One legacy, many voices.

Board of Trustees

September 2021

William Liss-Levinson , Ph.D. (Board Chair) has been a trustee of the Board since 2016 and became Chair in August 2018. He retired in May 2020 after a 45- year career in healthcare in executive and corporate positions, including being the founding director of one of the first hospice programs in the nation under Jewish auspices (1979-1987). Bill is the author of In Search of Theological Modesty: Biblical Lessons (Resource Publications, 2015), and various chapters and journal articles on topics in healthcare. He has also lectured and taught across North America on issues related to both Jewish philosophy and theology and healthcare. In addition to AJR, he is very actively involved with 5 other organizations as a volunteer.

Rabbi Bruce Alpert (Chair, Emeritus) worked in manufacturing and sales of dental restorative materials before attending AJR. He served as AJR’s Board of Trustees student representative from 2007 until his ordination 2011. He served as board chair from 2012 to 2018. Bruce is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and he has a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. He is the rabbi of Beth Israel Synagogue in Wallingford, CT where he has served since 2007.

Robert Einhorn received his BA and MA in American History at the University of Pennsylvania. He then worked and became the owner of Columbia Can Co Inc., a distributor of plastic and metal containers and corrugated cartons, in Astoria, New York. Currently, he is a key account manager at Champion Container Corporation in Edison, New Jersey.

Nicole Belson Goluboff (AJR Student Representative) is currently a rabbinical student at AJR. A graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, Nicole spent the bulk of her legal career advocating for legislation and policies that would ease implementation of telework for both employers and employees and eliminate obstacles to telework’s growth. She is currently the Atidat Ami Rabbinic Intern at the Jewish Community Center in Harrison, NY. She has previously served on the Board of Trustees and other committees of Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, NY.

Rabbi Jill Hackell, M.D. (Alumni Liaison to ARC) is the rabbi of a small non-affiliated congregation in Rockland County, NY. She received her ordination from AJR, along with an MA in Judaic Studies from Gratz College. She received a BS from Tufts University and an MD plus pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins. She practiced general pediatrics before going on to a career in the pharmaceutical industry in clinical research on new vaccines. She has combined these two paths through an interest in bioethics, teaching this subject on the graduate level. She also teaches subjects of general Jewish interest at the Jewish Federation of Rockland County.

Evi Heilbrunn is a digital health leader and investor. Evi is the Chief Executive Officer of Privy, a women’s health CPG company on a mission to introduce new science-backed solutions to solve a host of “taboo” below-the-waist feminine care issues. Privy’s first product, Finess – the first FDA-cleared product to stop bladder leaks – hit shelves nationwide with Target in October 2020. Evi holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Board in August 2020.

Rabbi Irwin Huberman has served since 2006 as rabbi of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Glen Cove, NY. During this time, the congregation has experienced a 250 per cent membership increase in membership. In 2003, Rabbi Huberman left a successful career in government and corporate communications to attend AJR, where he was ordained in 2010. Prior to entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Huberman served as Communications Director for both Alberta Environment and Ontario Environment. In 2001, he authored a bestselling book highlighting the growth of Fort McMurray and the oil sands industry. He is a former award-winning newspaper publisher and former communications and journalism instructor.

Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum did her graduate training in Classics and Linguistics at the Graduate Center of the City University of NY where she taught intensive courses in Latin and Ancient Greek for reading knowledge before turning to AJR for rabbinical training. She has served her Poconos congregation for 12 years since her ordination in 2008 and continues to be associated with her home congregation in Nyack, NY where she had been the chair of both the religious practices and adult education committees for over a decade, a long term member of the board of trustees and master teacher of adult learners. Her passions are the joyous teaching of Biblical Hebrew and the building of consensus among people with differing points of view.

