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Ira Mitzner, Chair • Sharon Blumenthal • Kenneth Brander • Beryl Eckstein • Aryeh Goldberg
Rick Guttman • Michael Jesselson • Richard M. Joel • Becky Katz • Nathan Katz • Henry Kressel
Leonard Matanky • Rachel Rabinovitch • Steven Rosenberg • Eli Rubinstein • Joel Schreiber
Roslyn Schultz • Scott Seligsohn • Nahum Twersky • Shira Yoshor
Dear Friend,
On behalf of our hosts Mindy and Ira Mitzner, President Richard M. Joel,
Rabbi Kenneth Brander and the entire Yeshiva University family, welcome to the
eighth annual ChampionsGate Leadership Conference. It is truly a pleasure for
us to gather together for what we hope will be another inspiring and meaningful
ChampionsGate experience.
This year’s conference, titled, “Kehilla: What We Bring To It,” will focus on
the broader narrative of community. Together, we will journey through four
lands, Skills, Knowledge, Inspiration and Networking and challenge ourselves
to think about having SKIN in the game, and our individual and collective roles
and responsibilities on the local, national and global levels. Through innovative
sessions in each of these four lands, we will learn, gain practical hands-on
tools, and establish collaborative partnerships with fellow participants and
Yeshiva University. As always, Shabbat provides us an opportunity for spiritual
rejuvenation through shiurim from Yeshiva’s world class faculty, inspirational
tefillot, and singing.
We are excited to announce a new feature at this year’s conference: ELI Talks.
In partnership with The AVI CHAI Foundation, this year’s program will feature
ELI Talks; 12 minute, TED style, presentations which share innovative and
thought provoking content. It is our hope that the ELI Talks will bring new ideas
to the forefront and foster conversation within the ChampionsGate and larger
Jewish community.
By joining with over 350 delegates representing 70 communities from across
the country and the globe, our collective conversations are enhanced by
unique and varied perspectives and experiences. It is our sincere hope that the
ChampionsGate experience will not only foster fresh ideas, but friendships and
partnerships that will endure to help build a proud and hopeful Jewish future.
Sincerely yours,
Chavi Becker
Assistant Director
Department of Community Partnership
Center for the Jewish Future
Yeshiva University
If you need assistance during the conference, please call or text Yoni Cohen at
917.376.4325 or Menachem Lewin at 718.683.6607.
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םיאבה םיכורב
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
ChampionsGate Snack Bar Open
LOBBY LOUNGE
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Arrival and Check-In
Welcome Buffet
ORLANDO IV
ChampionsGate Registration Desk Open
MAIN LOBBY
ChampionsGate Kiosk Open
LOWER LOBBY
Create your personal schedule by signing up for
leadership lands, consultations and leisure activities.
4:30 PM
החנמ
Mincha
SHUL (ORANGE A)
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Opening Program: ELI Talks @ YU
ELI TALKS STUDIO (ORLANDO I)
• Welcome Remarks:
Ms. Chavi Becker
• Inspiration:
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter
PATIENCE AND PROCESS
• Knowledge:
Dr. Rona Novick
SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE:
FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH LIVING
• Networking:
Mr. Ira Mitzner
FOUNDATIONS OF BUILDING
• Skills:
Rabbi Josh Joseph
FAILURE, TO LAUNCH:
THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM
Dinner
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
• Welcome Remarks
Ira and Mindy Mitzner
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Essentials of Building Community –
facilitated by Dr. Jim Cain
ORANGE E
• Welcome Remarks:
President Richard M. Joel
9:45 PM
בירעמ
Maariv
SHUL (ORANGE A)
10:00 PM
Dessert Reception:
Meet, Greet and Network
LOUNGE (ORLANDO IV)
ChampionsGate Community Lounge Open
ORLANDO IV
Complete with couches, outlets, and other amenities,
the ChampionsGate Community Lounge provides the
optimal environment for meeting and networking with
fellow conference participants in a relaxed setting.
ChampionsGate Mentorship Program
Reception
THE BISTRO
The ChampionsGate Mentorship Program matches
seasoned conference participants with YU Presidential
Fellows and Semikha students, introducing them to
today’s leaders and empowering them to be the leaders
of tomorrow.
Private Event
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Morning Jog with Rabbi Josh Joseph
MEET AT HOTEL POOL
Live Broadcast of “JM in the AM”
with Nachum Segal, followed by
“The Stunt Show” with Mark Zomick
ORLANDO FOYER
6:15 AM
ימוי ףד
Daf Yomi: Pesachim 36
SHUL (ORANGE A)
Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg
7:00 AM
תירחש
Shacharit
SHUL (ORANGE A)
7:45 AM
Breakfast
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
• Introduction to Leadership Lands
• Preparation: Annual ChampionsGate
Chulent Competition
ORLANDO FOYER
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Leadership Lands
Engage in a series of dynamic discussions, focusing
on the four Lands: Skills, Knowledge, Inspiration and
Networking. Emerge inspired, with a renewed sense of
purpose, practical applications to enhance our personal
lives and communal leadership, and new collaborative
partnerships.
Participants will choose any three sessions from the
colored grid below.
Session 1: 9: 00 AM – 10: 00 AM
Session 2: 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Session 3: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM
Lunch
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
Afternoon Programming
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
ELI Features: Renaissance of Jewish Life
ELI TALKS STUDIO (ORLANDO I)
A MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: MOVING TOWARD
A JEWISH RENAISSANCE
Mr. Barry Shrage
KNOWLEDGE IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE:
A REFLECTION ON JERUSALEM AND ATHENS
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik
Skills LAND
CURRENT TRENDS IN KEEPING OUR SCHOOLS
AND SHULS SAFE
Ms. Leora Joseph, Esq.
ORANGE E
THE POWER OF WORDS:
THE ART OF USING SPEECH TO PERSUADE
AND COLLABORATE
Dr. Gillian Steinberg
ORANGE E
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH: PREPARING
FOR AND RESPONDING TO COMMUNAL CRISIS,
TRAUMA, TRAGEDY
Mrs. Zahava Farbman
ORANGE E
Knowledge LAND
PERSPECTIVES ON THE MEANING OF
SUFFERING
Dr. Aaron Segal, Dr. David Shatz
ORANGE F
THE INTERSECTION OF EARNING AND GIVING:
A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON ECONOMIC
TRENDS AND THE DYNAMICS OF PHILANTHROPY
Panel Discussion: Dr. David Magerman,
Mrs. Evelyn Stavsky, Esq., Mr. Morry Weiss
Moderated by: Dr. James Kahn
Closing Remarks: Mr. Dan Forman
ORANGE F
ELI FEATURE: COMPLEX, NOT COMPLICATED:
DESIGNING DYNAMIC LEARNING SYSTEMS
Dr. Scott Goldberg
ELI TALKS STUDIO (ORLANDO I)

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2:30 PM
CG Open Networking Lounge
Participate in affinity-based conversations, facilitated by
lay leaders and YU faculty and administration. Topics will
be selected based on suggestions made by participants
throughout the conference.
