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39 Broadway, Suite 1510
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info@aftau.org
P 212 742 9070
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SOUTHEAST
1722 Sheridan Street, #103
Hollywood, FL 33020
zharrison@aftau.org
P 754.702.0099

CHICAGO / MIDWEST
jnaftali@aftau.org
P 847 881 7159

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1110
Los Angeles, CA 90025
infowest@aftau.org
P 310 553 5232
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
infonocal@aftau.org
P 415 246 7411

 

Our Team

212.742.9058 | jgross@aftau.org

Jennifer Gross, Chief Executive Officer, previously served as Vice President of UJA-Federation of New York, heading its Affinity Campaign, and was a member of UJA's senior management group. While at UJA, Ms. Gross oversaw the Affinity Campaign, which raised $78 million in her final year. She brought innovative fundraising approaches and initiatives, as well as inspiration and leadership to a team of 70.

Before joining UJA professionally in 2014, Ms. Gross was a principal and managing director at Archview Investment Group, an event-driven credit opportunities hedge fund seeded by Blackstone, where she led the capital-raising team. She also has an impressive track record of lay leadership and community involvement. Throughout her financial services career, Ms. Gross was an active lay leader at UJA, chairing its Women's Executive Circle, Investment Management Division, and serving on UJA's Board of Directors, Wall Street Strategic Council and Campaign Steering Group. She is a chair of AIPAC's Women's Division, a member and past chair of Hadassah's Investment Group and a board member of the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach, Meir Panim and Northwestern University Hillel. Additionally, she is a Mandel Executive Leadership Fellow. Ms. Gross received her BA from Northwestern University.

212.742.9038 | awein@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9070 | radler@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9070 | lattias@aftau.org

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.

310.740.6268 | sbar@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9070 ext. 114 | abernstein@aftau.org

Alexandra Bernstein, New York Metropolitan Area Development Director, 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.

212.742.9039 | jfuchs@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9060 | ggoldman@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9070 | jgorchov@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9070, ext. 110 | damit@aftau.org

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.

754.702.0099 | zharrison@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9070 ext. 117 | ghunka@aftau.org

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.

212.742.9070 | rlelah@aftau.org

Rachel Lelah, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, assists the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and the Board of Directors. She serves as lead administrative staff team, offers support across departments and manages the New York office. Rachel is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Sy Syms School of Business, where she received a B.S. in Business Management.

212.742.9070 | jlsinger@aftau.org

Julie Lipsett-Singer, Senior Vice President of Development, 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.

847.881.7159 | jnaftali@aftau.org

Joanna Naftali, Associate Vice President, Midwest, comes to AFTAU from Northwestern University, where she served as Director of Major Gifts since the launch of its successful $5 billion campaign. At Northwestern, she managed a team of regionally deployed major gift officers and maintains a portfolio of donors and regional campaign volunteers throughout the central U.S. An accomplished fundraiser, she has deep roots in the educational, philanthropic, and arts sectors, and was the recipient of a distinguished fellowship in arts management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, focused in organizational leadership, strategic planning, financial management, public relations, marketing, and corporate sponsorship.

212.742.9070 | pnisenbaum@aftau.org

Polina Nisenbaum, Graphic Designer, has more than 10 years of design experience with Avon, BlueFly.com, 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.

212.742.9070 ext. 150 | bnol@aftau.org

Boaz Nol, Senior Vice President of the Global Campaign, has considerable experience in the business, political, and philanthropic worlds in a variety of positions and initiatives that take advantage of his unique talents to gather and inspire people around the world to develop "win-win" partnerships and relationships. He has been a Wall Street investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers and worked in resource and financial development at Australian Friends of TAU and The Open University of Israel. Boaz has an LLB from IDC Herzliya and a MA in International Relations and Affairs from Columbia

310.553.5232 | nshapiro@aftau.org

Niki Shapiro, Western Region Executive Assistant, is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and began her career in New York at the Israel Histadrut Foundation. More recently she served as Events Manager with the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

415.246.7411 | csteinberg@aftau.org

Carolyn Steinberg, Northern California Senior Development 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.

212.742.9049 | jyoung@aftau.org

Jennifer Young, Vice President, Planned Giving & Development Analytics, brought her expertise in strategic donor development to AFTAU in 2014. Since then she's built the legacy and planned giving program and raised tens of millions of dollars to support the students, researchers, and professors at Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining AFTAU, Ms. Young led planned giving activities for Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's $185 million endowment. Her development expertise has impacted some of America's most treasured institutions, including the Smithsonian, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission. She earned her Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Public Policy and Management and studied Archaeology and Classics as an undergraduate at Tulane and FSU. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

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