Board of Directors 2020-2021
Ora has been involved with JFL for more than a decade. She became the president of the board in 2019 and feels privileged to be able to help the organization positively impact the Phoenix Jewish community.
Ellen Friedman Sacks
Ellen Friedman Sacks is the Executive Director of Jewish Free Loan. She has been a part of JFL since 2010 – serving on the Board of Directors before joining the staff in 2012 as the organization’s first Director of Programs and PR, and later serving as the Associate Executive Director. Ellen has over 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, including SOVA Kosher Food Pantry & Resource Center (Los Angeles, CA), MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix. Ellen is currently a Vice President on the International Association of Jewish Free Loans’ executive team and serves on the Emergency Food & Shelter Program’s allocation committee. She volunteers with several community groups, is a former mentor in the Women’s Leadership Institute (Co-Horts 1 & 2) and participated in the inaugural class of 50 Women Who Will Change the World – a leadership program for nonprofit professionals designed by Take The Lead Arizona. Ellen has a graduate degree in public administration and lives in Phoenix with her two kids, Leah and Justin.
Aviva Levine joined the Jewish Free Loan staff in July 2018. She attended the American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism) in Los Angeles and has worked most of her professional career in Jewish non-profit organizations, including NA’AMAT USA (Los Angeles), Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and the Anti-Defamation League (Arizona). Aviva grew up in Phoenix and enjoys giving back to the very community that helped to shape her career. She is also a teacher at the Roz Goodell Religious School at Congregation Or Tzion. Aviva enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her two nephews.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Jessielyn Hirschl came to the Valley in 2015 in pursuit of starting a career in the Jewish community. She is fortunate to have worked at both the Hillel Jewish Student Center at ASU as well as Congregation Beth Israel of Scottsdale. In 2018, while taking a break from working in the Jewish community as a professional, Jessielyn became a member of the Women’s Leadership Institute; cohort three. During this time, she was charged with the task of using her new leadership skills to make an impact on the Jewish community. After meeting with the Associate Executive Director of Jewish Free Loan, Jessielyn decided to create a financial literacy guide to support JFL’s education programs. Working on this booklet grew into a more long-standing commitment to JFL, as a Community Outreach and Engagement Committee member, and grew from there to role within the professional staff. Jessielyn lives in Tempe with her husband Jared and son Liam.
Fredi Brown joined the JFL staff in January 2017. Fredi has a long history working within the Jewish community, beginning with B’nai B’rith Girls in high school. After college, she spent a year in Israel working on Kibbutz Ma’ayan Baruch, located at the base of the Golan Heights. Fredi sat on the Advisory Council of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. She has been a member of the Federation of Greater Phoenix Women’s Department, and on the Board of Trustees of Copland House, which enhances awareness and appreciation of the rich vibrant heritage of American music, through the legacy of Aaron Copland. Fredi has previously been active with the American Cancer Society for 15 years. In 1989 she became part of the professional staff, serving as Executive Director of the North Shore of Chicago until 1992. For the past 15 years, Fredi has been working in various capacities for Hadassah, serving in the local, regional and national levels of leadership development. Fredi, and her husband, Howard Treshansky, are members of Congregation Or Tzion. Fredi is the mother of Dr. Jennifer Brown, of Scottsdale, AZ., and Aaron and Lisa Brown, and their three daughters, Gabrielle, Alexis, and Eliana Brown, of Houston, TX.