25 Years of Volunteer Service

AJWS has changed the landscape of Jewish service.


Twenty-five years ago, there were few international service opportunities designed specifically for Jews with aspirations of healing the world. But AJWS has led a renaissance of Jewish service, and to date, has sent 3,400 volunteers to work with grassroots organizations fighting poverty, hunger and disease around the world. On these “service-learning” trips, AJWS volunteers have made a lasting impact: They have helped build community centers, roads and schools; conducted research; improved health and hygiene; documented and protested human rights abuses and taught essential skills. At the same time, they have engaged deeply with the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, studying AJWS’s service curriculum, Expanding the Universe of Obligation: Judaism, Justice and Global Responsibility. By learning about and contributing personally to global change, AJWS volunteers are applying the most fundamental Jewish ideals of justice.


Timeline of AJWS Volunteer Service



Volunteers

AJWS volunteers not only leverage the work of our grantees around the world, but provide an example of the transformation that can be accomplished through service. They change the world daily by giving their time, their labor and their passion for global justice.


Volunteers

Alternative Breaks

Evelyn Abdelhak
Shayna Abelman
Samuel Adatto
Michelle Aerov
Adina Alpert
Ariel Altman
Lisa Anchin
Emily Aronson
Anna Ashkenazi
Yael Shoshana Ausubel
Rachel Aviv
Asal Azozoddin
Sophia Bailey
Rachel Barnehama
Dafna Barzilay
Karen Baskind
Avital Bauman
Eric Behar
Sarah Belfer
Samuel Belfer
Helen Bennett
Abigal Benudis
Jessica Berlin
Daniel Berman
Julia Bernstein
Rebecca Bieber
Ariel Bigio
Amanda Bilski
Alyssa Pollak Birnbaum
Marni Blitz
Paul Jacob Bloch
Michelle Bloom
Danielle Bluford
Natalie Blum
Jay David Blumstein
Emma Blumstein
Joshua Bobrow
Elizabeth Bomes
Abby Boorstin
Mark Borenstein
Stanislav Brand
Laura Brandt
Michael Braunstein
Esther Breger
Morris Breitbart
Noah Bresler
Ellen Brown
Michael Brown
Shoshana Brownstein
Sean Bulger
Matthew Butnaru
Ilana Butrimovitz
Zoe Camp
Ilan Caplan
Britne Carlen
Annie Carlton
Andrew Carton
Stephanie Chalifour
Tori Cheifetz
Marnina Cherkin
Micah Chervin
Melissa Chiz
Adam Chubak
Corey Civin
Eliezer Cohen
Rose Cohen
Ethan Cohen
Michael (Micah) Cohen
Devon Cohen
Boaz Cohen
Emily Cohen
Talia Cohen
Cheryl Cooper
Sarah Cort
Raphael Covel
Nicholas Stephen Roberts Creason
Isaac Crespin
Ori Daniel
Keren Daskin
Arielle Davis
Sarah Davis
Sol DeLeon
Shannon Dempsey
Saraleah Doge-Cohen
Carrie Dorn
Rachel Dotter
Beth Drummond
Chanel Dubofsky
Andrew Dym
Jessica Eaton
Rebecca Edelston
Lital Ehrlich
Hannah Ehrlich
