National Board of Directors
Ronald S. Lauder
Chairman of the Board-Emeritus
International businessman and philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder (New York, NY) combines a deep commitment to his heritage with an innovative network of business enterprises through philanthropic and professional endeavors that reach around the world.
Jeffrey E. Levine
Chairman of the Board
Jeff Levine (New York, NY) is the immediate past president of Jewish National Fund and Chairman of Levine Builders.
Dr. Sol Lizerbram (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) is Chairman and co-founder of Health Fusion®, Inc., an internet based electronic medical record and healthcare transaction company.
Bruce K. Gould
V.P. Strategic Planning*
Bruce K. Gould (Orlando, FL) is an attorney and was a principal of Gould Publications Inc., a family-owned publishing business specializing in law books and treatises for the legal and law enforcement communities.
First Vice President*
Together with his son Steven and grandson Jason, Alan Dabrow (Philadelphia, PA) is owner of Cheltenhouse Products Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of organic condiments and salad dressings.
Assistant First Vice President; Chairman, Alexander Muss High School in Israel
Joseph Wolfson (Villanova, PA), an attorney with Stevens & Lee in Philadelphia, PA, is a former state prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.
Geri Shatz (New York, NY) is an accountant specializing in the needs of the aged and has served in an advisory capacity to two life- care communities in Bucks County, PA.
Ron Werner (Denver, CO) is President and Co- founder of HW Home, Inc., a Colorado-based home furnishings retailer and design source.
Harold L. Kaplan
Vice President, Administration & Compliance
Harold L. Kaplan (Highland Park, IL) is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is the leader of the firm’s Corporate Trust and Bondholders Rights Team and a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice.
Assistant Vice President, Administration & Compliance*
Sam Goldberg (Santa Monica, CA) is an entrepreneur with a diverse background.
Ben Gutmann became active in JNF after participating in a JNF mission in 2003 and seeing firsthand all of the good work done by JNF.
Scott H. Gendell
V.P. College Engagement*
Scott H. Gendell (Chicago, IL) is the President of Wilmette, IL-based Terraco, Inc., a shopping center development and management firm he founded in 1985.
Asst. V.P. College Engagement*
Alan Fisher (Atherton, CA) is an accelerator physicist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, where he specializes in instrumentation for particle accelerators.
Co-Assistant Vice President, College Activists; Northern California Board Member
Medical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine
Myron D. Stayman
V.P. Strategic Relationships
Myron D. Stayman (Hollywood, FL) is a 30-year veteran and Senior Vice President of Wealth Management with Merrill Lynch, where he is also a member of the Director’s Circle.
Robert M. Wigoda
V.P. Legal Committee
Robert M. Wigoda (Wilmette, IL) is an attorney in private practice with his brother and son in the firm of Wigoda & Wigoda.
V.P. Rabbinic & Congregational Engagement*
An attorney, Ike Blachor (New York, NY) has been an active member of the American, New York State, and Nassau County Bar Associations, and is a past President of the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County.
Asst. V.P. Rabbinic & Congregational Engagement*
Ira Bartfield (Washington, DC) recently retired after more than 40 years on the staff of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, one of the world’s nest art museums where he held supervisory positions...
Past President of the Printing Industries of New England and the Graphic Arts Credit Union, Michael Blank (Boston, MA) currently oversees his family’s commercial properties in Boston.
Robert B. Levine
V.P. Zionist Education Continuum*
Bob Levine (Teaneck, NJ) is a senior partner at the New York City accounting firm Levine Schaefer Fink & Moss, P.C., and has a personal law practice as well.
Assistant Vice President, Education, Presidential Advisor*
An attorney who practiced commercial and copyright law at CBS Inc., in 2000 Laureine Greenbaum (New York, NY) co-founded Project Cicero
Orange County Board of Trustees, Presidential Advisor*
A retired government technical manager and International Aerospace Consultant, Joe Hess (Garden Grove, CA) was actively involved in fostering international cooperation during his 40-year career.
