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September 23, 2016  RSS feed
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First class of Fed Fellows selected to serve, travel

Korri Krajicek Korri Krajicek The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties has selected five young adults to participate in its inaugural year of the “Fed Fellows” program.

These individuals will complete 10 hours of volunteer work for the Federation between now and next July and their experience will culminate in their attendance on the National Young Leadership mission to Israel in July 2017. For four of the five recipients, this will be their first trip to Israel.

“Our Young Adult Division is a powerful on-ramp to getting involved with the entire Jewish community, and the new Fed Fellows program really gives these individuals the chance to not just get a free trip to Israel, but really see the work that we do,” said Federation Executive Director Emilie Socash.

Eleven applications were received from a diverse pool of 21- 45-year-olds from across the Tampa Bay area. A committee comprised of Federation staff and lay leaders chose the recipients based on a personal statement, their involvement in YAD or other Jewish activities and an interview.

Jennifer Rosoff Jennifer Rosoff The five individuals selected are Korri Krajicek, Jennifer Rosoff, Jamie Gray, Sam Eshelman and Hillary Raitzin Hemmins: • CONTINUED from FRONT PAGE

• Korri Krajicek, a member of Congregation B’nai Israel, works at the Florida Holocaust Museum. At age 30, Krajicek is currently working on her conversion. She said she has always “felt Jewish,” even completing her master’s thesis on Jewish immigration in the 19th and early 20th century to Great Britain. She noted in her application essay that she feels that “Jewish action is Jewish identity.” This will be her first visit to Israel.

• Jennifer Rosoff is a past member of the Federation board and current YAD Leadership Council member. Rosoff, 31, is active with YAD and was the 2016 Women of Distinction award winner for her work in building the young adult committee. She lives in Pasco County, runs her own dance studio and is an early-childhood educator. She identifies as Reform, but even more importantly, she notes, “It doesn’t matter how JewISH you are, you are still a part of this community.” This will be her first time visiting Israel.

Jamie Gray Jamie Gray • Jamie Gray also lives and works in Pasco County. After completing the Jewish Leadership Training Institute course, Gray said she is eager to “find my Jewish identity as an adult.” She is a 28-year-old school psychologist who finds that her attendance at YAD events and the leadership roles she plays, keep her connected to the exploration of Jewish identity. Gray previously traveled on a Birthright Israel trip.

Sam Eshelman Sam Eshelman • Sam Eshelman brings energy to the group, and in his professional life he has worked to plan activities and events for five campuses of the Pasco-Hernando State College. He is charged with engaging young adults, a role that will naturally overlap with the work of YAD. In his application, he said, “At 28, I believe I am still growing my future in terms of community involvement and my Jewish observance.” He loves the feeling of inclusion that his involvement with Chabad and Hillel have afforded him, and is excited to visit Israel for the first time.

• Hillary Raitzin Hemmins, 40, has had a life full of volunteering in the Jewish community. She grew up in New York, where she remembers participating in Super Sunday at age 6. She later attended YM-YWHA camps, Orthodox school, and volunteered with kosher Meals on Wheels and collected donations for the YIVO Institute. She had her bat mitzvah at Temple Ahavat Shalom and is now a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. “I help my community because I was helped so often by the community,” she said. This will be her first visit to Israel.

Hillary Raitzin Hemmins Hillary Raitzin Hemmins Each of the fellows will take on a rotating portfolio of Federation duties, including basic tasks like writing thank you cards to more community-oriented efforts like organizing Super Sunday and serving as liaison to agency boards.

The Federation will also be offering financial subsidies to other young adults in the community to participate in the same mission, with the goal of making the trip possible for at least 10 young adults. Subsidy applications will be available in October.

For more information about young adult programs, go to the Pinellas/Pasco YAD Facebook page at or email

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