Naomi Chazan Activism Fellowship, the 2017-18 Cohort

Sophie HearneSophie Hearne is the Assistant Director of JCC Greater Boston’s Annual Campaign. Sophie comes from an interfaith family and grew up in the Boston area where she participated in JCC’s inclusive programming. Sophie graduated from Dickinson College in 2014 with a degree in Latin American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Spanish. She was on Hillary Clinton’s Young Finance Committee in Boston and is a proud member of New Israel Fund’s Boston Regional Council. Sophie is passionate about social justice, Jewish continuity, and gender equality. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time with her family, and working on her growing bracelet business

Kate SchwartzKate Schwartz is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in International Relations and Middle Eastern studies. She studied abroad for seven months in Istanbul, Turkey and studied Arabic in Amman, Jordan for three months. After graduation, Kate moved to Washington, D.C. for an internship with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. Since the end of her internship, she has helped organize for various social movements. Most notably, she has become a leader and organizer for IfNotNow, a movement that strives to end the American Jewish establishment’s support for the occupation. Kate assisted with the coordination of the Jewish Resistance protest at the AIPAC National Conference with 1,000 people in attendance and is am also a trainer for new members of IfNotNow. She is extremely honored to be chosen for this fellowship and looks forward to joining the New Israel Fund community.

Max YenkinMax Yenkin grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago and was part of the community at Beth Emet, the Free Synagogue in Evanston, where he attended Hebrew school and was active in youth leadership. He attended the George Washington University (class of 2016) where he received a B.A. in International Relations. During Max’s college career, he studied abroad in Jordan where he had the opportunity to learn about the culture and modernization of the country. Since graduating, he has worked as a manager at a start-up restaurant in Georgetown called Chaia. He plans to return to Chicago this summer to work with the New Israel Fund within his home community.

Erich KlothenErich Klothen is an international development professional located in Washington, D.C. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Albania from 2014-2016, where he worked with a regional governmental unit focusing on economic development. In his spare time, Erich tutored children in English and managed to help one of his students earn a college scholarship to study in the U.S. Prior to his time in the Peace Corps, Erich held an advocacy fellowship with the national service-focused campaign ServiceNation and worked in international development advocacy with CARE, an international NGO. He has worked in politics, policy and advocacy in his native Philadelphia and remains a die-hard Phillies and Eagles fan. In his spare time, Erich enjoys traveling, cooking, water polo, and reading. Erich is currently finishing his MPA at Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a certificate in Project Management at Georgetown University.

Erika PurdyErika Purdy is part of the Jewish Emergent Network team as a Project Administrator after a three-year stint at the International Rescue Committee in Dallas, where she helped refugees find employment. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently working on her Masters in Human Rights with Southern Methodist University. Erika is an active lay leader with TRIBE at IKAR in Los Angeles, assisting with event coordination and programming for young adults.