V.P. Govt. Relations*
Attorney Baruch Fellner (Washington, DC) is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, DC office, which provides invaluable pro bono labor and employment advice, counsel and training.
V.P. Communities & Regions*
Kenneth Segel is the CEO of Schuyler Companies, a regional commercial real estate company specializing in developing and owning retail shopping centers.
V.P. Israel Relations*
Toni Dusik started her non-profit life as Director of Development for California Special Olympics, then as the Area Director of Texas Special Olympics.
Steve Crystal (Reno, NV) has been Independent Director of Village Super Market Inc., since 2001.
Vivian Grossman is the Woman's Chairperson on the Broward County Jewish National Fund Board of Directors as well as a member of the JNF National Sapphire Board.
Charles S. Fax
V.P. College Engagement*
With over a decade of involvement in Jewish National Fund, Charles Fax has held a number of leadership positions including Regional President for Baltimore...
Asst. V.P. Schools & Community Engagement*
As a young girl, Terry Katz was given cardboard trees in school; each card was an opportunity to plant a tree in the new country of Israel.
Kenneth J. Krupsky
Asst. V.P. Government Relations*
Kenneth J. Krupsky (Chevy Chase, MD) retired from the Jones Day law firm in 2012 after 40 years of tax practice, including public service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department.
Joseph Korn (Basking Ridge, NJ) is a partner at Garden Homes Development, a private national Real Estate Development Company.
Scott N. Schreiber
Scott N. Schreiber (Northbrook, IL) is a member of Clark Hill PLC, a national law firm, in the corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practice group.
Asst. V.P. Missions
Ann Zinman (Scottsdale, AZ) has been active with Jewish National Fund since 2008 and has been very involved in the Phoenix Jewish Community for decades
V.P. Planned Giving
David Frank (Los Angeles, CA) is Associate Manager of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills North office, the number one sales office in the United States.
Asst. V.P. Major Gifts*
Bernice Friedman (Las Vegas, NV) is a member and past President of Jewish National Fund’s Greater Las Vegas Board and previously served as Chair of the Sapphire Society.
Dr. Melinda Wolf
Vice President, Small Communities
Dr. Melinda Wolf is a physician and her connection to JNF dates back to 1999.
V.P. Small Communities
Joel Spalter, M.D. (Fayetteville, AR), spent 23 years in the practice of internal medicine and infectious disease in Florida.
V.P. Major Gifts*
Nina Paul (Cincinnati, OH) had a 30-year illustrious career in the jewelry world before selling her business, Nina Paul Jewelry Company, in 2007. Nina Paul has been involved in JNF for more than 29 years.
Myra Chack Fleischer
V.P. Women for Israel
Myra Chack Fleischer (San Diego, CA) is a family law attorney and founded her original law firm, Fleischer & Associates, in 2001.
Asst. V.P. Teen Engagement*
In 1998, Marc Kelman (Phoenix, AZ) sold the chain of full service car washes he started in 1975 and began investing in commercial real estate.
Rebecca H. Fischer
Chair, Arava Task Force
The immediate past Chair of Makor and current President of Jewish National Fund in Broward County, Rebecca Fischer is also currently the Chair of the JNF Central Arava Committee.
Stephanie Kelman (Portland, OR) oversees global product creation for kids apparel Nike, Inc.
Michael G. Lederman
Chair, Boruchin Committee
Michael G. Lederman (Little Compton, RI) is Managing Partner of The Spectrum Capital Group. H
Asst. V.P. Strategic Relationships*
Jeff (Penn Valley, PA) is the owner of JS Homes, a residential homebuilding company, which has built over 3,000 single-family homes in Delaware
V.P. Speakers Bureau
Dr. Bob Benedon has been a proud and tireless champion of Jewish National Fund's work for decades, serving the organization in a variety of positions.
Chair Audit Committee*
Ed Blank (New York, NY), a telemarketing pioneer, founded and served as CEO of Edward Blank Associates.
