Ameinu Leadership

Board of Directors

Kenneth Bob

National President

Kenneth Bob is the National President of Ameinu. He is a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors,  the treasurer of Board of Directors of J Street and a board member of the Forward Association. Ken is a past chair of the Habonim Dror Foundation, the national alumni association of the Labor Zionist youth movement, providing financial support for their educational programming throughout North America. In his professional life, Ken is an experienced entrepreneur and currently provides management consulting for small and merging companies.

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Judith Gelman

Board Member

Judith Gelman is the Chair of Ameinu’s Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of the Fundraising and Membership Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Habonim Dror Foundation and on the Camp Committee for Habonim Dror Camp Moshava, where her three children represent the fourth generation of her family associated with the camp. Prior to attending Oberlin College and MIT, Judith participated in the Habonim’s 23rd Workshop at Maayan Baruch. In addition to her work with Ameinu and Habonim Dror, Judith sits on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and on the NIF DC Local Council. Judy also serves on the Montgomery County, MD Steering Committee for J Street and on the board of a local private high school.

She is a former President of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD. She has previously worked for the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Trade Commission, and is currently employed at Salop Economics in Washington, DC.

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Hadar Susskind

Secretary

Hadar Susskind is the Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action and the Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC. His work is focused on building a strong political operation that will bring the voices of progressive American Jews into the halls of power in Washington DC.

Hadar has been widely acknowledged as one of the Jewish community’s leading progressive advocacy voices and brings more than a dozen years of experience working in Washington DC on both domestic and foreign policy. In that role he has built strong relationships with members of Congress, administration officials, and progressive partners and allies from across the spectrum of American political life.

Before joining Bend the Arc Hadar was Vice President of the Tides Foundation. Hadar previously served as Vice President for Policy and Strategy at J Street and was also Vice President and Washington Director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). Previously, Hadar held positions at a number of other Jewish organizations including the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and the Israel Policy Forum.

Hadar has also served on the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Initiatives Task Force on the Environment, as well as the Board of Directors of the Coalition on Human Needs and Ameinu. Hadar was recognized by the Forward newspaper as one the Fifty Most Influential Jews in America for 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds the rank of Sergeant First Class in the Israel Defense Forces. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.

Andrew Taylor

Treasurer

Andrew Taylor serves on Ameinu's Executive Committee and Chair of the Web Committee. In addition to Andrew's work with Ameinu, he is also Chief Financial Officer of Angel Medical Systems, a medical device company headquartered in New Jersey. Andrew is a Habonim Dror alum, and was the Gizbar for Habonim Dror North America and Rosh Machaneh at Camp Gesher. Andrew lives with his family in the Philadelphia area.

Brad Rothschild

Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee

Brad Rothschild currently serves as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee. Besides Brad's important work for Ameinu, he is a documentary filmmaker. From 1995-97, Brad worked as a speechwriter and Director of Communications at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations. After graduating from Emory University, Brad lived in Israel for two years. During this period he worked as a research associate at the Israel Democracy Institute, a think tank advocating political and economic reform. Brad is a passionate advocate for Israel and is deeply committed to achieving peace and social justice. He lives in New York City.

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Jeffry V. Mallow Ph. D.

Immediate Past President

Jeffry V. Mallow is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Loyola University Chicago. He does research on science education and on quantum physics. He is a member of the Forward Association and honorary chair of the Chicago YIVO Society. His articles on Jewish themes have appeared in numerous publications.  He is the author of Zionist Diarist and Other Polemics. He is also a standup Jewish comic.

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Carolyn Amacher

Board Member

Carolyn Amacher is a member of the Ameinu Board of Directors and has spent 15 years working in executive management of several Jewish Community Centers throughout the United States, and is currently Community Development Specialist for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, VA.

Amacher has bachelor's degrees in journalism and psychology from Syracuse University. She also earned a master of social work degree from Yeshiva University and a Jewish studies certificate from the WUJS Institute in 1985, when she also worked for United Press International covering the Lebanon War and the absorption of Ethiopian immigrants.

She has served as vice president for the Association of Jewish Center Professionals, president of the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Central Virginia and chair of the Community Advisory Board for KXCI Community Radio in Tucson, Ariz.

As a member of the Western Region Partnership 2000 Steering Committee, she developed an environmental educational workshop with American and Israeli teens. Carolyn also served as Co-President for JNF in St. Louis and co-chair of Ameinu's St. Louis chapter. Carolyn is Community Development Specialist for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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Nomi Colton-Max

