Person Type: Advisory Council

May 2023

Sarah Raful Whinston

Sarah Raful Whinston serves on the Advisory Council of the Avodah Institute for Social Change. Sarah currently works for DRG Talent Advisory Group as a Principal. Previously, Sarah was the first Director of Talent Development at Birthright Israel Foundation.

4th May, 2023

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Rabbi Sid Schwarz serves on the Advisory Council of the Avodah Institute for Social Change. Rabbi Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, author and teacher. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Hazon, a national organization based in New York. Rabbi … Continue reading

4th May, 2023

Steven Jacobson

Steven Jacobson serves on the Advisory Council of the Avodah Institute for Social Change. Steven is the Executive Director of the Dorot Foundation, a family foundation committed to pursuing justice in the United States and in Israel. A lifelong student, and … Continue reading

4th May, 2023

Ben Horwitz

Ben Horwitz is Chair of the New Orleans Advisory Council at Avodah. Ben is a nationally recognized expert in data-driven policy management and criminal justice data systems. Ben’s work has been instrumental in analyzing organizational problems, evaluating possible solutions, and … Continue reading

1st May, 2023

March 2023

Jenny Ackerman Helfand

Jenny Ackerman Helfand serves on Avodah’s Advisory Council for D.C. Jenny Ackerman Helfand (NY 03-04) is a Clinical Social Worker currently at the National Institutes of Health.  She received her MSW from Hunter College and her MPH from Hebrew University … Continue reading

14th Mar, 2023

December 2022

Rabbi Caitlin Brazner

Rabbi  Caitlin Brazer is a rabbi at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. After graduating from college in 2010, Rabbi Brazner participated in Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. She went on to work for five years in Reform congregations in Washington, … Continue reading

22nd Dec, 2022

October 2022

James Radack

James Radack came from the Boston area to DC nearly 40 years ago for college and never left. After attending Georgetown University, he built a career in service and social justice, first as a pro bono paralegal at Covington, then … Continue reading

24th Oct, 2022

August 2022

Michael Simon

Michael Simon serves on the Chicago Advisory Council for Avodah. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, since 2010 Michael Simon has been Executive Director of Northwestern Hillel, where he works with students, staff colleagues, and … Continue reading

2nd Aug, 2022

Sheila Pont

Sheila Pont serves on the Chicago Advisory Council for Avodah.  Sheila is a founder and current Director of Programs and Volunteers at Pro Bono Network, a local nonprofit dedicated to working with licensed attorneys to provide free legal services to those … Continue reading

2nd Aug, 2022

April 2022

Rose Jagust

Rose Jagust serves on Avodah’s Board of Directors. Rose is Vice President, Donor Advised Programs, at the Jewish Federation of Chicago where she heads the Center for Jewish Philanthropy.  The Center serves thousands of Jewish individuals and families and holds … Continue reading

8th Apr, 2022
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