Episode 006: Dara Klarfeld, DRG – April 16th, 2017

Dara KlarfeldDara Z. Klarfeld is the Managing Director for DRG- Executive Search Consultants for the Non-profit Sector. Dara joined DRG in 2011 as a Consultant, with an eye to building the firm’s practice in education administration. With more than fifteen years of experience working in both the formal and informal Jewish education communities, Dara has a wealth of experience working with camps, Jewish Day Schools, and a variety of other education nonprofits. Most recently, Dara worked to identify and cultivate the next generation of leadership as Director of the Shapiro Family Fellowship at UJA-Federation of New York and as a consultant for a number of philanthropic community start-ups.

In her current work, Dara heads up executive search assignments for Heads of School and Principals of Jewish day schools, Jewish Community Centers, and a variety of other education-focused organizations. Dara also works closely with boards in helping them to strategize and manage their executive transitions. Her vast networks are central to her success in all the work that she does. Dara is also focused on and passionate about the field’s future: developing talent pools of next generation senior leadership in the nonprofit sector.

When she’s not working with clients, Dara enjoys rooting for (some) New York sports teams, reading interior design magazines, trying out new recipes for her family to taste, and wishing she was a professional folk guitar players/singer/songwriter. Dara received her B.A. from the University of Maryland. She also holds a master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Episode 005: Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox, NewCAJE – April 2nd, 2017


Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox is the President and Founder of NewCAJE: Re-Imaging Jewish Education for the 21st Century. She is well known in the Boston area and beyond. She was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York which is a pluralistic Jewish seminary. She has served as rabbi at Congregation Eitz Chayim in Cambridge, Temple Emanuel of Marlborough, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital. She was also the Interim President of the Academy for Jewish Religion and is a founder and national chair of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. Rabbi Cherie served as the chair of the NewCAJE conferences in 2010 – 2016.

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Episode 004: Rabbi Joshua Rabin, USCJ – March 19th, 2017

rabbi-joshua-rabinRabbi Joshua Rabin is Director of Innovation at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, where he is also the Program Director of the USCJ Convention. Prior to coming to USCJ, Josh served as the Rav Beit Sefer (Rabbi-in-Residence) of the Schechter School of Long Island from 2011-2014. Josh received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011, where he served two terms as student body president.

Josh received a Certificate from The Principals’ Center at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2014, and was an inaugural fellow at the Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership at the UJA-Federation of New York. Josh lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Rabbi Yael Hammerman, and their children Hannah and Shai. You can read more of Josh’s writings by visiting www.joshuarabin.com.

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In this episode we discuss Rabbi Rabin’s popular article “Will Your Synagogue be a Club or a Cause?” as it pertains to the changing climate of synagogue affiliation and participation.

Episode 003: Aliza Mazor, Bikkurim (UpStart) – March 5th, 2017


Aliza Mazor is the Executive Director for Bikkurim: Advancing New Jewish Ideas, a joint project of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Kaminer Family. Bikkurim will soon become part of UpStart together with Joshua Venture and the North American programs of PresenTense, forming an “innovation one-stop” for the Jewish community. Bikkurim has supported 33 innovative start-ups that contribute significantly to the diversification and reinvigoration of Jewish life. Through Atid Hazak (Strong Futures), Bikkurim prepares the most promising new initiatives in Jewish life to grow their impact.

Previously, Aliza served as an independent organizational consultant to philanthropies, capacity-builders, and social justice organizations. A Chicago native, Aliza spent fifteen years living and working in Israel and holds an MSW from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently lives in New York City.

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This podcast episode focuses on the merger between four Jewish innovation organizations, Bikkurim, Upstart, Joshua Venture Group, and the US programs for PresenTense as announced through E-Jewish Philanthropy.

Episode 002: Mark S. Young, JTS – February 19th, 2017

mark_young_new_sqMark S. Young is passionate about advancing effective educational leadership in Jewish life. As managing director of the JTS Davidson School Leadership Commons, Mark builds relationships with community foundations, federations, and practitioners across the continent to make the Leadership Commons a space where “thinkers, doers, and visionaries” from all corners of Jewish education come together to learn, create, and collaborate for the common good of the Jewish people in North America.

Mark previously served as The Davidson School’s director of Alumni Engagement, launching new initiatives to benefit its 1,000 alumni, including the school’s recent 20th anniversary alumni celebration. Mark also served as program coordinator of the school’s Experiential Learning Initiative, launching the  Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (JELI) for JCC professionals and advancing experiential learning within the school’s MA program.

Prior to joining JTS, Mark served as assistant director of human resources for Episcopal Social Services (ESS), human resources and volunteer programs manager for the 92nd Street Y, and head song-leader and Jewish educator for the Mandel JCC Camp Wise in northeast Ohio.

Mark serves on the board of JPRO Network and regularly publishes on how to best retain and invest in Jewish educators, including his $54,000 Strategy series on eJewishPhilanthropy and his 2016 ELI Talk: Mah Tovu.

Mark holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management and an MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from NYU as well as a BS in Psychology and Economics from McGill University.

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(212) 678-8852

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In this episode Mark and I discuss his vocal work on compensation in the Jewish community in light of his recent article (co-authored by Tehliah Eisenstadt) in E-Jewish Philanthropy “Let Us Not Ask about Current Salary, We Should Not Care: A Concrete Step for the Jewish sector to Move Towards Pay Equity”.

Episode 001: Ilana Aisen, JPro Network – February 5th, 2017

ilana-aisen-photoIlana Aisen is the Executive Director of JPRO Network, which connects, educates, inspires and empowers professionals working in the Jewish communal sector throughout North America. Ilana served most recently as Director of Experiential Education at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. She was part of the founding staff team at Repair the World and concluded her tenure there as Executive Vice President.

Ilana started her career at American Jewish World Service, where she worked in a variety of program roles during seven years of rapid organizational growth and change. She holds Masters in nonprofit management and Judaic studies from New York University. Through UJA Federation of New York’s Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership (a predecessor to the Ruskay Institute), the Wexner Foundation, Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, and the Schusterman Foundation, Ilana has been the beneficiary of professional development opportunities that grew her ability to exercise leadership in the Jewish community.

She is passionate about maximizing opportunities for our 80,000 North American colleagues to contribute at their highest potential and build exciting and fulfilling careers in our field. She also once won an AJWS staff scrabble tournament in which Ruth Messinger was the runner up. Ilana lives in Toronto with her husband Eli and their two young children.

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(212) 284-6945

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Episode 000: Michelle W. Malkin – January 29th, 2017


Michelle W. Malkin, creator, producer, host, and editor of this podcast gives some background about the project and why she decided to start it.

You can contact her through our contact page and read more about her story on the about page.

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