Yael Eisenberg
Natalie Elder
Jessica Elkayam
Naomi Ellenson
Tal Elmatad
Janice Elster
Michael Emerson
Zachary Epstein-Peterson
Rachel Esplin
Jessica Falk
Matthew Steven Feczko
Shari Feirman
Daniel Ferman
Jacob Fine
Rebecca Finkel
Alisa Finkelstein
Kate Fischl
Chaviva Fisher
Jessica Fisher
Natalie Fisher
Dana Fishweicher
Laura Fletcher
David Fox
Alison Fox
Jonathan Frankel
Rebecca Freed
Mike Freedman
Joshua Friedmann
Chayki Fruchter
Stephanie Michele Gage
Drew Gallagher
Benjamin Gansky
Ryan Garber
Nathaniel Gardenswartz
Jonathan Garellek
Marissa Garfield
Jonathan Gartenberg
Gabriel Gemanow
Rachel Gerson
Yosef Gillers
Martin Ginger
Aviva Ginsburg
Hilary Ginsburg
Alanna Gisondo
Talya Giten
Leila Glass
Michael Glenwick
Jaclyn Glick
Ilan Gluck
Lauren Godles
Elliott Goldberg
Gary Goldberg
Helen Goldberg
Elisheva Goldberg
Sarah Goldman
Natalie Goldman
Ayala Goldstein
Jennifer Goodhart
Adina Goodman
Samuel Goodman
Jamie Gorosh
Farrah Green
Sharon Green
Elan Green
Arieh Greenbaum
Stefanie Greenberg
Sara Greenfest
Hannah Greenspan
Tamara Greenwald
Sasha Gribov
Molly Gross
Lena Grotticelli
Meredith Guberman
Elyssa Guslits
Rebecca Gutmann
Sina Hadad-Aviad
Michael Hagai
Mimi Hall
Jennie Halperin
Gabriela Halpern
Kelly Hanna
Kate Harmsworth-Morrissey
Adam Haroz
Jason Harris
Karyn Heavenrich
Dalya Heller
Oze Henig
William Herlands
Alexis Hill
Mara Hochberg-Miller
Lydia Hochheimer
Rachel Hodes
Sarah Hofer
Aaron Ilan Horn
Paige Horn
Aaron Horning
Sarah Hotung
Anna Hutt Fredman
Matthew Jaboury
Anne Jacob
Justin Jacobs
Jen Johnson
Nicole Kahn
Adam Kaluzshner
Rafael Kaplan
Michael Kaplan
Alyssa Kaplan
Bazhena Karpenkopf
Dovid Katz
Brooke Katz
Jessica Katz
Rebecca Kaufman
Jenna Kaufman
Naama Kellman
Seth Benjamin Kennedy
Manashe Khaimov
Meryl Klein
Peter Klein
Daniel Kolb
Samantha Kopin
Marina Kopytkovskiy
Vladimir Korshin
Sophia Kostelanetz
Elisabeth Kostin
Ilana Krakowski
Renee Kramer
Elizabeth Kramer
Amy Kranzler
Aimee Esther Krausz
Yelena Kreynstein
Avraham Krivosha-Herring
Naomi Kruger
Eric Kupferstein
Jennifer Kusma
Kashmir Kustanowitz
Ariella Laiken
Samantha Lakin
Emily Laskodi
Adira Lautman
Rebecca Lederer
Judah Raphael Leeder
Mitchell Leff
Loren Lemberg
Adam Lemberger
Hannah Leshin
Amy Leshner
Seth Levine
Andrew Levison
Hilana Lewkowitz-Shpuntoff
Ilana Leykekhman
Sofya Leyzerova
Leah Liberman
Shulamis Lieber
Rachel Lissner
Jessica Litwack
Cara Liuzzi
Ariela Lovett
Adam Lovett
Leah Lubianker
Avital Ludomirsky
Meredith Madnick
Shana Maikhor
Ilana Marcus
Judy Margolin
Hector Mariscal
Lisa Markman
Laura Aryn Markmen
Leila Marsh
Keith Martinez
Arya Marvazy
Marcia Masri
William Mathis
Misa Mattson
Zach Matuzsan
Avner May
Meyer Mechanic
Jacqueline Medalye
Jacob Meier
Ari Michael
David Micley
Dalia Miller
Saul Miller
