Dr. Michael Rappeport is the founding partner of R.L. Associates, a survey research and consulting firm in Princeton, New Jersey. He has worked in market and survey research areas for more than 30 years. As part of his work, he has made more than 80 appearances as an expert witness in legal cases at trial and/or through deposition. His testimony has dealt with statistics and statistical analysis, marketing and public opinion cases in such disparate areas as trademark infringement, libel, damages for failure to fulfill a contract, and reapportionment. He has also testified as an expert in a number of quasi-legal proceedings before a range of public boards, agencies, and regulatory bodies. He serves on the boards of Panim and the National Havurah Committee. Michael also serves on editorial board of The Trademark Reporter.

Mitchell H. Shames is partner at Harrison Fiduciary Group. Mitchell has assumed numerous leadership roles in the Boston Jewish Community. He has served on the Executive Committees and the Board of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Temple Israel. He is also the past President of the Hillel Council of Greater Boston and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Outreach Institute, based in New York City. In 1994, Mr. Shames received the Young Leadership Award from Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Mitchell and his wife Jane are members of Temple Israel of Boston where Mitchell also serves as a Trustee. They live in Newton, MA with their two sons, Will and Nate.

Eugene M. Grant, president of the Eugene M. Grant & Co., a real estate investment and development firm headquartered in New York, is past general chairman of the New York UJA/Federation campaign. He is a life trustee of the Jewish Museum as well as chairman of the Westchester Holocaust Commission, a member of the National Cabinet of the State of Israel Bonds, a board member of the American Israel Chamber of Commerce, a trustee of the NY UJA/Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, the Israel Children's Centers and the American Jewish Committee. He is also a director of the Metropolitan Opera Association, a trustee of the Richard Tucker Foundation, and a member of the Real Estate Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall. In his professional life, he is treasurer of the Realty Foundation of New York, a trustee of the Real Estate Institute of New York University, and a former governor of the Real Estate Board of New York. Gene graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School and is a member of the New York Bar Association. He served with a fighter group of the US Air Force in Europe, ending his tour as a Major. He resides in Mamaroneck, New York with his wife Emily, who is president of the Emelin Theater and is a chairperson of the Purchase College Foundation. The Grants have three daughters: Terry, who resides in Virginia, Andrea and Carolyn in Boulder, Colorado.

Dottie Bennett is chair of Project Interchange, an Institute of the American Jewish Committee which sends influential non-Jews to Israel for educational purposes. She is also immediate past chair, National Council, The American Jewish Committee, a member of AJC’s National Board of Governors, AJC’s Executive Committee and past president of the AJC Washington Chapter. She has also been AJC’s national chair, Inter religious Affairs. She also serves on the AJC Centennial Endowment Committee. Dottie is also involved with AIPAC. She is a 2004 Presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council where she chaired the Collections and Artifacts Committee and now chairs the Education Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee. She serves on the Board of the United Jewish Endowment Fund and its grants committee where she works on major gifts and endowments. She is also a member of the Jewish Funders Network. She also is a Board member of the Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. Previously she served as Vice President for Multiple Appeals of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She works with Planning and Allocations and serves as co-chair of Outreach and Engagement. She also co-chairs the building campaign for Gesher Jewish Day School. She is a member of Congregation Agudas Achim and Temple Rodef Shalom. She has served on the Board of Directors of International Country Club. Previously she served on the boards of the Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, the Darrell Friedman Institute and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. She is a 2003 recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. She taught school for more than 20 years and is deeply involved in the issues of Jewish education and in efforts to maintain and enhance Jewish identity. Her pride and joy are her daughter Ann, son-in-law Bob and her three grandchildren, Zachary, Arielle and Jared.

Dr. Steven M. Croft was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He completed his residency in Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently in Private Practice in Southwest Houston. Dr. Croft also serves as the Neurology Consultant for Brenham, Richmond and Austin State Supported Living Centers for the developmentally disabled.  He is also a proud member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Docs4PatientCare, Texas Medical Association and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Croft is the immediate past president of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, the largest conservative synagogue in the United States. During his tenure as president, Dr. Croft worked to establish a vibrant Young Adults Group, a committee on Inclusion of People with Disabilities, and Live Video Streaming and podcasting of services. Dr. Croft serves as the secretary of the Central District of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.  He is passionate about Jewish outreach and engagement and is excited about being part of JOI.

