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Jewish Service Corps - Multi-Week

JDC's Jewish Service Corps multi-week program is a 4-8 week professional opportunity for young adults. JSC Fellows are catalysts for change, creating innovative programs that respond to Jewish and humanitarian needs in locations India, Ethiopia, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, Argentina, Israel, and Rwanda.

Leadership

Our leadership opportunities are avenues for young leaders, interested in greater responsibility and commitment to overseas needs and issues, to engage with JDC and the global Jewish world. Entwine offers a set of uniquely crafted pathways for Jewish professional and lay leaders to make a difference internationally.

Learning Network Events

Every month, our Learning Networks facilitate new events focused on different Jewish communities and humanitarian issues around the world. What are we up to next?

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Our Trips: Young Professionals

Our study trips are issue-based visits, geared towards young people interested in making a difference. Rather than performing service, many of our trips abroad focus primarily on experiencing a Jewish community first-hand: connecting one-on-one with peers in the community; meeting with leaders to understand their needs and history; and visiting programs that JDC supports.

Plan an Event in Your Community

Our events are planned and organized by passionate, dedicated volunteers, with support from JDC staff and resources. Bring global communities to your community and plan an event with Entwine!

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Project Coordinator

To inform the development of three JDC Entwine Insider Trips for Russian speaking Jewish (RSJ) young adults and the accompanying service-learning curriculum

Serve Abroad + Travel Abroad with JDC

10 days. 8 weeks. 1 year. No matter how long you want to spend abroad, our global service opportunities offer in-depth analysis and enable you to make a difference in communities like India, Argentina, Ethiopia, Israel, and Haiti where JDC works.

Serve and Travel with JDC Entwine

JDC Entwine offers opportunities to visit, serve, and live in the communities in which JDC operates. Through 10 day, six-week or full-year programs - some focused on service, others on hands-on education - participants spend time in overseas Jewish communities and other communities where JDC has operations. Our service programs work to meet real, pressing needs through intensive work on JDC initiatives and peer-to-peer education. Following these experiences, our participants return home educating their friends, families and communities on the needs and communities they encountered.

The Entwine Campus Initiative

Our Campus Initiative is raising awareness on select campuses about global Jewish issues.

The JDC Global Leadership Initiative

The JDC Global Leaders Initiative is an unparalleled, invitation only leadership training platform that prepares talented young Jews to respond to the myriad of global issues – from poverty and aging, anti-Semitism and violence, to health and migration – facing 21st century global Jewry.

The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership

The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship is JDC’s premier opportunity for engaging young Jewish leaders. It is a one-of-a-kind, paid, professional development opportunity to live and work in overseas locations where JDC is active.

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Education

Entwine has created locally-based Learning Networks on global Jewish issues in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Houston. Young activists in each city plan volunteer-led events that feature meaningful, peer-to-peer education, combined with socializing and networking

Insider Trips: College Students

7-10 day trips for college students looking for the opportunity to travel overseas and engage in meaningful service.

JDC Programs Worldwide

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world. In the Former Soviet Union alone, we serve over 160,000 poor elderly Jews living in 2,900 cities. Learn more about what we do and where we work.

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Martin Storrow - Co-Chair (Los Angeles, CA)

Martin Storrow is a Co-Chair of the JDC Entwine Steering Committee. Martin Storrow believes there is an art to everything. After releasing five records and touring the country for nearly a decade as a musician and songwriter, Martin left his 'day job’ in music to pursue his passion for community-building. As the first Director of Leadership Development at Moishe House, he launched and oversaw a suite of global leadership training programs that have supported hundreds of adults in their 20s. Now an entrepreneur and consultant, Martin partners with visionary people and organizations to design community experiences, develop talent, and advance projects that contribute to the greater good. Martin has proudly served on the Entwine Steering Committee since 2013, and has been involved with JDC since 2011, when he participated in an Entwine trip to Ethiopia. He has visited Jewish communities and JDC projects in Europe, Africa, Israel, Australia, Cuba, Turkey, and the Former Soviet Union, and considers himself fortunate to be part of a generation that is embracing global Jewish responsibility. Martin currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he still writes and performs music regularly.

Sarah Eisenman, Executive Director

sarah.eisenman@jdc.org

Staff

Entwine staff are dedicated to JDC's mission and the value of Jewish collective responsibility. We are a diverse bunch - get to know us!

Steering Committee

The Jim Joseph Foundation

By investing in promising Jewish education grant initiatives, the Jim Joseph Foundation seeks to foster compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States. Established in 2006, the Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded more than $340 million in grants to engage, educate, and inspire young Jewish minds to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.

