Temple Micah Welcomes New Machon Micah Fellows
Introduction to Caitlin Brazner & Vanessa Harper, new Machon Micah Fellows
Caitlin Brazner, originally from Milwaukee, WI, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in December of 2010. While in school, Brazner served as the Tzedek intern at the UW Madison Hillel. In this role, she worked with fellow students to create and host various service events and activities.
Brazner recently completed a year-long service program with Avodah. The Jewish Service Corps is a program that places young Jewish adults in non-profit organizations throughout host cities. While working full time, corps members take classes on social justice issues and Judaism. Her experiences at Avodah combined with her time at Hillel inspired her passion for working within the Jewish community.
Brazner is thrilled to be a Machon Micah fellow. As she says, "I am very excited to become a part of the Micah community. I hope to share with congregants some of the things I've learned from my previous experiences, as well as learn from them all I can."
In her free time, she enjoys singing, practicing her guitar, hiking and reading.
Vanessa Harper comes to Temple Micah fresh out of Williams College, where she majored in English and Jewish Studies and served as President and Religious Director of the Williams College Jewish Association.
During her four years in the Berkshires, she also worked at Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams, Massachusetts as the Youth Group Director, B'nai Mitzvah tutor, and Hebrew teacher for grades 1 through 7.
Prior to college, Harper received a degree in Reform Jewish Education from Gratz College of Philadelphia, and worked in the religious school of her home congregation, Shir Ami of Newtown, Pennsylvania. During this time she was Religious and Cultural Vice President (RCVP) of her temple youth group and took part in the Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Social Activism.
Harper is glad to have moved to DC this year to become a part of the vibrant and welcoming Temple Micah community. She looks forward to getting to know Micah members through their involvement in Machon Micah this year.
Harper is an Anglophile and enjoys drinking fancy tea, reading English literature, and watching British television. "If you want to make friends with me instantly," she notes, "just mention Sherlock." In her free time, she also loves to bake, travel, and play violin.
[From November-December 2012 Vine]