Jewish communal involvement is Shai’s family legacy—and Esther’s as well. Steve serves as director on the board of privately held Edison Properties, a leading real estate owner and operator focused on the New York and New Jersey areas. Prior to that, he was an investment banker for seven years at Salomon Brothers and Goldman Sachs working on corporate finance, securitization, and mergers and acquisitions transactions. “I’ve had the opportunity over a lot of years to be a salesperson for the Foundation,” he says. Honeymoon Israel provides a highly subsidized ($2,200 per couple) romantic, exhilarating, nine-day journey through Israel for couples with at least one Jewish partner, early in their committed relationship. At the moment, entry to Israel will be refused to non-citizens or residents of Israel arriving from anywhere in the world. She was selected as one of the Best 50 Women in Business in NJBIZ in 2008. He serves a diverse spectrum of privately-owned companies and their owners as well as clients in the theater, media, and entertainment industries. “It was important for me to demonstrate the power of a woman’s gift, and set an example for other women who were still actively working—don’t wait for retirement! I was in the Central American country for a travel writing retreat with Pink Pangea in February 2015, and got deep into a conversation about spirituality with our trip leader while simultaneously poking around between mint candies and gummy bears. He rejoined the firm in June 2005 as a managing director and senior A&D sector analyst from Jefferies Asset Management, where he was a senior analyst focusing on aerospace, defense, and industrial stocks. “I grew up knowing this was important,” Shai said. He is also on the Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The Gottesmans also led the establishment of an innovative and highly successful Jewish camp initiative in Greater MetroWest. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts. He chaired the Kushner Academy’s Day School Affordability Committee and was a member of Livingston’s Vision 20/20 (long-range planning) and Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committees. He is also vice president and a member of the board of directors of Valcor Engineering Corp., which designs and manufactures fluid control and motion control devices for aerospace, nuclear, and commercial applications. It’s important to build endowment by gifts during life and from estates. from Honeymoon Israel Plus . Bob has now also taken on the role as Rutgers Hillel president. in management from Boston University. She became active in the Young Women’s Division, attending many programs and making lots of friends, and she ultimately served as president of the group from 1990 to 1992. Ken has held numerous fundraising positions for Federation over the last 28 years. Kim is an active volunteer in the community, having served on the capital-endowment committees of her alma mater, Newark Academy, and of Gottesman RTW Academy, from which her three children graduated. Prior to retiring from Wall Street in 2005, Steve served as a managing director and global head of communications technology research at Lehman Brothers, as a director of telecommunications research at Salomon Brothers, a managing director and head of the communications research team at Oppenheimer & Co., and a senior communications analyst at Hambrecht & Quist. When he was president of Jewish Family Services in the late ‘80s, through working with donors and showing them projects, Steve was introduced to JCF. He serves as a divisional CFO for Bloomberg, LP. Her parents, who were both actively involved in their synagogue and the JCC, planted the first seeds at an early age. mber and treasurer. “JCF is essential to the future of the Federation and our community,” he says. He played an active role in that firm’s growth and development until it combined with Marks Paneth LLP in 2013. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He also holds or has held leadership roles at Hofstra University, Rutgers Hillel, UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Federations of North America, and North American Friends of Amcha Israel. Prior to joining Federation in September 2014, he served as assistant executive vice president and director of strategic partnerships at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), where he was a resource to American Jewish leaders on global Jewish needs and JDC’s programs and priorities. Sanford “Sandy” Hollander grew up in the rural town of Newton in Sussex County, where he still lives today. In 2007, the Gottesmans created the largest program endowment in the history of the Greater MetroWest community by endowing the Gottesman RTW Academy tuition program and partnering with other donors to create major endowments for day schools across the community. Through the Honeymoon Israel journey, we hope that each of our couples finds personal and meaningful ways to connect themselves and their families to Jewish life and the Jewish people. In exceptional cases, one may apply for approval of the Foreign Ministry subject to proof of the ability to remain in self-isolation for 14 days. His main focus had been on equity and corporate credit investments. A retired attorney, Paula is a past president of JCF, among many other roles. At least one partner must be Jewish, although that is … Sam Pearlstein has been the co-head of equity research at Wells Fargo Securities since November 2005. Peter Langerman is the chairman, president, and CEO of Franklin Mutual Series. Giving through our Federation is the best bang for my buck.”, “My husband says, ‘Hope is not a strategy.’ It’s not enough for me to hope our Jewish community will thrive. He chaired the Kushner Academy’s Day School Affordability Committee and was a member of Livingston’s Vision 20/20 (long-range planning) and Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committees. Bob is also a Past President of the Jewish Community Foundation, Past Israel/Overseas Chair, Past Federation President- Jewish Federation of Central NJ. For the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, he served as a member of the Young Leadership Council, Arthur Borinsky Young Leadership Program, and Wexner Heritage Program. from Case Western Reserve University and an M.S. Robert G. Kuchner, CPA, PFS, is a partner at Marks Paneth LLP. Joan was blown away by this supreme level of commitment. Kirby Foundation. I was first introduced to the concept of Honeymoon Israel in a candy store in Costa Rica, of all places. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, NYSS CPAs and NJSS CPAs. This means that each year, when the campaign begins on July 1, the Jewish Federation starts out with almost $2 million, due to the foresight of donors who left a legacy for the future of your Jewish community. In 2010 he was selected to serve as one of three trustees of the AIG Credit Facility Trust, which held the U.S. government’s controlling interest in American International Group. The money she gives to the Federation each year is money that they could easily spend on something else, but she has always been acutely aware of the value of supporting the Federation. She is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Westfield and serves on the Council of Trustees of the New Jersey Performing Art Center. She helps investors meet their goals by delivering investment resources tailored to their particular needs. I can put them as beneficiary on my insurance policy,’” Shai’s mother Esther Kartus reported. Having an endowment will preserve the Federation from the variabilities of fundraising. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations. And on her first day at work, she did something that surprised everyone, even her parents. Sandy uses this, along with many other memories and his phenomenal gift for storytelling, in one of his proudest roles: as a volunteer fundraiser for Jewish Federation for more than 50 years. He’s passionate about his work with future leaders and about his involvement in the Ness Foundation, which is dedicated to the development of the Negev region in Israel and is critical to the future of Israel. As a small-town attorney, Sandy often felt intimidated by the large gifts many of his colleagues, major donors, were able to make, but he soon realized that each person is responsible for making a quality gift within their own means. He earned his Certified Financial Planning designation in 1985. She chaired the Federation’s Golda, Pomegranate, and Lion of Judah Campaigns. Steve advises others to follow their example. Aaron previously was a Senior Partner at Appaloosa LP, a hedge fund, where he joined the investment team in 2004. “The biggest honor of them all,” he said, “was to open the ark during the Yom Kippur afternoon service. In the past, he also served as president of the Board of Trustees of a community Jewish Day School in Morris County, New Jersey, and he is a founding member of the MetroWest Day School Advisory Council. In fact, she’s working on sharing her enthusiasm with others. and chair of the firm’s Tax/Trusts and Estates practice group, which he developed over the past 20 years. Prior to Jacobs Levy, Jeff was a product specialist at Batterymarch Financial Management for U.S. and non-U.S. equity portfolios. There were a handful of Jews in the town– most of them poor. Pro-Israel/Jewish campus and national activism are focuses of his charitable work through organizations including Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation, Hillel and Chabad. An alumnus of Tufts University, he earned a law degree at Boston University and was a practicing attorney before joining Supermarkets General Corp (SGC). “Roz and I decided to endow our gift to Federation as an extension of what we’ve always been doing. At Binghamton University, Shai got involved with Jewish community service projects on campus through Hillel and Chabad. Applications are now closed for the following trips: December 5-15, 2019 May 7-17, 2020. Joan Levinson’s commitment to the Jewish community began when she was growing up in Plainfield, NJ. He is a co-portfolio manager of the Franklin Mutual Shares Fund, the Franklin Mutual Global Discovery Fund, and related strategies. “I’m Confident in the Future of Our Community”, Martin Fox comes from a family of Federation leadership. He has held executive level positions in real estate finance and asset management for over 25 years, including global head of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) StabFund Investment Manager, and global head of the UBS Real Estate Finance Group, successfully building a new CMBS origination and principal investing platform with one of the highest levels of capital preservation among the major CMBS originators during the financial crisis. by. As a financial advisor, she works with clients to define their investment objectives whether it be retirement planning, college funding, tax reduction, or estate planning. The Birthright-style trip takes up to 20 couples from the same city on a 10-day trip to sightsee in the Holy Land. He is also the senior Aerospace & Defense (A&D) analyst. Jeff is a past president and current trustee/council member of the Grotta Fund for Senior Care. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Dan Koday. Howard is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the chief financial officer of JCF. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Federation since 1990, Steven has served as commissioner for the Essex County Improvement Authority since 2000 and as a board member of AIPAC since 2013. He received the Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award. Mr. Kuchner has been awarded the personal financial specialist (PFS) designation by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Sandy served in many Jewish communal leadership positions, including on the Executive Committee of National UJA and as a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors. Sandy participated in each of these missions, teaching the next generation to take the reins of leadership. in Russian Studies. Federation has changed with the times, but as a place for exchanging ideas and finding solutions, it’s more important than ever. “It’s a philanthropic opportunity anyone can participate in, a fundraiser everyone can be involved in, because you don’t have to give money now, you can leave a legacy gift,” Shai said. in computer science from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago. 5 days Mauritius 5 Days Holiday or Honeymoon Packages From Ksh.104,999/- Per Person sharing... Read More.. Share. We welcome couples where both partners are Jewish (born or chosen), interfaith couples and LGBTQ couples. Leadership is about keeping an eye on the horizon, focusing on the future of our community, and motivating others to share that vision. “It gave me my own experience of leadership apart from my parents and jumpstarted my passion for being involved in the Jewish community.”. Behold Israel is a non-profit organization led by native Israeli Amir Tsarfati. Under the Darmel banner, he started several onshore and offshore funds specializing in a variety of event-driven strategies. “I remember as a kid, Federation talk around our dinner table was common. In a volunteer capacity, Howard has served as treasurer, Audit Committee chair, Budget Committee chair, and a member of the Executive Committee of Golda Och Academy. He also serves on the Gottesman Family Supporting Foundation as a trustee and chairman of their investment committee. Neil’s first proprietary fund, Pine Street Partners, LP, was established in 1986, preceding the commencement of his own management company, Darmel Management. He received the Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award. It all started with Steve, whose involvement with the Greater MetroWest Jewish community stretches back to the late 1970s. At Large He chairs the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Audit Committee and is a member of its Budget and Finance Committee. They have put two daughters through college. When Esther married and moved to Caldwell, it was natural for her to start volunteering. We are committed to taking care of the Jews still living in the former Soviet Union. Dov Ben-Shimon is the executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. He has also served on the boards of directors of the publicly held companies Tut Systems and Zhone Technologies, and the privately held company Genband Inc. Peter holds degrees in both accounting and law. He is also Chair of the JFNA audit Committee, and past assistant treasurer, and ast member of the executive committee and continues to serve as a member of the budget and finance committee. Prior to joining JCF in 2005, Kim was development director of the Gottesman RTW Academy (formerly Hebrew Academy of Morris County). He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, and holds a B.A. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on the board of the All Stars Project of New Jersey and the advisory board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. She served as treasurer of Jewish Federation of Central NJ as well as in other leadership positions. She has taken part in Congregation Agudath Israel’s organized Legacy Shabbats, with hopes to present the Create a Jewish Legacy program to her peers. He was a managing director at UBS from April 2006 until July 2014. “There are a lot people who think that charitable giving is for the wealthy alone,” Joan says. This was the first time he saw an example of “Jewish responsibility” – he prefers this phrase to “philanthropy” – demonstrated by his father. And he is passionate about endowing his gift. For Shai’s parents, it was an incredible moment. He was the managing partner of Rosenberg, Neuwirth & Kuchner, CPAs, P.C., a Manhattan-based accounting firm that he founded in 1990. He is a member of The All-Star Financial Group a national association of CPAs who specialize in financial and tax planning for clients with high-net-worth and/or unique circumstances. Neil has been a trustee and executive committee member of both