2019-2020 Fellows

Bevy Daniel

Hi! My name is Bevy Daniel, and I’m a senior at Northwestern University studying Social Policy and International Studies. I also write and perform for the campus group ’TBD,’ walk backwards as a Northwestern tour guide, and serve as a One Book One Northwestern fellow. I’m so excited for the JCUA Organizing Fellowship. I’ve truly never felt more Jewish than when participating in JCUA’s social justice campaigns. I look forward to learning through action this year about how we can successfully build power to engage with such urgent, infuriating issues of inequity in our city.

Maetal Gerson

Maetal Gerson is a third year student at the University of Chicago. She is majoring in English and Music and she is originally from Los Angeles. Her experience serving as the Tzedek Chair of UChicago Hillel Student Leadership Board during her second year of college, her passion for Judaism, and her love of the Chicago Jewish community led her to apply to the JCUA Organizing Fellowship. The areas of social justice which she has thus far been most concerned about are in education and gun violence. She is excited to broaden this scope and engage with the Chicago community. She enjoys volunteering, playing music, and reading in her free time.

Lily Ginsberg

As a native of Alexandria, Virginia, I grew up near a Confederate statue while living a short drive from Washington, D.C. I rarely considered the heinousness of the monument until after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, when the debate over Confederate monuments really took off in the south. The rally was an awakening for me. Over the next year and a half, I spent time getting in touch with Judaism and its diverse history. As a white Jew, I maintain a level of safety while simultaneously being in touch with a history of persecution that sometimes resembles what other minorities struggle with today. I would be remiss if I let those around me suffer.

Aviv Goldman

My name is Aviv Goldman. I am a student at DePaul University. I am doing the JCUA fellowship because being Jewish is a huge part of my identity and culture. I want to use my Jewish identity as a lens through which to approach social justice work. I believe that in order to enact change, we must start by building community. JCUA creates a space for Jewish people to come together and work towards social justice and social change. I believe that Jews must unite to support all of our brothers, sisters, and non-binary folks who are dealing with daily injustices such as police brutality and unfair immigration laws. I hope that through this fellowship I will be able to connect with the Jewish community and learn how to work towards justice.

Abbey Hansell-Baumgarten

Hi! I’m Abbey, and I am currently a junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where I study saxophone performance. With my free time, I love to watch movies and TV shows, and spend time outdoors with my friends. I spend my summers as a camp counselor and lifeguard at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where I enjoy leading young adults through their artistic journeys! I am excited to be a fellow with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs this year, and I’m looking forward to pursuing my passion for social justice with real work to help people in the city of Chicago.

Marissa Levy

Hi! I’m Marissa Levy. I’m from just outside of Portland, Oregon, and I will be starting my second year at Northwestern University where I’m pursuing a Learning Sciences major. I am so excited to participate in this fellowship because it will be the first time that I explore the interconnectedness of Judaism and social justice — two of my core values.

Livia Miller

Hi! I am a sophomore at the University of Chicago, where I’m studying Anthropology and Visual Art. I organize with UChicago Student Action, work at a café, and play Rugby in my spare time. I’m passionate about harnessing my Jewishness to fuel the fight for an equitable world, and vice versa.


Jake Newbart

My is Jake Newbart. I grew up in Skokie and currently attend Loyola University where I am studying philosophy and plan to graduate this spring! I joined this fellowship because of the time I spent attending Camp Tavor as both a camper and counselor where the importance of actualizing upon Jewish values in accordance with social justice issues was first impressed upon me. My experiences there led me to look to join organizations such as JCUA that are leading the Jewish community in these areas. Additionally, as a Philosophy major, I believe that without a corresponding praxis, any ideology or set of values is meaningless, and joining this fellowship was a way for me to put theory into practice. 

Jess Robinson

I’m Jess Robinson, a fourth-year college student at the University of Chicago, majoring in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Philosophy. Outside of class, I’m a data analyst at the Violence, Law, and Politics Lab as well as a stage and production manager on various shows. This past year, I’ve also been involved with IfNotNow and NeverAgainAction. I’m excited to participate in this fellowship program because I’m eager to build my knowledge of Chicago issues, sharpen my organizing skills, pursue justice work in my city, and meaningfully engage my values, Jewish and otherwise, alongside others committed to this work.

Bella Sosa

Hi, my name is Bella Sosa. I am a half Jewish and half Cuban from Chicago. I joined this fellowship because I wanted to connect more deeply with my Jewish roots by working with things that I am passionate about such as social justice initiatives and trying to help others. I am a sophomore and an Environmental Policy major at Loyola University Chicago. I hope to eventually work on major environmental policy reform; one of my major initiatives I am interested in is biodegradable plastic! I’m looking forward to this school year and working with the JCUA.

Maple Sullivan

Maple Sullivan is an Interdisciplinary Documentary major at Columbia College Chicago, where she is the Vice President of Columbia’s Hillel. She is a Queer identified Trans-Woman who is looking forward to using her education to create content that will better the Chicago community. Outside of that, she’s involved with the Chicago Punk and DIY scenes. Maple is involved in this program to create radical change that is needed within her own communities.

Talia Waxman

I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University where I studied Anthropology and Global Health. My experiences as a health educator, dialogue facilitator, and participatory researcher have shaped my passion for health equity and social justice (and my love for Chicago!). My social justice values are rooted in my Judaism and my belief that our liberation is bound together. I am so excited for this opportunity to develop organizing skills, build community, and pursue justice joyfully, sustainably, and Jewishly!

Issac Young

Issac Young is a Junior, currently attending Columbia College Chicago, pursuing a degree in Game Art. He became interested in advocacy in high school, being a part of Prism Youth Community in his hometown, with whom he traveled the Midwest, giving cultural competency training about working with LGBTQI+ students to high school teachers, counselors, and other administrative staff. Since coming to Chicago, Issac has seen what has been going on in the city, and wants to do whatever work that he can to help those around him. Issac is particularly interested in labor justice, youth rights, and educational accessibility.