Letter from the Director:
Teaching with Technology
of you who have been out of school for a while would probably be
surprised to walk into a classroom today. Arrayed before you would be
a bank of laptops with the students perched behind them. John Ruskay,
last summer's Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence, was
disconcerted by this and told the students how odd he felt trying to
connect with them when they were virtually hidden by their computers.
This led to an interesting discussion with the end result being
everyone closing their computers except for one person who acted as
the "scribe," taking notes and distributing them
Congratulations to our Graduates
Richard Siegel, President David Ellenson, Matthew Lipton Schwartz,
Igor Khokhlov, Dean Joshua Holo, Bruce Phillips,
LuAnne Tyzzer, Amanda Greene, Hannah Rubin-Schlansky, Lauren
Trexler, Rachel Levin, Makenzie Means,
Sarah Benor, Gerald Bubis, Elenna King, Leah Guskin, Jessica
Lebovits, Lori Klein
Masters' Thesis and Capstone Projects
Sarah Bunin Benor,
are pleased to report that the masters thesis/capstone project
requirement continues to play an important role in our program and
continues to yield exciting and useful research. This year our
students conducted research on Orthodox women's prayer groups, the
membership model of Jewish women's organizations, Jewish
nonprofits' revenue sources, Jewish startups that stop, how
nonprofits communicate change, and the importance of Jewish history
for Jewish communal professionals.
(L-R) Makenzie Means, Matthew
Lipton-Schwartz, Jessica Lebovits, Rachel Levin, Igor Khokhlov,
Elenna King, Leah Guskin
Alumni Spotlight: Rabbi Stephen Fuchs
President, World Union for Progressive Judaism
in Jewish Communal Service '73, Rabbinic Ordination '74
two summers at the School of Jewish Communal Service were very
important to me. In addition to the wonderful supplement the
courses provided to my rabbinical studies, I met my future wife
there, Victoria Steinberg, who was visiting her girlfriend Lynne
Coleman (now Kinsey). Vickie and I celebrated our 38th anniversary on
June 9. If all that derived from my time at the school was meeting
Vickie, DAYENU! It would have been more than worth it. But
there was much more! (READ MORE)
Stay Connected on Social Media
Facebook and Twitter
you on Facebook? Please take a few minutes to check out our new page
so you can stay connected to the SJNM. By "liking" the
page, you'll get updates on what's happening on campus, be linked to
interesting articles about our field, learn about job opportunities
and stay in touch with other alumni.
Like SJNM on Facebook
can also Follow SJNM on Twitter at @sjnm_la... to experience Lunch and Learns and other
presentations in real time... See you online!
HUC-JIR Online Alumni Directory
for an old friend or classmate? Just go to www.huc.edu/alumni/private. The directory is password-protected, but contact SJNMAlumni@huc.edu for
access. And don't forget to let us know if your own information
needs to be updated!
can explore Online Alumni resources and Learning Opportunities at the
can also write for the alumni e-learning blog! If you are
working on an interesting project, or feel that you have an
interesting point of view to share, the Department of E-Learning
would love to hear from you!
SJNM Alumni Association Executive Committee
Alumni Council Representatives
Alumni Advisor Program
Anna Schwarz Shabtay
Director of Alumni Engagement
We're pleased to send you our latest electronic
Stay tuned for our Fall edition!
Message from the Chair
Thank you for taking the time to check in with the
Alumni Association. We're working hard to support the School and to
connect better with you. Last February, the leadership of the
Alumni Association held its first ever retreat and confirmed a new
The mission of the Alumni Association of the School of
Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly the School of Jewish Communal
Service) is to engage alumni to meet the following objectives:
support the School through the Alumni Fundraising Campaign and
recruitment of potential students.
advocate for the School and the field of Jewish Communal
Service by serving as ambassadors within the College-Institute
and the greater Jewish community.
connect alumni to each other, to the school, to students and
to the College-Institute.
We have put significant focus this year on
fundraising, and we're close to accomplishing our goal of $30,000
to support scholarships for students. We need your help to reach
our goal by June 30. If you haven't yet made a gift, or you are
able to increase your generosity, please go to https://donate.huc.edu/sjnm.
During our retreat we met with the leaders of the School's Advisory
Board, comprised of lay leaders in the community who are committed
to ensuring the success of the School. We discussed ways in
which we can work together to advocate for the School. We are
confident that because of our consistently strong representation,
our voice is heard at the HUC-JIR Council of Alumni Associations.
And, we're looking for ways to better connect with
you, our Alumni, to help you better connect to each other and to
the School. For starters, we're working on making this newsletter
more succinct and useful to you.
We want to hear from you. What are you looking for from the Alumni
Association? What kinds of professional development opportunities
would you find of interest? Do you have fundraising or
communications ideas or skills to share? Are you looking to
reconnect and give back to the School?
I would love to hear from you...please drop me a line
if you're interested in getting involved -- you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or feel free to contact Jessica Ingram, Coordinator of our Alumni
Association at email@example.com.
Looking forward to being in touch and building a
strong alumni association, together.
