Emerging Leadership Program Newest Cohort

Federation is proud to announce the newest cohort of Palm Beach County professionals selected for our prestigious Emerging Leadership Program (ELP)

Established in 2009 and powered by Federation’s Mandel Center for Leadership Development, ELP offers invaluable learning experiences for Jewish young professionals to connect with each other and the community through social, volunteer, leadership and philanthropic activities. The 16-month professional development track emphasizes leadership, the idea of Jewish peoplehood, and key issues related to advocacy and social action.

Chaired by Adam Jackowitz, who graduated the program in 2020, the class of 2023 includes the following young Jewish leaders:
Lacey Appelbaum, Emilee Feldman, Isabelle Jacobson, Zach Jacobson, Shaina Kamen, Rebecca Landerman, Adam Levitt, Leeza Newman, Josh Resnick, Loni Schnitzer, Ilan Sinelnikov, Lauren Steinberg and Devorah Weiner.

“We are incredibly proud that ELP continues to serve as one of the premier leadership, educational and philanthropic programs throughout South Florida, providing graduates with a stronger understanding of our Jewish community and beyond, as well as a deeper connection to themselves and the impact they can have as leaders,” shared Michael Hoffman, President & CEO of Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

Learn more about each of the ELP participants:

  • Lacey Appelbaum is a licensed speech language pathologist. A Baltimore native, she currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two children.
  • Emilee Feldman is the Vice President of Sales for MyMediaBox. She serves on the Board of Temple Beth David and lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two children.
  • Isabelle Jacobson is a preschool teacher at The One School in Jupiter and also runs Hello Baby!, a mommy and me class for children up to one-year-old. Isabelle lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two children.
  • A South Florida native, Zach Jacobson is an attorney at Gunster where he works in the real property group. He is also an alumnus of Meyer Preparatory School in Palm Beach Gardens, a Federation partner organization. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife.
  • Shaina Kamen is a partner in the Private Wealth Services group at Holland & Knight LLP. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and volunteers for Georgetown’s Alumni Admissions Program. Shaina lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two children.
  • Rebecca Landerman is a Chief Registered Dietitian at Wellington Regional Medical Center. In January 2022, she created the Facebook group “Jewish 20s and 30s Palm Beach County,” which has grown to more than 800 members and provides locals with ways to get involved in the community and connect with each other. Rebecca lives in West Palm Beach with her two huskies.
  • Adam Levitt is a Real Estate Sales Associate at the Corcoran Group. While in New York, Adam traveled with the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) on a mission to Israel, which further ignited his passion for Israel, Judaism and Jewish Federation. He lives in Boca Raton with his wife and daughter
  • Leeza Newman is a Shareholder in the construction law division of Kubicki Draper. She is a member of the Construction Law Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and a Co-Chair of the Women in Law Committee of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Leeza lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and son.
  • Josh Resnick, a native of Jupiter, Florida, is an attorney at McDonald Hopkins where he focuses on business litigation. Josh attended undergrad at Florida State University and attended the University of Florida for law school. Josh currently lives in West Palm Beach.
  • Loni Schnitzer is a group and private fitness instructor. A Cleveland native, she is active at Temple Beth Am in Jupiter, and currently lives in Jupiter with her husband and two children.
  • Ilan Sinelnikov is the Founder and President of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), a national organization that focuses on campus advocacy and grassroots activism. He serves on the Executive Board of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry. Ilan is also a National Licensed Soccer Coach from the United States Soccer Federation and currently coaches 17-year-old girls in Palm Beach Gardens.
  • Lauren Steinberg is an Associate Periodontist at Periodontal Associates. She is originally from Wellington and a graduate of the Meyer Preparatory School. Lauren lives in Palm Beach County with her husband and two sons.
  • Devorah Weiner is a Nurse Practitioner for the Medical Specialists of Palm Beaches. She lives in Boca Raton and enjoys live music, traveling and being an active member of her community.

Federation offers a variety of opportunities for professionals and young adults to connect with each other and engage in community service projects. To learn more about ELP, contact Matthew Newman at matthew.newman@jewishpalmbeach.org or 561.242.6638. You can also visit jewishpb.org/elp or read our ELP FAQs.