Location: National

May 2020

Lauren Holtzblatt

Lauren Holtzblatt, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, is celebrated by the Forward as one of the 32 most inspiring rabbis in the country. Last year, she was named one of Jewish Women’s International’s (JWI) “Women to Watch,” a Senior … Continue reading

5th May, 2020

December 2019

Nate Looney

Nate Looney is Avodah’s JOC Recruiter, leading diversity strategies at Avodah with a focus on Jews of Color. Nate is the CEO and Owner of Westside Urban Gardens, an urban agricultural company based in Los Angeles, CA. Nate​ is an … Continue reading

18th Dec, 2019

November 2019

Holden Dempsey

Holden serves as Avodah’s National Program Operations Assistant. Holden is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Environmental Sustainability and a minor in German. While there, he focused his studies on the sociocultural aspects of climate change … Continue reading

19th Nov, 2019

October 2019

Tessa Zevallos

Tessa Zevallos joined the Avodah Team in 2019 as the National Director of Strategic Partnerships. In this newly-created position, Tessa leads the strategic efforts to grow Avodah’s network of allies, supporters, and champions and build sustainable support for Avodah’s high-impact … Continue reading

28th Oct, 2019

Erica Stern

Erica Stern is a grant writer at Avodah. Previously she worked as a writing instructor and tutor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA, as a psychology research assistant at the City College … Continue reading

28th Oct, 2019

October 2018

Lena Kesden

Lena Kesden first joined Avodah as a Jewish Service Corps Member in August 2017, working as a public benefits advocate at Sanctuary for Families, the largest gender-based violence service provider in the United States. In September 2018, Lena became the Recruitment Assistant for … Continue reading

3rd Oct, 2018

September 2018

Jacqueline Sam

Jacqueline Sam is the Director of Finance and Operations at Avodah. Before joining Avodah, Jacqueline served as the Chief Operating Officer at YWCA, USA in Washington, D.C from 2015-2017. The YWCA, USA  is a national non-profit organization devoted to confronting … Continue reading

17th Sep, 2018

April 2018

Jason Schwartz

Jason Schwartz joined the staff of Avodah in 2018 as Development Assistant and Office Manager.  Previously, Jason served as Community Organizer with Community Voices Heard, working to organize NYC public housing residents, and in various positions with the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, running campaigns … Continue reading

12th Apr, 2018

December 2017

Emily Becker

Emily Becker is the Recruitment Director for Avodah and started with the organization as Recruitment Manager in 2017. She discovered her passion for social justice work while studying English and Sociology at Connecticut College. Prior to joining Avodah, she worked … Continue reading

8th Dec, 2017

October 2017

Liat Deener-Chodirker

Liat Deener-Chodirker first joined Avodah as a Jewish Service Corps member in August 2017, serving as an Enrichment Program Coordinator at the Adams Street Foundation, a college access nonprofit. Liat graduated from the University of Maryland (UMD) with a degree … Continue reading

2nd Oct, 2017
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