2010-2011 Jeremiah Fellows
(L to R and back to front: Brett Freedman, Adam Angel, Shaina Korman-Houston, Rachel Streitfeld, Alana Miller, Salem Pearce, Emily Dorfman, Eve Copeland, Deena Feinstein, Becky Brink, Ilyssa Parker, Orelia Busch, Dani Gilbert, Shira Sternberg, Jordy Snyder, and Aaron Smith)
All bios are up to date as of fall 2010
Aaron Smith is a native of Yonkers, New York. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Young Invincibles, a non-profit working to give young adults a voice in the political process. He is an honors graduate of Swarthmore College, and a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. After college, Aaron interned in the office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen and then worked for Emmaus Services for the Aging, a non-profit working to keep seniors in their homes in DC. He went back to Yonkers in 2006 to be the campaign manager of a NY State Assembly race, and went on to become the chief legislative aide for the Yonkers City Council President. While serving the city, Aaron helped to author a local living wage law and an affordable housing ordinance, and to create the first Yonkers Green Policy Task Force to promote environmentally friendly policies for the city. Aaron is an avid soccer player and a loyal fan of the Buffalo Bills.
Adam Angel has lived in DC for the last 3 years and in the DMV for the last 9. He grew up in Baltimore, MD, Portland, OR and Buffalo, NY. He went to University of MD, College Park for undergrad and Howard for grad school where he received his masters in social work. He currently is the program manager for an after school program in Ballou High School where he acts as a therapist and youth organizer.
Brett Freedman is an attorney at the National Security Agency. He is from Swampscott, Massachusetts, a suburb situated north of Boston. The oldest of three, Brett refers to himself as “the experiment.” He has alternated between accumulating debt, having earned degrees from Boston University, the Fletcher School at Tufts, and Suffolk University Law School, with work in the public sector thus ensuring an inability to pay it off anytime soon. His work experience is varied from stints in both Houses of Congress, the Department of Homeland Security, and in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Brett is married to Aviva, a speech pathologist and aspiring photographer.
Dani Gilbert is originally from South Florida, but she has spent many years in rainier climates as an undergrad at Yale University and a graduate student at the London School of Economics, where she earned a masters degree in comparative politics, specializing in nationalism and ethnicity. Since then, Dani has lived in DC, working as a Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. At various points in her life, she has been consumed by dancing, singing, vegan baking, and Middle East politics. She loves reading, yoga, and running around the Mall.
Deena Feinstein has lived in Washington DC proper for her entire life, minus the time she spent studying at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. She is an IBM Public Sector Financial Management Consultant by day and a globe-treking, exercise enthusiast by night. In her free time, she throws cooking parties and plans community service and social events to bring people together to take advantage of all this city has to offer. She is excited to study and work on pressing DC-metropolitan area issues to help DC better meet and protect the needs of its citizens.
Emily Dorfman grew up in Bethesda MD and has been living in Washington, DC for 2 years. She earned a Bachelor's in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and has been active in the labor movement and democratic politics for many years. She currently works as a marketing and economics assistant at the AFLCIO-HIT.
Eve Copeland grew up in Maryland just outside of Washington, DC, and after stints in Ohio, Massachusetts, London and Brussels has made her way back to her hometown. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland and her M.Sc from the London School of Economics. During the day, she is the Program Manager of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation; in her free time, she likes to be active in the Jewish community. She serves on the Young Leadership Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington planning events, and on a planning committee at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. She can often be found photographing geometric designs, doing yoga and taking road trips.
Ilyssa Parker moved to Washington, DC in 2003 after a few years in Tucson, AZ, but is originally from Newton, MA. She graduated from Macalester College and received her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. Ilyssa is passionate about youth and community and is particularly involved in the Shaw/North Capital neighborhood where she has lived for over seven years. Currently she is the Board Chair of the Perry School Community Service Center, Inc. She also loves spending time exploring the city, walking her dog and doing Bikram Yoga.
Jordanna Snyder has lived in the DC area for the past year and originally hails from the Philadelphia area. She is a proud resident of Moishe House Silver Spring (soon to be Bethesda) helping to organize and create Jewish community for young professionals in the DC area and spends her days working at the Jewish Primary Day School as a science teaching assistant. She participates in various activities in the area, exploring pluralism, meeting new friends and immersing herself in life here in DC and in the surrounding suburbs.
