The 2008 Workum Fund Summer Interns

Maya Ginsburg is currently a Junior at Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania. She is studying political science and plans on attending law school next year. At Dickinson, Maya is on the varsity tennis team as well as a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Maya loves to travel to Israel as well as Australia where she studied for a semester during her Junior year. She is very excited to reconnect with the Jewish community and for this great opportunity of working with the Jewish Federation.

Maya will intern at Jewish Federation.

Alex Howie graduated from Mason High School in 2007, where he was involved with cross country and served as the president of Mason Business Entrepreneurs. Currently a freshman at Miami University of Ohio, he is an Accounting and Art Management double major. In the future, with these degrees, Alex hopes to open an art gallery and fudge shop. He believes that working with the American Jewish Archives will enable him to gain useful experience that will help him in later years. Currently, at Miami, Alex is involved with Miami Students for Israel, as the VP of Finance, Aish and Hillel.

Alex will intern at the American Jewish Archives.

Annie Kanter just completed her Freshman year at American University in Washington D.C. At AU, Annie participated in the Facilitating Leadership in Youth tutoring program and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. She graduated from Sycamore High School in 2007. In the summer of 2006, she traveled on the Jewish Experience trip to Israel and Poland sponsored by the Cincinnati Jewish Federation, which inspired her interest in Holocaust studies. Annie enjoys art, theater, history, reading, political rallies, spending time with family and friends, traveling and appreciating the culture of Washington, DC.

Annie will intern at the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education.

Paula Mermelstein graduated from Finneytown High School in 2007, and currently attends Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she is an honors student and Communications major. At school she is involved with Miami Symphony Orchestra, Choraliers, Club Tennis, "The Bayit", and Miami Students for Israel (MSI). Last November she traveled to California with MSI for an Israel Advocacy Convention. During High School Paula was involved with Congregation B'nai Tzedek's USY chapter, serving as Membership/Kadima Vice President. She also spent the summer of 2007 in Spain and Israel with USY. Paula is thrilled about this upcoming summer, and looks forward to working in the Cincinnati Jewish Community!

Paula will intern at Jewish Vocational Service.

Graham Mitro is currently a Freshman attending Kenyon College. He plans to major in Greek and Latin and possibly something else in addition. He graduated from Wyoming High School in 2007. He was a member of NFTY, has visited Israel, and did volunteer work in San Francisco through the Mitzvah Corps. He is excited to work for Workum this summer!

Graham will intern at Hillel.

Leo Nayfeld is a Freshman at Miami University, where he dual-majors in Finance and Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs. A graduate of Wyoming High School, he participated in varsity tennis, and at Miami is the Vice President of Programming for Miami Students for Israel. Leo loves to travel, especially to Israel. He is very excited about interning at the Center for Jewish Education and hopes to take away a lot of valuable work experience.

Leo will intern at the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education.

Michael Sarason is entering his senior year at DePaul University in Chicago, Il, where he is studying public communication, psychology and marketing. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School in the class 2005 and was an active member of NFTY as well as youth group president of the Wise Temple Youth Group. Since that time, he became a founding father of the Beta Delta Chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at DePaul, has remained an active member of the Hillel on campus and participated in the Maimonides Leaders Fellowship program. This past fall, he spent a semester abroad at Haifa University in Israel. In addition, Michael is deeply tied to music and has performed with his band, The Pinstripes, all across the U.S. from Miami to New York City to Chicago for almost five years. He is eager to be a part of the Workum summer program and hopes to be able to give back to the wonderful community that raised him.

Michael will work at the Jewish Community Center as the Marketing Intern.

Charlie Saunders is finishing his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Engineering. Born in Connecticut, Charlie moved to Pittsford, New York with his family in 1999 and graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in 2007. Charlie is a member of the Pittsburgh Ultimate Frisbee team and had founded a youth club team, BlueREY, while in high school. Charlie's family moved to Cincinnati recently and this will be his first summer in Ohio.

Charlie will intern at Cedar Village.

Sarah Spitz is a 2007 graduate of Sycamore High School and a freshman at Indiana University. During her first semester at IU, Sarah participated in a Freshman Interest Group in Judaic Studies. She is an education major and wants to work with special needs children. Sarah has volunteered in the community as a tutor for elementary and high school students and with the Interfaith Hospitality Network serving homeless families. Sarah is excited to be a Workum intern at the JCC and continue her interest in working with children.

Sarah will work at the Jewish Community Center as the Programming Intern.

Julia Stern was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, she is a freshman at Indiana University, hoping to go into speech pathology with an area certificate in business. At Indiana University she enjoys volunteering once a week at the Boys and Girls Club, where she helps children with their homework. Last summer Julia worked as a camp counselor at an overnight camp in Indiana. She is very excited to be working with Jewish Family Service this summer.

Julia will intern at Jewish Family Service.


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