Greater Miami Jewish Federation

2023-2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers

Chair of the Board:

Ariel Bentata

Immediate Past Board Chair:

Isaac K. “Ike” Fisher

Vice Chairs:

Elise Scheck Bonwitt

Steven J. Brodie

Amy Berger Chafetz

Mojdeh Khaghan Danial

Michelle Diener

Laura Koffsky

Sidney Pertnoy

Lily Serviansky

Tracey Spiegelman

Elise Udelson

Michael Wagner

Ray Ellen Yarkin

Richard Yulman

Secretary: Michelle Ben-Aviv

Associate Secretary: Robert C. Gilbert

Treasurer: Robert Hertzberg

Associate Treasurer: Elizabeth Schwartz

Board Members & National Representatives

Joe Ackerman
Vicki Agron
Isaac Almosny
Marissa Amuial
Tobi Ash
Edward Beiner
Leslie G. Benitah
Evan Berger
Jaclyn Bergman
Paul Berkowitz
Richard Bernstein
Fran Berrin
Alex Blavatnik
Noah Breakstone
Shelly Brodie
Melissa Buckner
David Deutch
Susie Diamond
Susan Weiss Firestone
Steve Foldes
Michael Friedman
Daniel Fujita
Harold Gernsbacher
Belinda Gilbert
Steven Gretenstein
Shelley Niceley Groff
Barry Gurland
Adriana Halac
Lisa Jerles
Larry Joseph
Ian Kaplan
Clarita Kassin
Michael Katz
Josi Kiblisky
Josh Kligler
Dr. Bruce Kohrman
Ilene Kossman
Mark Kravitz
Murray Laulicht
Alexandra Lehson
Lauren Leichtman
Jeffrey Levine
Mayra Lichter
Diane Lieberman
Mark Meland
Adrienne Messing
Gail Meyers
Lloyd Myers
Gail Newman
Jeffrey Newman
Jonathan Plutzik
Tina Price
Mycki Ratzan
Brian Riemer
Lecia Rothman
Dr. Joel Sandberg
Sheree Savar
Raquel Scheck
Yosef Shwedel
Morrie Siegel
Mytyl Simancas-Bister
Michael Simkins
John Sumberg
Michael Tabacinic
Denise Tamir
Ofer Tamir
Steven Wagner
Stanley Weinstein
Hedy Whitebook
Tammy Woldenberg
Gary Yarus
Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun

Appointed by the Chair of the Board

Leonard Abess
Daniel Ades
Terri Bachow
Ryan Bailine
Joel Birnbaum
John Bussel
Beth Ertel
Rabbi Robyn Fisher
Julie Franklin
Evelyn Katz
Alex Krys
Edie Laquer
David Leibowitz
Marc Levin
Michael Rudd
David Scharlin
Linda Schechter
Jacqueline Simkin
Debra Braman Wechsler

Life Members

Saby Behar*
Helene Berger
Robert G. Berrin*
Brian L. Bilzin*
Andrew Blank
Norman Braman*
Amy N. Dean*
Rebeca Delaster
George Feldenkreis
Mikki Futernick
Ellie Ganz
Gary Gerson
Barbara Black Goldfarb*
Ezra Katz*
Ruben Kloda
Steven J. Kravitz*
Israel Lapciuc
Donald E. Lefton*
William Lehman*
Nancy Lipoff
Norman H. Lipoff*
Dr. Mark Oren
Nedra Oren*
Aaron S. Podhurst*
Dorothy Podhurst
Jeffrey Scheck*
Michael Scheck*
Maxine E. Schwartz
Dr. Joseph Singer

