Alexandra‭ ‬“Sasha”‭ ‬Fox‭  ‬was born in Kishinev‭, ‬Moldova‭. ‬Her immediate and extended family immigrated to the United States in the 70’s after traversing through Israel and France‭, ‬finally settling in Borough Park‭, ‬Brooklyn‭.‬

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After graduating from the University of Hartford‭, ‬she landed a job at Salomon Brothers’‭ ‬Compliance Department‭. ‬She then made her way onto the trading floor working in Equity Sales and Trading in various roles‭. ‬Her career turned to Client Management‭, ‬working as a strategic partner within Equities to help US and Global managers implement business initiatives that helped increase revenues and profitability‭. ‬As the firm evolved into Salomon Smith Barney‭, ‬and then eventually‭, ‬into Citigroup‭, ‬Alexandra left the firm after 15‭ ‬years of service to work at JP Morgan‭. ‬There‭, ‬she helped establish its Client Management Department and worked with Sales and Trading Management through the Bear Stearns merger‭.‬

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After four years at JP Morgan‭, ‬Alexandra left to start up Client Management for Global Equities at Jefferies‭ ‬&‭ ‬Co where she implemented significant business‭, ‬infrastructure‭, ‬and technological initiatives‭.‬ As the financial landscape changed‭, ‬Alexandra decided to leave Wall Street and concentrate more on her family life and the non-profit world‭. ‬She currently lives with her husband‭, ‬two sons and her little daughter in New Rochelle‭, ‬NY‭.‬

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Alexandra attended Jewish elementary and middle schools‭ (‬Shulamith and Bialik‭) ‬in Brooklyn‭; ‬however‭, ‬her family was not observant‭. ‬After September 11‭, ‬2001‭, ‬she met her husband‭, ‬Andrew‭, ‬through Aish HaTorah‭, ‬and as they became more involved with the Upper‭ ‬West Side Jewish community‭, ‬they began to live a Modern Orthodox lifestyle‭. ‬In 2012‭, ‬they were honored at the West Side Institutional Synagogue 91st Annual Dinner for their service to the community‭. ‬They support various Jewish organizations in the US and Israel‭.‬

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Daniel Held is the Executive Director of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education‭, ‬which builds the capacity of Toronto’s system of Jewish education‭. He has a wide range of experience in strategic philanthropy‭, ‬conducting research and evaluation to maximize funders’‭ ‬impact in Jewish education‭.  ‬Daniel holds a doctorate in education from JTS’s Davidson School of Education and is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship‭. Previously‭, ‬he served as the Director of the Educators Track at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah‭, ‬as a senior educator at Brandeis University’s Office of High School Programs‭, ‬and as a teacher at TanenbaumCHAT‭, ‬Toronto’s community high school‭. Daniel lives in Toronto with his wife and daughters‭.‬

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Krakinowski‭, ‬currently the director of marketing and communications for a private Jewish day school‭, ‬had a 20-plus year career as a newspaper reporter‭, ‬radio producer‭, ‬and magazine editor‭, ‬working for such media outlets as Dow Jones‭, ‬the Voice of America‭, ‬and Knight-Ridder‭, ‬in the United States and Southeast Asia‭. ‬She also previously worked as a communications strategist for several financial services and technology companies‭. ‬In addition to her professional affiliations‭, ‬Ms‭. ‬Krakinowski has maintained‭ ‬a longstanding commitment to building bridges in and beyond the Jewish community‭, ‬serving as founding board chair of Yeshivat Maharat‭, ‬an advisory board member of Tzav Pius‭, ‬an organization focused on promoting tolerance and diversity in Israeli society‭, ‬as a founding Board Member of Minyan Tiferet of Englewood‭ ‬&‭ ‬Tenafly‭, ‬a partnership minyan‭, ‬delivering meals to needy families for Tomchei Shabbos‭, ‬and supporting area family-service entities such as Bergen County’s roving family shelter‭, ‬Family Promises‭, ‬Shelter Our Sisters domestic violence program‭, ‬and the Oasis in Paterson‭, ‬N.J‭. ‬Previously‭, ‬she served as a board member member of the Board of Kehilat Kesher‭, ‬a modern Orthodox Synagogue in Englewood‭, ‬N.J‭., ‬and before that‭, ‬of the Hong Kong Jewish Benevolent Society‭, ‬a private agency allocating funds for elderly‭, ‬indigent Jews throughout Southeast Asia‭. ‬She has a bachelor of arts in communications from the State University of New York at Albany‭, ‬and a master of arts‭ ‬in Journalism from the University of Maryland‭. Through an early grant from the Berrie Foundation‭, ‬Ms‭. ‬Krakinowski participated‭ ‬as a community empowerment fellow with Mechon Hadar‭, ‬a New York-based yeshiva that combines traditional text study‭, ‬egalitarian‭ ‬prayer and social action with a special focus on personal religious growth‭. ‬She lives in Bergen County‭, ‬N.J‭. ‬with her husband‭, ‬Andrew‭, ‬and relishes occasional visits from her college-age sons‭.‬

