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JCLP Alumni

Class of 2019

  1. Jordyn Rosenzweig Jordyn Rosenzweig

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2019

    Jordyn Rosenzweig is from West Bloomfield, MI and is a school social worker at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland, OH. Previously she worked at Doherty Elementary School in West Bloomfield. As a JCLP student, she studied Interpersonal Practice and completed her School Social Work Certificate, holding field placements at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County and Doherty Elementary in West Bloomfield. A special JCLP memory for Jordyn is attending the General Assembly in Israel and spending quality time together in Tel Aviv. She graduated with her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan in May 2017. She interned with Jewish Family Services in West Bloomfield, MI during Summer 2016 and volunteered with the Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center during Fall 2015. Jordyn worked as a Camp Counselor during Summer 2014 at Tamarack Camps in Ortinville, MI. During her time at Michigan, she was an active participant with Hillel, Repair the World, Peace Neighborhood, and Wolverine Support Network.

  2. Josh Musicant Josh Musicant

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2019

    Josh Musicant, originally from Toms River, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Michigan in April with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Women's Studies, where his research investigated previous scholarship on the intersection between feminism and animals. As an undergrad, Josh worked as a Residential Advisor and founded Michigan's chapter of Epsilon Eta, the 2nd professional environmental fraternity in the country. Josh is studying Social Policy and Evaluation and Community and Social Systems where he hopes to gain adequate knowledge and resources to practice constitutional and public defense law. He is excited to enter a community which prioritizes social justice advocacy and intellectual rigor via our explorations of Judaism within the JCLP.

  3. Rachel Zinn Wall Rachel Zinn Wall

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2019

    Rachel Zinn Wall, originally from Mountain View, CA, works as Communications & Development Manager at the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor. Previously, she served as Director of Community-Based Services at JARC in Bloomfield Hills, MI, coordinating residential services for adults with developmental disabilities through a Jewish lens. She came to JCLP from the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor where she held the position of Office Manager for three years.  While a JCLP student, she held field placements at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and JARC and studied Management of Human Services with a focus on Community and Social Systems. Through JCLP, Rachel enjoyed learning how to manage organizations in order to make the most positive difference for individuals and their communities and how to build and maintain vibrant Jewish communities. She received her BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Before graduate school, Rachel worked in a mixed-income affordable housing community on Chicago's South Side, advocated for employment of adults with developmental disabilities, and directed a Hebrew High School program in Ann Arbor.

Class of 2018

  1. Alana Goldstein Friedman Alana Goldstein Friedman

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Alana Goldstein Friedman is the Jewish Community Program Associate at the Circle of Service Foundation in Chicago. Previously, she served as Community Building Associate at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Originally from Deerfield, IL, Alana was 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. In her time in graduate school, Alana studied Management of Human Services for Communities and Social Systems and 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 Chicago, Illinois where he leads the therapy and community dialogue practice, Call In Your People. Eli also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington School of Social Work. He grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan and graduated with his B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Michigan in 2016. Through JCLP, Eli forged relationships that illuminated the spectrum of individuality within Judaism and enjoyed learning alongside other young Jewish leaders. While in JCLP, 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 first executive director of the groundbreaking Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. She previously was 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 Programs Manager at Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center in Chicago, IL. Previously, they served as a psychotherapist at Youth Services of Glenbrook/Northview, the Midwest Education and Training Manager for Keshet and a curricula writer for Moving Traditions. Through JCLP, Essie examined how social justice and Judaism interact and inform each other in the field of social work. 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.

  5. Ilana Soumekhian Ilana Soumekhian

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Ilana Soumekhian lives in Nashville, TN and works as a Clinical Operations Lead at Therify. She previously worked as an oncology social worker and behavioral health specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, and as a Medical Social Worker at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. She completed her MSW field work 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. Originally from Rockville, 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.

  6. Jacob Ehrlich Jacob Ehrlich

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Jacob Ehrlich lives in Detroit and works as Operations and Engagement Manager for Congregation T'chiyahas 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 Durham, North Carolina and is a consultant with Emergence Collective, a capacity building consultancy she founded with a group of former and recent Michigan graduates, where she helps organizations measure and communicate their impact. 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. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a fundraiser and communications strategist for nonprofit and political organizations, including at 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.

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