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Board Officers

Richard Sincere is Founder/CEO of Sincere & Co., a third-party marketing company representing start-ups and mutual funds to Registered Investment Advisors. He was Senior VP of Fidelity Investment Advisor Group and NatWest Bank Brokerage Group. He also held strategic marketing/sales management positions at Citibank/Citicorp. He is an alumnus of the Tel Aviv University Overseas Program in 1973-1974. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Sincere is Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Friends of Tel Aviv University and is a member of the International Board of Governors of TAU. He is also on the boards of the American Jewish Committee, the Friends of Israel Defense Forces, the University of Wisconsin Board of Visitors, and the Center of Jewish Studies.

Alan L. Aufzien is Managing Partner and Chairman of The Norall Organisation. Mr. Aufzien was a partner and past chairman of the Meadowlands Basketball Association t/a New Jersey NETS (NBA basketball team) and on the governing board of the National Basketball Association. He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization and served as chairman of the Metro New York Chairman of the World Presidents Organization. He is presently on the board of directors of the First Real Estate Investment Trust of New Jersey and a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


William F. Cohen is the CEO of Dillon Yarn Corp., Chairman & CEO of Atlas Oral Health Care LLC, Chairman & CEO of GAWI, LLC d/b/a Arctic Ease, a Partner in Fabricated Metals, and President of Morristown Helicopter Services Inc. He is a member of the Tel Aviv University Board of Governors and Chairman Emeritus of American Friends of Tel Aviv University. Mr. Cohen attended the Baldwin School in New York and Long Island University. He is an instrument-rated commercial helicopter and airplane pilot.

National Chairman Emeritus Jon Gurkoff is a member of the TAU Board of Governors. He has been CEO and a principal shareholder of Ada Products Company, Inc., a manufacturer, importer, and distributor of dental products and supplies. Mr. Gurkoff served as VP and Director of Prime Motor Inns, Inc. that owned, operated, and franchised hotels; and past President and General Campaign Chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton/Passaic and past Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Passaic Beth Israel Hospital, Passaic.

Michael Shaoul is Chairman and CEO of Marketfield Asset Management. Mr. Shaoul is one of the founding partners of Marketfield, which was created in 2007. In his role at Marketfield, he helps formulate the top-down insights that inform the firm's investment decisions and authors a daily commentary that communicates these ideas with clients. He is a frequent contributor to the financial media, which values his views on economic cycles and investment markets.

In 1996 Mr. Shaoul joined Oscar Gruss and Son Incorporated. He became its CEO in 2001 and held this position until 2014. He is Treasurer of American Friends of Tel Aviv University and a member of the Board of North American Friends of Manchester University. He was awarded a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1992.

Clement Erbmann is a managing director of First Analysis Corporation, where he coordinates international activities specializing in education, marketing services, and clean-tech investing. He has been an investor in the education industry for 10+ years, particularly in technology applications for Alternative and Special Education. He serves on the boards of, AdvancePath Education, and Gapbuster (UK) Ltd. Mr. Erbmann has previously worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He serves on the Education Industry Association Executive Board, ADL Regional Board, and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Alumni Advisory Board. He earned his MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and B. Bus. Science at the University of Cape Town.

Joel D. Tauber received his BA, MBA, and JD from Michigan and an honorary degree from TAU. He joined the family manufacturing business; and simultaneously launched a 50-year history of philanthropic service, with UJA, UIA, and the Jewish Federations of North America, where he participated in its founding, serving as its first Chairman of the Executive. Mr. Tauber is a former co-chairman of the Greater Detroit Interfaith Round Table of Christians, Jews and Muslims, of the United Way and of Michigan's $3.2 billion campaign. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the UM President. Mr. Tauber is currently working to help integrate the Ethiopian community into Israeli society.

Ex Officio Members

Prof. Joseph (Yossi) Klafter was named President of Tel Aviv University in 2009. He is widely recognized in the field of chemical physics; served as chairman of the Israel Science Foundation from 2002 to 2009; and in 2011, was elected an honorary member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Klafter has published close to 400 scientific articles, edited 18 books, and won numerous awards, among them an honorary doctorate from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland.

