Abby is the first director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, a network of 47 Jewish organizations pursuing social justice from a Jewish perspective. Under her leadership, the Roundtable has doubled in size, supported sector-wide campaigns on civic engagement and immigration, and organized a conference of over 130 people across the network. A natural consensus builder, she led a coalition of 30 local progressive organizations in Columbus, Ohio with America Votes, culminating in a four-day Get Out the Vote operation in 2008.
Abby also has a passion for launching new projects. She founded the JERICO project, which organized a Jewish presence on the Immigrant Worker Freedom Rides. She merged that effort into the Progressive Jewish Alliance (now Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice), where she served as the founding San Francisco staff member. She came to the Roundtable after 3 years of fundraising experience at DC Vote, which works for congressional representation for DC residents.
Abby was named a 2014 “Woman to Watch” by the Forward, received an Abraham Joshua Heschel award from Jews United for Justice in 2013, and was named one of the “Hundred Jews to Watch” by Heeb Magazine in 2005. Abby holds a BA in political science from Yale University.
Hannah is happy to be supporting the Jewish Social Justice field through her work at the Roundtable. Bringing Judaism into social justice causes - and social justice into the Jewish world - allows Hannah to meaningfully connect her traditions and passions. Currently, she also works as a Community Organizer with Jews United for Justice, a Roundtable member organization. With JUFJ she works to engage the Jewish community in DC to support racial and economic justice in our District - specifically with JUFJ's Paid Family Leave campaign. Hannah is a proud alumna of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps DC, another Roundtable member organization. She has served as an organizer on campaigns in Ohio and New Hampshire and feels strongly about building communal power to achieve real social change. She holds a BA in Politics from Oberlin College and is orginially from the suburbs of wonderful Philadelphia.
The Leadership Team provides strategic direction and critical leadership to the ongoing work of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.
Chief Executive Officer
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Marjorie Dove Kent
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Jews United for Justice
American Jewish World Service
Chief Program Officer
Union for Reform Judaism
Karla Van Praag
JOIN for Justice