The Podcast

Episode 014: Stefanie Rhodes, Slingshot Fund– August 6th, 2017

Stefanie RhodesStefanie Rhodes is the Executive Director for the Slingshot Fund and has spent the last 12 years working in Jewish philanthropy. Most recently, she ran the Annual Fund at the JCC Manhattan where she started the first JCC Giving Circle to benefit JCC programs. She also spent 9 years working at the Jewish Funders Network, where she ran the Younger Funders programing and was the founding Director of the Foundation Professionals program. Stefanie is excited to be marrying her passion for community building, innovation and Jewish life in her role as Executive Director of Slingshot.

Stefanie holds a BA in Journalism and a Certificate in Jewish Studies from Indiana University. She also has a Certificate in Jewish Philanthropy from Yeshiva University. She is married to Hue, and together they have two spunky and wonderful children.

Contact Stefanie:

stefanie [at]
(646) 838-2148

Podcast Episode:

Stefanie Rhodes discusses the history and purpose behind the annual Slingshot Guide and the impact of this work on the larger Jewish innovation sector.

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Episode 013: Bob Goldfarb, Jewish Creativity International– July 23rd, 2017

Bob GoldfarbBob Goldfarb is president of Jewish Creativity International, a nonprofit that works with Jewish arts and culture projects. He has long experience in media including public radio, the recording industry, and newspaper publishing. Bob is a member of the Jewish Center synagogue in Manhattan, writes book reviews for the Jewish Book Council, serves as a mentor for PresenTense, and is the men’s davening coordinator for the independent minyan Darkhei Noam.

Previously Bob worked in media management in radio, the music industry, and music publishing. He grew up in Connecticut, and has lived in Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem. He now lives in New York.

Contact Bob:

bob [at]

Podcast Episode:

Bob Goldfarb discusses the evolution and shifting nature of Jewish arts and cultural engagement.

It’s Who You Know! The Podcast is fiscally sponsored by Jewish Creativity International.

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Episode 012: Miriam Chilton, URJ Youth – July 9th, 2017

Miriam Chilton, Vice President/Youth, has worked at the URJ for the past nine years in a variety of functions.  Most recently she served as Director of Strategy, Finance and Operations for Youth, Camp and Israel Programs. Prior to joining the URJ, Miriam worked in the corporate world for over 20 years. She worked at Time, Inc. where she led operational and development teams to improve magazine production and design by creating new operational models.  Before Time, Inc., Miriam worked in financial services at SCB Warburg (now UBS) where she was responsible for establishing and running a regional technology support organization that insured efficient and effective delivery of service to corporate and investment bankers. Miriam has a Master of Arts in Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Ithaca College.

Miriam came to the URJ after serving eight years on her Temple board. She realized to affect the kind of change she wanted to see in the world she needed to apply her skills and talents in the Jewish communal world. She is still an active member of Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ.

Contact Miriam:

mchilton [at]

Podcast Episode:

Miriam Chilton discusses her experience working with a variety of teen based youth programs for the Reform Movement as well as what it was like becoming a Jewish professional.

Podcast Partner:

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Episode 011: Mark Gurvis, The Jewish Federations of North America – June 25th, 2017

Mark_Gurvis-0010Mark Gurvis joined The Jewish Federations of North America as its Executive Vice President in September 2013.

Mark has spent much of his life serving the Jewish people, leading initiatives in key communities across North America. In nearly 12 years as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, he spurred major growth in the Federation’s annual fundraising, from $4.2 million to $7.6 million, despite challenging economic times. During his tenure, the community’s endowment fund also climbed steeply, from $13 million to $34 million. At the same time, Gurvis modernized the Federation’s communications, broadened outreach to young Jews and families and raised Vancouver’s profile in Canada. The Federation’s ties to Israel and the global Jewish community also deepened under Gurvis, strengthening its partnership with the Upper Galilee Panhandle.

Before leading the Vancouver community, Mark was vice president/assistant director of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. He directed their strategic planning process that resulted in a redesign of social planning and research. He also initiated the planning for a multi-project capital campaign for the Federation’s centennial.

Previously, as managing director of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Gurvis coordinated a merger that created the new agency, and spearheaded a funding campaign that raised a $10 million Fund for the Jewish Future.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Community Service from Hebrew Union College and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.

Contact Mark:

Podcast Episode:

Mark Gurvis discusses his lifelong work within the Federation system and his outlook on the future of these institutions.