FLORIDA I
Networking Session for Rabbinic Couples
Facilitated by Dr. David Pelcovitz
FLORIDA III
Private Event
CJF Advisory Council Meeting
CLEAR LAKE
Private Event
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Personal and Communal Consultations
All consultations take place in boardrooms on the
lobby level.
ADMISSIONS COUNSEL
HEATHROW BOARDROOM
Mr. Moish Kranzler, Mr. Jonah Raskas
EFFECTIVE FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES
CELEBRATION BOARDROOM
Mr. Dan Forman
JEWISH DAY SCHOOL QUALITY, SUSTAINABILITY
AND STRATEGY
BAYHILL BOARDROOM
Dr. Scott Goldberg
JEWISH DAY SCHOOL RECRUITMENT,
PLACEMENT AND SUPPORT
THORNTON PARK BOARDROOM
Mrs. Dina Rabhan
LEGAL, BUSINESS AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES
BAYHILL BOARDROOM
Mr. Avi Lauer, Esq.
(Thusday night and Shabbat afternoon)
NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF LEADERSHIP
WINTER PARK BOARDROOM
Mrs. Yocheved Schacter, RCSW
ONE-ON-ONE LEADERSHIP COACHING
COLLEGE PARK BOARDROOM
Dr. Rochelle Cooper
POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES
CHAMPIONSGATE BOARDROOM
Mr. Nathan Diament, Esq., Mr. Maury Litwack
RABBINIC PLACEMENT AND SYNAGOGUE
SUPPORT
MAITLAND BOARDROOM
Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Recreational Activities & Shabbat
Preparation
Inspiration LAND
ELI FEATURE: JEWISH PERSPECTIVES ON
HAPPINESS
Dr. David Pelcovitz
ELI TALKS STUDIO (ORLANDO I)
ARE YOU MY MENTOR? LEANING IN WITH
GEN X, Y AND Z
Rabbi Josh Joseph, Ms. Leora Joseph, Esq.
Panel of Young Leaders
ORANGE G
FOUR FACETS OF SPIRITUALITY:
LIVING INSPIRED
Dr. Rona Novick, Dr. David Pelcovitz,
Rabbi Menachem Penner, Dr. Yitzy Schechter
ORANGE G
Networking LAND
60 IDEAS IN 60 MINUTES: COMMUNITY
LEADERSHIP
Dr. Jim Cain
FLORIDA 1
ELI FEATURE: BEING IN THE BUSINESS
OF TIKKUN OLAM
Ms. Anita Zucker
Followed by a conversation with Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter
ELI TALKS STUDIO (ORLANDO I)
COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS BOOT CAMP
Mr. Avi Lauer, Esq., Mr. Michael Scagnoli,
Mrs. Suzy Schwartz, Mrs. Miriam L. Wallach
Moderated by: Mr. Nachum Segal
FLORIDA I
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Shabbat
Connect and unite with over 350 community leaders
from across the country to create a relaxing, inspiring, and
educational Shabbat experience.
We are looking forward to spending this Shabbat together.
There are a few “Shabbat Elements” that should be noted:
General Hotel Guidelines:
• Please make sure you have your nametag with you at
all times over the course of Shabbat. Your nametag is
your identification and will ensure access to all parts of
the conference.
• There will be security guards on your floor to let you
into your guest room. Please show them your nametag
and advise them of your room number so they can let
you into your room.
• Please note that on Friday night security will be avail-
able until 1:30 AM, and will resume Shabbat morning
at 7:30 AM. If you need to access your room after 1:30
AM, please advise the hotel’s front desk.
• Please be aware that there is no eruv on the premises.
• The restrooms in the public areas of the hotel are
electric. The restrooms on the lower level by the Orlando
and Florida Ballrooms have manual stalls to be used
over Shabbat. There is signage to indicate which stalls
are manual and there are tissues in each of these stalls.
• Please stop by the YU Kiosk if you need arrangements
for an elevator over Shabbat
• We have arranged for all guests to be on low floors.
Please use the designated stairwell to reach the
conference area. Other stairwells do not lead to our
conference area.
• Automatic escalators in the hotel are permitted to
be used on Shabbat. (Sh’mirat Shabbat K’hilchatah,
chapter 23: 52)
Hotel Guest Rooms:
• Please note that housekeeping will leave the rooms
“as is” over Shabbat. Any lights left on/off will stay
that way.
• Housekeeping will provide extra tissues and liquid
soap in your room for Shabbat.
• If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by
the YU Kiosk at any time.
!םולש תבש
Shabbat Shalom!
7:00 PM
תורנ תקלדה
Candle Lighting
Orlando Foyer
7:00 PM
בירעמו תבש תלבק ,החנמ
Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv
SHUL (ORANGE A)
• Welcoming Remarks:
Dr. Henry Kressel
• Shabbat Refections:
THE SUPER BOWL RING AND THE STAFF
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik
8:15 PM
תבש ליל תדועס
Shabbat Dinner
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
• Dvar Torah:
Ms. Ilana Gadish, Educational Intern
9:45 PM
תבש גנוע
Oneg Shabbat: Led by Chazan Shimon
Craimer and Rabbi Menachem Penner
CHAMPIONSGATE LOUNGE (ORLANDO IV)
• Divrei Torah:
Rabbi David Stav
Ms. Malkie Krieger, Presidential Fellow
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Breakfast
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
7:45 AM
ימוי ףד
Daf Yomi: Pesachim 37
SHUL (ORANGE A)
Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg
8:30 AM
תירחש
Shacharit
SHUL (ORANGE A)
• Drasha:
SHATTERED TABLETS: WHEN THE PIECES
ARE GREATER THAN THE WHOLE
Rabbi Kenneth Brander
11:15 AM
אבר אשודיק
Kiddush
ORANGE E
• Annual ChampionsGate Chulent Competition
12:00 PM – 1:50 PM
ףתושמ דומיל :הרות ירועיש
A Taste of YU Torah
Explore the Torah’s text and wisdom with resident scholars
through concurrent lectures and shiurim. Eight options
allow you to choose an area of interest for each of the two
sessions.