Elise Miller
Laura Gabrielle Mitzner
Allison Mondell
Eveline Mordehai
Avital Moss
Danila Musante
David Myers
Lila Nadelmann
Ariel Naveh
William Nesson
Rachel Nevins
Hanna Newman
Elizabeth Nicholas
Elan Nyer
Deborah Ohevshalom
Jason Okrent
Zoe Oreck
Shana Orlansky
Denis Ostrovskiy
Julie Otton
Keren Page
Matt Paige
Michelle Paisley
Steven Paletz
Shelbi Pellen
Brandon Perlow
Ben Perlow
Deena Peyser
Naomi Porper
Shani Porter
Sarah Portilla
Adina Poupko
Amy Price
Eli Pristoop
Ethan Prosnit
Julie Pulda
Myrria Quintana
Seth Rau
Eli Recht
Stephanie Reed
Rebecca Reich
Alison Rebecca Reingold
Anna Resnick
Julia Resnick
Rebecca Richter
Michelle Ringel
Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz
Jacob Rohter
Adina Rosen
Raphael Rosen
Lisa Rosen
Sara Rosenbaum
Kendra Rosenberg
Andrew Rosenberg
Lila Rosenbloom
Elaine Ross
Chelsea Roth
Michael Reuvan Rubin
Galia Rubenstein
Benzion Rubin
Elizabeth Rubin
Adam Russman
Samara Rutenberg
Gillian Sabbagh
Robyn Sablove
Rosemary Salzwedel
Lisa Sanchez
Jenny Sander
Matt Saunders
Hannah Schacter-Gampel
Alec Scharff
Robin Scheimer
Stacy Schiller
Zvi Schindel
Benjamin Schneider
Jason Schneir
Amanda Schochet
Racheli Schoenburg
Roxanne Schwartz
Ian Schwartz
Dan Schwartz
Matthew Schwartz
Yitzchak Ariel Schwartz
Rayna Schwartz
Jennifer Schwarz
Devora Schwartz-Waxman
Naomi Schwarzberg-Weiss
Jessi Seldman
Sion Setton
Alexandra Sevett
Sonia Shakib
Rachel Shamash
Leah Anne Shapiro
Sarah Shapiro
Pamela Sharaf
Alison Sheren
Shea Shneider
Jason Shor
Vitaly Shter
Shaina Siegel
Jason Siegel
Jacob Siegel
Elina Silenko
Shira Silver
Laura Silverman
Maayan Simckes
Natan Simhai
Yael Simons
Elyse Siskind
Cory Siskind
Lauren Skilken
Helaina Skop
Joshua Sky
Aviya Slutzky
Shoshana Smolen
Bradley Snider
Gennadiy Sobol
Robin Socol
Samahn Soleimanian
Ilayna Soloman
Natalya Soloveychik
Julia Speigel
Jeremy Spekman
Rebecca Stahl
Brooke Steiger
Tamar Miriam Stein
Rena Stern
Jonathan Steinberg
Alexandra Steverson
Ariel Stimson
Sara Stohl
Lauren Stoler
Ona Strikas
Julie Stultz
Elizabeth Sugarman
Benjamin Sugarman
David Sugarman
Rory Sullivan
Randee Sultanik
Danielle Taubman
Eli Temkin
Lauren
Ilan Yechezkel Tokayer
Mordechai Treiger
Victoria Truitt
Deborah Vishnevsky
Jessica Vornbrock
Abigail Lauren Waldorf
Mia Walker
Lauren Ashley Walters
Joshua Warburton-Pitt
Susanna Warhman
Brianna Wasserman
Max Wayne
David Weinreb
Benjamin Weinstein
Stefanie Weiss
Ronit Weissberg
Steven Weissbrod
Lauren Weissbrod
Ariel Weissburg
Gillian Wener
Elizabeth Jane Weston
Uri Westrich
Andrew Wheelwright
Lauren White
Raymond Wingfield
Melissa Wiskin
Daniel Wohlberg
Donnie Wood
Phillip Yadegari
Joshua Yahalom
Samuel Yamshon
Ilana Zaken
Jennifer Zaligson
Alix Zamansky
Shane Zazula
Jody Zellman
Avi Zellman
Erica Zviklin

