Alumni Network Weavers
- Myla Green
Myla (DC 2008-2009) from Ashland, MA attended Pembroke College at Oxford University and Illinois Wesleyan University. She did an AJWS World Partners Fellowship in India in 2007, followed by her AVODAH cohort year in DC where she worked at Women Empowered Against Violence. Myla currently lives in a Jewish coop in Jamaica Plain, MA and works at Keshet, the national LGBT Jewish non-profit.
To contact Myla, please e-mail here.
- Abby Citrin
Abby (Chicago 2011-2012) is originally from Rye Brook, NY and after a four year stint at Macalester College to study linguistics and religious studies, moved to Chicago for AVODAH. Abby fell in love with Chicago after her year in AVODAH and has been working at EZRA Multi Service Center as the JUF Uptown Cafe Milieu and Group Services Coordinator since her Corps year ended. Abby is an active member of Mishkan Chicago and can be seen from time to time on the Davening team. Outside of Jewish and communal life, Abby can be found at the gym, in the theater, running, or biking along the lakefront path.
To contact Abby, please e-mail here.
- Charles Dabah
Charles (Chicago 2008-2009) is currently living in Chicago, IL and working as a paralegal part-time at Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson, and also does affordable housing research at Metropolitan Planning Council. Charles worked at Inspiration Corporation as a Career Specialist for 3 years after AVODAH doing employment readiness work with adults who are experiencing homelessness. He is excited about taking a more active role in building and strengthening the fabulous Chicago alumni community.
To contact Charles, please e-mail here.
- Rebecca Waxman
Rebecca (New Orleans 2008-2009) is from St. Louis, MO and currently works at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) New Orleans as a case manager. There she advocates for clients with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Rebecca also organizes with Jews Pursuing Justice, a project inspired by AVODAH, which organizes New Orleans Jewish community members to address root causes of injustice by collaborating with local community organizers to lead campaigns that change structural inequalities in our city. She graduated from Indiana University and worked at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
To contact Rebecca, please e-mail here.
- Julie Finkel
Julie (New York 2010-2011) is from Columbia, MD, attended American University and worked at the Medicare Rights Center during AVODAH, where she advocated for older adults and people with disabilities. She is getting her MSW from Hunter College and looks forward to graduating this May! Julie is passionate about food justice issues (and anything else to do with food) and hopes to incorporate this interest into her work engaging individuals and families.
To contact Julie, please e-mail here.
- Ariela Lovett
Ariela (New York 2011-2012) works as a Housing and Benefits Advocate at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a community-based social services agency on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In this capacity, she advocates for neighborhood residents who are facing eviction from their homes as well as low-income people who need assistance navigating the public benefits system. Ariela completed her AVODAH corps year in New York in 2011-2012, working as a case manager at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, an alternative sentencing court. Ariela grew up in Livingston, NJ, and attended Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts, where she double majored in Critical Social Thought and Spanish. In her free time, Ariela enjoys reading the New York Times, trying new restaurants around the city, and hanging out with her beloved former AVODAH housemates.
To contact Ariela, please e-mail here.
- Hilary Neher
Hilary (New York 2010-2011) is from South Orange, NJ and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2010 but has called Brooklyn home since moving to the city for AVODAH. During AVODAH, she worked at The Urban Justice Center in what is now called the Safety Net Project doing public benefits advocacy for low-income New Yorkers. After completing AVODAH, Hilary stayed on at UJC for another year and a half before returning to school in the Fall of 2012. Hilary has since received an MSW from Hunter College and is currently working as a Social Worker The Center for Family Representation in Manhattan. CFR employs a team-based model to provide legal representation to parents in abuse and neglect cases in family court. When she’s not working, Hilary enjoys eating and drinking and everything that is Brooklyn plus travelling and spending time at the beach whenever possible!
- Marissa Dungan
Marissa (DC 2012-2013) is originally from Newton, Massachusetts and attended Guilford College where she studied Sociology and Gender Studies. After graduating, she moved to DC to begin her AVODAH year at DC Central Kitchen. While working at DC Central Kitchen she coordinated outgoing meals to shelters and non-profits, provided nutrition education in the DC public school system, and conducted client satisfaction research in the DC shelters. She currently works as the Climate Change Data and Outreach Fellow, at the New Organizing Institute, providing programmatic support for the Climate Change Fellows Program.
