Selah shaped who I am

“I have enjoyed tremendously working in the labor movement for the last 30 years. I started as a rank and file AFSCME member, worked as the Teamsters Education Director and directed the AFL-CIO's Field Mobilization Department. I have always believed that my dedication to building a progressive movement was rooted in my Jewish values.

Selah played an important role in my thinking how being Jewish has shaped who I am.  It has inspired, energized, and motivated me to continue organizing for a more just world and to try to organize now within the Jewish community about the importance of our committing itself to social justice.

Selah reminded me of how important it is to make sure the work we do matters, that it really makes a difference. That’s a lot about what the Selah training was. It encouraged me to step back and look at the vision I have for the work that I do in my life – ensure that it ties to my passion – and that it can make a difference. I’ve been lucky; this experience sharpened my vision and reconnected me to it.”

Marilyn Sneiderman, Cohort 4: National, 2007
Marilyn Sneiderman is the Executive Director of AVODAH, the Jewish Service Corp. She has spent over 30 years in the labor movement, as a leader and an activist. Previously she worked at B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) as Deputy Director and Chief Field Office.

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