Collective Identity 2011 Attendees

Joshua Aronson is the Saidye Rosner Bronfman Rabbinic Chair at Temple Har Shalom in Park City Utah. He has held rabbinic appointments in Buffalo, Cleveland and Australia.

Andy Bachman is Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. He is also the co-founder, with his wife Rachel, of Brooklyn Jews, and a faculty member of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel.

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
is Dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Boston. She formerly served as a Hillel Rabbi at Yale and Harvard as well as a faculty member of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. 

Matan Barak is Executive Director of Amitei Bronfman in Israel. Matan has been working in formal and informal education settings for 12 years and is an alumnus of the Revivim Program for enhancing Jewish studies in secular schools in Israel. Matan develops the educational vision and curriculum for the Amitei Broonfman Fellowship and manages the program.

Angelica Berrie is Chair of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and President of the Russell Berrie Foundation, which makes transformational gifts to seed innovative philanthropic ventures that express Russ Berrie's entrepreneurial spirit.

Marcelo Cynovich is Director of Hillel Uruguay in Montevideo. He participated in the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship in 1999 and 2001 and continues to be a businessman and lay leader in the Montevideo community.

Ami Eden is Editor-in-Chief for the Jewish Telegraph Agency. He formerly served as National Editor of The Forward.

Ruth Andrew Ellenson is a writer and journalist who received the National Jewish Book Award for her bestselling anthology, The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, People magazine and myriad other publications.

Melina Gimal is Executive Director the University of Miami Hillel. Melina played an instrumental role in helping to develop and support new Hillels in South America. She spearheaded the creation of Hillel Second Generation (H2G), the first community-based Hillel in North America.

Gidi Grinstein is founder and president of The Re'ut Institute and a leading policy analyst in Israel. Previously, he served in the Office and then in the Bureau of Prime Minister Barak as the Secretary and Coordinator of the Negotiation Team of the Government of Israel to the Permanent Status negotiations between Israel and the PLO.

Felicia Herman is Executive Director of The Natan Fund, a grantmaking foundation supported by young philanthropists that funds innovative ideas in the North American Jewish community and in Israel. Previously, she was Research and Program Officer at Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation.

Rae Janvey is a consultant in the area of leadership development. Her work primarily focuses on the recruitment for and design of leadership and learning programs. Rae is currently engaged as principle consultant and leadership coach to the Berrie Fellowship, and serves as a senior advisor to the Jewish Week's "The Conversation, Jewish in America".

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is co-founder, rosh yeshiva and executive director of Mechon Hadar and on the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Hadar. A graduate of Harvard College, he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also completed an MA and is pursuing a doctorate in liturgy. He is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010).

Simon Klarfeld is the Executive Director of Columbia/Barnard Hillel. He has previously served as founding Director of Genesis at Brandeis University, interim director of birthright Israel, North America, and Vice President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.

Alana Newhouse is editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine. She joined Nextbook in September 2008 and oversaw its redesign and relaunch as Tablet magazine. Before that, she spent five years as culture editor of the Forward.

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of Twins Truth: and Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. Abigail was a senior correspondent for Brill's Content, a contributing writer for Talk Magazine, and a producer for Mike Wallace and Ed Bradley at "60 Minutes."Yehuda Sarna Ella Shteingart

Yehuda Sarna is the University Chaplain for NYU and Rabbi of the Bronfman Center. He and his wife, Michelle, also serve as the Educators for the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. Yehuda was awarded the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence from Hillel International in 2008, and was listed as one of "36-under-36 Changemakers" by The Jewish Week in 2009.

Daniel Septimus is the Editor of and He holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Manchester (UK) and was, for several years, the Books columnist for the Jerusalem Post. Daniel is a member of the Steering Committee of Altshul, an independent minyan in Brooklyn.

Becky Voorwinde is Director of Strategy & Community Engagement for the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. She formerly served as Corporate Responsibility Project Manager at Ernst & Young, L.L.P.

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