Vice president and Chair of Exec. Committee

Trained as a foreign policy analyst specializing in the Arab World and
the Persian Gulf, Nomi previously worked at the Council on Foreign
Relations and a private energy consulting firm. She holds degrees
from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
and McGill University. She has lived, worked and traveled throughout
the region and speaks Hebrew, Arabic and French.
A proud Progressive Zionist, Nomi is currently the Chair of the
Executive Board and Vice President of Ameinu—a national
organization working for a progressive Israel and America. She
grew up in the Habonim-Dror youth movement in Canada and
both her professional and personal development has been
centered on Israel and the Middle East. Nomi also services on
the board of the American Zionist Movement board. She has
also been a member of the Metrowest Jewish Community
Relations Council and a member of the Habonim-Dror Na’aleh
Camp Committee. Nomi is also a past president of
Congregation Beth El in South Orange, New Jersey. Nomi and
her husband Harold were honored with the Star of Essex award
in1995 for their service to the Jewish community and
contribution to the lives of Essex county residents.
Nomi speaks frequently on the subjects of current events in the
Middle East and Israel. Her lectures have focused on the
political situation, women, refugees and elections. Recently,
Nomi was honored to speak on a Hadassah Web Cast Series
on Defining Zionism where she articulated why “Progressive
Zionism is the Most Important Discussion for the Next
Generation of North American Leadership.”

Dan Fleshler

Board Member

Dan Fleshler, a New York-based media and public affairs strategist, is a board member of Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now and the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation. His book, "Transforming America's Israel Lobby-The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change"(a new release from Potomac Books) published in May of 2009 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
He blogs at Realistic Dove (www.realisticdove.org/)

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Theodore Friedman

Board Member

Theodore Friedman was born in The Bronx on May 3,1931. He is a graduate of Bronx High School of Science class of '48, University of Michigan '53 and Harvard Law School '56. Theodore was a visiting Fellow and Scholar Wilson College, Oxford '99.
He was active in Habonim between 1943 - 1950 and Kibbutz Sasa in 1950-51.

Theodore is a trial lawyer in New York City.

Theodore serves on the Board of Directors of both Americans For Peace Now and Ameinu and has represented both at the Conference of Presidents.

Judi Glickman-Shnider

Board Member

Judi Glickman-Shnider has led the Rozana effort within Ameinu based upon her life-long love of Israel combined with an unbending quest for social justice.

She received these deep-held beliefs in her parents’ home and from her involvement in the Habonim youth movement.

She has worked primarily educating school-age children in innovative school settings. Today she lives outside of Washington, DC, and is fortunate to have the time to invest in causes like Project Rozana as well as to spend with her children and grandkids.

Eitan Goldstein

Board Member

Eitan Goldstein serves as the Director of Habonim Dror North America, where he has been an active member for ten years, including working as a counselor and senior staff member at Camp Miriam and participating in the Habonim Dror Camping Association. Eitan graduated from Tufts University in May 2017 with a major in Middle Eastern Studies and is proficient in both Hebrew and Arabic. He was active on campus with JStreet U, an improv comedy group, and as a Hillel Community Building Fellow, running preparatory and follow-up activities for Birthright participants. He lived in a co-op for two years in Boston. Eitan is a visual artist and comedian.

Jerry Goodman

Board Member

Jerry Goodman is President of Phoenix Ventures LLC, a consulting company specializing in conflict resolution and mediation for NPO's as well as small to medium sized businesses. He is also Senior Advisor to Strategy XXI, a company that specializes in Strategic Planning and Communications for governments, business enterprises, and NPO's. He was founding Executive Director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry and was Executive Director of the International Committee for Sepharad '92. He has spoken and written widely on Israel and the Middle East.

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Alisa Belinkoff Katz

Board Member

Alisa Belinkoff Katz was born at Kibbutz Gesher Haziv and grew up in the Labor Zionist movement in Chicago and Los Angeles. She served Habonim in leadership positions at Camp Gilboa and on the national mazkirut, and represented Habonim at the 47th Machon L’Madrichei Chutz La’Aretz in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned a Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Occidental College.

Alisa has worked for more than 25 years as Chief Deputy to Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles’ most prominent Jewish elected official who is also a graduate of Habonim. She has played a key role in steering Los Angeles City and County policies in such areas as police reform, fiscal stewardship, open space preservation, health care for the uninsured and mass transit.

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Haya Laufer

Board Member

Haya Laufer is a board of member of Ameinu and the co-chair of the Washington, DC area Ameinu chapter. Coming from a family of Labor Zionists pioneers in Israel Haya was a member of Shalom Achshav and and a science teacher and tutor for youth at risk in Jerusalem's poorest neighborhoods. Haya has initiated and developed political and cultural Israel focused programs, as well as Israel trips for Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD and was a member of the Reconstructionist movement's Israel Task Force.

Rabbi Esther Lederman

Board Member

Rabbi Esther Lederman is the Director of Communities of Practice at the Union for Reform Judaism.  Prior to working at the URJ, Esther served as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Micah in Washington, DC. Before moving to Washington, DC, she served as the Marshall T. Meyer Fellow at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun of Manhattan. She was ordained in May 2008 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Prior to becoming a rabbi, Esther worked for several years in the non-profit world. She held positions with the Israel Policy Forum and directed a project on Middle East peace education for the Union for Reform Judaism. In addition to serving for two years as the rabbi of the Jewish community of Indiana, Pennsylvania, she has held pulpits at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and for the United States Navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in 1996.

