School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Alumni in the News

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Aaron Gorodzinsky

Aaron Gorodzinsky, Director of Community Relations and Outreach at the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, has been awarded the J-Pro Network’s 2014 Norman Edell Award for a Young Jewish Communal Professional. Gorodzinsky received his Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles in 2013.

The Norman Edell Award was established in 2000 by the family of Norman Edell to recognize a promising young Jewish communal professional – in the field for less than 5 years – and provide for their first attendance at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (Washington, DC, Nov. 9-11).  The JPro Network (formerly the Jewish Communal Service Association) is the national association of Jewish communal professionals.  Its Norman Edell Award serves to give younger professionals a clearer sense of the national system, unique opportunities for learning practice, and the motivation to continue their careers in Jewish community work.


Leah Kitz

Leah KitzAssociate Director of Development at New Community Jewish High School, received the Mark Meltzer Young Professional Award from the Jewish Community Professionals of Southern California (JPSC) on September 17, 2014.  Kitz received her Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly Jewish Communcal Service) and MSW in 2004.

Sponsored by Mark Meltzer, Executive Director of the Jewish Free Loan of Los Angeles, the Mark Meltzer Young Professional Award acknowledges a young professional — under 45, with a minimum of 10 years in the field — who has made impact in their work in The Jewish Community.  It recognizes the creative initiative prevalent in our professional community.


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Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.