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Jewish Studies alumni pursue careers in fields as diverse as education, political activism, administration, scholarly research, journalism, business, public relations, medicine, social work and the clergy. A degree in Jewish Studies enhances skills in research and writing, critical thinking, cultural awareness, creative thinking, public speaking, and persuasive communication. These are vital skills in today’s workplace and have helped Jewish Studies graduates find careers that meet their personal objectives. [Major Guide]

NEW Jewish Studies + Kelley

Earn a bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies and then spend an additional year earning a master's degree from the Kelley School of Business. For details see Jewish Studies + Kelley.

Our Alumni Make A Difference in Jewish Studies

"Where Would the Organized American Jewish community be today were it not for the IU Borns Jewish Studies Program?"
-- Steven Weitzman, former Director, Borns JSP

Rabbi Debra Reed Blank (1977) teaches history and theology of liturgy in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College and is completing an ethnographic study of Jewish-feminist rituals for newborn girls.
Cantor Janet Ilene Roth Krupnick (1981) has been Cantor at Congregation Ohr Shalom, Summit Jewish Community Center in New Jersey since 1991.
Greta Friedman Rothschild (1984) is Education Director at Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Chicago.
Audrey Krakovitz (1986) is Director of Teacher Workshops at the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.
Bekki Harris Kaplan (1987) is Executive Director of Beth Emet, the Free Synagogue in Evanston.
Laura Kepes Linder (1988) is Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Memphis.
Leslie Kepes Pomerantz (1988) is Senior Vice President of Development, THE ASSOCIATED:  Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Rabbi Bruce Elder (1989) is Rabbi of Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, Illinois.
Hannah Pollack-Feiler (1989) is Director of Research and Grants at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community of Baltimore.
Karen Nayhouse Morris (1989) is Director of the Torah Lishma Community Religious School at Tree of Life/L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh.
Karen (Becker) Sher (1990) is Senior Program Associate of the Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Rabbi Braham David (1991) is Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Medford, MA, and Director of the Jewish Discovery Institute in Newton, MA.
Rabbi Debora Gordon (1991) is Rabbi of Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, NY.
Debra Barton Grant (1991) is Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.
Jeff Linkon (1991) is Regional Director for Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio BBYO.
Jill Laidman Davidson (1993) is Systems Analyst/Database Administrator for the Mandel JCC in Cleveland.
Stephanie Stern Fink (1993) is Associate Engagement Director for the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Eli Garfinkel (1993) is Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Somerset, New Jersey.
Wendy (Rapport) Grinberg (1993) is Founder and Director of Jewish Education Lab (Jewish educational consulting at
Rabbi Yael Splansky (1993) is Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.
Jessica Bennett Mehlman (1994) is Assistant Director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Metrowest New Jersey.
Rabbi Stacy Schlein (1994) is Director of Education at The Temple, Tifereth Israel, in Shaker Heights, OH.
Brian Shankman (1994) is National Director of Regional Affairs and Development for AIPAC.
Jen Zwilling (1994) is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at International Hillel.
Shari Churwin (1995) is Education Director at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA.
Jessica Hazan Jundef (1995) is SSDS Librarian and Technology Coordinator at the Solomon Schechter School of Greater Monmouth County in Marlboro, New Jersey.
Amy Allee Newman (1995) is Director of Leadership Development at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Matt Davidson (1996) is Executive Director at Kehillat Israel Congregation in Pacific Palisades, CA and a composer of Jewish and film music.
Jonathan Fass (1996) is Vice President, Director of the  Merrin Center for Teen Engagement at the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, NYC.
Rabbi Jonathan Greenberg (1996) is Senior Vice President of the Haym Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought.
Gina Lewald-Fass (1996) is a teacher and Curriculum Developer at the Bi-Cultural Day School, Greater NYC area.
Bradley Finkel (1998) is Associate Director of Camp Chi, the camp of the JCC of Chicago. 
Rachel Murov Greenberg (1998) is Area Director of AIPAC, Palm Beach, Florida.
Lindsey (Barton) Mintz (1998) is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Indianapolis.
Rabbi Ari Poster Moffic (1998) is Director of Interfaith Family in Chicago.
Brett Pelchovitz (1998) is Director of the Workum Fund in Cincinnati.
