Board of Directors

Sara Bloom, Chair

Sara Bloom 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. Bloom 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. Bloom lives in New York City with her six children.

The Reverend Karim Camara

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.

Beryl Chernov

Beryl Chernov has served as the Executive Director of the Park Avenue Synagogue since July 2002. Previously, he served as the Temple Administrator for North Shore Synagogue, a large Reform congregation on Long Island. Beryl was also the founding director of the Weinberger Jewish Family Center at the Sid Jacobson JCC (Roslyn, N.Y.) and the Director of Education and Youth Programming at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center (Fair Lawn, N.J.). Beryl received his bachelor’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Jewish Philosophy and a master’s degree in School Administration from Hofstra University. Beryl actively serves on many boards, and is a frequent speaker and consultant to organizations that enhance Jewish life or causes. Some of those organizations include the Board of Governors of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives, the Metropolitan Association of Synagogue Executives (where he served as a former President), the Steering Committee of Camp Ramah Nyack, the Coordinating Council for UJA/Federation Synergy, and the President’s Parent Council of Goucher College. Beryl is the proud parent of Sara, Nora, and Abby.

Diana Delgado

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

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.

Allyson Galishoff

With a background in social work, Allyson previously worked as a school counselor at Inwood Academy for Leadership from 2010-2014.  A  passionate philanthropist, she has held fundraisers such as Tunnels to Towers Climb to support first responders and service members as well as for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. She is married to Alan Galishoff with whom she has two children.

Caroline Greenwald

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.

Hillary Leibowitz

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.

Adam Semler, Treasurer

With a background in finance, Adam has been an independent director of York Capital Management since July 2014. He joined York Capital, an investment management fund, in 1995 and held several positions with the firm, most recently holding the position of chief operating officer and member of its managing partner until he retired in 2011. Previously, he worked at Granite Capital International Group, where he was responsible for the accounting and operations function for their equity products. Adam is a C.P.A. charter holder and holds a B.B.A. from Emory University. He currently resides in Chappaqua, New York.

Richard Shuster

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.

Basil Smikle

Basil Smikle Jr. is a Distinguished Lecturer of Politics and Public Policy at the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies, and holds a PhD in Politics and Education from Columbia University. As a thought-leader and political strategist, he is a familiar face on CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets where frequent appearances highlight his insights on electoral politics and public policy. Basil was most recently the Executive Director of the New York Democratic Party during which time he was the “second highest-ranking Democrat” in the State and currently lectures at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Teachers College.

Recognized as a staunch advocate for public service and education equity, he is part of the next generation of thinkers and policy advocates. Basil was featured in the L.A. Times as “Harlem’s New Political Elite”. City Hall Magazine once named him one of 50 rising stars in New York Politics. United States Senator Cory Booker called him a “much sought-after consultant”. Rev. Al Sharpton called him an “impressive speaker”; former Governor David Paterson noted that Basil is a “national caliber political operative”.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations and received a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

A life-long New Yorker and raised in the Bronx by Jamaican immigrants, he is inspired by his father, a retired textile worker, and mother, a long-time public school special education teacher. Basil is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons, and 100 Black Men of New York where he helped start the Eagle Academy in the Bronx which has grown to 6 schools in New York and New Jersey. 11

Meredith Verona

Meredith is a partner in a three-generation family business that owns, develops, and manages residential and commercial properties in New York. Born and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where she still resides with her family, Meredith is an alumnus of the The Dalton School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University Teacher’s College where she received her Master’s Degree. After which, she taught high school English in both private and public schools in Manhattan. Meredith’s passion for education and working with children has kept her active in child advocacy, Charter Schools around the country, and NYU’s Hasenfeld Children’s Hospital.

Thom Waye

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.

Eli Weiss

With a background in real estate law, Eli is the managing vice president of Joy Construction, a full-service general contracting and development firm primarily focused on multifamily and commercial projects throughout New York City.

Judy Winitzer

Judy is vice president of account management at Live Nation Entertainment. She previously served as vice president at Global Merchant Services, leading an account management team that builds network-wide relationships with the largest global hotel chains in the US. Additionally, Judy served as Director of Travel Partnership at American Express. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Barnard College and has a master’s degree in marketing from Yale University. She resides in New York and is married to Ori Winitzer.

Noemi Zibuts

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 Managing Director, Global Head of Governance, Policy and Controls for Product Control at Citibank. 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.

Jon Rosenberg, Secretary (ex officio)

Past Board Members

  • Karen W. Davidson
  • Wendy Fisher
  • Simone Friedman
  • David Gedzelman
  • Amy Holtz
  • Jason Muss
  • Adam Smolyar
  • Dorothy Tananbaum