Who We Are

Jill Kaufman, LMSW received a Master in Social Work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work, focusing in community organizing and community development, prevention and social justice.

Since graduation, Jill has been working at The Forest Hills Community House in Queens, coordinating a delinquency prevention program for adolescents. The BASE (Building a Supportive Environment) Program offers individually tailored services, designed to help teens make the most of their school experience. Services include individual counseling, peer counseling, discussion groups, activity-based groups, trips, opportunities to earn community service credit, school advocacy and access to a network of information and referrals. Jill supervises and trains a cohort of teen staff members who provide support and build crucial relationships with teen participants.

During graduate school, Jill worked at Henry Street Settlement with adolescents in individual counseling and on a youth-driven public service announcement, addressing respect for youth in the Lower East Side community. She also worked with and on behalf of lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and HIV-affected victims of violence at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.

Jill completed her undergraduate studies in Film and Television Production at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she received a Dean’s Craft Award for Outstanding Achievement in Experimental Form.

Ady Ben-Israel, MA, LCSW graduated from Hunter College School of Social Work, focusing in group work, new populations, and emerging issues.

Ady worked at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center’s mental health and social services department as the program coordinator of the Gender Identity Project and Group Services. Previously, Ady worked at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in a clinical and training capacity with people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ady has also been involved in numerous social justice organizing projects including training legal video witnesses, international human rights monitoring, educational and media campaigns, and organizing diversity workshops focused on anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia.

Ady completed undergraduate studies in Women’s Studies/Science in Society at Wesleyan University and completed a Masters degree in the History of Science at Harvard University.