Dr. Arthur Brenner, Chair
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.
An independent software consultant with extensive high tech and management experience, Marc has advised many non-profit organizations in the Boston area. Previously, he worked for a variety of high tech companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo, as well as several startups. Marc served for five years as Board Chair of Yad Chessed, a Boston-based charity that provides assistance to needy Jewish families, and he is a member of the MIT Hillel Board of Directors Advisory Committee. A graduate of MIT, Marc also holds an MS in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011 Marc and his wife volunteered for three months through the American Jewish World Service at an NGO in Patna, India. Marc lives with his family in Newton, Massachusetts.
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
Rabbi of Congregation Agudath Jacob in Waco, Texas, from 2004 until 2015, Gordy is now the executive director of The Foundation for Jewish Studies. 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.
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 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.
Erik Lindauer, Treasurer
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 Millburn.
Rachel LitcofskyRachel 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
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.
Born and raised in NYC, Roni is an attorney who served as a litigator at a large corporate firm and as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office, specializing in sex crimes. She has been involved in several pro bono activities, including human rights work in South East Asia and work with victims of 9/11. After completing the Wexner Fellowship program, she was inspired to become involved in various communal activities. Roni serves on the Executive Committee of UJA Federation of New York and chairs their Commission on Jewish People. She is also former head and a board member of the Baron de Hirsch Foundation. Roni earned her JD from NYU School of Law. She lives with her husband in Manhattan.
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 Millburn, New Jersey.