The Avodah Blog

Moving Forward

About two weeks ago, our 2009-2010 Corps members moved out of their batim (houses). We had an amazing group of young people working at anti-poverty organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC, living together, and exploring Judaism and social justice.

AVODAH is excited to welcome them to our alumni community and wishes them success as they take their next steps in life. Here is just a taste of what a few of our Corps members from each city will be tackling next!


Julia Baskin, working at the Cambodian Association of Illinois.

Julia Baskin will continue working at her placement, the Cambodian Association of Illinois.

Becca Neril will begin her studies in medical school at Technion American Medical Program in Haifa, Israel.

Rory Katz will work as the Volunteer Coordinator at YouthBUILD in Philadelphia.

New Orleans:

Michal Boyarsky will be move to Israel and participate in the New Israel Fund/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship, working for Physicians for Human Rights in Yaffo.

Rachel Lewis will live in New York City as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar.

Mallory Falk will continue working at her placement, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, and move into the New Orleans Moishe House.

New York:

Rachel Levy, celebrating the authors of a community cookbook at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.

Dara Yaskil will move to Kirklareli, Turkey, for 9 months on a Fulbright scholarship to teach English to university students.

Elana Baurer will begin her studies at Georgetown Law School this fall.

Rachel Levy will work as the Program Assistant for the Culinary Arts Training Program and Comfort Foods at Project Renewal.

Washington, DC:

Melissa Mayer will stay on at her placement, La Clinica del Pueblo, as the Health Fairs Coordinator.

Abby Rosenstein will be the State Strategies Coordinator at Advocates for Youth, helping folks across the country advocate for comprehensive sex education in schools.

Billy Kaplan will teach high school math at his placement, Thurgood Marshall Academy.

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