2015 Week 10 – Reed Billings and Matthew Filderman

This past Sunday I packed my belongings in Fielder’s Square knowing that my experience with the TI Fellowship had concluded. The night before, I found myself in a place called Temple Israel. This place is where I was introduced to Jewish culture, a place where I met my first friends, the place I became an “adult” on March 31st, 2007 at my Bar Mitzvah.

This past Saturday night, I reintroduced myself to the congregation as a young professional in the TI Fellowship program. We presented our videos and reflected on the 10 weeks that preceded us over good food and even better company. Families, friends, employers and our mentors all gathered to wish us well in the next stages of our lives.

Reed and His Boss

Reed and His Boss

Some Fellows concluded the Fellowship with employment opportunities; some are heading back to college for another year or two, and some left with a better understanding of Memphis and all that this wonderful city has to offer.

The Fellowship has more to offer than you could ever bargain for. Get ready to meet some of the most influential figureheads in the city. There are networking opportunities galore – from within the Jewish community to the New Memphis Institute and professional development workshops with Rhodes College Career Services.

Oh, and don’t think for a second they would bring you to Memphis without showing you the incredible restaurants and nightlife it has to offer. From Cajun and Brazilian cookouts, to some of the tastiest restaurants in the downtown and midtown areas, you are sure to have a full belly by the end of the night, which is the way we like it! On top of that, stick a few Thursday night ConnecTI happy hour events (another great way to network) in the mix and you really create a fulfilling experience for everyone who takes part in it.

Ornamental Metal Museum

Ornamental Metal Museum

So with that, I will conclude this by saying thank you to everyone who put this program together, especially David Edelson, Jeff Dreifus, Sam Fargotstein, and Ben Orgel! It really was a summer for the books!

-Reed Billings

 

This summer was way more than I could have asked for in a summer internship program. Since I had lived in East Memphis/Germantown for my whole life, I was extremely excited to live Downtown for the summer. While the rooms were not quite as nice as last year’s Fellowship, I loved the overall living experience at Fielder Square, especially because of the location. In addition to the fact that my office for the summer at Weiss, Spicer, Cash PLLC was only a short walk away, there were so many other places within close proximity of our apartments.

Whether it was the Underground Shabbat experiences downtown or midtown, or the other various events we had throughout the summer like the Beer Peddler, there was always something to do. A great aspect of the Temple Israel Fellowship was the people involved. Whether it was people at ConnecTI programs, members of the Jewish Community, members of the Memphis Community as a whole, the leaders of the Fellowship itself or simply the Young Jewish Professionals participating alongside me, the friendships and connections made during this program are genuine relationships I hope to continue to build off of for years to come as I begin my journey into the adult world. With that being said, my favorite aspect of living downtown has been living close to the river. My friends and I would go to the river and just watch the sunset with the Memphis Bridge in the background, and honestly I could not think of a better way to summarize my summer than a picture of one of those amazing Tennessee sunsets.

Sunset on the Mississippi River

Sunset on the Mississippi River

-Matthew Filderman

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