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Merrin Teen Fellowship Alums Join Current Cohort at Bienniel

Eight alumni of the Merrin Teen Fellowship will be part of the current (seventh) cohort’s final seminar, which will take place at the JCCs of North America Biennial in New Orleans from May 3-9.  The following former Merrin Fellows will join the seminar before Shabbat on the May 4, and work with the Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship throughout the weekend seminar and the subsequent Biennial Conference.

Laurie Goldberg (cohort I), Director of Children, Family and Wellness, JCC Chicago

Marc Jacob (cohort I), Assistant Executive Director, JCC of Northern Virginia

Kelly Brown (cohort III), Program Director, Marcus JCC of Atlanta

Alina Bitel (cohort III), Program Director, Engagement Initiatives, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Violetta Shmulenzon (cohort V), Director of Camping and Leadership Development, Marks JCH, Bensonhurst

Rachel Felber (cohort VI), soon to be the new Asst. Director at Camp Wise, Mandel JCC of Cleveland

Samara (Chodesh) Preisler (cohort VI), Resource Development Associate, JCC of Greater Columbus

Alan Scher (cohort VI), Teen Program Manager, JCC San Francisco

Merrin Center VP Jodi Sperling and Assistant VP Lonny Friedman will work with these alumnae over the next three months to construct a meaningful final seminar for the seventh cohort. The network of past fellowship participants really sets a high standard for the current and future cohorts. The seventh cohort has just returned from their seminar in Israel, an integral part of the Merrin Teen Fellowship.
Started with the support of the Merrin Family Foundation, the Merrin Teen Fellowship is designed to strengthen the profile and enhance the skills of JCC professionals working with teens and to build a core group of future JCC executive leaders.

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