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JCLP Alumni

Class of 2016

  1. Aubree Sepler Aubree Sepler

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Aubree Sepler works as an Emergency Projects Specialist with FEMA in New York City. She previously worked in the New York City Mayor's Office of Management and Budget on the disaster recovery task force. Her unit works to coordinate federal funding (HUD, FEMA) and provide resources to communities in recovery from disasters and to those at risk in the future. Originally from Florida, she studied Social Policy & Evaluation while in JCLP. Aubree graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan in April 2014 with a BA in Women's Studies and Psychology and a minor in the Community Action and Social Change program. Aubree's passion for the intersection of gender-based identity and Judaism stems from intergroup outreach efforts. In particular, engaging in dialogue work through positions at the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, as a research assistant for the Program on Intergroup Relations' Arab-Jewish Dialogue course, and as a fellow for the Shoulder-to-Shoulder emerging interfaith leaders program, has shaped Aubree's vision for the future of progressive Jewish organizing. Aubree has worked extensively with LGBTQ organizations and campus advisory boards, and held three separate policy and program evaluation field placements at the local and national level.

  2. Emily Zussman Emily Zussman

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Emily Zussman is the Director of People and Field Operations at OneTable in New York City. She grew up in Huntington Woods, MI, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Sociology and minors in Judaic Studies and Community Action and Social Change. Emily completed her field placement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in the NEXTGen Detroit department. Emily’s most formative Jewish experiences stem from her time spent as a camper, counselor, and supervisor at Tamarack Camps in Ortonville, Michigan. She is passionate about building teams that, in turn, build strong Jewish communities.

  3. Jaime Bean Jaime Bean

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Jaime Bean is the NEXTGen Israel Experience Associate with Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit in West Bloomfield, MI. She recently finished a year as a teaching fellow in Israel through the Masa Israel Journey. Jaime grew up in Huntington Woods, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC). Jaime's formative Jewish experiences stem from an extensive background as a camper, staff member, and supervisor at Tamarack Camps, a Jewish sleepover camp located in Ortonville, MI. Her field placement was at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit where she assisted with fundraising, development, and program management.

  4. Kate Malekoff Kate Malekoff

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Kate Malekoff is the Director of People and Operations at Safe Passage Project, a highly-focused nonprofit immigration legal services organization  providing free lawyers to refugee and immigrant children in the NYC-area. She worked at DREAM as the Volunteer Coordinator, Talent Operations Manager, and Director of Human Resources. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and later worked for Carnegie Mellon University. Kate's field placement while in JCLP was with Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, where she worked with community outreach and family case management. She is intrigued by the dual privilege and onus an American Jewish identity can bring, and how this intersection plays out in contemporary American issues. Kate is interested in a wide variety of issues, including school discipline, race in America, resettlement, and domestic violence. Kate served on the board of the Student Rights Project at the University, a project of law and social work students providing non-legal advocacy for low-income students facing expulsion or suspension in Southeast Michigan. She was also a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line.

  5. Mayan Herman Mayan Herman

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2016

    Mayan is a bilingual school social worker at KIPP Comunidad, an elementary charter school in Austin, Texas. She previously worked as a bilingual case manager with Any Baby Can. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Mayan attended the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BSW. Mayan also minored in Spanish, and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Mayan was a child welfare caseworker with the Department of Human Services in Pennsylvania, where she valued the diversity of cultural backgrounds in the families she served. During JCLP, Mayan interned at Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Washtenaw County in the Clinical and Community Services department, where she provided therapy, assisted community members by making referrals and addressing their needs in times of crisis, and ran a social skills group with young girls at the Hebrew Day School.

Class of 2015

  1. Emily (Meister) Odesser Emily (Meister) Odesser

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2015

    Emily Odesser is a hospice social worker at JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) in Rockville, Maryland. She previously worked as the Director of Enrollment with Young Judaea Israel Programs  the Development Coordinator at Shalem College in Israel. As a JCLP student, her field placement was at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, where she interned in the Refugee Resettlement Program. She worked with refugees from all over the world in helping them acclimate to life in America. She was Co-President of the Organization of Jewish Social Workers at the University of Michigan and served as a student representative on JCLP's Advisory Committee.

  2. Emily White Emily White

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2015

    Emily White is the Program Director of the Israel Education Center at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. As a JCLP student, her graduate field placement was with Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, where she worked with Mentor Connection serving Oakland County Youth in community and career mentoring. Before attending graduate school, Emily served as a teacher and mentor for Jewish teens for fourteen years at Oak Park Temple in the metro Chicago area. In JCLP, Emily strengthened her skills for working with teens and enhanced her knowledge of wider issues of leadership and engagement in Jewish education.

  3. Haviva Rome Greenbaum Haviva Rome Greenbaum

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2015

     Haviva Rome Greenbaum is Director of Family Support Services at Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit. As a JCLP student, her field placement was at Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Washtenaw County in the Clinical and Community Services department. Through the JCLP Program, Haviva developed innovative and creative programming across Jewish denominations and multiple forms of Jewish affiliations, as well as pursued her passion for clinical social work with the counseling and case management services provided at JFS. After graduating from JCLP, she worked at JFS as a Family Case Manager. Originally from Tarzana, CA, her interest in social work was born primarily from volunteer experiences. At Nofei Yerushalaim Skilled Nursing Facility in Jerusalem, she volunteered in the field of at-risk geriatric support; and at the Jewish Community Center Adaptations Program in New York, she worked with special needs young adults.

  4. Max Glick Max Glick

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2015

    Max Glick is the Director of Handup at Lighthouse in Lathrup Village, MI where he manage a nation-wide fundraising platform responsible for raising $3.2M to fight poverty in the United States by supporting 4,100 clients at 113 partner nonprofits. He previously worked as the Associate Campaign Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor. A Michigan native, Max concentrated on fundraising, leadership development, program management and community outreach as a JCLP student. He also served on JCLP's Advisory Committee as a student representative. Max received his Bachelors in Public Policy and Organizational Communications from Western Michigan University. He has worked with Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in Detroit as a Job Coach, Michigan Hillel as a Development Intern, and with Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit as a social work intern. Additionally, Max has worked on a number of local, state and national level initiatives including managing a State Representative race.

  5. P'ninah Kanai P'ninah Kanai

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2015

    P'ninah Kanai is a graphic designer and production artist in Southeastern Michigan. She has worked in the Community Development and JFamily departments at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. For over twenty years, she has worked as a departmental director, studio manager, and entrepreneur in both New York and Metro Detroit for many of the world's top advertising agencies, as well as through her own marketing and graphic design agency catering to nonprofit organizations. She has a BA in Communications with honors from Michigan State University, as well as a Certificate in Graphic Design and Advertising from Parsons The New School for Design. A metro Detroit native, P'ninah belongs to the third generation in her family to participate in the building of Jewish Ann Arbor and metro Detroit. She considers one of the most valuable parts of her JCLP experience to have been the field placement opportunity, during which she worked for Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. P'ninah graduated from JCLP with a concentration in Human Services Management.

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