JCF and Federation. As long as he was doing so, he felt comfortable asking others to do the same. He serves on the Executive Committee and is a past chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Financial and Technology Professionals Institute. Vice President It wowed me.” It wasn’t her first trip to Israel, but she was able to see for the first time how an individual could have a profound impact on others through their caring and, of course, their generosity. Investment Committee But on the High Holidays, Sandy recounts, the congregants in the small shul would bid for the honors during the services. So that’s why it struck me right away.”, The Agudath Israel development director helped Shai accomplish her goal of creating a legacy through her life insurance policy. Highlights . Prior to joining Lazard, Michael joined R.D. Michael serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Hebrew Free Loan of NJ, Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at Princeton University, Oheb Shalom Cemetery Association, and Congregation Oheb Shalom in South Orange. “Growing up, I can’t remember a time my mother wasn’t at the shul, cooking,” Esther recalled. He is a past member of the board of trustees of Golda Och Academy, a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, and a recipient of the Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award. Participants learned the value of sharing personal stories when soliciting gifts. He rejoined Franklin Mutual Series in 2005. As a financial advisor, she works with clients to define their investment objectives, including retirement planning, college funding, tax reduction, and estate planning. Paula Gottesman is a pioneering philanthropist who has created model programs in day school education that have greatly enhanced Greater MetroWest, NJ and helped shape the national landscape in the areas of affordability and endowment development. He was a partner in its Business Management and Family Office services group. Shai still works at UJA, where she oversees a variety of leadership development and content programs, including a Third-Generation Holocaust Survivors & Supporters group. I wanted to be just like them.”. He has 28 years of investment industry experience. Smith & Co., a pioneer in the field of distressed debt investing. “I look at it as an investment in my community—I felt personally responsible for making my mark now, rather than leaving it for my children to do on my behalf, after I’m gone.”, As someone who cares about social action, she wants to do that work through a Jewish conduit. Meanwhile, Lori was busy raising the kids—until, she says, “I got bit by the bug, thanks to a few persistent women.” She became involved in the Federation’s Women’s Division, which is now our Women’s Philanthropy, taking on progressively more responsible roles culminating in terms as Federation president and chair of National Women’s Philanthropy. And I wanted to set an example for my children.”, Rebecca created her LOJE through an insurance policy, and it was easier than she expected. Along with his wife Beena, he co-chaired a $25 million campaign that will sustain the newly renamed Gottesman RTW Academy for the next 50 years with an entirely new campus and a significant increase in that school’s endowments. At PCTEL, he is the chairman of the board, and sits on the firm’s Audit and Nomination and Governance Committees. When this man died, Sandy inherited the role, and, as with any responsibility he’s faced, he took it very seriously. 4 years ago. These honeymoon hotels in Tel Aviv have great views and are well-liked by travelers: The Drisco Hotel Tel-Aviv - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Market House Tel Aviv Jaffa - An Atlas Boutique Hotel - … I felt it was time to make a permanent gift. He is a past president of JCF and served as chairman of the Investment Committee for over ten years. Kim Hirsh is executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Honeymoon Israel, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, will take a cohort of 20 local couples on an immersive journey to Israel this spring, May 16, 2019 to May 26, 2019. He earned his BS in systems engineering from The University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Prior to merging with Marks Paneth LLP, he was the Managing Partner of Rosenberg, Neuwirth & Kuchner, CPAs, P.C., a Manhattan-based accounting firm that he founded in 1990. He is also familiar with advanced uses of life insurance including non-qualified benefit plans, golden handcuff programs, and using life insurance policies as a wealth building and supplemental retirement tool. “Steve ignited the spark in me—he’s the enabler and empowerer. Rebecca Gold has been an active volunteer with Federation for 18 years, and it was her dedication to Federation brought her to the Jewish Community Foundation. Honeymoon Wishes uses cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our website, to analyze our website traffic, and to understand where our visitors are coming from. “I hope to live for many more years,” said Joan, now 63, but after a breast cancer scare more than 15 years ago, she knows there are just no guarantees in life. Martin was thrilled to pass down this legacy of Jewish engagement to his two daughters, a doctor and lawyer, and to his grandchildren. 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