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Martha Freedman

Martha Freedman is involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors with a primary focus on humanitarian, educational, and youth empowerment goals. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the JDC, the American Friends of Hand-in-Hand: Center for Jewish – Arab Education in Israel, Holocaust Museum Houston, and the American Jewish Committee.

In addition, she served for many years on the Boards of the Emery/Weiner School and Amigos de las Americas.

She is a retired attorney, having specialized in Immigration and Nationality Law in Houston, Texas.  She began her career at the New York Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Division.

Martha has a B.A. from New York University and a J. D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She and her husband, Donald, have four adult children.

Dennis W. Carlton

Dennis W. Carlton is the David McDaniel Keller Professor of Economicsat the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago where he teaches in the Business School, Law School and Economics Department. His teaching and research centers on microeconomics, industrial organization, and antitrust. He has published more than 100 articles and two books, including one of the leading textbooks in
industrial organization.

He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; is on the editorial boards of Competition Policy International and The Journal of Competition Law and Economics; and is the coeditor of The Journal of Law and Economics. Carlton has won several awards including being named the 2014 Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society.

Carlton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. He also served as the sole economist on the Antitrust Modernization Commission, a Congressional commission that published its findings in 2007. He is associated with the economic consulting firm Compass Lexecon and served as President (of Lexecon) for several years.

He has served as an expert in numerous domestic and foreign cases involving issues in antitrust, regulation, and intellectual property in a wide variety of industries. He has served as an expert for several US and foreign antitrust authorities. He lectures frequently on antitrust issues. He recently served as a member of the American Bar Association Presidential Transition Task Force, Antitrust Law, 2016.

Carlton earned his PhD in Economics in 1975 from MIT, his MS in Operations Research from MIT in 1974, and his AB (summa cum laude) in 1972 from Harvard College.

David M. Schizer

David M. Schizer, the Dean Emeritus of Columbia Law School and a noted Jewish community leader, is the CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

 

Born in Brooklyn, Schizer was thirty-five years old when he became dean, the youngest in the history of Columbia Law School. During his 10 years of service in that role, he dramatically expanded the faculty and launched a range of new initiatives, including a partnership with Columbia Business School. Schizer also led a $353 million capital campaign, doubling the school’s traditional fundraising.

 

Schizer has been actively engaged in leadership positions in Jewish communal life as well. He is President of America’s Voices in Israel, Co-director of Columbia’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies, and a member of the Board of Directors of the 92nd Street Y and the Ramaz School. He also served previously on the boards of Natan and Columbia-Barnard Hillel, and as a senior advisor to the Tikvah Fund.

 

Schizer holds undergraduate, graduate, and law degrees from Yale. He clerked for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

 

He and his wife, Meredith, reside in Manhattan with their three children.

Steven Taub

Steven Taub is a Managing Member of IST, LLC, a private asset management firm, and President of the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.  He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Taub serves on the Board of Trustees of The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, The New York Public Theater and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University.

Amir Halevy

Amir Halevy is a Senior Partner at the law firm of GKH – Gross Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. From January 2001 to December 2009, he served as the firm’s Managing Partner.

 

He has extensive experience in the fields of Technology and Venture Capital, Banking and Capital Markets, and Cross- Border M&A Transactions. Amir counsels family held enterprises on succession and family constitution issues, and advises private clients on estate and trust planning.

 

Amir is a member of the JDC Executive Committee and the Legal Committee.  Amir has served as a Board member of JFN- Jewish Funders Network from 2008 till 2014; He is one of the founders and the Chairman of the Board of “Vehadarta” – Council for Advancing Status of the Elderly and he is a member of IVN – Israel Venture Network.

 

Amir is a member of Committed to Give – The Initiative for Promoting Philanthropy in Israel and he is a member of Jdocu – Photographers Group which documents Jewish communities around the world, and donates the proceeds from the sale of their publications to social projects within those communities.

