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Wexner Field Fellowship

Leadership development for Jewish Communal Professionals in the field

Pilot Wexner Field Fellows

Meet our Wexner Pilot Field Fellows

 

Elizabeth Fine

Class 27
Pilot Field Fellow

 Elizabeth Fine is the Assistant Executive Vice President for Board Relations at JDC and is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for board engagement, education and leadership development for JDC’s global board of directors. Elizabeth first started at JDC as a Jewish Service Corps Fellow, working in the former Soviet Union, where she worked with the Jewish communities of Moscow and St. Petersburg to redesign leadership development programs to help young Jewish adults create and support Jewish communities that meet their needs. She also oversaw donor relations in the Moscow office and worked with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. After her overseas posting, Elizabeth returned to the US as Director of International Initiatives, in which capacity she served as a resource to American Jewish leaders on global Jewish needs and JDC’s programs and priorities. Prior to joining JDC, Elizabeth worked for six years as a corporate litigator in Chicago, during which she served as a member of the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) National Young Leadership Cabinet. Locally, she founded and chaired the Jewish Professional Women’s Forum and the Young Lawyers’ Group, and served on committees at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Jonah Geller

Class 27
Pilot Field Fellow

Jonah Geller joined Capital Camps & Retreat Center, where he is CEO, in 2012 and has worked professionally in Jewish camping since 1998. Prior to his current role, Jonah served as executive director of Michigan-based Tamarack Camps (2002-2010) and director of Camp Tel Yehudah in New York (2000-2002). Originally from Pittsburgh, Jonah’s educational background includes Journalism, Jewish Studies and Hebrew. He is married to Jennifer Noparstak and is the proud father of three children, Ari, Ezra and Lea.

Aaron Henne

Class 28
Pilot Field Fellow

Aaron Henne is the Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk, an arts and educational organization whose work illuminates universal human experience from a Jewish perspective. The company offers exciting, utterly singular, live experiences through the creation of new productions that blend physical theatre with dance, poetry and music. The resulting works, from the dark and visceral dance theatre of cave... a dance for lilith, to the life-affirming, music-rich festival piece, assemble: modern spin | ancient celebration, are challenging and beautiful to behold. Henne’s other works include King Cat Calico Finally Flies Free! (published by Original Works Publishing) and Sliding Into Hades (LA Weekly Awards for Playwriting and Production of the Year). His exploration of Kafka’s novel The Castle, called A Man’s Home, as well as his play Mesmeric Revelation (SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Original Script), a clash of science and mysticism, were both developed and produced by Central Works in Berkeley, CA. His playwriting process book, You Already Know, is available through Writ Large Press. He has designed and facilitated creative seminars for Lucasfilm, Pixar and Dreamworks. He has served as adjunct faculty at American Jewish University, as a mentor at Otis College of Art and Design and as faculty for the Wexner Heritage Program. Aaron is a board member of The Alliance for Jewish Theatre, a 2014 PresenTenseLA fellow and a Dream Lab Teaching Fellow.

Ian Kandel

Class 27
Pilot Field Fellow

Ian Kandel is the Vice President of AZA, BBG and the Teen Movement at BBYO International. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he currently lives in Washington, D.C. where he volunteers frequently in politics, campaigns and new voter education, while working to engage Jewish teens in Jewish life around the world. His own Jewish identity was formed by family stories of supporting the establishment of the State of Israel and from his participation in his local youth movement as a teen. After graduating from The George Washington University with degrees in political science and Judaic studies, and spending a term at Tel Aviv University, he joined BBYO as a full-time professional and has served in positions at both the local and international levels ever since. Ian has received an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College of Boston and is involved in several networks including the ROI Community, Rock the Vote and Gather. Having traveled to more than 35 countries, he craves any chance to go abroad. Ian also enjoys outdoor adventure, soccer, tennis, music and photography.

Sheila Katz

Class 26
Pilot Field Fellow

Sheila Katz was named as one of five women to watch by Craigslist Founder, Craig Newmark. She is an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in-person action. Sheila is Hillel International’s first Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship, working to engage Jewish students on the periphery of Jewish life. Previously, Sheila co-founded Ask Big Questions, a national initiative of Hillel that brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. Sheila has served on multiple White House committees under the Obama administration, focused on higher education, and serves on the board of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. She has a BA in Politics from Ithaca College and a MS in teaching from Pace University. Sheila is a proud alumna of the Wexner Field Fellowship, the Shalom Hartman Institute Campus Fellowship and Teach for America.

