The Alumni Justice Ambassador Program

With 20 years of training Jewish social justice leaders under our organizational belt, we’ve got a lot of experience. And we love to share it. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our new Avodah Alumni Justice Ambassador program!

Avodah Service Corps and Fellowship alumni are key players within the Jewish social justice field.  They’re leading organizations, educating Jewish communities on the issues that matter, advocating for change on a local and national level, and helping everyday Americans who are working to make ends meet. Our alumni are experts on a huge number of issues related to social and economic justice in the United States and they are trained to work with Jewish communities across the country to deepen their approach to social and economic justice, and to understand and engage with the most crucial issues that people in America are facing today.

Avodah Alumni Justice Ambassadors are available to speak, teach, consult and facilitate in your communities. Click here for a full offering of workshops, lectures, and trainings.

“Having Rory speak to my Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship students was wonderful. Not only did my students learn about different methods of social change, they got to hear how an Avodah alum continues to pursue justice through her professional endeavors.”

—Jonathan G. Lerner, JD, MSW                                                                                                                                                                               Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary 


“The Avodah training was engaging, substantive and relevant. Our AJA worked closely with the Hillel staff, and helped our students gain perspective and understanding. We’re looking forward to our future sessions.”

— Lauren Bloom, Assistant Director, Tufts Hillel


“Thank you very much for working with our staff on enhancing how we approach and implement inclusivity practices into our work and our Hillel space. I really appreciated it and I know my colleagues did, too.”

—Michael Simon, Executive Director, Northwestern Hillel

If you would like an Avodah Alumni Ambassador to lead a learning session with your synagogue, community, students, or other individuals, contact Avodah Rabbi-in-Residence Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg at for more information.

Avodah’s Alumni Ambassadors include:

  • Adina Alpert (NYC Fellowship 2015-2016), NYC, Selah Program Manager, Bend the Arc
  • Amy Ravis Furey (NYC Service Corps 1999-2000), Kansas City, Avodah Kansas City Fellowship Director
  • Dana Keren (NOLA Service Corps 2010-2011), New Orleans, Health Care Administrator for Tulane University School of Medicine; Co-Founder, Birthmark Doula Collective
  • Deborah Sherman (DC Service Corps 2015-2016), DC, Volunteer Coordinator, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
  • Eleni Zimiles (Chicago Service Corps 2010-2011), NYC, Social Worker,  Good Shepherd Services
  • Eliyahu Freedman (NYC Service Corps 2014-2015), Rabbinical student. Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
  • Elizabeth Lovinger (NYC Service Corps 2010-2011), NYC, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  •  Lindsay Morris (DC Service Corps 2007-2008), DC, Associate Director of Washington Operations, National Council of Jewish Women
  • Jenna Pollock (NOLA Service Corps 2008-2009), Boston, Immigration and Anti-Discrimination Attorney
  • Jeremy Wood (DC Service Corps 2011-2012), Seattle, Judicial Clerk, Washington Court of Appeals; Co-Chair and Commissioner, Seattle Human Rights Commission
  • Laura Menyuk (DC Service Corps 2005-2006), Baltimore, Experiential educator and trainer
  • Leah Varsano (NOLA Service Corps 2010-2011), Boston, Program Assistant for US Domestic Programs, Oxfam America
  • Melanie Kesner (DC Service Corps 2015-2016), Denver, Community Organizer, Healthier Colorado
  • Rabbi Brian Fink (NYC Service Corps 1999-2000), NYC, Director, Engage Jewish Service Corps at JCC Manhattan
  • Rabbi Rebecca Ratner Kamil (Chicago Service Corps 2010-2011), Chicago, Chaplain, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital; Intro to Judaism teacher, Congregation Etz Chaim
  • Rory Katz (Chicago Service Corps 2009-2010), NYC, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical Student; Intern, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale and Chevrei Tzedek, Baltimore
  • Scout Bratt (Chicago Service Corps 2010-2011), Chicago, Outreach and Education Director, Chicago Women’s Health Center
  • Shana Bloom (NYC Fellowship 2014), NYC, Assistant Director, Time For Good, UJA Federation of New York
  • Suzanne Feinspan (DC Service Corps 2003-2004), DC, Consultant, trainer and educator
  • Zoe Page (NOLA Service Corps 2015-2016), Philadelphia, Clinical Social Worker