Orelia Busch moved to Washington, DC in January of 2009 just after finishing her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with degrees in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology and Women's Studies. She recently completed a term as the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations' Legislative Assistant for Women's Issues during which she led faith-based advocacy and organizing campaigns for reproductive justice and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Orelia has also served as an organizing consultant for the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign. She loves discovering DC from the vantage point of her bicycle seat, and she is excited to learn more about Judaism, service, and social justice in her newly adopted community.
Rachel Streitfeld is currently a lobbyist with the pro-Israel, pro-peace group J Street. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Rachel has been living in Washington, DC for nearly eight years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies and Political Science from The George Washington University in 2007 and went on to work for her hometown congresswoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20). Rachel has four cycles of political campaigning under her belt including a stint in Barack Obama's Florida headquarters during the 2008 general election. When she's not pushing her advocacy agenda, you can find her running around northwest DC with her dog, Potus. Rachel was raised in a Reconstructionist community and is looking forward to reconnecting with her Jewish social justice roots through the Jeremiah Fellowship.
Rebecca Brink is a policy attorney at the Children's Law Center where she advocates for laws and programs to improve the lives of low-income children and families in the District. She has been an active volunteer for many years and is currently tutoring a great fourth grader. She first moved to DC to attend George Washington University, where she majored in Political Communication. She grew up in Newton, Mass. and returned to the area to attend Boston College Law School as a public interest fellow. After law school, she worked a non-profit health law firm in Boston. In January 2009, she happily returned to DC. Rebecca loves reading, hiking, kayaking, swimming and exploring new city neighborhoods.
Salem Pearce has lived in D.C. since 2005. She dearly misses Tex-Mex and her family but not the oppressive humidity of her native Houston; her feelings about Austin, where she received a degree in Classics from the University of Texas, are more nuanced. She has raised money for many nonprofits and is currently development coordinator for the Campaign for America's Future, a progressive political advocacy organization. She also volunteers and serves on the board of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. She tries to sweat at least once a day, usually before dawn and generally by running or doing Bikram yoga. Salem loves to read and to spend time with her husband and their two cats.
Shaina Korman-Houston has lived in DC for most of the last 10 years, with a brief sojourn North Carolina, where she attended graduate school in urban planning. Shaina works in asset management for a local affordable housing developer, and is always happy to talk about housing as a professional, an advocate, or just for fun. As a native of Boston, MA, Shaina loves Red Sox baseball. She also enjoys reading, testing new recipes, and traveling.
Shira Sternberg is currently working at the EPA in the Office of Public Engagement. Before DC she spent 2 years on the campaign for Obama in Iowa, Idaho, Vermont, Indiana and Virginia. She was born and raised in Bennington, VT and attended Bennington College. In her free time she enjoys making a mess in the kitchen, running, horseback riding, playing with photos and traveling and still a little campaigning.
Alana Miller has lived in DC for two years, but still calls Alabama home. She went to Wesleyan University and studied economics with a focus on poverty studies. In DC she works as an analyst for the Government Accountability Office. While not at work, Alana can be found volunteering at various poverty alleviation projects across the district or in her kitchen. Otherwise, she's playing outside.
In addition to her work as Program Director and Rabbi in Residence at JUFJ, Rabbi Elizabeth Richman has also served as a member of the Jewish Funds for Justice Clergy Taskforce and as a board member of the National Havurah Committee. Rabbi Richman is an experienced teacher, having taught for organizations as diverse as Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar, the AIDS Institute's Faith Communities Project, and various Hillels and synagogues. She has also written for a variety of publications, including LILITH, Sh'ma, My Jewish Learning, and Jewschool. Rabbi Richman was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and holds an A.B from Princeton University and a certificate in Tanach, Talmud, and Halacha from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. During rabbinical school she was a lead organizer in the campaign to open Conservative rabbinical schools to openly gay and lesbian students, allow Conservative rabbis to perform same-sex commitment ceremonies, and create greater inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in the Conservative movement. In her spare time, she enjoys roaming local farmers' markets, cooking vegetarian dinners for friends, listening to This American Life, and singing.