Jeremiah Fellowship Participants
Tikkun olam was first introduced to Suzanne Amor from their involvement in Jewish community, in their home town, San Diego, CA. Suzanne has continued to be passionate about and dedicated to social and economic justice work ever since. They received their Bachelor of Science in Community & Regional Development with a minor in psychology from UC Davis. For three years, Suzanne worked as a community organizer for UC Davis Women's Resources and Research Center. Suzanne also worked as a peer counselor at a sexual assault and domestic violence center in Woodland, CA. Currently, Suzanne is a Behavior Therapist teaching self-care and social skills to children who have Autism. Suzanne has always enjoyed doing direct service work, but is excited to also be working on policy issues with Bend the Arc.
Jess originally hails from New York City, and has been an enthusiastic Bay Area resident for almost four years. She works at a homeless services agency in SF called Project Homeless Connect, helping the organization raise funds and awareness. In college, Jess concentrated in Africana Studies and coordinated a volunteer arts facilitation program at the nearby prison; these experiences helped awaken her interest in social justice. Jess is proud of her Jewish identity and community. In her spare time, she can be found hiking or eating, or sometimes both together. Jess has a profound relationship with Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing.
Daniela is a mixed race, Latin@ and white, Jewish queer, born and raised in Los Angeles. After graduating from Stanford University where she studied Middle Eastern history, she made the Bay Area home. Daniela currently works for a San Francisco-based non-profit that litigates, passes legislation, and implements policy in service of protecting individuals’ civil liberties and rights. She is especially excited to engage in work around racial, economic, and social justice within a Jewish sphere, and to grow alongside, challenge, and be challenged by her Jeremiah classmates. In her free time, Daniela enjoys baking, lifting heavy things, writing, reading, playing in the occasional rugby game, holding babies and puppies, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Ben co-founded the University of California, Berkeley chapter of a national collegiate social enterprise, Challah for Hunger. He built it into the largest of forty national chapters, focused on fighting hunger locally and globally thru sustainable donations and advocacy work. Through this process, he developed an interest in community development, entrepreneurship and management. Ben continued to pursue these interests after graduating from UC Berkeley with an B.A. in History and Public Policy by enrolling in the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs for enterprising public servants and future leaders. This 10-month graduate level program in Los Angeles provided insights into community issues like income inequality and marginalization, while working toward solutions thru the non-profit, public, and private sectors. Upon returning to the the Bay Area, Ben managed an Oakland city council race before transitioning to a political advertising role at MightyHive, a small advertising technology company in San Francisco. Ben lives in Oakland, seeking opportunities to contribute to the greater East Bay Jewish community through service work, while leaving plenty of time for soccer, hiking, and hip hop.
Hadar is a thinker, organizer, poet, and community lover. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Jewish Education through Hebrew University, working at the Jewish Studio Project as a Program Fellow, working on various engineering projects, and taking a Heidegger class at UC Berkeley. Hadar graduated from Cooper Union with an electrical engineering degree, studied Torah at Mechon Hadar, Drisha, and Midreshet Lindenbaum, and participated in the Urban Adamah fellowship. Her interests include talmud, mysticism, feminism, existentialism, liberation! Hadar loves music, dance, and all other forms that carry movement.
Benjamin Cohn graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in International Political Economy in 2012. His love for music has led to the creation of Da-What.com, a website that covers hip-hop music and culture. He recently returned to San Francisco after the completion of a Fulbright Fellowship in Accra, Ghana studying music and helping improve access to educational infrastructure in the Northern region of the country. He is excited to return to his home community and begin to make an impact here too.
Danielle became interested in social justice principles and practice while growing up in the diverse community of Teaneck, New Jersey. Her questions on personal and group power and identity shaped her trajectory at Williams College, where she held leadership roles in campus-wide inclusion initiatives and majored in American Studies and Africana Studies. Since then, Danielle has been a student and teacher in a variety of place-based, environmental education programs. She's an alum of Urban Adamah and the National Outdoor Leadership School and has worked for the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program and Student Conservation Association. Danielle currently supervises public school garden instructors at Education Outside in San Francisco, after spending two years teaching outside at Malcolm X Academy in Bayview Hunters Point. She views natural and designed environments as powerful tools to foster curiosity and build community through participatory voice and collective action. Visit Malcolm X Academy's new student designed and built garden classroom to see one of her community vision's come to life!
Emma is a proud Oakland resident with a love for people and immense curiosity about life. She currently works at Beneficial State Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the banking system for good. Emma was a field organizer on President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign in Broward County, Florida, and is an active alumna of AVODAH, a Jewish anti-poverty service corps. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Yale University, where she received fellowship awards to conduct research in East Africa. Emma is a social justice advocate, local economies proponent, and believer in the power of community to make shift happen. She loves to bask in the wonders of nature, read the newspaper, and cook meals for friends and family.
Jacob Klein works as the office administrator for the Bay Area of Keshet, the national LGBTQ Jewish organization. Deeply dedicated to creating radical spaces, they are a member of the planning committee for Glitter Kehilla in East Bay, a group that welcomes progressive young adults of all identities to build Jewish community. Before Keshet, Jacob interned at Tikkun magazine. A graduate of UCLA with a bachelor’s in English/Creative writing, and a minor in Global Studies, they also spent a year at Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. While in Dublin, they campaigned with the local queer communities on issues ranging from trans visibility to marriage equality. Originally from San Diego, Jacob now lives in Oakland where they spend their free time reading and writing.
Jennie Kogan is a twenty-four-year-old cisgender woman who grew up twenty miles north of NYC, land of the indigenous group, the Wiechquaeskecks. After a few years of working on farms, in hospitals and in health food stores, she moved to the Bay to connect with an activist community and find a meaningful role to play. She spends her time working as a Service Coordinator for folks who are formerly homeless where she is humbled every day from her kind and wise residents. While not working, she is involved with SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and CURYJ, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice and frequently engages in conversations around race, class, ability, mental health, sexuality, gender identity and everything in between. She looks forward to exploring her Jewish identity in relation to social justice and community with the Jeremiah Fellowship this year.