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Hillel could not function without the dedication and commitment of a few professionals who have given of their precious time to help guide the students and staff of Hillel. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to each of our board members.
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Co-Chairperson of the Board
Co-Chairperson of the Board
Faculty Board Member
Lisa J. Sholkin
UJA Board Observer
Jonathon Shaevitz has over twenty years of experience in strategic planning business development, operations management, and organizational development. He founded Capital Strategies in 2001 to help growing organizations plan, manage and optimize their growth. Jonathon has pioneered an approach to growth strategy and unifies analytical discipline and practical experience to define which strategies /solutions are ideal for Capital Strategies' clients. The firm is known for quickly and collaborate working with client teams to develop optimal strategies and drive their implementation.
Prior to his consulting work, Jonathon successfully launches seven businesses: including raising over $25 million in capital for his last startup, InSITE Services, an ASP to leading energy companies around the country. He has also served as a work-out consultant, helping financial services companies restructure.
Among his not-for-profit activities; he has served on the board of Hillel Board of Directors, American Jewish world Service, and as Chairman of Hunter Hillel. Jonathon holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a B.S. from the University of Michigan.
Lee H. Perlman is President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). Mr. Perlman has been with GNYHA for over 25 years and has held increasingly responsible positions in health policy development and management of the Association's for-profit subsidiaries. He is responsible for the growth of the subsidiary's new and innovative businesses involved in over $7 billion in commerce. Mr. Perlman also serves as the Executive Vice President of Administration and is the Chief Financial Officer for the Greater New York Hospital Association.
Mr. Perlman is considered one of the most innovative leaders in health care management and a national expert in health care procurement. Under the leadership of Mr. Perlman, GNYHA Services, Inc., a subsidiary of GNYHA and Premier, Inc. (Premier) have experienced a successful partnership since 1996 in which over $4 billion in medical/surgical supplies, pharmaceuticals, food and capital equipment are purchased annually through the current program. Mr. Perlman also serves as Chairman of Innovatix, LLC, which is co-owned with Premier, and is the fastest growing purchasing corporation for non-hospital health care facilities (i.e., home infusion and nursing homes) in the nation with over 13,000 members and approximately $3 billion in purchasing volume.
Mr. Perlman is a Director on the Board of Premier and is an active member on Premier's Audit Committee. Mr. Perlman also currently serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII).
Volunteer, Charitable and Other Professional Activities
Mr. Perlman devotes a significant amount of time to both volunteer and philanthropic activities. For the past 18 years and still counting, Mr. Perlman organizes an annual Christmas dinner and clothing drive at the YMCA in Brooklyn that reaches over 2,500 homeless and sheltered individuals. Mr. Perlman serves as Co-President of the Berkshire Theatre Festival. He also served as a Board member of the White Plains Performing Arts Center from 2003 to 2006 and served on the Board and as Chairman of the PlayGroup Theatre in White Plains, New York. Mr. Perlman served on the Binghamton University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1994 to 2003 and also served as their Vice President of Development.
From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Perlman served as a member of the Board of Directors and Financial Vice President at Larchmont Temple and is the former Chairman of their Social Action Committee. He rejoined the Board in 2008 as Chair of the Larchmont Temple Youth Committee. Mr. Perlman is also former chairman of the Shorefront Young Men's-Young Women's Hebrew Association of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. He also serves on the Board of Northwestern University Hillel.
Mr. Perlman has been a leader in promoting diversity in health care. He serves on the Board of the National Medical Fellowships, an organization dedicated to improving the health of low-income and minority communities by increasing the representation of minority physicians, educators, researchers, policymakers, and health care administrators in the United States. He also served on the Board of the Institute for Diversity in Health Care Management for 10 years. He is the founder of the GNYHA Summer Enrichment Program where over 250 diverse students have been placed in summer internships.
Mr. Perlman is currently the Treasurer of the Board for Musicians On Call, an organization that brings music to complement the healing process for patients in health care facilities. He is on the Board of Directors of the New York Organ Donor Network, a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization that serves the Greater New York metropolitan area. Mr. Perlman recently joined the national Board of Hillel and both the Northwestern University and Hunter College Hillel Boards.
Mr. Perlman has also served on the Board of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), 1199 Pension and Benefit Fund and FOJP Services Corporation. Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Mr. Perlman served as a Board member of the American College of Healthcare Executives from years 2000 to 2004 and prior to that was a Regent in the College from years 1996 to 2000. He was the 1998 recipient of ACHE's Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.
Mr. Perlman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton (N.Y.) University in 1980 and his Master's degree in Business Administration from Cornell University, Sloan Program, Ithaca, N.Y in 1982.
Isaac Finkle is Chief Legal Officer of Graham Capital Management, L. P. He joined Graham in May 2003 and became an Associated Person of Graham effective April 16, 2004 and a Principal on June 5, 2007. As Chief Legal Officer, he oversees the legal aspects related to the firmís futures activities. Mr. Finkle received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1985, a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 specializing in sociological theory, and a B.A. with honors in philosophy from Haverford College in 1973. Mr. Finkle lives with his wife and children on the Upper West Side.
Stephen M. Greenberg is the founding partner of a law firm and has served as CEO of Net2Phone, Inc., IDT Spectrum, and Counsel to McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. Stephen is a member of the Hunter Hillel Board, the National Vice Chairperson of the Hillel International Board, the Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Tel Aviv Foundation, and is a Beit Hatfutsot International Board Member.
Stephen holds a J.D. (with honors) from George Washington University and is married to Sandra L. Greenberg with three grown children and three grandchildren.
