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 efforts on civic engagement, immigration and racial equity, inclusion and diversity, and organized two conferences of 150 people across the network. Previously, Abby led a coalition of 30 local progressive organizations in Columbus, Ohio with America Votes, served as the founding San Francisco staff member for Progressive Jewish Alliance, now Bend the Arc, and worked in development for DC Vote, which works for DC voting rights and statehood.
Abby received an Abraham Joshua Heschel award from Jews United for Justice in 2013, and is in the current cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship, a Jewish leadership development program. She has a BA in political science from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two kids, Zachary and Lilah.
Noah is the Roundtable’s Staff Assistant. Originally from Atlanta where he worked in community-based advocacy on issues ranging from public transit equity to immigration while at Georgia State, Noah is a 2015-2016 DC Avodah Service Corps Alumnus. He is excited about the opportunity to deepen his involvement in Jewish social justice work and connect with such a diverse array of organizations.
The Leadership Team provides strategic direction and critical leadership to the ongoing work of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.
Vice President of Audacious Hospitality
Union for Reform Judaism
Chief Executive Officer
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Jews United for Justice
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Karla Van Praag
JOIN for Justice
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.