Announcing the 5772 Dvar Tzedek Writing Fellows
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Announcing the 5772 Dvar Tzedek Writing Fellows
American Jewish World Service is delighted to announce the recipients of the AJWS Dvar Tzedek Torah Commentary: Lisa Goldberg Memorial Writers’ Fellowship for 5772. Each writer brings a unique and powerful voice to Jewish social justice. We hope they will inspire and motivate us toward a Jewish identity that embraces justice and social responsibility.
About Dvar Tzedek
Dvar Tzedek is a weekly Torah commentary highlighting global justice teachings that are deeply rooted in Torah. To read and subscribe to this publication, visit www.ajws.org/dvartzedek. To subscribe to the weekly podcast, visit www.ajws.org/podcast.
About Lisa Goldberg
As President of the Charles S. Revson Foundation, Lisa Goldberg had a profound commitment to the Jewish community and to social justice. She was a creative and vigorous supporter of leadership development, public interest law, women and public policy and Jewish culture. Lisa died tragically at the age of 54. She was a good friend and generous supporter of AJWS. We are honored to name this writers’ fellowship, which embodies many of the values she held dear, in her memory.
Sarah Mulhern is a Program Associate in the Department of Experiential Education at AJWS. In that role, she develops educational resources including curricula, prayers, divrei Torah, and text studies; and teaches and speaks on behalf of the organization. She also manages On1Foot, the online portal for Jewish texts and social justice. Prior to joining AJWS, Sarah taught at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and in the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies’ Social Justice Track. She studied at Pardes from 2008-2010 and at Yeshivat Hadar in 2008. Sarah holds a BA from Brandeis University in History and Political Science.
Wendi Geffen is a rabbi at North Shore Congregation Israel in suburban Chicago. Dedicated to social justice and its Jewish textual roots, she regularly works to empower the synagogue and her larger community to act on the Jewish imperative to pursue tzedek. Wendi is also the creator of Beyond and Back, a Chicago-wide program that engages young adults to explore their Jewish identity through text study and dialogue. A graduate of Emory University, she was ordained at Hebrew Union College and received honors for academic achievement in Bible.
Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine, a daily online publication of Jewish life and culture. A native of Tel Aviv, he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Israeli army before moving to New York in 1999. Liel holds a Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University, and is an assistant professor of communications at NYU, specializing in the technological and cultural aspects of video games and digital media. He has authored four books, including, most recently, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election (with Todd Gitlin).
Adina Roth, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, is a clinical psychologist who holds dual master’s degrees in literature. A co-founder of the Johannesburg Egalitarian Chavurah, Adina runs B’tocham Education—a bar and bat mitzvah program that prepares pre-teens for their rites of passage, and organizes Women’s Torah and Megillah readings. She has co-chaired Limmud Johannesburg for three years and has studied Bible and Talmud at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, in Jerusalem, and Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, in New York City. Adina lives in Johannesburg with her husband and daughter, and is interested in creating creative and diverse community spaces within the Jewish community and beyond.
Sigal Samuel is a freelance writer currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Walrus and The Jerusalem Post. She is a graduate of McGill University, where she studied philosophy, and has spent time studying at Hebrew University, Midreshet Ein HaNatziv, Northwoods Kollel and Yeshivat Hadar. When she is not writing about Jewish texts, feminism, education and mental health, Sigal volunteers for the Vancouver School Board and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. She is currently working on her first novel.
Rabbi David Singer is Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, Texas. A graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, David is the recipient of the 2011 Whizin Prize in Jewish Ethics. A California native, he graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley, and has spent two years living and studying in Israel, most recently at Jerusalem's Conservative Yeshiva.