Session 1: 12: 00 PM – 12: 50 PM
Session 2: 1: 00 PM – 1: 50 PM
FROM ADAM TO AVRAHAM: LESSONS FROM THE
FALL OF CIVILIZATION
FLORIDA III
Mrs. Shoshana Schechter
HAFTARAT EKEV: YESHAYAHU’S APPROACH TO
CONSOLATION — ANCIENT WISDOM AND MODERN
PSYCHOLOGICAL VIEWS ON LOSS AND RECOVERY
FLORIDA VI
Dr. Rona Novick
JONAS PHILIPS: THE FIRST TRULY AMERICAN JEW
SHUL (ORANGE A)
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik
PRIORITIES IN TZEDAKA – A PLAYBOOK FOR
GIVING
FLORIDA V
Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg
SIMANA MILTA: ARE OMENS MEANINGFUL OR
REFLECTIONS OF SUPERSTITION? THE CASE OF
SPECIAL FOODS ON ROSH HASHANAH
FLORIDA IV
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter
THE COMMON THREAD: HOW TEKHELET WEAVES
A COMPELLING TORAH U-MADDA NARRATIVE
FLORIDA I
Dr. Baruch Sterman
THE FASCINATING LEGACY OF ACHIYAH
HA-SHILONI: THE LONGEST LIVING PARTICIPANT
IN YETZIAT MITZRAYIM
FLORIDA VII
Rabbi Menachem Penner
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN THE ISRAELI CHIEF RABBINATE AND
THE DIASPORA COMMUNITY
FLORIDA II
Rabbi David Stav
2:00 PM
תבש תחורא
Shabbat Lunch
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
• Dvar Torah:
Mr. Adam Neuman, Presidential Fellow
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תבש תחונמ
Shabbat Menucha
3:30 PM
Q&A with President Richard M. Joel
SHUL (ORANGE A)
4:15 PM
Weekly Update:
Israel and the Middle East
SHUL (ORANGE A)
Mr. Malcolm Hoenlein in conversation with
Mr. Nachum Segal
5:00 PM
החנמ
Mincha
SHUL (ORANGE A)
5:30 PM
Kehilla: What We Bring To It
ORANGE D
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Chavruta Learning
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Armchair Conversation
• Moderator:
Mr. Ira Mitzner
• Participants:
Mrs. Laura Goldman
Ms. Debbie Isaac
President Richard M. Joel
Rabbi Leonard Matanky
Mr. Barry Shrage
Rabbi David Stav
7:15 PM
תישילש הדועס
Seuda Shlishiet
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
• Dvar Torah:
Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg
• Shabbat Closing Remarks:
President Richard M. Joel
9:00 PM
הלדבהו בירעמ
Maariv & Havdallah
SHUL (ORANGE A)
!בוט עובש
Shavua Tov!
10:30 PM
הכלמ הוולמ
Melave Malka
ORLANDO II
Optional Activities and Tournaments:
Screening of “The Prime Ministers”
ORANGE E
3 – on – 3 Basketball Tournament
OUTDOOR COURT
(Sign-up at YU Concierge Desk)
Zumba® Fitness Class
FLORIDA V
(Women Only)
Lazy River and Swimming Pool
Women’s Hours: 11: 00 PM – 12:15 AM
Men’s Hours: 12:15 AM – 1:30 AM
Ping Pong
Air Hockey
ORLANDO II
SHABBAT JULY 27TH

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SHUL (ORANGE A)
Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg
7:45 AM
תירחש
Shacharit
SHUL (ORANGE A)
8:30 AM
Breakfast
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
ןושאר םוי הטיסרבינוא הבישי
Yeshiva University Yom Rishon
Experience our University with a choice of parallel
sessions given by renowned lecturers and educators within
our halls.
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
HELPING LAY LEADERS AND COMMUNITY
PROFESSIONALS AVOID PERSONAL LIABILITY
AND CONFRONT ETHICAL DILEMMAS
ORANGE E
• Moderator:
Mr. Avi Lauer, Esq.
• Presenters:
Mr. Alan Heller, Esq.
Mrs. Shira Yoshor, Esq.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) –
2 credits available – no fee
SCHOOL-WIDE CHANGE: 21ST CENTURY
EDUCATION
FLORIDA I
• Facilitators:
Dr. Scott Goldberg
Mrs. Dina Rabhan
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) –
1 unit available – no fee
9:30 AM – 10:10 AM
DINA D’MALCHUTA DINA – HOW FAR DOES
THE HALAKHIC IMPERATIVE EXTEND?
FLORIDA III
Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg
10:20 AM – 11:00 AM
RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES –
HALAKHIC PERSPECTIVES ON BRCA AND
PREVENTATIVE SURGERY
FLORIDA III
Rabbi Dr. David Shabtai
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Program
DINING ROOM (ORLANDO III)
• Machar: Where the Real Work Begins
• Group Photo
12:00 PM
Lunch to Go
!הבוט העיסנו תוארתהל
L’Hitraot!
1:00 PM
First Annual ChampionsGate
Golf Tournament
OMNI AT CHAMPIONSGATE
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Chavi Becker is the Assistant Director
of the Department of Community
Partnership at Yeshiva University’s
Center for the Jewish Future. In this
capacity, she engages with lay leader-
ship from across North America and
the globe, working specifically with
the ChampionsGate community. She
received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Stern
College, and is currently completing an MA in Medieval
Jewish History at Revel and an MS in Organizational
Psychology at Baruch College.
RABBI KENNETH BRANDER
Rabbi Kenneth Brander is the Vice
President for University and Community
Life and the inaugural David Mitzner
Dean of Yeshiva University Center for
the Jewish Future. He is Rabbi Emeritus
of the Boca Raton Synagogue and
founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High
School of Broward and Palm Beach
Counties. Rabbi Brander has authored many articles in
various scholarly journals and co-edited The Yeshiva
University Haggadah. He is a PhD candidate (ABD) in
general philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.
DR. JIM CAIN
Team building guru Dr. Jim Cain is
the author of 12 team building books
and has presented programs in 30
countries around the world (so far!)
For ChampionsGate Dr. Cain has
brought his latest, newest and best
team and community building activities
from around the world.
MR. YONI COHEN
As the Director of Operations for
Center for the Jewish Future,
Yoni Cohen oversees the logistical and
operational components of the myriad of
programs that the Center for the Jewish
Future runs annually. With a degree in
accounting and business administration,
he was the Executive Director of
Bnos Malka Academy of Queens for eight years and the
Executive Director of the Sephardic Congregation of
Kew Garden Hills for three years. He, his wife Tzivia, and
four children currently reside in Queens, NY.
DR. ROCHELLE COOPER
Rochelle Cooper, PhD is recognized as
an expert in leadership and organizational
development who coaches and trains
senior Fortune 500 executive leaders to
build their leadership strengths, potential
and team effectiveness. She runs her own
Senior Leadership Development firm, and
teaches in the Executive MBA and MBA
programs of the Frank Zarb School of Business, Hofstra Uni-
versity. She is on the Advisory Board of the Athena Leader-
ship Center at Columbia University and is an executive coach
for Columbia Business School Executive Education programs.
