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Board Member Profiles


Nimrod Goor

Shalom Hartman Institute Board Member


Raanana, Israel


Managing Partner, Helios Energy Investment, a private equity fund investing in renewable energy projects in Israel and Europe; Chairman, NGO Gvanim; Advisory Board Member, JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance

How It Started:

"I first got to know the Hartman Institute through my participation in the Wexner Heritage Program, San Francisco class of 2007. I joined the Israeli Board in 2015."

Hartman’s Impact:

"The Hartman Institute is a ray of bright light in Israeli society illuminating the possibility and opportunity for inclusiveness, intellectual openness, and democracy in the relationship between Judaism and Israeli society as well as with the Jewish people at large."    

Anita Friedman

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Board Member


San Francisco, CA


Executive Director, JFCS; President, Koret Foundation

Why the Hartman Institute:

"I've been working in the Jewish community for decades, and when I scoured the planet looking for the preeminent center of Jewish thought, the most forward-thinking center for Jewish thought, and the place where we could learn in such a way that would help us to lead our institutions better, we found the Hartman Institute. The Hartman Institute really understands how to work with organizations to elevate their capacity to answer the key questions that the Jewish community is facing in the 21st century."

Unique Approach:

"Hartman’s approach is unique, pluralistic, based in text study, respectful of each individual and gives everyone a voice, makes everyone feel like they have something to contribute and emphasizes learning in the most positive sense. People feel inspired by learning at Hartman. They understand their place in history through the text study and they also understand how it applies to the questions that we're grappling with right now. The Hartman approach makes our leadership want to learn."

Hartman Impact:

"Hartman is helping us find our way to being a strong vibrant Jewish community that has an optimistic future."

Friends and Supporters


The following donors supported the 2017 annual campaigns of the Shalom Hartman Institute, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Canadian Friends of Shalom Hartman Institute:



Anonymous Foundation

Russell Berrie Foundation

CLAWS Foundation

Keren Daniel

Edward Fein Foundation

Jim Joseph Foundation

Arlene & Robert P. Kogod *

Koret Foundation

The Maimonides Fund

Alvin Cramer Segal & Family **



Anonymous Foundation (2) 
Avi Chai Foundation
Aviv Foundation
Azrieli Foundation
Angelica Berrie *
Margit & Lloyd z”l Cotsen *
The Crown Family 
Dr. Anita Friedman *
Murray Goldman **
Sylvia & Richard Kaufman * 
Jane & Michael Lewittes ***
Matanel Foundation
David & Inez Myers Foundation
Barbro & Bernard Osher
Posen Foundation
Charles H. Revson Foundation
Debbie & Naty Saidoff *
UJA Federation of New York
Zeff Kesher Foundation

$25,000 - $99,999


Anonymous Foundation (4)
Jacquie Bayley *
Beracha Foundation
Amy & Matt Berler *
Lynn & Les Bider  
The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M.

Blank Family Foundation
Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
Cynthia Brauer & Stacy Dick *
Ellen & Dr. Sidney Friedman *
Janie & Donald Friend *
Linda & Michael Frieze
Sally Gottesman
Jewish Community Foundation of
Los Angeles
Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
Amy B. Klein * & Brian Lefsky
Denise Garone & Stuart Kogod *
Danny Lederman
Mandel Supporting Foundations
Shelley Burtt & Donald Meltzer *
The Morningstar Foundation
Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund
Katharine & Dan Rubin *
Elizabeth Scheuer & Peter Joseph *
Sara & David Schnell *
The Sequoia Foundation 
Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Juliet I. Spitzer and Philip Wachs *
Alayne & Robert Sulkin *
Shelley & Joel Tauber *
Elizabeth Wolfe **
Lee & Gerald Zoldan *

$10,000 - 24,999


David Agger 
The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
Nancy Cahners
Jo & Stephen Chaleff
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Laraine & Alan Fischer *
Stanley Gold
Lisa & Josh Greer
Hadassah Foundation
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York
Barbara & Clive Kabatznik * Moses Libitzky
Maritz Family Foundation
Alfred H. Moses
Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Charitable Funds
Allen & Susan Reiter
Orli & Zach Rinat 
Robert Russell Memorial Foundation
Sarosi-Kanter Foundation
Jodi J. Schwartz
Norman Seiden
Shapiro Silverberg Foundation
Pamela Medjuck Stein ** & Michael Stein
Caryn and Alan Viterbi 
Ruth & Dr. Douglas Wilansky**
Bruce Wolf
Richard & Judith Wurtman
Karen Gantz Zahler & Eric Zahler *
Marshall Zolla *

We also thank the more than 300 donors and thousands of program participants in Israel and in North America who supported the work of the Shalom Hartman Institute in numerous and immeasurable ways. 

