Meet the Community Service Team:
Director, Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service
Erica Steen grew up in St. Louis, MO where she began her life working in the Jewish Community at age 10 as a volunteer herself for a local Jewish day camp. Erica continued her work at Jewish camps during summers through her college years. She attended the University of Kansas where she received her degree in Human Development and Family Life. Following graduation Erica began work with Juvenile offenders working for the state of Missouri's Department of Youth Services. In 1997 Erica went back to work in the Jewish Communal world and has since worked for B’nai B’rith Youth Organization as a City Director, Regional Director and Associate Program Director.She worked briefly for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis along with time in the St. Louis, Dayton, Cincinnati and now DC Jewish Community Centers. Erica has been here at the Washington DCJCC since August of 2006. In 2012 Erica was promoted to the Director of Community Engagement. She still loves being the Director of the Community Service Department but is also enjoying the opportunity to supervise the DCJCC's GLOE, EntryPointDC and Senior lunch programs.
Co-Director, Days of Service
Director, Behrend Builders
Randy Bacon grew up in New Orleans where he graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Media Arts. Before moving to Washington DC, Randy lived in Atlanta, GA where he worked as Director of Facilities for the Howard School. He moved to Washington DCJCC in 2005 and took the position of Behrend Builders Director. Under his direction the program has grown from less than 12 build projects a year to as many as 10 projects a month while maintaining and growing the budget.
Program Coordinator, Behrend Builders
Tzvi was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he majored in Jewish Studies with a minor in Theatre. Throughout college, Tzvi participated in many community service projects with his Fraternity- Sigma Alpha Mu, the Residence Hall association and Chabad on Campus. He also has an extensive building knowledge from growing up on a ranch and interning in technical theatre. In September 2013, Tzvi joined AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, working at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center as the Behrend Builders and Community Service Associate. He is excited to explore the intersection of community service, social justice, and Judaism within the DC community while repairing, renovating, and rebuilding low-income family housing, public schools, and other vital community spaces.
Elena Frenkel was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to the Washington, DC metro area where she has resided since. She received her B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Non Profit Management. Her previous roles include development and programmatic support within global health and environmental conservation organizations. Elena’s interest and involvement in Jewish Social Services grew during a D.C. community birthright trip. Following her return, she continued to seek out opportunities to get involved, which eventually lead to working at the DCJCC. Elena works throughout the Engagement Department (Community Service, EntryPointDC, GLOE, and Senior Adults) on a variety of programs. As the Engagement Coordinator, she tailors community outreach projects for small groups, organizes large scale Day of Service projects, and interacts with volunteers and participants throughout the division.