Introducing the new SJNM
I graduated with my dual degree in Jewish Communal
Service and Social Work in 1997. Over the past fifteen years,
the world has changed tremendously. When I was in school my
computer was not portable and there were no such things as smart
boards or video conferences. I couldn't read my email from my
cell phone or access information from the internet while sitting on
the 405 (I know it is dangerous and against the law to read your
emails while on the freeway, but if you have sat in traffic on the
torturous 405 recently, you will understand the temptation!)
In 1997, Bill Clinton was President, Yassar Arafat was still alive,
the movie, "Titanic" was in theaters and believe it or
not, Steve Jobs became interim CEO of the then troubled Apple
Company. In 1997, I also transitioned from being a full time
student to a Jewish Communal Professional.
Over the past 15 years I have worked at the American
Jewish Committee, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
and New Community Jewish High School. I have created programs
for various populations and constituencies; I worked with
political, religious and community leaders, helped family
foundations direct their philanthropic giving, run successful
annual campaigns, raised funds for endowment and capital campaigns,
and planned large upscale galas. Through it all, I have
worked side by side with fellow Communal Service alumni and have
drawn from the foundation and knowledge gained as a student here at
HUC. (READ MORE)
Upcoming SJNM Events
summer is always an exciting time for our program and the LA
campus, and this year is no exception! We have a great lineup
of programs, including our annual Lunch and Learn Seminar,
Scholar-in-Residence and Culmination exercises.
"Jewish Community Relations: Where
Self-Interest Meets Community Interest"
Gary Greenebaum. "An Introduction to Jewish Community
June 26: Bud
Jacobs, Founding Director, Communities in Schools, Los Angeles;
former principal of Venice High School and assistant
superintendent, LAUSD. "What the Jewish Community Can
Learn About Advocacy"
July 3: Fr.
Alexei Smith, Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for
the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. "The Pushes and
Pulls of Jewish-Catholic Relations"
Stewart Kwoh, Esq., President and Executive Director, Asian Pacific
American Legal Center. "Changing Demographics: New
Issues, New Alliances"
Matthew Ball, Public Affairs Director, Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, LA. "A Common Agenda: Overcoming Fear,
Suspicion and Misunderstanding"
Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Assistant Prof. of Interreligious Education,
Claremont School of Theology
"Working to Dispel Anti-Semitism and
Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Assoc. of Latino
Elected and Appointed Officials.
"Where Community Relations and Electoral Politics
All Lunch and Learn programs are held on the campus of
HUC-JIR LA (3077 University Avenue). The sessions begin at 12:00
and conclude by 1:30. Bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert
will be provided. Sessions are open to members of the SJNM
Advisory Board, the LA Board of Overseers, alumni, and friends of
the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. Please let us know which
session(s) you are planning to attend by contacting Mikaela Bender,
SJNM Administrative Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-765-2117.
Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence:
Larry S. Moses
Monday, August 6 - Tuesday, August 7
Larry Moses is in his 25th year of service to The
Wexner Foundation, which is devoted to the strengthening of Jewish
leaders. He spent thirteen years as its President and, prior
to that, was Foundation Vice President and the Founding Director of
the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. He now serves as
Senior Philanthropic Advisor and President Emeritus of the Wexner
Tuesday, August 7, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
The SJNM Culmination is a special graduation ceremony
at which the Certificate in Jewish Nonprofit Management is
conferred on students who have completed the two summer curriculum
(22 credit units). The Culmination Ceremonies provide an
opportunity to recognize the completion of a significant course of
studies in preparation for a career as a Jewish communal
professional. This year's Culmination Speaker is Larry Moses
of the Wexner Foundation.
New Opportunity for Alumni to Connect and Give Back
(MAJCS/MPA '91) Chair, Alumni Advisor Program
Do you remember being confused about the "next
steps" after graduation? Maybe you knew someone who had
graduated before you or you were recruited to the college by an
inspiring Jewish communal professional in your town. But if
you weren't one of those lucky people, the prospect of choosing a
specialty, moving to a new community, working in a "real
job" and the other transitions brought on by finishing your
degree were likely pretty daunting.
Today's newly minted young professionals can really
use your help. If you have some time and wisdom, we would
like to connect you with a second year student who would like to
benefit from your advice and counsel. (READ MORE)
Milestones and Mazel Tovs
moved, changed jobs, been honored, gotten engaged or married, or
had children? Please share your personal and professional
milestones so our SJNM community can celebrate with you.
Engagements and Weddings
(MAJCS/MPA '06) became engaged to Edo Israely, Ph.d on May 26 and
plan to marry in the spring of 2013.
(MAJNM/MSW '11) is finishing her first year as Director of Hillel
at the University of California, Irvine and just got married on
(MAJNM/MAJE '07), her husband Ari (RAB '10/MAJE '08) and big
sister Laila are thrilled to announce the birth of Adaya Paz on
Thursday, May 3, at 9:23am, weighing in at 7lbs 7oz and measuring
(MAJCS/MSW '95) celebrated her son, Daniel, becoming a Bar Mitzvah
on June, 9th.
(MAJCS/MAJE '97) and Todd Chizner (RAB '99) celebrated the
Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jacob Myles, in Israel on December 26,
2011 and then at home on Long Island on January 14th, 2012.