 

Amir is also a Board member of the Atalef Foundation for the Israeli Navy Seals Unit , a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tel-Aviv Yaffo Academic College and the chairman of the College Audit Committee. Amir served on the Board of Directors and headed the Standards and Ethics Committee of IATI- Israel Advanced Technology Industries Association until 2012.

 

Amir has L.L.B from the Tel-Aviv University, he is a member of the Israeli Bar since 1979,and a STEP qualified Trusts and Estate Practitioner (TEP) since 2006.

 

Amir is an 11th generation Jerusalemite, and can trace his family roots in the city back to1732. He is married to Sandra and has three children and two grandsons.

 

Zvi Feine

Born in New York, USA, in 1942, Zvi made Aliyah to Israel in 1960. He has five children and twelve grandchildren in Israel. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received his Doctorate from the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Zvi was Deputy-Director of JDC-Israel for thirty years. Following that, until his retirement in 2010, he served JDC as Director for Africa and Asia. In addition, for eighteen years he held the position of Chairman of the Board of ESHEL (the Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel) – JDC’s major partnership with the Government of Israel in carrying out its programs for the aged in Israel. He is also a former Director of the Hebrew University’s Schwartz Program – now Master’s Degree program in Project Management.

 

In previous years, Zvi was JDC Consultant on Social Services for many countries including Morocco, France, Romania and trans-migrant programs in Vienna and Rome. He was also Chief Program Officer for AJJDC-New York in 2001-2002, which included the role of Area Director for Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. He served for over five years as JDC Country Director for Poland (1989-1995) and gave almost nineteen years of service as JDC Country Director for Romania (1988-2005), providing professional support for the Jewish community’s youth programs, as well as its health and social services, with an emphasis on aiding elderly, indigent Jews.

 

Since his retirement in 2010, Zvi has provided high-level consultation to various non-profit organizations in Israel, such as Melitz (Jewish and Zionist pluralistic education) and Shekel (rehabilitation of developmentally disabled young adults). He continues his volunteer work as Senior Consultant to JDC, as well as teaching an annual course in ‘Managing Philanthropy’ at the Schwartz Program, at the Baerwald School of Social Work of the Hebrew University. He has also served as Acting Director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, for most of 2015.

Jim Koshland

Jim Koshland has been a partner at DLA Piper US LLP law firm since 1983, focusing on corporate law matters with extensive experience handling formations of companies and venture capital financings as well as merger and acquisition transactions. He currently sits on the Boards of the American Jewish World Service (where he currently serves as Treasurer), Education Outside, Jewish Senior Living Group, Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco (where he currently serves as President), Opportunity Fund (where he currently serves as Treasurer), Reboot and San Francisco Jewish Community Federation (having served as President from 2008 to 2011) and is a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation.

 

Jim got his BA in History from Haverford in 1973 and received his JD from Stanford University in 1978. Jim is married to Dr. Catherine P. Koshland, Professor of Environmental Health Science and Energy & Resources at UC Berkeley who currently is Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education.

Stanley Rabin

Stan Rabin is President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) and served as Treasurer for the past four years. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Commercial Metals Company and served as CEO for 28 years. He serves on the Boards of Temple Emanuel, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee. He is also a member of the Dallas Federation’s Community Advisory Council, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and immediate past Chair of the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas. Stan is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Temple Emanuel, and Jewish Family Service.
Stan holds an A.B. and a B.S. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara.

Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin

Miri Eisin served in the Israeli intelligence community and retired at the rank of full colonel in 2004. Over her twenty year career in the military she served in diverse positions in the field, combat units and research departments.

 

Miri served as the Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesperson from the second Lebanon war until the end of 2007.  She now teaches at IDC Herzliya, and works extensively with the media, student groups and diplomats. Miri is a fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar Ilan University and an associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.

 

Miri is a board member of the Deborah Forum, Women in Foreign Policy and National Security; and the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel.

