Community Representatives


JDC Entwine's Community Representatives are a group of leaders responsible for bringing global Jewish causes to their local communities.

The Community Representatives (Community Reps) program is a six-month leadership development program for Entwine alumni. As ambassadors of JDC Entwine, Community Reps are empowered and equipped to use Entwine’s platform as a vehicle for developing their leadership skills and bringing awareness and connection about global Jewish causes to their local communities.


  • Alumni of Entwine experiences who have demonstrated their leadership capacity and commitment to global Jewish responsibility.
  • Friendly, movers and shakers, who are interested in connecting and bringing people together.
  • Comfortable speaking in public about global Jewish causes.


  • As ambassadors, Community Reps are called upon to share Entwine’s work publicly, including speaking on Entwine’s behalf, planning programs, and engaging in conversation with potential program participants, alumni, and at events.
  • As advisers, Community Reps are asked to keep their finger on the pulse of their local communities and share relevant insights as it relates to Entwine’s offerings.


JDC Entwine supports Community Reps personal and professional development as lay leaders by providing them with:

  • Opportunities to engage in relevant issues related to the global Jewish community.
  • Financial support in planning and implementing programs in their local communities (Community Reps receive a $500 stipend for their service).
  • Skills-based trainings both in-person and virtually including a weekend retreat.
  • Coaching from an Entwine staff member.
  • A national network of lay leaders committed to global Jewish causes.


  • Applications are closed. Please be in touch with [email protected] if you are interested in being considered for the program.
  • Orientation Retreat in Upstate New York: June 9 – 11, 2023
  • Community Reps Term: June 8 – December 31, 2023


  • Alumni in their 20’s & 30’s from the following programs: Insider Trips (international or domestic), Jewish Service Corps Fellowship, Ukraine Volunteers and Weitzman-JDC HUC Fellowship  
  • Demonstrated commitment to the global Jewish community (track record of engagement during and post Entwine experience)
  • Seeking leadership in the Jewish community
  • Prioritizing personal and professional development (Reps need to be motivated and driven to develop their leadership)

Meet Entwine’s 2023 Community Reps

Abby Reich

New York, NY

Aleeza Schoenberg

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Alison Albelda

Chicago, Illinois

Amy Singer

Washington, DC

Ariel Cooper

New York, NY

Benjamin Blumenstein

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Chanel Shirazi

Monroe, New York

Danit Trau

San Francisco, California

Diane Motamed

Los Angeles, California

Ezra Strohm

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

Forest Sobol

Flushing, New York

Gary Fayman

North Hollywood, California

Ivan Gil

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jonathan Maimon

Santa Monica, California

Jonathan Mares

Concord, California

Lauren Schneiderman

Chicago, Illinois

Lena Grossman

Beverly Hills, California

Lucas Salzman

San Francisco, California

Madelyn Miller

New York, NY

Rachel Salle

Washington, DC

Wendy Starr

Blacksburg, Virginia