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Leadership


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Leadership


Our Team

 

Leadership

 

BENJAMIN LEVY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Benjamin Levy was appointed CEO of Mosaic United after serving for 5 years as the Dean of Moriah College in Sydney Australia, one of the largest Jewish schools in the world with over 1,800 pre-kindergarten through high school students. At Moriah College, Levy created a renaissance in Jewish Life and Learning and was instrumental in growing the teen-Israel program by over 500%. Levy was recently awarded the ‘Educator of the Year Award’ for his leadership and service, and founded several successful programs including the Kesher Academy for adult education, Mikolot: Voices of the Future international public speaking competition and the Shalhevet International Leadership Incubator.

He holds a BA in Media and Communications and Honors in Jewish Civilization Thought & Culture from the University of Sydney (USYD), an Education degree from Herzog College in Israel, and Yoreh Yoreh Semicha (rabbinic ordination) following his study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He completed the Principal’s Program at the Lookstein Centre in Bar Ilan University in Israel and is currently writing his PhD in Jewish philosophy for which he received the Australian Postgraduate Award.

ETTY ROSENFELD

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Etty Rosenfeld is Chief Financial Officer for Mosaic United.

As a CPA, Etty brings with her over 15 years of vast experience in senior financial management roles in both Israeli and global companies. Prior to joining Mosaic United,  Etty served as Senior Financial Controller in Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts.  Etty stands out as a CFO due to her international experience and broad understanding of the financial and business landscape. She is able to understand the challenges the organization faces and develop a balanced financial strategy to get the company to meet its short-term targets while putting emphasis on sustainable long-term growth. 

Etty holds a BA in Economics and Accounting from Haifa University and an MBA from Ono Academic College.

HADASS BERKOVITS

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Hadass brings over eight years of experience working with Diaspora Jewry to her role as Director of Operations for Mosaic United. She served as an Israeli Emissary in Australia, where she worked with the local Jewish community to develop Jewish identity programming for all ages and to strengthen the community’s connection to Israel. Hadass worked at “The Jewish Journey”, an educational touring company based in Israel, as a Coordinator of Operations for hundreds of participants on Birthright and other tour groups to Israel from all over the world. She served in several operational capacities in the tourism industry, managing teams, facilitating programs and planning tours to Israel. After graduating Law school, Hadass worked at the Israeli law firm Herzog, Fox & Ne’eman, and became a member of the Israeli Bar Association.

Hadass holds a LL.B in Law with a minor in Psychology from Bar Ilan University. 

ELISHEVA KUPFERMAN

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Elisheva joins Mosaic United with over a decade of Jewish nonprofit experience, and nearly two decades of informal education experience. Most recently, she served for 7+ years as Strategic Planner and Educator at Makom – the Israel Education Lab of the Jewish Agency for Israel. There, she led strategic processes, developed business plans, managed projects, and oversaw their implementation. She helped set up Makom’s board, and managed their fundraising strategy. On the education front, Elisheva has written and developed Jewish and Israel curricula, trained educators, mentored interns, and run teen leadership programs in Israel and the United States. She was selected for The Israel Academy of Philanthropy Fundraising Course for Resource Development Managers as well as Evaluation and Measurement Training for The Jewish Agency.

Elisheva holds a BA in Psychology and Jewish History from Bar Ilan University, and an MA in Nonprofit Management from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Aaron Schneider

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO

Before joining the Mosaic United team, Aaron Schneider played a significant role in the Sydney Jewish Community. He was the Director of the youth movement Bnei Akiva in the city and helped grow the reach and numbers of the group, overseeing all aspects of the movement including managing volunteers, events, programming and budgets. He also helped coordinate an over 200 thousand dollar fundraiser for the movement, ensuring its further success. Simultaneously, he was a member of the Moriah College Experiential Department of Jewish Education, where he spent 3 years designing, managing and orchestrating programming for the over 1800 students which allowed them to grow and connect to their own personal Jewish identities throughout the year and on the highly successful Counterpoint Seminars. While fulfilling his numerous obligations, Aaron also volunteered in many communal organisations as well as studying for and achieving a Bachelors of Science (Major in Computer Science) from UNSW.

