2016-2017 Boston Bridges Fellows

Saadia Fellow  

Saadia Ahmad  

Saadia Ahmad is a Master's student in Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston with a focus on interfaith dialogue, improving relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, and addressing violence committed in the name of religion. She earned a BA from Providence College in 2014, where she studied political science, public and community service studies, and theology. Her interfaith journey as a Muslim at a Roman Catholic college enriched hew own Islamic faith through attending Catholic worship services, taking theology classes, serving on the Campus Ministry's Pastoral Council, and developing pastoral relationships with Catholic priests who continue to be sources of spiritual support. The contrast between her positive interfaith experience and the prominence of religious conflict motivated her to pursue a master's degree in conflict resolution at UMass Boston, with the ultimate goal of facilitating and institutionalizing more positive interfaith interactions to take the place of and stand in opposition to the darker encounters amonf different religous groups that plague our local and global communities

Jordan Fellow

Rabbi Jordan Braunig 

Rabbi Jordan Brauning seeks to give Tufts students the tools and the confiednce to construct a meaningful Jewish life for themselves. Jordan's work as a rabbi and community builder combine his passion for conversation, text, and rambling walks with his desire to see a more robust, dynamic, and diverse Jewish community on campus. Jordan mentors, teaches and, most importantly, learns from the fellows who are part of the initiative for Innovative Community Building at Tufts Hillel. Having received his rabbinic ordination at Hebrew College in Boston, Jordan cherishes pluralistic practice, the wisdom of ancient sources, interfaith study and fermented foods.

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Reverend Britta Meiers Carlson 

The Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Pastor Developer of Nuevo Amanecer, a new Spanish language ministry in East Boston, MA. Pastor Britta enjoys working with congregations who are discerning mission in changing neighborhoods. She is particularly interested in how the Christian message speaks to immigrant communities and how immigrant stories nurture communities of faith. As America’s cities become more religiously and ethnically diverse, and as the influence of Christian churches declines in Western society, Pastor Britta is committed to an integral exploration of how these changes impact church structures and practices. A Minnesota native, Pastor Britta is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Reed Carlson, in East Boston.

Jamsion Fellow 

Reverend Jamison Collier 

The Reverend Jamison Collier is the Chief Administrative Officer at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain. Rev. Collier was previously the Project Adminisrator on the Howard Thurman Papers Project and then the Project Manager on the Howard & Sue Bailey Thurman Archival Research Project. He is an ordained American Baptist Minister from Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended Morehouse College and Columbia Theological Seminary. He lives in Boston with his loving wife, Crystal. 

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Jaimie Dingus 

Jamie Dingus is a recent graduate of Boston Univeristy, and a current student at Harvard Divinity School. At BU she studied religion, served as an intern at Marsh Chapel, and promoted interfaith community as president of the Interfaith Council. At HDS she is pursuing her Master's of Divinity, as part of her preparation to become a Unitarian Universalist Minister. She is hugely active in the UU world, having most recently served as the Worship Coordinator for Young Adults at General Assmebly, the national gathering of the UUA. She spent this summer working as interim director of communications at the First UU Church in Richmond, Virginia. In Boston, she serves as the Children's Religious Education Assistant at Arlignton Street Church and sings in their choir. Additional, Jamie is actively involved in the Sanctuary Boston, an emergent UU community. She hopes to bring her passion for Unitarian Universalism and interfaith work to the Boston Bridges Fellowship Program. 

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Abubakr Fakhry  

Abubakr Fakhry is the Youth Director at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest Mosque in New England. Abububakr is a Candadian citizen who was born in Saudi and grew up in Egypt. He has been living in the US for several years. With a passion for youth work, he co-founded Utopia Academy-Cairo and Utopia Boston, youth leadership and character building focucsed organizations. Abubakr has lead several international camps around the world at places such as Nepal, South Africa, Spain, Vienna, Slovakia and Prague. He is a former fellow at the Center for Inter Religious and Communal Leadership Education. Abubakr holds a master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University alongside a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. His techinal work has take him to the UK, USA, and China. 

Emily Fellow  

Emily Jendzejec

Emily Jencurrently serves as Catholic Chaplain to the Wellesley College community in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  She is also a PhD candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College. She is a graduate of Boston College (BA) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv).  Stemming from her rootedness in Catholic Social Teaching, Emily is dedicated to working for social justice through teaching community organizing practices and leadership skills to young adults and faith-based communities.  She recently served as Training Director with the faith-based Leadership Development Initiative and as a Teaching Fellow with Professor Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. .   

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Reverend Alicia Marie Johnson 

The Reverend Alicia Marie Johnson proudly serves as the Assistant Pastor of the Historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton, MA. An emerging scholar and religious leader, Alicia’s research interests lie at the intersection of trauma, theology, and cultural studies. As a spiritual leader, she is committed to building strong and healthy communities and finding sustainable, creative, and meaningful ways to nurture dialogue, cooperation, and healing. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Howard University, Master of Theological Studies, and a Master of Sacred Theology from Boston University School of Theology.


Cantor Becky Khirtrik 

Cantor Becky Khitrik received her ordination from Hebrew College (Newton Centre, MA) in 2014. Originally from Washington, D.C., she holds a bachelor of the arts degree in music and religious studies from Macalester College (St.Paul,MN) a certificate of study from the Zoltán Kodály Institute (Kesckemét, Hungary), and a master's degree of the arts in religion from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (New Haven, CT). Becky is the assistant cantor and choir director at Temple Sinai (Sharon, MA) and the education coordinator at Temple Beth Zion (Brookline, MA). Becky also enjoys an active performance career as a klezmer clarinetist. She has performed internationally and has received acclaim for her technical mastery, warm tone, and unque use of vibratio. She has developed several models for Jewish services based around the use of traditional nusach-- prescibed melodies and modes for Jewish services-- and klezmer music. 


Josh Langer

Josh Langer

Josh Langer serves as the Director of Admissions at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. He has worked his entire career in a variety of settings across the Jewish community, focusing on children ages 5-18 and their parents. Prior to JCDS, Josh worked as the Director of Makor and Special Projects at Hebrew College, as the Director of Education at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, and as a Program Associate at BBYO's international headquarters. Josh earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies and Jewish Studies, his MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He lives in Brighton with his wife, Esther, and his sons Itai (3) and Emet (13 months).



Dorlimar Lebrón Malavè

Dorlimar Lebrón Malavè serves as the pastor of East Saugus UMC and is earning a Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology. She has served in a diversity of ministries within the connection of the local church, district and annual conferences, as well as global levels of the United Methodist Church. Most recently, she was elected as a Young Adult delegate to the 2016 General Conference. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Black and Latino studies from the City College of New York. Dorlimar, a native of Puerto Rico, was raised in New York City.



Samer Naseredden 

Samer Naseredden is a community servant who recently moved to Boston from Arizona to become the MAS Youth Programs Director at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC). Samer studied both psychology and family and human development at Arizona State University and is an aspiring counseling psychologist. Upon graduating, he proceeded to work as a youth minister and interfaith coordinator at a local mosque in Arizona. Samer sees a future for himself working in the field of social services and community development. Samer is a proud community activist with the Muslim American Society (MAS) working to develop thought leaders and dynamic activists. Samer’s passion is in helping others finding theirs, and assisting in people’s journey to God through that passion, thoughtful reflection, comprehensive self development, and meaningful activism. Samer enjoys working with ambitious young people and seasoning their unbridled passion with unparalleled commitment, consistency, and discipline. Samer had many enriching experiences serving local organizations in Arizona; he is excited to begin similar work in Boston. Samer invites you to connect with him and share in genuine, authentic relationship building.