Gail Reiss, President & CEO, is a veteran development executive known for her strategic approach to donor engagement and cultivation. Prior to her current appointment with American Friends of Tel Aviv University, she served as Vice President of UJA-Federation of New York's Philanthropic Leadership Group. In that position, she designed and directed an effective new donor relationship model for enhanced resource development, proven successful in the organization's annual, capital, and planned giving campaigns. Mrs. Reiss' strategy-based program of donor engagement included major gifts missions to Israel, Europe, Argentina, the former Soviet Union, and Cuba. She has a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Ahron Wein has been the Chief Financial Officer of American Friends since 1996. His previous financial and accounting positions include: Manager of Accounting at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; the Director of Finance & Budget at the Opportunity Development Association; and a staff accountant at Loeb and Troper, CPAs. He has also served as a consultant to the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Wein received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from the City University of New York, Brooklyn Campus.

Honorary Directors



Ofer Alon is CEO of Quality Acceptance, a company that provides financing for purchasers of new and used cars who do not meet traditional credit standards. He is a former Partner with Ernst & Young International, where he was in charge of B.M.W. Israel, and other publicly traded companies. He was also CEO of buildcom Spain, a high tech company specializing in B2B. Mr. Alon has a BSc in Accounting and Finance and a BA in Middle East History from TAU; an MBA from the University of Bradford, England; and is a CPA. He supports Larger than Life, a charity that addresses the needs of families with children suffering from cancer.

Ricki Alon was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and came to the United States in 1972 to study at UCLA.

She co-founded RIMI System Integrations in 1980. As the CEO of RIMI, Ricki managed and ran the operation, which had three locations in California. RIMI developed, designed, and installed high-end security systems, home entertainment, networking, and smart home automation for residential and commercial properties.

In 1990, Ricki established joint ventures with five governments in Eastern Europe, bringing Israeli wireless technology in the security field to a total of 60 cities in Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Russia. After ten years in Europe, she and her partners established an international distribution company for security equipment with offices in South America.

Ricki sold RIMI Systems Integration in October of 2009. She remains active in real estate investments as well as in Alon Ventures LLC, a private company actively involved in several investments in high tech as well as clean tech.

Ricki is active in the Jewish community and supports various organizations including the American Friends of Tel Aviv University, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, and others. She remains a passionate advocate for Israel.

Ricki is married to Zvi Alon. They are presently living in the Silicon Valley and also maintain homes in Tel Aviv and New York.

Gil Arie is a corporate and business partner at Foley Hoag LLP. His focus is on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and emerging businesses. He's also a globetrotter, having gained significant international experience assisting foreign companies operating in the US to structure, form and conduct business operations abroad. Gil is the co-chair of the firm's Technology Practice and advises startup founders and investors on entity formation, corporate governance and management. He received an LLB from the TAU Faculty of Law and an LLM from Cornell Law School.

Lisa S. Aufzien earned her BA in Psychology from Vassar College and an MA in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Her thesis was an analysis of the resort timesharing industry, including the present and future effects of timesharing. Ms. Aufzien spent her entire career in food service management with Standard & Poors, Continental Insurance, and Bell Labs. She was also Director of Food Service Management for the Verona and Caldwell School Districts in New Jersey. Ms. Aufzien is now retired.

Leslie Gelrubin Benitah is a member of the AFTAU Board of Directors. She was born and raised in Paris; she earned her PhD in Journalism from the Sorbonne. Leslie became a broadcasting powerhouse right out of university, eventually becoming Executive Producer for primetime content for TF1, the most popular French network. Leslie moved to Miami and abandoned TV to become a fashion pioneer. Trend, her first boutique, instantly made the scene, with its highly sought-after clothing from promising new European designers. Leslie has also served as the Vice President of Groupe Terrot, a family-owned French development company, and recently became Editor in Chief of Challenges Magazine, a GB Group monthly printed in French and distributed in the United States and Haiti, highlighting politics and economics.

Yosi "Joe" Benlevi is a VP and Senior Underwriting Counsel with Chicago Title Insurance Company, where he underwrites complex commercial real estate transactions for shopping centers, office buildings, and power plants. Before joining Chicago Title, he headed the legal department of one of New York's largest title agents in New York State. Mr. Benlevi was a lawyer in Israel before moving to the United States, and served as a career IDF officer in the Intelligence Core. He holds an LLB and LLM degrees from Tel Aviv University. Mr. Benlevi is also a member of the American Friends New York Alumni Committee.

