JCC Association Awards Graduate Scholarships to Promising Professionals

JCC Association is proud to announce the 2012-2013 class of scholarship recipients. The three recipients of the JCC Association Graduate Scholarship come from different parts of the U.S. and have a variety of educational backgrounds. “We are excited to help these promising JCC professionals advance their educations,” said Joy Brand, associate vice president/director of training.  “We know that the future of the JCC Movement depends on the high quality of our staff.”

The JCC Association Graduate Scholarship Program provides merit-based financial aid for students to use towards an advanced degree that will lead to or enhance professional careers in the Jewish Community Center movement. The program seeks the best candidates who are dedicated to the JCC Movement and wish to advance their learning and skills through graduate education. Each year, JCC Association receives dozens of applications. The award is for up to $20,000 given over two years of study. Scholars are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and work in the JCC field for at least two years after graduation. This year’s recipients are:

Dori Zvili is currently the director of Camp Milldale, the day camp of the JCC of Greater Baltimore. Dori grew up at this JCC, holding various roles working with children, teens, and young adults. Born and raised in Baltimore, Dori received a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and will pursue a master’s in camp administration and leadership from Touro University.

Romina Naparstek was born and raised in Argentina and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 16.  She attended a Jewish day school in Buenos Aires and was an active member of her JCC, participating in different sports and the youth movement.  She received a B.S. in early childhood development from Florida International University in 2007.  Romina works at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach as the director of the School of Madrichim, as well as a new program for college students created through a partnership between Hillel and the MAR-JCC.  She will be pursuing an online master’s degree in Jewish education from Gratz College.

Lauren Fredman has spent the past two years as an Education Fellow at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississppi. Through that program, she travelled throughout the South serving as a resource for 11 congregations. She grew up in Salt Lake City and Denver, where the JCC was her second home. After high school, Lauren spent a year studying abroad and volunteering in Israel through Young Judaea Year Course. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2009, graduating magna cum laude. Lauren is currently pursuing her M.B.A. in nonprofit management and M.A. in Jewish professional leadership through the Hornstein program at Brandeis University.

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