CHAZAN SHIMON CRAIMER
Shimon Craimer is the Chazan at the River-
dale Jewish Center in New York. Shimon
regularly performs at simchas and concerts
as a lead singer for many of the country’s
most popular Jewish orchestras. He travels
far and wide davening in congregations
all over the world. Shimon is a close friend
of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and
was featured in his “Home of Hope” double-CD celebrating
Israel’s 60th anniversary. He accompanies the Chief Rabbi on
an annual solidarity mission to Israel. His latest album entitled
Roots will be available towards the Yamim Noraim.
MR. NATHAN DIAMENT
Mr. Diament is the Washington DC-
based executive director for public policy
for the Orthodox Union. For more than
fifteen years, Diament has worked with
policy makers on issues including the
US-Israel relationship, religious liberty,
support for Jewish day school education,
homeland security, stem cell research,
and more. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama
to serve as one of 25 members of the President’s Advisory
Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. He
is a graduate of Yeshiva College and Harvard Law School.
MRS. ZAHAVA FARBMAN
Zahava Farbman, LMSW, is the associate
director of the Crisis Intervention, Trauma
and Bereavement Department of Chai
Lifeline. As a practicing social worker, she
has built a career on helping families and
communities cope with crises, traumas
and tragedies. Zahava assists families and
communities around the world, and con-
ducts community crisis trainings across the nation. Zahava is
the responder to mental health emergencies for Hatzolah of
the Five Towns and Far Rockaway communities. She resides
in Woodmere, New York with her husband and children.
PRESENTERS AND FACILITATORS
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Dan Forman is the VP for Institutional
Advancement at Yeshiva University and
is responsible for its capital and annual
campaigns as well as its sixteen under-
graduate and graduate schools. Previ-
ously, he was Executive Director
of the UJA-Federation $1.2 billion
Capital Campaign and its principal gifts.
Mr. Forman has been an adjunct professor on strategic
planning and fundraising at the Columbia University
Graduate School of Business, The New School,
Wurzweiler, and other graduate schools, and a guest
speaker on philanthropy at local and national conferences.
DR. SCOTT GOLDBERG
Scott J. Goldberg is Director of
YU’s Institute for University-School
Partnership, the office that supports
yeshivot and day schools by guiding
recruitment and placement of teachers
and leaders, advancing the quality
of education, and consulting with
schools on finances, operations, and
governance. He holds a PhD in Applied Psychology from
NYU, an MSEd in Special Education from Bank Street
College, and a BA from the University of Chicago.
MRS. LAURA GOLDMAN
Laura Goldman is a lawyer, community
leader, parent coach, wife and mother.
She graduated from YU with a B.S. in
Finance, magna cum laude, and from
Fordham Law School with a J.D. After
almost 12 years with the Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency, she joined
the law firm of Barnett Sivon and
Natter as Of Counsel. Laura is active in her local
synagogue, day school, and the Jewish Federation of
Greater Washington. She serves as a mentor in the
YU Presidential Fellowship Mentorship Program, and as
a resource to YU and CJF for programming in the DC
area. Laura and her husband, Yossi, live in Silver Spring
with their four children.
MR. ANDREW GOLDSMITH
Andrew Goldsmith serves as an
Assistant Vice President of Institutional
Advancement and Team Leader for
Yeshiva University’s Center for the
Jewish Future, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theological Seminary (RIETS), the Azrieli
Graduate School of Jewish Education
and Administration and the Bernard
Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Prior to joining
Yeshiva’s development team, Andy served at the Orthodox
Union, One Israel Fund and UJA Federation of Bergen
County. An active leader, he serves on the executive board
of several NY area schools and synagogues.
MR. ALAN HELLER
Alan A. Heller received his JD from
Cardozo (class of 1988) and, upon
graduation, joined the Firm of Heller,
Horowitz & Feit, PC. In 1994, Mr. Heller
became a partner of that Firm. This
August, he will be joining the Firm of
Garvey Schubert Barer as a litigation
partner. Mr. Heller specializes in
Commercial Litigation and is general counsel to a number
of small to mid-sized companies. Mr. Heller is Executive
Vice President and Gabbai Rishon at Congregation Beth
Sholom, a member of the Executive Board of HAFTR, and
a recently retired member of the board of directors
of CAJAC.
MR. MALCOLM HOENLEIN
Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive
Vice Chairman/CEO of the
Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations. He
received his BA from Temple University
and completed his PhD coursework 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 both the JCRC 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.
He has received the Neeman Yerushalayim designation,
the Guardian of Jerusalem and Guardian of Zion awards,
and two Honorary Doctorates, including one from
Yeshiva University. He is Chairman of America’s Voices
in Israel, Co-Chair of the Secure Community Network, a
board member of the Council for Secure America, and
a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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MS. DEBBIE ISAAC
Debbie Isaac currently serves as the
president of AMIT. Ms. Isaac, along
with AMIT, were recognized for their
contributions to Israeli society and to
the State of Israel with the prestigious
Jerusalem Prize in January of 2013
at the annual Jerusalem Conference.
Previously, Ms. Isaac pursued a career
as a corporate reorganization attorney for Fortune 500
companies at Kaye Scholer in New York City and as a
real estate attorney at Cuddy & Feder in White Plains.
A graduate of Barnard College and New York University
School of Law, Ms. Isaac resides in New Rochelle with
her husband David, a Yeshiva College board member, and
their four children.
PRESIDENT RICHARD M. JOEL
Richard M. Joel is the fourth president
of Yeshiva University and the Bravmann
Family University Professor. In this role,
he has championed a renewed focus on
academic excellence, enriched student
life, and broadened service to the Jew-
ish world and the greater population.
Throughout his career, he has stressed
the importance of Jewish leadership and identity. Prior
to his appointment, he served as the President and
International Director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish
Campus Life. He and his wife, Esther, live in Riverdale.
They have six children and four grandchildren.
RABBI JOSH JOSEPH
Rabbi Josh Joseph is the Senior
Vice President of Yeshiva University.
With the guidance of President Richard
M. Joel and Board of Trustees, and
in partnership with the Provost, Josh
oversees the strategic planning of the
university, infusing his creative and
entrepreneurial thinking into the
business development and advancement of all aspects
of Yeshiva. Passionate about developing the next
generation of professional and communal leaders,
Josh directs YU’s leadership incubator, the Presidential
Fellowship. Josh lives in Lawrence with his wife Julie
and their three children.
MS. LEORA JOSEPH
Leora Joseph is the Chief Deputy
District Attorney handling the special
victims unit in the 18th Judicial district,
Colorado. Prior to that, she lived in
Boston where she served as Chief of
the Child Protection Unit in the Boston
District Attorney's Office. She is a
career prosecutor who has worked with
victims of sexual and physical abuse. She has been a
guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, Boston University
School of Social Work and Northeastern Law School.
