Board of Directors
Tamara Kreinin, Co-Chair
Tamara Kreinin currently directs the Population and Reproductive Health Program at the Packard Foundation. Her experience in health and human services spans more than 25 years. She served as the Executive Director of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation where she designed and implemented significant initiatives to improve life for women and girls globally, with specific emphasis on reproductive health, comprehensive programs for adolescent girls, US policy on behalf of women and girls, global south advocacy, and partnerships with UN agencies. Before her role at the United Nations Foundation, Tamara served as a consultant for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including a year as interim executive director of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers. For several years, Tamara served as president/CEO of SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, where she was a leader in the national dialogue on sexual health and rights. Prior to joining SIECUS, Kreinin was the director of state and local affairs at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, in Washington, DC. There, she developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan for states and local communities to reduce teenage pregnancy. She has advised governors, legislators, state and local public health officials, and advocates on effective public health policy. From 1990 to 1994, Ms. Kreinin was the founding executive director of the New Orleans Council for Young Children. Ms. Kreinin is the co-author of Girls' Night Out, a book about women's groups across America, published in August 2002 by Crown, Random House.
Susan Augenblick Raskin, Co-Chair
Susan A. Raskin is former Managing Editor of Maryland Medicine, the Maryland State Medical Society medical journal. Susan is a member of the Miriam's Kitchen Task Force, as well as a certified food manager and sous chef at Miriam’s in Washington, D.C. During her 12 years living with her family in West Virginia, she was a founding board member of Mercer Healthright, a free clinic in Bluefield, WV; the first Bluefield, WV volunteer helpline, now run by the local United Way; the Mercer County (WV) Public Schools Academic Boosters; and Librarian of Congregation Ahavath Shalom. Susan has been involved in community activism for 30 years. She and her partner, David, are the parents of eight children (including 3 in-law children) between them and three grandchildren.
Rachel A. Bendit
Rachel lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she works at Zingerman’s Community of Businesses and serves on the boards of the University Musical Society and the Bendit Foundation (a supporting foundation of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore). Her previous volunteer work includes service on the boards of Jewish Funders Network and the Dispute Resolution Center. Rachel holds a BA from the University of Michigan, a MEd from Loyola College of Maryland, and a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. In 2009, she and her husband, Mark Bernstein, were awarded the Claire and Isadore Bernstein Leadership Award by Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.
Olivia Cohen-Cutler is Senior Vice President, Standards and Policy, ABC, Inc, where she leads the department responsible for the acceptability of all entertainment programming, promotional and public service announcements, and commercial material broadcast on ABC networks and serves as the company's liaison to groups concerned with issues of broadcast content. Olivia, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, serves as Chair, the MorningStar Commission founded by Hadassah, advocating for strong and diverse media portrayals of Jewish women, and as an advisory board member for the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel. She holds a BA, with honors, and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Simmons College, where she is a founding member of the Simmons Leadership Council, a Corporator, and has endowed a scholarship supporting women students who are first-generation Americans in honor of her parents. Olivia earned her J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, colleges and non-profits around the country and a contributor to The New Gatekeepers: Emerging Challenges to Free Expression in the Arts (2003, National Journalism in the Arts Project, Columbia University). Olivia and her husband Andy are blessed with a long marriage and two remarkable grown children.
Barbara B. Dobkin, Founding Chair
The Founding Chair of JWA's Board of Directors, Barbara Dobkin now chairs the Board of American Jewish World Service. An advocate for women in both Jewish and secular life, she also serves on the boards of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, the White House Project, Lilith Magazine, and the Women's Funding Network. Dobkin was the founder and Chair of Ma'yan: the Jewish Women's Project of the JCC in Manhattan and Chair of the Board of the Hadassah Foundation. She is a significant supporter of and advisor to a variety of feminist organizations in the United States and Israel.
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Sue Bricker Dorn
Sue Bricker Dorn is an experienced development professional, serving as the Vice President and Vice Provost for Development at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and as Deputy Director for Development and Public Affairs at the Museum of Modern Art. She was also Vice President for Resource Development and Public Information at the Bank Street College of Education, Vice President for Resource Planning and Development at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and Associate Vice President for Development and Director of Medical School Development at Yale University. A former teacher of emotionally handicapped teenage boys, she has consulted at the American Jewish Historical Society and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. A graduate of Stanford University and the Bank Street College of Education, she volunteers for Stanford and is co-chairman of her 55th Class Reunion. An active member of the Central Synagogue in New York, she has two great kids and three wonderful grandchildren. Sue grew up in the Pacific Northwest but has lived in Manhattan for many years.
