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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 at Hebrew College and is completing an ethnographic study of Jewish-feminist rituals for newborn girls.
Cantor Janet Ilene Roth (1981) has been Cantor at Congregation Ohr Shalom, Summit Jewish Community Center in New Jersey since 1991.
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 President and CEO, Memphis Jewish Partners (Memphis Jewish Federation and Memphis Jewish Foundation).
Leslie Kepes Pomerantz (1988) is Chief Development Officer, THE ASSOCIATED:  Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Rabbi Bruce Elder (1989) is Rabbi of Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, Illinois.
Karen Nayhouse Morris (1989) is Religious School Principal 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 Director of Community Engagement 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.
Stephanie Stern Fink (1993) is Associate Director within the Strengthening Congregations Department of 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.
Rachel Daniels (1996) is Executive Coordinator to Senior Rabbi Elaine Zecher and Coordinator of Temple Israel in Boston’s 50s and 60s.
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 Chief Operating Officer, Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County, CT.
Rabbi Jonathan Greenberg (1996) is Senior Vice President of the Haym Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought.
Gina Lewald-Fass (1996) is Director of Religious School, Bet Torah, Inc. in Mt. Kisco, NY.
Brad Finkel (1998) is Director of Camp Chi, the camp of the JCC of Chicago as well as the JCC’s regional vice president for south central Wisconsin.      
Rachel Murov Greenberg (1998) is Palm Beach 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 Cohere in Chicago.
Brett Pelchovitz (1998) is teaches at Mercaz in Cincinnati.
Andrea Fram Plotkin (1998) is Vice President for Development and Communications at The New Jewish Home 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.
Ilene Scholnick Ausubel (1999) is Director of Development for NFTY.blank
Amanda Borschel-Dan (1999) is Jewish World and Archaeology Editor 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 Assistant Vice President, JUF Young Families at the Jewish United Fund of Chicago. She recently received one of two Samuel A. Goldsmith Award given by the JUF/Federation to exceptional young professionals who have shown outstanding performance at a Jewish agency in the Chicago area.
Rabbi Jonah Geffen (2000) is Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek, New York City.
Rachael Petru Horowitz (2000) is Director of Development at UCLA Hillel.
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.
Rachel Brand Charnick (2001) is Development Officer for the northern area of Hadassah Southern California.
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 Deputy Director 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).
Jonathan Lipnick (2002) is a Dean of the Holy Land Faculty at the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies 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 Operations Manager at Lab Shul in NYC.
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 Director of Development for the Israel Action Network for the Jewish Federations of North America.
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.
Dave Lizzo (2004) is Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
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 the Isak Boruchin Adult Day Program for the special needs Jewish community program Etta in southern California.
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) serves Temple Kol Ami in Bloomfield Hills, 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 Assistant Director of Religious Education at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C.
Jen Kraus Rosen (2005) is Chief Operating Officer for Moishe Houses.
Stacy Weissman Rudd (2005) is Outreach Network Co-Chair for the ADL of the Chicago region.
Rabbi Sarah Smiley (2005) is the Associate Rabbi/Educator at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ.
Sonya Weisburd (2005) is Associate Director, Volunteer Programs at the JCC of Washington, DC.  
Rabbi Jonathan Bubis (2006) is JEN Rabbinic Fellow at The Kitchen, a Jewish community in San Francisco.
Rabbi Stephanie Clark Covitz (2006) is Advanced Chaplain Practitioner at OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital.
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 Director of Board Operations at Hillel International in New York.
Joanna Blotner (2007) is Campaign Manager for Paid Family Leave at Jews United for Justice in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Cohen (2007) is Account Manager 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.
Amanda Dudley Goldstein  (2007) is Program Coordinator at Torch (Torah Outreach Resource Center in Houston.4
Iva Litvak (2007) is head of Jewish Studies at Jewish High School of Connecticut.
Samantha Leapman Spolter (2007) is Education and Outreach Coordinator for SHALVA, Chicago’s only Jewish domestic violence agency.
Maya Cohen Aharon (2008) is Director of 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.
Rabbi Joel Dinin (2008), ordained at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, is Associate 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.
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.
Cantor 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.
Rebecca Frazin (2009) is Director of Programming and Engagement at Chicago Sinai Congregation.
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.
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 Director of Youth Education at Temple Sinai in Atlanta.
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.
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz (2010) was ordained by American Jewish University and is Assistant Rabbi and Education Director at Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City, CA.
Marc Silberstein (2010) is Director of Education at Ahavath Achim Synagogue Atlanta.
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 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 fellow 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.
Matt Levitt (2011) is Chief Development Office for Ramah in the Rockies.
Lauren Rosenblum (2011) is Development Assistant at Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters in LA.
Rabbi Rachel Silverstein Schmelkin (2011) is Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA where she supported her congregants and the community during the August, 2017 violent and deadly Unite the Right rally.
Carly Valfer (2011) is Education Director at Congregation B’nai Tivkvah in Deerfield, IL.
Jill Cogan (2012) is Judaic Coordinator at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Ben Gurin (2012) is a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, LA, He is spending the current year in Jerusalem where he is part of the Pardes Institute’s advanced Kollel program.
Hannah Michelson (2012) is the Web Developer 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 Staple (2013) is in her final year 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.
Travis Yon (2014) is Liaison Officer for 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 Teen Engagement Consultant and Project Manager at The Jewish Education Project in NYC.
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.
Briana Felsen (2016) is an AIPAC Fellow in Fort Lauderdale.
Bari Goldman (2016) is a Springboard Fellow for Hillel International at the University of Illinois Hillel.
Frankie Salzman (2016) is a Foundation Fellow with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation in Atlanta.
Megan Zimmer (2016) is Administrative Assistant/Childcare Coordinator/Youth Advisor at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago.
Julia Laibstain (2017) is 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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