 

Miri holds a BA from Tel Aviv University in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science, an MA from Haifa University in Security Studies, and is a graduate of the Israeli National Defense College.

Helen Abeles

“Helen is an executive at JGL Investments, a private investment company with interests in Australia, Israel, Asia and the United States.

Helen is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. She and her husband Michael have four children and many grandchildren.”

John Dunn

John Dunn is a retired mergers and acquisitions lawyer, with a 24-year career as a partner at Jones Day, a multibillion- dollar global legal business with 2500 lawyers located in 45 global offices. John’s business and personal life has been internationally oriented since the age of 12, when his family moved from rural Ohio to Germany.

He has lived in several different countries and has on-the-ground business experience in over 45 countries. John received his JD from Georgetown University. Currently, John serves on the boards of family-owned businesses and provides non-legal acquisition advisory services as a solo practice consultant. His principal philanthropic activities include serving as a fully engaged board member of a 1200 student charter school in Cleveland, serving on the board of The Temple–Tefereth Israel and working with his wife, Leslie Dunn, and the Cleveland JCF on efforts to support families in interfaith marriages

Steve Lieberman

Mr. Steve Lieberman is Chairman of Lieberman Companies, Inc., a family owned fourth generation distributor of coin operated amusement and vending machines. Mr. Lieberman dedicates a great deal of his time and energy to philanthropic pursuits. He has served in several positions at the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service including Campaign Chairman, Campaign Vice President, Endowment Chairman and Federation President. He is also a Board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has also served as the National Honorary vice-Chairman and National Trustee for United Jewish Appeal. Currently, Lieberman is the Chairman of the Harry Kay Foundation and served for 16 years as a Board Member of the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Lieberman was a Corporate Contact Executive for the United Way and chaired a Capital Campaign for Washburn Child Guidance Center.

Ellen M. Heller

Judge Ellen M. Heller is a retired Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City where she was appointed the Judge in Charge of the Civil Docket and ultimately the Circuit Administrative Judge overseeing the entire court—the first woman in Maryland to hold that position. She continues to sit in a Felony Drug Diversion program she created in 2003 which diverts non-violent substance abuse offenders to treatment and support services in lieu of incarceration. She is a mediator in the MD Court of Special Appeals Mediation Program and a member of the American Law Institute.

 

Before her appointment to the bench in 1986, Judge Heller had been an Assistant Attorney General in the Md. Office of the Attorney General and Deputy of the Educational Affairs Division, and the Principal Counsel for the Md. State Dept. of Education. She is an honors graduate of both the Johns Hopkins University and the U. of Md. School of Law. For almost a decade she taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Law School.

 

Judge Heller is the former President and Chair of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an international relief organization operating in over 70 countries that has provided rescue, relief and renewal activities for communities in need since 1914. She remains an active member of its board. In addition, she has been the Chair and Trustee of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and currently is a member of the Board of Visitors of the U. of Md. School of Law, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the Institute of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Studies, the Independent Lay Review Board of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, and the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. She has served on the Boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Her honors include the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame, the Maryland Law School’s Distinguished Graduate Award, The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award, and the Maryland State Bar’s Civility Award. She and her husband, Shale D. Stiller, each received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in 2011 and Honorary Doctorates from the Johns Hopkins University in 2016.

Caryn Wolf Wechsler

Caryn Wolf Wechsler is the Chair and CEO of Wolf Investors LLC, a family business specializing in real estate and investments.  She has a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from George Washington University.  She is a past Chair of the Taub Center.  Ms. Wechsler is currently Secretary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and a member of the Board of Advisors of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

Michael Saxon

Michael Saxon served as Chair of the Taub Center board from 2015-2018. He recently served as chair of the 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study, a decennial study of the Baltimore Jewish community. Previously, Michael served in various roles for THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore – as Chairman of Community Planning and Allocations (overseeing the process of centralized planning for THE ASSOCIATED system); Chairman of Legacy and Endowment (the overall endowment program of THE ASSOCIATED grew by 24% during his three year tenure); Chairman of The Center for Funds and Foundations; and the founding chair of the Real Estate Industry Group. Michael was also instrumental in the redevelopment of THE ASSOCIATED’S campus on Park Heights Avenue.

