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Shoshana S. Cardin
Shoshana Cardin


It’s simple. You are a leader. And, you are passionate about the organization that you serve. Today, leaders in the Jewish community face big challenges—from motivating and empowering boards to building a sustainable vision for today and tomorrow. Not to mention raising the funds that is necessary for a viable future.
Leadership is hard work. It takes vision, passion and unparalleled skills.

ACHARAI Fellows Program

The ACHARAI Fellows Program (AFP) is the organization’s flagship offering – a 14 month experience of monthly classes, retreats, individualized leadership coaching, and an intensive peer learning component  for 20 leaders from a variety of Jewish backgrounds. The AFP provides top volunteer leaders of synagogues, Jewish agencies, day schools and other Jewish organizations opportunities for personal growth through intensive training of leadership skills integrated with Jewish values, text, and knowledge. The success of ACHARAI is in the teaching of leadership “through a Jewish lens.”

Fellows will form a cadre of leaders prepared to work individually and collaboratively to strengthen Baltimore’s Jewish community as they take leadership roles in their organizations. The AFP is designed for leaders who will assume their organizations’ top volunteer positions within three years.

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ACHARAI Fellows’ Program Announces Selection of 2016-2017 Scholars

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The 2016-2017 AFP class includes:
Gary Applebaum – Friends of the Israel Defense Force
Sam Dansicker – Har Sinai Congregation
Thomas Dudley – Hillel – UMBC
Morris Garten – Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Joanne Gold – The Darrel D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development
Donna Kasoff  – Temple Isaiah – Howard County
Joy Michele Katzenberg – CHANA
Craig Lestner Hillel – Towson University
Beth Millstein – Jewish Federation of Howard County
Dov Ocken – Congregation Shomrei Emunah
Melissa Peters – Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
Eli Robbins – JobLink
Terri Rosen – Ohr Chadash
Richard Rosenblatt Bet Aviv – Howard County
Laury Scharff  – The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
Orly Shalem – Jewish National Fund
Karen M. Singer – Jewish Volunteer Connection
Steven Troy – Hillel – Johns Hopkins University
Alex Wertenteil – Talmudical Academy

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