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Cantor Penny Kessler, '93, Alumni Association Co-Chair
Cantor Fredda Mendelson, '96, Alumni Association Co-Chair
Cantor Elizabeth Sacks, Immediate Past Chair

Works in cooperation with the College-Institute to encourage a community comprising the Alumni, students and College-Institute, overseeing all the Working Groups.   

Community Building Working Group (CBWG):
Cantor Penny Kessler 
Cantor Sandy Sherry-Pilatsky '90
Cantor Carla Reynolds '89
Facebook Administrators: Cantor Donna Azu '10 and Cantor Star Trompeter '10

Meets our alumni on Facebook; reaches out to alumni on memorable milestone occasions, helping to foster a sense of community comprised of the Alumni Association, the alumni and the College-Institute

Outreach to Students Working Group (OSWG):
Cantor Inbal Sharrett-Singer '15
Cantor Fredda Mendelson
Cantor Lucy Fishbein, MARE '17
Cantor Amanda Kleinman '15

Serves the DFSSM and its students. This group reaches out to students in many different ways: events, letters, gifts, and other worthy projects that benefit the students and connect them to the Alumni Association from their very first year in Israel to their 5th year before Ordination.                     

Recruitment Working Group (RWG):
Cantor Sara Hass '15
Cantor Joshua Breitzer '11
Cantor Rayna Green '15
Cantor Emma Lutz '17
Cantor Lauren Goodlev '17

Works very closely with the College-Institute. Admissions and Recruitment staff and the DFSSM Director attend our meetings. We brainstorm ideas and support the DFSSM and the College-Institute in recruitment efforts. We have recommended alumni as recruitment ambassadors. We make presentations at URJ camps, Hava Nashira and other Jewish musical and Reform venues. Finally, we guide prospective DFSSM students through the application process.