International Lion of Judah Conference 2014


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  • Jessica Abo

    Journalist and Entrepreneur

    Jessica Abo has won several awards, including being selected as one of The Jewish Week's "36 Under 36."

  • Gail Adelson-Marcovitz

    Federation CJA

    Gail Adelson-Marcovitz has dedicated herself to building a more vibrant Montreal Jewish community for over 20 years.

  • Naomi L. Adler

    CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

    Naomi Adler joined the Philadelphia Federation after leading United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

  • Jenna Aidikoff

    Co-Founder, LiveUp Programs

    Jenna Aidikoff co-founded LiveUp Programs, a volunteer organization that coordinates long weekend programs for adults with Down syndrome.

  • Kerri Aidikoff

    Director, LiveUp Programs

    Kerri Aidikoff is a director of LiveUp Programs, an organization that coordinates programs for adults with Down syndrome.

  • Judy Altenberg

    Chair, International Lion of Judah Conference

    Judy Altenberg has been a member of JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board since 2009.

  • Mia Appelbaum

    Student, New York University

    Mia Appelbaum is a senior at NYU and is actively involved in many Jewish organizations on campus.

  • Michal Barkai

    Founder, Alma Pre-Army Academy for Women's Leadership

    Michal Barkai helps disdvantaged women attain more desirable positions in the IDF.

  • Vivian Bass

    CEO, The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH)

    Vivian G. Bass is committed to improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities.

  • Melissa Ben-Ishay

    President, Baked by Melissa

    Melissa Ben-Ishay is President of New York City cupcake bakery, Baked by Melissa.

  • Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg

    Grant Officer, New Israel Fund's Jewish Pluralism Pool

    Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg is an Israeli women's rights activist.

  • Dr. Dana Beyer

    Executive Director, Gender Rights Maryland

    Dr. Dana Beyer is a transgender rights activist and an advocate on public health issues.

  • Jill Biden

    Second Lady of the US

    Jill Biden, wife of VP Joe Biden, is a mother & grandmother, lifelong educator and proud Blue Star mom.

  • Jodi Bromberg

    President, InterfaithFamily

    Jodi Bromberg is an attorney with a passion for interfaith issues and nonprofit organizations.

  • Shifra Bronznick

    Founder and President, Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community

    Shifra Bronznick collaborates with social change organizations on deepening their impact.

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous

    Founding Rabbi, IKAR

    Rabbi Sharon Brous is the founding rabbi of IKAR, a spiritual community dedicated to reanimating Jewish life.

  • Danielle Butin

    Founder and Executive Director, The Afya Foundation

    Danielle Butin founded an organization that collects surplus medical supplies and ships them to Africa and the Caribbean.

  • Rabbi Melissa Buyer

    Director of Lifelong Learning, Temple Israel of the City of New York

    Rabbi Buyer created the interactive family service Rockin’ Shabbat, and she co-leads Temple Israel’s Shabbat Live service.

  • Sandra Cahn

    Co Founder and Financial Resource Development Chair, Limmud-FSU

    Sandra Cahn co-founded an innovative program that connects Russian Jews with informal Jewish learning.

  • Rebecca Caspi

    Senior Vice President, Israel and Overseas, Jewish Federations of North America

    Rebecca Caspi is the senior vice president for Israel and Overseas of The Jewish Federations of North America.

  • Tzlil Cohen

    Youth Futures Mentor, Jewish Agency for Israel

    Tzlil Cohen was born and raised in southern Israel.

  • Lori Cohen

    Director of Anti-Trafficking Initiative and Immigration Intervention Project, Sanctuary for Families

    Lori Cohen represents immigrant and domestic victims of human trafficking at the Sanctuary for Families.

  • David Cygielman

    Founder and CEO, Moishe House

    David Cygielman helped get Moishe House off the ground and became the organization’s first CEO.

  • David Dabscheck

    Deputy Managing Director, Israel Action Network

    David Dabscheck oversees the formation of strategic partnerships with global and continental institutions.

  • Hagit Damri

    Founder, Hagar Association

    Hagit Damri is one of the founders and the former executive director of the Hagar Association.

  • William C. Daroff

    Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director, Jewish Federations of North America Washington Office

    William Daroff was named by the Forward Newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in America.

  • Alisa Robbins Doctoroff

    Chair of the Board, UJA-Federation of New York

    Alisa Robbins Doctoroff is active on the boards of many organizations that spur engagement with Jewish life.

  • Meredith Dragon

    Executive Director, Jewish Federations of Western Massachusetts

    Meredith Dragon works to bring donors, agencies, synagogues, institutions together for the greater good of the Jewish community.

  • Sarah Eisenman

    Executive Director, JDC Entwine

    Sarah Eisenman is the Founder and Executive Director of JDC Entwine.

