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Our Team

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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.

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Ahron "Ari" Wein, Chief Financial Officer, has been in this position with American Friends of Tel Aviv University for 18 years. 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.

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Ross Adler, Development Data Analyst, works with the national fundraising team to seek out new opportunities to enhance donor data, provide statistical and analytical reports, and target specific populations to help maximize giving potential. He holds a BA in Sociology and History from Columbia University.

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Diana Alonso, Western Region Executive Assistant, provides high executive-level and multi-faceted support to the Western Region team of five fundraisers, including the Vice President of the Western Region. She holds a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Lisa Attias, Staff Accountant and Database Manager, has been with American Friends for 20 years, working in close collaboration with the CFO and Controller. She has a BA in Political Science from Stony Brook University | The State University of New York and a JD from Villanova University.

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Shay Bar, Director of Development, Los Angeles, is an entrepreneurial marketing and business development professional, with a proven record of raising funds and revenues. Before joining AFTAU, Shay was the Director of Marketing for the Israeli-American Council (IAC), where he played a pivotal role in the organization's expansion throughout their marketing and branding efforts. He also co-founded a successful Los Angeles-based construction company from inception while building their online platforms to achieve excellent client relations. Previously he co-created an innovative production company in Tel Aviv, focused on the next generation which changed the landscape of the production industry.

Shay served in the Israeli Navy as a bridge commander, specializing in communication and navigation, and received his BA for mass communication from Ariel University.

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Alexandra Bernstein, Assistant Director, Northeast Region, is a graduate of Brandeis University and began her career at New York UJA. More recently she served as a Development Associate with the Westchester/Connecticut Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

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Nadine Sasson Cohen is the Director of Chicago–Midwest Region. She has some 15 years of experience in fundraising and advancement, including serving as the director of the Midwest region for the Jewish Theological Seminary, overseeing all fundraising initiatives in the area and playing a key role in defining the organization's strategy and vision for growth. Nadine also held development positions with Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago and the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She was also founding director of Ramah Day Camp of Central New Jersey. Nadine earned an MS in social work administration from Columbia; an MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary; and a BA in political science from Rutgers.

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David Dorfman, Vice President, Western Region, helps lead strategic development and outreach in California and the US Western Region. He is a respected strategic communications, marketing and business development professional, with progressive experience managing development, media and brand campaigns for private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining American Friends, David was President of a boutique marketing consultancy in NY and owner of a fashion accessory business focused on international development.  He also served as Director of Media Affairs at the Consulate General of NY, and has an MA in International Affairs from New School University.


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Jeffrey Fuchs, Controller, has worked in the not-for-profit environment for 35+ years. Jeff has worked as a Tax Examiner for New York State; a controller for The National Kidney Foundation; and a comptroller with Population Services International, a private voluntary organization that designed and managed USAID and private programs in developing countries In that position, Mr. Fuchs frequently traveled to Mexico and Bangladesh. He has a BA in Accounting from the Bernard M. Baruch College of CUNY.

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Gabrielle Goldman, Director of Foundations and Corporate Grants, comes to AFTAU from the Jewish Federation system. She was a writer in the Office of the Executive Vice President & CEO at UJA-Federation of New York for six years, working directly for John Ruskay. Gabrielle has also worked for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and has consulted for the UJF of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, and the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Gabrielle has an MPA from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and a BA cum laude in International Affairs from Skidmore College.

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Jacob Gorchov, Northeast Region Development Associate, works with the Region’s fundraising team to provide comprehensive support to the Region’s fundraising goals and directives. Mr. Gorchov lived in Philadelphia and San Francisco before returning to New York to pursue a career in the nonprofit world, specializing in arts, education, and social welfare. He holds a BA in English and Urban Planning from Temple University.

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Dorit Gotliev-Amit, Executive Assistant to Vice President Communications and the Director of Alumni Affairs, worked as the head of the Event Planning Department at Fogel Ogilvy and as a Business Account Manager at Bank Hapoalim. She has a BA in Human Relationship and Business Administration from Sapir Collage–Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

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Amarel Green, Director of Development, Silicon Valley, is a corporate attorney and a former Operations Coordinator of the Israeli Air Force with more than ten years of experience in the tech industry. She has held positions with leading Silicon Valley and Israeli law firms, specializing in restructurings, financings, and mergers + acquisitions. Before joining AFTAU, Amarel was General Counsel of eWave Group, an international provider of IT solutions, with a portfolio of nine companies. Prior to that, she held the position of Senior Legal Counsel and Secretary of Clal Finance, the financial arm of Clal Insurance, part of Israel’s IDB Group. With the Israeli Air Force, Amarel managed pilot activities for the Operations Center and handled multiple highly sensitive security tasks. She earned her LL.B degree from the Academic College of Law, a branch of Hebrew University, graduating magna cum laude in 2001.

