Dr. Arthur Brenner
Artie teaches history and Judaic Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. He previously taught at Siena College, William Paterson University and the City University of New York. He is active in a number of Jewish community institutions in Albany and was a founding member and past president of Jewish Educational Resources of New York (JERNY). Artie earned his PhD in History from Columbia University. He resides with his family in Albany, New York.
Roberta Herman DietrichRoberta Herman Dietrich has been a philanthropic professional and Jewish community executive for 20 years in the community foundation world. Over the past 12 years, she has led the Houston Jewish Community Foundation (previously with the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation). In this capacity, she manages the internal operations of the Foundation and directs all development efforts with families and foundations to facilitate their charitable intentions. Roberta cultivates relationships with new and long-term donors, serves as a planned giving resource to Jewish community organizations, and works with professional advisors to develop innovative philanthropic strategies. Roberta is a native Texan, who grew up in Houston and spent time in Israel volunteering and studying, before deciding on her chosen professional path.
Born to German-Jewish refugees, Peter has devoted himself to furthering the cause of social justice since he retired in 2003 from a successful art framing business. He now refurbishes property, with a workforce of individuals who are in recovery. He has been a board member of Temple Israel Ner Tamid near his home in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, for more then 25 years and the social action chair since 2005. Peter leads by example: Among his accomplishments, he organizes his temple's ongoing food distribution program to homeless people and shelters five nights a week. In 2006 and again in 2015, Peter was honored as his temple's Man of the Year. In 2010, he was selected as an "Upstander" by Facing History/Facing Ourselves. Also in 2015, he received the Cleveland Jewish News Award for People Who Make a Difference.
Rabbi Gordon Fuller, Chair
Rabbi of Congregation Agudath Jacob in Waco, Texas, from 2004 until 2015, Gordy is now the executive director of The Foundation for Jewish Studies in Maryland. Prior to leading his Waco congregation, he spent 20 years as a Jewish educator in various positions around the country, both in informal and formal education. Originally from Detroit, Gordy moved to Dallas in 1990 to be Director of Education at Congregation Shearith Israel, then spent seven years as Director of the Jewish Education Department for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. In Waco, he also served on the boards of Caritas of Waco and Jewish Children's Regional Service, as well as on the city’s poverty solutions steering committee. He holds an MSW from the University of Chicago. His ordination was given privately in Dallas by two Orthodox rabbis. Gordy now resides with his wife in Columbia, Maryland.
David M. GilmanDavid has spent the past 25 years working to assist clients’ life science innovation strategies. This work has included a range of investment, transactional and partnering strategies. David spent the majority of his career as a Managing Director of The Frankel Group in NYC and Israel and most recently served as the Managing Director and lead of Huron’s Life Science Strategy team. In addition to client work, David has spent time teaching life sciences to business students and business to medical students. David holds a degree in East Asian History from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. David, Jaime and their two daughters live in Summit, NJ.
Jody HarburgerJody retired in 2016 after nearly a half century of service to the Jewish community, including, among other positions, Executive Director of the Washington DC Regional Office of State of Israel Bonds and Managing Director, Endowment and Philanthropic Leadership-Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Jody is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College. He and his wife, Sheila, reside in Owings Mills,MD and are the parents of three children and grandparents to five.
Evelyn is principal of Herwitz Associates, specializing in strategic website content. Prior to launching her own business in 2010, she served for more than 12 years as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Hebrew College in Boston. Her past experience includes teaching as adjunct faculty at Clark University as well as working as a producer-reporter for Massachusetts NPR affiliates. Evelyn holds master's degrees from both Carnegie-Mellon and the University of Illinois-Springfield. She is an active member of Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester and was president of the congregation from 1998-2000. She lives with her husband in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Of Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Erik was a partner in the Firm's Banking and Project Finance groups from 1989-2015. His practice focuses on transactional banking, commercial law, reorganizations and bankruptcy. Erik currently serves as a Director and Secretary of the Third Street Music School Settlement, founded in 1894 to serve impoverished immigrants of the lower East Side of New York. He was president of Congregation B'nai Israel, Millburn, New Jersey, from 2001-2003. He holds a JD from SUNY Buffalo Law School. Erik and his wife, Lisa Lindauer, reside in Livingston.
Rachel Litcofsky, SecretaryRachel began her public relations career at several NYC PR agencies. She most recently served as Cause Marketing Manager at Party City. Rachel has served as the Assistant Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and also as the Assistant Director for National Public Affairs of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. Rachel and her husband, Rabbi Greg Litcofsky, and their three children, reside in Merion Station, PA
Steve Moehlman, TreasurerSteve began his career at Prudential Insurance Company of America as an actuary and has worked there for over 30 years. During this time, he has assumed several different positions and is currently an Investment Senior Vice President leading the Asset Allocation and Relative Value team within the Portfolio Strategy Group. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Steve has been a volunteer algebra tutor for more than 5 years for the Achieve Foundation in the Maplewood/South Orange (New Jersey) school district and has traveled to McRoberts, Kentucky several times to work with the Good People Fund program there. Steve and his wife, Helene, reside in South Orange, New Jersey and are the parents of two children.
Larry PaulLarry is a professional Certified Financial Planner™ with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He founded PLR Financial Partners, Inc., an independent firm, in 1983. For many years, Larry conducted training seminars for employees of brokerage houses, insurance companies and banks. He also prepared individuals for the securities licensing examinations. For more than three decades, Larry has served as chazzan for High Holiday services with Rabbi Avis Miller at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. A University of Maryland graduate, he is married and the father of three children.
Lisa Lindauer, Honorary Board Member
Following a successful career in scientific publishing at Academic Press, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and Scientific American, Lisa has devoted herself to community work. Former Chair of the Rachel Coalition, a New Jersey group dedicated to fighting domestic violence, she served as a volunteer for the organization for 12 years. During the school year, she presents an NCJW program in area high schools to teach students about healthy relationships and to identify and prevent teenage dating abuse. Lisa is a trustee of the Jewish Family Service of Metrowest New Jersey. She has previously served as President of her local Hadassah chapter and on many other committees and boards. She lives with her husband, Erik Lindauer, in Livingston, NJ.