Andrew K. Mandel (he/him) has spent his career dedicated to developing leaders for social change. A seventh-grade English teacher in South Texas after graduating from Harvard College, Andrew spent 16 years designing the national leadership programming at Teach For America and earned his doctorate at Teachers College in adult learning and leadership. In 2014, he co-founded Strong East Ramapo, a volunteer advocacy organization addressing educational inequity in his hometown. Seeking to grow Jewish communities that live out the Biblical call for justice, Andrew entered rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College in 2018 and has served Union Temple, Orangetown Jewish Center and Temple Sinai of Newington as a pastoral intern, adult educator, service leader and social justice coordinator. He received support from his Wexner Heritage Program cohort and the "Be Wise" Fellowship to lead a team to create Tzedek Box. He lives with his partner, Mozart, in Long Island City, Queens, and is uncle to two Brooklyn nephews.
Strategy and Operations
Jill Rodde currently serves as COO at Harlem Lacrosse, a sports-based youth development organization operating in New York, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. She grew up in Minnesota, where she graduated from Carleton College in 2009. She began her career at Teach For America and spent five years working on the Alumni Affairs team; following that, she worked in the Division of Student Affairs at UC Berkeley. She also served as the founding Strategy and Operations Manager for Revolve, a peer-led community dedicated to personal, professional, and spiritual growth through the lens of Jewish values. Jill lives in Chicago with her husband.
Edon grew up in South Florida and the Chicago suburbs, before spending 4 years in the city of Chicago studying at Columbia College Chicago. At CCC, he got his degree in Music Technology, focusing on audio, music, and iOS app development.
A lifelong Conservative Jew, Edon first sparked an interest in Jewish learning during his time at various Jewish day schools throughout elementary and middle school. Edon is a proud Ramahnik, having spent two summers as a camper and six on music staff at Camp Ramah Wisconsin, where he taught lessons in various instruments and audio tech. He describes his time at camp as “instrumental” to his Jewish identity and particular love for Jewish music.
When he’s not helping create a space for online social justice, Edon works as a freelance video editor, audio engineer, and podcast producer, and spends his time free time playing video games, watching TV, and hanging out with his partner Agnes.
Growth and Development
Jackie Fishman has spent her career partnering with philanthropists and nonprofits to achieve their goals through strategic, thoughtful, and effective grantmaking. Currently, Jackie is a Grants Officer at the Open Society Foundations where she focuses on grantmaking compliance. Previously, managed grants, programs, and operations at the Natan Fund, a giving circle and venture philanthropy fund that supports start-ups and social entrepreneurs addressing key challenges in Jewish communities around the world and Israel. Prior to her work at the Natan Fund, Jackie held positions at Hazon and the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Jackie holds a Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner and a BA in English and economics from Binghamton University.
Director, Outreach Programming
Lauren Stock (she/her), originally from Dallas, TX, is a senior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where she will graduate in the spring of 2021 with her B.A. in Theater, Sociology, and Dance. Having grown up in the Reform movement, at the former URJ Kutz Camp, and in NFTY, Lauren prioritizes leadership and social justice in all of her work, with a specific love for supporting and mentoring teens. She continues to work with the RAC as a Teen Justice Fellowship Coach, and is a current member of the Commission on Social Action and URJ College Leadership Team.
Lauren is so excited to be joining the Tzedek Box team, combining her passion for Jewish social justice with her work as a director & theater-maker to share stories of the Jewish pursuit of justice in our everyday, 21st century lives.
Phoebe Ana Rabinowitsch
Phoebe Ana Rabinowitsch is a student at Yeshivat Maharat in the class of 2022. She grew up in South Florida and earned a B.A. in Religion and Anthropology from American University (Washington, DC). Phoebe Ana has completed various internships including placements with a national voter registration campaign, with Hillel International, and served as Multifaith Intern with New Sanctuary Coalition through Truah's Rabbinical Student Fellowship. Phoebe Ana studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Middlebury College Language Schools. She has studied Torah at Drisha, Hadar and Pardes, where she was involved in organizing a weekly partnership minyan. She has experience teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners and Hebrew and Judaic studies at various religious schools in New York City. Phoebe Ana is interested in exploring how to create a supportive and nourishing environment for all and is committed to further pursuing a society that reflects our values. She is a chaplain intern at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and lives in Washington Heights, New York.
