Thursday, November 30 - Community Leadership Series
If you couldn't make it to the panel, check out the recording
Dr. Giti Bendheim is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. She served for many years as Supervising Psychologist at The Marsha Winokur Learning Center of JBFCS. Having attending Michlala in its early years, she takes a special interest in advanced women’s education both in America and Israel. She was a founding member of The Orthodox Caucus, and serves on the Board of Education at SAR Academy, the boards of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University, Pardes, and ORA, and on the JOFA Advisory Board. She has also been an involved participant in Drisha and Matan. She chairs the Yoetzet Halacha Committee for American Friends of Nishmat. Dr. Bendheim writes occasionally on topics related to women and Judaism, and lives with her husband in Riverdale, New York.
Ariela Dubler is the Head of School at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. Prior to assuming this role, Ariela was the George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History at Columbia Law School where she taught and wrote about Constitutional Law, Family Law, and American women's history. Ariela also serves on the boards of Mechon Hadar and the Shefa School.
Rabbi Joanna Samuels is the founding executive director of the Manny Cantor Center, is a nationally respected spiritual leader and social activist. In her role as the founding executive director of the Manny Cantor Center, Joanna is redefining the Jewish Community Center and the Settlement House for a new era. Her work at the Manny Cantor Center has been written about in The New York Times, The Daily News, and The Jewish Daily Forward.
Prior to joining the Educational Alliance in 2012, Joanna served was the Rabbi of Congregation Habonim in New York City, where her leadership is widely credited with helping revitalize the synagogue’s community. She also worked as an advocate, strategist, and mentor for women's advancement and gender equity in the Jewish community at Advancing Women Professionals. Her commitment to women leaders in the Jewish community led to be the first female rabbi honored by the Drisha Institute.
Joanna has written for local and national publications and taught at many institutions throughout New York City. Rabbi Samuels graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College and received Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She serves on the advisory board of the West Side Campaign Against Hunger and lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.