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.
Assistant to the Director
Emily Saltzman, MSW hails from the Minneapolis suburbs where her commitment to social justice issues began and has grown through her connection to a diverse community of organizers, educators and social workers in New York City. Emily served as an AVODAH corps member in NYC in 2008-09 and was the first corps member placed at Gay Men's Health Crisis, where she facilitated political engagement workshops for HIV+ New Yorkers. After finishing AVODAH, Emily completed her master's degree at Hunter College School of Social Work focusing on Community Organization, Planning and Development.
Before joining the Roundtable, Emily coordinated the Adult Role Models Program at Planned Parenthood of NYC where she supported a group of inspiring parent peer-educators who facilitated sexuality workshops for NYC parents. Emily currently serves as a Field Instructor for the current MSW interns of the Undoing Racism Internship Project where she also happened to complete her second year social work field placement. Emily currently lives in Brooklyn where she is working on perfecting her coconut milk ice cream recipe.
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