Marilyn Sneiderman is the Executive Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. She spent most of her life as a community and union organizer. From 1996-2005, she directed the Department of Field Mobilization for the National AFL-CIO. Prior to that, Marilyn served as Education Director for the International Teamsters Union, and on the Senior Faculty of the George Meany Center’s National Labor College. Since 2003, she has served on the National Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. In 2009, she was appointed to the National Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and served on the Selah Network Leadership Team for Jewish Funds for Justice.
Images and scenes etched in the minds of generations of Jewish activists--immigrant workers marching, sitting in, and striking; tear gas filling the air as riot police attack, beat and arrest union protesters; and battles with gangsters to free unions of mob domination. Freedom rides across the South, rabbis and religious leaders arrested in protests, and a generation of Jews--rank and file workers, organizers, and emerging leaders--swept up and inspired by a movement to win economic, racial, and social justice.