The Well & JN’s 36 Under 36: Ariana Mentzel

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Ariana Mentzel (née Segal), is the managing director of the Detroit Center for Civil Discourse, a nonprofit organization with the goal of creating a space for meaningful and effective conversation between peoples of differing ideas and experiences. She leads a group of 20 Wayne State University students, mostly of the Muslim and Jewish faiths, through shared study and mutually impactful conversation.

Ariana is an active member of the JCRC-AJC, co-chairing the Diplomatic Committee. She is a Shalom Hartman iEngage Detroit Community Leadership Program cohort participant, which she hopes will give her a fresh perspective and useful tools to engage the community in conversations about Israel and Jewish values. Ariana is Oakland Country Chair of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus. She and her family are members of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, where she leads a children’s Shabbat class each week.

She continuously looks for opportunities to enhance and give back to this community, which she loves. Most people don’t know that Ariana loves to act. She was a student at the esteemed Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City; she has done commercial work as an actress and was part of student films while at MSU and at the IDC in Herzliya, Israel.

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