We would like to introduce our Or Tzedek summer counselors, Wendy Mironov, Ari Weber, Graie Barasch-Hagans and Hannah Arwe. We are excited to welcome such experienced and passionate people to the team.
Wendy’s work on social justice issues began in college when she joined the Workers’ Rights Center of Madison’s campaign to stop wage theft at a local restaurant and continued through her travels.
Currently, in Chicago, Wendy is involved in immigrants rights and education justice movement work. She also recently completed nursing school and works at the Chicago Women´s Health Center, a sliding scale health collective on Chicago’s north side. She is active in the Jewish community as an alumni of AVODAH and Moishe House Chicago, and as a current member of Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools.
When Wendy closes her eyes, she sees her dream Jewish community. This community is engaged in social justice and movement building as a central part of its practice of Judaism. This dream, combined with her love of cooking huge meals for dozens of people, makes her very excited to staff Or Tzedek this summer!
Ari is 29 years old and will be a fourth year rabbinical school student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in both social welfare and Hebrew.
Graie is a St. Louis native who is currently living in Philadelphia while pursuing a Masters in Public Policy from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.
Last year he spent a year in service through Americorps Vista in New Orleans. Graie is an active member of Kol Tzedek, a Reconstructionist Synagogue in West Philly.
He is passionate about Judaism, social justice, public education, and working with youth. Graie is excited to be spending this summer with Or Tzedek!
Hannah is currently finishing her master’s degree in Women’s & Gender Studies at DePaul University. She has a passion for social activism, specifically when it is grounded in principles of transformative justice and community accountability.
Hannah has focused most of her educational and professional efforts in anti-violence work, specifically domestic violence and youth violence, and has been educating Chicago youth as well as advocating for survivors of domestic violence since she moved to Chicago 3 years ago.
At DePaul, her research has focused on anti-racism and dismantling white privilege. Hannah is excited to bring her Jewish identity into her social justice work, and can’t wait to get started at Or Tzedek this summer!