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Careers for Jewish Studies Students

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Jewish Studies alumni pursue careers in fields as diverse as education, political activism, administration, scholarly research, journalism, business, public relations, medicine, social work and the clergy. A degree in Jewish Studies enhances skills in research and writing, critical thinking, cultural awareness, creative thinking, public speaking, and persuasive communication. These are vital skills in today’s workplace and have helped Jewish Studies graduates find careers that meet their personal objectives. [Major Guide]

NEW Jewish Studies + Kelley

Earn a bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies and then spend an additional year earning a master's degree from the Kelley School of Business. For details see Jewish Studies + Kelley.


Our Alumni Make A Difference in Jewish Studies

"Where Would the Organized American Jewish community be today were it not for the IU Borns Jewish Studies Program?"
-- Steven Weitzman, former Director, Borns JSP

Rabbi Debra Reed Blank (1977) teaches history and theology of liturgy in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College and is completing an ethnographic study of Jewish-feminist rituals for newborn girls.
Cantor Janet Ilene Roth Krupnick (1981) has been Cantor at Congregation Ohr Shalom, Summit Jewish Community Center in New Jersey since 1991.
Greta Friedman Rothschild (1984) is Education Director at Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Chicago.
Audrey Krakovitz (1986) is Director of Teacher Workshops at the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.
Bekki Harris Kaplan (1987) is Executive Director of Beth Emet, the Free Synagogue in Evanston.
Laura Kepes Linder (1988) is Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Memphis.
Leslie Kepes Pomerantz (1988) is Senior Vice President of Development, THE ASSOCIATED:  Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Rabbi Bruce Elder (1989) is Rabbi of Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, Illinois.
Karen Nayhouse Morris (1989) is Director of the Torah Lishma Community Religious School at Tree of Life/L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh.
Hannah Pollack-Feiler (1989) is Assistant Vice President for Planning and Grants at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community of Baltimore.
Karen (Becker) Sher (1990) is Senior Program Associate of the Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Rabbi Braham David (1991) is Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Medford, MA, and Director of the Jewish Discovery Institute in Newton, MA.
Rabbi Debora Gordon (1991) is Rabbi of Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, NY.
Debra Barton Grant (1991) is Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.
Jeff Linkon (1991) is Regional Director for Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio BBYO.
Jill Laidman Davidson (1993) is Systems Analyst/Database Administrator for the Mandel JCC in Cleveland.
Stephanie Stern Fink (1993) is Associate Engagement Director for the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Eli Garfinkel (1993) is Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Somerset, New Jersey.
Wendy (Rapport) Grinberg (1993) is Founder and Director of Jewish Education Lab (Jewish educational consulting at jewishedlab.com)
Rabbi Yael Splansky (1993) is Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.
Jessica Bennett Mehlman (1994) is Director of Planning and Allocations at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey.
Rabbi Stacy Schlein (1994) is Director of Education at The Temple, Tifereth Israel, in Shaker Heights, OH.
Brian Shankman (1994) is National Director of Regional Affairs and Development for AIPAC.
Jennifer Zwilling (1994) is Chief Strategy Officer for International Hillel.
Shari Churwin (1995) is Education Director at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA.
Jessica Hazan Jundef (1995) is Technology Coordinator at the Solomon Schechter School of Greater Monmouth County in Marlboro, New Jersey.
Amy Allee Newman (1995) is Director of Leadership Development at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Matt Davidson (1996) is Executive Director at Kehillat Israel Congregation in Pacific Palisades, CA and a composer of Jewish and film music.
Jonathan Fass (1996) is Vice President, Director of the Merrin Center for Teen Engagement at the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, NYC.
Rabbi Jonathan Greenberg (1996) is Senior Vice President of the Haym Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought.
Gina Lewald-Fass (1996) is a teacher and Curriculum Developer at the Bi-Cultural Day School, Greater NYC area.
Bradley Finkel (1998) is Director of Camp Chi, the camp of the JCC of Chicago.      
Rachel Murov Greenberg (1998) is Area Director of AIPAC, Palm Beach, Florida.
Lindsey (Barton) Mintz (1998) is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Indianapolis.
Rabbi Ari Poster Moffic (1998) is Director of Interfaith Family in Chicago.
Brett Pelchovitz (1998) is Director of the Workum Fund in Cincinnati.