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Your donation will support our essential efforts in over 70 countries around the world.

Global Service

Entwine offers a continuum of service opportunities for young Jewish adults who want to make an impact in overseas Jewish communities, in Israel, or in other locations where JDC is involved in non-sectarian development work. Service experiences take place in countries around the world, including in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Haiti, India, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Insider Trips: Young Professionals

7-10 day trips featuring intensive work with JDC programs and the opportunity to experience the needs of an overseas community first-hand.

JDC Archives

One of the most important repositories of modern Jewish history, the JDC Archives is an invaluable resource for scholars, family historians, filmmakers, educators and the general public. The Archives, the records of JDC since its founding in 1914, includes text collections, a photo collection of 100,000 images, sound recordings including oral histories, and a library. Explore these treasures on the JDC Archives website.

Naomi Sage, Managing Director, Program and Organizational Development

naomi.sage@jdc.org

Perry Teicher - Co-Chair (New York, NY)

Perry Teicher is a Co-Chair of the JDC Entwine Steering Committee and has been passionate about the global Jewish community since traveling to Bulgaria in 1999. Perry Teicher is the Impact Finance Fellow at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving technology, energy, and financial sector companies. As part of his role, Perry advises institutional investors, family offices, and early stage companies looking to achieve intentional social and environmental outcomes alongside financial returns, including via innovative deal structures and public-private partnerships. Perry is the Co-Chair of the JDC Entwine Steering Committee and sits on JDC’s Board of Directors, deriving from his passion for global Jewish peoplehood inspired by his first trip to Bulgaria in 1999. Perry graduated with a JD/MBA from the University of Michigan, where he served as Director of the UM Social Venture Fund, leading investments in mission-driven, high-growth start-ups. Perry serves as President of Detroit Nation, building networks to explore new ways to connect Detroit expats to the city. From 2007-2009, Perry served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan, where he worked with a disabled persons' organization. Perry graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007, with a B.A. in Organizational Studies and Political Science. Perry is a 2013 Ariene de Rothschild Fellow and a member of Nexus, Summit Series, and the ROI Community.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation ensures vibrant Jewish life by empowering young Jews to embrace the joy of Judaism, build inclusive Jewish communities, support the State of Israel and repair the world. Established in 1987 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Foundation also provides assistance to non-sectarian charitable organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our hometown, especially in the areas of education, child advocacy and youth development.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, a global network of philanthropic initiatives focused on igniting the power in young people to create change for themselves, in the Jewish community and across the broader world. CLSPN also includes the Schusterman Foundation-Israel (SFI) and ROI Community (ROI).

Evan Rosenstock, Budget Director

evan.rosenstock@jdc.org

Global Jewish Service Corps: Multi-Week

Our multi-week fellowship is a great opportunity for recent college graduates, students with long breaks, or young professionals who are in between jobs.

Leadership

Our leadership opportunities are avenues for up and coming influencers and uniquely qualified individuals, interested in greater responsibility and commitment to overseas needs and issues, to engage with JDC. Entwine offers a set of uniquely crafted pathways for Jewish professionals and lay leaders to make a difference internationally.

Sara Batterton (Brooklyn, NY)

Sara Batterton is the Senior Director of Real Estate & Facilities at Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter school organization based in NYC. In previous roles, she worked at Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate firm, providing real estate advisory services to public agencies. She also worked with the Public Finance group at Lehman Brothers, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Her work in all of these roles has been focused on community building and community development for urban and low-income communities. In October 2008, Sara traveled on JDC’s first Young Professionals trip to Ukraine and more recently participated in a JDC Entwine trip to Morocco in May 2013. She is a member of the Steering Committee as of October 2013.

Sara has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Columbia University. Sara is also a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, a two-year national leadership fellowship. In her spare time, she enjoys time with friends and family, reading, foreign travel, and her family genealogy research. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sara now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

The Leichtag Foundation

Max "Lee" Leichtag and his wife, Andre “Toni” Leichtag, founded the Leichtag Family Foundation in 1991. Today the Leichtag Foundation, based in Carlsbad, California, focuses on combating poverty and increasing self-sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; strengthening education about the Holocaust and its modern-day lessons for tolerance, understanding, and civility; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

From the Foundation’s inception in 1991 through March 2012, Leichtag Family Foundation and Leichtag Family Trust grants total more than $65 million to projects and programs in North County, San Diego, Jerusalem, and around the world.