* SHI North America Board Member

** Canadian Friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute Board Member

*** Shalom Hartman Institute Israel Board Member

Thank you to the dedicated friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute who, through their total giving over their lifetime, have contributed $1,000,000 or more to the Shalom Hartman Institute since its inception. We are grateful for their generosity and for their years of friendship – these are the founders and builders of the Institute:

Anonymous Foundation 
Ted Arison Family Foundation
Angelica & Russell z”l Berrie
Russell Berrie Foundation
Edgar M. Bronfman z”l
Samuel Bronfman Foundation
CLAWS Foundation 
Margit & Lloyd z”l Cotsen
The Crown Family
Edward Fein Foundation
Rae & David z”l Finegood

Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA
Jim Joseph Foundation
Sylvia & Richard Kaufman
Keren Daniel
Arlene & Robert P. Kogod
Koret Foundation
Sol & Edith Lederman
Jane & Michael Lewittes
The Maimonides Fund 
Mandel Supporting Foundations
David & Inez Myers Foundation

UJA Federation of New York 
Barbro & Bernard Osher
Charles H. Revson Foundation
Robert Russell Memorial Foundation
Alvin Cramer Segal & Family
Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Charles E. Smith z”l 
Shelley & Joel Tauber


The following donors have contributed a total of $500,000 or more to the Shalom Hartman Institute since its inception:

Anonymous Foundation 
Joan Fabry & Michael Klein
Laraine & Alan Fischer
Ellen & Dr. Sidney Friedman
Linda & Michael Frieze
Lord Stanley Kalms
Barbara & Fred Lafer 

Shelley Burtt & Donald Meltzer
Lester Pollack z”l
Ronald Sedley
Florence & Warren Sinsheimer
Clarice & Robert H. Smith
Juliet I. Spitzer & Philip Wachs
Lawrence Weissberg


This year, longtime members of the Shalom Hartman Institute Board of Directors Richard and Sylvia Kaufman established the Richard and Sylvia Kaufman Family David Hartman Chair, to be held by the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, with a gift of $2.5 million. The Kaufmans chose to establish this chair to honor both David and Donniel Hartman, who gave them an opportunity to learn about the Jewish tradition in new ways. “When we first met David Hartman in Jerusalem, we all fell in love with him; my sons had never met a rabbi quite like him,” Dick Kaufman said.


In 2017, we lost a longtime friend and board member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Lloyd Cotsen. Lloyd was the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Neutrogena Corporation and a generous philanthropist committed to education, folk art, children’s literature, and archaeology. Lloyd was a generous supporter of the Shalom Hartman Institute for more than twenty years and left a bequest of $2,500,000 to ensure the continued success of the Institute. We are extremely grateful for his significant contributions and the ongoing friendship of Lloyd’s wife, Margit.

New Board Members


Ilan Baram spent the first 30 years of his career in the Israeli Air Force, beginning as a commander of an operational squadron and rising through the ranks to become the head of the Air Force Intelligence Division as a Brigadier General. In 2004-2006, Ilan served as the Air Force Attaché and Deputy Defense Attaché in Washington, DC. For the past eight years, Ilan has held chairman positions in three Israeli companies, most recently with Golden Number Solutions Group, which provides technical and operations solutions to the aviation industry. In a volunteer capacity, Ilan serves as the Chairman of Yad Rachel Educational Centers, which assists children at risk and their families. Ilan holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Ben-Gurion University.

