Person Type: Advisory Council

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

December 2021

Rabbi Ilana Zietman

Rabbi Ilana Zietman serves on the Advisory Council for Avodah in DC and is an Avodah alumna. Rabbi Ilana Zietman (she/her) is a pluralistic rabbi who creates Jewish experiences and fosters communities that are relevant, thought-provoking and most importantly, welcoming. … Continue reading

23rd Dec, 2021

Rachel Farbiarz

Rachel Farbiarz serves on Avodah’s Advisory Council for D.C. Rachel is an artist working in drawing, collage and sculpture. She has written on Torah from a justice perspective, and periodically teaches on the intersections between art, creativity and Torah. Previously, … Continue reading

8th Dec, 2021

August 2021

Marie Raftery

Marie Raftery is the President of Smart Management INC, a DMSO, Dental Service Management Organization serving healthcare professionals with an emphasis in dentistry. The corporation has owned and operated several dental offices through the years, selling all but one which … Continue reading

25th Aug, 2021

Yolanda Savage-Narva

Yolanda Savage-Narva is the Director of Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at The Union of Reform Judaism and the former Executive Director of Operation Understanding DC.

10th Aug, 2021
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