Rabbi Michael G. Kohn (Board Treasurer) is Rabbi Emeritus at the former Temple B’nai Abraham in Meriden, CT, and was Ordained at AJR in 2009. Prior to entering rabbinical school, he was engaged in a national practice of law in Cincinnati, OH, primarily litigating Antitrust, Securities, and other complex commercial matters. He holds an A.B. degree in Biology from Emory University, an S.M. degree in Microbial Genetics from the University of Chicago, and a J.D., cum laude, from the Seton Hall University School of Law. While living in Cincinnati, he was very active in service to, and as a member of, the Boards of numerous Jewish organizations and institutions. He has two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Ora Horn Prouser, Ph.D. (CEO & Academic Dean) received her BA and PhD from The Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a BA from Columbia University. She has published widely on the Bible focusing on disability studies, gender issues and literary analysis. She has also worked with the Melton Center for Jewish Education, the Davidson School of Education at JTS, and various educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning styles. Her book, Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs was recognized as a 2012 National Jewish Book Council finalist and as a Gold winner in the 2016 Special Needs Book Awards.

Ian Rosen is the CEO of Financial Answers, and a Partner at The TIFIN Group. Financial Answers acquires and adds value to financial media firms, combining audiences with high quality tools and data. He has over 20 years’ experience as a media and fintech executive having founded and/or run several successful firms including Even Financial, Inc., MarketWatch, Inc., and Stockwits, Inc. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two boys.

Rabbi Simon Rosenbach (Board Secretary)  graduated from Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School and embarked on a 35-year career in law enforcement.  The stops included the Somerset County  (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office, a four-year stint in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and a 30-year tenure in the Middlesex County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office, ending in 2010.  In 2005, he enrolled at AJR and was hired by Congregation Ahavas Sholom in Newark, NJ (a USCJ affiliate), to be their spiritual leader.  He was ordained as a rabbi in 2014, and has never left Ahavas Sholom. Simon and his wife, Gayle have three married children and two grandchildren.

James Rosenberg – also called Jimmy to those who’ve known him over many years – loves to leyn, lift, and learn Torah. In 1998, he started www.alberoMED.com, a global healthcare Technology, Communications, and Outcomes company that personifies his strong belief that everyone has a basic human right to optimal healthcare and education. James was married in a canoe to an Italian, Jew-by-Choice, Giovanna, in the Adirondacks where he also serves as a Board Member of the Lake Placid Synagogue (aka, ‘the Frozen Chosen’). He has two sons – Jeffrey and Daniel – who share his love of all things outdoors, environmental conservation, and enthusiastic cheering at ice hockey games.

David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the leading social media platform dedicated to connecting 50 million members in person or online to over 15,000 exclusive daily events. He has over 20 years’ experience as a technology executive, leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth and subscription acceleration. Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia and before that, President of Seeking Alpha. He lives in White Plains with his wife and three teenage children. David joined the Board in August 2020.

Cantor Elizabeth Sternlieb is the Cantor at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua, NY. She was ordained at AJR in 2014 while simultaneously receiving a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. She is a member of the ACC (American Conference of Cantors) and she has served on the board of ARC (The Association for Rabbis and Cantors). She has served as a mentor for cantorial candidates and soloists and some of her original works have been published by: Ritualwell.org, transcontinental music, and Soundscape Synagogue. Elizabeth is the coordinator and producer of the Cantors and Company Coast to Coast concert series for Covid Relief (Songs for Sustenance), all proceeds go to feeding the hungry.

Rabbi Ziona Zelazo, was ordained at AJR and is a trans-denominational rabbi who brings a wide range of experiences, skills and perspectives to her rabbinate and counseling practice. She served in The Israeli Defense Force and studied Biblical archaeology and ancient languages at Tel Aviv University. Rabbi Ziona is also a cultural anthropologist and earned her degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Chaplain at the Valley Hospital located in Ridgewood, NJ. and is involved with the National Association for Jewish Chaplains, the Association for Chaplains in Bergen County, and with interfaith groups. Rabbi Ziona is also a certified Disaster Chaplain in Bergen County, NJ and a certified Disaster Spiritual Care Provider for the American Red Cross.