Jeremiah Fellowship Participants
David Bocarsly is pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree, with a certificate in Social Justice, at the USC Price School. He also works as a Community Liaison for CA State Senator Ben Allen (SD-26). David’s commitment to progressive activism stems from the Jewish values of justice he learned from his Jewish upbringing in Los Angeles. He has dedicated his professional life to working at the intersection of Judaism and social justice. David served as UCLA’s Student Body President and as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, then worked in local, state, and federal government. In his spare time, David organizes Jewish community members to advocate for race, gender, and economic equality. He also enjoys dancing, playing backgammon, laughing, and being outdoors.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Adam grew up in Ohio and represented his state at The United States Military Academy. Once there, he became an objector to America's involvement in the Middle East and withdrew from West Point receiving an honorable discharge from the US Army. Adam went on to receive his BFA from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and plans on furthering his education in graduate school. Adam is finishing up his conversion to Judaism and hopes to fight for social justice through his newly found Jewish beliefs and practices.