Episode 23: Rabbi Avi Orlow, Foundation for Jewish Camp – December 10th, 2017

RRabbi Aviabbi Avi Orlow is the Vice President of Program and Innovation at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Before joining Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader.

He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and YUSSR camps in the Former Soviet Union. Avi has a B.A. in religious studies from Columbia University. He was ordained in the charter class at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the open Orthodox rabbinical school. Avi lives in White Plains with his wife, Cantor Adina Frydman, and their children, Yadid, Yishama, Emunah, and Libi.

Favorite thing at camp: giving Paper Plate Awards

Contact Avi:

avi [at] jewishcamp.org

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Podcast Episode:

Rabbi Avi Orlow discusses the role the foundation plays in helping create a much needed community for Jewish camp professionals.

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Episode 22: Rachel Gildiner, GatherDC – November 26th, 2017

Rachel headshot (1)Rachel Gildiner is the Executive Director of GatherDC, an innovative community-based startup that connects Jewish 20s & 30s to each other, to Jewish life across DC, and to sustained adult Jewish identities, wherever they go in life. With over fifteen years of professional experience in non-profit management, emerging adult identity development,​ and relationship-based engagement, Rachel builds community through the power of personal connection.

Rachel has a BA in Sociology from Columbia University, a BA in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary (List College), an MA in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, and a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University.  She has studied at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and is trained as an Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education facilitator. Rachel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and three children. She enjoys dancing, reading, hiking and attending concerts and dance performances. ​

Contact Rachel:

rachelg [at] gatherDC.org


Podcast Episode:

Rachel discusses how her organization engages young adults in the DC Jewish community and offers advice for being more welcoming.

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Episode 21: Mark Rosen, Brandeis University – November 12th, 2017

Mark-I-Rosen_185-2Mark I. Rosen is an associate professor in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, where he teaches about and conducts research on the Jewish nonprofit sector. His responsibilities in the Hornstein Program include teaching a required course entitled Organizational Behavior in Jewish Nonprofits, coordinating student internships, and leading an annual 4-day trip to NYC called Starr Seminar during which Hornstein students visit 15 different Jewish nonprofits.

Mark has conducted research on a variety of topics related to contemporary Jewish life. He is the author of a case study entitled The Remaking of Hillel and a book, Mission, Meaning, and Money, about the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. His research on Jewish families with young children has influenced programs across the country, and he has also conducted research on such topics as Birthright Israel, Jewish summer camp, Jewish day schools, and intermarriage. Most recently, he was the lead author of a report, The Hertog Study — Chabad on Campus, which involved a national survey of college alumni to assess the post-college impact of Chabad participation during college.

Mark grew up in Chicago and received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to Brandeis, he was a faculty member at several business schools. He is an amateur Jewish genealogist and a fan of Boston’s professional football, baseball, and basketball teams. He lives with his family in Newton, Massachusetts.

Contact Mark:

mirosen [at] brandeis.edu 

Podcast Episode:

Mark Rosen discusses his experience introducing Jewish professionals to the larger field in NYC as well as his research in serval areas of Jewish life.

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Episode 20: Nanette Fridman, Fridman Strategies – October 29th, 2017

Nanette FridmanNanette Fridman, MPP, JD, helps organizational leaders plan for success and solve challenges. She founded Fridman Strategies in 2006 to assist values-driven organizations and their leaders with the strategies, training and coaching to advance their missions and maximize their impact. Today her work focuses on strategic planning, governance, financial resource development, team building and leadership coaching.​​Nanette’s clients range from small start-ups to large international organizations across North America.
Nanette is the author of On Board: What Every Board Member Must Know about Nonprofits and Board Service (2014), and she blogs regularly about management and leadership. Known for her good humor and high energy, Nanette is a frequent keynote speaker, workshop presenter, trainer and facilitator.

Before founding Fridman Strategies, Nanette was a corporate attorney at Mintz Levin, PC. While at Mintz Levin, she helped launch their Israel Business Practice. Prior to her legal career, Nanette was the national field director for an advocacy organization in Washington, DC.

