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Ambassador
Program

Community leaders creating compassionate, inclusive, and respectful kehillot. 

JCADA's Ambassador Program engages clergy and community leaders in the sacred work of creating safe spaces for survivors of IPV and their families in Jewish congregations and community spaces. 

The Ambassador Program is a two-year initiative. A cohort of Ambassadors learn together quarterly with JCADA's Education team working to build positive professional relationships and helping each other through difficult situations relating to IPV in their communities.

FIRST YEAR

Ambassadors learn together quarterly and build skills to foster compassionate, inclusive, and respectful communities. Topics include building accountability, an introduction to intimate partner violence, trauma, safety planning, and abuse in the Jewish community.

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SECOND YEAR

Ambassadors meet quarterly to discuss relevant issues and concerns in their own congregations and communities. Ambassadors bring questions or concerns for engaging group discussion along with educational material and case studies presented by JCADA staff.

2022-2024 Cohort

  • Rabbi Aderet Drucker, the Den Collective

  • Rabbi Jenna Stein Turow, the Den Collective

  • Rabbi Nora Feinstein, Sixth & I, DC

  • Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein, Congregation Ner Shalom, VA

  • Rabbi Corey Helfand, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, MD

  • Rabbi Marc Israel, Tikvat Israel Congregation, MD 

  • Rabbi Jeremy Kridel, Machar, The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, DC 

  • Rabbi Michael J. Safra, B'nai Israel Congregation, MD  

  • Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin, Bet Mishpachah, DC

  • Rabbi Hannah Spiro, Hill Havurah, DC 

  • Rabbi Uri Topolosky, Kehilat Pardes, The Rock Creek Synagogue, MD

  • Rabbi Neil Tow, Congregation Sha'are Shalom, VA 

  • Rabbi Ilana Zeitman, Gather DC

2023-2025 Cohort

  • Rabbi Daniel Novick, George Mason University Hillel, VA

  • Rabbi Daniel Schaefer, Georgetown University Office of Campus Ministry, DC 

  • Rabbi Michael Werbow, Tifereth Israel, DC

  • Rabbi Jesse Nagelberg, B'nai Shalom of Olney, MD

  • Rabbi David Kalender, Olam Tikvah, VA

  • Rabbi David Spinrad, Beth El Hebrew, VA

  • Rabbi Annie Lewis, Shaare Torah, MD

  • Rabbi Yosef Goldman, Shaare Torah, MD

  • Rav Amelia Wolf, Etz Hayim, VA

  • Rabbi Fabián Werbin, Kol Shalom, MD

  • Rabbi Lia Bass, Jewish Institute for Lifelong Learning and Innovation (JILLI)

  • Rabbi Rachel Hersh, Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA)

  • Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (JFGW)

  • Rabbi Jeremy Fierstien, JCADA

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Contact Us

Email Renana Harris-Blumenthal at renana@jcada.org for more information or to participate.

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