Staff

JUFJ Staff Picture 2016

Fall 2016. Not pictured: Sophie Schoenberg

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 jacob@jufj.org.

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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 rabbi@jufj.org.


Rebecca Ennen, Deputy Director for Development and Communications

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 rebecca@jufj.org.


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@jufj.org.

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 (202) 408-1423 x. 9 or (240) 813-4776, or by email at laura@jufj.org.


Sarah Novick, DC 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 sarah@jufj.org.


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 carla@jufj.org


 Sophie Schoenberg, Program Assistant

Sophie joined JUFJ in February of 2017 as a Baltimore Program Assistant. She lived in Baltimore for four years while she got her BA in Peace Studies from Goucher College. In 2015 she moved to Washington D.C to participate in Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps where she was introduced to the progressive Jewish social justice community through organizing for various campaigns in D.C. Sophie is passionate about faith based activism and intentional Jewish communities. She lives in Columbia Heights and  is excited to be joining the JUFJ team. Sophie can be contacted by email at sophie@jufj.org.


Liz Heyman, AVODAH Fellow

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 liz@jufj.org.


Contact Us

 

DC Office

1100 H St NW, Suite 630 (Entrance on 11th St)
Washington, DC 20005

202-408-1423

Baltimore Office

2221 Maryland Avenue, 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21218

301-529-3875

For media inquiries, please contact Rebecca Ennen, Development and Communications Director, at 202-408-1423 x3.