss Herberholz

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Moss Herberholz began his career in Jewish outdoor experiential education in 2015 as a counselor for campers with developmental disabilities and emotional challenges at Ramah in the Rockies, where, most recently, he has served as the Director of Inclusion.  In the spring of 2018 he joined the staff of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy during its pilot season.  Moss has worked in four different roles at BaMidbar, becoming intimately familiar with many aspects of a new organization doing innovative work in the emerging field of Jewish wilderness therapy. He has worked to inspire and teach hundreds of children, including as a Jewish nature educator for Teva, a program of Hazon, and as a volunteer for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. He has also worked with hundreds of adults: training and supporting staff members at Ramah in the Rockies, leading BaMidbar students on backpacking trips, and volunteering for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Theater Arts and looks forward to learning and growing in his capacities as a leader, social worker, and human being in the Jewish Communal Leadership program. In his free time Moss loves to dance, hike, read, sing niggunim, and identify fungus.

  7. Rachel Levy Rachel Levy

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2022

    Rachel Levy hails from Tucson, Arizona but has lived in Ann Arbor for the past four years. She completed her undergraduate at UofM in May of 2020 with a BA in Sociology of Health and Medicine and a minor in Judaic Studies. As an undergraduate, she was active in the Hillel community, serving as the Reform Community Leader for many years. She was also active in her a cappella group, the Sirens, and served as President of Delta Gamma Phi, the University of Michigan’s only pre-law sorority. Engaging in learning and research that involves gender and sexuality studies, especially as they relate to faith and justice have become major interests of Rachel’s. She is excited to continue her learning through JCLP and the MSW program!

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.

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