* Past President/Past Chair

Standing Committees

Administrative
Michael Wagner
Agency Support
Jennie Fine
Ari Newman
Audit
Barbara Shrut
Building Operations
Steven Hurwitz
Bylaws & Governance
Rep. Elaine Bloom
Campaign Cabinet
Lily Serviansky
Elevate Leadership
Lisa Goldstein
Executive Evaluation & Compensation
Ariel Bentata
Federation/Synagogue Relations
J. Joseph Givner
Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz
Financial Management
Laura Koffsky
The Foundation of the
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Sidney Pertnoy
Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
Jessica Katz
Investment
Amir Gold
Israel & Overseas
Tracey Spiegelman
Israel Engagement
Dana Yemin Schrager
Jewish Community Relations Council
Mojdeh Khaghan Danial
Jewish Volunteer Center
Elyssa Lewis
Marketing & Communications
Janice Lipton
Miami Beach Branch Board
Matthew L. Adler
Mishkan Miami of the
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Robin Jacobs
Nominating
Jeffrey Scheck
North Dade/Aventura Branch Board
Paul Kruss
Philanthropic Initiatives
Barbara Black Goldfarb
Planning & Distribution
Amy Berger Chafetz
Pledge Redemption
Andrew Wolf
South Dade Branch Board
Adrian Dubow
Women’s Philanthropy Board
Elise Udelson
Young Leadership Division
Maty Beraja
Isaac Mizrahi

REPORT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE

As Required in Bylaws

Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education
Sara Bejar

Alper JCC Miami on The Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus
Brad Sokol

Florida Hillel Student Representative
Melanie Wisniacki

Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus
Michael Tobin

High School Student Representative
Brooke Wilensky

International Division Representative
Dr. Jaime Ghitelman

Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Scott Singer

Miami Beach Campaign Chair
Irwin Raij

Miami Jewish Health
John Richard

Michael-Ann Russell JCC on the Sanford L. Ziff Campus
Elise Scheck Bonwitt

Mount Sinai Medical Center
Mark Hildebrandt

North Dade/Aventura Campaign Chair
TBD

Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami
Rabbi Mario Rojzman

South Dade Campaign Chair
Jason Haim

Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair
Amanda Adler

Life Trustee

Jerry Blank

Council of Jewish Organizations

Ahavat Olam
Aish HaTorah South Florida
Alexander Muss High School in Israel
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
American Friends of Bar-Ilan University
American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro
American Friends of The Hebrew University
American Friends of Magen David Adom
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
American Jewish Committee – Greater Miami & Broward Regional Office
American Technion Society, Greater South Florida Chapter
Americans for Ben-Gurion University
AMIT
Anti-Defamation League – Florida Region
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
BBYO
Bet Shira Congregation
Beth Israel Congregation
Beth Moshe Congregation
Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus
Boys Town Jerusalem Foundation of America Southeast Region
Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education Chabad in South Beach
Chabad in South Beach
Congregation Dor Chadash
Congregation Shaaray Tefilah
Cuban Hebrew Congregation – Temple Beth Shmuel
Alper JCC Miami on The Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus
FIU Global Jewish Studies Program, School of International & Public Affairs
Friends of Lubavitch of Florida
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus
Gordon Day School
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Habonim Cultural Club – Survivors of the Holocaust and Second Generation
Hadassah – Greater Miami Region
Hochberg Lower School, Posnack East
Holocaust Documentation and Education Center
Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
Israel Bonds
Israel Humanitarian Foundation
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Jewish Museum of Florida–FIU
Jewish National Fund
Jewish War Veterans
Kloda Whitebook Kesher Academy
Lehrman Community Day School
Maimonides Florida
Mechina of South Florida High School
Miami Jewish Health
Michael–Ann Russell JCC on the Sanford L. Ziff Campus
Mishkan Miami of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Mount Sinai Medical Center
NA’AMAT USA, Miami-Dade Council
National Council of Jewish Women Greater Miami Section
Ohev Shalom Congregation
Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy (RASG)
Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami
Scheck Hillel Community School
The Shul of Bal Harbour 
The Center for Jewish Life at Beth David
Sky Lake Synagogue
South Florida Shomrim Society
Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami
Talmudic University of Florida
Temple Beth Am
Temple Beth Or
Temple Beth Sholom
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Hatikvah/Homestead Jewish Center
Temple Israel of Greater Miami
Temple Judea
Temple Menorah
Temple Moses–Sephardic Congregation of Florida
Temple Sinai of North Dade
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Southeast Seaboard District
Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO)
Yeshiva Elementary School
Yeshiva Toras Chaim/Toras Emes
Young Israel of Greater Miami
Young Israel of Kendall

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