Originally from Rhode Island, Nanette earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She received her BA, summa cum laude, in political science from Tufts University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Nanette is honored to be a Harry S. Truman Scholar and has received numerous other academic, professional and philanthropic awards for her work. Nanette lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

Contact Nanette:

fridmanstrategies [at] gmail.com

Fridman Strategies

Podcast Episode:

Nanette Fridman, Founder, discusses her work consulting with many different Jewish organizations and what Jewish professionals could do when facing difficult situations.

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Podcast Partner 04: Dr. Yonatan Brafman, Dr. Jeffrey Kress, and Dr. Abigail Uhrman, The Jewish Theological Seminary



Podcast Partner Interview:

Dr. Yonatan Brafman , Dr. Jeffrey Kress, and Dr. Abigail Uhrman discuss the new program offerings at the Jewish Theological Seminar, including the joint MA in Jewish Ethics and Public Health as well as the Disabilities Inclusion specialty for their MA in Jewish Education degree.




Episode 19: Andres Spokoiny, Jewish Funders Network – October 15th, 2017

Andrés Spokoiny, President and CEO, is a long-time Jewish communal leader with a history of leading successful organizational transformations. The CEO of Federation CJA in Montreal from 2009–2011, he helped fundamentally change the Federation’s operations and its relationship with the community.

In Montreal, as a young, ‘out of the box’ Federation executive, he spearheaded a new branding strategy and initiated and developed innovative community programs that are now being used as models across North America.

Before joining the Federation, Andrés worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Paris. As Regional Director for Northeast Europe, he was responsible for a number of pan-European projects, leading programs in the areas of Welfare, Leadership Development, Jewish Renewal, Education, Community Development, and Outreach, and building coalitions with local and international organizations, public and private.

Contact Andres:

andres [at] jfunders.org
Jewish Funder’s Network: The President’s Desk 

Podcast Episode:

Andrés Spokoiny discusses how he views the institutional changes we are experiencing as a community, working with philanthropists, and advice for all Jewish organizations when dealing with funders.  

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Episode 18: Laura Fish, Federation CJA – October 1st, 2017

Laura FishLaura Fish is an executive leader with a unique combination of non-profit management experience, legal training and communication skills. Laura is currently the Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Federation CJA in Montreal, Quebec where she focuses on identifying, measuring and resourcing communal priorities for impact.

Since joining Federation CJA almost five years ago, Laura has developed and implemented a new strategy for the allocation of over $18 million in community funds. She works with multiple stakeholders to identify community needs in the context of an ongoing large scale capital campaign, and leads community building strategy and investment for Montreal, including a satellite facility in the greater Montreal area and projects in Israel.

Laura’s strategic and clear communication style is reflected in her day to day work as well as her writing. Laura has published several articles drawing from her experience in non-profit management and aimed at sharing her expertise with others in the field.

Prior to joining Federation CJA, Laura worked at Ogilvy Renault/Norton Rose Canada (now Norton Rose Fulbright), where she practiced Tax Law and then spent over a decade working with the management team on various projects including successfully driving the integration of Ogilvy Renault into the Norton Rose global structure.

A native Montréaler, Laura entered the McGill Faculty of Law National Programme with a Wainright Entrance Scholarship and completed the program with honours, earning both her Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Common Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in political science from Tufts University.

Laura lives in Montreal, Quebec with her husband and two children.

Contact Laura:

laura.fish [at] federationcja.org

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Bringing Innovation into Mature Organizations

Podcast Episode:

Laura Fish, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, discusses her experience bringing change to her organization and the dynamic of being a Canadian professional in the North American focused network.

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SAT Math Workbook

Ryan Ofman, a high school senior, has developed a new workbook for students studying for the SAT Math exam. Ryan created exercises to help students better understand how to take the test. He is now looking to partner with the Jewish community to provide workbooks to those who may not be able to afford it.