Andrea Fram Plotkin (1998) is Director of Special Events for Jewish Home Lifecare in New York City.
Stefanie Kreitzman Rhodes (1998) is Executive Director of Slingshot Fund to build sustained support for innovation in Jewish life.
Rabbi Scott Segal (1998) is Director of Lifelong Learning at Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Synagogue in Wheeling, IL.
Kate Hirschfeld Ashwal (1999) teaches at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland.
Amanda Borschel-Dan (1999) is Jewish World Maven for “The Times of Israel”.
Sean Herstein (1999) teaches Judaica at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles.
Adam Tennen (1999) is Chief Development Officer at Bender JCC of Greater Washington, D.C.
Wendy Margolin (1999) is Communications Director for the Ida Crown Jewish Academy.
Robyn St. Cyr Anderson (2000) is Director for Camp Young Judaea Midwest.
Julie Rubinfeld Brodsky (2000) is Director of New Parent Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Rabbi Jonah Geffen (2000) is Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek, New York City.
Rachael Petru Horowitz (2000) is Director of Development at UCLA Hillel.
Shauna Replane Leavey (2000) is Program Coordinator at the Pearlstone Jewish Retreat Center in Reistertown, Maryland.
Rabbi David Roth (2000) is Halakhic Advisor for Minyan in Cambridge, MA. He previously taught at Pardes in Jerusalem.
Naomi Slater (2000) is International Activities Coordinator at Merchavim: The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel.
Jami Trockman Bachrad (2001) is Director of Development for IKAR in Los Angeles.
Jessica Auerbach Burgoon (2001) is Director of Special Projects at Jewish Home and Hospital LifeCare in the NYC area.
Cantor David Reinwald (2001) is cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA.
Emily Sirota (2001) is Director of Admissions and Operations at Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center in Denver.
Rabbi Alissa Wise (2001) is Co-Director of Organizing at Jewish Voice for Peace.
Miriam Pullman Friedman (2002) is Director of Philanthropic Initiatives at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Rabbi Andy Kastner (2002) is Director of Community Impact at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay (San Francisco area).
Diana Kogan (2002) is Senior Program Manager for Genesis Philanthropy Group.
Jonathan Lipnick (2002) is an Educator and Tour Guide specializing in Judaism and Christianity in Israel and a doctoral student in Religious Studies at Harvard University.
Rabbi Philip Ohriner (2002) is Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, CA.
Amanda Meyer Radman (2002) is Temple Administrator at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek, CA.
Ruth Schachter (2002) is Director of Operations at Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis.
Sarah Strnad (2002) is Event Coordinator Consultant at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
Rabbi Seth Cook (2003) is an Aish rabbi at the University of Pittsburgh.
Cantor Asa Fradkin (2003) is the cantor of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, MD.
Jennifer Bell Hillel (2003) is Foundation Relations Officer at Birthright Israel in NY.
Ben Lewis (2003) is President of Concierge Jewish Education and a doctoral student in Education and JS at NYU and a Jim Joseph Fellow.
Rachel Pereles (2003) is Campaign Director and Associate Director of Development at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.       
Ashley Plotnick (2003) is Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, IL.
Samantha Zadikoff (2003) is Youth and Family Programmer Beth Hillel Congregation Beth Emunah in Wilmette.
Rabbi Elizabeth Wood Zeller (2003) is Director of Learning & Innovation for NFTY.
Leah Aft (2004) is PJ Library Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.
Emily Walsh Fox (2004) is a teacher and summer camp director at Temple Israel in New York City.
Sarina Fogel Gerson (2004) is Director of Teen Engagement for the United Jewish Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.
Sam Rodin (2004) is Program Director of Diller Teen Fellows at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.
Amalia Shifriss (2004) is Development Associate at ORT America.
Josh Taff (2004) is Director of Outreach and Jewish Life and Camp Co-Director for the special needs Jewish community program Etta in southern California.
Sarah Beren-Karelitz (2005) is Ohio/Indiana Area Director for AIPAC.
Henry Bernstein (2005) is a teacher at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Chicago and HR Generalist at Metropolitan Associates, LLC.
Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz (2005) is Rabbi and Director of Riverway at Temple Israel in Boston.
Rabbi Brent Gutmann (2005) is Rabbi at Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield, MI.
Sarah Lawson (2005) is Assistant to the National Development Director at New Israel Fund.
Laura Siegel Perpinyal (2005) is Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL.
Miles Roger (2005) is Jewish Educator and Program Administrator at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C.
Jen Kraus Rosen (2005) is Chief Operating Officer for Moishe Houses.
Stacy Weissman Rudd (2005) is Director of Academic Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.
