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Mr. Donald L. Katz, Chairman

Don is retired as President of Capitol Mfg. Co., a division 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 School Board from 1991-1999 and as Vice Chairman of the Florence Melton School Corporate Board from 1999-2014. In addition, Don and his wife… Read More

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 his community north of San Francisco,… Read More
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Betty Sobelman, Treasurer

Betty served as Director of Finance for the Florence Melton School of Adult Learning from 2006 until her retirement in 2014. Previously, She served as Director of Finance for the Solomon Schechter Days Schools of Chicago and the international known Keshet Day School which serves special need students. She has served in leadership positions in ORT, Na'Amat and on the Chicago Board of Jewish Education. She continues to serve several not-for-profit organizations as a business and financial… Read More
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 life, including the… Read More
Randi Brenowitz

Ms. Randi Brenowitz, Assistant Secretary

Randi 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 Committee and President of the… Read More
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Ms. Judy Mars Kupchan, CEO, Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Corp.

Judy Mars Kupchan is the Chief Executive Officer in North America since October 2012. Judy’s long tenure with the Florence Melton School began as the founding director of the BJE Chicago school, where she launched Melton for Educators and co-authored the Teacher Enrichment Program curriculum with Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz. She has served Melton for more than two decades as North American Director, Associate Director, and Director of Educational Services, and she remains on the faculty of the BJE… Read More
Howard Deitcher

Dr. Howard Deitcher, Director of the Florence Melton Institute

Rabbi Dr. Howard Deitcher is the director of the Florence Melton Institute at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Howie is a faculty member of The Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education and its former Director. He is the current educational director of the Hebrew University’s Revivim Program, which trains outstanding students to teach Jewish Studies in Israeli national (secular) schools. He also serves as the Academic Advisor for the Legacy Heritage Fund Institute for Jewish… Read More
Menahem Ben-Sasson

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson

Prof. Ben-Sasson is the president of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a former Israeli politician. He studied at The Hebrew University, 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 of University Heads at Knesset… Read More

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 Victoria, Australia. She… Read More
Asher Cohen

Prof. Asher Cohen

After graduating with a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Prof. Cohen did his doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the University of Oregon in the U.S. He served as a senior lecturer at Indiana University before returning in the early 1990s to the Hebrew University’s Department of Psychology. Since 2008 he has served as the head of the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences. He has also held various managerial positions at the… Read More
Prof. Jonathan Cohen

Prof. Jonathan Cohen

Director, Melton Center for Jewish Education, Professor in the School of Education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; from 2009-2011, Prof. Cohen served as the chairman of the Department of Education and he is currently the director of the School of Education. He is a Mandel Institute Jerusalem Fellows graduate and senior staff member at the Mandel Leadership Institute. He conducts research in the areas of philosophy of education in general and the philosophy of Jewish education, in… Read More
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 the PACE/LOJE program.… Read More
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Yossi Gal

Ambassador Yossi Gal, a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is assuming the role of Hebrew University Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations. A career diplomat, he most recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015) and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and as spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989). He served as Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands from… Read More
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Cathy Zacks Gildenhorn

Cathy Zacks Gildenhorn is delighted to join the International Board of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Cathy has dedicated much of her life to improving the lives of others and connecting women to Jewish life and each other. Cathy serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, National Women’s Philanthropy and recently served on the Executive Committee as Vice President for Women’s Philanthropy for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Cathy has… Read More

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 School. Read More
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Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz

Dr. Katz is the former North American director of the Florence Melton 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 the Dolores Kohl Jewish Teacher… Read More

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. Read More
Peter Philippsohn

Peter Philippsohn OAM

Peter has been actively involved in Jewish communal activities throughout his adult life. In 1981, Peter became founding president of Mount Sinai College, a Jewish day school in suburban Sydney which now has 350 students. Following on from this, he was invited to join and subsequently chair the Allocations Committee of JCA, the central Jewish planning and fund raising organisation for the state of New South Wales. After chairing various JCA committees including the fund raising arm of JCA, he… Read More
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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 over 30 years Dr. Septimus practiced infectious diseases where he formed a 3 person specialty group in… Read More
Dr. Michael Troner

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. Read More
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 organizing a program… Read More
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Adv. Pepi Yakirevich

Pepi 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 the Forum of Legal Advisers… Read More

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