Meet the Community Connectors

CJP is excited to introduce our Community Connectors, a new team of professionals who will support young adults in the community as they map their Jewish journeys. Community Connectors will build relationships, connect people with one another and with the community, and help others deepen their Jewish experience. They’re waiting to hear from you!

Amanda Friedman is originally from Merrick, NY and comes to us after having served as the Teen Engagement Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, which uses a similar outreach strategy for Young Adult engagement.  Amanda was a member of BBYO and is an active alum. A very proud Hoosier, Amanda attended Indiana University where she was the VP of Outreach and Engagement at the Hillel and served on the Union Board of Directors as the Spirit and Traditions Director. After graduation, Amanda worked for the Union for Reform Judaism Youth team. In addition to her work experience, Amanda has been an active volunteer in young adult engagement in her synagogue and she will be pursuing a graduate certificate in Marketing Management at the Harvard University Extension School this year. Amanda recently moved to Cambridge with her husband, Adam. She enjoys cooking, board games, and sharing her adventures via Insta-story.

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Caleb Alemany was born and raised in the heart of the Berkshires in scenic Pittsfield, MA. He began his Jewish journey as a camper and later as a staff member at Eisner Camp. Caleb completed his undergraduate degree in history at The University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2015. He got his first taste of life in Boston while serving as the Assistant Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Shalom of Newton. After two years at Temple Shalom, Caleb decided to further his education and understanding of the Jewish communal landscape. He joins CJP having recently completed a master’s degree in education and human development, with a focus on experiential education and Jewish cultural arts, at George Washington University. He has extensive experience in service learning and community outreach. In his free time Caleb enjoys cooking good food, climbing on rocks, skiing on slopes, watching sports, and connecting with friends both new and old. 

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Rachel Zylberfink hails from Evanston, IL and grew up as an active member of the Jewish community in Chicago. She graduated from Solomon Schechter Day School and Chicagoland Jewish High School (now Rochelle Zelle Jewish High School), attended Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute every summer, and spent most evenings in high school at BBYO events. Rachel attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she studied Hebrew and Judaic cultural studies and international studies, spent much of her time fundraising for Dance Marathon, and never stopped cheering for the Wolverines despite their lackluster football performance. After graduating, Rachel moved to Madison, WI to work in healthcare IT, but ultimately realized her passion for Jewish communal work. She most recently served as the Director of Engagement for the University of Wisconsin Hillel. She brings her extensive experience of peer-to-peer engagement and grassroots programming on campus. Rachel moved to Boston this summer with her husband, AJ, and their puppy, Lucy. When not buying coffee for young adults or playing with her puppy, Rachel spends her time cooking, photographing, eating delicious food, seeing her favorite bands in concert, and binge watching The Office.

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