Professional Staff

Executive

Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director (mfeldman@wrj.org, 212.650.4050), is a Reform rabbi, lawyer, and certified fundraiser, and has been with WRJ since January 2012. Previously, she was the URJ Director of Development and Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. She has served on the boards of many non-profits dedicated to social justice and has led or participated in social action missions throughout North America, Israel, Africa, and elsewhere around the world.

 

Administration

Michelle W. Malkin, MAJNM, MPA, Operations Manager (mwmalkin@wrj.org, 212.650.4072), oversees our office systems, manages our administrative staff, keeps the board organized, and assists the staff with operational efficiency. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michelle completed her graduate work in 2014 and now lives in New Jersey with her husband Barak, Assistant Director of URJ’s 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, and their dog Serenity. 

Bayley Kersbergen, Administrative Assistant (bkersbergen@wrj.org, 212.650.4065), holds a bachelor’s degree in European History from Smith College and a master’s degree in Religion & Ethics from Yale. She is enormously fond of strong coffee, public radio and almost anything written by Grace Paley.

Emily Bell, Administrative Assistant (ebell@wrj.org, 212.650.4062), assists WRJ staff and members in maintaining efficient operational, communications, and development initiatives. She earned her BA in Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies from Smith College, with a focus in Yiddish language and literature. Originally hailing from South Jersey, Emily enjoys watching the Philadelphia Flyers, cooking, and exploring New York City.

 

Advocacy

Maya Weinstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Eisendrath Legislative Assistant (mhweinstein@rac.org, 202.387.2800), works out of the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. She covers women’s issues; reproductive rights; human trafficking; campaign finance reform; and gun violence prevention. Maya Weinstein grew up in Fort Myers, FL. She graduated from the George Washington University in December 2015, where she studied Human Services and Criminal Justice.

Alyson Malinger, Advocacy & Communications Associate (amalinger@wrj.org, 212.650.4057) assists with both advocacy and communications efforts for the WRJ.  She works closely on WRJ’s social justice efforts, as well as the Weekly Digest and the WRJ blog. Alyson grew up in Aberdeen, NJ. She is a May 2017 graduate from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and political and civic engagement. Aly is obsessed with Thai food, Seville, Spain and anything related to Sara Bareilles. 

 

Development & Special Projects

Kadie Black, Development Manager (kblack@wrj.org, 212.650.4056), oversees the organization’s fundraising efforts, including the YES Fund & Lifeline Endowment and Annual Campaign. Born and raised in Miami, where she started her career in foster care advocacy, Kadie moved to Long Island City in 2014 where she has become a volunteer community organizer. Kadie sits on several volunteer boards for advocacy and theater organizations. An enormous Hamilton fan, she loves meeting new people, entertaining friends and family in her tiny NYC apartment, volunteering, and board games. Kadie has two children and a Goldendoodle named Lincoln with her husband, Ben. 

 

Marketing & Communications

Megan Friedlander, Manager of Marketing & Communications (mfriedlander@wrj.org, 212.650.4066), oversees and coordinates all internal and external marketing and communications for the organization. A Kansas City, Kansas native, she recently moved to New York City after beginning her career in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring her new home and all it has to offer with her husband, Robb and dog, KayCee.

Alyson Malinger, Advocacy & Communications Associate (amalinger@wrj.org212.650.4057) - biography listed under Advocacy

 

Meetings & Conventions

Amanda Feldman, Manager of Meetings & Conventions (afeldman@wrj.org, 212.650.4054), oversees planning and logistics for the WRJ Fried Leadership Conference and the WRJ Assembly, as well as various board and committee meetings and other programs. A lover of travel, Amanda enjoys being able to attend WRJ events in different locations. She is also a member of the Garden City Jewish Center Sisterhood in Garden City, NY with her mom, an avid reader and cook who loves spending time with friends and family, and a fan of the New York Rangers.

 

Programs & Affiliate Services

Heather Lorgeree, Manager of Programs & Affiliate Services (hlorgeree@wrj.org, 212.650.4063), handles support for all potential, new, and current affiliates and serves as the staff liaison for the WRJ Districts. Heather is an active member of Temple Beth Or Sisterhood in Washington Township, NJ, where she was proud to be honored as a WRJ Unsung Heroine and most recently, a Woman of Valor. Heather enjoys baking cakes and making ice cream and is also an avid Chicago sports fan; she supports all of the teams, but the White Sox are her favorite. 

Micaela Sheinhait, Program Associate (msheinhait@wrj.org, 212.650.4060), assists with program and affiliate services, including Chai Mitzvah Project, Lilith Salons, and other sisterhood support. She completed her M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and moved to New York about a year ago. She grew up in small town NH, but is loving adjusting to city life here in New York.