Bay Area 2018
Ilana grew up in Israel, Maryland, and Salt Lake City, and arrived in the Bay Area about four years ago after some East Coast and Midwest stints. Ilana is a self-proclaimed nerd, who spends her time thinking about how to use research and evaluation to better the community. Ilana currently spends her weekdays evaluating social policies and programs. While she enjoys this work, she misses the community work she did as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Indianapolis, and looks forward to getting more involved in her community as a Jeremiah Fellow. With her free time, Ilana enjoys podcasts, books, yoga, cooking, and stealing her parent's dog to play outdoors, especially on weekend camping trips.
Maya is a Business Development Manager at Countable, a civic technology startup in San Francisco with the core mission to lower barriers to civic entry. Prior to Countable, she helped build and implement communications programs for emerging technology companies at LaunchSquad, a digital communications firm. Previously, Maya has held positions at National Public Radio (NPR) on the Institutional Giving team, and the White House Office of Public Engagement, where she supported the Obama Administration's outreach to the Jewish community, as well as around priority initiatives, including community policing. Maya is from Amherst, MA, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she studied International Politics and Middle Eastern Studies.
Amanda's interests and experience had occupied the women’s health and advocacy spaces far before moving to California from the East Coast and founding her female tech company in 2015. Back in New York, she was a counselor and trainer of counselors for her local crisis and anxiety hotline, an active member of the Vagina Monologues movement, and an intern at her local family shelter, working with survivors of domestic abuse. Ever since she completely pivoted from her qualitative (psychology) and music (singing, theater) career aspirations to quantitative (Mathlete and SAT Math tutor) interests, and went back to school to complete her Post-Baccalaureate studies in engineering in Boston, she has sought to combine her predilections for outreach and challenging quantitative/puzzle-solving endeavors in her daily life. Otherwise, Amanda is into petting every canine in sight and smell range, rock climbing, singing a cappella, standup comedy, hiking/camping, and social deception/boardgames (like Mafia and Werewolf).
Rachel is a lifelong Bay Area resident, excited to further enrich her local community through the social justice work of the Jeremiah Fellowship. A graduate of University of Wisconsin's Political Science and Gender and Women's Studies programs (go Badgers!), she spent her time in the Midwest managing local campaigns and organizing students on campus. Back in the Golden State, Rachel made her way into educational technology, working with schools and districts around the country to create interactive media for class. In her spare time, you'll find her working on the daily NYT crossword, obsessing over her dog, or gushing about the joys of doing taxes.
Jeremy Hansen graduated from Willamette University in June of 2017. He is now an after school teacher at the extended day program at Old Mill School. Jeremy spent several summers working at sleepaway camps Tavor and Gilboa, both of which are part of the leftist Jewish Organization, Habonim Dror. He hopes to use his experience working with Jewish youth and Bend the Arc to become an effective community organizer down the road. Jeremy enjoys sad R&B music, Game of Thrones, and chess. He's not very good at the last one yet but he's practicing.
Molly Nadav is an artist who grew up in the sunny outskirts of Philadelphia, before moving to New York City for a degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts. After a brief detour on an intentional community on the Oregon coast, she settled in the Bay Area to participate in the Urban Adamah Fellowship, with a focus on urban agriculture and social justice. Since then, Molly has been working at Covenant Winery, making ceramics, and starting her own winery, Camuna Cellars. In her spare time, you can find her in the ceramics studio, gardening, or hosting dinner parties. She lives with her husband in a light filled cottage in Berkeley, CA.
Lee is a transportation planner, who thinks about the intersections of transportation, health, pricing policies, and equity. Lee moved to the Bay Area from Cleveland, Ohio for graduate school in City Planning and Transportation Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2014 and has lived here ever since. Previously, Lee has worked in bicycle education and healthcare data analysis. He enjoys biking, reading, and board games, and has a goal to explore every BART station. Lee recently learned that he attended his first DC rally as a baby in a backpack in support of Soviet Jewry in 1987, and would like to think he has connected his Judaism with social justice ever since.