  • Lia Elbaz

    Recipient, Jewish Agency Loan Fund

    Lia Elbaz made aliyah from Moscow after the fall of the iron curtain.

  • Ohad Elhelo

    Former Combat Intelligence Officer, IDF Special Forces Unit

    Ohad is a former member of the IDF and currently studies economics and business at Brandeis University.

  • Dr. Temeika Fairley

    Senior Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. Temeika Fairley is a health scientist in the area of cancer survivorship among women diagnosed before age 40.

  • Jessica Fishman

    Author, "Chutzpah and High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land"

    Jessica Fishman, a writer, moved to Israel after growing up in a Midwestern Jewish and Zionist family.

  • Martine Fleishman

    International Chair, The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Project T.E.N.

    Martine Fleishman is international chair of the Jewish Agency’s innovative Project T.E.N.

  • Caroline Fortin

    Philadelphia Advisory Council Member, Interfaith Family

    Caroline Fortin was raised in an interfaith home and is passionate about interfaith outreach.

  • Mindy Fortin

    National Board Member, InterfaithFamily

    Mindy Fortin raised three children in an interfaith marriage and is active on the Advisory Council for InterfaithFamily.

  • Laurie Franz

    President, Five Together Foundation

    Laurie Franz and her siblings founded the humanitarian organization Five Together Foundation in 2005.

  • Jane Friedman

    CEO and Co-Founder, Open Road Integrated Media

    Jane Friedman founded and runs Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multi-media content company.

  • Dr. Michelle Friedman

    Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital

    Dr. Friedman is a psychiatrist who focuses on the Jewish community and has an interest in pastoral counseling.

  • Rabbi Robyn Frisch

    Director, InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia

    Rabbi Robyn Frisch loves teaching and helping to make Judaism come alive for individuals, couples and families.

  • Dr. Asmaa Ganayem

    Co-Founder & Co-Director of TEC Center, Mofet Institute

    Dr. Asmaa Ganayem works in the fields of technology integration in education and innovative pedagogy.

  • Amy Wain Garnitz

    Chair of the Jewish Volunteer Network, The Jewish Federation of Cleveland

    Amy Wain Garnitz is the current chair of the Jewish Volunteer Network at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

  • Susie Gelman

    Past President, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

    Susie Gelman co-chairs a new JFNA initiative to explore & recommend areas of support for civil society in Israel.

  • Dr. Mary Gemignani

    Associate Attending, Breast Service Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Dr. Gemignani specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast cancer.

  • Adrienne Goldberg

    Jewish Federation of Cleveland

    Adrienne Goldberg founded the 8th Night of Chanukah project, a campaign to share the value of philanthropy.

  • Shaun Goldstone

    Program Specialist, JDC FSU

    Shaun Goldstone raises awareness about humanitarian and Jewish renewal programming in the FSU.

  • JulieSue Goldwasser

    Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston

    JulieSue Goldwasser is a mother, a non-profit consultant, a Federation leader and a blogger.

  • Marilyn Gottleib

    UJA-Federation of New York

    Marilyn Gottlieb is a member of the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of New York.

  • Omer Granot

    Reserve Captain in IDF Navy, 2nd year MBA Student at MIT

    Omer Granot, an MBA student at MIT, served for seven years as an IDF Navy submarine deputy commander.

  • Suzanne Barton Grant

    Chair, International Lion of Judah Conference

    Suzanne Barton Grant has held many positions within the Jewish Federation of Delaware.

  • Rachel Hodes

    Founding Resident, Moishe House Murray Hill

    Rachel Hodes works at UJA-Federation of New York and is a resident of Moishe House Murray Hill.

  • Linda A. Hurwitz

    National Campaign Chair

    Linda A. Hurwitz is the National Campaign chair of The Jewish Federations of North America.

  • Shira Hutt

    Vice President for Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, Birthright Israel Foundation

    Shira Hutt is the Birthright Israel Foundation’s vice president for principal gifts and strategic initiatives.

  • Avital Ingber

    Chief Development Officer, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

    Avital Ingber oversees strategy and philanthropic resources for the Washington, DC, Federation.

  • Stephanie Ives

    Director, NY/Tri-State New Israel Fund

    Stephanie has a deep passion for Israel, human rights and our community’s power to effect change.

  • Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

    Director of Programs, T'ruah

    Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster directs campaigns for T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

  • Jodi Kantor

    Journalist, New York Times

    Jodi Kantor is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who writes about gender, politics and other topics.

  • Merle Kaplan

    Fundraiser and Advocate, Breast Cancer Awareness

    Merle Kaplan is a cancer “previvor” and longtime breast cancer awareness fundraiser and advocate.

