tovah to all of our alumni and extended family. We wish you a sweet,
happy, and healthy year!
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You can also
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@sjnm_la to experience Lunch and Learns and other events in real
Looking for an
old friend or classmate? Just go to www.huc.edu/alumni/private. The
directory is password-protected, but contact
for access. And don't forget to let us know if your own
information needs to be updated!
You can explore
online alumni resources and learning opportunities at the
Alumni Association Executive Committee
Wasserman (MAJCS/MAJE '06) and Naomi Abelson (MAJCS/MPA
Jenna Fields (MAJNM/MSW '10) and
Bailey London (MAJCS/MSW '07)
(MAJNM/MPA '11) and Anna Shabtay (MAJCS/MPA '09)
Friedman (MAJCS/MPA '06) and Rachel Slaton (MAJNM/MPA '11)
Director of Alumni Engagement
you to everyone who served on the Alumni Association Leadership Team
during this past year - your hard work and passion for our school and
community is greatly appreciated!
excited to share with you what's going on in the School of Jewish
Nonprofit Management! Read on for a report from the Director,
information on our new students, upcoming events, and more!
6th, we celebrated the 44th Culmination Ceremonies of the
School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, the longest running program
of Jewish professional leadership development... anywhere... ever.
It is remarkable that this program, conceived and launched in the
late 1960s during a time of turbulent change, both in the Jewish
and general American society, remains as relevant and as important
as when it was founded.
We were all enthralled
with this summer's Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence,
Rabbi Joy Levitt, the dynamic and courageous Executive Director of
the JCC in Manhattan, which she has catapulted into one of the most
innovative and successful JCCs in the country. Joy's Culmination
Address was entitled "The Times They Are A-Changin',"
both an evocation of the counter-culture of the late 60s (Joy was
worried that the students might not know the reference) and a
challenge to the students... and all of us working on behalf of the
Jewish people... that the landscape we face requires new thinking
from our professionals if non-Orthodox Jewish life in America is
going to survive.
Levitt speaking at Culmination
As Joy put it: "You,
today's graduates, have not been trained to be caretakers of dying
or atrophied institutions. You have been trained to serve the
Jewish people. And we are not well served by institutions or
professionals that think a little tinkering here and a little
tweaking there, or better graphics, logos, or websites will do the
I think her talk should be
required reading for all students and Jewish professionals... and I
encourage you to visit our website next week (b'li neder), www.huc.edu/sjnm,
where you will be able to download the paper or watch the video.
While there, you might want to check out the D'var Torah by Arielle
Branitsky and the Student Reflection by Michelle Westmiller on
behalf of the six culminating students. Both are impressive and
moving statements of purpose and passion for Jewish life.
Our ten first-year
students are an exceptional cohort (with one FEREP, one Wexner, and
one PresenTense LA Fellow), representing all of our programs -
single Masters, Joint Masters and dual Masters in MBA, MPA, MSW and
MCM. For the first time in several years, however, we do not have
any Rabbinic students studying for the Certificate or Masters
(although we have large numbers taking individual courses).
A couple of other items
relevant to our alumni:
summer we tested out live streaming of the Lunch & Learn
Encounter Seminars and the Culmination Ceremony. Response to
the test has been positive, and we now intend to live stream
more of our programs. We are doing this particularly for the
benefit of our alumni, who can virtually "sit-in" on
SJNM learning opportunities. All of this summer's programs
will soon be available for viewing on our website.
to the May graduation, we had a very successful inaugural
Alumni Reception sponsored by the SJNM Advisory Board in honor
of our Honorary Degree recipient, Deborah Burg-Schnirman.
Plans have already begun for next year's Alumni Reception,
where we will also be honoring Steven Windmueller, who will be
retiring at the end of the academic year. More on this to
alumni have recently been appointed to the SJNM Advisory
Board: Rachel Slaton ('11) and Rebecca Garrison ('06). They
are already serving as liaisons with the SJNM Alumni
Association in regard to the Alumni Reception and coordinated
All in all, we're in very
good shape heading into 5774. Best wishes to all of you for a
healthy, joyous, and sweet New Year.
New Student Spotlight
next few months, you'll find profiles of SJNM's newest students in
this section. Enjoy getting to know our new class!
Name: Sarah Magida
2nd Degree: MARE
Hometown: Weston, CT
Undergraduate College/Degree: Skidmore College, American Studies and Religious
Favorite Spot in LA (so far): Tanners Coffee Shop
Favorite Wacky Wednesday: JBBBS
What Jewish experience/organization has led you to
where you are today and why? I spent 11
summers as a camper and counselor at Eisner Camp in Great
Barrington, MA. I was also very involved as a congregant (as a
child and in my teens) and as a staff member (after college) at
Temple Israel in Westport, CT, and these two organizations probably
shaped my Jewish journey the most.
Name: Emily St. Lifer
2nd Degree: MCM
Hometown: Colts Neck, NJ
Undergraduate College/Degree: Syracuse University, Religion and Society
Favorite Spot in LA (so far): the Greek Theater and Café Gratitude
Favorite Wacky Wednesday: UCLA Hillel, Skirball, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, BJE,
What Jewish experience/organization has led you to
where you are today and why? The most
recent organization and experience that has led me to where I am
today is The Jewish Education Project in NYC which is where I
worked prior to starting this degree. The organization brought me
here because of its connection to the New York Jewish community and
Jewish community as a whole. It creates innovations in the Jewish
education field. I found inspiring, helpful and fun colleagues,
including one SJNM alumna, who cared about me & my future and
taught me about Jewish nonprofits as a whole.
General Assembly, November 10-12, Israel
going to be there? Let us know by emailing SJNMAlumni@huc.edu
and we'll put together an alumni gathering!
Milestones and Mazel Tovs
moved, changed jobs, been honored, gotten engaged or married, or
had children? Please share your personal and professional
milestones as they happen so that our SJNM community can celebrate
with you! Send your milestones to SJNMAlumni@huc.edu.
Jenna Fields (MAJNM/MSW '10) became engaged to Adam Johnson. Adam proposed in
front of the restaurant where they met on their first date nearly
five years ago.
Matt Kahn(MAJCS/MAJE '09) and Rabbi Samantha (Orshan) Kahn (MAJNM '10/Ord.
'11) welcomed their first child, a son named Roey Oren, on
Lori Lander Goodman (MAJCS/MSW '91) has been working at CALM, Santa Barbara County's sole
agency devoted to preventing and treating child abuse. They have
been nominated by Montecito Bank & Trust as a possible
recipient of the Santa Barbara Triathlon. Please support this
incredible organization by voting for it at https://www.montecito.com/Depts/Community/Survey4Charity.aspx
(You only have to vote once!)
Samantha Pohl (MAJNM/MPA '10) is the new Fundraising Manager at Temple Shaaray
Tefila in New York City. She will serve as the lead professional
overseeing the synagogue's efforts including their annual gala,
annual campaign, and other events.
Rachel Slaton (MAJNM/MPA '11) was recently promoted to
Associate Director for the Los Angeles BJE's Center for Excellence
in Day School Education.