Andrea Kovalsky, Resource Development Manager

andrea.kovalsky@jdc.org

Ellie Bressman (New York, NY)

Ellie began her involvement with Entwine when she traveled on a Young Professionals trip to Belarus. She was moved by JDC's commitment to renewing and reviving the Jewish community there. She then served as a multi-week Jewish Service Corps fellow in Ethiopia where she was not only amazed to learn about JDC's role in the historic rescue of Ethiopian Jews, but deeply inspired by JDC's level of impact and efficiency in the non-sectarian communities; quite simply, countless lives would be lost there without the JDC.

Ellie received her B.A. from Harvard University in 2010, with a concentration in Social Studies and her MA in Education from Columbia University's Teachers College. She currently teaches 4th Grade at Achievement First Charter School in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Ellie is honored to serve on the Entwine Steering Committee as she feels that JDC's work has given her a renewed purpose for being Jewish. She also serves as the Co-Chair of Entwine's New York City Learning Network and recently staffed an Entwine college alternative break where she was amazed to see the impact JDC has on shaping college students' Jewish identity. She is also a UJA 2013-14 Shapiro Family Fellow.

Genesis Philanthropy Group

Genesis Philanthropy Group is committed to supporting and launching projects, programming, and institutions that are focused on ensuring that Jewish culture, heritage, and values are preserved in Russian-speaking Jewish communities across the globe.

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Mimi Brown (Sarah Lawrence College, NY)

Mimi Brown grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was involved with BBYO and served as North Carolina Council's N'siah in 2013-14. Mimi is currently earning her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where she is studying creative writing, Jewish studies, and Middle Eastern history. She is a Poetry Editor for the SLC Review, a Senior Editor for the Sarah Lawrence Political Review, and rows for the women's crew team. In January 2015, Mimi traveled to Bulgaria with JDC Entwine on the first-ever national trip for college students, and chaired the second national trip for college students to India in December 2015. She is a member of the Steering Committee as of March 2016 and is looking forward to her new role with JDC Entwine.

Pears Foundation

Pears Foundation is a British family foundation rooted in Jewish values. Our focus is on positive identity and citizenship.

Run by the Pears family, with the support of a full-time professional team, at the heart of everything we do are the Jewish values of social justice, individual responsibility and the desire to make a positive difference. Our programmes set out to create meaningful social action, increase respect and understanding and inspire people to support their communities and the causes they care about.

We provide more than money; we are in the business of creating positive social change through partnership. The issues and problems we care about and want to help tackle are many and varied. This is reflected in the diversity of programmes we run and support, including promoting citizenship and a positive contribution to British society, encouraging a stronger culture of giving in the UK, improving Holocaust education in schools, furthering the debate on Israel and its role in the world, and supporting the Jewish contribution to society.

Talya Greenspoon, Director, Brand Marketing & Strategy

talya.greenspoon@jdc.org

Dan Combs (New York, NY)

Miriam Bader, Leadership Development Designer

miriam.bader@jdc.org

Adam Davis (New York, NY)

Adam is originally from Melbourne, Australia. In 2008 he moved to NY and spent the following six years studying and working in the NY property market. Adam completed his Masters in Real Estate at NYU where he was active as a member of the student social committee and formed strong and lasting relationships. Adam established the New York office for Grocon, Australia's largest private development and construction firm. Additionally, Adam established himself as a trusted “local” for private Australian families seeking US commercial real estate investments. In May 2015 Adam returned to Australia as a Director of the Property team at Wingate Group, a private Australian investment house. In May 2013, Adam went on his first JDC Entwine Insider Trip for Young Professionals to Morocco, which was life changing on many levels, and which motivated him to establish a deeper involvement with Entwine. In October 2013, he was nominated to the Entwine Steering Committee and has represented the Steering Committee at JDC board events in Washington, DC and Jerusalem. Adam was a co-chair of the Entwine Inside Ethiopia trip and was a Jewish Service Corps Multi-Week Fellow in India. He feels privileged to be involved with JDC and is keen to grow the international awareness of Entwine, in particular amongst his Australian peers. From his time traveling through India, Nepal and Israel, Adam undertook a number of silent meditation retreats. He believes very strongly in engaging human relationships, connection and the power of positive thinking which he looks to apply in his daily life.

Repair the World

Repair the World works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need. We aim to make service a defining part of American Jewish life.