  • Ifat Kariv

    Member of Knesset

    Ifat Kariv is a first-term Member of Knesset, representing the Yesh Atid party.

  • Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz

    Rabbi, Temple Beth El of Springfield, MA

    Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz is a spiritual leader and teacher with experience in formal and informal Jewish education.

  • Dr. Noah Kauff

    Associate Attending Physician, Gynecology and Clinical Genetics Services, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Dr. Kauff directs the Ovarian Cancer Screening and Prevention Program at MSKCC.

  • Mariah Kelly

    Advocacy Leader and Patient Affairs Liaison, Global Innovative Products at Pfizer

    Mariah Kelly partners with the Gaucher community and has been appointed as Pfizer’s Patient Affairs Liaison.

  • Sheryl Kimerling

    NWP Advisory Board Member and Vice Chair, JFNA Executive Committee

    Sheryl Kimerling has held many leadership roles nationally, for her local Federation and in the broader Birmingham community.

  • Idit Klein

    Executive Director, Keshet

    Idit Klein is the executive director of Keshet. She was honored by the Jewish Women's Archive.

  • Paula Kweskin

    Producer, Honor Diaries

    Paula Kweskin is the producer of Honor Diaries, an award-winning documentary film.

  • Pnina Lahav

    Professor, Boston University

    Pnina Lahav is a professor of law who teaches constitutional law, political and civil liberties and comparative law.

  • Alison Lebovitz

    Host, "The A List with Alison Lebovitz"

    Alison Goldstein Lebovitz is an author, television host, speaker, and nonprofit executive.

  • Dana Levinson

    Assistant Director, Reshet Ramah

    Dana Levinson is assistant director of alumni and community engagement for the Ramah camping movement.

  • Dana Lichtenberg

    Director of Marketing and Outreach, JCC Rockland

    Dana Lichtenberg has focused her career on connecting members of the Jewish community to meaningful experiences.

  • Joanna Lieberman

    Alum, Masa Israel Journey

    Joanna Lieberman, a Masa Israel journey alum, works for the American Jewish Committee.

  • Rabbi Dov Lipman

    Member of Knesset

    Rabbi Dov Lipman rose to national and international prominence for his role in combating religious coercion and extremism.

  • Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    President, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

    Rabbi Asher Lopatin is the president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

  • Stephanie Lowitt

    Development Officer, CJP Women’s Philanthropy

    Stephanie Lowitt is a development officer for CJP Women’s Philanthropy.

  • David Makovsky

    Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

    David Makovsky is the Ziegler fellow at The Washington Institute, on leave to the US Department of State.

  • Joshua Malina

    Actor & Producer

    Josh Malina currently co-stars on ABC's hit drama Scandal.

  • Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus

    Clinical Director, The Medical Center For Female Sexuality

    Bat Sheva Marcus helps women deal with a wide variety of sexual issues in New York.

  • Sara Merson

    Contestant, The Voice Israel

    Sara Merson sang Matisyahu’s “One Day” in a bomb shelter and made waves across the Internet.

  • Dr. Stacy Nerenstone

    President, Oncology Associates P.C., Hartford Hospital

    Dr. Stacy Nerenstone is a medical oncologist and Federation donor.

  • Gail Norry

    Immediate Past Chair, National Women's Philanthropy

    Gail Norry is the immediate past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy.

  • Geri D. Palast

    Managing Director, Israel Action Network

    Geri Palast develops strategic relationships and campaigns to engage civil society organizations.

  • Ann Pava

    Chair, National Women's Philanthropy

    Ann Baidack Pava is chair of National Women's Philanthropy (NWP) of The Jewish Federations of North America.

  • Shayna Postman

    Hazzan and Choir Director
    Tifereth Israel, Town and Village Synagogue NYC

    Shayna Postman is a cantor with a passion for Jewish music and prayer, and promoting spiritual growth.

  • Raheel Raza

    Author, Their Jihad…Not My Jihad

    Raheel Raza advocates for human rights and promotes religious and cultural diversity.

  • Dr. William Recant

    Assistant Executive Vice President, International Development Program, JDC

    William Recant leads projects relating to the rescue, relief, and renewal of Jewish communities worldwide.

  • Mindy Richenstein

    Vice Chair of Women's Philanthropy Agency and External Relations, UJA-Federation of New York

    Mindy Richenstein, a Lion of Judah since 2004, has a passion for engaging volunteers in social justice.

  • Marcia Riklis

    Founding Member, Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York

    Marcia Riklis sold her business to devote her time to philanthropy, especially Israel-related, women’s and environmental issues.

  • Molly Rosen

    Alumna, University of Michigan

    Molly Rosen's undergraduate experience consisted of a deep investment in Israel affairs on campus.

