Sitting: Rachel Levin, Mindy Sherry, Lauren Trexler, Elenna King, Leah Guskin, Amanda Greene, Natalie Davidowitz
Standing: Richard Siegel, Makenzie Means, Samira Setareh, Lisa Berney, Dr. John Ruskay, Matthew Lipton-Schwartz, Hannah Rubin-Schlansky, Igor Khokhlov, Jessica Lebovits, Lori Klein.
Fourteen students from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (SJNM) gathered on August 2, 2011 in Los Angeles to receive Graduate Certificates in Jewish Nonprofit Management. They were honored during a ceremony at the Jack H. Skirball Campus that featured Dr. John S. Ruskay, President and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, as the Culmination Speaker and Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence.
Ruskay, who is head of the largest Federation in the United States, spoke of the exciting future awaiting each of the students: “Those culminating today will lead congregations, Hebrew schools, camps, Jewish communal agencies, and agencies that are today only ideas; agencies that will be challenged to become models of inspired Jewish living. Each of you will be called upon to inspire people to create Jewish lives of meaning; to engage in Jewish learning and service.”
SJNM Director Richard Siegel and SJNM Associate Director Lori Klein presented the Certificates to the following students:
Lisa I. Berney
Natalie Paige Davidowitz
Amanda Beth Greene
Leah Shari Guskin
Elenna Michelle King
Jessica Rachel Lebovits
Matthew T. Lipton-Schwartz
Makenzie Javina Means
Hannah Deborah Rubin-Schlansky
Mindy Fay Sherry