David Brand started his career with Haynes Furniture Company; 35 years later, he turned to philanthropy and now directs the Alliance for Global Good, which works with private philanthropy to address global health, education, poverty, the environment and the relationships between nations. He has directed projects on four continents. David also works closely with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, having served as president and campaign chairman. He is a graduate of American University with a degree in government and public administration.

Gaby Brill has a degree from the New York School of Interior Design, is a member of the American Society of Interior Designer and specializes in commercial office design and model home décor. Gaby is a member of boards of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Women's Division and the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service Inc. of South Palm Beach County. She is a life member of Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women and B’nai Brith. Gaby formally expressed her love for and commitment to Israel when she became a dual national in 1990. She has served as a member of the TAU Board of Governors since 1993.

Arturo Constantiner, MD, is a practicing physician specializing in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Born in Mexico City, Dr. Constantiner received his Medical Degree from the Faculty of Medicine at The National University of Mexico in 1975. He served as the Director of Nephrology and Dialysis at New York Downtown Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU Medical Center. He was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Center for Jewish History; and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from TAU in 2004.

The Hon. Ramy Djerassi serves on the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA. His parents were Bulgarian Jews, immigrating to Israel in 1948 and to the United States in 1954. He is past president of Philadelphia's Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, a former international board member of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and a board member of AJC-Philadelphia/South Jersey Region. His father, the late Dr. Isaac Djerassi, was a member of TAU's Board of Governors, endowed the Sackler School of Medicine's Djerassi Chair in Oncology, and co-founded TAU's Djerassi-Elias Institute of Oncology. His aunt Mati was the first Director of Periodicals at TAU Libraries. Judge Djerassi holds degrees from Yale College, Tulane Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania.

James M. Dubin is the managing partner of Madison Place Partners, LLC. He serves on the boards of Conair Corporation and Emmis Communications Corp. He recently retired as a senior partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He is vice chairman of the TAU International Board of Governors; former chairman of the TAU Buchmann Faculty of Law; chairman of Lighthouse Guild International; and President of the Board of The Williston Northhampton School. He previously served on the boards of Carnival Corporation & plc and the American Ballet Theatre. Mr. Dubin received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Columbia, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Richard A. Edlin is a Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP and Chair of the Litigation Department. He is a trial attorney, with experience in both trial and appellate courts including the US Supreme Court. He handles a variety of litigation and routinely acts for companies and their management; is a lecturer on litigation strategy; and the author of Courtroom Strategies for Litigation Success. Mr. Edlin is on the boards of the Urban Justice Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He received his BA from Tufts University and JD from Columbia University, where he was Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Mr. Edlin is a member of Temple Sinai in Tenafly, NJ.

Clement Erbmann is a managing director of First Analysis Corporation, where he coordinates international activities specializing in educational, marketing services and clean-tech investing. He has been an investor in the education industry for 10+ years, particularly in technology applications for Alternative and Special Education. He serves on the boards of, AdvancePath Education and Gapbuster (UK) Ltd. Mr. Erbmann has previously worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He serves on the Education Industry Association Executive Board, ADL Regional Board and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Alumni Advisory Board. He earned his MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and B. Bus. Science at the University of Cape Town.

Jack Feiler is a co-founder and principal of Palisade Capital Management, and a member of the firm's investment Policy Committee. In 1970, Mr. Feiler joined Burnham & Co., as an Account Executive and was later promoted to Senior Executive Vice President of Broad Street Investment management. From 1990 until the founding of Palisade Capital Management in 1995, Mr. Feiler was Senior Vice President of Investments at Smith Barney. He received his BBA in Accounting from City College of New York and his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Dr. Kathy Fields is a Stanford-trained, board certified dermatologist who has been in private practice in San Francisco since 1987. She is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Stanford and an Assistant Clinical Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at UCSF.

Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Katie Rodan co-founded Proactiv Solution in 1995, a paradigm shift in the treatment of acne, helping millions of patients world wide. The doctors are also the co-founders of Rodan and Fields, the number one premium skincare brand in North America, focused on life changing skincare available through a new platform of Consumer Connected Commerce.

