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."




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.



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



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