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Class of 2018

  1. Alana Goldstein Alana Goldstein »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    From Chicago, Illinois, Alana Goldstein is a recent B.S.W. graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate student, Alana interned with the Champaign County Public Defender's Office, Illini Hillel, and the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She held the position of Vice President of Philanthropy for the Pi Beta Phi sorority and worked as a camp counselor and on-site social worker at Keshet, an organization for individuals with special needs. She is a recipient of the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship funded through The Jewish Federations of North America Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence for students who are planning careers in Jewish Federations. As a JCLP student, Alana is looking forward to exploring the intersection of her passions for Judaism and social justice intersect and to supporting marginalized individuals within Jewish communities.

  2. Eli Zucker Eli Zucker »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Eli Zucker is from West Bloomfield, Michigan and graduated with his B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Michigan in May 2016. As a student, he co-chaired U-M Hillel's "Resetting the Table", a dialogue-based advocacy group that seeks proactive methods for social-justice in Israel. Since 2014, Eli has worked as a dialogue facilitator with U-M's Program on Intergroup Relations. Additionally, he lived in Israel in Summer 2015 where he worked with Project Harmony and Project Ten. As a Project Harmony intern, Eli created and facilitated athletic activities for Arab and Jewish Israeli children through the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School. At Project Ten, a Jewish learning and co-existence based program, he participated in organic farming initiatives, musical theater, and English education. Through JCLP, Eli hopes to forge relationships that illuminate the spectrum of individuality within Judaism. He is most looking forward to learning alongside six other young Jewish leaders for the next two years!

  3. Erica Golden Erica Golden »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Originally from Tampa, Florida, Erica Golden comes 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. While in New Orleans, she was an active member of the student executive board of Chabad at Tulane and was the after-school care coordinator for Torah Academy, a local Jewish day school's, preschool division.She also volunteered as a Crisis Counselor with ViaLink/211. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award for best undergraduate Jewish Studies essay. Since March 2015 she has worked in Tulane's Child and Family Lab evaluating the impact of children's exposure to violence on social-emotional development and school readiness. As a JCLP student, Erica is excited to bring Jewish studies back into her academic sphere, explore the intersection of Judaism and social work, and continue to be an active member of the Jewish community.

  4. Essie Shachar-Hill Essie Shachar-Hill »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Born in Cambridge, England, Essie Shachar-Hill returns to Ann Arbor by way of Chicago, Illinois. After graduating with a B.A. in English and Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan in May 2015, Essie became a member of  AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps in Chicago and worked with "Girls in the Game" as an after school coordinator. Essie facilitated programs for over 175 girls in Chicago in addition to program recruitment, parent engagement, and volunteer management as well as coached girls ages 7-14 in activities related to leadership, health, and fitness. As an undergraduate, Essie was involved with U-M Residential Life and also received the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Through JCLP, Essie hopes to continue examining how social justice and Judaism interact and inform each other in the field of social work.

  5. Ilana Soumekhian Ilana Soumekhian »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    From Rockville, Maryland, Ilana Soumekhian completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC) from the University of Michigan in May 2016. During her time as an undergraduate, Ilana served as the New Member Educator for her sorority, held various leadership positions with Michigan's Dance Marathon, and volunteered at Cancer Support Community and Mott's Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. Additionally, she participated in the Barger Leadership Institute Fellows and Michigan Community Scholars programs. Ilana hopes that her interdisciplinary (social work, Jewish Communal Leadership, and Judaic Studies) education will prepare her to work with children in a variety of organizational contexts.

  6. Jacob Ehrlich Jacob Ehrlich »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    From Westhampton, New York, Jacob Ehrlich comes to JCLP by way of Amherst, Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies from Hampshire College in May 2015, where he completed a thesis project exploring the dynamics of tradition and innovation in Jewish and Hindu mystical revival movements. He has lent his services as a songleader and homilist to Detroit Jews for Justice and the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and served as a Hebrew and Judaica Teacher at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield in Fall 2015. As an undergraduate student, he functioned as a spiritual leader for the Jewish community at Hampshire College and interned with the Wexler Oral History Project at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. Jacob is interested in how religious practice can be used as a technology for self-transformation and social change, and believes that spirituality holds the key to building and sustaining communities to operate with resilience and reverence. He is excited to pursue Interpersonal Practice with the JCLP, in hopes that he may better serve communities in need as a counselor and spiritual resource as he makes his way toward the rabbinate.

  7. Leah Josephson Leah Josephson »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2018

    Leah Josephson is from Durham, North Carolina, where she has worked as a fundraiser and communications strategist for nonprofit and political organizations, most recently as Director of Development at North Carolina Hillel. She graduated with her B.A. in journalism and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 2011. Leah is active with the Carolina Abortion Fund, where she serves as Board Chair, and was co-founder of Moishe House Triangle. In 2015, she participated in the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies summer program in Jerusalem, Israel. As an undergraduate, Leah received the Carolina Women's Center Women's Advocacy Award and completed a journalism honors thesis titled "Sex and the Cosmo Girl: Comparing Cosmopolitan's Messages about Women's Sexual and Romantic Relationships, 1969 and 2010." Leah is excited for the opportunity to continue her education, both in the classroom and by learning from community members and local organizations working at the intersections of Judaism and social justice.

Class of 2017

  1. Annie Shapiro Annie Shapiro »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Annie Shapiro comes to JCLP from the Twin Cities by way of Washington, DC. She received a B.A. in International Affairs and History from the George Washington University. Following graduation, she worked in DC on international HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment for the government. Annie is passionate about working to create a more equitable health system in the U.S. She is currently pursuing a dual MPH/MSW degree at the University of Michigan. Annie is currently placed at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit working on health and wellness and healthcare navigation. Through year one of JCLP, Annie enjoyed thinking critically about the inclusivity of the Jewish community and how to engage those who are marginalized or on the fringe of the community. As she continues into year two of the program, Annie hopes to continue conversations about the intersection between the Jewish community and social justice movements and think of innovative ways to energize the Jewish community around increasing equity in our communities and nation as a whole.

  2. Avery Drongowski Avery Drongowski »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Avery is a metro-Detroit native with stops along the way in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Illinois. Her interest in social work was sparked during her year in Chicago with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, where she worked at The ARK, a Jewish social service agency.She is a second year MSW student studying Interpersonal Practice, and is doing field work at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, seeing clients individually and in group settings for therapy. During her first year in the program,she was exposed to a variety of treatment modalities, and is looking forward to strengthening her personal theoretical framework that shapes her practice and is most meaningful to her clients during her second year. The Jewish Communal Leadership Program has been critical for Avery in exploring the Jewish communal response to social issues from the perspective of various agencies, and allowed her to consider her future role in that response.

  3. Haley Schreier Haley Schreier »

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2017

    Haley Schreier is an Ann Arbor native who graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan with a double major in Women's Studies and History in 2015. On campus, she was involved in both the University of Michigan Hillel and the University of Michigan Chabad, where she had a variety of leadership roles including Outreach and Public Relations Chair for the Chabad Student Government and Public Relations Chair for Hillel's Conference on the Holocaust. Her field placement through JCLP is at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, where she is learning about organizational management and change, as well as community organizing. Haley had an amazing first year in JCLP, where she made lifelong friends and reflected on Jewish community and identity in meaningful ways. She looks forward to continuing to learn and grow as a young Jewish professional in her second year.

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