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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.

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

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.

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 Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership of the Baltimore's United Jewish Communities.

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 (Becker) Sher (1990) is Senior Program Associate of the Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Debra Barton Grant (1991) is Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.

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 Technology Coordinator at the Solomon Schechter School of Greater Monmouth County in Marlboro, New Jersey.

Matt Davidson (1996) is Director of Programs and Marketing at Kehillat Israel Congregation in Pacific Palisades, CA and a composer of Jewish and film music.

Jennifer Hedderich Dubinsky (1997) is Preschool Curriculum Consultant at BJBE Early Childhood Program in Deerfield, Il.

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.

Andrea Fram Plotkin (1998) is Director of Special Events for Jewish Home Lifecare in New York City.

Stephanie Kreitzman Rhodes (1998) is Director of Member Services and Foundation Professionals at the Jewish Funders Network.

Rabbi Scott Segal (1998) is Rabbi at Congregation Am Echod in Lindenhurst, IL.

Amanda Borschel-Dan (1999) is Jewish World editor/writer for “The Times of Israel”.

Ellen Goldberg Butler (1999) is a Major Gift Officer for Midwest Region Hadassah.

Sean Herstein (1999) teaches at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles.

Robyn St. Cyr Anderson (2000) is Associate Director for Camp Young Judaea Midwest.

Julie Rubinfeld Brodsky (2000) is Director of PJ Library at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Rabbi Jonah Geffen (2000) is Rabbinic Director for J Street.

Rachael Petru Horowitz (2000) is Director of Development at UCLA Hillel.

Leslie Cohen Kastner (2000) is Director of Admissions at San Diego Jewish Academy.

Shauna Replane Leavey (2000) is Principal at Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown, Maryland.

Jessica Auerbach (2001) is Assistant Director of Development for Jewish Home and Hospital Life Care System in NYC.

Jami Trockman Bachrad (2001) is Director of Development for IKAR in Los Angeles.

Rachel Brand (2001) is a Development Officer for the Northern Area of Hadassah in Southern California.

Rabbi Laurie Matzkin (2001) is Assistant Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto.

Cantor David Reinwald (2001) is Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA.

Rabbi Alissa Wise (2001) is Campaign Director for Jewish Voice for Peace.

Miriam Pullman Friedman (2002) is Director of Development for the Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta.

Rabbi Andy Kastner (2002) is founding Director of the Jewish Food Justice Fellowship, a pilot program of the Leichtag Foundation focusing on sustainability and creating great access to food.

Diana Kogan (2002) is Senior Program Manager for the 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.

Emily Sonenshine (2002) is a first grade teacher at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, VA.

Sarah Strnad (2002) is Administrative and Operations Coordinator at Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn.

Rabbi Seth Cook (2003) is an Aish rabbi in New York City.

Cantor Asa Fradkin (2003) serves Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT.

Jennifer Bell Hillel (2003) is Senior Development Associate at Birthright Israel Foundation 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.

Rabbi Elizabeth Wood (2003) is Associate Rabbi at Reform Temple of Forest Hills, NY.

Samantha Zadikoff (2003) is Youth and Family Programmer Beth Hillel Congregation Beth Emunah, Brandeis Hillel Day School.

Sam Rodin (2004) is Director of Informal Education & Interim Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Deerfield, IL. He completed his Master’s in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute.

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.

Emily Walsh (2004) is Assistant Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in NYC.

Sarah Beren-Karelitz (2005) is Ohio/Indiana Area Director for AIPAC.

Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz (2005) is Assistant Rabbi at 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.

Ricky Marcus (2005) is Assistant Director of Student Engagement at Case Western Reserve University.

Laura Siegel Perpinyal (2005) is Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL.

Miles Roger (2005) is Religious Educator at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C. and will complete a master’s degree in Jewish Education from JTS in 2015.

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 Site Director in the early childhood department of the JCC Chicago.

Jonathan Bubis (2006) is a rabbinical student at American Jewish University.

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.

