Staff and Leadership


Abby Levine
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Abby is the first director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, a network of 57 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. She also served as the founding San Francisco staff member for Progressive Jewish Alliance, now Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice.

She came to the Roundtable after 3 years of fundraising experience at DC Vote, which works for DC voting rights and statehood. 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. She has a BA in political science from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two kids, Zachary and Lilah.


Hannah Weilbacher
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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. Until recently she was also working as a Community Organizer with Jews United for Justice, a Roundtable member organization. With JUFJ she worked 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 orginally from the suburbs of wonderful Philadelphia. 


Leadership Team

The Leadership Team provides strategic direction and critical leadership to the ongoing work of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.

Stosh Cotler
Chief Executive Officer
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

Jacob Feinspan
Executive Director
Jews United for Justice

Idit Klein
Executive Director

Mark Pelavin
Chief Program Officer
Union for Reform Judaism

Karla Van Praag
Executive Director
JOIN for Justice

Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Abby Leibman
President and CEO

Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Executive Director
T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights


Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador for AJWS, also serves as the Roundtable's Mentor-in-Chief. She provides wisdom and mentoring to the network as a whole and to individual mentees.