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Careers for Jewish Studies Students

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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

Rabbi Debra Reed Blank (1977) is adjunct faculty at Hebrew College and Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center.
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 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 (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 jewishedlab.com)
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 Staff Associate 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 Melton Online Program Director for North America. (He lives in Israel.)
Gina Lewald-Fass (1996) is Education and Speciality Area Director for Camp Young Judaea Texas. (She lives in Israel.)
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.
Stephanie Kreitzman Rhodes (1998) is Director  of Annual Giving at the JCC of Manhattan.
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 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.
Rabbi David Roth (2000) is Halakhic Advisor for Minyan in Cambridge, MA. He previously taught at Pardes in Jerusalem.
Naomi Slater (2000) is International Activities Coordinator at Merchavim, The Institute of Advancement of Shared Citizenship in 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.
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 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) is Curator of Thought Leadership and Creative Partnerships at  the Leichtag Foundation.
Diana Kogan (2002) is Director of Caring for Jews in Need.
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.
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.
Rabbi Elizabeth Wood (2003) is Director of Programs for NFTY.
Samantha Zadikoff (2003) is Youth and Family Programmer Beth Hillel Congregation Beth Emunah in Wilmette.
Sam Rodin (2004) is Director of Leadership and Advocacy at the American Jewish Committee in Chicago.
Amalia Shifriss (2004) is Executive Assistant 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 Director of Education at Bayit Afterschool in Evanston, IL.
Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz (2005) is Assistant Rabbi  and Educator 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.
Laura Siegel Perpinyal (2005) is Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL.
Miles Roger (2005) is Religious School 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 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 with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Joanna Blotner (2007) is Religion and Faith Coordinator at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
Jorie Slodki (2007) is Jewish Student Life Coordinator at the University of Iowa Hillel.
Maya Cohen (2008) is Program Leader: BJE March of the Living with the Los Angeles Builders of Jewish Education.
Joel Dinin (2008) is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.
Jody Gansel (2008) is Director of Admissions for the Graduate School and the Davidson School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Jonathan Kleinman (2008) is Community Outreach Specialist for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and the Katz JCC.
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.
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 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 and Madrichim advisor and teacher at Temple Beth El in San Pedro, California.
Brittany Cohen (2010) is Missions Department Administrative Assistant at AIPAC in Tel Aviv.
Eric Goode (2010) is Legislative Assistant at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago  in Washington, D.C.
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 Breaking News Editor of the Online Edition of www.jpost.com.
Mark Swick (2010) is Jewish Community Liaison for the Jewish Studies Program at College of Charleston.
Emily Thal (2010) is Program Specialist at Congregation Shaare Emeth 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 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 Israel Engagement Coordinator at Ohio State Hillel.
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 a Communications Associate at an NGO Monitor (a political research institute in Jerusalem after completing a master’s degree in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at IDC Herzliya.
Joshua Dinner (2013) is Director of Hillel at the University of Tampa.
Moyshe Kerler (2013) made aliyah and is serving 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) is in Israel producing English content for the podcast “Israel Story”.
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 will begin rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College in summer 2015.
Travis Yon (2014) made Aliyah and is serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
David Bloom, Scott Gellman, Ben Gurin, Rachel Kaplan Marks, Jenn Queen, Rachel Silverstein and Jessica Wainer are rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
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)is a Fellow at American Hebrew Academy.

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