Esther was the Mazkira of Habonim Dror North America from 1996-1998 and had the distinct honor of serving as Rosh Machanah at three Habonim camps – Moshava, Galil and Na’aleh.

Esther is very involved in social justice organizations, serving on the advisory council of AVODAH in Washington, DC and the national board of T'ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.  Originally from Ottawa, Canada, she now makes her home in Virginia with her husband and two children. 

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Avram Lyon

Board Member

Avram Lyon, an Ameinu board member, is a consultant to labor and Jewish communal organizations.

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Yoel Magid

Board Member

Dr. Yoel (Joel) Magid who grew up in Brooklyn and left a teaching career in English lit to volunteer during the Yom Kippur War in 1973 on Kibbutz Be’eri, bordering Gaza. He wound up staying on Be’eri for 25 years where he raised a family (yes, in children’s houses!) while he worked in agriculture, taught at Ben Gurion University, learned some accounting and management skills, and was drafted by the Kibbutz movement to found a school in foreign languages about kibbutz for groups coming to kibbutzim. He also served as a shaliach to Habonim Dror in England and afterwards as Mazkir Olami of Habonim Dror. He was elected Mazkir of his kibbutz and then served as an organizational consultant to kibbutzim in the Negev. Yoel returned to the US in 1999, worked as a synagogue Executive Director at Temple Sinai in Oakland and, for ten years, at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. Yoel has lectured and written extensively on kibbutz, including journalistic articles and booklets, as well as editing Kibbutz Trends for several years. Since retirement, he has volunteered and served on the boards of Reform Jewish Voices of New York and Ameinu, as well as regular gigs cooking for the homeless and visiting seniors. Returning to his earlier “talking" life, Yoel also keeps busy teaching a variety of courses in synagogues, Westchester Community College’s senior program and in various other adult ed centers. Topics include: “Democracy in Disarray,” “The Israeli Electoral System,” Philip Roth, David Grossman, Amos Oz, Yehudah Amichai’s poetry, “The Bill of Rights,”
“The First Amendment," Yuval Harari’s “Sapiens”, a class in Shakespeare’s theatricality called “Shakespeare — Fakin’ It,” “Utopian/Dystopian Literature — The Limits of Rationality.” This semester he will be teaching a class on “The Successes and Failures of Kibbutz” which frames kibbutz subjects in a broader perspective in separate classes about non-synagogue Judaism, direct democracy, and captialism, socialism and safety nets.

Ben Meiselman

Board Member

Ben Meiselman is an alumnus of the Habonim Dror youth movement. Ben was an activist with the Union of Progressive Zionists as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, where he studied political science and economics. Ben served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2012-2013, and he received a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2017. Ben is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Samuel Norich

Board Member

Samuel Norich is the President and the former publisher of the Forward and Forverts newspapers and websites, which became the most prize-winning and admired Jewish publications in English and in Yiddish during his tenure. Active in Jewish life, Samuel serves on the boards of the Jewish Labor Committee, the Atran Foundation, was Vice President of the World Jewish Congress from 1975 to 1981, and Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research from 1980 to 1992.

Martin I. Taft Ph. D.

Board Member

Chairman and founder of the Frontiers of Learning Program that brings prominent national and Israeli figures on tours to Ameinu city branches for lectures and seminars. For Ameinu, he has served as National Vice President for Communications and as President of the local chapter in Los Angeles.

While member of the Jewish Federation Board of Directors, he was President of the Council of Affiliated Organizations and Chairman of the Aliyah Demonstration Project. In Los Angeles, Martin volunteers as management consultant to not-for-profit agencies for the Executive Service Corps and as a magician member of the Magic Castle he performs magic for patients two days per week at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at the Cadillac Facility.

He is a retired mechanical and systems engineer as well as a personal liability forensic expert witness in accident cases.

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Steven Weinberg

Board Member

Steven J. Weinberg's service to the Labor Zionist movement in the past 30+ years has included representing Ameinu at a number of American Jewish umbrella organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the American Zionist Movement, where he has served on the National Board since 1997, on the President's Cabinet since 2000, on the AZM Nominating Committee in 2012 and on the Executive Director Search Committee in 2016.

He has also served on the AZM Area Elections Committee, the body that administers the US Elections to the World Zionist Congress. Steve has represented progressive American Zionists and the Labor Zionist Movement at the past 5 World Zionist Congresses.

Of equal importance to his work with Ameinu, Steve has, for 30+ years, worked to strengthen the adult network supporting Habonim Dror North America, serving for 20 years as a Board member of Philadelphia's Habonim Dror Camp Galil, the last 10 years as Board Chair.  Steve was a founding Board member of the Habonim Dror Foundation, responsible for the creation of Habonet and the Habonim Dror alumni database which led to the HDF PeopleFinder.  Between 2009 and 2015 Steve served as the Founding Executive Director of the revitalized Habonim Dror Camp Association.

An urban planner, Steve does affordable housing consulting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania from his home base in East Brunswick, NJ.

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