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Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm


Congratulations to our Graduates!

Degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Studies

Brittany Cher Abramowicz
Daniel Joseph Cohen
Sarah Elizabeth Cort
Scott Eric Frankel
Matthew David Rissien
Rachel Beth Roth
Tara Lynn Seymour
Deborah L. Shub
Alison Terkel
Melissa Marie Green Walny
Deborah Lust Zaluda

Student speaker Rachel Roth spoke about the bright future of her fellow graduates:

"As we move forward in our careers, we will fill the gaps in the Jewish leadership pipeline, identified by the Pipelines Initiative 2014 Study. Programs like the MAJPS develop leaders and give us the skills to be not only excellent executive directors, COOs, and CEOs, but compassionate Jewish leaders with a better understanding of what is good for our community."

Rachel Roth has worked in the Jewish nonprofit world since 2002. She serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Conference of Cantors, a position she has held since 2007. Since joining the ACC, Rachel has overseen the restructuring of their convention operations, their affiliate musician organization, and most recently, the acquisition of Transcontinental Music Publications.

Graduation Address

Jim Rosenberg, Chief of Staff at the
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, presented the graduation address.

Since coming to Chicago in 2000, Jim has served in several capacities at JUF/JFMC, most recently as Vice President of Financial Resource Development. He previously served the Jewish communities of Cleveland and Detroit. He is a graduate of the Jewish Federations of North America Mandel Executive Development Program, and received an MSW and Certificate in Jewish Communal Service and Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan.

Jim shared leadership lessons from his more than twenty years in the field of Jewish Communal Service, a profession he started at age 19 working as a camp counselor at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. In his remarks he said:

"Jewish communal professionals have an awesome responsibility. The stakes are high as we try our best to sustain and transform our community while dealing with issues such as assimilation, anti-Israel sentiment and living in a scarier world than five years ago, let alone five weeks ago. It can be intimidating and daunting to think about what role we can play and to wonder, in the grand scheme of things, if being a more equipped and better prepared professional even matters in the face of such big challenges?

But it does. Just like the custodian sweeping the floor at NASA who famously told President Kennedy in 1962 that he, the custodian, was helping put a man on the moon, so, too, should we embrace the idea that if everyone does his or her part, whether one’s leadership charge is on a small scale or a large stage, we will each help accomplish what needs to get done in the face of these issues. And we’ll feel better about taking on the awesome responsibility of leadership."
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