Aaron made Aliyah in 2018 and is now living in Jerusalem.

CAROLINE MENDELSOHN

PROJECT MANAGER OF CAMPUS PILLAR

Caroline Mendelsohn joins the Mosaic United team after years of experience in the local, professional and on-campus Jewish community. She served as the Israel Education Coordinator for the Israel Action Program at Hillel International, working with Hillels on campuses, focusing primarily on those in the southern United States. Caroline brings first-hand knowledge of the challenges Jewish students face on campus. While working towards her BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin, Caroline was a student leader in multiple organizations including Texas Hillel, Chabad at UT, and Olami. During her final year at UT, she also worked for the Anti-Defamation League in Austin implementing programs to combat anti-Semitism on campus. 

Caroline made Aliyah to Israel in 2016, and is currently based in Jerusalem.

SMADAR TAFF

STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (CAMPUS PILLAR)

Smadar joined Mosaic United following 8 years with the Jewish Agency, where she gained experience in a variety of fields such as government relations, security, education and more. She served as an Israeli Community Emissary in London, where she led multiple activities and educational programs aiming to strengthen the connection to Israel among the community members. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Assistant to The Secretary General, where she focused on government relations and directed The Security Assistance Fund and the Jewish Agency’s Annual Assembly. In addition, she worked as a Social Counselor for new Olim students in The Student Authority.

Smadar holds a BA in the PPE (Philosophy, Political Science and Economics) Program from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.  In addition, she graduated from the Directors’ Course of Magid Institute and the Jewish Agency in the Hebrew University.

 

 

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is be composed of representatives of both the Israeli Government and world Jewry.

GARY TORGOW

CHAIRMAN

Gary serves as the chairman of Chemical Bank in Detroit, and also holds the vice-president position of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation in Detroit. 

EDUARDO ELSZTAIN

Eduardo is Chairman, CEO, and a Member of Executive Committee of IRSA. He is also Chairman of Cresud and President of the Executive Committee of Alto Palermo S.A.; Chairman and Director of Banco Hipotecario SA (of which he has also served as Vice Chairman); and Chairman and Director of Brasilagro Companhia Brasileira de Propriedades Agrícolas. 

DAVID SHAPIRA

A Pittsburgh native, David is the Executive Chairman of Giant Eagle, Inc. Through the Foundation he leads with his wife Cindy, the Shapira's have worked on numerous projects which have had a positive impact on the formation of strong Jewish identities and attachment to Israel for large numbers of young Jews.

Karen Davidson

Karen serves on multiple committees and boards, including the William Davidson Foundation; the William Davidson Institute at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; the University of Michigan President’s Advisory Group; the Development Board of the Henry Ford Health System; the International Board of the Weizmann Institute; the Board of Directors of Jerusalem U; co-chair of Arievim; supporter of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem (Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower), and the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA).

Dr. Lawrence Platt

Dr. Lawrence Platt has headed numerous prestigious medical departments and has been elected President of several national and international professional societies. He is currently the Co-Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Providence-St. John’s Hospital.  He also serves as an advisor for a number of healthcare related companies. Dr. Platt has received millions of dollars in research funding from public and private entities, including the World Health Organization, and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publication and five medical textbooks. 

In addition to his significant contributions to the medical community through teaching, research, and in clinical practice, Dr. Platt serves on several boards of directors, including the Touro College and University system. He is the founder and President of the Families of Lone Soldiers (families whose children serve in the Israel Defense Forces).  Dr. Platt also serves on the executive board of American supporters of the Michael Levine Lone Soldier Center in Israel, and on the executive board of Friends of Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem. 