Shauna Ruda, Director, Engagement

shauna.ruda@jdc.org

Georgina Bye, Community Manager (UK)

georgina.bye@jdc.org

Jennifer Goldstein (San Francisco,CA)

Jennifer Goldstein, Jennifer is the Community Engagement Professional at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, one of the largest synagogues in the United States, where she facilitates congregant engagement and relationship building in small group settings. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Jennifer moved to San Francisco after graduating from the Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marking. Jennifer has spent the past seven and a half years working as a Jewish professional, beginning as a Development professional at AIPAC and now in her role at Congregation Emanu-El. Outside of her professional work, Jennifer has been active in the local San Francisco Jewish community. She served for two years on the Board of San Francisco Hillel and, prior to working at Congregation Emanu-El, was on their Young Adult Leadership Committee. Jennifer’s involvement with JDC Entwine began when she traveled to Argentina on a Bay Area Insider Trip in October 2014. Since then she has co-chaired local programs and chaired the JDC Entwine Insider Trip to India in October 2015. Jennifer joined the Steering Committee in March 2016. In 2010, Offira traveled on JDC’s first national young professional trip to Israel, and has since been very involved in the JDC Entwine New York City Network. Offira traveled twice with JDC to Haiti, once in June 2011, and again in April 2012 as a co-chair of the JDC Entwine’s Insider Trip. She led a follow up NYC event in January 2013 in commemoration of three years since the earthquake in Haiti. She has been a member of the Entwine Steering Committee since August 2012 and has traveled on retreat trips to Riga, Latvia; Barcelona, Spain; and San Diego, California. Most recently, she traveled with a group of enthusiastic "Entwiners" to Havana, Cuba.

The Agahozo Shalom Youth Village

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a residential community in rural Rwanda. Its 144 acres are home to 500 youth who were orphaned during and after the genocide in 1994. The Village is designed to care for, protect and nurture these young people and began as a special project of JDC’s non-sectarian international development program.

BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For almost 90 years, AZA and BBG chapters in communities around the world have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of 250,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life.

Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

Elizabeth Kurtis, Community Manager (West Coast)

elizabeth.kurtis@jdc.org

Michelle Gorman (Washington, DC)

Michelle Gorman has been involved with the JDC since 2005 and is a former Jewish Service Corps Fellow where she lived and worked in Bratislava, Slovakia. Through other involvement and missions with JDC, she has had the opportunity to travel to Israel, Ukraine, Turkey, Germany, Lithuania, and Cuba to volunteer and shed light on these unique Jewish communities.

Excited and energized about the work of the JDC, Michelle was formerly Co-Chair of the Washington D.C. Learning Network. As a new resident to the Houston area, she is currently involved in the Houston Learning Network.

Michelle recently moved to Houston, Texas to work at ExxonMobil. There she works as a Human Resources Advisor, analyzing staffing trends and developing organizational effectiveness programs.

Before moving to Texas, she was living in Washington DC and attending Business School at the George Washington University. Prior to that, she worked at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C. running a fellowship program and planning educational events on in the greater D.C. area.

Michelle received her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and is a Wolverine through and through.

Elana Kobernick (San Diego,CA)

Rebecka Handler, Community Manager (East Coast)

rebecka.handler@jdc.org

World Jewish Relief

As a UK based international Jewish charity, WJR is committed to meeting the needs of individuals and communities living in poverty, assisting them in the transformation of their lives and livelihoods. Established in 1933 as the Central British Fund for German Jews, the charity rescued over 100,000 Jewish people from Germany before WWII, and was also largely responsible for organising the Kindertransport, bringing over 10,000 unaccompanied, mainly Jewish, children from Nazi-occupied Europe.

Today, WJR continues this proud tradition of assisting vulnerable communities, providing simple but effective services to those most acutely affected by poverty. Most of this work takes place across the former Soviet Union, where initiatives include provision of homecare, food, winter relief and medical support to the elderly, families with young children and those living with disability. WJR also recognises the importance of supporting long term sustainable programmes that enable clients to break the cycle of poverty and ultimately help themselves. WJR is proud to support initiatives that assist those both within and beyond our own community, in accordance with the imperative of Tikkun Olam, healing the world.

Arielle Sokoloff, Partnership Manager

arielle.sokoloff@jdc.org

Stephanie Kohll (Houston, TX)

One of Stephanie’s biggest passions in life is traveling the world and exploring new cultures. During her international travels, she has always made an effort to attend Shabbat services in local synagogues in order to interact with and learn from various Jewish communities worldwide. This thirst for new experiences led Stephanie to participate in the JDC Entwine trip to Cuba in 2010, and ever since then she was hooked on spreading the word about the incredible work of the JDC. Stephanie has since co-chaired the 2012 Entwine trip to Ethiopia and is proud to help spearhead the launch of Entwine’s Learning Network in Texas by serving as the Houston City Co-Chair.

