Yael has been the Director of TOV since 2010, overseeing the JUF Uptown Café, JUF Community Legal Services, disaster relief, Goldman Sachs community TeamWorks and general operations at TOV. She is passionate about social impact and is inspired by the immense generosity of our community. Yael graduated from the University of Michigan (go blue!) with a degree in English Literature and received a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute. She is a three-time marathon runner, and helped launch JUF’s inaugural marathon team. Her favorite TOV projects have been disaster relief missions where she became adept at power tools. Yael is an avid traveler and is always dreaming up her next adventure. When not globetrotting, Yael loves hearing live music and flexing her newfound culinary skills.
Marissa has been coordinating TOV volunteer programs since 2010. She is responsible for a variety of programming including Good Deeds Day and Israel Solidarity Day, and serves as a volunteer concierge helping to plan customized individual and group projects. Marissa’s favorite TOV program is TOV Reads – she has participated in it for the last 7 years! Prior to working at JUF, Marissa earned her MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC. Outside of the office, you can usually find Marissa volunteering with her friends and family, going to concerts (the smaller the venue the better), or exploring different neighborhoods throughout beautiful Chicago.
Ali joined TOV in August, 2015. As TOV’S Program Associate, Ali oversees TOV’s core programming, including Mitzvah Manias, Feed Chicago, and PJ Gives Back. Prior to working at JUF, Ali worked for Keshet, a JUF agency that assists individuals with special needs and their families. Ali found her passion for nonprofit organizations when she joined Best Buddies in college, an association that provides the opportunity to enhance one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ali is extremely passionate about working at JUF and helping connect our community to worthwhile causes. Outside of the office Ali loves baking, checking out Chicago’s trendiest new restaurants, running, listening to Mumford and Sons (particularly at their live shows!), and spending as much time with friends and family as possible.
Maya joined TOV in August, 2015. As TOV’s Administrative Assistant, Maya is the voice you hear when you call the TOV Hotline or schedule a date at the JUF Uptown Café. When Maya’s not in the office, she enjoys painting, writing, singing/songwriting, live music, traveling, advocating for women’s and children’s rights, and participating in art shows and poetry contests.