She will be teaching a class at Denver University in the
fall on children and the law. She lives in Colorado with
her husband and 3 kids. She is Rabbi Josh (Joshy)
Joseph's older sister.
DR. JAMES KAHN
James Kahn is the Henry and Bertha
Kressel Professor of Economics at
Yeshiva University, and has been
chair of the Economics Department
since 2009. Dr. Kahn has published
widely on such topics as inventory
investment dynamics, the sources
of business cycle fluctuations, and
productivity growth. He has previously taught at the
University of Rochester, Columbia, Yale and New York
University. Dr. Kahn received his PhD in economics from
MIT and his BA from Harvard.
MR. MOISH KRANZLER
Mr. Moish Kranzler is the Director of
Undergraduate Admissions of Yeshiva
University. In this capacity, he imple-
mented many innovative events such as
the Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament,
The Red Sarachek Basketball Tourna-
ment and the Yeshiva University National
Model United Nations. He travels
extensively throughout the United States and Israel
recruiting high school students for Yeshiva University,
and consults and advises them and their parents. In
particular, Moish is an expert with regard to the Israel year
experience, Honors application process, student support
services, career services and financial aid.
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RABBI ELIAKIM KOENIGSBERG
Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg is a Rosh
Yeshiva at RIETS. Rabbi Koenigsberg
received ordination from RIETS, was
a fellow of its Gruss Kollel Elyon, and
served for five years as Rebbe in the
Stone Beit Midrash Program at YU.
A sought-after lecturer, he has served
as Rosh Kollel of YU’s summer kollel
in Silver Spring, MD. He is the author of two annotated
volumes of selected shiurim by the Rav, and he recently
published his notes on Tractate Yevamos entitled
“Kuntres He’aros al Maseches Yevamos.”
DR. HENRY KRESSEL
Dr. Kressel currently serves as
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
of Yeshiva University. He is a senior
partner of Warburg Pincus, a diversified
global private equity firm where
he has been responsible for many
global investments in technology
companies. A graduate of Yeshiva
College, he earned an MS from Harvard in Applied
Physics, a PhD in Material Science from the University
of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from its Wharton School.
He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering
and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society
and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Formerly head of electronic device research at RCA,
Dr. Kressel holds 31 patents and has published more
than 120 papers and four books. His most recent three
books all published by Cambridge University Press are:
Competing For The Future: How Digital Innovations
Are Changing The World (2007); Investing In Dynamic
Markets: Venture Capital In The Digital Age (2010); and
Entrepreneurship In The Global Economy Engine For
Economic Growth (2012).
MR. AVI LAUER
Mr. Lauer is Vice President for Legal
Affairs, Secretary and General Counsel
of Yeshiva University. He also serves
as Counsel to the President of the
University. Previously, Mr. Lauer was
a Partner at Thelen LLP and a senior
member of the Office of the General
Counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers
LLP and Deloitte LLP. He is an active lay leader in the
Jewish community and has served as President of the
Young Israel of Woodmere and Chairman and Honorary
Past President of HAFTR.
RABBI AARON LEIBOWITZ
Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz serves as Deputy
to the President of Yeshiva University
for Philanthropy and Community. Rabbi
Aaron Leibowitz received a bachelor's
degree from Sy Syms School of Busi-
ness and rabbinic ordination from the
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Semi-
nary at YU. Previously, Rabbi Leibowitz
served as Director of the Department of Community Initia-
tives at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future
and worked for several synagogues, crafting creative and
inspirational community programs.
MR. MENACHEM LEWIN
Menachem is a Project Manager
at Center for the Jewish Future. In this
capacity, he oversees the logistical and
operational pieces of ChampionsGate,
the Kohelet Fellowship, the seven
school kollelim, and the six summer
learning and internship initiatives.
Menachem is Vice President of
Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY and is on the Board of
Trustees at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach
(HALB). He resides in Woodmere with his wife, Susie,
and four children.
MR. MAURY LITWACK
Maury Litwack is Director of State
Political Affairs for the OU. This year, the
OU has secured over $55 million dollars
in state funding for Jewish Education.
Maury has made collaboration and
advocacy training a key part of the OU’s
work and in the past year, two states
have consolidated resources and over
100 new community leaders have joined the OU Advocacy
Network. Prior to the OU, Maury served on the staff of two
Congressmen and helped to launch Miami-Dade County’s
DC lobbying office.
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DR. DAVID MAGERMAN
David Magerman is the founder of the
The Kohelet Foundation, a charitable
organization whose mission is to improve
the quality, efficiency and affordability
of Jewish day school education. David is
the proprietor of restaurant Citron and
Rose in Merion Station, PA and
also works as a research scientist at
Renaissance Technologies. He is a member of the board
of the National Math Museum and the Board of Overseers
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering.
This past year David joined the board of trustees of
Yeshiva University. David received his undergraduate
degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD
from Stanford University. David lives with his wife Debra
and their 4 children in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
RABBI LEONARD MATANKY
Rabbi Matanky serves as the Rabbi of
Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers
Park and Dean of Ida Crown Jewish
Academy. He received his ordination
from Hebrew Theological College and
a Ph.D. from NYU. Rabbi Matanky is
President of Rabbinical Council of
America and a member of the CJF
Advisory Council. Rabbi and Mrs. Matanky are parents of
seven children and grandparents of nine grandchildren.
MR. IRA MITZNER
Mr. Mitzner is President of Rida
Development Corporation, a national
and international commercial real estate
investment and development firm based
in Houston, Texas. Ira is the Vice Chair
of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva
University, chair of the CJF Advisory
Council, and a member of the executive
board of the American Society for Yad Vashem and the
board of directors of State of Israel bonds. In Houston,
Ira is immediate past President of The Robert M. Beren
Academy. Previously, he was President of United Orthodox
Synagogues, co-chaired along with Mindy The Houston
Division of Israel Bonds, was President of the Houston
Kashrut Association, and was a board member of the
Houston Holocaust Museum.
MRS. MINDY MITZNER
Mrs. Mitzner is a graduate of Lehman
College, mother of three children,
Steven, Laura, and Michael, mother-in-
law to Steven Paletz and future mother-
in-law to Stephanie Perl. Mindy, together
with Ira, are active philanthropists both
nationally as well as in Houston, Texas.
She also works at Seven Acres Jewish
Senior Care Services and volunteers at the Texas
Children’s Hospital. Mindy currently sits on the Houston
UJA Federation Board, is President of the United
Orthodox Synagogue Sisterhood, past Board of Education
Chairman of The Robert M. Beren Academy and past
Houston New Leadership State of Israel Bonds Co-Chair.