Derek Dorn's career spans the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He has been a trusted advisor to business and nonprofit executives, US senators, and high-profile philanthropists, and he has represented corporations, associations, and foundations on an array of legal and policy challenges. Currently, Derek is a Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Davis & Harman LLP, a Washington-based boutique law and lobbying firm focused on tax and benefits law, legislation, and regulation. A frequent speaker, Derek has presented on retirement, tax, and energy issues at dozens of conferences worldwide, and is often quoted in the national and trade press. A New York native, Derek received a B.S. (honors in labor economics) from Cornell University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Since 2008, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Derek is active in community activities and leads pro bono initiatives at Davis & Harman. Derek and his husband, Salvatore Gogliormella, reside in New York and are members of East End Temple.

Laura Samberg
is Executive Director of the Samberg Family Foundation, which concentrates its grantmaking in the following programmatic areas: Jewish issues; education and youth development; and health. Much of the Foundation's giving is in the New York metro area. Its offices are in Arlington, VA. Laura has been on the professional staff of the Foundation since 2001. Prior to that, she was a Project Manager at RO.W. Sciences, a health services research firm. Laura’s policy and advocacy experience also includes positions at the American Council on Education and the Institute for Educational Leadership. Laura holds a BA in History from Cornell University and a MA in Education from Stanford University. In addition to the Jewish Outreach Institute, she is on the boards of College Summit, Harlem Children’s Zone and Health Leads. Laura lives in McLean, VA with her husband and two children.


With a successful history of technology leadership, systems architecting, project management, and expertise in complex internet security systems integration and implementation, David Friedland has consistently crafted and led innovative projects around the globe in all vertical markets. Some key clients include: Siemens, Neiman Marcus, University Health Hospital Systems, Hyundai/Kia, Host hotels, Justice Federal Credit Union (DOD), Banco BHD, and the Key West Police Department.  David’s background comes from working in the venture capital industry, which is leveraged to provide creative solutions in a fast paced entrepreneurial market. David was previously the vice chair for his Alma Matter, The University of Texas at Dallas where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002, was a participant in PLP ( a think tank of entrepreneurial 20 something Jewish leaders), has traveled to 25 different countries, and resides in Houston, TX with his wife.

A Houston resident, Bernice Heilbrunn grew up in New York City, earned a BA, MA, and JD from Harvard, and practiced law for many years, primarily as in-house counsel and sometimes in private practice in NY, New Jersey, and Houston, TX. Recently she earned a PhD in History at the University of Houston, where she has been involved with establishing a Jewish Studies program and teaching Jewish Studies. This semester, she created a new course on American Jews and Civil Rights for Melton adult Jewish education. At present she hopes to revise her dissertation for publication. While Bernice’s early volunteer activities often related to her work, for the past eighteen years Bernice has focused on the Houston Jewish community, establishing and running an egalitarian minyan (prayer group) within Congregation Beth Yeshurun, chairing strategic planning committees on Jewish education, chairing the Houston JCC’s Horvitz scholar-in-residence committee and her synagogue’s adult education committee. Her husband D. Joseph Potvin (z”l) passed away this year. Although not Jewish, he actively supported a Jewish home and, his hobby being woodworking, built the ark, Torah stands, and reading stands for the minyan.  Bernice is very interested in JOI’s mission and pursuits. Bernice has three daughters and two grandchildren.

Meredith Jacobs is author of "The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat:  Connect and Celebrate—Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal" (HarperCollins) and co-author (with daughter, Sofie) of "Just Between Us: a no-stress, no-rules journal for girls and their moms" (Chronicle Books, Spring 2010).  She is host of "Modern Jewish Mom" on The Jewish Channel and host of "Connecting Family" on WYPR 88.1 fm (NPR in Baltimore, MD), parenting advice columnist and co-founder and editor of www.ModernJewishMom.com.  She hosts the video series "Faith in the Family" available on www.Beliefnet.com.  Her monthly parenting columns appear in The Baltimore Jewish Times. She has written for various national Jewish publications including Jewish Living, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, JTA and Jewish Woman. She has been featured in First for Women magazine and interviewed for her perspective as a Jewish mom for articles in such publications as Parenting and Parents magazines and The Forward.

Alan B. Kane is a business executive with interdisciplinary experience in pharmaceutical marketing, broadcast regulation and microbiological research. He is the founder and former CEO of Lark Marketing Support Services; a provider of specialized regulatory compliance software systems, marketing and FDA/DEA licensed distribution services for the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to the founding of Lark, he served as Managing Science Editor for the Code Authority of the National Association of Broadcasters. In that capacity, he administered Code approval of all radio and television broadcast advertising related to medical, health, and nutrition products and services. Before joining the NAB, Alan was a research virologist with the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University. Alan is currently involved with the Development Corporation for Israel/State of Israel Bonds, the Israel Taskforce of his local Jewish Federation, and chairs his synagogue's Israeli student exchange program. He is an active member of Congregation B'nai Tikvah and has held numerous executive board and trustee positions over a fourteen year period. Alan and his wife Arline have two daughters and live in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

Carolyn Mintz Kaplan is the Chairman of the Strauss Family Office. She is an active volunteer having served on numerous Boards of Directors including the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, The Depelchin Center, and Congregation Beth Israel Religious School serving as co-chair. She currently is the middle school Chairman of the St. John’s School Community Service Committee. Carolyn lives with her husband in Houston, Texas and is the mother of 3 children.

