Jeremiah Fellowship Participants

Los Angeles 2017

Maxwell Davis

Max is a Los Angeles native who returned here after attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He enjoys reading and playing sports, though he is certainly better at the former and probably should only spectate the latter. Max is interested in politics and loves discussing political climate and ideologies with others, even those he disagrees with vehemently. Though he is not entirely sure of his future plans, he has an interest in going to law school. Max has been involved in various Jewish organizations, including AEPi, Diller Teen Fellows and NFTY.  

Daniel Eyal

Daniel Eyal is a native of the beautiful city of Los Angeles. As such, his passions include authentic Thai food, good music and environmental and social justice. Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his B.A. in Global & International Studies. After interning in the Obama White House, Daniel realized the importance of local politics and returned to LA, where he recently served as a field director on a campaign for California’s 34th Congressional District. Daniel is excited to learn about social justice through a Jewish lens and is looking forward to getting to work with his Jeremiah cohort.  

Maia Ferdman

Maia Ferdman is the Program Coordinator for Global Jewish Experiences and the Fishel Fellow at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The Fishel Fellowship, in partnership with JDC Entwine, took her all over the world: she volunteered with children living in a Mumbai slum, worked with teenagers creating their own startups in Israel, and lived in Sofia, Bulgaria for one year, working with JDC’s initiative Junction to create international programming for Jewish young adults throughout Europe. Today Maia brings her diverse global experiences to various Federation initiatives and departments. Maia is an avid reader and writer, intricate doodler, and proud sister of two younger brothers. She holds a B.A. in Global Studies and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UCLA.

Sarah Ilana Flam

Sarah Ilana grew up in the coastal town of Ventura, California. She enjoys musical theater, nature, poetry, klezmer music, travel, and building community. Currently, she is working as a bug farmer at an insectary, developing business skills and learning about biological pest control. Sarah graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters in Social Welfare and has her License in Clinical Social Work. She has spent most of her career working with the foster care system and with families coping with trauma. She also is a Certified Expressive Art Therapy Practitioner and loves creating spaces for healing through the arts. Sarah is a founder of and organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice Ventura County and strives to transform broken systems into ones which promote wellness and allow people, the community, and the planet to thrive! 

Matthew Horn

Matthew Hom is a doctoral student in Jewish history and literature who is delighted to join the Jeremiah Fellowship cohort in advocating for and effecting progressive change from a Jewish social justice perspective. A native of Cerritos, California, he attended UC Irvine for college, where he studied history as well as music composition, and New York University for graduate school. Matthew is proud to have grown up participating in the Reform movement, while he also sought over the years to sincerely encounter the diversity of contemporary Jewish thought and practice. After gaining indispensable experience in activism through the Religious Action Center and the Hillary Clinton campaign, he is excited to contribute towards enacting progressive change at the local and national levels, especially at a time in which this is more necessary than ever. He is passionate about a variety of issues, including solidarity with vulnerable minority groups in today's America, separation of church and state, LGBTQ+ rights and immigration reform. 

Sophia Liebman

Sophia was born and raised in Los Angeles. She moved to the east coast for college where she graduated with a degree in East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Chinese and Gender and Women’s Study Minor at Connecticut College. Having studied Chinese in college Sophia received a fellowship to conduct research on law and its impact on sexual minorities in China and Taiwan. After graduating college, Sophia completed an internship with the US-Asia Institute in Washington DC developing educational exchanges for students and congressional staff members between Asian countries and the US. After the national election in November, Sophia returned to Los Angeles to work in local politics. She worked as a regional field director for Nick Melvoin for LAUSD school board. Sophia is passionate about issues of social justice and is looking forward to working in her local community. In her free time, Sophia loves to cook Chinese food and explore the diverse culinary scene in Los Angeles. 

Madeline Miller

A Los Angeles native and dedicated nonprofit professional, Madeline Miller is fascinated by the bonds and identities that form the basis of dynamic communities. She is the Development Associate at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, an environmental justice nonprofit that creates urban parks and community gardens throughout LA County. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Madeline participated in Avodah: the Jewish Service Corps in Washington, DC where she promoted financial literacy and economic empowerment. She is interested in promoting equity through environmental advocacy, food justice, educational reform, and the protection of women’s rights. In her spare time, Madeline reads, hikes, practices yoga, and stays up too late watching movie trailers and tv shows. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Lexi Nolte

Lexy was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She works at Beit T’Shuvah, a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment center, in the Development Department as the Alumni Coordinator and Development Assistant. She attended college at California State University, Northridge and received her bachelors degree in Criminology. Lexy is currently attending Louisiana State University to earn her Masters in Non-Profit Management and hopes to start her own non-profit working with underprivileged kids one day. She loves animals, traveling & trying new foods. Lexy wants to help the voiceless and learn more about social justice in Los Angeles & Jewish Communities. 

Ian Stuart

Ian Stuart grew up in the San Fernando Valley and recently returned home after a stint in the Bay Area and nearly 7 years living overseas in Thailand. Trained as an English instructor for adults, Ian taught for a bit in San Francisco and later at a university in Bangkok. Ian eventually moved to full-time work in the nonprofit sector, where he assisted Boat People SOS in developing its refugee legal aid clinic and in implementing a range human rights and capacity building projects. New to the field of human rights, Ian learned through immersion in regional work and collaboration with veteran human rights defenders and civil society leaders from across Southeast Asia. Now back in the U.S., Ian is eager to build on this experience to work on social justice issues in California. Ian currently works as a Program Manager for the Tools for Tolerance® for Law Enforcement program at the Museum of Tolerance. Ian likes eating spicy Thai food and is an avid pick-up basketball player with a dream of one day dunking a basketball. 

Julia Zukin

Julia graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. After graduating, she interned in development at Planned Parenthood. She currently works as a career counselor at Beit T'Shuvah but plans on going to graduate school in clinical psychology in the near future. In addition, she serves as a relationship mentor to at-risk foster youth at Vista Del Mar. She loves Harry Potter (the books), Audre Lorde, and probably spends too much time with her yellow Lab, Chloe. 

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