Eve Haberman, board member of Hunter Hillel received her BA from Hunter College and was a past president of Hunter Hillel. She is on the board of the Hunter College Alumni Association as well as a member of Hunter College President Jennifer Raab's Community Advisory Committee. In addition to her work with the Hunter community, Eve is the past president of Women's Auxiliary at Temple Emanu-El and is on the Community Advisory Board of Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Ms. Reingold attended Hunter College from 1972-1976. She graduated summa cum laude, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society), and received the Thomas Hunter Award. She graduated with a B.A. and an M.A. in History, which she earned during her 4-year tenure at Hunter. Ms. Reingold majored in History, with a minor in Mathematics. She was also on the Fencing Team, with the renowned Prof. Julia Jones-Pugliese as the team's coach. Ms. Reingold earned her J.D. Degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1979. I practiced law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel for three years and then at the New York State State Attorney General's office under Attorney General Robert Abrams for an additional 13 years. At the Attorney General's Office, she headed up the Judiciary Section of the Litigation Bureau and represented the New York State Judiciary regarding constitutional issues. She is currently at home raising three daughters.
Jodi Reiskind has been with JPMorgan Chase for the past 5 years. In her tenure with the bank, she has worked on a number of global strategic infrastructure initiatives. Currently, she is in the Worldwide Securities Services division where she recently was responsible for building out the reporting capabilities around the bank's ERISA-regulated pension fund clients. Prior to that she was with the Risk Management organization where she was responsible for defining the strategic requirements for data acquisition for the new market Risk infrastructure. Prior to that she was responsible for operational infrastructure in the Data Acquisition & Control program which is a joint venture between Credit, Finance and Market Risk Management to create a single technology and operations platform for the sourcing and monitoring of data supplies from firm-wide Line of Business product system feeds for use within the Credit, Finance and Market Risk Management Architectures.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Ms. Reiskind worked in various business analysis roles at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank, the last of which was within the Project Management Office responsible for integrating Scudder Investments into Deutche Asset Management as well as addressing the impact the divestiture of the securities processing business to State Street Bank had upon the Asset Management organization. Ms. Reskind also held various operational support and financial analysis roles within American Express.
Ms. Reiskind is a graduate of Clark University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Manhattan College and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.
Leya Schwartz, a transfer student, was welcomed into the Hillel family almost immediately. Leya, with her deep connection and love of Israel, created an Israel Advocacy program along with her friend. The course provided crucial knowledge to strengthen students' abilities to strategically and effectively support Israel on campus. One of the most pivtol and awe-inspiring experiences Leya has had was with the ICHEIC Holocaust course, which introduced her to Alicia, a Holocaust survivor. Alicia has been a source of motivation, education, and inspiration for Leya and they continue to grow in their friendship today. In her senior year, she became the co-President of Hillel. "This is what the Hillel at Hunter is: a place to bring your ideas and dreams and make them come true. Not only did Hillel give me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams but made me realize that I had them in the first place".
Being involved at Hillel strengthened Leya's identity as a Jew, re-enforced her burgeoning love for Israel, and enhanced her commitment to our Jewish community.
Leya holds a B.A in Jewish Social Studies from Hunter College and is currently applying to medical school.
Robert M Seltzer is professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate School of The City University of New York and director of the Hunter interdisciplinary program in Jewish Social Studies. He is the author of articles and reviews on Jewish historiography, on the Russian-Jewish historian and ideologist Simon Dubnow, on the history of conversion to Judaism, and other areas of Jewish intellectual and cultural history, especially the Jewish encounter with modernity. His book, Jewish People, Jewish Thought: The Jewish Experience in History (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1980; second edition forthcoming), is an overview of the development of Jewish life and ideas from biblical times to the present. He is editor of Judaism: A People and Its History and Religions of Antiquity (both published by Macmillan in 1989), and co-editor of The American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan (New York University Press, 1990) and The Americanization of the Jews (New York University Press, 1995). Seltzer served on the editorial board of the 16-volume Encyclopedia of Religion, was a principal consultant for the Museum of Jewish Heritage-New York Holocaust Memorial's permanent exhibit, and a topics editor for the Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion. He is general editor of three publication series: "Reappraisals in Jewish Social and Intellectual History" (New York University Press), "Essential Papers in Jewish Studies" (New York University Press), and "Hunter College Occasional Papers in Jewish Studies." He was advisor for the National Educational Television series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews and consultant for the new and expanded DVD version of Heritage. He has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Delegates of the American Council of Learned Societies and is a past-president of the Association for Jewish Studies. Currently he is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Grants Committee of PEF Israel Endowment Funds and of the academic advisory board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Klara Silverstein has served in a wide range of leadership roles on New York's Jewish community. Her past activities include member of the board of CLAL (the National Center for Learning and Leadership), serving as Chair of UJA- Federations Annual Campaign as well as the Womens Campaign and Chair of the Board of Associated YM-YWHA's of Great New York. Klara is a founding member of the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York and is currently serving as Advisory Group Vice Chair of the Executive Council of Women's Philanthropy. She is a member of the Network Commission Cabinet.
Klara currently serves as Chair of the Hunter College Foundation Baord of Trustees and is a member of the Hunter College Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Hillel at Hunter College is also one of her commitments. She has worked on behalf of New York University's School of General Studies and is a board member of NYU's Child Study center.
Klara is the wife of Larry Silverstein., mother of three and grandmother of eight.
Mr. Trager attended Ithaca College and received his B.S. in May, 2004. From 2004 to 2007, he served as a Consultant and Recruiter for Infinity Consulting Solutions. From 2007 to 2008, he was a Sales Assistant with Discovery Communications. Most recently, he served as a Development Executive for the Wall Street & Financial Services Division of the UJA-Federation of New York. Mr. Trager is currently the Associate Director of Development at Continuum Health Partners, Inc. of Beth Israel Medical Center.