Our Featured Alumni…
Danny Bittker (SRP, Jewish Studies) was a Program Associate for the BBYO in Michigan. He oversees AZA and BBYO Connect, which are boys high school and boys and girls middle school programs in Michigan respectively.
Lauren Blazofsky (SRP, Jewish Studies) has recently been named as the Student Life Coordinator for Hillel at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She writes “I am very excited to continue along my path toward rabbinical school by enriching my experiences as a Jewish professional.”
Alex Burkow (IR, Jewish Studies) has returned to the United States after completing her M.A. in Government at the IDC in Herzilya, Israel, with specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies. Mazel tov!
Ashley Delamater (IR, Jewish Studies) is doing an M.A. degree in conflict management at Kings College, University of London. She has just submitted her dissertation proposal for a project that studies the markings of space in Jerusalem through spatial symbols and representations of culture. Her focus is the growing claiming of space in Jerusalem by religious groups. She is currently in Jerusalem researching and will submit in September, thereafter looking for work with an NGO or private organization working on conflicts in the Middle East or North Africa.
Josh Kanter (PTCD, Jewish Studies) is currently a Community Relations Officer for the American Jewish World Service. Before, he worked for NEXTGen Detroit, a division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, where he led the division’s social justice initiatives and directed engagement with both businesses and community organizations in Detroit. Josh graduated from the Jewish Communal Leadership Program at the University of Michigan with an M.A. in Social Work and a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership from the rankel Center for Judaic Studies.
Daniel Kuhn (IR, Jewish Studies) recently completed several years as the East Coast Regional Manager of the Israel on Campus Coalition, www.israelcc.org, where he oversaw and managed the project of an Ask Herzl website offering a database for Israeli programming and advocacy strategies. Just months after it was launched, the Israel on Campus Coalition’s (ICC) Ask Herzl website landed the Interactive Media Awards’ ‘Best in Class’ Award for excellence in design, development and implementation in the Nonprofit category. Dan will start graduate school this year on full scholarship at American University, where he will be studying public administration.
Rabbi Jason Miller (IR, Jewish Studies) is a rabbi, entrepreneur and blogger. He was ordained as a rabbi (Conservative) from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2004 where he also earned a Master’s Degree in education. With Rabbi Neil Gillman, he edited “Torah From Terror,” a collection of rabbis’ sermons following 9/11. In 2016 JTA named Rabbi Jason the ninth most influential twitter user in the Jewish world on a list including Israeli prime ministers, ambassadors, politicians and well known authors. He is currently the President of Access Computer Technology, a tech company based in West Bloomfield. He is also the founder and director of Kosher Michigan, a kashrut certification agency. Rabbi Jason has his own blog and also writes for Time.com, the Huffington Post, the Jewish Daily Forward, JTA and the Detroit Jewish News. He runs several websites and blogs including Jewish Techs, Pop Jewish, Torah Daily, Celebrate Jewish and Rabbi For Weddings. Follow him on Twitter at @RabbiJason.
Geoff Levin (IR, Jewish Studies) is a PhD student in Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University. Geoff received a graduate Diploma in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center and a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University. He also studied at the University of Haifa, and is a recipient of the Schusterman Israel Scholar Award. Prior to NYU, Geoffrey was a visiting graduate student at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Political Science, and was a researcher for a project analyzing post-“Arab Spring” constitutional transitions at a think tank in Bologna, Italy. His research interests include Israeli political and diplomatic history with a focus on U.S.-Israeli and Israeli-Arab relations, and an undergraduate seminar paper he wrote while at James Madison College, a study of Israeli unilateralism and the Gaza withdrawal, was published in Israel Affairs.
Nina Patchak (SRP, Jewish Studies) is currently a program associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Marissa Perry (IR, German, Jewish Studies) completed a Fulbright year at the University of Freiburg in Germany and attended several conferences –one on the European Union and NATO in Brussels and another on national identity in Berlin. She took courses on German history, German, EU foreign and security policies, and Holocaust remembrance in Offenburg. She presented her original research on the Leipzig-Schonefeld women’s camp at an event honoring the Nazi’s victims in Offenburg. Then she returned home for a hap year and workedfor Anderson Economic Group. Now she will be attending the University of Michigan just down the road this year, as a first year law student.
Ben Rosner (IR) completed his M.A. in International Affairs with specialization in International Security Policy and International Conflict Resolution at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Last summer he worked for the Israel Mission to the United Nations, and now he is working for a global strategic communications firm, RLM Finsbury, which offers financial communications support through offices in Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and Asia Ben recently published a piece on “Israel: Why Crisis Messaging Matters,” in the World Policy Journal.
Simon Stratford (Social Work, Jewish Studies)Rabbi Simon Stratford was ordained in May 2017 from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He is currently serving as the rabbi of a reform Jewish community in Frederick, MD.