Board of Directors
- Sara Berman, Chair
- Diane Troderman, Vice Chair
- The Reverend Karim Camara
- Diana Delgado
- Amy Feinblatt
- Wendy Fisher
- Caroline Greenwald
- Hillary Leibowitz
- Richard Schuster
- Adam Semler
- Dorothy Tananbaum
- Meredith Verona
- Thom Waye
- Noemi Zibuts
- Rabbi David Gedzelman, Secretary (ex officio)
Sara Berman is the chair of the board of directors of the Hebrew Public. She is also the chair of the board of trustees of the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, and its sister school, Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School. From 2004 to 2008, she was a weekly columnist for The New York Sun focusing on raising children in New York City. She has been a regular guest on CBS Morning News and FOX News, as well as a frequent guest lecturer at local schools and community centers throughout the city. Before this, she was the Features Editor, and then the News Editor at the Forward,America’s national Jewish newspaper. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Berman chaired the board of one of the eight centers of the 92nd Street Y, the Makor/Steinahrdt Center. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, the Board of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the Board of Trustees of the Areivim Philanthropic Group. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she studied history. Ms. Berman lives in New York City with her six children.
The Reverend Karim Camara is a speaker, life coach and public servant. He is the founder and lead pastor of Abundant Life Church, Brooklyn, and was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the deputy commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR), focusing on faith-based community development initiatives. He previously served as a member of the Assembly in the New York State Legislature, representing over 120,000 constituents in the 43rd Assembly District that included parts of Crown Heights, Lefferts-Gardens, and East Flatbush.
Reverend Camara profoundly believes that both roles come with the responsibility to endeavor for the good of humanity. Prior to founding Abundant Life Church, he was the executive pastor of First Baptist Church of Crown Heights. He also worked as the New York State faith director for the then Senator Barack Obama’s historic campaign for president. His new role will allow him to ensure that the faith based community is able to properly access the resources that are available to them.
Camara received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana. While attending Xavier, he participated in the Biomedical Science Scholars Program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He received a Masters of Divinity from the New York Theological Seminary and also studied at Alfred University, Fordham University and Wesley Theological Seminary.
Diana Delgado is vice president of corporate governance at Macquarie Holdings Inc., where she is responsible for the administration of all Macquarie Group subsidiaries in the New York region. Diana previously worked as a real estate attorney in Miami. She began her career as an associate attorney representing commercial and residential developers in Miami, and has worked as an attorney for the past nine years in Washington, DC and Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University and a JD from Stetson University College of Law.
Amy Feinblatt is currently a SoLuxe Printing Services representative in New York City. Previously, she worked in production for a women’s apparel manufacturer. Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in retail and consumer science. Amy has been a consistent supporter of Hebrew Public’s work, and has volunteered at Harlem Hebrew and Hebrew Language Academy.
Wendy Fisher was born in South Africa and grew up in Swaziland. She travels between London, New York, Israel, and South Africa, depending on work commitments. In 1993 she was chosen to represent England as a sculptor in the international art exhibition “Women and Europe,” and currently shows at galleries in the UK and USA. In 1999 she joined the team of a leading consultancy company “Top Achievers,” which specializes in life coaching and strategic planning and mediation. She joined the YPO team of facilitators in 2000 and is both a trainer and a resource on the YPO circuit. In 2000 she was appointed CEO of the Kirsh Charitable Foundation. In 2008 she was appointed British president of the Friends of the Art Museums of Israel. In 2011 she was selected to exhibit her sculpture in the Olympic Village during the Olympic Games. She was nominated and awarded the Freedom of the City of London award in 2012 in recognition of her contribution to the arts and education community. She was bestowed the Honorary Fellowship of the Israel Museum in June 2012.
Wendy sits on the boards of numerous foundations, institutions and art museums, including Performa NY, Public Art Fund NY, Jewish Museum NY, Israel Museum Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum, ICA Philadelphia, Tate International Council, Guggenheim Museum, ARTIS NY, UJA Federation, London Jewish Cultural Centre, London, TIKKUN UK, and others. Her interest and love of art, music, theater, literature, and the human psyche all impact her professional work in both the business and clinical arena. She has three children.
Caroline S. Greenwald is a partner at the Investment firm P. Schoenfeld Asset Management in New York City. She is currently heads marketing and investor relations, working with clients as well as prospective investors of the firm.
