JUFJ Staff Picture 2017

Fall 2017. Not pictured: Sarah Novick


Jacob Feinspan, Executive Director

Jacob Feinspan is the Executive Director of Jews United for Justice, which organizes the Jewish community to lead campaigns for economic, social, and racial justice in the Baltimore-Washington region. In his 9 years at the helm, JUFJ has grown ten-fold and is now a key change-making institution in the region. In 2016, JUFJ led the campaign that won paid family and medical leave for half a million workers in Washington, and played a key role in winning major policing reforms in Maryland and new rental housing protections in DC.

Before joining JUFJ, Jacob founded the advocacy program at American Jewish World Service and coordinated anti-poverty advocacy and grant-making at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He was named one of 16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016 by Center for America Progress, and serves on the boards of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, DC Working Families, the Working Families Party, and the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. Jacob lives with his wife Suzanne and children Mikah and Noam in Wheaton, MD. He can be contacted at

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Rabbi Elizabeth Richman, Deputy Director and Rabbi in Residence

Rabbi Elizabeth Richman is Program Director and Rabbi in Residence at Jews United for Justice. She also serves on the board of Interfaith Worker Justice and is a former member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Social Justice Commission and the steering committee of DC Interfaith Worker Justice. A trained community organizer and teacher, Rabbi Richman has taught about Judaism and justice around the world, from Quebec to Qatar. Rabbi Richman was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and where she led KeshetJTS, the organizing campaign for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in the Conservative Movement. Before entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Richman worked in the field of human rights and international development, and as an educator and project manager in the Jewish community. She holds an AB from Princeton University and a certificate from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Rabbi Richman lives with her son, daughter, and husband Ben Dreyfus in Takoma DC. She can be contacted by phone at (202) 408-1423 ext. 2 or by email at

Rebecca Ennen, Deputy Director

Rebecca Ennen joined JUFJ in August 2010. She is a master facilitator with Jewish Dialogue Group, helping Jews talk about thorny issues across political differences. Rebecca studied classical Jewish text in New York, and worked as a professional theater artist and community organizer in Philadelphia. She studied theater and education at Swarthmore College and was a Fulbright Fellow in Sri Lanka. Rebecca can be contacted by phone at (202) 408-1423 ext. 3 or by email at

Molly AmsterMolly Amster, Baltimore Director

Molly Amster leads JUFJ's Baltimore branch. She worked at CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Incorporated in Northwest Baltimore City for seven years. While at CHAI, Molly served on the Baltimore Education Coalition where she organized neighborhood residents for a campaign that won a billion dollars to rebuild and renovate 35 dilapidated Baltimore City schools. Molly is a graduate of Clark University and is a member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, Charm City Tribal Council, and JQ Baltimore. She can be contacted at (301) 529-3875 or by email at

Molly is the 2017 recipient of the Neely Tal Snyder Community Impact Award. Read her remarks upon accepting the award here.

Laura WallaceLaura Wallace, Montgomery County Community Organizer

Laura Wallace joined the JUFJ staff in May, 2016. Laura was a leader in JUFJ’s successful campaigns to enact earned sick leave and a “More Pie” budget in Montgomery County. Previously, Laura was a core leader for the local grassroots organizing network Action in Montgomery (AIM). She has worked for Jewish organizations including the Foundation for Jewish Studies and the Masorti Movement for Conservative Judaism in Israel. Laura is a long time resident of Gaithersburg, where she lives with her husband and two children. You can reach Laura at (240) 813-4776, or by email at

Sarah Novick, DC Senior Organizer

Sarah joined JUFJ in October 2015 as the DC Affordable Housing Organizer. An AVODAH alumna, Sarah cut her organizing teeth at the Moishe Kavod House, supporting that community in its social justice and leadership work. Sarah has also taught second grade, and has a master's degree in Elementary Special Education and a doctorate in education with an emphasis on the social and emotional development of youth in schools. A native of San Diego, she now lives with her partner in Silver Spring. Contact Sarah by phone at (202) 408-1423 ext. 4 or by email at

Carla Hashley, Assistant Director for Development and Operations

Carla Hashley joined JUFJ in April 2014. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in Public History from Western Michigan University. She wrote her Master's Thesis on Holocaust education in secondary schools. Carla grew up in south-east Michigan, and now lives in the Brookland area of Northeast DC. Carla can be contacted by phone at (202) 408-1423 ext. 8 or by email at

 Photo by Nick MartinezSam Baltimore, Communications Associate

Sam joined JUFJ in June of 2017. Before working here, he was a music professor for ten years and a community organizer at the Los Angeles LGBT Center for five. He has canvassed voters and trained volunteers from California to Maine, working on issues including same-sex marriage, trans-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances, and LGBT inclusion in school curricula. He has a PhD in musicology, which is just as useful as it sounds. He sings with the Thomas Circle Singers, plays the cello, and has written articles about musicals, gender, and sexuality for a whole lot of publications that nobody reads. Sam can be contacted by phone at (202) 408-1423 ext. 9 or by email at

Elizabeth Heyman, DC Community Organizer

Elizabeth joined the JUFJ team in September, 2016 as a member of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. She fell in love with community organizing while in college at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) where she studied Political Science and Jewish Ethics. As a participant in JTS' Fellowship for Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, she worked with Bend the Arc to fight for a fifteen dollar minimum wage and paid family leave in New York. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Elizabeth learned to love experiencing seasons on the East Coast and is happy to call the District home. Elizabeth can be contacted by phone at (336) 740-4111 or by email at

Bennet Wilcox, Baltimore Community Organizer

Bennet is a recent graduate in philosophy and women's, gender, and sexuality studies from Columbia University. He is a long-time queer liberation activist, an alum of the Barnard/Columbia Solidarity Network and the Columbia Prison Divest campaign, and a wannabe pupblic intellectual studying all things Jewish and radical. Bennet joined JUFJ in 2017. He can be contacted by phone at (513) 659-1446 or by email at

Isaac Deitz-Green, Community Organizer and Avodah Corps Member

Isaac joined JUFJ in 2017. He can be contacted by phone at (202) 408-1423 ext. 6 or by email at


Joanna Blotner, Paid Family Leave Campaign Manager

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Amanda Koppelman-Milstein, Grant Writer

Amanda has been working for JUFJ since January 2017. Before that, she volunteered for the Paid Family Leave Campaign, worked as a program evaluator, and was on the coordinating committee for Tikkun Leil Shabbat for five years. She currently also works as a Development Associate for the Religious Action Center. She has a masters in Public Policy with a focus on Poverty Alleviation from Brandeis University. Amanda can be reached at

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