DR. RONA NOVICK
Dr. Rona Novick is the director of the
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Doctoral
Program at the Azrieli Graduate School
of Jewish Education and Administration,
Yeshiva University. She is also associate
clinical professor of child psychology at
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health
System and serves as co-educational
director of Hidden Sparks, an initiative to support diverse
learners in Jewish Day Schools. In addition to teaching,
supervision and administration at Azrieli, she directs the
national BRAVE initiative through the Institute, exploring
and promoting social-emotional leadership development
and bully prevention in Jewish schools.
DR. DAVID PELCOVITZ
Dr. Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn
and Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish
Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli
Graduate School of Jewish Education
and Administration. He also teaches
courses in pastoral psychology at
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
Seminary and serves as special assis-
tant to the president of Yeshiva University. Dr. Pelcovitz
has published and lectured extensively on a variety of
psycho-social issues in the Jewish community.
RABBI MENACHEM PENNER
Rabbi Penner is the Acting Dean of
the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
Seminary. Rabbi Penner also serves as
spiritual leader of the Young Israel of
Holliswood in Queens. He received his
semikha from RIETS ‘94 and his BA
from Yeshiva College ‘91.
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MRS. DINA RABHAN
Dina Rabhan is the Director of
Recruitment, Placement and Induction
at the YU Institute for University-School
Partnership, supporting Jewish day
schools’ human resource development
needs and individual’s career coaching.
A graduate of Stern College and licensed
social worker, Dina is pursuing a doctoral
degree in education at Yeshiva University with a focus
on leadership and school improvement. Dina is also the
Rebbetzin in Kings Point, New York, where she lives with
her husband Rabbi David and their seven daughters.
MR. JONAH RASKAS
Jonah Raskas is an Assistant Director
of Undergraduate Admissions at
Yeshiva University. Jonah’s primary role
is to recruit prospective high school
and transfer students from around the
United States, Canada and abroad.
In addition to recruiting students to
the university, Jonah directs the Post
Pesach Program, a mini semester for students returning
from their second or third year of study in Israel. Jonah is
also responsible for managing the social media presence
for the Office of Admissions.
MR. MICHAEL SCAGNOLI
Michael Scagnoli has been with the
University’s Office of Communications
and Public Affairs for the past six years.
He leads a team of communications
professionals responsible for reputa-
tion management and media relations,
branding and graphic identity, messag-
ing and design, news and the YU Web
site, and he also directs the University’s major ceremonial
events. Previously, Scagnoli served as director of opera-
tions and concert production and executive director for
the New York Collegium. Scagnoli received his BA from
Trine University and his MBA from Metropolitan Co
RABBI DR. JACOB J. SCHACTER
Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter is University
Professor of Jewish History and Jewish
Thought and Senior Scholar at Yeshiva
University’s Center for the Jewish
Future. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern
Languages from Harvard University
and received rabbinic ordination from
Mesivta Torah Vodaath. Rabbi Schacter
has authored books, articles, and reviews, and is the
founding editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal.
MRS. YOCHEVED SCHACTER
Shana Yocheved Schacter, RCSW,
is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst
in private practice where she has been
helping individuals and couples reach
their optimum success in their personal
and professional lives. She has been
consulting to the CJF of YU at the Rabbi
and Rebbetzin Yarchei Kallah since its
inception in areas of leadership and personal growth.
DR. YITZY SCHECHTER
Dr. Yitzchak Schechter, is a recognized
leader in emotional and behavioral health
care in the Jewish community, a clinical
psychologist and Director of The Center
for Applied Psychology (CAPs) at Bikur
Cholim in Monsey, New York. He has
most recently launched the Institute
for Applied Research and Community
Collaboration(ARCC), a unique institute whose mission
is to conduct, analyze and disseminate rigorous research
on psychiatric, psychological and social issues of the frum
community.
MRS. SHOSHANA SCHECHTER
Shoshana Schechter is assistant
professor of Bible at Stern College for
Women and director of the Mechina
program there. She is a graduate of
Stern College, with a B.S. in Judaic
Studies and English Literature, and
holds masters degrees from Bernard
Revel Graduate School of Jewish
Studies as well as from Columbia University School of
Journalism. She is a frequent lecturer on topics in Tanach
and has been involved in Jewish outreach programs on
four continents.
MRS. SUZY SCHWARTZ
Suzy joined YU in 2010 as Assistant
Dean, Center for the Jewish Future.
Armed with strategic and management
skills from the world of corporate adver-
tising, Suzy had most recently served as
SVP, Senior Account Director at BBDO,
a leading worldwide advertising agency.
Suzy is a community activist playing
leadership roles in her synagogue and local schools.
An alumnus of Stern College, Suzy has an MBA in
marketing/advertising from Baruch College.
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RABBI RONALD SCHWARZBERG
Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg serves
as the Director of the Morris and
Gertrude Bienenfeld Department of
Jewish Career Development and
Placement, a division of Yeshiva
University’s Center for the Jewish
Future. Rabbi Schwarzberg, a graduate
of Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College
and Ferkauf School of Psychology, received his
ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
Seminary (RIETS). He and his wife, Judy, reside in
Highland Park, New Jersey where he was formerly the
longtime spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavas Achim.
DR. AARON SEGAL
Aaron Segal is Assistant Professor of
Philosophy at Yeshiva College. He has
published articles and lectured widely
on topics in metaphysics, philosophy of
religion, Jewish philosophy, and Jewish
law, and received his PhD in philosophy
from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Segal studied under the direction
of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein in the Kollel Gavoah at
Yeshivat Har Etzion, and will be receiving semikha from
the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
MR. NACHUM SEGAL
Nachum Segal is the voice of Jewish
radio. He has been host of JM in the
AM since 1983 when he brought the
training and experience he received
at Yeshiva College Radio to the greater
Jewish and radio world. JM in the
AM airs in the NJ/NY area and is
available around the world online
(jmintheam.org). Through his daily morning show and
24 hour online network (www.nachumsegal.com),
Nachum brings music, news and guests of interest to
hundreds of thousands of listeners.
RABBI DR. DAVID SHABTAI
Rabbi David Shabtai, MD is a fellow
of the Wexner Kollel Elyon at RIETS.
He earned his semikha from RIETS
and medical degree from NYU School
of Medicine. He is interested in the
interface of medicine and Halakhah and
is the author of Defining the Moment:
Understanding Brain Death in
Halakhah and editor in chief of Verapo Yerape:
The Journal of Torah and Medicine of the AECOM
Synagogue and RIETS.
DR. DAVID SHATZ
David Shatz is Professor of Philosophy
at YU and editor of both The Torah
u-Madda Journal and the series
Me-Otzar HoRav: Selected Writings of
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He has
published fifteen books and nearly
seventy articles and reviews, encom-
passing both general and Jewish
philosophy. A musmakh of RIETS, he received his PhD
with distinction from Columbia University. In 2009
Dr. Shatz was awarded the YU Presidential Medallion.
