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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 / WORD Document Friedman Fellowship Application

Mentor form

Mentee form


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, Hillel at Johns Hopkins
M J Kurs-Lasky, Director of Student Life, Hillel at University of Maryland
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

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

Past Fellows

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