First of all,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of the SJNM alumni that
contributed time or money to making the 2012-2013 SJNM Alumni
Scholarship Campaign a success! We raised almost $48,000 which is
more than $10,000 dollars above and beyond the goal that we had
originally set for this year. We couldn't have done this
The dollars raised will help fund two SJNM student
scholarships for the coming year. It also helps our program stay
competitive- we all know how expensive it is to get such a fabulous
education! We are already gearing up for the 2013-2014 campaign and
are always looking for alumni to get involved. Please contact Anna
Shabtay if you are interested in helping with next year's campaign!
Thanks again to everyone!
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what's happening on campus, be linked to interesting articles about
our field, learn about job opportunities and stay in touch with other
You can also
follow SJNM on Twitter at
@sjnm_la to experience Lunch and Learns and other events in real
Looking for an
old friend or classmate? Just go to www.huc.edu/alumni/private. The
directory is password-protected, but contact
for access. And don't forget to let us know if your own
information needs to be updated!
You can explore
online alumni resources and learning opportunities at the
Alumni Association Executive Committee
Wasserman (MAJCS/MAJE '06) and Naomi Abelson (MAJCS/MPA
Jenna Fields (MAJNM/MSW '10) and
Bailey London (MAJCS/MSW '07)
(MAJNM/MPA '11) and Anna Shabtay (MAJCS/MPA '09)
Friedman (MAJCS/MPA '06) and Rachel Slaton (MAJNM/MPA '11)
Director of Alumni Engagement
you to everyone who served on the Alumni Association Leadership Team
during this past year - your hard work and passion for our school and
community is greatly appreciated!
excited to share with you what's going on in the School of Jewish
Nonprofit Management! Read on for information on our new alumni and
new students, upcoming events, and more!
Bressler, MAJCS/MCM '07
begin my term as Chair of the SJNM Alumni Association, I want to
first publicly thank Andi Milens for her incredible leadership.
She, and her team, have breathed life and soul into the
organization. It isn't necessary to list her individual
accomplishments (if you are reading this, than you have witnessed
them!), but suffice to say the HUC-JIR School of Jewish
Nonprofit Management Alumni Association has become an
invaluable partner to the School, and a force within
honored to further the mission which Andi set forth, and to
continue to work alongside her and the wonderful leadership
team. Over the coming year, we are committed to growing the
number of Alumni involved in our Alumni Association, and strengthening
their connection to the School and the College-Institute.
summer is already off to a great start for us! In case you haven't
already logged on, we have begun live streaming Tuesday's Lunch and
Learn series, allowing for weekly, real time, virtual professional
development and engagement opportunities at the click of a button
for our Alumni. We are working to build networks in cities
throughout the country so that Alumni can get together to
socialize, discuss successes and challenges in their professional
lives, and generally enrich their experience. In order to connect
our current students to the Alumni Association, each class now has
an Ambassador to help guide them through their time at the College
and introduce them to the community. Additionally, our fundraising
efforts thus far have been monumentally successful, as you, our
alumni, feel compelled to support the education you enjoyed, and
ensure it is there for future Jewish professional leaders. This is
just a short sampling of what we have been up to, hopefully
whetting your appetite for an exciting year.
have any ideas, feedback, or would like to get involved in any way,
please don't hesitate to give us a call, or send an email. You can
contact me at email@example.com or 401-529-1112
or Jessica Ingram at SJNMAlumni@huc.edu.
forward to building our Alumni Association together,
New Student Spotlight
next few months, you'll find profiles of SJNM's newest students in
this section. Enjoy getting to know our new class!
Name: Jeremy Ragent
2nd Degree: MPA
Hometown: San Mateo, CA
Undergraduate College/Degree: UCLA, History
Favorite Spot in LA (so far): Hiking in Topanga Canyon
Favorite Wacky Wednesday (so far): "It was wonderful hearing about the remarkable
breadth of programs offered by NCJW to people in LA."
What Jewish experience/organization has led you to
where you are today and why? "It's a tie
between Hillel and Otzma. Hillel at UCLA was the locale of my first
exploratory conversations about Judaism, and working at Hillel at
Stanford was my first job! During my year in Israel on Otzma, I
fledged my chutzpah wings."
