Board of Directors
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.View Articles
Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee
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.
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 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.
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.View Articles
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.View Articles
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.
Steven M. Cohen is a Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University (www.BJPA.org ). In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught for 14 years at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
With Arnold Eisen, he wrote, The Jew Within, and with Charles Liebman he wrote, Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences. His earlier books include American Modernity & Jewish Identity, and American Assimilation or Jewish Revival?
In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. In 2010, he received the Marshall Sklare Award of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. The book, Sacred Strategies, of which he is a co-author, won a National Jewish Book Award in 2010.
He is married to Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen, and they live in Tel Aviv and New York. His daughter, Edeet, mother of one, works at the Israel State Prosecutor’s office, and his son Adam lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
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/)
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.
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.View Articles
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.
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 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.
Avram Lyon, an Ameinu board member, is a consultant to labor and Jewish communal organizations.View Articles
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.View Articles
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.
David Rosenberg is a professor in the Law Department in the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College (CUNY) and Director of the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity. Prior to entering academia, David was Associate Director of Legal Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, specializing in First Amendment issues such as separation of church and state and religious freedom.
Prof. Rosenberg lived in Israel for two and a half years where he learned Hebrew, taught English and worked as a volunteer at B'Tselem. David is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A. in English) and Cornell Law School. He and his wife, Joy Marcus, live in Manhattan with their two teenage children.
ex-officio Board Member and member of the Executive Committee
Kali Silverman is the Mazkira Klalit, National Director, of Habonim Dror North America, since taking over for Talia Spear in September, 2012. She has been a member of Habonim Dror by way of Camp Galil (Ottsville, PA) since her first summer as a chanicha (camper) in 2000 and continued on to be a madricha (counselor) from 2007 to 2010 and Rosh (Director) in 2011 and 2012. In January, 2013 she graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, with a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Gideon Aronoff is the first Chief Executive Officer of Ameinu. Previously, Aronoff was President and CEO of HIAS, the American Jewish community’s international migration agency, where he oversaw service and advocacy partnerships with over 50 local Jewish communities and global programs in Israel, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Aronoff brings over 25 years of Jewish communal experience — including more than a dozen years in Washington DC — having focused on immigration, refugees, human rights, humanitarian assistance, community relations and government affairs. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum, the country’s premier immigrant advocacy coalition, and was the chair from 2009 to 2012. He is a member of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey and the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
Aronoff is a graduate of Brandeis University and Cornell Law School. He lives in South Orange, NJ, with his wife, Dr. Jaqueline Rogerio, and his young children Dalia and Solomon.