Emily's vision statement: All mission-driven, social justice-oriented people and organizations will have the confidence and skills to learn, use and love data & technology as part of achieving their missions. Emily has over a decade of experience working with organizations of all shapes and sizes to support their data and technology culture and strategy. As part of this work, Emily supports staff members to learn, use, and love their data and technology, adds capacity to teams and organizations that need additional technical knowledge and skill, and uses a uniquely human and non-technical approach to develop and support a culture that sets up staff and organizations for success using data and technology for their missions and impact. Emily lives in the Bronx, New York with their wife and two young children, and when they aren't being a total data and tech nerd, they are either singing outside, snowboarding, reading, or getting more tattoos.
Miranda is a writer and photographer living in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in the New York metro area, she spent 2016-2020 in Columbus, Ohio studying Journalism at The Ohio State University. She is currently a freelance food photographer, blogger, ceramic artist, and is passionate about the intersection of art and justice.
Tzedek Havdalah Host
Dena Robinson is a daughter of the warm Caribbean seas between Jamaica and Barbados. She is a first-generation Black, Jewish, and queer woman who organizes, educates, lives, works, and plays in Baltimore, MD, and the DC Metro area.
Darin Lim Yankowitz
Tzedek Havdalah Host
Darin Lim Yankowitz grew up in the Bay Area, where he attended some of the best and worst public schools in California. One of his most vivid childhood memories is his father sitting him down in the fourth grade to say, “If you want to get into college, you need to earn straight As. And even that might not be enough. Because an A in Oakland isn’t even worth a C in Piedmont.” When Darin’s family later moved from Oakland to Piedmont, it changed his life—and demonstrated to him with utter clarity how racism and poverty shape educational opportunity, setting children with equal potential on vastly different life trajectories. Those experiences, alongside the Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam, motivate Darin to make educational equity his life’s work.
Darin works for Teach For America, leading human capital for their national recruitment team. He graduated from UC San Diego with highest distinction, writing his undergraduate thesis on our moral obligations to the global poor. Darin also holds an MA from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in educational leadership, and he is in the final year of doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University, where he is researching how quantitative analysis can be used to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in multicultural organizations. Outside of work, Darin enjoys high-altitude trekking, practicing handstands, and learning about nutrition science.
Darin lives in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, with his partner, Naomi, their two children, Akemi and Takashi, and their dog, Genki. He is acutely aware of the fact that he is the only one in the family whose name does not end in the letter “i.”
Shirah Kraus is a rabbinical-education student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio (and Los Angeles, California). Before enrolling at HUC, Shirah completed her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr College where she majored in Religion and concentrated in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Shirah has served as the student rabbi of B’nai Israel Congregation in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Temple Shalom in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has taught children and adults in synagogue, day school, and Jewish summer camp settings. In 2019, Shirah served as the director of Jewish Education at the URJ camp, GUCI. She is passionate about cultivating learning, social justice, and community -- and having fun in the process!
Shirah grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio with her parents, Rabbi Matthew Kraus and Rabbi Sissy Coran (z”l), and three siblings, age 28, 21, and 12. Shirah loves to play guitar and banjo, toss frisbee, make silly faces at babies, cook, puzzle, create art, and tell dad jokes.
Tzedek Box Clergy Council
We are honored by the counsel and support of clergy from a variety of Jewish movements and institutions.
Rabbi Adam Baldachin
Shaarei Tikvah, Scarsdale, NY
Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett
Temple Sinai, Newington, CT
Rabbi Paula Mack DrillOrangetown Jewish Center,
Rabba Yaffa Epstein
Director, Wexner Heritage
Program, Columbus, OH
Rabbi Hilly Haber
Central Synagogue, New York, NY
Rabbi Leora Kaye
Union for Reform Judaism, New York, NY
Rabbi Salem Pearce
Executive Director, Carolina Jews for Justice, Durham, NC
Rabbi Sid Schwarz
Senior Fellow, Hazon, Rockville, MD
Student Rabbi Kelly Whitehead
Temple Sinai, Summit, NJ