Rabbi Sarah Smiley (2005) is the Rabbi/Educator at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ.
Sonya Weisburd (2005) is Associate Director, Volunteer Programs at the JCC of Washington, DC.  
Elizabeth Lintott Zetley (2005) is Assistant Director in the early childhood department of the JCC Chicago.
Rabbi Jonathan Bubis (2006) is Assistant Rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, CA.
Rabbi Stephanie Clark Covitz (2006) is Advanced Chaplain Practitioner at OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital.
Adam Ganson (2006) is Co-Director of Earth’s Promise in Be’er Sheva, Israel.
Rabbi Michael Kushnick (2006) is Rabbi of Anshai Torah in Plano, TX.
Rabbi Philip Sherman (2006) is Associate Rabbi at Beth Elohim in Wellesley Hills, MA.
Matt Albert (2007) is Senior Specialist Board Relations at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Joanna Blotner (2007) is Campaign Manager for Paid Family Leave at Jews United for Justice in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Cohen (2007) is Tour Operator for Da’at Education Expeditions in Jerusalem.
Cantor Ben Ellerin (2007) is Cantor of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croyton-on-Hudson, New York.
Julia Franks (2007) is Director for Planning and Community Impact at Jewish Nevada.
Iva Litvak (2007) is Jewish educator at Jewish High School of Connecticut.
Rachel Schonwald (2007) is Affiliate Manager of Mobiklix in Israel.
Samantha Leapman Spolter (2007) is Education and Outreach Coordinator for SHALVA, Chicago’s only Jewish domestic violence agency.
Maya Cohen Aharon (2008) is Program Leader: BJE March of the Living with the Los Angeles Builders of Jewish Education.
Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin (2008) is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska.
Joel Dinin (2008), ordained at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, is Rabbi at Moses Montefiore Synagogue in Baltimore.
Jody Gansel (2008) is Program Manager at Experiential Jewish Education Network in Boston.
Rabbi Jonathan Kleinman (2008) is Chaplain at Hospice of Kansas City.
Inna Kolesnikova-Shmukler (2008) is PJ Library Program Facilitator, Youth Leadership Director, and Donor Relations Manager for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.
Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks (2008) is Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee.
Rabbi Daniel Millner (2008) is Rabbi of Congregation Tiferet Israel in Austin, TX.
Rachel Harrison Rhodes (2008) is the Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in Falls Church, VA.
Mallory Saks Zipkin (2008) is Associate Camp Director at the JCC of Central New Jersey Camp Yachad.
Nessa Feinstein (2009) is a counselor at Beit T’Shuvah residential treatment center and congregation in Los Angeles.
Rebecca Frazin (2009) is Director of Programming and Engagement at Chicago Sinai Congregation.
Olivia Lichaa (2009) is Associate Director of the Tri-State Region at Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in New York.
Nina Loftspring (2009) is Hebrew School Principal at Town and Village Synagogue in NYC.
Nati Orbach (2009) completed her MAPH at the University of Chicago comleting her thesis on the topic of ancient Israelite religion and archaeology. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Bar Ilan University in Religion and Archaeology.
David Orenstein (2009) is a doctoral student in Religion focusing on Judaism at Duke University this fall.
Traci Stratford (2009) is Program Manager, Endowment and Legacy at Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education in the greater Boston area.
Jessica Bram (2010) is Director of Education and Youth Programming, Temple Emanu-El, Honolulu after completing her master’s degree in Jewish education at Hebrew Union College.
Brittany Cohen (2010) is Missions Department Administrative Assistant at AIPAC in Tel Aviv.
Emily Thal Cohen (2010) is Program Specialist at Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis.
Rachel Klein (2010) is Marketing Associate for the Midwest and Florida at The Jewish National Fund (based in Chicago).
Sara Geboff Levitt (2010) is Director of Jewish Life and Learning for Congregation Bnai Emunah in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jenna Rudy Lowenstein (2010) is a preschool teacher at the Samson Family JCC of Milwaukee.
Lauren (Jacobson) Rosenberg (2010) is Leadership Gifts Officer for the Chicago office of Facing History and Ourselves.
Rebecca Schatz (2010) is a rabbinical student at American Jewish University and the rabbinic intern at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Weekends coordinator for Camp Ramah California, and Performing Arts assistant at Milken Community High School.
Marc Silberstein (2010) is Director of Education at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in the Atlanta area.
Julia Steigerwald (2010) is News Desk Manager at The Jerusalem Post.
Mark Swick (2010) is Jewish Community Liaison for the Jewish Studies Program at College Rabbi Jessica Wainer (2010) was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion this spring and is now Assistant Rabbi at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA.
