Repair the World, an initiative to “mobilize thousands of young Jewish adults who want to help improve lives and neighborhoods” has recently placed two part-time fellows, Kate Thomas and Steven Saltz, at Beth Am Synagogue. The Fellows will support the work of the synagogue’s In, For, and Of initiative that deepens synagogue ties in the surrounding community, and support key community initiatives. We’re sure you will see them around the community. When you do, please welcome Kate and Steve to Reservoir Hill.
Meet Kate! From northern New Jersey, Kate Thomas is serving as a Repair the World Fellow focusing on education justice. Kate graduated with a bachelor degree in Social Work from Rutgers University where she was active in student organizing, non-profits, women’s leadership initiatives, mentoring, and service trips. Kate is also a lover of the arts, particularly theater and spoken word poetry and is confident in their power to affect social change. In her senior year she created a Jewish Artist and Activist Community on campus, organizing events like a festival of rights Hanukkah celebration and a freedom seder for Passover. She is so excited to work alongside the Reservoir Hill community with the Beth Am congregation!
Meet Steve! Originally from Long Island, NY, Steve Saltz is a recent graduate of Binghamton University and a current Repair the World fellow. At Binghamton, Steve studied geography and philosophy, politics, and law. With his year-long fellowship at Repair the World, Steve is focusing on food justice in the Baltimore community. Steve has experience working in political, Jewish, and non-profit organizations. He is excited to be living in a new city and meeting new people.