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Zaq Harrison, Director of the Florida Region, was a Financial Sales Representative with Israel Bonds prior to joining AFTAU. He led the organization's Dade and Broward Counties' (FL) Women’s Council. Prior to that, he was a successful entrepreneur, with 20+ years of experience in lending, banking, commodities and wealth management. Zaq has also been a BBYO advisor, Head Coach of the Israeli National Youth Baseball Team and Assistant Coach of an NCAA Division 1 nationally ranked swim program. Zaq has published articles in Globes Israel and Seeking Alpha, a crowd-sourced content service for financial markets. His story, "They're All Gone," about the impact of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games was included in the HBO 2013 documentary Sport in America: Our Defining Stories. Zaq served in the IDF's famed 7th Armored Brigade.

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George Hunka, Communications Manager, joined American Friends in 2007, assisting the Vice President of Marketing and Communications in maintaining TAU’s presence on the Web and in the news media. As a playwright and critic, he has been the recipient of an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, and his writings about theatre have appeared in The New York Times, Yale University’s Theatre magazine, and elsewhere.

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Julie Lipsett-Singer, Vice President of the Northeast Region, has more than 20 years of experience in the global Jewish community. Prior to joining AFTAU, she was Chief Development Officer of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, where she led the strategic reorganization of the Financial Resource Development (FRD), Communications and Planned Giving departments and platforms. Julie was the Vice President of FRD at the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Director of Development at American Friends of NATAL, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. She holds an MS Degree in Social Work from Columbia and a BA in Sociology from Penn.

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Rosalie Lurie, Western Region Senior Director, was sent from Israel by TAU in 1985 to be the University’s Representative on the West Coast in LA. Passionate about TAU’s talented faculty, students and research, she is responsible for Major Gifts and Planned Giving. Formerly a tenured faculty member at Hebrew University, she served on the Executive staff of National UJA following a career teaching ESL at New York University. She holds an MA in Literature and Linguistics from NYU. She is the proud daughter-in-law of Zvi Lurie, z”l, signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948.

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Polina Nisenbaum, Graphic Designer, has more than 10 years of design experience with Avon,, Teachscape and Studio Mobile, now part of Base, NYC. Her work with Studio Mobile earned numerous national and international awards, including a Jury Selection honor in the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival. Polina has an MBA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design.

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Fran Sommers, Vice President, Communications, leads all American Friends marketing and public relations efforts. That includes serving senior writer/marketing strategist for major gifts; and supervising the American Friends foundation and corporate grant effort. Ms. Sommers has accumulated 20+ years of development communications experience both as a private consultant and as Creative Director of Jewish Federations of North America. She was also a PR account executive for Cirque du Soleil, Baileys Original Irish Crème, and Ortho Pharmaceutical. Ms. Sommers has a BA from Florida International University and MPA from Northeastern University.

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Carolyn Steinberg, Northern California Director, has 25 years of experience in building and developing major gifts fundraising networks. Her previous management positions included serving as the State Finance Campaign Director for the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, as well as heading major gifts for Northern California, Oregon and Washington for Hadassah. Carolyn has been active in a wide spectrum of Bay Area Jewish community organizations, and worked on behalf of national political figures.

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Shiri Stern, Alumni Affairs Director, is a TAU alum; and an experienced marketer with 5+ years media experience, focusing on marketing and advertising strategy, radio production, and planning and producing events. Ms. Stern received her BA in Economics and Communication in 2009; and while still a full-time student, worked at one of Israel's leading regional radio stations, Radio Tel-Aviv 102FM as an Executive Producer and Marketing Director. She served in the Israeli Air Force as an Operations Sergeant in charge of the Air-Force War-Room at a frontline base.

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Jennifer Young, National Director of Planned Giving, helps donors discover philanthropic opportunities and explore tax-advantageous ways to make a charitable gift through estate and financial planning. Her development expertise has impacted some of America's most treasured institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, and the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission. Prior to American Friends, Ms. Young led the planned giving activities for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington $185 million endowment. She earned an MA from the Carnegie Mellon University's School of Public Policy and Management and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.


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