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JCLP Alumni

Class of 2021

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  5. Nora Greenstein Nora Greenstein

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Nora Greenstein, originally from Washington, DC, works as a Program Associate at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. She graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2015 with a BA in Psychology, and a minor in History. Prior to JCLP, Nora lived in Los Angeles, where she worked at the University of Southern California Hillel as the Program Manager. Through this role she participated in the Ezra Fellowship, a program through Hillel International working on integrating Jewish education and content into engagement methodology. As a JCLP student, Nora studied Management of Human Services with a minor in Interpersonal Practice, completing her field placement at the William Davidson Foundation. Nora is incredibly grateful to the deep relationships and questions she has been able to explore through her time in this program.

  6. Sam Langstein Sam Langstein

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Sam Langstein is the Helpline Manager at NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. Originally from Long Beach, NY, he graduated from CUNY Hunter College in 2015 with a BA in Psychology. Before joining JCLP, Sam worked for three years at Footsteps, an organization which supports and affirms those transitioning out of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Sam was a member of the 2015-2016 cohort of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps and is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar. At the School of Social Work, Sam studied Management of Human Services and completed field placements with Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit and with Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center in Los Angeles. Sam currently works at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in New York City.

  7. Sara Weinfeld Sara Weinfeld

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2020

    Sara Weinfeld is originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University, where she received her BA in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Health Promotion. During her undergraduate years, she held many leadership positions at MSU Hillel, with a focus on increasing participation and engagement of the campus community. At the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Sara studied Interpersonal Practice and completed field placements with Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw Country and at St. Michael Catholic School in Livonia. She received a School Social Worker specialization and she currently works as a social worker at the Frankel Jewish Academy. Sara is thankful for the wealth of knowledge and for the new friendships she gained through JCLP.

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