CJF Board Member Among Those Chosen as the 2017 JCPA Frank Fellows

Congratulations to Ami Abramson, who was chosen to represent the Charleston Jewish Community as a delegate to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs' Frank Family Leadership Institute Cohort. The JCPA Fellowship is a unique mentoring opportunity for emerging leaders in the community relations field who want to be active in the areas of public policy, public affairs, and intergroup/interfaith relations at both the local and national levels.

“Younger Jews can and must play a leadership role in Jewish advocacy and community relations,” stated David Bernstein, President and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. “Frank Fellows are poised to become local and national leaders at a time when we need well trained voices advocating for Jewish causes, Israel, and social justice.”

"We are thrilled to welcome this new select group of Frank Fellows into our fold.  We believe that a strong community relations field means a strong and protected Jewish community. This Fellowship provides the training and hands-on experience needed to help those who are committing their time, and who believe Jewish involvement in Tikkun Olam is where they want to focus their leadership," said Lois Frank, a grantor of the Frank Family Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders. Lois Frank, a past chair of JCPA, formed this Institute with her husband Larry Frank in 2014. 23 Fellows have completed the program thanks to their generosity.

As a young professional, Ami has become involved with leadership and service through the Charleston Jewish Federation. She helped coordinate social and service events for the Young Adult Division, partnered with a school in Israel for a twinning program, served as a member of the first leadership cohort of NAGID and is currently a Board Member of Charleston Jewish Federation.


"I am so honored to be representing Charleston as a JCPA fellow this year," says Ami. "This is an amazing opportunity to represent Charleston with other young professionals from around the country. After spending two months volunteering in Southeast Asia my sensibilities have shifted. We are truly a global community. Every good deed can help create a ripple in a sea of change and the Jewish principles of Tikkun Olam are my inspiration; If you see a piece of the world that has to be repaired and repair it, then you have found a piece of the world G-d has left for you to complete. As a Federation Board member and proud member of the Jewish community I am honored to represent Charleston. Our community has been a role model for tolerance, love and respect."

This year’s JCPA Frank Fellows include:

Ami Abramson, Charleston, NC
Leslie Anderson, Atlanta, GA
Andrew Fox, Tidewater, VA
Dori Gerber, Orlando, FL
Margo Levin, Reading, PA
Eva Lippman, Silicon Valley, CA
Ashely Noell, Richmond, VA
Thorn Pozen, Washington, D.C.
Dan Rapp, Cincinnati, OH
Todd Resnick, Cleveland, OH
Corey Shapiro, Louisville, KY
Laura Sohinki, Pittsburgh, PA
Brooke Weiner, Palm Beach County, FL

Click here for the 2017-2018 JCPA Frank Fellow Bios >>

The program includes a mission to Poland to visit Warsaw, Krakow, and Auschwitz/Birkenau; a Leadership Mission to Israel; attendance at JCPA2018 in New York; and educational trainings on issues of importance to the Jewish community relations field throughout the year.



The mission of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs is to lead, support, shape, coordinate and represent the Jewish community relations movement in order to advance the interests of the Jewish people, support Israel’s quest for peace and security, and promote a just American society and world. JCPA represents 125 local Jewish Community Relations Councils and 16 national Jewish agencies.


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