  • Dr. Stephanie Ross

    Founder, Illness Navigation Resources

    Dr. Stephanie Ross founded a consultancy for patients and families coping with medical crises.

  • Stephanie Roth

    Director and Founder, WJCS Kids’ Kloset

    Stephanie Roth founded the volunteer program Kids’ Kloset to help underserved children in Westchester County.

  • Roni Rubenstein

    Chair, Commission on the Jewish People at UJA-Federation of NY

    Roni Rubenstein is the chair of the Commission on the Jewish People at UJA-Federation of New York.

  • Shira Ruderman

    Israel Director
    Ruderman Family Foundation

    Shira Ruderman leads innovative social and public projects to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

  • Linda Scherzer

    Former Mideast Correspondent, CNN and Israel Television

    Linda Scherzer is a former Mideast correspondent for CNN and Israel Television with experience covering the Arab-Israeli conflict.

  • Lisa Schlager

    Vice President Community Affairs, FORCE

    Lisa Schlager manages advocacy, strategic partnerships and community relations for FORCE.

  • Will Schneider

    Executive Director, Slingshot

    Will Schneider became Slingshot’s executive director after working as a fundraising consultant for nonprofit clients.

  • Maria Sergeeva

    Resident, Moishe House St. Petersburg

    Maria Sergeeva has been a resident of Moishe House in St. Petersburg since 2012.

  • Dr. Aaron Shafer

    Gynecologic Oncologist, Hartford Hospital

    Dr. Shafer is a gynecologic oncologist who specializes in minimally invasive procedures and teaching.

  • Rochelle Shoretz

    Founder and Executive Director, Sharsheret

    Rochelle Shoretz founded a national organization to help Jewish women facing breast cancer and their families.

  • Dr. Lee P. Shulman

    Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Dr. Lee P. Shulman teaches at the Feinberg School of Medicine and speaks on Jewish genetic diseases.

  • Zoya Shvartzman

    Director of Strategic Partnerships, JDC Europe

    Zoya Shvartzman serves as a strong connection with re-emerging Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Michael Siegal

    Chair, JFNA Board of Trustees

    Michael D. Siegal is the chair designate of the Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees.

  • Jerry Silverman

    President & CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

    Jerry is a highly experienced leader in the North American Jewish community and longtime corporate executive.

  • Rebecca Silverstein

    Director of Development, Tikva Children’s Home

    Rebecca Silverstein works to raise awareness and funds for a Jewish orphanage located in Ukraine.

  • Sarah Bernstein Solomon

    Director, Young Leadership, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

    Sarah Bernstein Solomon is a Federation professional dedicated to Jewish youth engagement.

  • Andrés Spokoiny

    President & CEO, Jewish Funders Network

    Andrés Spokoiny, a long-time Jewish communal leader, is the president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network.

  • Caryl Stern

    President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

    Caryl Stern joined the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2006 as chief operating officer.

  • Susan K. Stern

    Immediate Past Chair, National Campaign, Jewish Federations of North America

    Susie Stern was nominated by Obama for the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

  • Rabbi Shira Stutman

    Director, Community Engagement at 6th & I

    Rabbi Shira Stutman is director of Community Engagement at Washington, DC’s Sixth & I synagogue.

  • Emily Sweet

    Executive Director, Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

    Emily Sweet is a social justice advocate, policy expert and women’s philanthropic leader.

  • Julie Swidler

    Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment

    Julie Swidler oversees Sony Music Entertainment’s business, legal and governmental affairs globally.

  • Michael P. Wajnrajch

    US Medical Director, Pfizer Inc.

    Michael Wajnrajch is the US Medical Director for Elelyso and has been at Pfizer for over 10 years.

  • Judith R. Waldman

    Board of Directors, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH)

    Judi Waldman is an active volunteer with a focus on special needs and inclusion.

  • Carrie Ann Waldman

    Resident of a community home, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH)

    Carrie Ann Waldman lives independently in a community-based home and does volunteer work with preschoolers and deaf children.

  • Essie Weingarten

    Founder and Global Creative Director, essie

    Founder of the nail brand essie, Essie Weingarten is a beauty icon and color authority.

  • Lauren Weinstein

    Author and Illustrator, "Carriers"

    Lauren Weinstein wrote a touching, darkly funny comic called “Carriers” about the gene that causes cystic fibrosis.

  • Jonathan Westin

    Director of Health Policy, Jewish Federations of North America

    Jonathan Westin is the Director of Health Policy with The Jewish Federations of North America in Washington.

  • Eli Winkelman

    Founder, Challah for Hunger

    Eli Winkelman co-founded the original chapter of Challah for Hunger when she was a student at Scripps College.

  • Tamar Zandberg

    Member of Knesset

    Tamar Zandberg is serving in her first term as a Member of Knesset, representing the Meretz party.

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