Blitzstein (MAJCS/ '07) was appointed
to director of special needs programs at Jewish Family Service.
'05) recently moved back to Haifa, and works at the Technion in the
Beatrice Weston Center for the Advancement of Students, as a counselor.
Reaven Cislowski (MAJCS/MSW '96)
recently joined the USC School of Social Work as a Clinical
Associate Professor responsible for coordinating field placements
for social work students for the Southern California region of the
new Virtual Academic Program.
Morchy Cohen (MPA/MAJCS '04) is now
Associate Director of Development at the Anti-Defamation League in
(Freed) Cohen (MAJCS/MSW '97) graduated
from the ARC Program - Alternate Route to Certification, in Art Pre
K -12, in Hartford, Connecticut.
(MAJCS/MSW '90) has assumed the position of Director of
Development, University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of
Public Policy as of May 1.
(MAJCS/MPA '09) assumed a new position in August at the Jewish
Federation of Greater Los Angeles, working as their Campus
(MAJCS '09/MARE '10) accepted the position of Assistant Director of
Recruitment and Admissions at HUC-JIR last fall, and is based on the
NY campus. She also maintains her role as Coordinator of the
SJCS/SJNM Alumni Association.
(MAJCS/MSW '91) has left her role of Associate Director of the
HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and accepted a
position at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She
now serves as Senior Vice President, Caring for Jews in Need.
(MAJCS/MSW '79), following a successful tenure first as Campaign
Director and then for 22 years as Executive Vice President of the
Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has formed Meyer Strategic Consulting,
LLC designed to assist non profits in their strategic planning,
organizational development and fundraising activities. email@example.com
(MAJCS/MAJE '09) has been serving as the Education Director at
Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, VA since July 2011.
(MAJCS/MSW '96) is pleased to share that he has joined
UJA-Federation of New York's regional office in Westchester as
campaign director. This is a great opportunity for him
professionally and, in addition, it's a wonderful chance to
work closer to home in Mamaroneck and near his wife and children.
(MAJCS/MPA '91) is now serving as Policy Adviser and Constituent
Manager for the Joe Kennedy III for Congress campaign.
Rubin-Shlanksy (MAJNM/MAJE '12) will be
starting as the Director of Informal Education at Temple Isaiah in
West Los Angeles on July 1. She will also be getting married in
Sandy Rubenstein (MAJCS/MSW '80)
has a new position as a chaplain at Montgomery Hospice in
Schwarz Shabtay (MAJCS/MPA '09) and her
family moved back to her hometown of Memphis, TN, where she has
accepted the position of Director of Marketing at the Memphis JCC.
(MAJCS/MSW '76) retired from her encore career as Director, Zimmer
Children's Museum leaving more time for family, friends and her
Javier Simonovich (MAJCS/MSW GWB
'85) was appointed Dean of Students at the Emek Yezreel Academic
College in Israel in January 2011. In January of this year, he was
promoted to Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Human Services, also
of the Emek Yezreel Academic College.
(MAJCS/MPA '85) began a new consulting position with Bet Tzedek
Legal Services as Transitions Project Coordinator. This is the
first project of its kind to build a community-based coalition of
families, service providers and governmental agencies to provide
holistic, coordinated services for adults with developmental
disabilities and their aging family caregivers. She is also
co-chairing the first ever Special Needs Study and Exchange Mission
to Israel this summer for professionals and relatives of young
adults with developmental disabilities to meet with Israeli experts
in the field and to visit innovative residential and
vocational programs. You can follow her on Twitter:
@SpecialneedsIma or follow her blog at www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_special_needs.
Walker Baron (MAJCS/MSW '94) would like
to share that her novel But This Is Different is available through
Amazon in both print and on Kindle and directly through the
publisher at steelcutpress.com. It's receiving
excellent reviews. She invites us all to read the book and
live the dream. MaryWalkerBaron.com
(MAJCS/MSW '94) is proud to announce the upcoming publication
of his first book, On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian
Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages from the Five Books of
Moses. It will be available from Blackbird Books and Amazon.
(Abby) Goldbaum (JCS Certificate '71) is
proud to report that she will be honored by the Columbus Jewish
Historical Society for her interviews of several Past Presidents
and one World War II Veteran for the Archives at Congregation Beth
Tikvah in Worthington, Ohio. The congregation just celebrated its
50th year anniversary in October, 2011 and the interviews will
become a part of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society's archives.
Kitz (MAJCS/MSW '04) will be
receiving the Shining Star Award through Jewish Family Service's
Chaverim program. She is proud to share that her involvement with
Chaverim began during her first year at HUC-JIR in 2002 as part of
her graduate internship. www.jfsla.org
Joy Sisisky (MAJCS/MPA
was elected to serve a second term as the Co-chair of JDC's
Entwine Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is the
national lay team working with the Next Generation &
Service Initiatives department at the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee. She still works as Executive Director
of the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York and recently launched
a new giving circle which funds Jewish women social
entrepreneurs who have founded and lead organizations that help the
world's most vulnerable women and children.