Cindy Rowe is the Executive Director of JALSA. Her extensive work in the nonprofit sector over the past two decades has strengthened many organizations and has enabled them to address critical needs such as affordable housing, health care, access to legal aid, immigration assistance, and many other essential services. She previously served as JALSA’s Deputy Director for Development and Outreach and has led efforts to engage members and the general public in many recent JALSA campaigns, including guaranteeing paid family and medical leave and $15 an hour for all Massachusetts workers and serving on the Strategy Committee guiding the passage of the state’s most recent gun violence prevention law. Cindy has also led all of JALSA’s development initiatives, which provide the necessary financial support for our work, through the JALSA Justice Society, Tzedek Annual Fund, Membership Drive, Annual Meeting, and other donation programs.
Cindy chairs Social Justice at Temple Israel/Boston, which pioneered the concept of using community organizing in a synagogue setting over 10 years ago, leading to the adoption of this technique in hundreds of synagogues across the country. She also has many years of advocacy experience, having worked in the Massachusetts State House for both the Administration and Legislature. She also founded the New England Housing Network, bringing together organizations from a six state region to advocate for federal affordable housing programs.
Cindy is a board member of the Lawyers Clearinghouse, which provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit corporations throughout the state. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, concentrating in Government and English, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She and her husband, Martin, have one daughter, who has just started college.
Director of Operations
Tamar Lewis is the Director of Operations at JALSA. For the past 25 years she’s worked in a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including social services, advocacy, legal services, international aid, academic institutions, and public broadcasting. She has a strong background in fundraising, strategic planning, and non-profit operations. For many years her focus has been on helping small non-profits build and expand their programs and systems.
Tamar has a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and a BS from the University of Minnesota.
Director of Development and Communications Strategy
Rachael Dubinsky is the director of development and communications strategy for JALSA. Rachael previously served as a field organizer for the New Hampshire Democratic Party during the 2016 election cycle.
Rachael has a strong passion for social justice & empowering women. She has served as a senior digital strategies associate for The Hatcher Group and deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. She holds an M.A. in strategic public relations from George Washington University and a B.S. and B.A. in agriculture and communications from University of Delaware.
Alison Lee Sikowitz is a community organizer for JALSA. She became passionate about social and economic justice while organizing campaigns for campus workers’ rights and co-facilitating a political education class at Tufts University. Prior to her role with JALSA, Alison worked at the Boston Medical Center’s Immigrant & Refugee Health Program to improve immigrant patients’ access to legal services. She is a 2018 graduate of the J.O.I.N. for Justice Organizing Fellowship and has a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University.
Kaila Eckstein is a community organizer with JALSA. She comes to Boston from North Carolina after earning her B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. In school she worked as a student leader and peer educator for an organization focused on the prevention of sexual and interpersonal violence. She is also currently a fellow with the J.O.I.N for Justice Organizing Fellowship and working as an organizer for the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.
Community Organizer, Western Massachusetts
Mimi Farb is the JALSA community organizer for Western Massachusetts. She built a strong community base in Western MA through organizing an independent, intergenerational minyan, increasing interfaith engagement at Mt Holyoke College, and more recently developing The People’s Beth Midrash: Northampton, a home for Torah study that centers voices that have been historically marginalized. Coming from a background in studying and teaching Torah, Mimi is passionate about actively bridging Torah study with the work toward justice.