Prior to serving at THE ASSOCIATED, Michael was involved at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore for 15 years and served as the chair of its board from 1999 to 2001, during which time Michael initiated and led a process to develop a new vision of the JCC’s role in the Jewish community. Michael also served on the board of the JCC Association, the national organization representing 275 JCC’s and JCC camps in North America that collectively serve 1,000,000 members. In addition to the Taub Center, Michael currently serves on the board of Baltimore’s Jewish Community Services.

John Davison

John Davison is the Chief Investment Officer for Mt. Royal Management Company, a family office in Baltimore specializing in illiquid real estate and financial asset investments. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Mr. Davison has been actively involved in Jewish causes and the Jewish community for over twenty years. Currently, he serves as President of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Friends of Technion University. He has been on the Board of Shoresh – a Jewish outreach organization based in Baltimore that targets the youth population in underserved communities – for over 20 years and is currently its Co-Chair.

Mr. Davison has also been an active member of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, serving on the investment committees as well as the campaign cabinet. He is a graduate of the UJA Young Leadership Cabinet. Mr. Davison is most interested in supporting Jewish education at every level and feels a strong connection to Israel. In addition, he is passionate about thoroughbred horse racing and the breeding industry.

Penny Blumenstein

Penny Blumenstein, Board Chair of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and immediate past President, is a renowned international philanthropic and Jewish leader. Blumenstein has more than a decade of leadership experience with JDC and is a Vice Chair of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan.

She previously served as past President of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and past Chair of the Jewish Fund of Detroit and is currently a member of the board of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Detroit. Blumenstein is a recipient of multiple awards for her philanthropic work, including the George Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism.

Jim Angell

Jim Angell is a board member of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and director of the Foundation’s environmental program. Mr. Angell’s work focuses primarily on supporting efforts to protect and conserve the world’s ocean habitats, coral reefs, and apex predators whose survival is imperiled by overfishing and global climate change.

 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Angell worked as an attorney for two decades for Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm. As an attorney in Earthjustice’s Bozeman, Montana office, and later as the managing attorney in the organization’s Denver, Colorado office, he litigated and directed numerous cases whose goals were to protect the landscapes and endangered species of the American west, and to preserve the clean air and water upon which the region’s residents depend. In addition to serving on the board of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, Mr. Angell sits on the board of Pacific Environment and the Advisory Council to Earthjustice. Mr. Angell has degrees from Columbia College (BA), the University of California at Los Angeles (MA), and the University of California at Berkeley (JD). He lives in Denver, Colorado with his two sons, of whom he is inordinately proud.

Greg Rosshandler

Mr. Greg Rosshandler is Managing Director of Peachtree Capital Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based investment group that controls a broad portfolio of property and listed equities. Prior to forming Peachtree in 2006, Mr. Rosshandler founded Finewrap Australia Pty Ltd in 1966, which operated a packaging manufacturing business until it was sold in 2006.

 

At the time of its sale the Finewrap Group had 5 manufacturing plants with around 475 employees.

 

Mr. Rosshandler is passionate about preservation of the State of Israel and a significant contributor to Israeli charities and institutions.

Alan H. Gill

Alan H. Gill, Executive Vice President Emeritus of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is one of the Jewish world’s transformative professional leaders. With four decades experience in Jewish community development, Gill has played a central role in expanding JDC’s global humanitarian operation in more than 70 countries and Israel. He was previously CEO of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, founded the Ohio State University’s graduate training program for Jewish Communal Service, and has taught social work at Ohio State College.