Meet Sarah Unowsky, JCUA’s new Avodah Organizer

Hello! My name is Sarah Unowsky (she/her), and I am thrilled to become JCUA’s Avodah Organizer at this year.

I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, by my two loving parents, Keri and Daniel Unowsky. They instilled in both me and my brother a deep appreciation for Judaism, the humanities, progressive causes, and the well-being of others. I certainly would not be sitting here in my JCUA office writing this personal introduction if it were not for the love and support of my family.

I graduated in May from the University of Rochester where I majored in both psychology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. There, I was heavily involved in College Feminists, a tight-knit group of students who enjoy discussing issues impacting women and gender minorities both on campus and in the world. During my College Feminists presidency, the group mobilized a coalition of other student organizations to advocate for better abortion access on campus. After a semester of research, rallies, and tough conversations, our work paid off. This semester, University Health Services will be able to offer the abortion pill to students on a prescription basis, whereas previously, students would have to be referred off campus for all abortion services. This is a huge win demonstrating the power of effective organizing and coalition building.

I am excited to continue my organizing streak at JCUA this year. The work that JCUA does is essential to the greater Chicago area, and I am energized at the thought of being a part of it. In the foreseeable future, I will be supporting the Bring Chicago Home campaign and strategizing on how to further engage congregations in the greater Chicago area with JCUA’s work.

Outside the office, you may find me playing board games (both online and with friends), exploring the coffee offerings of the city, poorly navigating public transportation, or hanging out with my wonderful Avodah housemates.

Please reach out to me at — I’d love to chat!