Have you 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. Email SJNMAlumni@huc.edu.
Engagements and Weddings
Rebecca Garrison (MAJCS/MPA '06) became engaged to Edo Israely, Ph.d on May 26 and plan to marry in the spring of 2013.
Rebecca Goldberg (MAJNM/MSW '11) is finishing her first year as Director of Hillel at the University of California, Irvine and just got married on June 10!
Rachel Margolis (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 20.5 inches.
Amy Bryman (MAJCS/MSW '95) celebrated her son, Daniel, becoming a Bar Mitzvah on June, 9th.
Lauren Chizner (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.
Sarah Blitzstein (MAJCS/ '07) was appointed to director of special needs programs at Jewish Family Service.
Ruthie Cassuto (MAJCS/MSW '05) recently moved back to Haifa, and works at the Technion in the Beatrice Weston Center for the Advancement of Students, as a counselor.
Ruth 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.
Esther Morchy Cohen (MPA/MAJCS '04) is now Associate Director of Development at the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles.
Lisa (Freed) Cohen (MAJCS/MSW '97) graduated from the ARC Program - Alternate Route to Certification, in Art Pre K -12, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dan Ginis (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.
David Harris (MAJCS/MPA '09) assumed a new position in August at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, working as their Campus Activities Coordinator.
Jessica Ingram (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.
Lori Klein (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.
Rick Meyer (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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Luisa Moss (MAJCS/MAJE '09) has been serving as the Education Director at Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, VA since July 2011.
Larry Nathan (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.
Alan Ronkin (MAJCS/MPA '91) is now serving as Policy Adviser and Constituent Manager for the Joe Kennedy III for Congress campaign.
Hannah 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 September.
Rabbi Sandy Rubenstein (MAJCS/MSW '80) has a new position as a chaplain at Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD.
Anna 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.
Esther Shapiro (MAJCS/MSW '76) retired from her encore career as Director, Zimmer Children's Museum leaving more time for family, friends and her art.
Dr. 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.
Michelle K. Wolf (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.
Mary 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
Jeff Bernhardt (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.
Alison (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.
Leah 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 '00) 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.