Marilyn Sneiderman has just been appointed Executive Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Sneiderman replaces Rabbi David Rosenn, who served as AVODAH’s founding director for 13 years. Sneiderman will begin her duties on July 26, 2010.
“AVODAH’s Board of Directors is proud to have Marilyn assume the helm. Marilyn has a long history of commitment to social justice issues, a deep attachment to her Judaism, and has been connected with AVODAH for many years. I’m confident that she will take our organization to new heights,” said Steven Dow, AVODAH’s Board Chair.
Sneiderman has spent much of her life as a community and union organizer dedicated to fighting poverty. Prior to coming to AVODAH, Marilyn worked at B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) as Deputy Director and Chief Field Officer. During her tenure at BBYO she revamped their entire field organization to help transform BBYO into one of the country’s premier Jewish teenage leadership development organizations. Prior to joining BBYO, she directed the Department of Field Mobilization for the AFL-CIO from 1996-2005. Under Sneiderman’s leadership, she launched a national initiative designed to unite community, union, religious, and civil/immigrant rights groups regionally and nationally to campaign for decent jobs, better schools, and social and economic justice in communities around the country.
Sneiderman earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has served on the faculty at three universities: Georgetown University Law School, the University of Illinois, and at Cornell University. From 2003 to the present, she has served on the National Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. She also co-authored a booklet entitled, Labor in the Pulpits with Kim Bobo of the National Interfaith Worker Justice.
“I am thrilled to be joining AVODAH and continue my passionate pursuit of social justice and service work in the Jewish community. I look forward to working with the staff to lead AVODAH into its next phase of growth,” said Sneiderman.
The Board of AVODAH selected Sneiderman following an extensive national search.
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps was founded in 1998 to strengthen the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. AVODAH does this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspires them to become lifelong agents for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.
Each year AVODAH recruits young Jewish adults from across the US and Canada - and from the full spectrum of Jewish backgrounds - to spend a year working full-time at anti-poverty organizations in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington, DC.
The AVODAH experience continues after participants complete the year-long program. Pursue: Action for a Just World, a project of AVODAH and American Jewish World Service, offers alumni and other young Jews ongoing opportunities to make change together within and beyond the Jewish community. Pursue connects young people at the intersection where their Jewish values meet their passion for social justice, building a community that takes action to create social change.