Renee Karp is a resident of Dallas, Texas. From 2008 though 2009 she was Foundation Associate for the Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation. Prior to that she was Program Director fro 21 years at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas where in this capacity she founded programs including wide-ranging Adult Education, Caring Congregation volunteers, Older Adults, a Young Adult Social Action Group, Family Retreats, Mitzvah Days and many others—designed to create community and access to a Jewish way of life and worship. Renee is also member of the Advisory Board for Interfaith Family.Com and on the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Chapter American Jewish Committee. Currently Renee is facilitating a Mothers Circle group in Dallas.

Laura R. Kinyon was born and raised in NY and now resides in Avon, Connecticut. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she holds Masters degrees in social work and in counseling/education from Washington University. Her career began and continues in employee assistance programs, providing individual counseling management consultation, corporate training, clinical network development and management, for corporations. Laura has been an active member in NCJW and Hadassah, taking on leadership roles on the PTA boards of Solomon Schechter schools in Pittsburgh and West Hartford. Currently, Laura sits on the board as part of the Executive Committee of "Jewish Teen Learning Connection" (or "J-Teen Connect", previously, "Yachad"), a supplemental program for Jewish high school teens. For the past 8 years, Laura has partnered with the Hartford Jewish community by initiating and leading JOI programs The Mothers Circle and The Grandparents Circle, along with leading a group called Love and Religion for interfaith couples. One of Laura's most successful programs is "Beyond Mothers Circle,” a group for MC alumni, which she created upon completing the first Mothers Circle, now in its eighth year.

Bettina Kurowski divides her time between Los Angeles and Denver. She recently retired as CEO of the LA chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Before that she led her own health care biotech consulting firm for many years; built a specialty HMO, managed 2 medical centers; and started as an academic at the U. of Colo. Schools of Medicine and Business. She has a Ph.D. and MPA in Health Policy and a BS in Finance from U.S.C. She now runs the family real estate business. All her volunteer activities have focused on the Jewish community. She has held 12 chairs across three communities over 25 years in several Jewish Federations, most recently having chaired the LA General Campaign and been President of the Valley Alliance. She is currently an Ambassador of the JDC and on the board of the Denver Federation. She met her husband, Dennis Rose (of blessed memory), and came to know of JOI through the Federation, eventually funding the development of the curriculum for the original Grandparents Circle. She has two children and three grandsons.

John T. Landry is an independent business writer in Providence, Rhode Island. A longtime editor at Harvard Business Review, where he still has a contributing relationship, he now helps executives and consultants produce idea-driven articles and books. With a Ph.D. in history, he has a separate expertise in writing commissioned histories of companies and other institutions. Raised Catholic, he converted to Judaism in 2000 after years of study. He and his wife belong to Temple Beth-El, the local Reform congregation, where he has been co-chair of adult education and a trustee. Their two sons attend the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, where he has also served as trustee. Over the years he has contributed numerous articles for the community newspaper, the Jewish Voice, and since 2009 has served on the editorial advisory board.

Lee Livingston, is nearing completion of his third year and final year as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County. His community involvement spans both the Jewish and secular. He served as president of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple from 1995-1997 and is a member of the temple’s endowment board. He is the treasurer of the Jewish Social Service Committee of New Brunswick and Highland Park; is a state vice-chairman of ADL; he serves on the Foundation board of the Wilf Campus. In the secular world, Livingston was a long time board member of Women Aware, the Middlesex County anti-domestic violence program and shelter. He was a two time board member of George Street Playhouse and was on the board of the Middlesex County American Red Cross. His many awards include the New Jersey “Person of the Year” awarded by Governor Florio in 1992. He is president of Imperial Consultants, Inc., a real estate development and management company. He and his wife Lanny have lived in East Brunswick for more than 35 years and have two sons, Eli and Jed.


