Alumni

2000s

Gregg Goldstein '03 writes: "Immediately upon graduation, my family made a move to South Florida to be closer to family. Currently I am working at an advertising agency in Fort Lauderdale. It was great to hear that the Jewish Studies program is thriving at IC. Many students I have talked to have been inspired by the classes they have taken."

Ashley Keedy '03 works at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, as Campaign Coordinator, organizing all aspects of the Center's 25th Anniversary Campaign, including fundraising, event planning and grant writing. She also writes occasional articles for their publication Pakn Treger and works on a variety of website projects. She urges current IC students to consider applying for a paid summer internship at the Center: "Yiddish is so tied in with the older generation who grew up speaking it, but in order to preserve the language and culture, we really need to make a serious effort to cultivate interest and passion about Yiddish in younger people. I just want you to know that I'm having a great time here (I'm taking Yiddish classes too. I'm actually getting pretty good at it!) and I feel like a lot of my appreciation for this place stems from my experiences in our Israel class. I learned so much...thanks again!"

Naomi Swerdlow '03 is living in Pittsburgh and working at the Jewish Community Center's early childhood department.

Adam Berkowitz '01, IC's first star klezmer clarinetist, has completed his MA in music at SUNY Purchase and working on a DMA at Rutgers. He recently wrote: "I think it's terrific the way the Jewish studies program is taking off. Peter (Rothbart)'s been keeping me well informed of what's been happening at the music school, but until now I wasn't aware of all of the other wonderful events and classes. I was also pleased to read that Prof. Lesses has gotten a permanent position at the college. I remember taking a great course in early Jewish history her first semester there."

Adam Grossman '01 is in his final semester of chiropractic school in Lombard, IL, about 15 minutes west of Chicago. He plans to return to New Jersey to work with his father. "All is well here!"

Samara Shuster-Edelson ' 01 writes with enthusiasm about her study and work in Jewish education, after spending time in Israel after graduating from IC: "I am in Los Angeles doing the joint Masters in Jewish Education and MBA in Nonprofit Management at the University of Judaism. I am in my third, and hopefully last, year here. It has been a great experience so far. The last two years I taught in Synagogue schools and this year I am teaching an 8th grade ethics class at Los Angeles Hebrew High School in addition to doing an administrative internship at an organization called the Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center, which houses a JCC residential camp. I am enjoying gaining experiences from a variety of aspects of the Jewish community."

Rachel Berlin '00 is Production Director at Facts on File, Inc., producer of a wide selection of print and electronic reference products for schools and libraries. She enjoys living in Brooklyn and recently announced her engagement to be married.

Michael Berk '00 spent last year in Israel doing graduate work in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva. Mike was our first graduate to complete a Jewish Studies major through the IC Planned Studies program (along with his Politics major). Before returning to Israel he worked for several years in New York in a research position with the American Jewish Committee.

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