Volunteer Summer

Evelyn Abdelhak
Alison Adams
Rachael Adelstein
Daniella Adler
Jacob Agus-Kleinman
Benjamin Amon
Joshua Arbit
Ygal Arounian
David Barnett
Asa Barth-Maron
Dana Baum
Sophia Bellin Warren
Aviva Bellman
Sarah Benowich
Jessica Berlin
Mike Bertenthal
Carol Braha
Nina Breen
Daniel Bronstein
Aryeh Canter
Tamar Caplan
Rebecca Ciciretti
Roni Cohen
Jeffrey Conrad
Abraham Crevoshay
Tess Dmitrovsky
Dan Edelstein
Jonathan Eisen
Lilach Epstein
Rebekah Espino-Drobner
Susannah Feinstein
Yelena Finegold
Rena Finkel
Leah Fischer
Steven Fishman
Orli Florsheim
Judith Frank
Menachem Freedman
Eli Gabel-Frank
Maya Gainer
Jonathan Gartenberg
Melissa Gelbart
Philip Gibbs
Manya-Jean Gitter
Stephanie Gladman
Julian Goldhagen
Andrew Goldstein
Natalie Goodis
Aviva Gottesman
Rachel Greenspan
Aliza Grossberg
Emily Gruber
Steven Gwartz
Rebecca Haendel
David Hammerschlag
Naomi Heisler
Maya Herzog
Alana Himber
Alanna Hoffman
Jessica Hom
Ilana Huerta-Strongin
Naomi Iser
Issac Jenkins
Sarah Michelle Kahn
Meira Katzoff
Aaron Kessler
Hannah Kibort-Crocker
Yael Kiken
Brooke Kincaid
Diane Kolatch
Adriel Koschitzky
Jacob Kreimer
Jeremy Kuperberg
Jonathan Kuperberg
Rachel Levenson
Jessica Levine
Rachel Levy
Hannah Lowinger
Danielle Matarasso
David Mayberg
Chana Messinger
Leran Minc
Shoshana Mintz
Phoebe Moore
Philippa Munitz
Michele Nagar
Caroline Novack
Rebecca Parad
Abigail Plener
Jonathan Plotnick
Shani Porter
Amy Randel
Mia Reilly
Maya Richman
Nehama Rogozen
Rena Rotter
Tamar Rubin
Erica Sachse
Gideon Salzman-Gubbay
Leah Samuel
Darren Sandler
Ariel Scott-Dicker
Marjorie Shapiro
Isabel Sherrell
Dan Sherrell
Lee Shimrit
Lillian Shroyer
Samuel Shuman
Jacob Shuster
Katheryn Simpson
Jeremy Sinensky
Jessica Singer
Sadaf Soleymani
Zachary Solomon
Nathan Stall
Isaac Steinberg
Jonathan Steinberg
Robyn Steiner
Joshua Strassmann
Rebecca Sturgis
Shayna Teitelbaum
Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler
Tamar Veres
Aaron Wachsmann
Hadassah Wachsmann
Gabriel Weisel
Sophia Weiss
Micah Geurin Weiss
Sam Weissman
Daniel Wohlberg
Joy Yedid
Deeba Zivari

