Meet The 2019 Spertus Institute Graduates

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Meet The 2019 Spertus Institute Graduates – 24 Chicago-area students who have recently graduated from four specialized programs. Mazal Tov, Graduates! Learn more about each graduate and their work in the field. 

What is the The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership?

The Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. 

The Programs

Executive Masters in Jewish Professional Studies, Masters in Jewish Professional Studies, Certificate in Jewish Leadership, and Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators.

 

Meet The 2019 Graduates

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Name: Rachel Hillman

Undergrad University: Brandeis, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Graduate Degree: Indiana U, MBA, Hebrew College, MA Jewish ED

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Job: Assistant Director, Northwestern Hillel

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Misha Vilenchuk

Undergrad University: Brandeis, BA, Russian Studies, Near East and Judaic, History

Graduate Degree: Brandeis, MA Global Studies, Non Profit Service

Hometown: Moscow, Russia and Columbus, OH

Job: Manager, Campus Operations and Development, KAHAL

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Genna Kahn

Undergrad University: University of Iowa, BA Elementary Ed 

Graduate Degree: MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute

Hometown: Deerfield, IL 

Job: Program Director of Teen Volunteering and Engagement, JUF

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Joelle Swatez

Undergrad University: Indiana University, BA

Graduate Degree: MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute

Hometown: Skokie, IL

Job: Development Associate, UChicago Hillel

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Rebecca Frazin-Chan

Undergrad University: Indiana University, Psychology, and Jewish Studies   

Hometown: Deerfield, IL

Graduate Degree: MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute

Job: Director of Engagement and Programming, Chicago Sinai Congregation

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Aaron Midler

Undergrad University:  University of Chicago, BA Psychology , Spertus

Graduate Degree: Chicago Kent College of Law, JD, MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute

Hometown: Trumbull, CT

Job: Staff Attorney, Consulting Industry Board Chair for Makom at Temple Sholom

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Dina Jacobs Bauwens 

Undergrad University: UC Santa Barbara, BS Communications and Religious Studies 

Graduate Degree: MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute 

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia born, California raised

Job: Member Engagement Director, Temple Jeremiah

Program: EMAJPS

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Name: Tani Prell 

Undergrad University: Macalester College, BA English-Creative Writing 

Graduate Degree: MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute 

Hometown: Lombard, IL 

Job: Director of Jewish Learning and Engagement, Emanuel Congregation 

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Amy Saltzman 

Undergrad University: The Ohio State University, BS Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Degree:  MA Early and Middle Childhood, The Ohio State University, MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute 

Hometown: Cleveland, OH 

Job: Program Officer, Jewish Women’s Foundation, JUF Chicago 

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Becky Levi

Undergrad University: University of Minnesota, BA, International Relations

Hometown: Skokie, IL

Job: Development Associate, The ARK

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Jenna Kalkman-Turner 

Undergrad University: University of Iowa, BA Elementary Education

Graduate Degree: MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute 

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Job: Director of Early Childhood Professional Learning, JUF

Program:  EMAJPS

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Name: Amber Wood

Undergrad University: Indiana University, BA, Political Science and Italian   

Graduate Degree: MA Indiana University ,Western European Studies

Job: Director of Operations, Temple Beth Israel

Program:  Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Patrick Dankwa John 

Undergrad University: City College NY 

Graduate Degree: Chicago Kent College of Law JD

Job:  Associate, The Barclay Law Group, Chicago 

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Anita Silvert 

Undergrad University: University of Iowa, Voice 

Graduate Degree: Spertus, MA in Jewish Education  

Hometown: Skokie, IL

Job: Director of Enrollment, Spertus Institute 

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Jeremy Perlin 

Undergrad University: Washington University 

Graduate Degree: George Washington Law, JD

Hometown: Bethesda, MD 

Job: Executive Director, Temple Sholom 

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Beth Schenker 

Undergrad University: University of Arizona, BA 

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Hometown: Tuscan, AZ 

Job: Associate Dean, Public and Noncredit programs, Spertus Institute 

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Dr. Alicia Gejman 

Undergrad University: Bachelor of Arts in Education Counseling from Bar-Ilan University 

Graduate Degree: Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from The Hebrew University, an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Washington University and the DSJS from Spertus 

Hometown: Lincolnshire, IL 

Job: Director of Education, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

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Name: Robin Loeb

Undergrad University: University of Florida, BA English

Graduate Degree: Chicago Kent College of Law, JD MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus 

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Job: 

Chicago Torah Network, Associate Coordinator of Women’s Programming 

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Russell Shapiro 

Undergrad University: University of Illinois, BS 

Job: Partner, Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC Board Member, Spertus Institute 

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Patti Frazin 

Undergrad University: UCLA 

Graduate Degree: University of Illinois, MSW 

Hometown: Orange County, CA 

Job: Associate VP, Campaign, JUF Chicago 

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Rob Jury 

Undergrad University: University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science 

Graduate Degree: Seminary for the Deaf, Rabbinic Ordination Northwestern University, MA

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Job: Cantor/Rabbi Anshe Tikvah, Chaplain and Pastoral Therapist, IPHP-BH

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership

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Name: Dr. Martha Bockian 

Undergrad University: Wesleyan University, BA Psychology 

Graduate Degree: American University, MA Psychology, Fordham University, PhD Clinical Psychology

Job:  Founder, Head of School, Chicago Land Simcha Schools 

Program: Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

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Name: Jeremy (Yudi) Rine 

Undergrad University: Columbia College, BA, Photography 

Graduate Degree: MA Jewish Professional Studies, Spertus Institute 

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Job: Teacher, Beth Hillel Academy, Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov

Program: MAJPS

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Name: Diane Kushner Halivni 

Undergrad University: Barnard College/JTS, BA

Graduate Degree: MS Bank Street College of Education, Education 

Hometown: Skokie, IL 

Job: Mentor/Consultant DH Consulting

Program:  Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

 

More Information 

MA in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS)

Spertus Institute’s MA in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program is a world-class, career-boosting Jewish educational opportunity. First piloted in Chicago nearly ten years ago, the program advances the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of those working for and with the Jewish community.

Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies (EMAJPS)

This year-long program is for Jewish communal executives with 12+ years professional/managerial experience.

Certificate in Jewish Learning and Leadership

The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, in partnership with Northwestern University, offers the Certificate in Jewish Leadership. Including those focused on social service, fundraising, education, culture, and public policy, the Certificate in Jewish Leadership was developed for emerging leaders of nonprofit organizations. Applications now open for program’s 2019/2020 cohort. For information contact: Jessica Leving

 

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