Jeremiah Fellowship Participants
Rachel Liebman recently completed her graduate education from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Master of Public Affairs degree and Master of Science in Social Work degree. Ms. Liebman is transitioning from a direct service case management role in nonprofits to a policy position focusing on repairing our broken criminal youth and adult justice systems. Ms. Liebman is invested in eliminating racial and ethnic disparities by bridging isolated sectors; bringing people who are directly affected by policies to the table with people who develop policies is key to the implementation of equitable social policies. Originally from Arizona, Ms. Liebman is dedicated to a career of advocacy and lobbying to promote a healthier United States of America where we can dialogue about solutions to end institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression to ensure a better future together.
Abby is a somewhat recent Bay Area transplant, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from Bard College with a degree in human rights, she worked at Human Rights Watch and lived in an intentional community in Brooklyn with other members of Habonim Dror, a Jewish socialist youth movement. Abby grew up attending Habonim Dror summer camps and it shaped her connection to social justice and cultural Judaism. Since moving to San Francisco, she has been looking for new ways to create Jewish community and get involved in local activism. Abby has recently started a new job in podcasting, and enjoys exploring new hiking trails, learning to surf, and cooking delicious meals with friends.
Sahar is a writer, political organizer, computer scientist, data hacker, brother, and son. Born in Petah Tiqwa to refugees from revolutionary Iran, his current projects include living a more poetic and divine life. In his career, he has founded two prosocial startups, two publications, and served as the founding data scientist for Grovo Learning. Sahar has also been a Data Scientist for the Wikimedia Foundation, where he ran the data infrastructure and analysis for those banners you occasionally see asking for donations. His past has also featured a Zephyr Teachout's campaign for Governor, two cross-country walkabouts, emailing millions of people at a time, Rochester NY, Brandeis University, Springfield MO, co-founding Current Affairs Magazine, and the board of Citizen Action of New York. He is currently a senior mentor for StartingBloc, a founder of a radical community organization in San Francisco, and a data engineer at Facebook.
Nicoll lives in San Francisco. She works at Jewish Vocational Service, as the Jewish Community Outreach Coordinator. She does improv, likes cooking, and relaxing in her bathtub. For fun she enjoys spending time with family and friends who live nearby. You can find her doing her spiritual exercise at the Kitchen. She is passionate about fostering strong communities and building relationships. She is excited about being a Jeremiah Fellow this year and deepening connections with the Jewish Social Justice community.
Maya Peers Nitzberg
Maya is a New Jersey native/California-transplant and a recent graduate from Middlebury College in Vermont, where she majored in Religion. Since graduation in February 2017, Maya been working for a sex ed tech start-up as a community support team member and content writer. She is passionate about sex and pleasure education—particularly as it pertains to and intersects with social justice. Her other passion is poetry. Some of Maya’s favorite things are: emojis, enthusiastic consent and constructive criticism.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Alex Rogers developed a strong connection between Judaism, justice and community engagement. After studying at Syracuse University, he moved to New York City to work in teen engagement with the Union for Reform Judaism. Tired of the snow and grouchy people, he jumped across the country to make the Bay Area home in 2014. Alex spent two years working on developing new programs focused on social justice and community building with Camp Newman, during which he spent three summers taking teens on social justice adventures. Currently a Community Manager for a coworking space in Oakland, Alex spends a lot of time focused on the intentionality of space. When not working, you can find him on his yoga mat, hiking in East Bay parks or facilitating justice education for 11/12th graders at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. After years of crafting experiences for others, Alex is excited to engage in racial and economic justice work as part of a new community.
Hana grew up in the 818 of Los Angeles amongst legendary hound dogs, in a house where kimchi and challah aren’t strangers on the dinner table. She received her B.A. in History with a Concentration in the Middle East and Jewish history at UC Santa Cruz. Her senior research, “African Asylum Seekers and Ethnic Democracy in Israel” was awarded the Chancellor’s Award and the 2016 Linda Peterson Award for best essay in Middle Eastern History. Hana currently works as the Outreach Coordinator at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at Berkeley Law. Before recently moving to the Bay Area, Hana spent two years living and backpacking in seven countries. In addition to her passion for education and nomadic lifestyle, Hana loves libraries, nature, magic realism, and Korean saunas.
Vince is an Asian Jewish Canadian from Mississauga, Ontario, who found himself transitioning from a career in laser physics research at the University of Virginia to more human-focused life paths in science outreach and teaching in the Bay Area. From his experience growing up in a multicultural, multi-racial environment outside of the United States, and his successes and obstacles in integrating into different Jewish communities, he seeks to question the meaning of Jewish religious, cultural, national, and racial identity. His personal struggles and recovery from childhood developmental trauma inspire him to seek a broader sense of justice for the students he mentors and the world around him. Vince enjoys exploring new places, cooking Indian vegetarian food, riding his bike, learning languages, playing Jewish geography, and doing improv. Outside of teaching physics, his long term goal is to be in a position to challenge the values, divisions, and prejudices we all grow up with and spread empathy around and across different groups of people. Vince holds a B.S. degree from the University of Toronto and a M.S. degree from the University of Virginia.
Passionate about equity and social justice, Alyssa spends most days working with nonprofit organizations on effective communications. Through that work, she's honed her expertise in working with groups that serve children, families and educators. Alyssa graduated from the Ohio State University with bachelor's degrees in Spanish and International Development. She is an Oakland-loving Cleveland native with a penchant for puns and an affinity for the outdoors.
Isabelle Staines is currently the Coordinator of the Executive Office for the New Israel fund. She graduated from Hendrix College, a liberal arts school in Conway Arkansas, with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations in 2016 and has also studied in Israel and Hungary. Isabelle is originally from Clarksville, Maryland and moved to California to begin her career with NIF. She enjoys exploring her new community and spending time outdoors.