Our Board

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Mr. Donald L. Katz
Chairman

Don is retired as President of Capitol Mfg. Co.,div. of Harsco corporation, and has served as board member, officer, and president of various industry and non-profit organizations. Don is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard Business School, and serves as trustee of the Melton Foundation. He served as Treasurer of the Florence Melton Mini-School Board from 1991-1999 and as Vice Chairman of the Florence Melton Mini-School Corporate Board from 1999-2014. In…

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Mr. Charles (Chuck) Levine
Vice Chairman

Mr. Levine is an independent Board member serving several companies in North America and Europe focused on the telecommunications industry. Mr. Levine served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sprint PCS, the fastest growing business in history, reaching $10 billion of revenue in 4 ½ years. Mr. Levine also served as an executive for Procter & Gamble, AT&T and Octel Communications. In addition, Mr. Levine serves on three other not-for-profit boards serving…

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Mr. Barry Forman
Treasurer

Mr. Forman is a business consultant specializing in executive coaching, through peer groups for presidents of smaller companies. Through 2002, Mr. Forman served as the Mid Atlantic regional president for the buyer of the Forman companies.  During a three-year transitional period he was instrumental in merging the corporate cultures and business systems of three unrelated businesses with the norms of the new corporate owner. For 25 years prior to the sale he had served…

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Ms. Rose Weitz

Ms. Rose Weitz
Secretary

Rose is a 5761 graduate of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in South Palm Beach County. She is a founding Chair of the Melton International Alumni Association. She is also a Board Member of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Women’s Board, on the Executive Board of Jewish Education Commission, a member of the Jewish Education Task Force and Chairs the Melton Advisory Board. Rose has been an active volunteer throughout childhood and adult…

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Ms. Judy Mars Kupchan
CEO, Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Corp.

Before becoming the CEO in 2012, Judy was Director of the North American Division for several years and served the international Melton School in various leadership positions since 1994. She began her long tenure with Melton as the founding director of the BJE Chicago Melton School , where she launched the Melton School for Educators and co-authored the Teacher Enrichment Program curriculum with Betsy Katz. She…

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Dr. Howard Deitcher
Director of the Florence Melton Institute

Howard is a tenured faculty member at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University and its former director (2002-2008). He is the current educational director of the Revivim Program at the Hebrew University, which trains outstanding university students to teach Jewish Studies in Israeli national schools. From 1996-2001 he served as director of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows Program in Jerusalem. He has published…

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Ms. Sandy Benjamin

Sandy was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1949. Her primary and secondary education was at Methodist Ladies College and she graduated from Melbourne University with an Arts degree. She majored in psychology and with a degree in Social Work, practised for seventeen years. Sandy’s area of specialisation was family psychiatry and adoption. She lectured in the social work school at La Trobe University and played a leading role in the reform of adoption law in the state of…

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Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson

Prof. Ben-Sasson is the president of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a former Israeli politician. He studied the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he gained a BA in History and philosophy and a PhD in the History of the Jewish People in the Islamic Lands. After doing a post-doctorate at the University of Cambridge, he became a professor of the History of the Jewish Nation. He served as rector of the Hebrew University (1997-2001) and represented the Association…

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Randi Brenowitz

Ms. Randi Brenowitz

Randi Brenowitz is a proud 2007 graduate of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and has attended each of the Melton Israel Seminars. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Alumni Association and co-chairs the 120 campaign. Randi also serves on the board of the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and since 2008 she has served on the National Board of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation where she currently is a member of the Executive…

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Susan Weiss Firestone

Ms. Susan Weiss Firestone

Susan serves on various local and national boards including the Jewish Federations of North America, United Israel Appeal (UIA) and the International Board of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.. She is a member of the JFNA Israel and Overseas Committee as well as the JFNA Global Planning Table. Locally, Susan serves as President of the Jewish Federation of Western MA., Vice President of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western MA, where she chaired…

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Prof. Aharon (Ronnie) Friedman

Prof. Ronnie Friedman, Vice-President for External Relations and University Advancement is a Professor of Immunology and holds the Ron Barbaro Chair in Veterinary Medicine. He is the former Dean of the University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, former Head of the Department of Animal Sciences, and former Vice-Dean for Teaching. Born in South Africa, his family made Aliya in 1960, and he grew up on a moshav near Jerusalem. Prof.…

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Mr. Alan D. Hoffmann

Alan is director general of the Department of Jewish Zionist Education, Jewish Agency. He previously served as director of the Mandel Center for Jewish Continuity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as executive director of the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education and as director of the Hebrew University's Melton Centre for Jewish Education. Alan was also the founding director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.

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Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz

Dr. Katz is the former North American director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a teacher of adults in a variety of venues and a mentor to those specializing in adult education. She has served as the director of the Departments of Adult and Family Learning and Reform Education for the Community Foundation for Jewish Education and the Board of Jewish Education, and was a founder and educational director of…

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Ms. Candace Kerker

Candace is a 1988 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta and a 2010 Melton School graduate. Possessing a strong marketing background, Candace is a very active leader in the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and is a life member of the NCIW and The Jewish Home. Candace lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their four children.

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Dr. Edward J. Septimus

Dr. Ed Septimus, M.D., F.I.D.S.A, F.A.C.P, F.S.H.E.A, is originally from New York City. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1972. Dr. Septimus went on to complete his postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. For the next 30 years Dr. Septimus practiced infectious diseases where he formed a 3…

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Ms. Lisa Katz Shimoni

Lisa holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Ohio State University, and studied at Hebrew University's Melton Center. Lisa managed website content from 1994-2012 for global Internet industry leaders CompuServe, AOL, Microsoft (MSN), and About.com. Lisa founded and manages LiteSites, a website creation, hosting, marketing and maintenance company that created this Melton School website. Lisa, her husband Giora, and their four children live in Modiin, Israel.…

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Dr. Michael Troner

Michael is a medical oncologist and partner in Advanced Medical Specialties practicing at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He is married to Debbie.

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Sherrie Weiss

Ms. Sherrie Weiss

Sherrie is a Florence Melton Adult Learning graduate from the Community Foundation of Jewish Education in Chicago, having continued her studies through Melton with the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago. She is a retired early childhood educator and resides in Riverwoods, Illinois with her husband Albert Weiss. They have 5 children between them. As a board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Sherrie co-chaired the effort for raising funds and…

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Ms. Dorothy Wizer

Dorothy was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and is now a permanent resident of Boca Raton, FL. Her involvement in the Jewish Community has been a lifelong experience. Dorothy has received the Kipnes-Wilson-Friedland Lion of Judah award, and other honors in her community.

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Adv. Pepi Yakirevich

Yakirevich received her LLM degree from the Hebrew University in 1980 and after a short period of apprenticeship with a private law firm, she began employment at the Hebrew University as Deputy to its Legal Adviser. Today she is the Legal Adviser of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has served in this position since 1987. In 2009 she received the President of the University's Prize for Outstanding Administrative Employee. Since 2010 Pepi also serves as the Chairman of…

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