To contact Marissa, please e-mail here.
- Elizabeth Horen
Elizabeth (DC 2011-2012) attended Beloit College where she studied sociology. After graduation she moved to Washington, DC to participate in AVODAH. She was placed at Food & Friends, a local non-profit that delivers nutritious meals to individuals living with a life changing illness. As the new services coordinator Elizabeth delivered meals to clients and conducted new client orientations. After completing her AVODAH year she joined Pathways to Housing DC as a Homeless Outreach Specialist. In her role as an outreach worker she specializes on building relationships with individuals living on the streets of downtown DC and helps clients access services throughout the DC metropolitan area. She joined the AVODAH team as a Network Weaver in February 2013 helping to strengthen the AVODAH Alumni community in the DC area.
To contact Elizabeth, please e-mail here.
- Nicole (Nico) Storrow
Nico (New Orleans 2012-2013) grew up in San Diego, CA and got her bachelors of science in Psychology from University of California, Davis. In August 2012, she moved to New Orleans to join AVODAH as an advocate at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights law group that advocates for marginalized communities across the south. She focused mainly on increasing language access in schools for Spanish speaking families and prison reform work. Currently, she works in a youth HIV program at a community clinic, facilitating an LGBTQ support group, planning events for high school Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) students across the county and facilitating workshops in GSAs around loving your body, meditation/stress management, healthy relationships, and sex education. She is passionate about anti-racist, queer, intersectional, social justice work and enjoys meditation, painting and playing basketball in her spare time.
To contact Nicole, please e-mail here.
- Michal Boyarsky
Michal (New Orleans 2009-2010) worked at REACH NOLA, a community health organization, during her time in AVODAH. After AVODAH, she moved to Tel Aviv where she was a case manager at the Open Clinic at Physicians for Human Rights-Israel. Michal is now a graduate student in Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, and stargazing--on the rare days that it's not cloudy in Seattle!
To contact Michal, please e-mail here.
- Talia Stein
Talia (Chicago 2011-2012) grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Maryland. After graduating with a bachelors in economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Talia moved to Chicago to participate in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Her primary responsibilities during AVODAH were to organize clergy and community members behind many workers rights issues. Last year, Talia moved to Seattle to join the staff at Hillel at the University of Washington as the Associate Director of Tzedek and Service Initiatives. There, she runs social justice programming for students and young adults in the Seattle community.
To contact Talia, please e-mail here.
Alumni from Earlier Years
- Lara Pukatch
Lara (New York 2004-2005) worked at Genesis Domestic Violence Shelter during her AVODAH year. Lara continued her work on addressing gender-based violence and empowering vulnerable populations through positions at The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Save the Children. Lara holds a master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and a certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and the George Washington Law School. For the past 6 years, Lara worked at Women Thrive Worldwide, where her work focused on improving U.S. foreign assistance to better reach women around the world, with a specific focus on preventing and reducing violence against women globally. While she enjoyed this work immensely, Lara recently left Women Thrive in pursuit of new opportunities. Lara also holds B.A.s in Sociology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. A native Washingtonian, she enjoys running, yoga, and improving her home in DC where she lives with her husband and her Boxer. Lara has been a member of the Avodah DC Advisory council since 2008.
To contact Lara, please e-mail here.
- Rabbi Eleanor Steinman
Rabbi Eleanor (New York 2001-2002) is the Director of Programs and Fund Development for A Wider Bridge. Most recently, Eleanor served as the Executive Director of California Faith for Equality, a California non-profit that worked to mobilize faith communities to support equality for LGBT people. Eleanor is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she was ordained as a rabbi and subsequently received a degree in Jewish education. From 2008 to 2011 she served as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sinai Congregation in Toronto, Canada. Eleanor is a proud alumna of Brandeis University. During AVODAH, she worked as a volunteer coordinator at Learning Leaders, a program that seeks to help New York City public school students succeed in school by training volunteers who provide tutoring and other school-based enrichment.
To contact Rabbi Eleanor, please e-mail here.
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