Meet our Board, Staff, & Committee Members
We are pleased to introduce you to our esteemed Board of Trustees, dedicated staff, and engaged standing committee members, that are helping impact and improve lives in Cleveland, Israel, and 70 countries around the globe, each and every day. If you need to connect with someone but can’t find their information here, please call our main phone line at: 216-593-2900 or send an email to . Todah!
J. David Heller
Beth Wain Brandon
Lynne M. Cohen
James A. Ratner
Neil R. Waxman
Daniel N. Zelman
Dara G. Yanowitz
Eric E. Bell • Reneé Chelm* • Grant N. Dinner • Barry S. Feldman • Margaret Richards Frankel • Robert Goldberg* • Henry J. Goodman* z”l • Gary L. Gross* • Harley I. Gross* • William H. Heller* • Michelle Hirsh • Ilana I. Katz • Susan D. Krantz • Karen Krause • Gregg A. Levine • Morton L. Mandel* z"l • Peter Meisel • Cameron Orlean • Dan A. Polster • Albert B. Ratner* • Charles A. Horowitz Ratner* • Sharon Rosenbaum • Beth Rosenberg • Enid Rosenberg • Barbara Rosskamm • Bradley A. Sherman • Michael D. Siegal* • Erica G. Starrfield • Sally H. Wertheim* • Danielle Wild • Timothy F. Wuliger* • Andrew Zelman
Trish Adler • Rabbi Binyamin Blau • Barnett N. Bookatz • Susan R. Borison • Mindy Davidson • Brian L. Davis • Jeffrey S. Davis • Reuven D. Dessler • Fran Doris • Cindy Duber • Leslie D. Dunn • Amy Einhorn • Elaine Geller • Shelley Gimbel • Ira S. Goffman • Larry P. Goldberg* • Alan D. Gottlieb • Roe Green • Steven G. Greenberg • Rochelle Gross • Barry Guttman • Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim • Rebecca C. Heller • Kathryn Wertheim Hexter • Susan R. Hurwitz • Robert A. Immerman • Edna Jaffa • Justin Kadis • Jeffrey M. Kahn • Nathan Klein • S. Lee Kohrman* • Sharon Koppelman • Harvey Kotler • Charlotte R. Kramer* • Norma W. Lerner* • Eliana J. LeVine • Keith Libman • Milton Maltz* • Tamar Maltz* • Barbara A. Mandel* • Gregory A. Marcus • Kevin D. Margolis • Peter Meisel • Natan D. Milgrom • Jared S. Miller • Samuel H. Miller* z"l • Robert B. Minster • David M. Neumann • Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk • David B. Orlean • Jeremy A. Paris • Shari S. Perlmuter • Kim M. Pesses • Marla Petti • Keith Polster • Loree E. Potash • Robert S. Reitman* • Brian D. Robbins • David M. Rosenberg • Betty Rosskamm* • Peter Rzepka* • Evie Safran* • Kyla Epstein Schneider • Mitchell C. Schneider • Gary S. Shamis • Mary Ann Shamis • Eliav Sharvit • Elisabeth W. Sherman • Rabbi Joshua Skoff • Brian Stein • Carmie J. Stein • Jeanne Tobin • Amy L. Wain • Penni Weinberg* • Rachel Weinberg • Stephen J. Weinberg* • Judith Weiss* • Morry Weiss* • Adam L. Wieder • Judy Willensky • Mitch Wolf • Nancy G. Wolf • Warren L. Wolfson • Jason A. Wuliger • Alan E. Yanowitz • Donna Yanowitz* • Darrell A. Young • Don Zigdon • Sarah Zimmerman
Stephen H. Hoffman*
Thomas W. Adler • George N. Aronoff • Richard Bogomolny • Leonard Fuchs • Peggy Garson • Lois K. Goodman • Robert D. Gries • Marvin L. Lader • Barbara S. Rosenthal • Edwin M. Roth • Gordon H. Safran • David J. Strauss • Norman Wain • Philip Wasserstrom •
* life trustee
z"l of blessed memory
As of January 1, 2020
Recommends allocation of funds from the Campaign for Jewish Needs (CFJN) that support the community's objectives for health and human services, education, national and overseas agencies. The Committee helps to ensure the effective and efficient use of funds by Federation's beneficiary agencies and surfaces systemic and agency-specific issues for community review and consideration.