The doctors have co-authored two books, Unblemished and Write Your Skin: A Prescription for Change.

Allen L. Finkelstein, DDS, the Chief Executive Officer of Bedford HealthCare Solutions, is the former Chief Dental Officer of AmeriChoice/United Health Group, insuring over 3.5 million lives in dental government coverage.

Dr. Finkelstein is a 1965 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1969, he graduated with honors from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA, where he was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. In 2009, Dr. Finkelstein was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the A.T. Still University (Hon) and in 2011 was awarded the Dr. Harry Strusser Memorial Award from New York University, College of Dentistry.

Dr. Finkelstein is a member of the American Dental Association, the Essex County Dental Association, and the dental associations of the States of New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. He serves on the New Jersey Dental Medicaid Advisory Committee, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island Coalitions of Oral Health, the Center for Health Care Strategies, American Friends of the Hebrew University New York Board Advisory, the Board of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders, the Vice Chairman of the Shils Entrepreneurial Educational Fund, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Oral-Systemic Health, a member of advisory board for Healthy Smiles-Healthy Families Oral Health for Children in California's Healthy Families Program, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Children's Dental Health Project, Washington, DC.

Dr. Finkelstein is the former President of the Rockland County Dental Society, former Trustee of the Ninth District Dental Society of the State of New York, former member of New York University College of Dentistry Admission Committee, and former Trustee of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.

Dr. Finkelstein is a former Post Preventive Dental Officer at Fort Bragg, NC, receiving the Army Commendation medal for the Preventive Dental Program developed to reduce caries and emergencies for the US Army Dental Corps during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Finkelstein served on the Forensic Staff at the New York City Medical Examiners Office after September 11th and currently is an advisor to the New City Department of Health for the New York Cares Health Improvement Program.

Dr. Finkelstein is currently an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at New York University, College of Dentistry, Senior Advisor for Oral Health Strategies adjunct facility member of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health A.T. Still University, a member of the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine Dean's Advisory Board, a member of Drexel College of Medicine Student Advisory Board, and a member of the Visitor's Board of the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University.

Dr. Finkelstein testified before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee on and Government Reform in the United States House of Representatives on "Evaluating Pediatric Dental Care under Medicaid" and advised Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland on the Child Health Insurance Plan Reform Act on dental coverage.

He is a long time proponent of Integrated Dental and Medical Care and has lectured at dental and medical schools and conferences on the subject of Early Childhood Caries and the need for Medical/Dental Integration to achieve the establishment of a quality outcome based Health Home.

Dr. Finkelstein has passed the National Dental Boards, North East Regional Boards, and is licensed to practice dentistry in New York and New Jersey. He currently maintains a dental practice, specializing in Periodontal Prosthesis located in Great Neck, NY.

In addition, Dr. Finkelstein has been active in many community activities, both philanthropies and dental outreach programs for the underserved.

Isaac "Ike" K. Fisher is a principal of Coral Gables, FL-based Capital Realty Services, Inc., which has been providing services for commercial investments since 1988. Prior to that he was vice president of Sonnenblick-Goldman Southeast Corp. Ike enthusiastically supports Jewish philanthropies and other national and community charitable organizations. He currently serves on the national Board of Directors of AIPAC and is the Financial Management Chair and serves on the Executive Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Ike holds degrees from George Washington University and the University of Florida College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar.

Nomi P. Ghez, Ph.D., is the Co-Founding Partner of Circle Financial Group, LLC, a private wealth management company. She served as Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs until 2003. She is on the Executive Board of The Jewish Museum and a Member of the NYU Stern Board of Overseers. She also serves on the Management Advisory Council for the New York University Stern School of Business Michael Price Student Investment Fund. She is on the Board of TAU and the TAU Recanati School of Business. Dr. Ghez holds a PhD from NYU; and a BA and MA from TAU.

