Meet JCUA’s 2013 Summer Interns

JCUA hosts interns year-round. The best and brightest who are looking to change the world come to us from schools across the country, and get trained in promoting social change through a Jewish lens (find out more about Fall 2013 internship opportunities). As summer nears, meet our 2013 summer internship cohort…

Leiah Moser headshotLeiah Moser

Internship Focus: Rabbinical Fellow, Or Tzedek
School/Program: Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Leiah just finished her second year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. As a rabbi in training, she has a deep interest in finding new ways to build spiritually engaged, inclusive communities of prayer. In addition to blogging about issues of identity and gender diversity within Judaism, she is active in service leading at a number of local congregations, particularly at Dorshei Derech, the Reconstructionist minyan at Germantown Jewish Centre, and has been involved this year in Mitzvah Mensches, a service program for adults with special needs at Mishkan Shalom. She’s looking forward to spending the summer in her former hometown of Chicago, and can’t wait to get to know and work with this year’s Or Tzedek participants!

Beth Filipiak

Beth Filipiak

Internship Focus: Community Development, Organizing and Advocacy
School/Program: Loyola University Chicago, MSW and MA in Social Justice

Having received her BA in Sociology, Beth spent the next several years in direct services and as an Assistant Director for a Low-Income Senior Housing Management Company.  During this time, she also volunteered twice with a holistic development organization in the Philippines, living, working and learning with this organization for almost a year a half total.  Currently, she is in her final year of a dual master degree program at Loyola University Chicago where she is working toward her MSW and MA in Social Justice and Community Development, with a potential for a certification in Non-profit management and philanthropy. Beth will be with JCUA through December, 2013.

rachel aaronsonRachel Aaronson

Internship Focus: Or Tzedek
School/Program: Grinnell College (incoming)

Rachel is currently finishing up her gap year of service with the Americorps program City Year, an education based non profit dedicated to solving our nation’s high school drop out crisis. She’s spent the year working full time as a tutor and mentor in a 6th grade language arts classroom in Orlando, making sure all of her students are given the tools necessary to succeed both in and out of the classroom. She graduated from Chicagoland Jewish High School in 2012, and will be attending Grinnell College in the fall. As an Or Tzedek alumna and an avid advocate for social change, Rachel cannot wait to return to JCUA for this summer!

Jessica Cohen - headshotJessica Kim Cohen

Internship Focus: Communications
School/Program: Johns Hopkins University, English/Sociology

Having grown up in Chicago, Jessica is now a student at Johns Hopkins University (Class of 2016). In high school she volunteered with kindergarten and nursery school children, primarily as an assistant teacher at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel’s Sunday School program. Jessica has a strong interest in communications, and has pursued journalism and graphic design as an editor for her high school yearbook. She is currently a staff writer for her college newspaper, the Johns Hopkins News-Letter, and is a Layout Editor for the undergraduate public health research journal, Epidemic Proportions. Jessica also volunteers once a week at a soup kitchen in Baltimore that supports battered women, and is a member of the Johns Hopkins’ Sexual Assault Resource Unit.

eliana fisherEliana Fisher

Internship Focus: Or Tzedek
School/Program: Barnard College

Eliana is a student in the double degree program with Barnard College and Columbia University and List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Eliana was a participant in Or Tzedek’s 2011 summer program, and a JCUA volunteer in summer of 2012. She feels that these experiences with JCUA and Or Tzedek were truly life-changing and she is really looking forward to working with Or Tzedek and JCUA again this summer.

Margaret Port PhotoMargaret Port

Internship Focus: Jewish-Muslim Initiative
School/Program: Vassar College

An Evanston Township High School graduate, Margaret just completed her freshman year at Vassar College.  She plans on pursuing a double major in psychology and political science.  Her other interests include playing violin, swimming, and volunteering at the Pediatric Development Center in Chicago.

Ione BorrowsIone Barrows

Internship Focus: Community Organizing and Advocacy
School/Program: University of Chicago

A Massachusetts native, Ione is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago majoring in History and Gender Studies. She has previously worked as an English tutor at a public school in Woodlawn and is currently an intern at jU Chicago, a campus organization dedicated to redesigning Jewish traditions and engaging Jewish students on campus through innovative programming. She lives in Hyde Park.


Find out more about internship opportunities at JCUA by visiting:

Questions about internships at JCUA? Contact:
Asaf Bar-Tura
Director of Programs

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