For more information about Ryan’s project, visit  ryanofman-mathematics.com.

Episode 17: Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) – September 17th, 2017

Untitled presentationRabbi Josh Weinberg is the President of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.  He was ordained from the HUC-JIR Israeli Rabbinic Program in Jerusalem, and currently lives in New York.  Josh previously served as the Director of the Israel program for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and as a faculty member of NFTY-EIE High School in Israel teaching Jewish History. Josh is a reserve officer in the IDF spokesperson’s unit, has hiked the Israel National Trail, and came on Aliyah to Israel in 2003.

Originally from Chicago, he has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Hebrew Literature, Political Science and International Relations, and studied for an M.A. at the Hebrew University in Jewish Education.

Josh has taught and lectured widely throughout Israel, the U.S. and Europe, as well as on the Kivunim and Shnat Netzer gap-year programs.  He has led numerous tours and trained tour educators for the Reform movement’s Israel experiences. In addition to being a Storahtelling “Mayven,” Josh has a passion for the environment and spends lots of time outdoors hiking and climbing, playing music and volleyball. Josh is passionate about anything connected to Israel and hopes to strengthen the connection between the Reform movement and the Jewish State. He is married to Mara Sheftel Getz, and is the proud abba of Noa, Ella and Mia.

Contact Josh:

jrweinberg [at] arza.org

Podcast Episode:

Rabbi Josh Weinberg discusses his passion for Israel and ways to help Jewish professionals grapple with this controversial topic.

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SAT Math Workbook

Ryan Ofman, a high school senior, has developed a new workbook for students studying for the SAT Math exam. Ryan created exercises to help students better understand how to take the test. He is now looking to partner with the Jewish community to provide workbooks to those who may not be able to afford it.

For more information about Ryan’s project, visit  ryanofman-mathematics.com.

Podcast Partner 02: Ryan Ofman, SAT Math Workbook

ryan-ofman-vs-math-1It’s Who You Know! is happy to welcome our newest partner, Ryan Ofman.

This high school senior created a new tool to help students study the right things to get a great score on the SAT Math. He is now looking to partner with Jewish organizations to distribute his new book, SAT Math Workbook, to those who might not be able to afford to purchase it. To find out more about Ryan look out for our bonus episode coming soon!


SAT Math Workbook

Episode 16: Ruthie Warshenbrot, Wexner Foundation – September 3rd, 2017

RuthieRuthie Warshenbrot is a Program Director at The Wexner Foundation, leading the development and implementation of the new Wexner Field Fellowship (in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation), along with several other initiatives at The Wexner Foundation.

Ruthie grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Jewish Studies. She received her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and her MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies through the NYU Wagner/Skirball dual degree program as a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar and a Lisa Goldberg Fellow in Jewish Professional Leadership.

While at NYU, Ruthie worked as a Jewish Service-Learning Manager at Repair the World and as a Program Leader for Bend the Arc’s Jewish service-learning trips. She also participated in a Jewish service-learning delegation to Senegal with American Jewish World Service. She worked with a group of NYU alumni on the first ever Jewish Communal Professional Survey. Prior to graduate school, Ruthie worked for Limmud NY for five years, with the final two as the organization’s Executive Director. She is the recipient of the 2009 Jewish Communal Service Association’s Young Professional Award. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Yale Glinter and serves on the Planning & Community Investments Committee at the Jewish Federation of Columbus.

Contact Ruthie:

rwarshenbrot [at] wexner.net

Podcast Episode:

Ruthie Warshenbrot discusses her work with the Wexner Field Fellowship and the impact that programs like this have on Jewish professional development.

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The Nonprofit Learning Lab (NLL) is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and develops individuals seeking to lead the nonprofit sector.
We work with individuals to sharpen their skills in fundraising, board development, organizational leadership and capacity building. www.nonprofitlearninglab.org


The Wexner Field Fellowship is now accepting pre-applications through September 6th. You can find more information on their website: www.wexnerfoundation.org