Prior to joining PSAM, Ms. Greenwald worked for Reuters Limited from 1997 to 2002 where she held a number of positions including director of business development in the Telecommunications space. Ms. Greenwald graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics and attended the Chapin School in New York City.
Hilary Liebowitz For the past two decades Hillary Leibowitz has been involved in The Chabad of The East End. She and her husband Daniel hosted their annual gala fundraiser in 2015. Also, they generously donate to many of the hospitals in the New York metropolitan area. Hillary is currently on Weill Cornell-New York Presbyterian’s Women’s Health Symposium Executive Steering Committee. She is a stay-at-home mom to her three children, Austin, Caroline and Eliza. Prior to parenthood, Hillary worked as a teacher at the Stephen Gaynor School and Birch Wathen Lenox, both private schools in Manhattan. She received a master’s degree in special education from Hunter College and bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Jon Rosenberg (ex officio)
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Richard A. Schuster, CFA, is the managing director and head of small cap value department at WPG partners. He previously worked as portfolio manager at APM partners, where he was responsible for managing a small cap value hedge fund. Richard began his investment career as a financial analyst and has more than 33 years of experience working in the finance industry, specializing in small cap equity investing. He holds a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Dorothy Tananbaum has worked in the philanthropic world for more than a quarter of a century. “I have had the privilege to experience the rewards that philanthropy showers on those who search not for honor and status, but to fulfill one’s obligations with good deeds,” she says. “I have found that there is an art to giving wisely that transcends stated criteria and objectives, and moves those of us deeply concerned, towards a future world of empathy, caring and compassion.”
She has been a member of the board of governors for JAFI, the Jewish Agency of Israel, since 2013; served as chair of the board of the Jewish Funders Network, from 2011-14; as chair of the board of the Jewish Education Project, which serves as the Central Board of Jewish Education for the greater New York area. An active member of the UJA Federation of New York, she chaired the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal from 2006-09; and was a founding member in 2002 of the Soleim Fund. Dorothy and her husband, Andrew, cofounded the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard University in 2001. CPIC is a joint initiative between Harvard alumni, Harvard career services and the Philip Brooks House, which places more than 150 students annually in non-profit and public interest organizations.
From 1984 to 1998, she was one of two principals of the Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery, which specialized in 20th Century American drawings, paintings and sculpture. From 2000-04 she worked with Pitspopany Press, publishers of more than 200 titles for children covering the entire Jewish spectrum; one of which, The Littlest Pair, about two termites trying to get on Noah’s Ark, won the National Jewish Book Award.
Diane Troderman has been her husband Harold Grinspoon’s active partner in all of his philanthropic activities. They are deeply committed to charitable giving, primarily in the Jewish world.
Through the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, a private family foundation established in 1986, Harold and Diane support work in areas that: Encourage young people to reach their academic and leadership potential; promote literacy and early childhood education; reward excellence in teaching and education; support entrepreneurship among young people; and promote education and health in Cambodia.
Both Harold and Diane are founding partners in the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. Harold and Diane have been active for many years on the board of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Diane also served as chairperson of the Jewish Education Service of North America and as a founder of the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University.
Thom Waye is the former staff head of the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation. He has been a major and consistent advocate and connector for Hebrew Public. Thom has a background in business, finance, strategy and philanthropy. He is managing partner at Sigma Capital Partners, and has previously worked at ComVest Venture Partners, AIG Capital Partners, Motorola, and Unisys. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Noemi Zibuts was born in Lithuania and spent her high school years living and studying in Israel. Upon her return to Lithuania, she taught Hebrew at a Vilnius elementary school, which she reflects upon as a tremendously rewarding experience. After her family immigrated to the U.S., she pursued a career in finance and is currently serving as a director of global policy, controls and governance at Citigroup. Throughout her professional career, she has been a champion for diversity and inclusion. Noemi joined the board of Hebrew Public in 2016 and is looking forward to dedicating her energy, professional experience and leveraging her network to further the growth and success of Hebrew charters nationwide.
Rabbi David Gedzelman (ex officio) is president and CEO of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, which is dedicated to revitalizing Jewish identity through educational and cultural initiatives as well as to advocate for and support Hebrew and Jewish literacy among the general population. He holds a BA from Hamilton College, an MA from Duke University in comparative religion, and rabbinical ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement and serves on the boards of Hebrew Language Academy Charter School, the Hebrew Charter School Center, Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School, The American Pardes Foundation, Hillel International, and OneTable. He lives in Harlem with his wife Judith Turner and their three children, Nomi, Anina and Ziv.