Gabriel Hamani is the Senior Executive Vice President and Manager of USA Branches of Bank Hapoalim. Prior to this he served as Branch Manager, Be'er Sheva Branch of Bank Hapoalim, the main branch in the Negev. From 2002-2004, Mr. Hamani was the Deputy Manager of Israel Bank Continental, Ltd. He holds a BA degree in Economics and an MBA in Business, specializing in financing and accounting, from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Ellen T. Horing is the President/Founder of ETH Corp, a family investment office, and runs a hedge fund-of-funds, Highgate Partners. She was a Founding Partner of the Sterling Stamos group of fund-of-funds until Merrill Lynch invested in the firm. She was a research analyst and Director of Research for Gabelli Funds, Inc. She has an MBA from Columbia and a BA from the University of Colorado; and spent one year at the London School of Economics. Mrs. Horing is a member of Neshamot, a Westchester UJA-Federation venture philanthropy group and on the Board of "A Cure in Our Lifetime," which raises community money for breast cancer. She is a member of the Woman's Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

She works with underprivileged students at Harlem Village Academies teaching financial literacy and initiated a college coaching program.

Harold L. Kaplan is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, leading the firm's Corporate Trust and Bondholders Rights Team and a member of its Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice. Mr. Kaplan was Chair of an AmLaw 200 Law Firm (2004-2006) and has been Peer Review Rated as AV® PreeminentTM, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007 and as Chambers USA's "Leaders in their Field" since 2006. Mr. Kaplan received his MA and BA from the University of Wisconsin and his JD from the University of Chicago.

Melvin L. Katten is a Founding Partner of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He is a former chairman of the Anti-Defamation League's Chicago Regional Board and past president of the Better Government Association; and serves as the Senior Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Auditorium Theatre, President of the Pamela B. Katten Memorial Leukemia Research Foundation. Mr. Katten is a member of the TAU International Board of Governors. He has a JD from The John Marshall Law School; a BS from the University of Illinois; and is a CPA.

Vinna Katz fuels her journey through life with curiosity. Venezuelan-born, Californian-schooled and globally-raised, she has a deep understanding of the importance that diversity gives in perspective, innovation, and resilience. She began her career in banking at 20 years old and proceeded in graduating with degrees in Finance and International Business from Florida International University. Since then, she has been passionate about the vast world of entrepreneurship and has been involved in a series of ventures. Although the deep ties with TAU have been ingrained since childhood due to the fact that her grandparents David and Yolanda Katz entrusted the University with the Faculty of the Arts, it was not until the last couple of years that she has developed a profound connection and commitment.

Chaim Katzman is the founder, controlling shareholder, and Chairman of Gazit-Globe Ltd., a leading international real estate company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mr. Katzman is the founder, controlling shareholder, and Chairman of Norstar Holdings, the parent company of Gazit-Globe. He serves as the Chairman of Equity One, Inc., a leading shopping center developer and owner focused on urban communities, he founded in 1992. He also serves as Chairman of Atrium European Real Estate, a leading real estate company that owns, operates, and develops shopping centers in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Katzman is Chairman of Citycon Oyj, an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers in the Nordic and Baltic and the market leader in the Nordic shopping center sector. He also serves on the Board of First Capital Realty Inc., Canada’s leading owner, developer, and operator of supermarket- and pharmacy-anchored shopping centers.

Michael Leit has been a fixed income financial analyst for more than 30 years. He recently retired from Pinebridge Investments, an $80+ billion mutual fund, where he was the Vice President of the Fixed Income Corporate Bond Research Department. Mr. Leit also held senior management positions at Gleacher & Company, MEAG New York, Corp., Prudential Securities Inc., and Bear Stearns Companies. Mr. Leit is a long-time member and former trustee of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope. Mr. Leit is a board member and Treasurer of the Brooklyn Dreams Charter School, a pro bono SAT tutor, and practices Tai Chi.

Joan C. Lessing is a second-generation member of the TAU International Board of Governors. Her father endowed the Fred and Helen Lessing Professor of Ancient History; she created the Lessing-Yavetz Fund to provide ongoing support for the Department; and she and her mother endowed the Fred W. Lessing Institute for European History and Civilization. Ms. Lessing was the Coordinator of the Oral History Project of the Research Foundation for Jewish Immigration. Ms. Lessing serves on the Executive Committee of the American Friends of the Israel Museum and is a trustee of the Leo Baeck Institute of New York.

Norman H. Lipoff is Of Counsel for GreenbergTraurig, an international law firm based in Miami. He has practiced Tax Law for more than 50 years. This experience allows him to help clients with innovative techniques for wealth preservation. He also is extensively involved in community, national, and international non-profit organizations. Mr. Lipoff has a LLM, Taxation from New York University School of Law; a JD, with honors, from University of Florida Levin College of Law; and BSBA in Accounting from University of Florida.

