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Spertus Students & Alumni Changing the World

Spertus Students & Alumni Changing the World

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (Even During Quarantine)

Spertus Students and Alumni Build Bright Jewish Futures

It would take more than a global pandemic to keep our devoted, resilient Spertus students and alumni from changing the world. These inspiring leaders continue to use their Spertus training to push forward, even through these dark times, working to adapt to changing circumstances and build a better world.

We couldn’t be prouder of their successes and invite you to join us in celebrating them, as well as to learn more about the Spertus degree and certificate programs in which they have participated.

Chris Harrison (Certificate in Jewish Leadership, pictured above) has been regularly writing meaningful articles on supporting Jews of Color during these changing times. In a recent piece about Juneteenth for, he wrote: “Like the Black heroes who fought and died for my right to live out their wildest dreams, I will not stop fighting for what’s right… I will continue to lock hands with my Black siblings, both Jewish and of other backgrounds, in this righteous, sacred fight.”

Becky Adelberg (Certificate in Jewish Leadership) was featured on the Bridging Connections podcast, which showcases leaders who are reinventing and reinvigorating Jewish life. 

Micky Baer and Stacey Flint (both Certificate in Jewish Leadership) each started new positions as synagogue Executive Directors; Baer at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston, IL and Flint at Bonai Shalom in Boulder, CO.

Rabbi David Bauman (Doctor of Hebrew Letters) was appointed the new Head of Judaic Studies and Community Engagement at AkibaSchechter Jewish Day School.

Brittany Begun (MAJPS) started a new position as Associate Director of Hillel of Metro Detroit.

Caleb Bromberg

Caleb Bromberg (MAJPS, pictured above), who was recently featured as ChiTribe’s “Person of the Week” in recognition of his contributions to Chicago-area Jewish education, will be kicking the already substantive ways he contributes to the community up a notch. He has begun Rabbinical School at Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.

Anita Denes-Meador (Certificate in Jewish Leadership) was promoted to Chief Program Officer at JCC Chicago.

Two Spertus alumna, Marlene Copeland Dodinval (MAJPS) of the Jewish National Fund in Chicago and Rabbi Betsy Forester (MAJPS) of Beth Israel Center in Madison, WI were selected for the Hadar Institute’s Jewish Wisdom Fellowship.

Wendy Falchuk (Certificate in Jewish Leadership) was promoted to Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Gann Academy in Waltham, MA.

Brad Finkel (MAJPS alum and now a mentor for the program) was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at JCC Chicago.

Jamie Fox

Jaime Fox
(MAJPS, pictured above) was appointed Women’s Philanthropy Manager at the Jewish Federation of San Diego County.

Jack Fuchsman (MAJPS) started a new job as Young Leadership Division Associate at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, OH.

Steven Greenwood (EMAJPS) was named Executive Director of StandWithUs Canada.

Rachel Lipson

Rachel Lipson (MAJPS, pictured above) took on a new role as Religious School Administrator at Temple Sholom of Chicago.

Shalom Klein (MAJPS, Certificate in Jewish Leadership) was appointed to the ten-member Skokie Economic Recovery Task Force.

Naomi Looper (MAJPS) was named to Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36 List, presented by Oy!Chicago and the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. What’s more, in her profile, she names Spertus alumna Beth Rodin (MAJPS) the “Jew who inspires her”!

Aaron Midler (MAJPS) recently wrote a compelling piece in eJewishPhilanthropy (a leading resource for the professional Jewish community) arguing for the value of virtual spaces as a continuing part of Jewish life.

Jennifer Phillips (MAJPS) was named Chief Executive Officer of Keshet, stepping into the role after serving as Acting CEO, and before that, Chief Program Officer. Phillips was responsible for a 340% growth in enrollment in Keshet’s camp and recreation programs, with Keshet’s model of inclusive summer camps recognized as an industry best practice.

Sarah van Loon (MAJPS) started a new job as Director of Advancement and Engagement at the Chicago Regional Office of AJC.

Chris Harrison's photo, top, by Jill Peltzman.

Friday, August 28, 2020

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