Alumni Careers

Alumni Careers

Advocacy/Policy/Organizing * Social Services * Education * Law * Health * Jewish Community

Advocacy/Policy/Organizing

  • Mollie Churchill (NY 00-01) is the Manager of LEED Faculty at the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC.  Mollie has a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University.  Mollie worked at the Urban Justice Center for 7 years, supervising the homelessness outreach and prevention project.  Mollie serves on the Board of Directors of the Resilience Advocacy Project, an anti-poverty organization working with New York City youth.
  • Shelley Goldman (NY 05-06) is the Community Organizer in the Youth Enrichment Services (Y.E.S.) Program of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York.
  • Lara Pukatch (NY 04-05) is a Policy Manager at Women Thrive Worldwide, an organization that shapes U.S. policy to help women in the developing world lift themselves out of poverty.  Lara received a master's degree in International Affairs at George Washington University with a concentration in Women and Development.
  • Rebecca Shaloff (NY 03-04) is the Screening Director of Co-op America, a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to harnessing economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.  Prior to working with the Green Business Network, Rebecca was the development officer at the certification organization RugMark and was an American Jewish World Service Fellow in Mumbai, India.  Rebecca serves on the AVODAH Board of Directors.
  • Nadia Underhill (NY 99-00) is a freelance writer and editor.  Nadia holds masters degrees from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the London School of Economics.  Nadia serves on the AVODAH Board of Directors.

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Social Services

  • Miriam Eisenberger (NY 02-03) is a Social Worker for West Side Federation Supportive and Senior Housing (WSFSSH) at their adult home site, West 74th St Home.  Miriam specializes in geriatric and group work.  Miriam received a MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.
  • Flora Endelman Margolis (NY 03-04) is a Social Worker at Project Renewal's Chemical Dependence Outpatient Clinic in New York City, which was her AVODAH placement.
  • Leia Grossman (NY 02-03) works at UNICEF in the Child Protection Section.  Leia is a master's candidate at New York University's Gallatin School for Individualized Study.
  • Naomi Spector (NY 06-07) is a master's candidate at the Hunter College School of Social Work.  Before this fall, Naomi worked for Common Ground at the Times Square, which is a building that provides permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless, mentally ill, disabled, and low-income adults.

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Education

  • Sarra Alpert (NY 02-03) is an expository writing teacher at New York University and works as an educator in the Kolot Chayeinu Learning Program.  Sarra is a graduate of the MFA program in Fiction at NYU; has developed staff training curriculum at Camp Ramah in California; and has worked with the MATAN Jewish special education project.
  • Sarah Novick (NY 05-06) is a New York City Teaching Fellow; teaching second grade in a collaborative team teaching classroom and is an Elementary Special Education master's candidate.
  • Eli Pristoop (NY 02-03) is a Data Analyst in the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in Seattle.  Eli received a M.A. from The Jewish Theological Seminary, and an M.S.S.W. from The Columbia University School of Social Work.
  • Elana Shever (NY 99-00) received a PhD in Anthropology and is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.  Elana researches petroleum politics in the Americas and teaches a course that leads students in developing a critical analysis of transnational corporations.
  • Ilana Zafran (CHI 06-07) is a Leadership Coordinator at Umoja Student Development Corporation, which was Ilana’s AVODAH placement.  Ilana works directly with high school students on Chicago's West Side, planning and implementing a variety of programs focused on leadership, community development/activism, and women's empowerment.

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Law

  • Aaron Dobish (NY 00-01) is an attorney in New York and New Jersey working at Common Ground Community as the Building Director of The Prince George, a 416 unit supportive housing facility for low income and formerly homeless individuals. Common Ground Community was his AVODAH placement.
  • Sophie Kasimow (NY 05-06) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan's Law School.  Before moving to MI, Sophie worked in Washington, DC on the Program on Medicare’s Future at The Commonwealth Fund, a health policy foundation.  During AVODAH Sophie worked at the Medicare Rights Center, an organization dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities get affordable health care.
  • Merav Lichtenstein (DC 03-04) serves as Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Division of Law in Newark, NJ.  Merav received a JD from the Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law.
  • Jessica Polansky (NY 99-00) is a staff attorney at Children's Rights, an organization that works to reform foster care systems across the country.  During law school, Jessica had the opportunity to work for the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in Belfast.  Jessica serves on the AVODAH Board of Directors.

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Health

  • Jodie Goldberg (DC 03-04) is bilingual, Spanish-speaking Psychologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.  Jodie received a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.
  • Lisa Pearl (DC 06-07) is a MD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Lisa is in an Urban Medicine curriculum program and a Patient Centered Medicine Scholars Program.  Lisa is the Health Education Coordinator on the steering committee for the Student Run Free Clinic and is active in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), which advocates for patients' rights.
  • Rafi Pristoop (NY 00-01) is a medical attending at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.  Rafi received a MD from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
  • Elisa Wershba (NY 00-01) is a pediatric resident at Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  While in AVODAH, Elisa worked at Genesis Domestic violence shelter as an advocate.

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Jewish Community

  • Rabbi Matt Carl (NY 00-01) is the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights and the Campus Rabbi at Hunter College.  Matt has worked with Hazon, JFREJ, Panim and the JCC of Manhattan on social and environmental justice causes.
  • Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman (NY 99-00) is the Director of Community Outreach and a teacher of Talmud and Social Justice at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay Area.
  • Amy Ravis Furey (NY 99-00) is the Program Director in New York City for AVODAH.  Amy has an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing and Group Work.
  • Lani Santo (DC 02-03) is a Senior Program Officer at American Jewish World Service and manages the AJWS World Partners Fellowship.  Lani is a Public Administration master's candidate at New York University’s Wagner School for Public Service.  Lani serves on the AVODAH Board of Directors.
  • Alissa Wise (NY 01-02) is the Education Director at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.  Alissa is a rabbinical student at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and puts rabbinic training into action creating innovative ritual in New York City and Philadelphia.  Alissa has served as the Education Director at the String of Pearls Hebrew School and a chaplain at Planned Parenthood.

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