Andrea Fram Plotkin (1998) is Director of Special Events for Jewish Home Lifecare in New York City.
Stefanie Kreitzman Rhodes (1998) is Executive Director of Slingshot Fund to build sustained support for innovation in Jewish life.
Rabbi Scott Segal (1998) is Rabbi at Congregation Ahavat Shalom in Traverse City, Michigan.
Kate Hirschfeld Ashwal (1999) teaches at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland.
Amanda Borschel-Dan (1999) is Jewish World editor/writer for “The Times of Israel”.
Sean Herstein (1999) teaches at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles.
Adam Tennen (1999) is Chief Development Officer at JCC of Greater Washington, D.C.
Wendy Margolin (1999) is Communications Director for the Ida Crown Jewish Academy.
Robyn St. Cyr Anderson (2000) is Associate Director for Camp Young Judaea Midwest.
Julie Rubinfeld Brodsky (2000) is Director of  New Parent Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Rabbi Jonah Geffen (2000) is Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek, New York City.
Rachael Petru Horowitz (2000) is Director of Development at UCLA Hillel.
Leslie Cohen Kastner (2000) is Director of Admissions, Gross Schechter Day School, Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Shauna Replane Leavey (2000) is Program Coordinator at the Pearlstone Jewish Retreat Center in Reistertown, Maryland.
Rabbi David Roth (2000) is Halakhic Advisor for Minyan in Cambridge, MA. He previously taught at Pardes in Jerusalem.
Naomi Slater (2000) is Program Associate for Israel Experts and runs Naomi Living Yoga  in Palmahim, Israel.
Jami Trockman Bachrad (2001) is Director of Development for IKAR in Los Angeles.
Jessica Auerbach Burgoon (2001) is Associate Director of Capital Campaign for Sustainability at Jewish Home and Hospital Life Care System in NYC.
Cantor David Reinwald (2001) is cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA.
Rabbi Alissa Wise (2001) is Co-Director of Organizing at Jewish Voice for Peace.
Miriam Pullman Friedman (2002) is Director of Development for the Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta.
Rabbi Andy Kastner (2002) teaches at Siegal College for Life Long Learning, at B’nai Jeshurum, and at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple; mentors at Oberlin College Hillel in the Cleveland area.
Diana Kogan (2002) is Senior Program Manager for Genesis Philanthropy Group.
Jonathan Lipnick (2002) is an Educator and Tour Guide specializing in Judaism and Christianity in Israel and a doctoral student in Religious Studies at Harvard University.
Rabbi Philip Ohriner (2002) is Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, CA.
Amanda Meyer Radman (2002) is a staff member at Temple Israel in St. Louis.
Ruth Schachter (2002) is Director of Operations at Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis.
Sarah Strnad (2002) is Event Coordinator Consultant at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
Rabbi Seth Cook (2003) is an Aish rabbi at the University of Pittsburgh.
Cantor Asa Fradkin (2003) serves Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT.
Jennifer Bell Hillel (2003) is Foundation Relations Officer at Birthright Israel in NY.
Rabbi Drew Kaplan (2003) is Rabbi and Director at SoCal Jewish Student Services and SoCal Young Adult Enrichment.
Ben Lewis (2003) is President of Concierge Jewish Education and a doctoral student in Education and JS at NYU and a Jim Joseph Fellow.
Rachel Pereles (2003) is Campaign Director and Associate Director of Development at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.       
Ashley Plotnick (2003) is Hebrew School Principal at B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield.
Samantha Zadikoff (2003) is Youth and Family Programmer Beth Hillel Congregation Beth Emunah in Wilmette.
Rabbi Elizabeth Wood Zeller (2003) is Director of NFTY.
Emily Walsh Fox (2004) is a teacher and summer camp director at Temple Israel in New York City.
Sam Rodin (2004) is Program Director of Diller Teen Fellows at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.
Amalia Shifriss (2004) is Development Associate at ORT America.
Josh Taff (2004) is Director of Outreach and Jewish Life and Camp Co-Director for the special needs Jewish community program Etta in southern California.
Sarah Beren-Karelitz (2005) is Ohio/Indiana Area Director for AIPAC.