Name: Mariela Socolovsky
Hometown: Haifa, Israel
Undergraduate College/Degree: University of Haifa, Education
Favorite Spot in LA (so far): the beach and farmer's market in Santa
Favorite Wacky Wednesday (so far): Beit Tzedek, Hadassah, and Jewish World Watch
What Jewish experience/organization has led you to
where you are today and why? As a Jewish
educator as well as a Jewish professional, I have had beautiful
opportunities to experience and to foster deep
connections with Jewish values. This strong connection has
guided me to make my passion into a life commitment. I sincerely
believe that the answer to the big challenges that Judaism is
facing today is passion and professionalism. So here I am, to renew
my commitment, holding my passion and aspiring to professionalism.
look at what's coming up for the rest of the summer!
This summer's "Lunch
& Learn Encounter Seminar" will be focused on the topic:
"Trends in (Jewish) Philanthropy." Cosponsored this year
with Jumpstart, a dynamic LA-based nonprofit working to advance the
"Jewish innovation ecosystem," the seminar will serve as
a follow-up to Jumpstart's highly successful recent philanthropy
summit: "Innovation to Transformation: Changing
Jewish LA, Changing LA Jewishly."
The seminar has taken
place every Tuesday from June 18th to July 30th from
approximately 12:15-1:30 PST. LA area alumni are invited to
attend, but an RSVP is required since there is limited seating
in order to maintain the integrity of a graduate seminar (email Mikaela
Landis or call her at 213-765-2117). All alumni
are invited to join us on our new Livestream account by clicking here. You can also find all of the
previous sessions on the Livestream account! Our final session is:
July 30: "What Counts for Success? How
Funders Evaluate Their Giving" Presenter:
Rachel Levin, Executive Director, The Righteous Persons Foundation
August 5-6: Scholar-in-Residence:
Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director, The JCC in Manhattan
Milestones and Mazel Tovs
moved, changed jobs, been honored, gotten engaged or married, or
had children? Please share your personal and professional
milestones as they happen so that our SJNM community can celebrate
with you! Send your milestones to SJNMAlumni@huc.edu.
David Bubis (MAJCS/MSW '82)
and his wife are preparing to celebrate the marriage
of their eldest child, Jonathan. He will marry Becca Farber on
August 11th. Jonathan will be entering his fifth and final
year of the Ziegler Rabbinic program at AJU this fall, and Becca
will continue her teaching responsibilities to high school students
at the Torah V'Tarbut Day School in Orange County.
Laura (Siegel) Perpinyal (MAJCS/MAJE '09) and her husband Avi welcomed their son, Samuel Joel
Perpinyal, to the world on July 5 at 5:22am. Sammy is their first
child and weighed in at 7 lbs and 11 oz.
Iris (Rosenthal) Weinstein (MAJCS/MPA '02), her husband Greg and big sister Jasmine welcomed a
new addition to the family on February 26th. Hazel Violet was born
at 4:10am, weighing in at 6lbs 10oz and 21 inches long. In
addition, Iris has been promoted to Senior Sales Executive at ISSA,
the Worldwide Cleaning Association in Lincolnwood, IL.
Rebecca Garrison (MAJCS/MPA '06) is the new Director of Philanthropic Strategy
at Jumpstart in LA, managing their funding initiatives,
including fiscal sponsorship and giving collectives, as well as
Mark Gurvis (MAJCS/MSW '84) will be joining the leadership of the Jewish
Federations of North America in September as the executive vice
president. In this capacity, he will be helping to support 154
Federations and more than 300 independent Network communities
across the continent. Mark assumes this role after nearly 12
years as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.
Richard Meyer (MAJCS/MSW '79), is now working as an independent consultant
specializing in organizational development (program design,
management, evaluation and governance), strategic planning and
fundraising. He took on this new role after stepping down from his
post as Executive Vice President at the Milwaukee Jewish
Federation, where he served for 22 years and had spent an
additional five years as the campaign director.
Alan Ronkin (MAJCS/MPA '91) will be joining the staff of the American Jewish
Committee as their Washington, DC Regional Director later this
summer. He will be moving, with his wife, from their longtime home
of Boston, MA after the chagim.
Rachel Sisk (MAJCS/MSW '93) is now the Director of Etzah, a new initiative through
the Graduate Center for Education at the American Jewish University
to advance and support innovation within part-time Jewish
Rachel Slaton (MAJNM/MPA '11) was published in eJewish Philanthropy. Her article
"How Is This Article Different from All Other Articles? can be
condolences are extended Jenna Fields (MAJNM/MSW '10)
and her family upon the death of her grandfather. He passed
away on Sunday, July 21, at the age of 92.