2015-2016 DC Jeremiahs

The 5776/2015-2016 DC Jeremiah Fellows are...

Allison Fisher is excited to be back in DC after spending five years in Chicago.  She holds a master's in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from American University.  She currently works for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign where she coaches, mentors and trains organizers in the Midwest to build grassroots power to move the country from coal to clean energy.  In her free time she enjoys blueberries, long walks on the beach, and her niece dog Calliope.


Anya van Wagtendonk is the Communications Associate at Jews United for Justice. Before entering the nonprofit world, she was a reporter and producer for the PBS NewsHour, covering politics, legal issues, and contemporary American society. She graduated from Yale in 2012 with a degree in English. A native of beautiful Western Massachusetts, she loves being outside as much as possible.


Carly Manes is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, where she studied public policy with a focus on the intersections of reproductive health care and racial justice. While at Michigan, Carly bridged the gaps between her social justice and advocacy communities with her Jewish ones by starting Jews Allied For Social Justice, a campus organization dedicated to racial and economic justice in a US context. She currently works at Planned Parenthood Federation at America, focusing on organizing the upcoming centennial.  Originally from New York, Carly is excited to begin exploring all that DC has to offer.  She loves kayaking, boxing, and traveling.


Doug Foote is a digital strategist and communicator in from Lexington, MA. For more than four years, he built and ran the social media program at Working America, using digital tools to advocate for economic justice. He has consulted with and run digital skills trainings for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), the New Organizing Institute, the AFL-CIO, AFT, and AFGE. For fun, he sings with the Congressional Chorus, Impitched a cappella, and occasionally District Karaoke.


Emma Kaplan grew up listening to her parents talk about the intersection of social justice and Judaism. A proud native of beautiful Los Angeles, she left to take on winter at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 2012 and currently works as a Member Services Associate in the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In her free time, Emma can be found exploring restaurants, rereading Harry Potter, or playing with strangers’ dogs.


Jacob Marx is a native of Chevy Chase, MD. He works on defense and nuclear issues at the Project On Government Oversight, an anti-corruption NGO. Jacob graduated Colby College in 2013, where he was president of Hillel, organized a TEDx conference, and played on the 7th-ranked small college rugby team in the United States. From working as an EMT in high school, to his professional experience with Pentagon reform, Jacob has tried to make Tikun Olam part of his life. He is looking forward to pursuing that interest as a Jeremiah Fellow, and giving back to the city where he grew up. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys being outside, movies (especially Westerns), and complaining about D.C. sports.


Jordan Bleck is an outdoorsman and a builder who is passionate about international development. Before moving to DC he studied international affairs with a focus on post-conglict development. His desire to help right unequal opportunities has taken him to Uganda to teach people how to start businesses building bicycles out of bamboo. Now, he comes to the Jeremiah fellowship out of a desire to steer his quest for social justice toward his local community. In his free time he can most often be found hiking, biking, and climbing.


Joseph Pope is a leader with roots of his foundation in many trees and gardens known for “bridging the gap” and his insightful perspective and courageous commentary on social, cultural and religious issues. He comes to the Jeremiah Fellowship with strong passions for social justice, inter-faith cooperation, diversity and inclusion.  He has studied political science, religion, diversity and currently is pursuing his PhD in Justice Studies. Previously, Joseph worked as a Director of Housing for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and at various law firms and educational institutions. He has devoted his time to volunteering for various political campaigns and is active in several professional organizations. He is looking forward to bringing his diverse background and passions to the Jeremiah Fellowship where he can learn and make new connections.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, spending time with family and cooking.


Maya Praff is a recent graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she studied linguistics. Originally from Ellicott City, she has been living in Baltimore for the past three years and just moved to the DC metro area. While in Baltimore, she became involved with JUFJ's campaigns on local issues like police accountability, affordable housing, and raising awareness about the devastating effects of historical redlining in the city. In her spare time she enjoys tweeting, cooking vegan food, reading linguistics journals, hanging out with animal friends and dancing.


Rachel Roberts works as an attorney and has lived in Washington, D.C. for a little over a year. After graduating from the UCLA School of Law in 2011, Rachel began her career practicing civil rights law for CAIR-California, where she advocated for Muslim victims of discrimination on the job, at school and on account of law enforcement overreach. Rachel co-founded the Muslim Youth at School project, which raised awareness about the rights of religious minority students at public school. In law school, Rachel served as the co-editor in chief of UCLA's Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law and participated in UCLA/public Counsel's Immigration Law Clinic, where she helped a client obtain asylum. She also holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.


Sarah Beth Alcabes was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to DC after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Middle Eastern studies. She works at Tyler Elementary School as a literacy tutor, and volunteers as a facilitator for FemEx, a space for women to talk about gender, sexuality, empowerment, and power & privilege. Some of her favorite things include queerness, lavender, and live music.


Sarah Novick is the affordable housing organizer for Jews United for Justice, fighting with JUFJers to close loopholes in DC’s current rent control law and increase the amount of affordable housing in the city. She moved to the DC area from Boston in June 2015 after completing an education doctorate, which focused on childhood and adolescent social and emotional development in schools. Sarah is also passionate about local sustainable agriculture and loves cooking with her partner for family and friends. Born in El Paso and raised in San Diego, after freezing in Boston for the past five years Sarah is thrilled to be in DC where she hears the winters are basically what Boston would feel like if it had a fall.


Sarah Pauly has worked as an advocate and atteroney to advance the rights of individuals in the workplace and in housing for over ten years.  Sarah has served organizations such as the Equal Rights Center in Washington, DC, Sentinel Fair Housing in Oakland, California, and the Office of Congressman Pete Stark in the United States House of Representatives. Originally from California, Sarah moved to the District of Columbia in 2010.  Sarah earned her JD from Berkeley Law and her BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, Sarah enjoys volunteering for the Employment Justice Center, listening to and making podcasts, and spending time with her husband, friends, and family.