Edward Misrahi

Spanish born and following a BA in Economics from Princeton University, Edward started his career in 1991 at Goldman Sachs as a financial analysis within the Investment Banking group. He was recruited to the Risk Arbitrage Group in 1994 as an Associate focusing on identifying opportunities in Latin America. Edward successfully built up the active proprietary trading activity in Latin America across the capital structure and later became Co-Head of the Firm-wide Latin American business, Chief of Staff of the Equities Division and a Member of Equities Risk Committee. Edward was made up to Partner in 2000.

Edward left Goldman Sachs to Join Eton Park Capital as one of the founding partners in 2004. There he was responsible for public and private emerging market investments across a wide variety of securities, asset classes and geographies. Edward was a member of the firm Operating Committee (main body to assist Managing Partner Eric Mindich in management of the firm). He also Co-managed the investment staff in the European office and was a member of the Best Execution Committee and Operation Risk Committee. 

Edward left Eton Park in 2013 to found Ronit Capital, an emerging markets oriented hedge fund. He is particularly active across various Jewish and Israeli charitable organisations and is a Chair of Bicom, Governors at Naima JPS and co- chair of Governors at Immanuel College.

Jeremy Dunkel

Jeremy Dunkel is a Director of Taurus Capital, a family office consultancy specialising in philanthropy.  His accounting and finance experience includes working for Chemical Bank, Chase Manhattan, and Price Waterhouse.

He is a Director of Education Heritage Foundation, the Australian Jewish Funders, and the Moriah College Foundation.  He served on the original Touch Points Committee that operated under the JCA, participating in the strategic planning that led to the creation of Y2i which he founded and chairs.

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH  THE MINISTRY OF DIASPORA AFFAIRS

 

 

 

Advisors

The Advisors of Mosaic United is staffed by experienced professionals, the top leaders in the Jewish world, who have the power to create substantial partnerships, provide prestigious branding to the initiative and offer unique skills in the areas of content management and strategic vision.

Mark Charendoff

Mark Charendoff is the President of the Maimonides Fund, a private grantmakingorganization dedicated to education and Jewish identity in North America and inIsrael. He is the former President of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), an umbrella body of over 900 Jewish family foundations and independent funders.  Prior to JFN, Mark was the Vice President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies where he helped to establish the Birthright Israel program, and he previously served as Director of Jewish Educational Services for the JCC Association of North America.  He currently serves on the boards of the Birthright Israel Foundation, Shalem College and Moishe House. He is the recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from Brandeis University

TOVA DORFMAN

Tova Dorfman is the Director of the Steinhardt Family Foundation in Israel. In that capacity, she oversees the provision of assistance to a variety of nonprofits operating in the area of children and youth at risk and has forged significant partnerships among other philanthropic foundations, public agencies and nonprofits in a number of far-reaching educational and social ventures. She served as the co-chair of the Forum of Foundations in Israel, a professional network of over 100 philanthropic foundations operating in Israel. Among the projects in which Tova has played a leading role in establishing and steering is Birthright Excel and TALMA, The National Program on Excellence in English. Previously, Tova directed the Israel and Overseas Department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, based in Israel. In her years of representing the Detroit Jewish community in Israel, she has initiated a variety of projects and programs to foster relationships between Detroit Jews and Israelis, culminating in the pivotal role she played in shaping that community's relationship with the Central Galilee in the context of Partnership 2000. Currently, she advises the Federation leadership on special projects.

Raised in Oak Park, MI, Tova pursued her undergraduate and graduate education in Los Angles, receiving a BA in International Relations from UCLA and an MA in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism. She settled in Israel in 1984 and worked until 1993 for “Melitz” – The Centers for Jewish Zionist Education in Jerusalem.

Throughout her professional career, Tova has always been at the forefront of innovative, creative programming and has been singularly successful in bringing around the table of all of these programs key individuals and institutions that provide to them an invaluable synergy. Tova lives with her husband Raviv Schwartz and their two sons, Matan and Yaniv outside of Tel Aviv.

