Kol Tzedek Fellows

Meet the 5774 Kol Tzedek Fellows!

Kol Tzedek: Voices of Justice Speaking Fellows serve as AJWS ambassadors to Jewish communities across the United States. As alumni of the Rabbinical Students’ Delegation, fellows translate their personal experiences in the developing world and their passion for justice into compelling sermons and teachings, spreading “AJWS Torah” nationwide.

The Kol Tzedek fellows can speak or teach in many different contexts in your community: perhaps you are looking for a scholar-in-residence, a college campus presenter or a conference educator. They also speak on many topics related to global justice issues, Jewish text and tradition, and AJWS’s current campaigns.

To request a Kol Tzedek visit to your community, please contact Josh Kanter at jkanter@ajws.org or 212.792.2867.

Andrew Scheer was born and raised in Woodmere, NY. He studied at Yeshivat Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion and went on to earn his B.A. in Jewish History from New York University. After working for the New York Mets for three seasons, he taught English in the Japanese countryside for a year, concurrently teaching Hebrew School at the JCC of Tokyo. Andrew currently learns at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah where he is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He serves in the United States Army Reserve as a Chaplain Candidate at Fort Totten, NY. Recently, Andrew traveled with the Rene Cassin Human Rights and Shapiro-UJA Fellowships to Israel and with the Museum of Jewish Heritage's Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

Mia Simring is pursuing rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary. During her time at JTS, she has engaged with Judaism in multiple contexts, from working with a small congregation in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to studying and volunteering  at the Bina Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv-Yafo, to participating in AJWS's 9th Rabbinical Students' Delegation to Keur Ibra Fall.  Mia has worked as a chaplain intern at NYU Langone Medical Center, where she has worked with patients and families in pediatric units as well as in acute care units.  Mia holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Brown University, which led her to work in Japan in a rural town hall and then in the Japanese and Korean Art Department at Christie's NY.  She now lives in south Harlem with her husband Jimmy Taber and daughter Nava. She is an active member of the Harlem Minyan.

Jordan Soffer is in his second year of rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He is simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree in Jewish education from Yeshiva University. Originally from New City, NY, Jordan attended Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School and the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. Jordan was very active in USY, and loved summer camp. A proud Badger, Jordan graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Education, Religious Studies, and Hebrew and Semitic Studies. While in college Jordan spent a semester studying and traveling the world on Semester at Sea.  After graduating college, and before starting rabbinical school, Jordan spent time studying at various yeshivot throughout America and Israel. Jordan ultimately aspires to enter the field of Jewish elementary education, learning and teaching the values of yiddishkeit. Jordan lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he enjoys playing and watching sports, hanging out with friends, and generally having fun!

Jonathan Zasloff is professor of law at the UCLA School of Law. He is also a rabbinical student in the ALEPH ordination program. Jonathan currently serves on the boards of several Jewish community organizations, including the Breed Street Shul Project, Friends of Israel’s Environment and the Mussar Institute. He holds a PhD in American history from Harvard and a JD from Yale.