2015 AVODAH Fellows

2015 New York Fellows

  • Shoshana Brownstein
    Social Worker - Jewish Child Care Association

    Shoshana Brownstein hails from Florida, though she is happy to now call Brooklyn home. Shosh has lived in NYC for eight years and is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She currently works as a social worker for Jewish Child Care Association's Project Journey, providing counseling and running groups for adolescents on probation. When not commuting from Brooklyn to the Bronx for work, Shosh loves to explore NYC, try new restaurants, make delicious dishes with her CSA bounty, see Broadway shows, dance, and be outside (especially in Prospect Park) as much as possible.


  • Sam Chenkin
    Director of Solution Development - Tech Impact

    Sam Chenkin is Director of Solution Development at Tech Impact and has a BS and MS from Drexel University. He works directly with individuals in need and staff of other nonprofit organizations to use technology to disrupt power imbalances in the world and foster social change. He seeks to empower, not inform. Sam also loves to rock climb and travel anywhere and everywhere.


  • Lucy Cohen-Cirlin

    Lucy Cohen-Cirlin originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, but has been a proud New Yorker since 2002. She received her B.A. in psychology and women’s studies at Ithaca College and recently graduated with her MSW from NYU's Silver School of Social Work. Her background includes working with children and adolescents in low income areas, as well as homeless youth who identify as LGBTQ. She is eager to continue her work with young people facing the adversities of poverty.


  • Michelle Feldman
    State Policy Advocate - The Innocence Project

    Michelle Feldman is a state policy advocate for the Innocence Project, where she leads advocacy campaigns in various states to enact policies and laws that benefit wrongfully convicted individuals and prevent future injustices. Previously she served as the legislative and communications director for New York City Council Member Jessica Lappin and worked for the New York State Assembly leading policy and public relations efforts for various Assembly members. Her work has generated media coverage in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Star-Ledger, NY1, and other outlets. In addition, she has managed several political campaigns in New York.


  • Sally Frank
    Policy Analyst - New York City Comptroller's Office

    Sally Frank is a policy analyst in the New York City Comptroller's Office. She focuses on labor, food and women's issues. She spearheaded Comptroller Stringer's recent research on workplace flexibility and the gender wage gap, in addition to other projects. Previously, she served in a variety of legislative and intergovernmental roles in local government. In 2012, she was the campaign manager for Nily Rozic's victorious campaign for New York State Assembly. A proud Queens native and graduate of New York's public schools, she knew she wanted to serve the public from a very early age. She attended University at Albany, SUNY on scholarship and received a B.A. in Public Policy and an M.A. in Public Administration.


  • Dan Lehrman
    Policy Associate - The Innocence Project

    Dan Lehrman is the Policy Associate at the Innocence Project, an organization working to seek to redress the underlying causes of wrongful convictions through systemic criminal justice reform. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from The George Washington University. Dan moved back to his hometown of New York City from Washington, D.C. He loves spending his spare time volunteering, cooking, and traveling.


  • David Mantell
    Sixth Grade Math Teacher - MS 2

    David Mantell is currently a sixth grade math teacher at MS 2 in Brooklyn and working towards receiving an MS in Education. David grew up in California and attended the beautiful UC Berkeley where he majored in history. While in school, he became increasingly interested in issues surrounding inequity in access to quality public education and the systemic reasons for its prevalence in communities across the country. After college, he mentored middle school students in Oakland through an AmeriCorps program, which eventually led him to apply for New York City Teaching Fellows and move to the east coast.


  • Sam Permutt
    Development Executive - UJA-Federation of New York

    Sam Permutt is currently a development executive at UJA-Federation of New York. Before joining UJA, he was a federal law clerk at the United States Court of International Trade. Sam is a lawyer, social activist, and -- most critically -- a long-suffering Mets fan. He holds a B.A. in History from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in Mideast Studies from The University of Chicago, and a JD from Cardozo Law School.


  • Emma Price
    7th Grade English Teacher

    Emma Price is a seventh grade English teacher at a charter school network in New York. She works to foster a community of empathy, compassion and empowerment inside the classroom, in order to create a vision for how we can rectify issues of poverty and injustice outside. She attended Brown University and studied International Relations and Education, and then earned her master’s in Social Students and Theater Education at NYU. She is passionate about facilitating connections across communities in order to change the world for the better.


  • Sasha Raskin-Yin
    Training Program Associate - Options at Goddard Riverside Community Center

    Sasha Raskin-Yin received her Bachelors in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College and her Masters in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She has channeled her passion for understanding cultural interactions into her work as the Training Program Associate at Options at Goddard Riverside Community Center, managing professional development workshops for college counselors. Off the clock, she spends her time organizing with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice on their Campaign for Police Accountability. She is looking to grow her career by bridging the systemic-change approach in which her organizing is rooted and the direct-service approach that seeks to help solve immediate concerns in people's lived experiences.


  • Rebecca Sauer
    Manager of Affordable Housing Initiatives - The Actors Fund,

    Rebecca Sauer is currently the manager of affordable housing initiatives at The Actors Fund, where she works to improve access to affordable housing for the arts and entertainment community in New York and Los Angeles. She studied cities at Brown University. Prior to receiving a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, she spent a year learning Spanish, teaching English and volunteering with non-profits in Buenos Aires. Rebecca is a member of the Junior Board of United Neighborhood Houses. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, urban walks, singing alone (and sometimes with others), and Jewish learning.


  • Elisabeth Shovers
    Global Language Project

    Elisabeth Shovers has lived in New York for two years and a half years and works for the educational nonprofit Global Language Project. Previously, Elisabeth lived in Chicago where she taught first grade as a Teach For America Corps member, and earned her M.Ed. Prior to that, she received a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She also spent a year teaching English in France. Whenever she has the chance, she spends long periods of time immersed in different countries soaking up culture, language, and traditions.


  • David Weinreb
    Director of High School Preparation and Enrichment - The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School

    David Weinreb serves as founding Director of High School Preparation and Enrichment for The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School in Washington Heights. David has visited over 95 high schools, placing 77% of students into selective schools which have awarded over $733,810 in financial aid. Previously he worked with an HIV prevention project for drug users in Mumbai, India on American Jewish World Service’s year-long fellowship. Dave earned his B.A. in History and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Dave has a collection of 1400 PEZ dispensers, speaks some Hindi, and is fluent in Spanish. Dave enjoys bucket lists, biking, brothers, grandmas, very long walks, mornings, strangers, camps, and Wacky Day.


  • Rivka Weiss
    AM Team Leader - JBFCS Kaplan House

    Rivka Weiss is currently the AM Team Leader at JBFCS Kaplan House, working with young men ages 17-21 who are aging out of the foster care system into independent living. Rivka is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults to identify and engage in meaningful programming that increase access and opportunity. She received her B.S. in Family Science from The University of Maryland, and her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rivka is a proud Midwesterner who spends lots of time reading, trying new recipes, and wandering around all the different neighborhoods of New York City.


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