Esther Safran Foer
Esther Safran Foer is the Executive Director and CEO of Sixth & I, a downtown cultural hub and historic synagogue. Under Esther’s leadership, Sixth & I has created world class programming virtually every night, including book talks, important conversations, and music programs that range from world music to indie bands.
Reinvented as a Jewish institution after having been a church for 50 years, Sixth & I has been widely covered in the national media as “a new paradigm for Jewish life,” taking a multi-denominational and non-membership approach. Newsweek named Sixth & I one of the most vibrant synagogues in the U.S. Esther was personally recognized as one of the “Forward 50” Jewish leaders in the country, a group which includes political figures, writers, Hollywood personalities and communal leaders. Prior to being recruited to Sixth & I by its founders, Esther spent most of her professional life running her own public relations firm, representing Fortune 500 companies. She was involved in politics as a state press secretary and state director for a major presidential campaign and began her career at Congressional Quarterly. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, the wife of Bert Foer, founder of the American Antitrust Institute, the mother of three sons (bestselling authors Frank, Jonathan, and Joshua Foer), and the grandmother of five.
Roz Garber, Treasurer
Roz Garber is the former President and CEO of Garber Travel Services, Inc. In this role, Roz was the primary architect of the company's vision as well as its chief strategist and executive leader. Possessing more than 30 years of organizational leadership experience, she oversaw the management and development of the company's staff, services, operations and resources. Earlier in her career, Roz served as Executive Director of Hadassah in Boston and, prior to that, as Assistant Director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Roz holds an M.A. from Brandeis University, a B.A. from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Travel School of America. She is an Executive in Residence at the Brandeis international Business School, and serves on the Boards of the Jewish Women's Archive, the Brandeis International Business School, Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center, and The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.
Michelle Kratvin Gary
Michelle Kravtin Gary is an attorney who formerly practiced administrative and corporate law in the Washington D.C. office of Winston & Strawn. Her involvement as a leader in the Jewish community started in her teenage years in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia and has continued in every community in which she has lived: Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston and New York City. She has been an active member of the American Jewish Committee for the past 14 years. Starting with the Executive Committee in Atlanta, she presently sits on the Board of the New York Region where she is active in diplomatic and interfaith outreach. Michelle also sits on the Board of the New York Region Anti-Defamation League, where she is active in government and public affairs. While in the Boston ADL, she worked on Jewish-Catholic relations. Always interested in interfaith relations, Michelle was active in the World Pilgrims organization of Atlanta, a group of Muslims, Christians and Jews that regularly met and traveled the world together. Michelle is a very big proponent of continuing Jewish education, having taught Hebrew to adults in her congregations for the past 25 years. She also tutored special needs students to become B’nai Mitzvah in the Gateways Program of Boston. She was a Holocaust educator of adults and children at the Bremen Jewish Museum in Atlanta. She sat on the Board and studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem for 6 years. She was a co-founding parent of the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington, DC. Michelle was educated at Northwestern University, Georgetown University (A.B.) and Georgetown University Law Center(J.D.). She lives with her husband Marc Gary in New York City. They have a daughter, son and daughter-in-law.
Cathy Schatz Glaser
Cathy Schatz Glaser is the former South-Central Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, a national civil rights and human relations organization that fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends civil rights for all and provides resources, programs and services to build understanding and respect among diverse communities. She served the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas from 2001 to 2013. Before working for the ADL, Cathy served as a permanent law clerk for Justice Walter F. Marcus of the Louisiana Supreme Court and was an associate in the New Orleans law firm of Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann and Hutchinson. She has served on the Boards of many New Orleans non-profit organizations including the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, where she served as Chairman of the Board, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Jewish Children’s Regional Service, the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. She is currently the Co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Annual Campaign for 2014-15. She is a current board member of New Orleans Charter Math and Science High School, the New Orleans Ballet Association, and WRBH Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Charles Glaser, and they are the parents of a son and two daughters.
Karla Goldman is the Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan where she directs the Jewish Communal Leadership Program and teaches in Judaic Studies. She is the author of Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism (Harvard, 2000). She served as Historian in Residence for the Jewish Women’s Archive from 2000-2008 where she spearheaded projects like This Week in History and JWA's celebration of the 350th anniversary of American Jewish community. Prior to her work at JWA, Karla taught American Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where she was the first female member of the tenure-track faculty. Her research focuses on how American Jewish experience has reflected the social, gender, class, racial, and political identities available to Jews within broader American contexts like cities, social movements, and universities.
