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JWA Annual Luncheon 2013 Honorees, Circle of Troublemakers, and Committee

For a Lifetime of Making Trouble

Bel Kaufman
Ms. Kaufman is best known for her groundbreaking novel Up the Down Staircase, which opened the world’s eyes to what was going on inside New York City’s public high school classrooms. In uniquely engaging ways, she illustrated how much is lost in the service of bureaucracy and how deeply the student-teacher connection matters. Kaufman’s work served as a catalyst for education reform across the United States. At 101, Ms. Kaufman continues to exhibit the same wit and tenacity that make her such a powerful teacher and champion of education.

Inspiring Change

Rachel Cohen Gerrol
Ms. Gerrol is a true "Catalyst at Large," working at the intersection of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.  She is Co-Founder of the Nexus Global Youth Summit, a network of international young philanthropists with a combined net worth of over $100 billion.  Rachel currently serves as Executive Director of PVBLIC Foundation, an in-kind grant-making organization that harnesses the power of unused media assets to drive social change.  Rachel was listed among the “99 Most Influential Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33” in the Diplomatic Courier and was recently named “Jewish Girl of the Year” by GathertheJews.com.  Her projects have been featured in Forbes and Vanity Fair.

Rachel Sklar
Ms. Sklar is on a mission to “Change the Ratio” by promoting visibility, access, and opportunity for women and shining light on constituencies that are underappreciated, under-showcased, and undervalued. An ever-wired, voraciously connected "media guru," speaker, and writer, Sklar is leveraging her expansive network for her latest initiative, TheLi.st, a media platform to connect and promote women and their accomplishments. Ms. Sklar has been named to the Silicon Alley 100, to Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women,” and to Forbes' “Women Changing The World.” She is co-host of “The Salon” on the Jewish Channel.

The 2013 Jewish Women's Archive Luncheon Board and Committee

Event Chairs

Ann Kirschner
Susan Levin Schlechter
Nicki Newman Tanner

Circle of Troublemakers

Susan Beckerman
Judy Roth Berkowitz
Rabbi Cantor Angela Buchdahl
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Michele Cohen
Julia Rhodes Davis
Eleanor Friedman
Friedman Family Foundation
Sybil R. Golden
Dorian Goldman
Lynn Korda Kroll
Lambert Family Foundation
Kathleen Levin
Ann F. Lewis and Mike Sponder
Susan E. Linder
Joanne B. Matthews
Juliana May
Leni May
Carol Ostrow
Nancy Rubin
Sheri Cyd Sandler
Joan Scheuer
Annie Schlechter


Board of Directors

Linda K. Morse, Co-Chair
Michele Rosen, Co-Chair
Barbara B. Dobkin, Founding Chair
Joyce Antler, Chair Academic Advisory Council
Gail Twersky Reimer, Founding Executive Director

Olivia Cohen-Cutler
Sue Bricker Dorn
Gloria Feldt
Roz Garber
Rani Garfinkle
Ann Kirschner
Tamara Kreinin
Karen Secunda Levy
Susan Augenblick Raskin
Barbara Ellison Rosenblit
Leah Rosovsky
Susan Levin Schlechter
Marian Scheuer Sofaer
Prudence L. Steiner
Nicki Newman Tanner
Diane Wohl

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA Annual Luncheon 2013 Honorees, Circle of Troublemakers, and Committee." (Viewed on April 2, 2023) <https://jwa.org/luncheon/2013/honorees>.


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