Aliza Abrams Konig

Class 26
Pilot Field Fellow

Aliza Abrams Konig is an Assistant Principal at Central- Yeshiva University High School for Girls. Aliza has worked with myriad students in areas of student life, team building, creating curricula and enriching the experiences of thousands of students. Aliza joined Central after eleven years at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, most recently as the Director of Student Life. Before that, Aliza was the Director of Jewish Service Learning for the University, where she built the service learning curriculum and established service missions around the world. A seasoned experiential educator, Aliza is a member of the inaugural Wexner Field Fellows program through The Wexner Foundation. She has spoken worldwide in synagogues, community centers and schools, and is a sought out consultant on experiential education and team building. Aliza studied in Jerusalem at Midreshet Moriah, holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College, and a Masters in Social Work from the YU Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Aliza and her husband, Samuel Konig, live in Washington Heights in Manhattan, where they are very involved with their community, synagogue and other local organizations.

Tilly Shames

Class 28
Pilot Field Fellow

Tilly Shames is the Executive Director of the University of Michigan Hillel. Tilly has worked with Hillels in Toronto and Michigan for 14 years in various positions, including Director of Israel Affairs and Associate Director, before becoming Executive Director at the University of Michigan in 2012. Tilly brings to Michigan, along with her Canadian accent, a passion for youth engagement, community-building, pluralism, women’s advancement and social justice. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Tilly previously taught at Holy Blossom Temple’s high school in Toronto and worked at the Canada-Israel Committee and United Nations Environment Programme. She loves art, traveling, yoga, anything food-related, and diving into a conversation about our Jewish future.

Sarah Shulkind

Class 28
Pilot Field Fellow

Sarah is the Head of School at Alice and Nahum Lainer School, formerly known as Sinai Akiba Academy, a nationally recognized Jewish Day School in Los Angeles with 600 students from preschool through eighth grade. Before coming to Lainer School in 2012, Sarah served as the Middle School Director at Milken Community Schools for seven years. Sarah also helped to start Wildwood School’s secondary campus and worked as a teacher and division leader there for five years. Sarah has presented and published on a wide range of topics in education and leadership both in Jewish and secular venues. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s degree in teaching and curriculum at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her doctoral degree from UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program. Sarah and her husband Andrew, who met as teenagers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, live in Los Angeles with their three daughters, Lucy, Olivia and Sadie, and their son, Oscar. They are active members of IKAR and Sinai Temple.

Joshua Suchoff

Class 28
Pilot Field Fellow

Josh is Director of Development at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in political communications from The George Washington University and has been working in the advancement field for nearly a decade. In partnership with professional colleagues and lay leaders, Josh focuses on the creation and implementation of donor-centric and data-driven advancement strategies, which have bolstered Milton’s giving program, increased engagement and promoted program visibility. Josh currently serves on the board of Congregation Minchas Yitzhak and is a volunteer for GW Hillel focusing on alumni outreach and fundraising. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife, Shoshanna, and four kids, Yair, Moriah, Yedidya, and Elisha.

Jennifer Weinstock

Class 26
Pilot Field Fellow

Jennifer Weinstock has been applying her expertise as a development professional for more than 20 years with an emphasis on relationship-building strategies between donors and organizations. She is currently the Director of Development at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. Before coming to Gann, Jennifer was Strategy Manager for Growing Annual Fund Revenue at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education for six years. Jennifer worked in the women’s division at both the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. She also spent more than a decade at WGBH, Boston’s public broadcasting station, as the senior Major Gifts officer, Director of Stewardship and Director of the Major Gifts Annual Fund. Jennifer is a sought-out teacher and trainer, having worked with dozens of organizations. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was very active in Hillel. She lives in Brookline, MA, with her husband Amiel and three sons who all attend Jewish day school and Jewish camp. They are active members of the Young Israel of Brookline.

 


 


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