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Chani Laufer graduated from Fordham Law School in 2004‭. ‬After graduation‭, ‬she worked as a Law Guardian representing children in‭ ‬custody‭, ‬abuse and neglect cases in the Bronx and New York district courts‭. ‬Before practicing law‭, ‬Chani was a journalist‭, ‬reporting for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Bergen Record‭. ‬She was also involved in New York State politics‭. ‬Chani‭, ‬and her husband Steve‭, ‬live in Washington‭, ‬DC with their three children‭, ‬Shoshana‭, ‬Ari and Erez‭.‬

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Baidack Pava currently serves as Acting Chair of Prizmah‭: ‬Center for Jewish Day Schools‭.  ‬She is past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America‭ (‬JFNA‭). ‬During her two‭- ‬year tenure‭ (‬2013-2015‭) ‬she traveled the world‭ ‬speaking to women about their philanthropy and its impact on the Jewish people‭. Under her leadership the Women’s Philanthropy Campaign of the Jewish Federation of North America increased by 3‭ ‬million dollars‭.‬

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She is a past recipient of the JFNA Kipnes-Wilson Friedland Award for outstanding women philanthropists‭, ‬the ADL Torch of Liberty Award and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Lay Leadership Award for Excellence in Jewish Education‭.‬

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Ann serves as Chair of the Jewish Education and Engagement Committee of JFNA and serves on the boards of JOFA‭ (‬Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance‭) ‬and GPATs‭ (‬Graduate Program for Advanced Talmud Study‭) ‬at Yeshiva University‭. Ann served as the founding President of the Hebrew High School of New England‭, ‬the region’s first co-ed Jewish high school serving the communities of Western Massachusetts and Greater Hartford and New Haven Connecticut‭.‬

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Rabba Abby Brown Scheier is an educator and Jewish community leader in Montreal‭. ‬Abby was member of the first ordination class of Maharat‭, ‬holds a degree in Religious Studies from York University‭, ‬and pursued an M.A‭. ‬in Bible at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem‭. ‬She is a popular Torah teacher in the Montreal community‭. ‬In addition to her public lectures at synagogues and Federation‭, ‬Abby works as a private tutor for conversion candidates‭, ‬bat mitzvah students‭, ‬and International Bible Contest candidates‭. ‬Abby established a supplementary education high school of which she serves as director‭, ‬and is active in multiple volunteer capacities at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim‭, ‬the synagogue of which her husband is the Senior Rabbi‭. ‬Abby serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Jewish News and writes a monthly column for the paper‭. ‬Abby is married to Rabbi Adam Scheier‭, ‬and together‭ ‬they have five daughters‭.‬

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Daniela Bellows Schreiber is a graduate of NYU with a degree in Physical Therapy and has been a practicing therapist for more than two decades‭. ‬She is a Court Advocate for victims of Domestic Abuse for the Rachel Coalition in the Newark NJ Family courthouse‭. ‬Daniela is a Past Teaneck chapter Amit President‭. ‬Daniela was on the founding board of Yeshivat Noam‭, ‬Paramus NJ‭. ‬Together with her husband Laurence‭, ‬she founded Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh‭, ‬Israel‭. ‬She is involved in many philanthropic endeavors‭. ‬Daniela Bellows Schreiber believes passionately in the importance of advancing opportunities for women within Jewish society and in the world at large‭. ‬She is the proud mother of three remarkable children‭. ‬Born and raised in Chicago‭, ‬she currently lives‭ ‬with her husband in Teaneck NJ‭.‬

