Elise M. Bernhardt
Elise is the recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, among others.
President & CEO, Foundation for Jewish Culture
Elise Bernhardt is President and CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, where she began her tenure in June 2006. She previously served as the artistic advisor for New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, and was executive director of The Kitchen, the performance space in Chelsea, NY from 1998 to 2004. She founded the organization Dancing in the Streets, which produces performances in public spaces and which she directed from 1983 to1998. Elise has served on numerous panels and committees. She is the recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, the BAX 10 Award, the Doris C. Freedman Award for enriching the public environment, a Certificate of Merit from the Municipal Art Society of NYC and a Distinguished Alumnae citation from Sarah Lawrence College.