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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. 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.

Friedman Fellowship Application

Mentor form

Mentee form


2017 Fellows:
Andy Katz, Executive Director, Beth Israel Congregation
Laura Green Kendal, Kids Center Director and J Day Camp Assistant Director
Chaya Lasson, Jewish Hospice Program Manager, Gilchrist Services
Marisa Obuchowski, Israel and Overseas Engagement Associate, The Associated
Talia Orencel, Director of Engagement and Social Justice, Hillel University of Maryland
Sara Rubinstein, Special Needs Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Maddie Suggs, Director of Public Affairs, Baltimore Jewish Council
Rachel Walkins, Finance and HR Coordinator, Pearlstone Center

2016 Fellows:

Lauren Gluck, Logistics Coordinator, Baltimore Chapter, Atlantic Seaboard NCSY
Rebecca Chinsky, Senior Director of Recreation and Maccabi, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Samantha Kahan, Diller Teen Program Associate, Jewish Volunteer Connection
Ari Paskoff, Assistant Camp Director, Capital Camps and Retreat Center
Janna Zuckerman, Program Manager, Center for Jewish Camping, The Associated
Abby Weinstock, Operations Director, Pearlstone Center

Past Fellows

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