MR. BARRY SHRAGE
Barry Shrage has served as president of
Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)
– Boston’s Jewish Federation – since
1987. Barry has helped make formal and
informal Jewish education and the pursuit
of a Jewish renaissance in Boston CJP’s
highest priority. Creating a tipping point
for Jewish learning and Jewish identity
within an open and diverse community has become an
obsession for Boston’s Jewish community. Barry gradu-
ated from City College of New York and earned a master’s
degree in social work from Boston University.
RABBI DR. MEIR SOLOVEICHIK
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is Director of
the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center
for Torah and Western Thought at YU
and Rabbi at Congregation Shearith
Israel in Manhattan. He graduated
summa cum laude from YU, received
his semikha from RIETS, and was a
member of its Beren Kollel Elyon. In
2010, he received his doctorate in Religion from Princeton
University. Rabbi Soloveichik’s essays on Jewish theol-
ogy, ethics and Jewish-Christian relations have appeared
in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, First Things,
Azure, Tradition, and the Torah u-Madda Journal.
RABBI DAVID STAV
Rabbi David Stav is Chief Rabbi of the
City of Shoham, co-founder & Chairman
of the Tzohar organization and leading
Zionist candidate for Chief Rabbi of the
State of Israel. Rav Stav is a graduate of
Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav and has qualifi-
cation for Dayanut (Rabbinical Judge).
Rav Stav lectures in the women's Judaic
program at Bar Ilan University, hosts a weekly television
segment and writes a weekly column in the Israel Hayom
news-paper on Parashat Hashavuah.
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MRS. EVELYN STAVSKY
As a Managing Director and Global
Head of Structured Lending at Citi-
group, Evelyn retains responsibility for
the Asset Finance Group and the
securitization conduit lending platform.
Serving as an advisor and principal,
Evelyn has closed transactions in the
rail, aircraft, real estate, power, renew-
able energy and shipping sectors. Previously, Evelyn was
involved in the origination and execution of transactions
at Macquarie Bank, and advised both issuers and
investors with Fulbright & Jaworski and Lord Day & Lord
Barrett Smith. Evelyn holds an LLM in taxation from NYU
School of Law, a JD from Cardozo and a BA from YU.
DR. BARUCH STERMAN
Baruch Sterman received his BA from
Yeshiva College and PhD in physics
from the Hebrew University, and has
been active in the high-tech industry in
Israel and America for over 30 years.
He is cofounder of the Ptil Tekhelet
Foundation and author (along with his
wife, Judy Taubes Sterman, SC ’86), of
The Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient
Color Lost to History and Rediscovered. He has
published numerous articles on Science and Torah, as
well as on the topic of tekhelet, and lectures worldwide
on both of these subjects.
DR. GILLIAN STEINBERG
Dr. Gillian Steinberg is Associate
Professor of English at Yeshiva College,
where she serves as Director of Writing
and supervises senior Honors Thesis
writers in addition to teaching Modern
Poetry and Short Fiction. She is the
author of two books, Philip Larkin and
His Audiences and Thomas Hardy:
The Poems, and regularly publishes articles and
presents papers on literature, composition theory, and
pedagogy. She was named the Lillian F. and William L.
Silber Professor of the Year for 2011-2012.
MRS. MIRIAM L. WALLACH
Miriam L. Wallach, MSEd, MA is the
General Manager of The Nachum Segal
Network. She began her career with
The Network three years ago as a host
and producer. Miriam also writes “Dear
That’s Life,” a featured column on OU
Life, and has a blog by the same name.
She was a noted Language Arts teacher
for fifteen years, included in “Who’s Who in America’s
Teachers” three years in a row. She and her husband are
the proud parents of six children.
MR. MORRY WEISS
Morry Weiss is the past Chairman of the
Board of Trustees, Yeshiva University. He
joined American Greetings in 1961 as a
sales representative. In the subsequent
years, he held a variety of positions,
including Group Vice President of Sales,
Marketing and Creative. In June 1978,
Weiss was appointed President and
Chief Operating Officer of the corporation, became the
Chief Executive Officer in 1987, and then Chairman of the
Board while retaining his title of Chief Executive Officer in
1992. By 1996, the company had doubled its size in less
than a decade and reached $2 billion in total revenues.
MRS. SHIRA YOSHOR
Shira Radinsky Yoshor received her
BA from Stern College and her JD
from the University of Chicago.
Shira is a member of YU’s Board of
Trustees, Chair of Stern’s Board, and
serves on the CJF Advisory Council.
She is married to Daniel Yoshor, a
neurosurgeon and graduate of YC, and
has four children. Shira is a partner at Baker Botts, LLP,
one of Houston’s premier law firms.
MS. ANITA ZUCKER
Anita Zucker serves as CEO of The
InterTech Group, a family owned and
operated business that she and her
late husband Jerry, O”BM founded.
Anita holds a BA in Education and an
MEd in Educational Administration and
Supervision. As a child of Holocaust
survivors and an educator and
entrepreneur, Anita uses her passion for Tikun Olam
to advance a multiplicity of causes, and holds many
leadership positions in both the Jewish community,
as well as the greater Charleston community.
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Contact Rabbi Robert Shur at shur@yu.edu.
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Contact us to ensure that your community is receiving
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Contact Rabbi Robert Shur at shur@yu.edu.
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Contact Nehama Cohen at speakersbureau@yu.edu.
SUMMER/ WINTER KOLLELIM
Establish adult and youth learning programs in various
communities during winter and summer breaks with a
contingency of Yeshiva University students.
Contact Rabbi Ari Sytner at sytner@yu.edu.
AARON AND BLANCHE SCHREIBER TORAH TOURS
Teams of young men and women dispatched to
communities for Simchat Torah and Shavuot to teach
classes, instill ruach [spirit] and create a fun and spirited
Yom Tov experience.
Contact Aliza Abrams at aabrams@yu.edu.
COMMUNITY KOLLEL
Establish a transformational Torah u-Madda religious
Zionist initiative in your community that seeds young
dynamic families and serves as an incubator for future
klei and lay kodesh.
Contact Rabbi Ari Sytner at sytner@yu.edu.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP INITI ATIVE
An opportunity to identify and train emerging young
lay leaders that will help shape the future of our
communities. Utilizing top professors, talent and
resources of Yeshiva University, CLI teaches the skills
and knowledge necessary for successful lay leadership.
Contact Rabbi Ari Sytner at sytner@yu.edu.
YUCONNECTS
YUConnects offers social networking events and
opportunities, a matchmaking website with volunteer
connectors worldwide, and educational sessions relating
to dating and healthy relationship building.
For more information contact yuconnects@yu.edu.