Ralph B. Mandell is the Co-Founder of PrivateBancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary The PrivateBank (Chicago). He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PrivateBancorp, Inc. and The PrivateBank and Trust Company from 1993 to 2007 and Executive Chairman from 2007 to 2011. He retired from the Board in 2016.

Ralph is active in numerous civic and charitable affairs. Ralph is a long time member of the Board of Directors of The 100 Club in Chicago and currently serves as its Chairman. He has been a Midwestern Board Member of Operation Hope, and a board member of The Chicago Anti-Defamation League, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Gottlieb Hospital. Ralph has been honored by Keshet, which provides schooling for developmentally disabled children, for his outstanding service and longstanding support of the organization.

Ralph is a graduate of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Garry A. Rayant, BDS, DDS, LDSRCS, MS, is a dental specialist in periodontics and implant dentistry, and an entrepreneur. He practices part-time in San Francisco. He is the co-founder and a partner in Dear Doctor Magazine Inc., a print and online national consumer healthcare magazine. He also sits on the board of Rodan & Fields, a premium skincare brand built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-based skincare products backed by clinically proven results.

He has a master's degree in behavioral science and has also been active in education reform; he serves on the advisory board of Stanford University's Challenge Success program. He also serves on: the AIPAC National Council; the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Advanced Judaic Studies Program; Tulane University's President's Council; the International Board of Directors of Tel Aviv University; AFTAU, Chair of the Communications Committee.

Shira Ronen is a certified executive coach and leadership development facilitator, helping successful executives become more effective and more fulfilled in their work. She founded Spectrum Consulting in 2002, after working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for several years and at Johnson& Johnson. Spectrum allows Shira to follow her passion of coaching, training and facilitating interactions between people.

She holds an MBA with distinction from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA in Psychology and Management from Tel Aviv University. Shira served as a Psychological Assessor in Israel's Intelligence Forces.

Harvey Rothenberg worked his way up from a project engineer to Executive Vice President/Partner at Ruben Companies, the New York-based developer and manager of prime real estate. He oversaw the development of eight million square feet of commercial and residential space. He also taught Real Estate Development at NYU. Harvey moved to Florida in 2005. He expanded his business involvements, becoming a member of the New World Angels, and he is now also a partner at Recognition Properties and EBF Partners. Harvey received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering degree with a minor in Architecture from City College of New York; and an MBA from Baruch College. Harvey is a member of the board and former treasurer of the America Israel Cultural Foundation and a member of Washington AIPAC.

Dr. Marc Rothman is a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; and Chief of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Rothman is also Chairman of the United States Foundation of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. He is on the Board of Overseers of Hillel at Temple University and a co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Health Care Affinity Group.

Timothy A. Schlindwein is Managing Principal of Schlindwein Associates, LLC, an independent investment advisor with US offices in Chicago and Dallas. He has over 45 years of experience in the investment management industry, creating and managing mutual funds and institutional portfolios and heading an investment firm with managed assets exceeding $28 billion. He earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He has lectured on portfolio management and investment manager evaluation for the school's Executive MBA program in Chicago and the Executive Education program in Chicago and the United Arab Emirates. He is a Chartered Investment Counselor.

Alan M. Silberstein is President of Allston Associates, bringing his clients 40 years' experience in consumer financial services, payments, and turnaround management. Early in his career, he worked for John Lindsay's New York City Bureau of the Budget and as a design engineer for Ford Motor Company. He serves on the boards of the Columbia University Engineering School, the Forward Association, and the Seton Hall Sister Rose Thering Fund. Mr. Silberstein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Business Executives for National Security. He received his BS in engineering from Columbia and his MBA from Harvard.

Jacqueline M. Simkin is the Owner/President of Simkin Management Inc.; and is on the Board of Ladenburg Thallman Financial Services. She also has served on the boards of Intercontinental Bank and Continuecare. Ms. Simkin holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Law from the University of London. She is the co-author of a cookbook, Spices, Rices and Other Vices, published by Barricade Books; and is now or has been on the boards of the Foundation of Digestive Health and Nutrition, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Temple Emanu-El of Greater Miami and the Florida Heart Research Institute.