Ilan Baram, Israel

Clive P. Kabatznik is a businessman and entrepreneur who is active in numerous fields, including e-commerce, spirits, data management, and pharmaceuticals. Most recently, he founded 40k, which acquires online retail businesses in the jewelry industry. He is chairman of Datos Health, a medical data management company, and director of Harbor Island Rum Co., among other businesses. He is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a member of the Board of American Friends of the Hebrew University. He has an MA degree in sociology and a BA in history and sociology from the Hebrew University.

Clive P. Kabatznik, Highland Beach, FL

Stefanie Raker served as the Director of Policy and Research at the Israel office of AIPAC from 2013-2015.  She previously practiced law in Tel Aviv at Yigal Arnon & Co., served as in-house legal counsel at a genomics company and a venture capital fund, and worked at an Israeli women’s rights organization. Prior to her aliyah in 1995, she worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C., at Arnold & Porter. Her pro bono legal practice has included assistance to Israeli and US civil rights and international human rights organizations. Stefanie holds a B.S.F.S., summa cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, and an LL.M. in International Law and Human Rights, with honors, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also studied classical Jewish texts at Pardes Institute and completed the Hebrew-English translation studies program at Beit Berl College. Stefanie has been deeply involved with the Masorti Movement since 1995, including serving as a director on the boards of the TALI Hod Hasharon school’s amuta and Kehilat Hod Vehadar in Kfar Saba.

Stefanie Raker, Kfar Saba, Israel

Wayne Robbins is the VP of Finance at Great Gulf, a real estate organization in Toronto. His family has long been philanthropic supporters of the Toronto Jewish community including the Robbins Hebrew Academy at Beth Tzedec Congregation. Wayne was introduced to the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America by Rabbi Yossi Sapirman, a Rabbinic Leadership Initiative alumnus, and began supporting our programming in Toronto with an annual gift through Beth Torah Congregation. Wayne is an avid golfer, lives in Toronto with his wife Susan, and is a NY Giants fan.

Wayne Robbins, Toronto, ON

Nathalie Rubens is a former Equity Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley and Solomon Smith Barney, where she covered the Israeli technology and US retail sectors. Prior to working in Finance, she was the Grants Director at The Abraham Fund, a not-for-profit organization seeking to promote coexistence among Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens. She also worked as a freelance journalist. Nathalie is a founding board member of the Jewish Community Project of Lower Manhattan, a grass-roots, non-denominational Jewish community-building organization, and currently sits on JCP’s Board Advisory Council. She also serves on the New York Leadership Council of American Jewish World Service (AJWS). Nathalie received a M.A. in International Relations and Economics with a concentration in Middle East Studies from the The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Nathalie is currently pursuing photography at the International Center for Photography in New York.

Nathalie Rubens, New York, NY

Joel Segal is President of Barejo Holdings, Inc., and lives in Montreal with his wife Eileen. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1984, and a MBA from Columbia University in 1986.  Joel has held various lay positions in the Montréal Jewish community. He is a cofounder of the “Generations Fund” and The Passport For Jewish Life, a community investment in a Jewish Identity and continuity. He has served as Board Chair of the Montreal Jewish Community Foundation and the Segal Center for Performing Arts. In addition, he has served on the Board of the Jewish General Hospital, Congregation Dorshei Emet, Montreal’s Reconstructionist Synagogue, and Prizmah, North America’s thought leader for Jewish Day schools.  Joel was the 2016 Federation CJA Campaign Chair. Since 2000, he has run his family’s investment company. Prior to that he served as President of Peerless Clothing, a privately held men’s tailored clothing business. Joel is a proud father of 3 grown boys. He loves to sail and play hockey and tennis.