Aren Wilson-Wright (2010) completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies at the University of Texas and is now a post-doctoral research at the University of Zürich writing a monography on the religious traditions of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
Cantor Lilly Tash Blum (2011) is Cantor/Educator at Temple Shalom of the South Bay in Hermosa Beach, CA. She will continue her rabbinical studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA and will be ordained in 2018.
Lillian Feldman-Hill (2011) is Youth Engagement Coordinator at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, MD, and Digital Media Production Lead Instructor at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy.
Rachel Herman (2011) completed her M.A. in experiential Jewish Education at JTS and is Director of Education and Youth Activities at Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, GA.
Lauren Rosenblum (2011) is Volunteer Services Program Assistant at Jewish Family Services in Seattle.
Rabbi Rachel Silverstein Schmelkin (2011) is Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA.
Carly Valfer (2011) is the Youth Group Advisor at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie.
Jill Cogan (2012) is Music Education Director at Congregation Adath Emanuel in Mount Laurel, NJ.
Ben Gurin (2012) is a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, LA, He is spending the current year in Jerusalem where Ben will be part of the Pardes Institute’s advanced Kollel program.
Dana Levy (2012) is Development Associate for BBYO, Midwest and Northeast states.
Hannah Michelson (2012) is the Digital and Social Media Coordinator at the JCC of Kansas City.
Aela Sapir (2012) completed a master’s degree in Education and the Secondary Transition to Teaching Program at IU and is teaching in Yeruham, Israel.
Marisa Briefman (2013) completed an M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and is Annual Giving Manager at Jewish Social Services in the Washington, D.C. area. 
Julia Lustig (2013) completed an M.A. in Jewish Education/Educational Leadership in Communal Settings at JTS and is a nursery school teacher at the JCC Manhattan.
Julie Womack (2013) is a cantorial student at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Program at Hebrew Union College.
Rachel Crouch (2014) is Youth Programs Administrator at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY.
Bari Finkel (2014) produced English content for the podcast “Israel Story”.
Maya Ohcana (2014) is Marketing Associate at Shorashim.
Samuel Ujdak (2014) is pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan.
Travis Yon (2014) made Aliyah and is serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
David Bloom, Zachary Plesent, Jenn Queen, and Austin Zoot are rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Adam Blue (2015) is JCC Maccabi Israel Program Manager at the JCC Foundation in NYC.
Sasha Dominguez, (2015) was Director of Community and Youth Engagement at Temple Menorah in Miami Beach, Florida, and is now pursuing an M.A. in Jewish education at HUC.
Jodie Goldberg (2015) completed an M.A. in Jewish Education at The Davidson School at JTS and is Children and Camp Haverim Assistant Director at the Merage JCC in Orange County, Ca.
Trudy Miller (2015) completed a master’s degree in Israel Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is Program Associate at Shorashim.
Amanda Phillips (2015) completed the M.A. in Jewish Education at The Davidson School at JTS and is a Jewish Educator at the Lese Center for Living Judaism at Central Synagogue in Manhattan.
Rachel Sherman (2015) is pursuing a master’s degree in Jewish Education at JTS and working at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
Joelle Swatez (2015) was a Fellow at American Hebrew Academy and is now the Uptown Café Coordinator  and Jewish Programmer for EZRA, an organization of the Jewish United Fund of Chicago.
Yuval Caspi (2016) interned at the Israeli Consulate in New York City and is now a Madricha for EIE in Jerusalem.
Briana Felsen (2016) is an AIPAC Fellow in Fort Lauderdale.
Frankie Salzman (2016) is a Foundation Fellow with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation in Atlanta.
Bari Goldman (2016) is a Springboard Fellow for Hillel International at the University of Illinois Hillel.
Samantha Notowich (2016) is an Entwine Fellow for the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee working with the Jewish community in Berlin.
Julia Laibstain (2017) will be Yozma (Inclusion) Madricha for Nativ gap year program in Israel in 2017-2018.
Becky Mann (2017) is music teacher at Congregation Beth Shalom and Assistant preschool teacher at Gan Shalom day school in Bloomington. In summer 2018, she will begin her studies at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC.
David Solkowitz (2017) is pursuing master’s degrees at Hebrew College in Boston while serving as part-time middle school youth advisor and teacher’s assistant at Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA.

 

And many of our alumni are lawyers, doctors, business professionals, educators as well as volunteers & leadership partners in endeavors related to Jewish Studies and in the larger community.

 

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