Myriah's passion for social justice stems from her multi-racial heritage and hearing stories about her family’s own struggle against inequality. She received her B.A. in International Relations from UC Davis, during which she also completed a semester-long internship with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Following graduation, Myriah spent five months working in youth development at a local nonprofit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She now works as a Program Assistant at the Koret Foundation and is proud to be part of an organization committed to strengthening the Bay Area and Jewish community. In her free time, Myriah loves to run and is training for her first marathon. She is also an avid reader and enjoys learning new languages.
Rena is new to the Bay Area and is energized to engage in Jewish social justice. Rena attended Clark University, where she immersed herself in building and participating in community projects and organizations. Before landing in Oakland, she lived in New York, where she worked for the Workmen's Circle as the School Network Coordinator. She works as the Scholarship and Development Manager at Peralta Colleges Foundation, where she is committed to ensuring all students are able to access affordable community college education.
Maddy is excited to make her way to the East Bay as the new Youth and Family Programs Manager and Camp Director at Urban Adamah! Originally from the Los Angeles "valley," Maddy has spent most of her life immersing herself in various Jewish communities. Maddy graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a major in Community Studies and minors in Sociology and Jewish Studies. Social justice has always been the center of her Jewish practice and influenced her time living in Jerusalem, participating in Achvat Amim-Solidarity of Nations. Maddy is excited to expand her knowledge and activism through the Bay Area Jeremiah fellowship! In her spare time, Maddy loves to knit, bake, and camp!
Los Angeles 2018
David was, up until recently, a college dropout, after leaving Brown to co-found a social enterprise. He worked on that for four years, trying to create a home for millennials to find a cause they love and to take action to support it. After reaching 50,000 people, but not reaching the impact he had hoped (and, let's be honest, not raising enough money to keep going), he went back to school and got a Human Rights degree from Columbia. He's now working as a Venture Manager for Accelerate Change, which uses innovative digital organizing strategies to help increase the political power of people who have been denied that power for too long. He just moved to LA from the NYC/NJ area, and he loves the lack of winter, thinks it's hilarious how frightened people are of the rain, and is definitely freaked out by earthquakes. He is also a mediocre athlete who is embarrassingly trying to recapture his glory days in sports that he's no longer in shape to play.
Brad was has lived all throughout the Midwestern United States, but primarily grew up in a small, rural suburb of Chicago, IL. He is a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science with minors in Public Affairs and Education Studies and was an active leader within the Jewish community with a particular interest in social justice. Upon graduation, Brad will be a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles, gaining experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. After completing the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and Jeremiah Fellowship, he will be working as a Teach for America Corps Member in Detroit, MI while earning a Master's of Arts in Educational Studies with a concentration in Urban Pedagogy Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan School of Education. In the future, he hopes to have a career in law and policy-making.
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Danny has resided all of his life in the County of Los Angeles and is the oldest of three children. He studied writing before going into the professional world and is currently pursuing studies in architecture. Concerns that he has identified as personal priorities include advocating for transportation, encouraging dance in most social settings, and ending the death penalty in America. He would like to visit Taipei soon and speaks English and Spanish. His Jeremiah Fellowship is an important opportunity.
Josh just finished his first year at Ziegler Rabbinical School. He went to Emory University, where his favorite thing was the improv troupe, so clearly he did something wrong. He writes on the side and avoids it at all costs. What compelled him toward the Rabbinate is that he's always been a spiritual person who thinks a relationship with God is too interesting to pass up on. He wants to make social justice an integral and regular part of his work, but still needs the education and skills, which is how he's found his way to this wonderful group of people.
Adena was born in New York to parents that immigrated from Iran during the Iranian Revolution. She's first generation born in the US. She grew up in a conservative Jewish household (keeping Kosher, Shabbat, Jewish school), but has become more reform over the years. Adena graduated from UCSB with a Bachelors in Global Studies and intention to help shape a more inclusive and socially just society. She worked in politics during and after college until of recent; now she works in business development at Oracle. Adena hopes to go back to school in the next few years and get her MBA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, dancing salsa, and spending time with her friends and family.
Lindsey was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in American Culture and minor in Linguistics. She has a passion for exploring how language and culture shape our society and communities. Lindsey is the Manager of Governance and Executive Services at the California Association of REALTORS®. She provides support and engages the 1,200 volunteers who serve on Committees and the Board of Directors. One of the groups she works with is the Young Professionals Network, which focuses on developing the next generation of leaders in real estate and for the organization. Lindsey is now looking to heighten her leadership tools in a new arena through her participation in the Jeremiah Fellowship. Outside of work you can find Lindsey searching for the perfect pass on the soccer field, whipping up a batch of cold brew, or discovering a hidden gem in LA’s restaurant scene.