Henry Bernstein (2005) is a teacher at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Chicago and HR Generalist at Metropolitan Associates, LLC.
Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz (2005) is Associate Rabbi of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA.
Rabbi Brent Gutmann (2005) is Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Auckland, New Zealand.
Sarah Lawson (2005) is Assistant to the National Development Director at New Israel Fund.
Laura Siegel Perpinyal (2005) is Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL.
Miles Roger (2005) is Jewish Educator and Program Administrator at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C.
Jen Kraus Rosen (2005) is Chief Operating Officer for Moishe Houses.
Stacy Weissman Rudd (2005) is Director of Academic Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.
Rabbi Sarah Smiley (2005) is the Rabbi/Educator at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ.
Elizabeth Lintott Zetley (2005) is Assistant Director in the early childhood department of the JCC Chicago.
Rabbi Jonathan Bubis (2006) is Assistant Rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, CA.
Rabbi Stephanie Clark Covitz (2006) is Staff Chaplain at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Adam Ganson (2006) is Co-Director of Earth’s Promise in Be’er Sheva, Israel.
Rabbi Michael Kushnick (2006) is Rabbi of Anshai Torah in Plano, TX.
Rabbi Philip Sherman (2006) is Assistant Rabbi at Beth Elohim in Wellesley Hills, MA.
Matt Albert (2007) is Senior Specialist Board Relations at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Joanna Blotner (2007) is Campaign Manager for Paid Family Leave at Jews United for Justice in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Cohen (2007) is Tour Operator for Da’at Education Expeditions in Jerusalem.
Cantor Ben Ellerin (2007) is Cantor of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croyton-on-Hudson, New York.
Julia Franks (2007) is Planning Associate at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Amanda Dudley Goldstein (2007) is Project Coordinator at TORAH (Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston).
Iva Litvak (2007) is Jewish educator at Jewish High School of Connecticut.
Rachel Schonwald (2007) is Affiliate Manager of Mobiklix in Israel.
Samantha Leapman Spolter (2007) is Education and Outreach Coordinator for SHALVA, Chicago’s only Jewish domestic violence agency.
Maya Cohen Aharon (2008) is Program Leader: BJE March of the Living with the Los Angeles Builders of Jewish Education.
Joel Dinin (2008), ordained at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, is Rabbi at Moses Montefiore Synagogue in Baltimore.
Jody Gansel (2008) is Executive Coordinator at Temple Israel in Boston.
Rabbi Jonathan Kleinman (2008) is Chaplain Resident at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Inna Kolesnikova-Shmukler (2008) is PJ Library Program Facilitator, Youth Leadership Director, and Donor Relations Manager for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.
Rabbi Daniel Millner (2008) is Rabbi of Congregation Tiferet Israel in Austin, TX.
Rachel Harrison Rhodes (2008) is the Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in Falls Church, VA.
Joshua Simons (2008) is Programme Manager at World Jewish Relief in the UK.
Rabbi Deana Sussman (2008) is the Rabbi Educator at Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis.
Mallory Saks Zipkin (2008) is Associate Camp Director at the JCC of Central New Jersey Camp Yachad.
Nessa Feinstein (2009) is a counselor at Beit T’Shuvah residential treatment center and congregation in Los Angeles.
Olivia Lichaa (2009) is Associate Director of the Tri-State Region at Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in New York.
Nina Loftspring (2009) is Assistant Director of Education for Curriculum and Learning, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, NYC.
David Orenstein (2009) is a doctoral student in Religion focusing on Judaism at Duke University this fall.
Traci Stratford (2009) is Program Manager, Endowment and Legacy at Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education in the greater Boston area.
Jessica Bram (2010) is Director of Education and Youth Programming, Temple Emanu-El, Honolulu after completing her master’s degree in Jewish education at Hebrew Union College.
Brittany Cohen (2010) is Missions Department Administrative Assistant at AIPAC in Tel Aviv.
Lauren Jacobson (2010) is Director of Development for the Chicago Jewish Day School.
Rachel Klein (2010) is Marketing and Communications Associate at The Jewish National Fund.
Sara Geboff Levitt (2010) is completing her MSW at the University of Denver and will work for the Denver JCC.
Jenna Rudy Lowenstein (2010) is a preschool teacher at the Samson Family JCC of Milwaukee.