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Erica Schwartz is a graduate of Harvard University whose passion is journalism and writing‭. ‬She began her career at the Wall Street Journal and then spent several years writing the Back of the Book column in The Jewish Week‭. ‬Today‭, ‬Erica is a freelance writer and author of the blog‭ ‬“Six in the City‭.‬”‭ ‬She currently serves on the board of the Ramaz School‭, ‬Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and is the chair of UJA’s‭ ‬“Community Outreach and Engagement‭" ‬committee‭. ‬Erica lives on the Upper East Side with her husband and their six children‭.‬

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Abigail Tambor currently serves on the boards of JOFA‭, ‬Penn Hillel and Yavneh‭, ‬a Partnership Minyan on the Upper East Side‭. She‭ ‬has been dedicated to developing greater opportunities and leadership roles for Women in Orthodox communities since birth‭. She‭ ‬currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and 4‭ ‬children‭.‬

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Rabbi Dr‭. ‬Daniel Smokler is the inaugural Chief Innovation Officer of Hillel International‭. ‬In 2011‭, ‬the Jewish Week named Dan‭ ‬one of the 36‭ ‬under 36‭ ‬change makers in Jewish life‭.‬

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Dan grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan and graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a Bachelors of Arts in the History of Art‭.  ‬Following college‭, ‬Dan worked as a labor union organizer for the Service Employees Union and the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union in Connecticut and Los Angeles‭. ‬Dan then went on to found Organizational Solutions‭, ‬a labor-consulting firm that helped reorganize the Writer’s Guild of America‭.‬

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Dan went to Israel for his rabbinical education and was ordained in 2005‭ ‬by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg‭, ‬of Jerusalem’s highest rabbinic court‭. Dan has worked for Hillel at Occidental College and University of California Los Angeles‭. ‬He now works at New York University’s Hillel‭. Dan has a doctorate in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University and is a Wexner Fellow‭.  ‬

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Dan lives in New York with wife‭, ‬Rabba Dr‭. ‬Erin Leib Smokler‭, ‬the Director of Spiritual Development at Maharat‭, ‬and their two sons‭, ‬Shalev and Nadiv‭.‬

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Zelda R‭. ‬Stern is a donor-activist who is a member of the founding board of JOFA‭. ‬A graduate of Temple University‭, ‬she received‭ ‬an MSW from Columbia University and a Post-Masters Certificate in Advanced Clinical Social Work from Hunter College‭. ‬She is a trained psychotherapist who had a private practice before transitioning to her later work as a member of the Board of Directors of‭ ‬the Harry Stern Family Foundation‭, ‬where she worked with her five siblings‭, ‬and where she became an officer‭. ‬She speaks and writes about using strategic philanthropy to effect change‭, ‬and also mentors women serving in Orthodox leadership positions‭.‬

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Chaim Trachtman is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology‭, ‬NYU Langone Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics‭ ‬at NYU School of Medicine‭. ‬He cares for children and adolescents with kidney disease and is the principal investigator for several NIH-funded and industry-sponsored studies of kidney diseases and hypertension‭. ‬He is on the editorial board of the journal Pediatric Nephrology and is on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation-NY‭. ‬He has edited a book entitled Woman and Men in Communal Prayer‭: ‬Halakhic Perspectives that brought together several viewpoints on the halakhic validity of partnership minyanim‭. ‬He is married to Audrey Trachtman‭, ‬former executive board member of JOFA‭, ‬and is the father of three wonderful girls and their three husbands‭. ‬So far‭, ‬Chaim has five grandchildren‭.‬

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Ariel Groveman Weiner is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Yeshivat Maharat and serves on its Executive Committee‭, ‬chairing the Strategic Plan Implementation‭. ‬Ariel is a board member of the Herbert D‭. ‬Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and serves on SAR Academy's Board of Education‭. ‬Ariel is on the Advisory Board of the Susi Bradfield Center for Halachik Studies and Hillel International's Office of Innovation‭. ‬Ariel is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Fellowship and serves on the Wexner Heritage Continental Alumni Council‭. ‬For over a decade‭, ‬Ariel served as the Associate Director of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation where she oversaw the foundation's grant portfolio and worked closely with the various initiatives the foundation supports‭, ‬specifically focusing on strategic and long term planning‭. ‬Ariel received her BA and MA in Jewish History from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Riverdale with her husband‭, ‬Josh‭, ‬and their three children‭, ‬Ilan‭, ‬Yael‭, ‬and Meirav‭.‬