Jennifer Maxbauer grew up in West Bloomfield. Her involvement in the Jewish community began at a young age, with some of her earliest memories being attending ADL and Hadassah meetings with her parents as a toddler. She is a lifelong member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek and attended the Frankel Jewish Academy, where she served as the alumni coordinator for a few years.
Jennifer currently sits on the NEXTGen Detroit Board as president elect. This is Jennifer’s seventh year on the board. She spent the last two years on the Executive Committee as a campaign vice president and led NEXTGen Detroit to raise more than $1 million for the first time in its history. In her role as president-elect, Jennifer helps as a sounding board for the current president, is consulted about major programming ideas, led the board’s Elevate series mentoring the first-year board members, and has begun to craft her vision for the NEXTGen Detroit 2023-2024 Board Year.
In addition to her involvement in NEXTGen Detroit, Jennifer is a middle school special education teacher. She has been teaching in Walled Lake Consolidated Schools for 11 years as a teacher for students with moderate to severe autism. A favorite activity in her classroom is taking field trips to Friendship Circle’s Life Town. While there, Jennie tells her students about when she used to volunteer at Friendship Circle during high school and college.
Jennifer previously worked with the Alliance for Jewish Education’s Opening the Doors Program as a special education teacher at Congregation Shir Tikvah for four years. In December of 2021, Jennifer received her BCBA and, in addition to teaching, is a board-certified behavior analyst.
Jennifer and her husband, Sam, live in West Bloomfield with their children, Betsy, 4, and Carl, 2. They met when Jennie was 15 and he was her camp counselor, but didn’t start dating until many years later.
When their first child was born, the couple got involved in Chabad of Royal Oak, attending events and often consulting on program ideas. Having two children attending Hillel Day School, Jennifer has started volunteering with the PTO and is currently working to create programs throughout the year for Hillel’s ECC parents to attend.
She enjoys going to Kensington Park to see the changing leaves and go for a hike.