Volunteer Corps

Jenny Ackerman
Eva Aklamati-Darko
Deborah Apeloig
Judah Ariel
Steven Aufrecht
Olga Bakayeva
Adam Baruch
Jessica Beitch
Jim Berger
Marcy Berlin
Joseph Berman
Susan Berman
Joseph Berman
Jill Birnbaum
George Blanar
Maurice Bloch
Joyanne Bloom
Judy Blumberg
Laura Brandt
William Bressman
Joanna Brinton
Erna Brout
Selma Burley
Hanna Caplan
Leslie Chesick
Christopher Clemens
Rachel Clemens
Arielle Cohen
Susan Comay
Sarah Dandurand
Rachel Diller
Emily Donaldson
Neda Dowlatshahi
Sarah Eisner
Melissa Extein
Erin Farb
Rebecca Fishman
Maxine Fraade
Allison Frailich
Rachel Friedrichs
Candice Frost
Offira Gabbay
Mordechai Gemer
Daniel Ginsberg
Caroline Glickler
Emily Gold
Sarah Goldfein
Marlene Goodfriend
Vivian Gordon
Robert Greenberg
Margaret Greenberg
Jill Gutmann
Brent Gutmann
Anya Guyer
Elie Halpern
Beth Halpern
Marcia Heisler
Ori Hillel
Frannie Hoff
Phil Hoff
Jason Hoffman
Todd Holzman
Terry Holzman
Geoffrey Howard
Carole Howard
Deborah Hughes
Joanne Jacoby
Rachel Jenkins-Stevens
Aaron Kafka
Vered Kater
Ruth Kavesh
Gary Kay
Sherrie Kay
Warren Kleban
Richard Klein
Stanley Klein
Marcia Klein
Lisa Kodmur
John Koeppel
Jerusha Pearson Lev
Gillian Levine
Rachel Levine
Trudi Levine
Shira Liff-Grieff
Anne Maertz
Chloe Markowitz
Ruth Messinger
Samantha Miller
Esther Miller
Rachel Miller
Avner Mizrahi
Lillian Moncada-Davidson
Michelle Moses-Eisenstein
Kyle Mushkin
Jordan Namerow
Yuval Nevo
Irene Nsiah
Mitch Oberstein
Joel Packer
Jana Pariser
Steven Paskowitz
Jaimie Peltzman
James Pepper
Rosalyn Plotzker
Deborah Povich
Ron Povich
Wolfgang Price
Rebecca Price
Jonathan Pulik
Lisa Querido
Doris Rabinovitz
Marti Ann Reinfeld
Debra Richman
Lisa Robarge
David Rodwin
Beth Rosen
Daniel Rosenthal
Susan Rothstein
Adrian Sackson
Laurie Saft
Judy Salosky
Mollie Salpeter
Peter Schnurman
Hinda Schnurman
Lisa Schottenfeld
Nicole Schouela
Stanley Shapiro
Jodi Shapiro
Jenifer Shapiro
Debra Siegel
Moriah Silver
Rebecca Silvers
Emily Simon
Sean Smith
Arlene Star
Josh Steele
Laura Stevens
Diane Strazzer
Mark Strazzer
Lindsay Stricke
Wendy Surinsky
Bruce Temkin
Marissa Tiamfook
Ariel Tinney
Carly Van Orman
Leonard Vishnevsky
Lily Walkover
Tobey Ward
Sara Wasserteil
Esther Weinberg
Shana Weinberg
Elizabeth Weiss
Alice Werbel
Noah Wimmer
Molly Zeff
Juliana Zuccaro

World Partners

Caroline Bowker
Hannan Braun
Elizabeth Buncher
Andrew Carmona
Rachael Dizard
Shulamit Eisen
Sarah Fink
Gabriel Germanow
Talya Gillman
Liliana Goldschmidt
Jamie Gordon
Elizabeth Hamburger
Jessica Harris
Julia Kaminsky
Elsita Kiekebusch
Alana Kinarsky
Talia Langman
Jamie Lippman
Tamara Livshitz
Dafnah Meron
Benjamin Meyer
Tamara Milsztajn
Mitio Rothstein
Emily Schechter
Abigail Steiner
Michaela Wallin
David Weinreb
Natasha Wilder
Marni Wolf

