Asher Gellis

Executive Director

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Asher is an LA native who grew up as part of Adat Ari El Day School and United Synagogue Youth. He earned his BA in Political Theory from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Prior to launching JQ International in 2004, Asher served as the Regional Director for Hadassah Young Judaea in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. He created curriculum for the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles and guided teen scholastic credited Israel tours. After earning his MBA, Asher worked in real estate asset management while building the foundation of what JQ International has become today. In recent years Asher has participated in the inaugural cohort of the PresentTenseLA Fellowship, the American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellowship, and Eighteen:22; the global think tank of LGBTQ and ally Jewish visionaries. Currently, Asher serves on the Community Advisory Board of KCET Link, the nation's largest independent public television station, and as mentor and consultant on inclusion and community building for LGBTQ Jews, their families, and allies for Jewish and non Jewish Institutions globally.

Arya Marvazy

Assistant Director


Arya is a first-generation American, born to Iranian-Jewish parents in the bustling metropolis of Tehrangeles, CA. Most passionate about travel, languages (four and counting), and exploring foreign cultures, Arya earned his B.A. in Psychology from UC San Diego, and M.A. in Organizational Behavior from NYU. Arya has spent the majority of his career within the non-profit Jewish communal sector, with roles ranging from programming and engagement work on college campuses to talent recruitment and professional development at Hillel International's Washington, DC office. Arya is broadly involved in a variety of community organizations including JDC Entwine, where he serves as the Los Angeles City Co-Chair, and The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, where he is involved as a Kahn Fellow. He has always been passionate about LGBTQ equality, education, and advocacy work, and helped to create the 'Keshet-Hillel Guide for Inclusivity' for professionals and student leaders well before having come out of the closet himself. Most recently upon returning to Los Angeles after a decade between San Diego, Tel Aviv and DC, Arya has been working to expand LGBTQ advocacy work within the Persian community in Los Angeles with great success. Before joining the JQ team full time, Arya worked as an organizational consultant with small businesses in the greater Los Angeles area.

Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or

Helpline Director


Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or, MFT, has been a spiritual leader, therapist, and teacher for over 35 years. She is currently the Director of the JQ International Helpline, which offers support for LGBTQ Jews and their allies. In that role she responds to daily calls and emails from throughout the United States and as far away as Algeria and the Ukraine. She continues to train and supervise volunteers in answering calls and finding the most LGBTQ inclusive resources. Since 2014 she has presented 45 LGBTQ Inclusion Trainings to 30 organizations in the Los Angeles area.

Before joining JQ, she served congregations in Berkeley and Tustin, CA, and Macon, GA. She has been published in the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Rabbi Bat-Or created and taught the Seven Steps to Healing® model which emerged from her work with people who have experienced trauma.

Anna Goodman

Director of Programming


With a bachelor's degree in media and communications, Anna has worked in a variety of fields ranging from​ ​event ​production and development, media and graphic design, to​ sales and​ customer care. In 2014 while visiting Israel​,​ Anna ​came to the realization that sh​e needed to feel closer to her Jewish roots upon returning to Los Angeles.​​​ With JQ International and the​​ JQSA, JQ's premiere community for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens, Anna has found a way to connect her Jewish Identity, queer identity, and program development experience to​ overall​ greater strengthen inclusion and awareness for our community at large.

Amanda Maddahi

Director of Operations

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Amanda currently oversees JQ's internal operations, finances, grants, Persian programming, staff, board development and assists in directing the JQ Helpline. Outside of JQ, Amanda is the Founder and CEO of The Kid Possible Company™, an inspirational health and education start-up for kids. Born and raised in LA, she studied at Harvard-Westlake School (’04), UCLA (B.S. ’08), and Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv (M.D. ’15).She is a member of Sinai Temple and former student at Sinai Akiba Academy. On her free time she enjoys playing basketball, martial arts (black belt in karate), and founded Maccabi Los Angeles, the local chapter of the worldwide Jewish elite athletic organization Maccabi World Union.