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
Michele Michaelis Slifka, New York, NY
Debbie Yunker Kail, Pheonix, 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, New York, NY
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
Thomas A. Blumberg, New York, NY
Randall R. Kaplan, Greensboro, NC
Chuck Newman, Ann Arbor, MI
Sidney Pertnoy, Miami, FL
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.

David Shapira, Chair, Pittsburgh, PA
Edgar M. Bronfman, z''l, Founding Chair, New York, NY
S. Daniel Abraham, Palm Beach, FL
Steven Alevy, New York, NY
Robert M. Beren, Palm Beach, FL
Mandell L. Berman, z''l, Southfield, MI
Charles Binder and Nancy Shor, New York, NY
Alexander Blavatnik, Aventura, FL
Thomas A. Blumberg, New York, NY
Adam Bronfman, Paradise Valley, AZ
Charles R. Bronfman, New York, NY
Daniel A. Burack, Harrison, NY
Abby Joseph Cohen and David M. Cohen, New York, NY
Sandy Colen, Orinda, CA
Jeffrey Craig, Jacksonville, FL
Susan S. and Jon P. Diamond, Bal Harbor, FL
Alejandro Elsztain, Buenos Aries, Argentina 
Eduardo S. Elsztain, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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
Joseph Kanfer, Akron, OH
Randall R. Kaplan, Greensboro, NC
Tobee Kaplan, z''l, Greensboro, NC
Ellie Meyerhoff Katz, z”l, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Robert Kogod, Washington, DC
Mike Leven, Atlanta, GA
Sidney Pertnoy, Miami, FL
Tina Price, Scarsdale, NY
Albert Ratner, Cleveland, OH
Russ Robinson, Houston, TX
David Rosenberg, Chicago, IL
Keith Rosenbloom, New York, NY
Lenore Ruben, New York, NY
Lynn Schusterman, Northridge, CA
Stacy H. Schusterman, Tulsa, OK
James H. Shane, Boston, MA
Cindy Shapira, Pittsburgh, PA
Mark R. Shenkman, Greenwich, CT
Rosalind Shenkman, Greenwich, CT
Bruce Sholk, Baltimore, MD
Michele Michaelis Slifka and David Slifka, New York, NY
Carol S. Smokler, Boca Raton, FL
Helene Spiegel, z''l, Beverly Hills, CA
David A. Tepper, Short Hills, NJ
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