WHY JOURNEYS TO CHANGE?

ABBE MARCUS!

Your guide to the people, stories and places where history happened.

ABOUT US

OUR TEAM

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ABBE MARCUS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Abbe Marcus, has spent decades building relationships with people in communities throughout the country with lived wisdom and understandings of history and justice.  Her educational and social justice experiences as the Co-Founder and Executive Director at J-Teen Leadership, and in positions at The Workers Circle, the 92nd St. Y, the Jewish Education Project and Westchester Jewish Community Services have shaped her passion for immersive and experiential learning. She has created, developed, and led numerous trips for teens and adults to Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Charleston, Oklahoma City and Nashville, immersing participants in the sites' civil rights history, exposing them to life-changing narratives from leaders and activists, and creating community service activities. She is curious about people and history and believes every journey is an adventure, every journey can be life changing. 

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RONNIE SIEGEL

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

After earning a BFA in communication design, Ronnie Siegel held graphic design positions in both advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. Eventually she combined her right-brain passion for visually communicating stories with her left brain curiosity for marketing strategy by earning an MBA in Marketing. Her business and design skills led her to positions at Citigroup and J-Teen Leadership, where she had the great fortune and privilege of working with Abbe and helping J-Teen Leadership innovate and grow. Ronnie recently completed Westchester County's Launch 1000 entrepreneurial accelerator program and, in addition to working with Journeys to Change, has started her own freelance graphic design business. 

OUR MISSION

The mission of JOURNEYS TO CHANGE is to move you to another place in your understanding of people, places and history by getting close to the past, hearing unfiltered narratives, and interacting with local people through volunteer experiences. Our goal is to inspire and empower you to take action and get involved in your community and beyond. 

 
 

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

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JOANNE BLAND

During her lifetime, Joanne Bland has been both a witness and a participant in some of our nation's most consequential civil rights battles. Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, Joanne has seen first-hand how racism and segregation created a deadly divide between two races.  Bland was a highly active participant in the Civil Rights Movement from her earliest days, and was the youngest person to have been jailed during any civil rights demonstration during that period.

Her passion for the movement inspired Joanne to co-found the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama, where she was the former director. Today, Joanne remains a civil rights activist and tour director.

Click on her website, Journeys for the Soul to learn more about Joanne Bland.

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ILANA TRACHTMAN

IIlana Trachtman has produced and directed Emmy award-winning nonfiction programs for twenty years, for networks such as PBS, HBO Family, ABC-TV, Showtime, Lifetime, Discovery, A&E, and the Sundance channel. Concerned with bearing witness, Ilana’s work strives for immediate, irresistible human recognition across difference. Ilana’s independent feature documentary, Praying with Lior, about the spirituality and Bar Mitzvah of a boy with Down syndrome, played theatrically in 60 cities in the US and abroad. The film received six Audience Awards for Best Documentary, the Grand Prix at the International Disability Film Festival, and was a critic’s pick of the New York Times. Most recently, Ilana’s film for WHYY, The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight for LGBT Rights, was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Best Documentary. 

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MICHELLE BROWDER

Michelle Browder, a nationally recognized artist and activist, is bringing light to racial disparities in healthcare through art, history, and long-overdue conversations. Her work has been exhibited in four galleries, including the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of the More Up Campus Capitol Campaign — which seeks to participate in the national reckoning around race in the United States by finding creative ways to honor the voiceless, the minimalized, and the ignored.

 

Michelle is also the owner and operator of More Than Tours, a tour company which provides educational tours about racial bias and history to students and tourists in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

Click here to learn more about Michelle Browder.

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REV. ERWIN LEE TROLLINGER, JR.

Rev. Erwin Lee Trollinger, Jr. attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Social Work and Theology.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology at the Christ Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York.

 

Rev. Trollinger has served as the sixth pastor of The Calvary Baptist Church of White Plains since 2011.  In 2017, Rev. Trollinger accepted an appointment to become the International President and Patron for the Agape Christian Ministers College in Kumasi, Ghana.

Rev. Trollinger served as Chaplin at The Sing Sing Correctional Facility of the State of New York and has been  keynote speakers at Yale, Hofstra, Westchester & Nassau Community Colleges, Stony Brook, as well as Binghamton Universities.

Rev. Trollinger worked for Abbott House Children & Family Services for 17 years and became a foster parent for older boys in the foster care system.  

 

Rev. Trollinger’s personal ministry motto for over 42 years is: “Lord let me decrease that thou might increase”

 

Click here to learn more about Reverend Trollinger.

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RABBI SHIRA MILGROM

Rabbi Shira Milgrom, of Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY, reflects a generation of rabbis who passionately create extraordinary encounters with Jewish texts, rituals and traditions that merge the intimate and personal with the grand vision of Judaism and the Jewish people. 

 

Rabbi Milgrom has traveled throughout North America bringing Jews closer to the words of Torah and Jewish self-expression. Rabbi Milgrom is the author of articles on Jewish spirituality, education and healing. She has been the keynote speaker in major American conferences ranging from young leadership, women and feminism to issues facing the aging and the elderly. 

Click here to learn more about Rabbi Milgram.

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EVA ZASLOFF

Eva Zasloff is thrilled to join the advisory board of Journeys to Change. She had the honor of working with Abbe Marcus through the Workers Circle, a secular Jewish social justice and education organization. While there together, Eva acted in a supporting role on Abbe’s extraordinary Civil Rights trips to Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and DC.

 

Eva has served on the Workers Circle Board of Directors since 2012, and has been active in the Manhattan Workers Circle School (MWCS) since 2010, serving as the MWCS Board President, Curriculum Coordinator, and Teen Community Service leader. Since 1993, she has been working at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn as a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher. Her collaborations with Abbe in the Workers Circle have enabled Eva to re-engage in the world of Jewish education and activism, and to renew her commitment to making the world a better place.