Michel Steinberger was born in Belgium in 1943. His parents were in hiding during the war; and younger Mr. Steinberger was born in a convent and saved by Abbe Andre, a righteous Gentile. He graduated from Solvay Business School at the University of Brussels. He and his young family moved to Los Angeles in 1979. Mr. Steinberger founded Marble Arch Fine Arts more than 25 years ago, first concentrating on Old Masters and more recently expanding into contemporary art. Mr. Steinberger serves on the International Board of the Israel Cancer Research Fund as well as the Friends of Sheba Medical Center.

Dr. Rada Sumareva is the President and Founder of the Russian American Dental Association. She is a Board Certified Periodontist, focusing her attention on oral cancer prevention, anti-smoking campaigns for youth and access to care for the special needs community. Dr. Sumareva earned her DDS degree from the NYU College of Dentistry, where she later completed the Post Graduate Program in Periodontology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Wexner Heritage Program and Alpha Omega Foundation Board Member. She currently serves as the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program NY Ambassador.

Sara Summers moved from London to Israel in 1971 and from Israel to Denver in 1973. She worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as an air pollution meteorologist and, for many years, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she developed a program that uses unmanned planes for environmental measurements. Sara worked in the White House GLOBE Program, which enlists teachers and students from 12,000 primary and secondary schools in 48 states and 102 countries to take regular observations of weather and other variables. She was also a science educator for NOAA's Science on a Sphere Program to expand climate and science education for people of all ages. Sara retired in 2014. She earned a BS in Meteorology from Denver Metropolitan University and an MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver.

Aaron Tartakovsky is co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec, a San Francisco-based startup that has introduced a revolutionary new technology into the urban wastewater treatment industry. Before that he directed business development for CB Engineers, a leading engineering and R+D firm. Aaron also co-founded the Israel-California Green-Tech Partnership in collaboration with Google to inspire business and technological exchange between the US and Israel. Aaron is a graduate of Tufts University, magna cum laude, and received a master's degree in political science from TAU, specializing in security and diplomacy.

Gail White earned a BA in Art History from the University of Miami and did post-graduate work in Economics and Accounting. She serves on the board of Daughters of Miriam Home for the Aged and on the board of Barnert Temple, where she is also a Lifetime Trustee. Ms. White has been a Braille transcriber, translating textbooks from English to Braille for the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, since 1992.

Dr. Ben Williamowsky was born in Lithuania in 1925 and immigrated with his family in 1927 to North Carolina where the family lived until 1937, moving to Alexandria, VA and then to Washington, DC in 1939. He served in the US Army Dental Corps during the Korean Crisis. He earned his DDS degree from The University of Maryland and an honorary Fellowship from TAU, where he has served on the Board of Governors since 1980. Dr. Williamowsky served as the International President of Alpha Omega and was a founder of the National Children's Home for Children with Special Needs. He is a Founder of the Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at TAU as well as the newly dedicated Rothstein/Williamowsky Post Graduate Clinics at the TAU Dental School.

Dr. Nikolaj Wolfson was born in the USSR, immigrated on his own to Israel, and graduated from TAU Sackler Medical School. He served as a Medical Officer in the IDF elite forces. Dr. Wolfson moved to California and was a faculty member at the USC Keck School of Medicine and a Visiting Fellow at CalTech. Today, he is in a private practice in San Francisco. Dr. Wolfson is also leading a Disaster Orthopedic initiative at SICOT, the world's largest orthopedic organization, and is on the Disaster Preparedness Committee of California Pacific Medical Center. He is Chairman of the Board of "Friends of IDF, Northern California" and resides in San Francisco.

Murray Zucker, MD, is the Corporate Medical Director of Innovation and New Programming at Optum Behavioral Health, a division of United Health Group. Before this, he was a Medical Director with Health Net, overseeing behavioral health needs of military dependants and retirees. He has an undergraduate degree from Penn and an MD from the University of Rochester. Dr. Zucker is a member of the TAU Board of Governors and serves on the San Francisco Federation Israel and Overseas Committee. He was a correspondent for the Jewish Forward during the Six Day War.


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