Ellen Oshinsky is Avodah’s NY Program Director. She previously served as an Avodah Corps Member in New Orleans from 2011-2012. During her time as an Avodahnik, she worked as a teaching assistant at an elementary school, which sparked her interest in building inclusive communities to foster social change and creating connections nourished by Judaism. Most recently, Ellen was an Environmental Educator with Audubon New York, teaching elementary and middle school students in NYC about nature through bird walks and classroom lessons. She has hosted a retreat for self-identified women who are educators, medical or mental health professionals looking to connect to self-care and Judaism through the Moishe House Retreatology Program. Ellen was a second-grade public school teacher in the Bronx and taught high school English outside of Bogota, Colombia. Ellen has a MA in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Spanish from the University of Miami. In her free time, Ellen loves to explore Central Park, to speak Spanish, and to learn about mindfulness and holistic health.