MALCOLM I. HOENLEIN

Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body for 50 national Jewish organizations. He received his B.A. from Temple University and completed his doctoral course work at the University of Pennsylvania where he taught International Relations and was a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was the Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York and of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.

Mr. Hoenlein appears regularly in the media and has lectured and met leading officials throughout the world. A recipient of many awards, including the Guardian of Jerusalem, the highest recognition of the capital city, and the Guardian of Zion award, and two Honorary Doctorates, he is associated with and serves on the boards of many communal, educational and civic organizations. He is the Chairman of America’s Voices in Israel and Co-Chair of the Secure Community Network. He is on the board of the Council for Secure America and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

MICHAEL A. LEVEN

Mike Leven is the chairman and chief executive officer of Georgia Aquarium. He previously served as the CEO of the Aquarium from 2008 to 2009 before leaving for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead Las Vegas Sands Corporation as President and Chief Operating Officer. He also served as its Secretary since June 2010. 

Mr. Leven has also served as the Vice Chairman of The Marcus Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc. Mr. Leven was previously the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Franchise Systems, Inc. (USFS), which franchises the Microtel Inn & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. Prior to forming USFS in 1995, he was president and chief operating officer of Holiday Inn Worldwide. During his five-year tenure, Mr. Leven oversaw the launch and significant growth of the new Holiday Inn Express brand. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Leven was president of Days Inn of America. Mr. Leven led the company through a reorganization resulting in significant growth from a regional chain to one of the largest brands in the world. Mr. Leven is a co-founder of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) which has over 14,000 members owning more than 20,000 hotels. Mr. Leven serves on the boards of The Marcus Foundation; Board of Advisors of Prager University; HERSHA Hospitality Trust; Culture of Freedom Initiative and Task Force and the U.S. Energy Security Council. 

Mr. Leven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Science from Boston University. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from The Johnson & Wales University and College of Hospitality and Tourism Management of Niagara University.

GIDI MARK

Gidi Mark has been the International CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel since 2008.  Before his current position, he served as the project's International Director of Marketing and Community Relations since the project's inception in 1999.  Prior to joining the Taglit-Birthright Israel project, Mr. Mark was a diplomat for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  In this capacity he served in New York as Spokesperson and Consul for Communications and Public Affairs; in Bonn, Germany as First Secretary for Information; and as Consul and Deputy Consul General in Istanbul, Turkey.

Irina Nevzlin

Irina Nevzlin serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, and President of the Nadav Foundation. She is currently leading the transformation of Beit Hatfutsot into the new Museum of the Jewish People – an extensive renewal project that will recreate Beit Hatfutsot as a unique, global, cultural and educational center for the Jewish People, due to open in 2019. 

As president of Nadav, Irina oversees the strategic management of the foundation,
which supports initiatives that promote Jewish Peoplehood, builds collective Jewish
identity and forges lasting ties between Jews around the world. In addition, Irina serves as the founding Co-Chair of the Israeli Center for Better Childhood (ICBC). She is a member of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), and previously sat on the Prime Minister’s Round Table, a forum for strategic planning that brings together the private and the nonprofit sectors for positive change in social policy in Israel. Irina also serves as the Chair of the Board of Liberal, a monthly magazine covering Israeli political life, communications and culture.

A native of Moscow, Irina holds a BA and MA in Economics from Moscow Lomonosov State University. She has worked in government relations, lobbying and strategic communications in both Moscow and London, and has extensive experience in PR for private and non-profit organizations.

Shira Ruderman

Shira Ruderman is a professional philanthropist who serves as the Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation, a private family foundation that invests in three primary areas of focus: advocating for and advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society; strengthening the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community; and modeling the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide. In the field of Israel-American Jewish relations, the foundation’s mission is to increase the sense of commitment and responsibility for the American Jewish community among Israeli senior leadership. Throughout the past five years, Shira has initiated and led Foundation programs and investments, among them: missions and seminars for Knesset members and journalists, a Knesset caucus on Israel-American relations, and the establishment of the first and only masters program in American Jewish Studies at Haifa University. 