Marion Gribetz, Clerk
Marion Gribetz is President of Gribetz Mencow Consultants, an independent consulting firm with a focus on strengthening Jewish life and experiences throughout the world. She serves on the faculty of Hebrew College, Newton, MA and the DeLet @Brandeis program. In recent years, she has devoted much time to crafting new models of Professional Development for Jewish educators including directing PDI (professional development institute) for BBYO professionals and the Pardes Educator Program. Marion has also served as a Senior Research Associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and co authored a number of studies relating to the impact of Jewish education. Her most recent publication is as a contributor to Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life, 2009). She has also coauthored curriculum materials for adults and teens. Marion holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA from Tufts University. She was in cohort three of the prestigious Mandel Jerusalem Fellows program and under the auspices of that fellowship did advanced graduate study at Hebrew University in Jewish Education and Jewish Art. A founding board member of both the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School (currently known as Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, MA) and the Gann Academy in Waltham, MA, Marion currently serves on the board of her synagogue, Temple Israel in Sharon, MA. She is married to Dr. Robert Rubin and they are the proud parents of three grown sons and soon to be daughters in law.
Lynne Himelstein is the co-director of the Story Archive of Women Rabbis and sits on the board of the Jewish Women’s Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. She is the Lion of Judah Endowment Chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She has served as the Lion of Judah Endowment co-chair for National Women’s Philanthropy. In Indiana, she was the State Public Affairs Chair for the National Council of Jewish Women for Indiana and the Women’s Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. She also served as the General Campaign Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the Governmental Affairs Chair for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Indiana, and on the board of directors for the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis.
Patty Jacobson is a Senior Principal in Managed Market Services at IMS Health, where she works in product management, operations, and project management. Prior to IMS, Patty spent 7 years at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, where she was the VP of Marketing and then CIO and Director of JewishBoston.com. Before her work in the Jewish community, Patty founded a software consultancy which was acquired during the dotcom boom. As a volunteer, Patty started the GLBT Team at CJP and advocates for inclusion in the Jewish community. She holds an S.M. from the MIT Sloan School and a B.A. from Yale University.
Lisa Mednick Owen
Lisa Mednick Owen is, and has been, involved in initiating, leading and participating in several community based, educational and social justice organizations. She currently sits on the Law School Board of Advisors at George Washington University, as well as on the Board of the Johns Hopkins Hillel. Lisa is also currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Citizens Committee for Children, a Co-Chair of the Class of 2015 Parent’s Council at Johns Hopkins University and a founding member of the NY Leadership Council for American Jewish World Service. Lisa started her legal career practicing corporate law at the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and then spent nine years as in-house counsel at Dow Jones & Company, Inc. She currently works with as the Director of External Relations for LV Adhesive, a conversion services and specialty paper products supplier to the graphics arts industry. Originally from Los Angeles, Lisa received her B.A. in Political Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from George Washington University, and has also earned two professional certificates from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies-one in Arts Administration and the other in Fundraising & Development. She lives with her husband Steve Owen in New York City and has two grown sons.
Barbara Ellison Rosenblit
Barbara Ellison Rosenblit won the Covenant Award in 2004 for being an exceptional Jewish educator, and has received numerous accolades for her ability to integrate Jewish and secular learning. She is a teacher of humanities and tanakh and Director of Mentoring at the Weber School, a transdenominational Jewish high school in Atlanta, Georgia. Barbara's wide-ranging interests have taken her Jerusalem to study at the Pardes Institute, to Siena, Italy to study Dante under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to Japan as recipient of a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund award. "The mission and materials of JWA have changed my teaching and changed me, too," says Barbara, "They helped pull me out of my fascination with the Biblical period and into an awareness of the power and importance of women whose lives can guide ours."
Leah Rosovsky is Harvard University's Vice President for Strategy and Programs. She was the Executive Administrative Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University for six years. Rosovksy was the Associate Dean for Administrative Planning at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University from 2001 to 2006. She came to Harvard in 1995 as a major gifts officer for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Rosovsky spent the first part of her career in the entertainment industry and consulting. She served as president of the Board of Directors of Temple Israel in Boston from 2009-2011 and remains active there as the head of the Development Strategy committee. Rosovsky received her AB in 1978 and her MBA in 1984, both from Harvard University.
Susan Levin Schlechter
Susan Levin Schlechter is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, instructing students becoming English teachers. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Schlechter has a Ph.D. in English education from NYU and taught high school English in New York City for 14 years. Schlechter is on the board of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, an independent Jewish day school in New York City, and JBI International (formerly the Jewish Braille Institute of America).
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