Marilyn Price's initial interest in Big Tent Judaism came at the very beginning of Founding Director Egon Meyer’s dream, presenting at the first conference in New York. After a successful career as a Management Consultant with Booz Allen and Hamilton, Marilyn changed avocations and became a storyteller/puppeteer, educator, and author. For the last 40 years, she has traveled across the country in that capacity and now with her most recent venture as the President of TriBraining Inc., a not for profit foundation specializing in Professional Development for educators and everyone who teaches in any venue with any type of learner.  She is a specialist in Jewish education and imagination stretching for Early Childhood Educators, and has done a variety of work, including running an interfaith family religious school in the Chicago area, setting up an Arts Program at a URJ Camp, and designing and running an Arts Camp for her home town of Evanston IL. She is about to embark on a project in the Chicago Public Libraries as the Puppeteer in Residence. Marilyn has served as the Chair of Development for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, as well as served as Board Engagement Director. She chaired the government-appointed Evanston Arts Council, awarding grants and designing programming for seven years and recently had a brief stint on the URJ Board. Marilyn lives in Evanston, IL with her forever husband Roger Price.  They have two terrific children and three grandchildren.



Dr. Norton Rosensweig is a gastroenterologist who retired in 2012 and whose career spanned more than 45 years of clinical research, teaching, and clinical practice. He grew up on Long Island, attended Princeton University and the NYU School of Medicine on a Merit Scholarship. He trained in internal medicine and then specialized in gastroenterology at Bellevue and Johns Hopkins, where he was assigned to the US Army Medical Research and Nutritional Laboratory, giving him an unusual opportunity to continue his research on the guy and intenstinal disease, retiring as a major. In 1969, he returned to New York and joined the faculty of Columbua University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and became Director of Clinical Gastroenterology at St. Luke's Hospital. Since then, he has been involved in clinical practice, clinical research, teaching, and lecturing both at home and abroad. He has also been on the staff of Lenox Hill Hospital for over 25 years. At different times, Nort has served as President of the New York Gastroenterology Association, a Governor of the ACG, and Chief of Gastroenterology at North Shore University Hospital. Nort and his wife, Linda, have lived in Scarsdale since 1969; they have three married children and five grandchildren. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Scarsdale Adult School, the Princeton University Schools Committee, and was President of the Princeton Alumni Assocation of Westchester for many years. He currently serves on the Board of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Westchester Chapter. He and Linda Share interest in American and Jewish History and a lifelong involvement in tennis, biking, hiking, and skiing. They have a home in Savannah, Georgia where they spend a total of a few months a year.

Dana Sacks and her husband Jeremy live in Portland, Oregon with their two children Hannah and Jeremy. Dana is currently Chair of the Israel Affairs Committee at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland. She is founding chair of Israel Affairs committee, which helps promote a positive, non-political identification with Israel through programming, monthly Cafe V’Ivrit sessions, movie and television showings, and Yom Ha’atzmaut dinners. She is on the Board of Directors of Congregation Neveh Shalom and is currently the secretary. As secretary she attends Board meetings every month, takes and produces minutes of every Board meeting and Executive Committee meeting. As member of the Personnel Committee, she helps perform yearly review of synagogue clergy and volunteers at various synagogue functions and services.

Henry Salmon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate and Urban Development from American University and an MBA in Finance and marketing from Cornell University. Since 1985, he has been President and Chief Appraiser for Equity Valuation Associates, Inc, a firm that performs commercial, industrial and residential real estate appraisals in New York and New Jersey. Henry has served in numerous leadership positions and won multiple awards for his service to his local community and beyond. He is immediate past board chair of the Staten Island Museum and winner of the museum’s Leng and David Award. He is also past Board and Economic Development Committee chair for the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, which awarded him its Louis R. Miller Award for business leadership, and has received the “Alan Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Award” For Outstanding Community Service by the JCC of Staten Island. Additionally, he was recognized as Outstanding Community Member by the Chai Society at Wagner College. In his home community, Henry is past president of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley in East Brunswick, NJ, where he was recognized for outstanding service. Henry and his wife, Linda, live in Edison, NJ, and have three children and two grandchildren.

Kenneth Schriber has been CEO of the Schriber Group of construction and metal fabricating operations based in Dayton, OH, for the past 35 years. He has served on many committees of the Jewish Federation of Dayton and has been a board member of The Engineers Club of Dayton, The Dayton Art Institute and the University of Cincinnati Foundation and was also Board Member & Chairman of the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Good Samaritan/Premier Health Foundation Board. He lives in Dayton, OH with his wife Constance Adams Schriber, and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Jim Stein is a retired attorney living in Saint Paul, Minn., with his wife. During his 32 years as an attorney, he held multiple leadership roles in his local Jewish community, as well as positions on the national level. Stein served as the president of his local Jewish Federation for three years, participated in the first group of a two-year intensive study and leadership development class, and held the office of executive director for a national Jewish disaster response organization. Throughout his life, Stein has been an avid student of Jewish religion, ethics, and values—and a firm believer that Judaism remains relevant today. He is the author of the recently published book, Renaissance: A Strategic Plan for Transforming Judaism, and he made an appearance at the recent Jewish Book Council Network conference in New York. 