Rebecca Schatz (2010) is a rabbinical student at American Jewish University and the rabbinic intern at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Weekends coordinator for Camp Ramah California, and Performing Arts assistant at Milken Community High School.
Marc Silberstein (2010) is Jewish Studies instructor at Frankel Jewish Academy in Detroit.
Julia Steigerwald (2010) is News Desk Manager at The Jerusalem Post.
Mark Swick (2010) is Jewish Community Liaison for the Jewish Studies Program at College of Charleston.
Emily Thal Cohen (2010) is Program Specialist at Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis.
Rabbi Jessica Wainer (2010) was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion this spring and is now Assistant Rabbi at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA.
Aren Wilson-Wright (2010) completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies at the University of Texas and is now a post-doctoral research at the University of Zürich writing a monography on the religious traditions of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
Lillian Feldman-Hill (2011) is Youth Engagement Coordinator at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, MD, and Digital Media Production Lead Instructor at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy.
Matthew Levitt (2011) is Assistant Director for Ramah Outdoor Adventure.
Lauren Rosenblum (2011) is Volunteer Services Program Assistant at Jewish Family Services in Seattle.
Abby Ross (2011) is Birthright Israel Coordinator at Ohio State Hillel.
Rabbi Rachel Silverstein Schmelkin (2011) is Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA.
Lilly Tash  (2011) is a cantorial student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in California.
Carly Valfer (2011) is the Assistant Director/Office Administrator of Camp Young Judaea Midwest.
Jill Cogan (2012) is Music Education Director at Congregation Adath Emanuel in Mount Laurel, NJ.
Dana Levy (2012) is Development Associate for BBYO, Midwest and Northeast states.
Hannah Michelson (2012) is the Digital and Social Media Coordinator at the JCC of Kansas City.
Aela Sapir (2012) completed a master’s degree in Education and the Secondary Transition to Teaching Program at IU and is teaching in Yeruham, Israel.
Marisa Briefman (2013) is Development Associate at The ARK in Chicago.
Melody Mostow Coven (2013) is Development Associate at the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (in Israel) after completing a master’s degree in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at IDC Herzliya.
Moyshe Kerler (2013) made aliyah and served in the IDF.
Julia Lustig (2013) is Senior Administrative Assistant in Capital Gifts and Special Initiatives at the UJA Federation of New York and an M.A. student in Jewish Education/Educational Leadership in Communal Settings at JTS.
Julie Womack (2013) is a cantorial student at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Program at Hebrew Union College.
Rachel Crouch (2014) is Youth Programs Administrator at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY.
Bari Finkel (2014) produced English content for the podcast “Israel Story”.
Samuel Ujdak (2014) is pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan.
Benjamin Westfall (2014) is in Israel studying Hebrew and Arabic in preparation to attend the Graduate Institute of Geneva’s M.A. program in International Relations.
Travis Yon (2014) made Aliyah and is serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
David Bloom, Scott Gellman, Ben Gurin, Zachary Plesent, Jenn Queen, and Austin Zoot are rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Sasha Dominguez (2015) is Director of Community and Youth Engagement at Temple Menorah in Miami Beach, Florida.
Jodie Goldberg (2015) is pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Education at The Davidson School at JTS.
Jen  Guller (2015) is the Executive Assistant for the Jewish Council for Youth Services in Chicago.
Trudy Miller (2015) is pursuing a master’s degree in Israel Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Amanda Phillips (2015) is pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Education at The Davidson School at JTS.
Rose Stein (2015) is working in admissions, recruiting and marketing for the American Hebrew Academy.
Joelle Swatez (2015) was a Fellow at American Hebrew Academy and is now the Uptown Café Coordinator for EZRA, an organization of the Jewish United Fund of Chicago.
Yuval Caspi (2016) interned at the Israeli Consulate in New York City and is now a Madricha for EIE in Jerusalem.
Briana Felsen (2016) is an AIPAC Fellow in Fort Lauderdale.
Bari Goldman (2016) is a Springboard Fellow for Hillel International at the University of Illinois Hillel.
Samantha Notowich (2016) is an Entwine Fellow for the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee working with the Jewish community in Berlin.


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