Beth Wain Brandon, Chair
Susi Y. Meisel, Subcommittee on Overseas Chair
Harvey Sass, Subcommittee on Education Agencies Chair
Warren L. Wolfson, Subcommittee on Human Services Chair
Barry S. Feldman, National Agencies Liaison Team Chair
Community Planning Committee
Responsible for identifying unmet service needs and gaps in the community, facilitating a process whereby these needs are addressed, and validating the underlying community need that when agencies launch, expand or end major programmatic or capital investments.
Peter Meisel, Chair
Mark C. Siegel, Jewish Community Housing, Inc., President
Community Relations Committee
Develops and implements Federation's public affairs agenda, both international and domestic, through advocacy, projects, and relationship-building.
Gregg A. Levine, Chair
Kerry Kertesz, Lori Wald, Vice-Chairs
Coordinates and oversees all Federation development activities, policies, and procedures, including endowment development, the Campaign for Jewish Needs, participatory and multi-generational family philanthropy, special campaigns (e.g. Centennial, Exodus, etc.), corporate and foundation support, and agency supplemental appeals.
Enid Rosenberg, Chair
Bradley A. Sherman, 2021 Campaign for Jewish Needs General Chair
James Goldsmith, Professional Advisory Council Chair
Michelle Hirsch, Women's Philanthropy Chair
Cameron Orlean, Young Leadership Division Chair
Stephen J. Weinberg, Dara G. Yanowitz, Create Your Jewish Legacy Co-Chairs
Endowment Fund Committee
Created in 1955, gifts to the Endowment Fund represent a commitment to the well-being and security of the Jewish community and to the future of its health, welfare, cultural and educational services. The Endowment Fund Committee recommends grants in order to meet emergencies, to support new and innovative projects, services, studies and scholarship needs or to support other projects. Endowment Fund assets occasionally are also used in support of programs in the general community.
Grant N. Dinner, Chair
Matthew F. Kadish, Donor Advised Fund Advisory Committee Chair
Alan E. Yanowitz, Foundation Advisory Council Chair
Finance and Investment
Manages the Jewish Federation's investments.
William H. Heller, Chair
Human Resources Development Committee
Provides strategic counsel and support to the Federation on the vision, goals, resources and deliverables that will frame the work of the Federation’s Human Resources Development department based on trends and best practices in the human resources and leadership development fields for both professional staff and lay leaders. Responsible for assisting with the design and implementation of a comprehensive set of programs to respond to the human resources needs of the Federation and its system of services including: formal training programs, leadership development programs and placement coordination.
Sharon Rosenbaum, Chair
Susan R. Hurwitz, ALeRT (Agency Leadership Roundtable) Chair
Enid Rosenberg, Gries Committee Chair
Michelle Hirsch, Keith Libman, Mandel Symposium Co-Chairs
Marketing & Communications Committee
Provides strategic counsel and support to the Federation on various marketing and communications initiatives designed to reach and engage target audiences in Jewish Cleveland and the general community. Serves as a sounding board for new ideas and alternative approaches to supporting the organization’s growth agenda through marketing and communications, as well as serves a source for market intelligence, resource identification and relevant best practices.
Ilana Isakov Katz, Chair
Overseas Connections Committee
Develops and funds a wide range of programs and activities that strengthen Jewish Life in Cleveland, Israel, and St. Petersburg, Russia. It aims to involve Clevelanders in an international agenda to build and strengthen the worldwide Jewish community. Its cutting edge projects are developed to create sustainable change and improve Jewish life.
Lynne M. Cohen, Chair
Barbara J. Leukart, Cleveland/Beit Shean Partnership Subcommittee Chair
Barry S. Feldman, Cleveland/St. Petersburg Partnership Chair
Scott J. Spiegle, IDF Education Corps/Havat HaShomer Partnership Chair
Judge Dan A. Polster, Jordan/Cross-Border Initiative Chair
Lynne M. Cohen, Parents and Children Together (PACT) Partnership Chair
Herbert A. Wainer, STEM Education Initiative Chair
Strategic Planning Committee
Produces fundamental decisions and action steps that shape and guide the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; sets strategies to guide the Federation for the next 3-5 years; oversees the development of a plan to implement those strategies; and monitors the implementation.
Danielle Wild, Chair
Senior Vice President /
Senior Vice President /
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President / Mandel Leadership Excellence Center
Vice President /
Development / Campaign
External Affairs / Government Relations
Asst. Vice President /
Assistant Vice President, Funds and Foundations
Chief Information Officer