ConnecTI is built by OUR constituentS


Paige mandelman, DIRECTOR


Paige is Temple Israel's new Community Engagement Director, where she oversees Temple's new Crosstown space as well as ConnecTI. Paige was born and raised in Memphis and after graduating from Tulane University in 2017, she returned to Memphis as a Teach for America Corps Member where she taught 6th grade math. In her free time, Paige enjoys doing yoga, reading, running, going to concerts, and being outdoors.


Jordan saslawsky

Renasant bank

Jordan Saslawsky was born and raised in Memphis TN and has been back in Memphis since he graduated from The University of Arizona in 2013. Jordan works at Renasant Bank as a Mortgage Loan Officer, helping his clients achieve their goals of home ownership. In his free time, he loves spending time with his dog, a Golden Retriever named Lucky, as well as traveling around the country to see his favorite band, Phish. Jordan is also an avid golfer, who loves playing any chance he gets. Jordan lives in Midtown and loves to hang out with his friends in that area, along with all other areas of Memphis.

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lainey felsenthal

Whitmor, Inc.

Born and bred in the 901, Lainey moved back to Memphis in 2018 after graduating from The University of Georgia #godawgs. With a degree in marketing from UGA, she began working at Whitmor, Inc. in sales and product development. Lainey enjoys all John Hughes movies, eating every meal at Kwik Chek, and watching the Grizzlies dominate at the Grind House.

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Matthew Filderman

baker donelson

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Matthew is a born and raised Memphian and could not be happier that he has been back since graduating in 2017. This past summer Matthew was the Director of Camp Dream Street at Henry S. Jacobs Camp. He is currently a case clerk at Baker Donelson. He is a proud member of our connecTI board and is also involved in the ambassador program for Facing History and Ourselves. On top of these organizations, he calls himself lucky to serve as a Hebrew School teacher at Temple.

Roll Tide Roll!

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Caroline Kaufman

PHD student

From both Vermont and California, Caroline graduated with her bachelor's from Williams College with a double major in Psychology and Religion in 2015 and then headed to Memphis to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis. She earned her master's from the The University of Memphis in 2018 and is set to graduate with her PhD in 2021. In her free time, Caroline enjoys teaching Religious School at WAFERS and TI CHAI, as well as working out, watching movies, and sampling various cheese dips across the city of Memphis with her best friend Carl Schneider. Caroline lives in midtown with her two roommates and medium-sized cat.