Leah Fuhr, who in recent years helped Ahavath Achim Synagogue build its programming for young adults while serving on the local boards of the New Israel Fund, J Street and American Jewish World Service, spent the largest chunk of her time this year working on Jon Ossoff’s congressional campaign as the political affairs manager. She maximized outreach efforts with Democratic stakeholders and with religious minorities, including Jews, Muslims and Hindus. Her experience within the Atlanta Jewish community translated well into a role in which she leveraged the power of her relationships.

“The Jewish community is very powerful because we have the bandwidth to volunteer, hold signs, stand on corners and get people elected.”

Fuhr said she enjoys pushing boundaries by giving all Jews a platform, even those with whom she disagrees.

“I love to be welcoming to all opinions and viewpoints and allowing the conversation to happen.”

Younger Jews in Atlanta are spearheading many social movements, she said, and people are realizing they can make an impact. “Young people are doing really great things in the community.”

In 20 years the Old Fourth Ward resident hopes to be on the right side of history, working to bridge the gap between social justice movements and Jewish Atlanta. “I hope to be able to have impacted the Atlanta community and the world in a dynamic way.”

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