Jerry Bedingfield Tilles was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, grew up in Washington DC, and considers herself the product of an interfaith marriage (Catholic and Baptist). Like most children of interfaith families, she decided to investigate other religions rather than show favoritism to one parent. Jerry converted to Judaism in 1972 through the Conservative movement at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington DC; was introduced to Reform Judaism in 1984 at Temple Beth El of Great Neck, NY, where she immediately became, and continues to be, a member of the Women of Reform Judaism. Some of the other Temple Beth El activities included chairing the Outreach Committee, chairing a committee on the Role of the Non-Jew in the Synagogue and being a board member. Jerry has chaired local and regional Outreach Committees for the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues and has served on the National Executive Outreach Board of the Union for Reform Judaism (now URJ). Jerry chaperoned the first trip to Israel of Jewish and Catholic high school children with Project Understanding and participated in the first Vatican commemoration of the Holocaust under the auspices of Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1994. Jerry has been involved with the Jewish Outreach Institute for over 10 years, and is currently the Secretary for the Board of Directors. Jerry and Roger Tilles make their home with the youngest two of three children in Great Neck, NY.

Roger Tilles graduated in 1968 from Amherst College with a bachelor of arts degree and from the University of Michigan College of Law in 1971. He became Director of Law and Legislation for the Michigan Department of Education, and, in 1975, he was the Executive Secretary to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and opened his own law practice in Washington D.C. in 1978, until his return to Long Island in 1983 where he is a director of the Tilles Investment Company. He is the president and a founding member of the Association for a Better Long Island, serves on the executive committee of Long Island University and Union of American Hebrew Congregations, serves on the board of the Long Island Philharmonic and is the executive vice Chairman of the Tilles Center of the Performing Arts and is currently chairman of the Board of Long Island University. He grew up at Temple Beth-El and was president of the Junior Temple Club in 1962. He has served as chair of the social action committee; building and grounds committee; and the development committee, as well as vice president. He was president of Temple Beth-El from 1991 to 1996. He is also involved with significant interfaith activities; two of the most valuable being Project Understanding, which he formed with Monsignor Tom Hartman in 1987, bringing Catholic and Jewish teenagers together on a mission to Israel; and as the producer of the first Vatican commemoration of the holocaust under the auspices of Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1994.

Rabbi Abigail Treu is currently working at National Ramah Commission as their Director of Community Outreach and Young Adult Engagement. She formerly served as a Rabbinic Fellow for the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she taught and led grassroots fundraising operations and community engagement programming, and was the incoming National Director of the Torah Fund and Philanthropic Planning.  A veteran teacher at the 92nd St Y in New York and co-author (with Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins) of The Bible’s Top 50 Ideas, Rabbi Treu writes  regular parsha commentaries and a midrash column for JTS’s weekly parsha email distributed to nearly 30,000 people and leads JTS’s free, open-to-the-public High Holiday services drawing one thousand worshippers annually.  An avid knitter and yoga enthusiast, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.

Rebecca (Becca) Youngerman lives in Washington, DC, where she has managed the American University (AU) Kogod School of Business alumni community since 2010. Prior to working at AU, Becca spent several years working in the areas of leadership development, intergroup and interreligious affairs, and issue advocacy for BBYO, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Holocaust Center of N. California. In addition to JOI, Becca serves as Board Chair for City Year DC's Associate Board, and is involved with Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Think Local First DC, and the ROI Community. She received her MPA and BA from AU's School of Public Affairs. Becca is a native of Madison, WI and is now a passionate locavore in her Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Marilyn Zayfert is the president of illumiNET Digital Marketing, which she founded in 2009 after observing the broad reach of social media. illumiNET builds and implements online media marketing strategies and campaigns, social media training, enterprise social media, and event promotion. Marilyn’s desire to help her community has led to a number of projects with non-profit organizations on Staten Island. Marilyn has been a Board Member of the Office of Jewish Community affairs The National Lighthouse Museum and the Educational Theater Group IlluminArt Productions. She became best known for her outreach work via social media after Hurricane Sandy when she used her knowledge of leveraging social media communication to amplify awareness, raise funds and spread information about Staten Island and public events. Marilyn is also the founder and curator of the online blog Staten Island NYC Living. She lives in the Lighthouse Hill area.