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

September 2016

Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein

Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein is Avodah’s National Educator. Previously, he served as Avodah’s Justice Fellowship Director in Chicago. Aryeh also works as Educational Consultant for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Staff Educator for Farm Forward’s Jewish Initiative for Animals, and Coordinator … Continue reading

11th Sep, 2016

Abby Cortrin

Abby Cortrin is Avodah’s Assistant National Program Director. She previously served as Avodah’s Chicago Service Corps Program Director. She is a proud alum of Macalester College who migrated to Chicago in 2011 to participate in Avodah as an Asset Building Program … Continue reading

11th Sep, 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

Rosellen Brown

Rosellen Brown serves on the Chicago Advisory Council at Avodah.  She has published ten books – novels, short stories, poetry, essays – and has lived in almost as many places – New York, Boston, San Francisco, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Texas … Continue reading

15th Jul, 2016

Marvin Hoffman

Marv Hoffman serves on the Chicago Advisory Council at Avodah.  Marv graduated from Harvard with a Ph.D in clinical psychology. His long career in education has included teaching at all grade levels from pre-school to graduate school, serving as the Founding … Continue reading

15th Jul, 2016

Benetta Mansfield

Benetta Mansfield serves on the Chicago and San Diego Advisory Councils at Avodah. She is the former Chair of the Avodah Board of Directors. She chairs the Service Corps Expansion Planning Task Force and sits on the Governance and Nominating … 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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