Theodore L. Banks
Asst. V.P. Israel Relations*
Ted Banks (Chicago, IL) is a partner in the law firm of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, where his practice concentrates on general corporate, antitrust and compliance matters.
Michael H. Jacobson
V.P. Schools & Community Engagement*
Michael Jacobson (Cleveland, OH) is President of the MHJ Consulting Group LLC
Alyse Golden Berkley, Esq.
Los Angeles Board President
Alyse Golden Berkley was the first member of her family to visit Israel in 1970. She spent her junior year at the Hebrew University, and returned to take accredited law school courses there.
New York Board Member
Saul Burian (New York, NY) is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group
Lawrence B. Cohen
Chairman of the Board, New England
Attorney Lawrence Cohen (Boston, MA) is a partner with Nixon Peabody and specializes in wealth management, estate planning and estate and trust administration.
Presidential Advisor; Board Member, Eastern PA
Louise Dabrow (Philadelphia, PA) is a Certified Life Underwriter, worked as an insurance agent for Equitable Life Insurance Co. for 22 years
Asst. V.P. Planned Giving*
Bob Dubin (Las Vegas, NV) is the immediate past President of the Nevada Society of Enrolled Agents, and has served as its Vice President and Treasurer.
Tony B. Gelbart
Tony B. Gelbart (Boca Raton, FL), a businessman and philanthropist, is Chairman and Co-Founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh.
Mary Ellen Hogan
President, Northern Florida Region
Mary Ellen Hogan is a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience practicing in energy law, environmental law, and occupational safety and health.
V.P. Teen Engagement*
Michael Kessler (Long Island, NY) is a CPA employed by The Douglaston Companies, a NYC real estate development firm, where he serves as Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Operations.
Gary Jay Kushner
Asst. V.P. Legal Committee*
Gary Jay Kushner remembers growing up in a home with a Jewish National Fund (JNF) Blue Box always being present.
San Diego Board Member
Lauren Lizerbram dedicates her time to community efforts and for 30 years has been focused on volunteering for JNF.
Dr. Morton Mower
Asst. V.P. Israel Investments*
Dr. Morton Mower (Avon & Denver, CO) is a King Solomon Society and World Chairman’s Council member, former chair and now interim chair of JNF Parsons Water Fund, and co-chair of the Water Task Force.
Dr. Toby Mower
Presidential Advisor; Mountain States Board Member
Dr. Toby Mower (Denver, Co.) is a member of Jewish National Fund’s Mountain States Board, a charter member of Women for Israel, and JNF’s National Water Task Force.
Lauren France is a Partner at the Katz Watson Group, a political fundraising consulting firm.
Jane Ottenstein (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) worked as a designer and manufacturer of haute couture clothing and as a custom home developer in Southern California for more than 25 years.
Todd G. Patkin
Presidential Advisor; Board of Directors Member, Boston
Todd Patkin (Foxboro, MA) helped to lead Autopart International, a family-owned company through 2006.
Marlene E. Post
Marlene E. Post (New York, NY) served as the 21st National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
Jay L. Schottenstein
Jay Schottenstein (Columbus, OH) is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Schottenstein Stores Corporation, DSW Inc., American Signature Inc., Value City Furniture, Schottenstein Property Group, and American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
Michael J. Wechsler
Vice President, Investments; North Palm Beach Board Member
Michael J. Wechsler (Lake Worth, FL) retired as Chief Credit Officer of Centerline Financial Company, a credit enhancement and credit derivative subsidiary of Centerline Capital Group.
V.P. Israel Investments*
Alan Wolk retired in 2007 after 29 years in “Corporate America” as president of the $2 billion Interiors Business in INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the largest privately held company in the U.S.
Russell F. Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Talia Tzour Avner
Chief Israel Emissary
Chief Administration Officer
Chief Planned Giving Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Yael Septee Kane
Chief Israel Advocacy and Leadership Officer
Chief Development Officer
Chief Israel Officer
Chief of Staff