Rabbinical Students’ Delegation
Scholars-in-Residence

Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson
Rabbi Roly Matalon
Rabbi David Teutsch
Rachel Ackerman
Joshua Ackerman
Judith Bacharach
Sara Barkin
Lauren Ben-Shoshan
Dahlia Bernstein
Ana Bonnheim
Daniel Braune Friedman
Rachael Bregman
Cari Bricklin
Catharine Clark
Joshua Corber
Jill Cozen-Harel
Rogério Cukierman
Getzel Davis
Lisa Delson
Catherine Dodi
Ira Dounn
Rose Durbin
Jean Eglinton
Anne Feibelman
Brian Fink
Aaron Finkelstein
Ilana Foss
Sarah Freidson
Jordana Gerson
Debra Glasberg
Hannah Goldstein
Tiffany Gordon
Gabe Greenberg
Jarah Greenfield
Noah Greenfield
Adam Greenwald
Jessica Gross
Roni Handler
Corey Helfand
Elizabeth Heydemann
Sandi Intraub
Rachel
Daniel Kaiman
Alexander Kaye
Donna Kirshbaum
Gilah Kletenik
Rachel Kort
Jessica Koss
Anna Levin
Meira Levinson
Anne Lewis
Ari Lucas
Daniel Mikelberg
Ita Paskind
Daniel Passow
Allison Peiser
Matthew Rosenberg
Adam Rosenwasser
Evan Schultz
Tal Sessler
Sion Setton
Rachel Shafran
Jay Sherwood
Jessica Shimberg
David Singer
Kerrith Solomon
Chasya Uriel Steinbauer
Miriam Terlinchamp
Seth Wax
Vera Wexler
Shmuly Yanklowitz

Delegations

Rachel Alexander
Ayla Anastacio
Kathy Andeway
Jennifer Arndt
Teri Aronowitz
Hilarie Ashton
Jonathan Barth
Kelly Beary
Rosalyn Becker
Eugenia Bercovitz
Karen Bernstein
Benjamin Bissell
Zachary Blechner
Linda Boise
Jill Borodin
Alexandra Broner
Marcelo Bronstein
Robert Brown
Rebecca Budish
Pam Center
Nathan Cogan
Allison Cohen
Joshua Cohen
Shelly Crocker
Jo Ann David-Kasdan
Henry Edelson
Karen Erde
Nancy Fisher-Allison
Amir Fogel
Miriam Foss
Lily Freedman
David Gans
Jesse Gildesgame
Sophie Gildesgame
Catharyn Gildesgame
Sara Ginsberg
E. Dorothy Gold
Mark Greenfield
David Halle
Gloria Halper
Jacob Halpern Weitzman
Emma Horwitz
Jill Jacobs
Lauren Jacobs
Miriam Kahn
Menachem Kasdan
Ethan Katz
Hannah Kibort-Crocker
Nora Landis-Shack
Jordan Leff
Jeremy Lerner
Evelyn Lewis-Enright
Jacob Lowy
Michael Mauricio
Mia Mazer
Susan Monas
Jonah Nelson
Ethan Oser
Alexander Owen
Lisa Rackner
Jolie Roberts
Lillian Rosen
Lisa Rosenthal
Mindy Schachtman
Lucie Schwartz
Erica Schwartz
Daniel Sieber
Leah Silver
Eliana Slurzberg
Mira Smith
Cheryl Snyderman
Kerrith Solomon
Sarah Steege
Harriet Steinberg
Laura Strauss
Marissa Swain
Samuel Taffel
Lauren Weinberg
Nancy Weintraub
Matthew Weltz
Rosie Wrobel
Belle Yoeli
David Yousem
Nancy Zeitz
Rishauna Zumberg

Group Leaders

Ilan Alleson
Naomi Azar
Reva Batterman
Maddy Brigell
Madeline Brigell
Nicole Chamoy
Jill Cozen-Harel
Sara Eisenfeld
David Feinberg
Shai Fierst
Sara Frame
Seth Friedman
Lisa Goldstein
Rachel Gordon
Mark Greenfield
Azriel Grysman
Jacob Holzberg-Pill
Ira Horowitz
Emily Kates
Naomi Kincler
Adam Klein
Adam Klein
Shervin Lalezary
Jocelyn Lehrer
Daniel Lopez
Etan Mintz
Nathaniel Passow
Jennifer Pehr
Stephanie Pell
Brian Permutt
Daniella Ponet
Kate Press
Navit Robkin
Adrian Sackson
Sarah Shulman
Zachary Silver
Pesach Stadlin
Shana Starobin
Tova Sularz
Emily Sweetwine
Sharon Turner
Ben Vago
Ariel Vegosen
Michael Weinraub
Andrew Weiss
Heidi Winig
Shmuly Yanklowitz
Jamie Zimmerman
David Zisser