Board Leadership

“By embracing young adults on college campuses and in communities around the globe, Hillel is engaging the next generation of Jewish leaders: It is at the cutting edge of the Jewish future.”

– Edgar M. Bronfman, z''l

A diverse cohort of leaders driven to fulfill Hillel’s bold mission make up Hillel’s International Board of Directors. Working collalboratively with each other and the professional staff of the Schusterman International Center, the Board members advance the organization with their creativity and passion. They are engaged in strategic thinking to hone Hillel’s direction, and generate financial support through their diverse and influential networks. They are decision-makers, champions and deeply invested donors.

The Board is composed of a diverse set of Hillel stakeholders, including an outstanding group of professionals at local Hillels and exceptional student leaders that bring a strong local voice.

Board of Directors

Skip Vichness, Chair, New York, NY
Deborah Kallick, Vice Chair, Los Angeles, CA
David Yaffe, Vice Chair, Arlington, VA
Tina Price, Immediate Past Chair, New York, NY
Gary Shamis, Treasurer, Cleveland, OH

Hilda Applbaum, San Francisco, CA
Jack Azagury, Scarsdale, NY
Jason Benkendorf, Washington, DC
Meredith Rose Burak, New York, NY
Abby Doft, New York, NY
Lee Dranikoff, Short Hills, NJ
Zach Epstein, University of Texas, Austin
Talia Lefkowitz, New York, NY
Sidney Pertnoy, Miami, FL
Estee Portnoy, Bethesda, MD
David Rittberg, Washington, DC
Bruce Sholk, Baltimore, MD
Debbie Yunker Kail, Phoenix, AZ
CJ Wechsler, University of San Francisco

Emeritus Board
Thomas A. Blumberg, New York, NY
Daniel Burack, Burlington, VT
David Cohen, New York, NY
Randall R. Kaplan, Greensboro, NC
Bea Mandel, Los Angeles, CA
Neil Moss, Columbus, OH
Tina Price, New York, NY
Chuck Newman, Ann Arbor, MI
Sidney Pertnoy, Miami, FL
Dana Raucher, New York, NY
Jim Shane, Boston, MA
Carol S. Smokler, Boca Raton, FL

Past Chairs
Tina Price, New York, NY
Sidney Pertnoy, Miami, FL
Thomas A. Blumberg, New York, NY
Bea Mandel, Los Angeles, CA
Randall R. Kaplan, Greensboro, NC
Chuck Newman, Ann Arbor, MI
Edgar M. Bronfman, z”l
Julian Sandler, z”l
Michael B. Rukin, z”l
David L. Bittker, z”l

Hillel’s International Board of Governors offers counsel to the Board of Directors and provides substantial financial support to Hillels nationally and internationally.

Matthew Bronfman, Chair, New York, NY
Edgar M. Bronfman, z''l, Founding Chair, New York, NY
S. Daniel Abraham, Palm Beach, FL
Robert M. Beren, Palm Beach, FL
Mandell L. Berman, z''l, Southfield, MI
Alexander Blavatnik, Aventura, FL
Thomas A. Blumberg, New York, NY
Daniel A. Burack, Harrison, NY
Sandy Colen, Orinda, CA
Susan S. and Jon P. Diamond, Bal Harbor, FL
Garry Rayant and Kathy Fields San Francisco, CA
Abel Friedman, Chicago, IL
Michael Gamson, Houston, TX
Michael C. Gelman, Washington, DC
David S. Gottesman, New York, NY
Marcy Gringlas, Philadelphia, PA
Deborah B. and Ivan Kallick, Los Angeles, CA
Randall R. Kaplan, Greensboro, NC
Marc Kramer, New York, NY
Robert Kogod, Washington, DC
Alan Meltzer, Bethesda, MD
Sidney Pertnoy, Miami, FL
Tina Price, Scarsdale, NY
Russ Robinson, Houston, TX
Keith Rosenbloom, New York, NY
Lenore Ruben, New York, NY
Michael Rubinoff, Palm Beach, FL
Lynn Schusterman, Tulsa, OK
Stacy H. Schusterman, Tulsa, OK
James H. Shane, Boston, MA
Cindy and David Shapira, Pittsburgh, PA
Bruce Sholk, Baltimore, MD
Michele Michaelis Slifka and David Slifka, New York, NY
Carol S. Smokler, Boca Raton, FL
Sharon Ungerleider, Springfield, OR
Skip Vichness, New York, NY
Allan Weinbaum, Toronto, Ontario
Leslie H. Wexner, New Albany, OH
Jane and Mark Wilf, Short Hills, NJ