All bios up to date as of Fall 2012
Arya Marvazy is a Southern California native, born and raised to a loud and proud Persian-Jewish family in Los Angeles. Currently in his second year in DC, he currently serves as the Director of Harrison LAPID, the Leadership and Professional International Development initiative at Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Outside of work, Arya enjoys the outdoors, has an amateur affinity for photography and design, and loves exploring new food, cultures, and languages.
Eran Sharon is a graduate from the University of Houston Law Center. He recently completed his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, Eran studied Political Science and Psychology. He is fluent in Hebrew and studying Arabic. Eran most recently completed an internship at the Saban Center on Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Prior to Brookings, Eran interned with district attorneys' offices in and around the Houston area. He has worked at various law firms, non-profit organizations, and the Texas governor’s office. Eran is currently waiting for his Bar results and working at a law firm while pursuing a variety of extracurricular and volunteer activities.
Eric Rubin has been in DC for five years and is currently Director of Accounts at Salsa Labs, a software company that supports movement building for thousands of non-profits, unions, and progressive campaigns. Prior he worked for several years in Central America with the UN Refugee Agency doing economic development with Colombian refugees. He currently participates in Big Brother/Big Sister in DC and is an avid practitioner of Buddhist insight meditation. He has an MA in international development and dabbles in fringe and improv theater. Eric's eager to explore the ties between Judaism and social justice through the Jeremiah Fellowship while growing his organizing and activism skills.
Hilary Jampel was born and raised in Central New Jersey. She attended the University of Delaware where she studied Political Science, Global Studies and History. After graduating she moved down to Washington D.C. where she spent time on Capitol Hill before starting a position with the Close Up Foundation a civic education non-profit, which works to educate, inspire and empower young people to take an active role in the government. She currently works for Hillel as the Immersion Experiences Associate. In her spare time she loves to travel, try new recipes, and take advantage of all that D.C. has to offer.
Kevin Rachlin has lived in the DC metro area for five years but hails from the birthplace of flight, Dayton, OH. He graduated from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) in 2007 with a duel degree in political science and international studies and works at J Street as a Government Affairs Associate focusing on Midwest advocacy. When he is not banging his head on the wall in frustration over Congress, Kevin is running, volunteering at 6th and I, planning his wedding with his fiancée Jen, explaining the benefits of film over digital projection, going to midnight movies, and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes. He is looking forward to exploring Judaism from a social justice perspective via the Jeremiah Fellowship.
Lauren Marx is the Conflict Management Program & Operations Associate for a boutique consulting firm. A South Floridian native, she moved to the District in May, upon completing a graduate degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys long runs through Rock Creek Park, political satire (Colbert!), and playing board games. She is looking forward to becoming more involved in the DC social justice community, while developing a spiritual practice founded in Judaism.
Lindsay Schubiner grew up in metro Detroit and moved to D.C. by way of NYC and Boston. She has studied public health and urban planning, and is particularly interested in the intersection of these two fields and their impacts on racial and economic justice. Lindsay currently serves the people of metro Detroit through her work in the U.S. House of Representatives, though she continues to believe that social change is truly created through organizing. She has supported organizing around housing, gentrification, and labor issues and loves biking, dancing, and a good protest.
Lyron Blum-Evitts, a native of Patten, Maine, has been in DC just over a year. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she started her career working on Capitol Hill for her home-district Congressman and moved on to her current position as a consultant with Ray Group International. Lyron has long been a proponent of inter-faith cooperation, social justice, and community growth. When she is not working, she is likely to be found dancing, hiking, or spending time with good people. She is looking forward to making new connections and strengthening relationships with both Judaism and social justice via this program.
Maggie Rosenbloom has lived in the District for 9 of the last 12 years. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR with a BA in Religious Studies where her academic focus was on ancient Christianity and Egyptian Asceticism. However, she has since switched her focus to more current events, specifically reproductive justice and abortion access. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University in 2011 with a concentration in Social Work in Health Care Settings, and has worked and volunteered at several area agencies serving vulnerable communities in the DC-metro area. Maggie is currently working on starting a non-profit for reproductive justice.
Marc Friend is the advocacy coordinator for American Jewish World Service. After graduating from The George Washington University with degrees in Middle Eastern and Judaic Studies. Last year Marc worked as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center, where he focused on International Human Rights, Environmental Issues and D.C. Voting Rights. Marc is on the steering committee of Metro Minyan, a new reform-style service and community in D.C. Originally from Deerfield, Illinois, the things Marc enjoys most about Washington are the theaters, the sports teams, and the farmers markets.
Mitch Crispell is from Chevy Chase, MD and attended the University of Michigan, where he concentrated in Organizational Studies and Community Action and Social Change. After school, he moved back to the DC area to work first on tenant rights issues doing direct service and now on urban education as a fundraiser. More importantly, he loves to dance to "Thriller," play the piano, read the New Yorker, and schmooze for hours.
Sam Jewler was born and raised in Washington, DC, went bris to bar mitzvah at Tifereth Israel, and now does freelance journalism as well as organizing work with Occupy DC, where he helped found the Occupied Washington Times and did an 11 day hunger strike in protest of DC's lack of political representation and autonomy. He also works part-time as a communications assistant for JUFJ. Sam graduated from Oberlin College with a Politics degree. After graduating, he worked in India as a communications manager for Watershed Organisation Trust.
Sarah Levant grew up in New Jersey and received a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University in 2011. Since Sarah’s youth, her parents stressed the importance of building communities. In college, international experiences provided Sarah with the most profound education: Sarah taught grade school in Ghana, and, in Israel, she started an after-school program for Sudanese refugee children. This past year, Sarah served as a City Year corps. (AmeriCorps) member at Spingarn High School. Her motivation was to expose herself to the problems of society, learn how to fix them, and create change. Upon completing her service in June 2012, Sarah has been working for Free World Productions on a Syrian Activist Documentary.
Sarah Turbow, as a proud Brooklynite, was raised to believe in the New York Times, Woody Allen, and the sanctity of the original bagel canon. She moved to DC after spending her college years at Yale, where she explored her Jewish identity, her relationship to Israel, and a love for electoral politics. She now works for J Street U, the campus arm of J Street, and spends her days traveling across the Southeast, working with thoughtful, curious, passionate students, and being grateful for getting paid to put her values into action every day. In her free time, she likes to listen to the radio, go skiing and watch old movies.
Sheila Katz is the Associate Director of Ask Big Questions, a national initiative of Hillel that brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. From 2007-2011, Sheila served as Hillel's Assistant Director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was awarded the prestigious Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence award in 2011 for her work in building sustainable networks among students and a diverse array of Hillel colleagues. Prior to Hillel, Sheila was a teacher in Brooklyn, NY through Teach for America. She holds a master's degree in teaching from Pace University and a bachelor's degree in Politics from Ithaca College.
Tamar Ariel was born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. She moved to Washington, DC in 2011 to work at J Street after living in Tel Aviv for a year working at Friends of the Earth- Middle East. While in Israel, Tamar helped create a group called “Activist Potluck” with brings together young, English-speaking, Jewish progressives to discuss social justice issues and eat lots of pita and hummus. Tamar studied Economics and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University where she developed an interested in winter clothes. Tamar loves to bake, do ceramics, and watch Tar Heel basketball.