2011-2012 Jeremiah Fellows
Welcome to our new group of Jeremiah Fellows!
All bios are up to date as of fall 2011
Alexandra Shandell is an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she practices in the litigation department and devotes much of her time to direct pro bono representation of low-income individuals. Alexandra grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and, following stints in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico, has proudly called D.C. home since December 2009. Alexandra received her B.A. from Simon's Rock College in 2004 and her J.D. from Boston University in 2007. As a law student, Alexandra volunteered as an advocate for homeless individuals through Shelter Legal Services, and interned with the EdLaw Project and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Civil Rights Division. After graduation, Alexandra served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Puerto Rico. Alexandra is a volunteer and aspiring trip leader with the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings program; she also loves yoga, rock climbing, backpacking, and exploring D.C. and its surrounding areas.
Becca Russell-Einhorn is a DC native who attended Georgetown Day School and is now a proud graduate of Pomona College. She spent several months in college living in Peru in a village without electricity or running water (where she mastered the art of cow milking), six months living in Brazil during a semester off, and the last year in Israel. She attended the Intensive Arabic Semester, studying mostly Palestinian Arabic, Israeli politics, and some Hebrew, and then moved to Nazareth to work for the Ahali Center for Community Development, an Arab NGO. She currently works at J Street, lives in Columbia Heights, and cooks elaborate dinners.
Chelsea Rudman, since graduating from Brown University in 2008, has worked on a presidential campaign, fought climate change, and taught English in India. After working for the Obama campaign in '08, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she first helped organize Power Shift '09, then worked in the office of Senator Mark Begich. She currently works for Media Matters, a media watchdog group. She loves to travel and spent half of 2010 on an adventure that took her from London to Beijing; her other hobbies include writing, cooking, biking, and practicing her yoga moves. Her passions include fixing public education, implementing just tax rates, and reforming our food system. She's excited to strengthen her relationship with Judaism through the Jeremiah Fellowship.
Daniel Rosove graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a degree in political science. After graduation, Daniel spent eight months living and traveling in Israel. He attended five months of ulpan Hebrew immersion at Ulpan Akiva in Netanya, followed by volunteering for two months as an ambulance medic with Magen David Adom Ambulance Service in Nazareth. He moved to Washington, DC in the fall of 2008 and has worked for J Street for two years doing development and programming. Daniel was raised in a liberal Zionist home and approaches politics and social justice through a Jewish lens. Daniel is also passionate about playing drums, music, movies, and the outdoors.
Deborah Sitrin grew up in the Chicago area. She has lived in DC for the past year, though has spent almost 5 years in DC including the time she lived here after graduating from The University of Michigan. She left this city to study public health at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and spent almost 3 years in Zambia and Malawi working on HIV research. She currently works for Save the Children supporting health program evaluation and research projects in several developing countries. She's looking forward to learning more about local social justice issues in the Jeremiah fellowship.
Dena Greenblum grew up in the Washington, DC metro area and has lived in DC proper since graduating from Tufts University in 2009. Dena works full-time on health care reform for the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is passionate about progressive social policy. Her favorite volunteer opportunity is providing free tax preparation in low-income communities, which she has done for the past six tax years. In her down time, Dena loves hiking the Billy Goat trail at Great Falls, cheering on DC United and the Washington Nationals, and learning about Jewish communities around the world as she travels.
Elina Bravve grew up in Rochester, NY, a city also home to Eastman Kodak, Wegmans and a delicacy called the "garbage plate". She moved to DC in 2009 after earning a degree in City Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently works for a national affordable housing policy and advocacy non-profit. A graduate of Brandeis University, Elina became involved in community development work and became interested in urban planning through her participation in the Rochester Urban Fellows program in the summer of 2005. Elina loves exploring new corners of DC neighborhoods, and is happy to call Columbia Heights currently home.
Graham Roth has lived in DC off and on since 2005. He was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied English and Creative Writing. He was worked on a variety of political campaigns, including the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and Barack Obama. In DC, Graham has also worked for a variety of progressive think tanks and consulting firms. Currently, he is managing Max Skolnik's Ward 4 DC Council Campaign. He lives in Adams Morgan.
