Location: Chicago

December 2016

Ursula Wagner

Ursula Wagner wasn’t sure if she was in the right place on her first day as an Avodah Justice Fellow, but it didn’t take long for her to realize that she was exactly where she belonged. Ursula is a social … Continue reading

30th Dec, 2016

Ben Levenson

Growing up as the child of a rabbi, Ben Levenson was surrounded by Jewish life, attending day school during the year and Jewish camp during the summer. As he grew older, there was a long period when he distanced himself … Continue reading

28th Dec, 2016

July 2016

Rachel Sumekh

“On that first day, I got ready to walk into the bayit (house) in Chicago, so I checked the weather and saw that it was raining. Being from California, I thought it made sense to put on my winter boots … Continue reading

19th Jul, 2016

Ilana Zafran Walden

In 2006, we placed Ilana Zafran Walden at Umoja Student Development Corporation in Chicago, where she continued to work for over a decade. Umoja works with under-resourced high schools to help students succeed, and Ilana instantly fell in love with everything … Continue reading

19th Jul, 2016

Benetta Mansfield

Benetta Mansfield serves on the Board of Directors, and Chicago and San Diego Advisory Councils at Avodah. Benetta is a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience as an advocate and mediator. During her professional career in Washington, D.C., … Continue reading

15th Jul, 2016

Jessica Schaffer

Jessica Schaffer has worked with vulnerable communities throughout Chicago for the last 10 years, and she views that work as an extension of her Jewish identity. But that wasn’t the case when she joined the Jewish Service Corps. Before Avodah, … Continue reading

8th Jul, 2016
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