Shira has acquired extensive management experience and served as a layperson in a variety of Jewish organizations including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and most recently as the newly appointed chairwoman of the Fulbright Foundation, which aims to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Israel through student and faculty exchanges. Committed to expanding the circle of philanthropy in communities across America and Israel, Shira serves as a board member of Jewish Funders Network, as a member of “Committed to Give”, which promotes Israeli philanthropy, and as a mentor to second generation philanthropists. Standing at a personal intersection of Israel and America, Shira offers a unique voice of understanding and professionalism to Jewish communal leadership in Israel and America.  

Shira holds a BA in education and an MA in Public Policy from Hebrew University. During her military service, she commanded a course in the Israel Defense Force’s intelligence unit. Shira was born and raised in Israel and currently lives in Boston with her husband Jay and their four children.  

BARRY SHRAGE

Barry Shrage has served as president of CJP—Boston’s Jewish Federation-- since 1987. Under Barry’s leadership, CJP is focused on three priorities: Jewish education and engaging future generations, strengthening our connection to Israel through community-to- community and people-to- people partnerships, and creating a caring community. He champions true partnerships between CJP, donors and recipient organizations—inspiring the Jewish community to contribute more than $55 million to CJP’s 2015 Annual Campaign.

Barry has been instrumental in the creation of several cutting-edge programs designed to engage the next generation in meaningful Jewish life, and create a welcoming, inclusive Jewish community. Projects include Me’ah, an intensive Jewish adult education curriculum; and Ikkarim, a Jewish learning program for parents of young children. Pioneered in Boston, both programs are now being replicated nationwide. Barry also spearheaded a successful incentive grant program that supports Jewish overnight camp opportunities for children. He helped Boston’s Peerless Excellence and Affordability projects for Jewish day schools, as well as innovative efforts aimed at strengthening synagogues and synagogue schools.

Barry is one of Israel’s most passionate and effective advocates in Boston. Morethan 20 years ago, he helped to establish the Boston-Haifa Connection, a sister city relationship that has resulted in mutually beneficial social programs. Barry was among the first Federation leaders to embrace the power of Taglit-Birthright Israel, and has worked to send 10,000 Boston-area college students on free trips to Israel. CJP’s Birthright Israel Campus Initiative has become a national model that empowers students to become lifelong advocates for Israel.

During the recession that began in 2008, Barry helped to develop CJP’s Economic Response, which provided additional funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including isolated seniors, immigrants, the unemployed and people with disabilities.

After graduating from City College of New York, Barry earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University.

Alan Gill

Alan H. Gill, Executive Vice President Emeritus of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is one of the Jewish world’s transformative professional leaders. With four decades experience in Jewish community development, Gill has played a central role in expanding JDC’s global humanitarian operation in more than 70 countries and Israel. He was previously CEO of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, founded the Ohio State University’s graduate training program for Jewish Communal Service, and has taught social work at Ohio State College.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon

Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon currently serves as Senior Advisor to Chasbro Investments, the family office of Charles Bronfman. For almost twenty years he was the President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. He currently sits on the Boards of the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego, the Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco and FJC: a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds in New York. He is the Chair of Leading Edge, an organization aimed at talent acquisition and retention in the Jewish community and serves as an officer of the Peaceworks Foundation and the Diabetes Media Foundation. He also served on the Board of the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and Practice and sat on its Executive Committee. He is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and has received a number of honors from professional associations and universities. He previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UJA- Federation of New York. Other past positions include executive roles at Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services in New York, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged and Jewish Family and Children & Services in Miami. Dr. Solomon also served with the City, State and Federal Governments. He is an author of over 120 publications in both professional journals and outlets such as The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, he served as an adjunct associate professor in the masters and doctorate programs of New York University School of Social Work.