Broaden Your Horizon With CJF’s Community Toolbox:
Here’s What YU Can Do For You!
YU CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN
EXPERIENTI AL JEWISH EDUCATION
A professional development program for practicing
Jewish educators dedicated to strengthening,
professionalizing and transforming the field of
Experiential Jewish
Education and its impact on Jewish identity, life and
community. Participants gain knowledge and skills
designed to strengthen their impact as Jewish educators,
while nurturing their vision and mission and paving their
way for a long term career trajectory.
Contact Shuki Taylor at eje@yu.edu.
JEWISH GENETIC DISEASE CARRIER SCREENING
The Program for Jewish Genetic Health provides
affordable and accessible pre conception Ashkenazi
Jewish genetic diseases carrier screening and genetic
counseling in the New York metropolitan area,
regardless of one’s financial condition.
Contact jewishgenetichealth@yu.edu.
Rabbinic Services
MORRIS AND GERTRUDE BIENENFELD
DEPARTMENT OF JEWISH CAREER DEVELOPMENT
AND PLACEMENT
Access to professionals who aid synagogues with the
search process, management and mentorship of rabbis
and lay leaders throughout North America and beyond.
Contact Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg at
rschwarz@yu.edu.
JEWISH CAREERS
A vocational website designed to help Jewish
organizations find professionals they seek, and aid
professionals in finding positions.
Visit the site at www.yu.edu/jewishcareers.
RABBIS YARCHEI KALLAH
Conduct retreats for rabbis designed to stimulate,
strengthen and sharpen the participants’ preaching,
pastoral, programming and teaching skills. The primary
mentor in this program is Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter.
Conversations on management skills and balance
between the home-work relationship is also part of
the presentations.
Contact Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter at
jschacte@yu.edu.
REBBETZIN ESTHER ROSENBLATT
YARCHEI KALLAH FOR REBBETZINS
Convene groups of rebbetzins to support and strengthen
the skills they need to succeed in their unique role.
The program includes in-depth textual learning on topics
on which the rebbetzins desire additional knowledge,
mentoring between veteran and new rebbetzins, mental
health conversations on a wide range of issues that the
rebbetzins often deal with, and guidance on how to help
the rabbinic family develop while being raised in the
“eye of the community.”
Contact Rebbetzin Meira Davis at meira.davis@yu.edu.
RABBANAN.ORG RABBINIC RESOURCE WEBSITE
A password protected website with exclusive resources
for rabbis, including webinar recordings, shiur outlines,
drasha ideas, a responsa research service, and a host of
links to access our resources and services for rabbis.
Available at www.rabbanan.org.
Personnel
LEADERSHIP AND TEACHER PLACEMENT
Including personalized career counseling and job
placement for job seekers; support for schools seeking
teachers and school leaders; online job board.
www.yuschoolpartnership.org/jobs
For leadership placement contact Dina Rabhan at
rabhan@yu.edu. For teacher placement contact
Maccabee Avishur at Avishur@yu.edu.
Educational Quality
CONSULTANCIES
Consultancies for schools in areas including:
leadership, teaching and learning, technology, Hebrew
language, social-emotional development, and religious/
spiritual growth.
Contact Jane Cohen at jchoen11@yu.edu.
NEW TEACHER INDUCTION
Programs for school leaders, mentors, and new
teachers to build systems that support new teachers.
yuschoolpartnership. org/induction
Contact Shira Loewenstein at sloewens@yu.edu.
LEGACY HERITAGE YU TEACH FELLOWSHIP
An opportunity for Judaic studies teachers to
enhance their professional development through online
and in-person learning and collaboration.
Contact Shira Heller at seheller@yu.edu.
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Online asynchronous professional development for
faculty of schools delivered by acclaimed experts.
Contact Eitan Novick at enovick@yu.edu.
Educational Leadership
YULEAD: LEADERSHIP SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT
A leadership development program that convenes
school leaders online and in-person to learn, share best
practices, and collaborate.
www.yuschoolpartnership.org/yulead.
Contact Dina Rabhan at rabhan@yu.edu.
TECHNOLOGY
The Open Day School (ODS) is a collaboration with
Jewish educators and schools to create open-source
Judaic courseware for fully online and blended courses.
Contact Eliezer Jones at ejones1@yu.edu.
Finance/Governance/Operations
BENCHMARKING AND FINANCI AL REENGINEERING
Comprehensive financial analysis to help schools under-
stand, communicate, and plan to meet the challenges of
sustainability.
Contact Harry Bloom at hbloom1@yu.edu.
STRATEGIC PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE
Support for schools through a process of strategic
planning from evaluating current performance, visioning
goals, and planning toward those goals, including
analytics to measure success.
Contact Harry Bloom at hbloom1@yu.edu.
Convenings
NORTH AMERICAN JEWISH DAY SCHOOL CONFERENCE
Annual opportunity for professional and lay educational
leaders from across the denominational spectrum to net-
work, collaborate, and learn with from experts in the field.
Contact schoolpartnership@yu.edu.
COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Online forums and in-person convenings to share re-
sources and best practices, discuss trends and needs, and
develop collaborative research in a variety of sub- fields.
Contact Eliezer Jones at ejones1@yu.edu.
The YU School Partnership
Here’s How YU Supports Your School!
VISIT WWW.YUSCHOOLPARTNERSHIP.ORG OR EMAIL SCHOOLPARTNERSHIP@YU.EDU TO LEARN MORE!
IN APPRECIATION

בוטה תרכה
In appreciation to our hosts, Mindy and Ira Mitzner and family,
for their ongoing support, vision and leadership.
With gratitude to The AviChai Foundation for their partnership in the production of ELI Talks
at ChampionsGate.
In recognition to Elliot and Debbie Gibber and Deb-El Food Products for their continued support.
To the Jewish Press and the Jewish Week for creating the special Shabbat editions for ChampionsGate.
We thank our supporters who enabled young leaders to attend ChampionsGate.
In appreciation to our ChampionsGate Mentors for sharing their wisdom and experience with
our Presidential Fellows:
• Harry Ballan
• Holly Cohen
• Liz Diament
• Nathan Diament
• Laura Goldman
• Yossi Goldman
• Len Grunstein
• Stanley Raskas
• Ari Segal
• Brad Somer
• Edward Stelzer
• Miriam Wallach
• Stephen Wallach
• Jeffrey Wild
• Shira Yoshor
We are grateful to our corporate sponsors:
• Staples
• CDW-G
• Xerox
• Booker Promotions
• AFD Contract
Furniture, Inc.
With gratitude to our ChampionsGate Team for their tireless efforts in making this event a
success: Chavi Becker, Yoni Cohen, Menachem Lewin, and Dorit Muskin.
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
Phone: 212.960.5263
Fax: 212.960.5450
cjf@yu.edu
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