Chairpersons: Elizabeth Sacks and Wendy Shermet
Vice Chair: TBA
Immediate Past Chairperson: Lee Coopersmith
At large member: Jonathan Comisar
Works in cooperation with the C-I to encourage a community comprising the Alumni, students and C-I, overseeing all the Working Groups.
Community Building Working Group (CBWG):
Sandy Sherry-Pilatsky and Donna Goldstein (co-chairs), Lee Coopersmith, Annie Bornstein
Corresponding Secretary: Regina Heit
Facebook Administrators: Donna Azu and Star Trompeter
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 C-I.
Annual Fund: Chair TBA
L’dor VaDor: Alane Katzew
Works in collaboration with the Institutional Advancement staff to raise funds for the College-Institute.
Honorary Doctorate Advisory Working Group (HonDocWG):
Vicki Axe (Chair), Bette Cohen, Dana Anesi, David Margulies, Michael Shochet
Works with HUC-JIR staff to recommend alumni approaching their 25th year in the cantorate to the College-Institute’s Committee on Honors.
Outreach to Students Working Group (OSWG):
TBA (Chair), Fredda Mendelson, Maria Dubinsky, Jamie Marx, Cheryl Wunsch
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.
Programming Working Group (PWG)
ACC Convention Brunch: Liz Sacks, Margot Goldberg
Creates projects to benefit the alumni. The PWG plans the alumni breakfast/brunch at the ACC Convention, arranges opportunities for continuing alumni education such as the High Holy Day Workshop and Vocal Master Classes in the summer alongside current students of HUC-JIR, as well as in tandem with recruitment days of study in major centers.
Recruitment Working Group (RWG):
Josh Breitzer and Vicky Glikin (co-chairs), Tifani Coyot, Nancy Bach
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.
Council of Alumni Associations:
Lee Coopersmith, Lori Corrsin
We meet bi-monthly via conference call with one on site meeting in November each year at HUC-JIR, NYC. We discuss matters that are of interest across the board to all alumni associations of the C-I, furthering our mission to connecting and supporting all aspects of the school, alumni, faculty and students