Friedman Fellowship

Are you hiring or promoting a new professional? Give them the opportunity to expand their professional skills, increase their Jewish knowledge, learn from their peers, network and explore.

The purpose of the Friedman Fellowship is to build the capacity of the Baltimore Jewish community to attract, develop, and retain high quality professionals who will lead and deliver services of excellence.

Friedman Fellows are able to customize their journey and focus on developing skills that best align with their professional goals and the needs of their organizations.

The Friedman Fellowship is a signature program of Na’aleh, through it’s DFI division, to invest in exceptional leaders who will empower themselves to learn, to be inspired and “to rise”, ensuring the vitality and vibrancy of the Jewish community.

Goals Include

1. To promote the field of Jewish communal service

2. To bring added value to Jewish organizations and our community

3. To enhance new professionals’ skills and Jewish knowledge

4. To take them to the next step in advancing their careers in the Baltimore Jewish community

Past Friedman Fellows

2017 Fellows

Andy Katz, Executive Director, Beth Israel Congregation
Laura Green Kendal, Kids Center Director and J Day Camp Assistant Director
Chaya Lasson, Jewish Hospice Program Manager, Gilchrist Services
Marisa Obuchowski, Israel and Overseas Engagement Associate, The Associated
Talia Orencel, Director of Engagement and Social Justice, University of Maryland Hillel
Sara Rubinstein, Special Needs Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Maddie Suggs, Director of Public Affairs, Baltimore Jewish Council
Rachel Walkins, Finance and HR Coordinator, Pearlstone Center

2016 Fellows

Lauren Gluck, Logistics Coordinator, Baltimore Chapter, Atlantic Seaboard NCSY
Rebecca Chinsky, Senior Director of Recreation and Maccabi, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Samantha Kahan, Diller Teen Program Associate, Jewish Volunteer Connection
Ari Paskoff, Assistant Camp Director, Capital Camps and Retreat Center
Janna Zuckerman, Program Manager, Center for Jewish Camping, The Associated
Abby Weinstock, Operations Director, Pearlstone Center

2014 and 2015 Fellows

Corinne Bernstein / Lexie Kahn, Engagement Associate, University of Maryland Hillel
Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Director of Congregational Learning, Beth Israel Congregation
Risyl Edelman, Northwest Neighbors Connecting, CHAI
Rachel Feldman, Hospitality Director, Pearlstone Center
Courtney Federoff, Disability Services Team Leader, Jewish Community Services
Sara Feldman, JOIN for Teen Supervisor, Jewish Community Services
Stephanie Hague, Israel and Overseas Associate, The Associated
Rafi Hakiminia, Head Mashgiach, Pearlstone Center
Andy Harkavy, Director of BEIT-RJ, Baltimore Area Reform Jewish Education
Brad Kerxton, Middle School Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Joseph Levin-Manning, Director of Engagement, UMBC Hillel
Emily Peisach, Early Childhood Coordinator/Noah’s Ark Camp Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Daniela Levine, Senior Development Associate, The Associated
Autumn Sadovnik, Director of Lifelong Learning, The Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center
Liz Schuman, Senior Development Associate, The Associated
Reeut Singerman, Digital Marketing Manager, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

2012 and 2013 Fellows

Molly Amster, Director of Volunteer Services, CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
Melissa Berman, Assistant Director of Arts & Culture, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Sora Brill, Donor Center Community Campaign Associate, The Associated
Brad Cohen, Director of Education, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Marisa Danto, Development Associate, The Associated
Carly Frank, Development Associate, The Associated
Rabbi Kelley Gludt, Director of Congregational Learning, Beth Am Synagogue
Nechama Goldman, Coordinator of Information and Experiential Education, Association for Jewish Outreach Programs
Ilana Knobel, Special Events and Catering Coordinator, University of Maryland College Park Hillel
Caren Leven, Director of Congregational Engagement, Temple Oheb Shalom
Rabbi Darren Levin, IO Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, Johns Hopkins University Hillel
Lane Levine, Community Network Director, CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
Amanda Max, Children Services Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Lara Nicolson, PJ Library Baltimore Coordinator, Macks Center for Jewish Education
Morris Panitz, Program Director, Pearlstone Center
Rabbi Jessica Shimberg, Associate Director for Jewish Life and Learning, University of Maryland College Park Hillel
Ahuva Spetner, Program Director, Bais Yaakov School
Loryn Strauzer, Assistant Director of University Admission, Towson University

2010 and 2011 Fellows

Cara Behneman, Jewish Student Life Coordinator, UMBC Hillel
Rebecca Cohen, Development Associate, University of Maryland College Park Hillel
Carly Cowley, Engagement Associate, Johns Hopkins University Hillel
Jonathan Falk, Program Director, Johns Hopkins University Hillel
Adam Goldberg, Director of Engagement, Towson University Hillel
Yona Gorelick, Engagement Director, Goucher College Hillel
Tanya Gutsol, Engagement Associate, University of Maryland College Park Hillel
Stacy Israel, Special Needs Coordinator, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Sarah Langert, Development Associate, The Associated
Rivka Malka Perlman, Outreach Director, Sinai Alliance (WOW!)
Jakir Manela, Director of Kayam Farm, Pearlstone Center
Allison Mondell, Program Director, Johns Hopkins University Hillel
Michelle Ostroff, Senior Associate, The Associated’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership
Rabbi Yisroel Porter, Director of Jewish Family Programming, Etz Chaim Center
Stephanie Rosenau, Program Associate, ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute
Mickey Rubin, Director of Engagement, Johns Hopkins University Hillel
Dodi Samuel, Foreclosure Prevention Coordinator, CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.