Jocelyn is a passionate and seasoned community builder, coach and facilitator. With over a decade of professional experience in the Jewish community, Jocelyn has helped thousands of teens and adults in their 20s and 30s develop their leadership skills and explore their identity and connection to Jewish life. In her current role at UpStart, Jocelyn supports innovators as they redesign the expression and experience of Jewish life. Jocelyn is originally from NY and has been in Los Angeles for the past 6.5 years. She is recently married and can be frequently spotted at farmers markets, fairs, and concerts. Jocelyn is thrilled to be joining the Jeremiah Fellowship and looks forward to leveraging her skills as a community builder to support community organizing.
Sarah Rogozen is a social justice attorney dedicated to creating a world where every person is recognized as having been created b’tzelem Elokim. To that end, she has advocated for and with workers, refugees, and targets of wrongful foreclosure. She's also worked in public radio, where she produced a podcast about pie, and published a map of all the registered dogs in Los Angeles. Sarah's other passions include eating frozen fruit and studying halachic issues around gender. Currently Co-Chair of Bend the Arc SoCal’s Immigration and Solidarity Committee, she is excited to continue organizing the Jewish community through the Jeremiah Fellowship.
Dianna Schonfield is an elementary school teacher at Larchmont Charter School. Dianna has been a public school educator for over 10 years, with a particular focus on building strong relationships with students, families, and the community. Dianna has degrees in Psychology, Anthropology, and Teaching. Prior to becoming a teacher, Dianna worked as a therapist and clinical case manager for teens and adults. She is a Los Angeles native who spent time in St. Louis, Australia, and San Francisco before returning home to SoCal. When she’s not working with students, she spends her time hiking, going to see live music, and making her friends laugh. Dianna is deeply invested in equality through social justice and looks forward to exploring this passion with her Jeremiah cohorts.
Jenna is a second-year Rabbinical Student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She grew up in Chicago and fell in love with political activism while working on a local mayoral election campaign. Her activism continued when she was in college at American University in Washington DC when she was engaged in work on issues of LGBT anti-discrimination policies, economic and reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, and religious liberty. Currently Jenna teaches sixth grade at a local synagogue, advises a BBYO chapter, and organizes with Ikar's Minyan Tzedek. As a Rabbi, Jenna hope to fuse her love of Jewish education with her passion for justice to create justice- oriented authentic Jewish learning opportunities for teens and young adults.
Jeremiah Fellowship Testimonials
When Bend the Arc calls, it's time to say yes
When I became a Jeremiah Fellow I didn’t know just how much of a transformative experience it would be. I am thankful for the many opportunities I have had because of being actively involved with Bend the Arc. Being able to say yes to invitations to engage volunteers, celebrated lay leaders, the White House and prominent civil rights activists has been powerful. I’ve come to know that when Bend the Arc calls, it’s time to say yes, take action and dive in.
Tera Greene, Southern California Bend the Arc member and Jeremiah Fellow 2011-2012
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I saw just how much power we had
I had been living in San Francisco for 6 years and had tried numerous times to find my Jewish community, with no success. When I finally found Bend the Arc's (then Progressive Jewish Alliance) Jeremiah Fellowship, I immediately knew I found the place and the people with which I could engage politically, socially, and culturally as a Jew in my community. Half way through my year as a Jeremiah Fellow, I was laid off from my job as a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University. At the same time, all the Fellows were to begin work on an action project of our choosing. I really wanted to do some kind of work around the debt in California and the state of public education, but I felt I had absolutely no agency to affect such an overwhelmingly large system. With the support of my cohort and Bend the Arc staff, I joined forces with other volunteer leaders and proposed the idea of what has become our long-term campaign for Progressive Taxation and the Common Good. The major "ah-ha" moment for me happened while we were working to pass Proposition 30 last year and I saw just how much power we had when we joined together around our common values and turned them into powerful action by harnessing our strength as a community.
Jo Gordon, Bay Area Regional Council member, leader on the Progressive Taxation for the Common Good campaign and 2011-2012 Jeremiah Fellow
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