When Stephanie is not traveling, she can be found working for Memorial Hermann Hospital System in Houston, Texas, spending time with her family, volunteering at her synagogue, discovering new ethnic restaurants, or going to concerts and musical festivals.

Heather Krol (Los Angeles, CA)

Heather Krol first became involved with JDC in 2008 when she traveled to Argentina on an Alterative Spring Break trip. Ever since, Heather has remained involved with JDC and the Dallas Entwine leadership group to spread awareness to young adults and to follow her passion for Tikkun Olam. Heather is proud to serve on the National Steering Committee and to take part in shaping the future of JDC Entwine. Heather is currently a psychology postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children's Health in Plano, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2015. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Heather is passionate about spreading advocacy and awareness about mental health needs. In her free time, Heather enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Shaun Hoffman, Director, Global Operations

shaun.hoffman@jdc.org

Leba Faigen, Deputy Director, Global Operations

leba.faigen@jdc.org

Ryan Ladd (University of Texas at Austin, TX)

Ryan is a student at The University of Texas at Austin and is pursuing a degree in Advertising. He is in a special track within his major called the Texas Creative Program, which helps students aspiring to be Art Directors and Copywriters build a professional portfolio. Ryan's connection with JDC stems back to high school where he participated in BBYO programs —domestic and abroad—with teens form communities JDC worked with. In 2013, he was the teen coordinator of BBYO's International Convention, an event that brings dozens of teens from JDC communities to the US for a spirited weekend. Inspired by the stories and connections made in high school, Ryan participated in his first JDC Entwine program through Hillel on an alternative spring break to Hungary and Romania. And just recently, Ryan chaired a National College Insider Trip to India. Both of these experiences have been integral parts to his understanding of the Jewish diaspora and passion for enriching his own Jewish community and identity. Ryan's passions also extend to design, photography, videography, and editing. In 2014, Ryan launched a business endeavor with his friend to provide affordable digital projects for friends, young entrepreneurs, and non-profits. The purpose of the business is to help amplify the voices of those trying to do good through clear and effective design and branding. JDC has been an important part of staying involved in the Jewish community for Ryan. He is extremely grateful that opportunities like this exist for young adults and looks forward to seeing and being a part of the growth of Entwine in the coming years.

Elana Lavi (Los Angeles, CA)

Elana Lavi is a speech language pathologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California. A native of Dallas, Texas, Elana earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. She then went on to earn her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. Moved and inspired by the work of the JDC, Elana began her involvement with Entwine in 2012 as a member of the Dallas Entwine planning committee. She has traveled with Entwine to Cuba and Morocco. Elana has also chaired Entwine events, as well as spoken to various Jewish organizations on behalf of Entwine. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Elana immediately became involved in the LA network, and finds joy in spreading the word of JDC’s work to young professionals. Elana is passionate about traveling and exploring other cultures; she is always planning her next trip. Elana is honored to serve on The Entwine National Steering Committee and looks forward to serving JDC and the global Jewish world.

Jenette Axelrod, Operations Manager (Latin America & GRID Programs)

jenette.axelrod@jdc.org

Eileen Levinson (Los Angeles, CA)

Shachar Beer, Operations Manager (Israel & FSU Programs)

shachar.beer@jdc.org

Ethan Pack (Los Angeles, CA)

Ethan Pack joined the Steering Committee in 2016. Ethan has had a lifelong commitment to the Jewish community and social action. In high school, he served on the National Mazkirut (Board) of Young Judaea, the peer-led Zionist youth movement. In 2010, he was a Bronfman Youth Fellow in Israel. In 2015, Ethan joined the JDC Entwine Los Angeles Planning Group. In July 2015, he planned and led the event "Inside Jewish Ukraine," sharing his experiences with the Jewish community in Ukraine along with those of an active member of the Russian-speaking Jewish community. The JDC had previously helped Ethan and his father locate their family's ancestral village in Ukraine, and along the way, he saw the JDC's work in action at the "Chesed" community center in Zhitomir, Ukraine. Ethan is a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in Comparative Literature at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Ethan graduated from Columbia University in 2008. His work and research often takes him abroad: he has lived and worked in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Germany, and traveled extensively across Europe and the Arab world. Ethan was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is very honored to serve on the Steering Committee.