Joel Segal, Montreal, QC

SHI Listing


Shalom Hartman Institute, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Canadian Friends of Shalom Hartman Institute

Angelica Berrie, Chair, SHI NA

Elizabeth Wolfe, Chair, Canadian Friends of Shalom Hartman Institute

Donald Meltzer, Chair, SHI NA Board of Directors Executive Committee

Alvin Cramer Segal, O.C., Treasurer, Canadian Friends of Shalom Hartman Institute

Matt Berler, Chair, SHI NA Investment Committee

Alayne Sulkin, Chair, SHI NA Development Committee

Eric Zahler, Chair, SHI NA Finance and Audit Committees 

Joseph M. Steiner, Secretary, Canadian Friends of Shalom Hartman Institute

Ilan Baram
Jacquie Bayley
Paul S. Berger
Matt K. Berler
Yaacov Brandt
Stacy S. Dick
Raymond Fink
Alan A. Fischer
Laraine Fischer
Joel L. Fleishman
Anita Friedman
Sidney G. Friedman
Donald Friend
Murray Goldman
Charles H. Goodman

Nimrod Goor
Dafna Gruber
Ethan Horwitz
Peter A. Joseph
Igal Jusidman
Clive Kabatznik
Richard Kaufman
Sylvia Kaufman

Amy B. Klein
Stuart Kogod
Gordon Lafer
Michael Lewittes

Bernard Plum
Stefanie Raker
Wayne Robbins

Nathalie Rubens
Dan Rubin
Debbie Saidoff
Naty Saidoff
David Schnell
Ronald A. Sedley
Barbara Segal
Joel Segal
Wendy Singer

Pam Medjuk Stein
Alayne W. Sulkin
Robert M. Sulkin
Roselyne C. Swig

Joel D. Tauber
Shelley Tauber

Philip Wachs
Douglas Wilansky
Zvi Yochman
Karen Gantz Zahler
Gerald Zoldan
Marshall S. Zolla

Institute Leadership


Donniel Hartman


Shraga Bar-On
David Hartman Center for Intellectual Leadership


Tziona Koenig-Yair
Vice President and Director
Center for Israeli-Jewish Identity

Yehuda Kurtzer
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Shiri Mersel
Vice President and General Manager

Ariel Picard

Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought


Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield

Executive Vice President
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America


Alan Abbey

Director, Media and Internet Services


Abdullah Antepli

Co-Director, Muslim Leadership Initiative


Orit Avnery

Kogod Center Steering Committee


Merav Badichi

Principal, The Midrashiya for Girls


Lauren Berkun

Director, Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs, SHI North America


Barbara Birch

Vice President, Development


Yaakov Castel

Director, Lev Aharon


Shaul David

Principal, Boys’ High School


Tamar Elad-Appelbaum

Co-Director, Beit Midrash for New Israeli Rabbis


Rob France

Director, Campus Initiatives


Maital Friedman

Alumni Director, Muslim Leadership Initiative


Chaya Gilboa

Director, Hevruta Program


Elana Stein Hain

Director of Faculty, SHI North America


Yossi Klein Halevi

Co-Director, Muslim Leadership Initiative


Melila Hellner-Eshed

Head, Maskilot Program


Alon Hodir

Chief Information Officer


Dalit Ballen Horn

Director, Program Administration, SHI North America


Ronit Irshai

Kogod Center Steering Committee


Uri Israeli

Chief Financial Officer


Ariel Kaliche



Eshel Klinhouse

Director, Be’eri


Israel Knohl

Kogod Center Steering Committee


Joshua Ladon

Director, West Coast Education


Becca Linden

Director of Operations, SHI North America


Marci Lenk

Director, Christian Leadership Programs


Orly Levanony

HR Manager


Gidon Mais

Director of Operations


Gabe Most

Vice President, East Coast


Channa Pinchasi

Director, Be’eri School for Teacher Education


Renana Ravitzky-Pilzer

Head of Beit Midrash, The Midrashiya for Girls


Olga Rivkin



Ishay Rosen-Zvi

Kogod Center Steering Committee


Avi Sagi

Kogod Center Steering Committee


Shira Ben-Simon Schonfeld

Head of the Hevruta Program


Dani Segal

Co-Director, Beit Midrash for New Israeli Rabbis


Tova Serkin

Director, North American Programs in Israel


Atara Solow

Director, Israeli Communications and Development


Mick Weinstein

Chief Marketing Officer


Itay Yavin

Director, Min HaBe’erot


Shay Zarchi

Co-Director, Beit Midrash for New Israeli Rabbis


Shira Zimmerman

Director, Alma


Chanan Zucker

Principal, Charles E. Smith Junior High School for Boys

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