Hannah Pollack-Feiler (2006) is Director of Research and Grants at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Rabbi Philip Sherman (2006) is Assistant Rabbi at Beth Elohim in Wellesley Hills, MA.

Sarah Cohen (2007) is Tour Operator for Da’at Education Expeditions in Jerusalem.

Ben Ellerin (2007) is a cantorial student at Hebrew Union College and a cantorial intern at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC.

Julia Franks (2007) is Planning Associate at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Iva Litvak (2007) teaches Jewish education at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia.

Jorie Slodki (2007) is Jewish Student Life Coordinator at the University of Iowa Hillel.

Joel Dinin (2008) is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

Jody Gansel (2008) is Associate Program Manager of the Maccabi Experience at the JCC Association.

Rabbi Jonathan Kleinman (2008) works with the Cherry Hill, NJ Federation and the JCC doing engagement work.

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) was ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and is a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy.

Rachel Harrison Rhodes (2008) is a cantorial student at Hebrew Union College.

Joshua Simons (2008) is Programme Manager at World Jewish Relief in the UK.

Mallory Saks Zipkin (2008) is Assistant Director of Poyntelle Lewis Village (affiliated with the NY JCCA and UJA Federation).

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 Education Program Associate at the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in New York City.

David Orenstein (2009) is a doctoral student in Religion focusing on Judaism at Duke University this fall.

Traci Stratford (2009) is Assistant Director of JCC Camp Kingswood in the greater Boston area.

Jessica Bram (2010) is a graduate student in Jewish education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Brittany Cohen (2010) is AIPAC Midwest Program Assistant.

Eric Goode (2010) is Legislative Assistant at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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.

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.

Marc Silberstein (2010) is an instructor at Frankel Jewish Academy in Detroit.

Julia Steigerwald (2010) is Breaking News Editor of the Online Edition of

Mark Swick (2010) is Jewish Community Liaison for the Jewish Studies Program at College of Charleston.

Emily Thal (2010) is Assistant Principal of Pardes at Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis.

Aren Wilson-Wright (2010) is a Ph.D. student in Hebrew Studies at the University of Texas.

Lillian Feldman-Hill (2011) is Electronic Media Coordinator/Teen Programs Advisor at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, CA.

Matthew Levitt (2011) is Operations Manager for Ramah Outdoor Adventure.

Lauren Rosenblum (2011) is Volunteer Services Program Assistant at Jewish Family Services in Seattle.

Lilly Tash  (2011) is a cantorial student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in California.

Leah Boresow (2012) is Coordinator at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and a ballroom dance instructor at Dance Tel Aviv.

Jill Cogan (2012) is songleader and music and youth coordinator at Congregation Adath Emanuel in Moorestown, NJ.

Ben Gurin (2012) is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College.

Dana Levy (2012) is Development Associate for BBYO.

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 Israel.

Julia Spiegel (2012) is working at a domestic violence shelter in Chicago via AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.

Marisa Briefman (2013) is Executive Assistant at the Jewish Council for Youth Services in Chicago.

Melody Mostow Coven (2013) is an intern at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and pursuing a master’s degree in Israeli Government at IDC Herzliya.

Joshua Dinner (2013) is cantorial soloist at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, FL.

Moyshe Kerler (2013) made aliyah and is serving in the IDF.

Julia Lustig (2013) is Education Resource & Family Programming Coordinator at Congregation Beth Am in Orlando and is simultaneously pursuing a Masters in Jewish Education through the Davidson School 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.

Zachary Plesent (2014) is Jewish Educator at Central Synagogue in New York City and will apply for rabbinical school for 2015.

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.

Austin Zoot (2014) is NFTY Communications Associate and plans to apply to rabbinical school for 2015.

David Bloom, Scott Gellman, Ben Gurin, Rachel Kaplan Marks, Jenn Queen, Rachel Silverstein, Deana Sussman, Carly Valfer, and Jessica Wainer are rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

And many of our alumni are lawyers, doctors, business professionals, educators and more.