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Friedman Fellowship

The purpose of the Friedman Fellowship is to build the capacity of DFI and the Baltimore Jewish community to attract,  develop, and retain high quality professionals who will lead and deliver services of excellence.

Friedman Fellows are able to customize their journey and focus on developing skills that best align with their professional goals and the needs of their organizations. The Friedman Fellowship is part of DFI’s broader effort, as part of Na’aleh, to invest in exceptional leaders who will empower themselves to learn, to be inspired and “to rise” to ensure the vitality and vibrancy of the Jewish community.

Goals include:

  • To promote the field of Jewish communal service
  • To bring prospective and new professionals to Baltimore
  • To bring added value to Jewish organizations and our community
  • To enhance new professionals’ skills and Jewish knowledge
  • To take them to the next step in advancing their careers in the Baltimore Jewish community

Friedman Fellows are nominated by their organizations and if selected, receive $5,000 to use over a two year period of time on professional development opportunities. In this way they improve their competencies and Jewish learning to advance their careers in the Jewish communal field and provide exemplary service to their organization.

The executive director will nominate a candidate for the Friedman Fellowship on behalf of their organization by identifying an employee in the field 6 months – 3 years or less, with potential for exceptional talent and a commitment to work in the Jewish communal field.  The selection committee will take into consideration both the position and the candidate as it pertains to the criteria on the application.

Please note: Save the blank nomination form first, before filling it out. Then send as an attachment by email to Cindy at Also, save your responses in a word document as back-up before sending.

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Friedman Fellowship Application / WORD Document Friedman Fellowship Application

Mentor form

Mentee form

2021 Fellows
Natasha Baum, Marketing Coordinator, The Associated
Sarah Brody, Director of Marketing and Development, WITS, Maalot
Ali Duhan, Senior Development Associate, IMPACT, The Associated
Clara Feigelson, Jewish Sustainability Educator, Pearlstone
Allison Feldman, J Camp Coordinator, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Stacy Jarvis, Israel Education Associate, Center for Jewish Education
Rabbi Rory Katz, Chevrei Tzedek
Adi Singerman, Program Associate, Chai Lineline

2020 Fellows:
Rebecca Brown, Development Associate, Women’s Philanthropy, The Associated
Sara Evangelista, Program Director, Johns Hopkins Hillel
Briana Felsen, Associate Area Director, AIPAC
Elliott Goldberg, Assistant Director -Operations, The Edward Myerberg Center
Rabbi Ariana Katz, Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl
Rianna Lloyd, Baltimore Community Organizer, Jews United for Justice
Leora Match, Program Director, Towson University Hillel
Diane Seegull, Program Coordinator, Baltimore Hebrew Institute
Matt Peterson, Assistant Director of Government Relations and Communications, Baltimore Jewish Council
Evan Willner, Israel and Overseas Engagement Associate, The Associated

2019 Fellows:
Danielle Ashendorf, Stoler Early Childhood Education Site Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Michelle Cherry, Director of Alumni Relations, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School
Shira Heideman, Park Heights Program Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Donna Kasoff, Director of Endowment Development, The Associated
Andrea Levin, Program Associate – Non-Profit Partnership, Jewish Volunteer Connection
Noah Mitchel, Assistant Director of Community Relations, Baltimore Jewish Council
Jen Brown Platt, Assistant Director, E. B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center
Sarah Rovin, Young Adult Engagement Manager, Pearlstone Center
Jacqueline Yahr, Director of Charitable Planning, The Associated

2018 Fellows:
Alex Ade, Program Associate, Jewish Volunteer Connection
Rebecca Ellison, Development Associate, IMPACT, The Associated
Brian Hertz, Engagement Associate and Ezra Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hillel
M J Kurs-Lasky, Director of Student Life, University of Maryland Hillel
Elizabeth Piper, Social Media Specialist/Health Educator, Jewish Community Services
Cantor Jennifer Rolnick, Beth Israel Congregation
Alyssa Sapia, Coordinator, Baltimore Hebrew Institute
Jeffrey Snyder, Middle School Coordinator/4Front Program Associate, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

Past Fellows

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