Yael Zaken, Operations Manager (Africa, Asia & Europe Programs)

yael.zaken@jdc.org

Ben Proler (Houston, TX)

Ben began his involvement with Entwine when he traveled on a Young Professionals trip to Hungary and Romania and most recently participated in a JDC Entwine trip to Morocco in February 2015. He is an active member in a number of Jewish and civic organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, and is a Houston co-chair of Maverick PAC, an organization that provides a platform to engage the next generation of America leaders in business and politics. By day, Ben is an exchange analyst at Shell Oil Products U.S., the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, which optimizes a comprehensive portfolio of physical commodity products. He holds a BA in marketing from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Naomi Levin, Operations Coordinator

naomi.levin@jdc.org

Traci Krasne, Program Assistant for Entwine’s Global Volunteer Programs

Traci assists Entwine’s Managing Director with day-to-day programs and helps to develop all of Entwine’s Global Volunteer Programs, including the Global Jewish Service Corps, the Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship, and the Global Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps.

Traci completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received a B.A in International and Area Studies and Psychology. She has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, Africa and Israel. She studied abroad in South Africa, where she spent time studied Multiculturalism and Human Rights and conducted research about the South African Jewish community and communal Jewish identity.

In the past, Traci interned with Dorot, an organization on the Upper West Side that serves as a social service agency for senior citizens. She is an active supporter of Children’s Miracle Network, which supports children's hospitals around the United States. She enjoys swimming, reading, and exploring her new neighborhood in lower Manhattan.

Ethan Prosnit (New York, NY)

Ethan Prosnit is in his final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He is currently the student rabbi at Hevreh of Southern Berkshires in Great Barrington, MA and also works as a rabbinic intern at Temple Israel of the City of New York.

Ethan has been involved with the JDC for the past seven years, leading trips to Rwanda, Argentina, and Kazakhstan and helping to build a partnership between JDC and HUC-JIR. The work of the JDC has greatly impacted his schooling and is writing his rabbinic thesis on the development and the global understanding of K’lal Yisrael. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Arielle.

Maya Shpancer, Operations Coordinator

maya.shpancer@jdc.org

Elissa Riesenfeld (Dallas, TX)

Shawna Dolinka, Operations Coordinator

shawna.dolinka@jdc.org

Ashton Rosin (San Diego, CA)

While studying International Development and Disability Studies at UCLA, Ashton Rosin was first exposed to the powerful opportunities delivered within the JDC Entwine platform. Upon graduation she had the honor of serving in the Jewish Service Corp as a fellow in JDC-Israel's Disabilities department from 2014-2015. After spearheading the creation of a nationwide project to empower college students with disabilities to achieve their rights within higher education settings, Ashton returned home to serve as a disability consultant and develop innovative content in her role at Summit Series. Ashton’s innate desire to seek out those stories that often remain untold brought her to discover and cultivate the passion to promote the human rights of vulnerable populations, whether that be refugees, Holocaust Survivors, or people with disabilities. As an advocate for self-empowerment, Ashton believes in community based solutions and the seeking out of holistic stories to develop the narratives of our world.

Beckie Hamroff, Operations Coordinator

beckie.hamroff@jdc.org

Ruben Shimonov (New York, NY)

Born in the Former Soviet Union, in the republic of Uzbekistan, Ruben grew up in Seattle—halfway across the world from his place of birth. His immigrant background instilled in him, from a young age, an interest in the multicultural world around him. He graduated the University of Washington with three concentrations: International Studies, Near Eastern Studies, and Jewish Studies. He has worked in various educational settings, currently at Queens College Hillel as Director of Cross-Community Engagement. At the Hillel, he develops innovative programming, learning initiatives, engagement methods, and leadership development opportunities that focus on Jewish cultural and global diversity. As part of the indigenous Jewish population of Central Asia—the Bukharian Jews—Ruben belongs to a community that is simultaneously part of the Persian-speaking and Russian-speaking worlds. Given his own multilayered Jewish background, Ruben has always been fascinated by the myriad of communities that make up the Jewish cultural mosaic. His involvement with JDC Entwine has allowed him to deepen this interest in global Jewry. He is part of the New York City Planning Group, and has co-chaired two Entwine events: an intimate program on Bukharian Jews and the large-scale #GlobalShabbat. He has also traveled with JDC, partaking in the Inside Georgia trip and chairing the Inside Argentina trip for Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals. Loving artistic expression, Ruben uses his free time to work on Middle Eastern calligraphy, music composition, and creative writing.

Melissa Weiss (Washington, DC)

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