Jessica Genia Simon was born and raised in suburban Maryland, twenty minutes and a world away from D.C. She began writing poetry at age seven in her hometown of Rockville, MD, and in high school, won a spot on the D.C. National Youth Poetry Slam Team. Since then, she has performed and led poetry workshops on the east and west coast, as well as in Jerusalem, Israel. Her poetry has been published inNew Voices: National Jewish Student Magazine. She earned her B.A. degree in English and Policy Studies from Syracuse University. After graduation, Jessica taught High School English for three years at a public all-girls school in North Philadelphia as part of Teach For America and concurrently earned a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She then spent a year in Jerusalem, Israel studying Jewish texts and tradition at The Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. Currently, she works at a conservative synagogue in Chevy Chase, MD as an administrator for youth and family programs. In her spare time, she writes and performs her poetry at D.C. open mics and as a part of the all-women's spoken word collective, Mothertongue DC. A dedication to social justice and commitment to social change permeates both her poetry and pedagogy.
Lauren Tuchman grew up in the DC area and returned to DC in January after receiving a BA in religion from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and an MA in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She is an active member of the DC Minyan and TLS Communities in addition to being on the leadership committee for an independent minyan at Adas Israel. When not helping organize community, Lauren works as the director of marketing at a small company in Bethesda, MD and writes for several Jewish and interfaith publications.
Max Bentovim is entering his fourth year of living in DC, having originated in Long Island. A recovering Film & Television Studies major out of Dartmouth College, Max is now a paralegal with the Transportation Security Administration and is planning on pursuing a Masters in Public Policy next fall. If you're looking for Max and you can't find him at something Jewish, any sort of performance or cultural event, or eating at a restaurant where English is neither required nor helpful, you can probably find him at home in Mt. Pleasant with his fiancée Eve, cooking and watching Battlestar Galactica.
Maya Brod hails from the suburbs of DC, and moved to the city almost a year ago. She is a graduate of Allegheny College and now works at a nonprofit that focuses on expanding economic opportunity for young adults. In her spare time, Maya enjoys reading, going to concerts, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. She also volunteer judges for the DC short film festival, and takes Lindy Hop dance lessons.
Paul Adler is a fifth year PhD candidate in history at Georgetown University, writing his dissertation on NGO advocacy on issues of global poverty and environment in the 1970s and 1980s. Paul was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in North Carolina and returned to Washington, D.C. in 2004. On the fairly rare occasions you do not find him either writing about the past of progressive activism or contemplating its future, he may be found experimenting with new recipes and hosting potlucks/"bad movie" nights.
Rachel Cohen served the Religious Action Center, the Washington office of the Reform movement, as Sustainability Program Coordinator and legislative assistant focused mainly on environmental issues, including climate change, energy, and food policy. She has led several efforts to “green” the institutions of the Reform Movement and staffed the Union’s Shulchan Yarok, Shulchan Tzedek (Green Table, Just Table) Biennial initiative on sustainable, ethical eating. Rachel holds a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and plans to stay in Washington to pursue a career in non-profit advocacy and public policy work.
Robert Bettmann is the founder of the arts non-profit Day Eight, Chair of the DC Advocates for the Arts, managing editor of the arts magazine Bourgeon, and a blogger for the Huffington Post on arts policy. Currently transitioning from working as a professional dancer, Robert is a web 2.0 communications consultant and web developer. He lives with his wife and two cats in Brightwood, and looks forward to learning how to better represent the Jewish community through participation in the Jeremiah Fellowship.
Tammy Schulman is a D.C. native. Well, sort of. She grew up in Rockville, Maryland. She majored in women and gender studies and political science at Washington University in St. Louis and then headed to Harvard Law School to get her J.D. She currently works as an associate at a law firm and spends her spare time running a feminist club. When not suffering from some sort of injury she is an avid runner. She is pretty obsessed with reading and prefers a good old-fashioned book to any Kindle or iPad. She loves this city and thinks there is no better place to live.