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Episode 010: Abby Saloma, Schusterman Family Foundation – June 11th, 2017

Abby Saloma HeadshotAbby Saloma is the Senior Program Officer for the Schusterman Family Foundation. Abby believes that individual change drives organizational change and that leaders are at their best when they are leading from “the inside out.” As a Senior Program Officer, Abby oversees the Schusterman Family Foundation’s leadership initiatives – including its flagship Schusterman Fellowship program – designed to develop and support leaders who are leading change in the Jewish sector and beyond.

Abby brings to the Foundation a breadth and depth of experience from the for-profit, non-profit, Jewish and secular sectors. Abby was the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. During Abby’s five-year tenure with BBYO, she led an effort to re-brand the 85-year-old organization, making it relevant to today’s teens and resulting in a near doubling of teen involvement.

Following BBYO, Abby assumed the Executive Director role at Street Sense, a DC-based non-profit organization which works to empower the homeless through a newspaper that educates the public about issues of homelessness and poverty.

Abby holds a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University. Abby received her Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. Abby lives in DC with her husband and their two sons. In her free time, Abby enjoys teaching and practicing yoga.

Contact Abby:

asaloma [at]
Developing Leaders from the Inside Out

Podcast Episode:

Abby Saloma discusses her work with the Schusterman Fellowship, why it was created, the impact it has had so far, and what the program hopes to accomplish in the coming years.

Podcast Partner:

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Episode 009: Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Kenissa – May 28th, 2017

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, author and teacher. He created and directs the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders. He also created and directs the Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network which is building the capacity of emerging spiritual communities across the country.

Sid founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where he continues to teach and lead services. Dr. Schwarz holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history and is the author of two groundbreaking books–Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Jewish Lights, 2000) and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights, 2006).

Sid was awarded the prestigious Covenant Award for his pioneering work in the field of Jewish education and was named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in North America. Sid’s latest book is Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Jewish Lights, 2013).

Contact Rabbi Sid Schwarz:

Introducing the Kenissa Network: A 21st Century Pathway into Jewish Life

Podcast Episode:

Rabbi Sid Schwarz discusses his new project, Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network, which brings leaders of boutique Jewish organizations together in community.

Podcast Partner:

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Episode 008: Gali Cooks, Leading Edge – May 14th, 2017

Gali Cooks is the inaugural Executive Director of Leading Edge, Alliance for Excellence in Jewish leadership, an organization formed in 2014 by foundations and federations to influence, inspire and enable dramatic change in attracting, developing and retaining top talent for Jewish organizations. Gali’s professional experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Her career began as a speechwriter at the Embassy of Israel and a Legislative Assistant at AIPAC. She then joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as Founding Director of the PJ Library. From 2007-2013, Gali was Executive Director of the Rita & Stanley Kaplan Family Foundation. In the private sector, Gali was VP of Operations at an education technology startup. Most recently, Gali was Director of Business Operations in the Youth Division of URJ.

Gali serves on the Boards of Keshet and the Joshua Venture Group, and holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business. In 2016, she was named one of the Forward 50, an annual list of the top 50 Jews influencing American life, for her efforts to build the next generation of leaders.

Contact Gali:
Leadership Pipelines Initiative: Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders for Jewish Nonprofits- Findings from Interviews and Research (2014)

Podcast Episode:

Gali Cooks discusses the emerging work of Leading Edge in the areas of CEO on-boarding, lay leadership development, and evaluating great places to work in the Jewish community.

Podcast Partner:

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Bonus Episode 2: David Master, Timeless Ketubah– May 14th, 2017

David MasterTimeless Ketubah was founded in 2015 after years of developing a new way of approaching Ketubot/Ketubahs.  It all started when my wife, Elana, and I were planning our own wedding.  With her keen eye for style and color and my background in fine art and design, we worked together to create original elements for our wedding.  Throughout the busy planning process, there were three main areas of focus that we came to realize were most important.  They included (1) infusing rich, meaningful traditions and rituals (2) in a unique way (3) that would highlight our individual and collective personalities.

I love to challenge myself and turn the seemingly impossible into reality.  I was told that invitations were supposed to be flat, so I designed a 3-D pop-out wedding invitation that Elana and I hand-made (over a hundred of them).  I was also told that a ketubah should either be something that gets hung on a wall or gets rolled up and put in a safe place.  We chose to go in a different direction.

It was at this time that I developed and created the first sculptural ketubah (the image on this site’s homepage), which was able to perfectly capture the above three elements.  Although it took a long time to complete, it was truly a labor of love; I created the sculptural elements and Elana wrote a beautiful English interpretation for our ketubah’s text.  It became one of the focal points of our wedding, and is now one of the focal points of our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., that we have created together.

We want you and your soulmate to have a meaningful, unique, and special ketubah of your own; One that speaks to your relationship and your love for each other.

We invite you to explore our website at the various styles of sculptural ketubot/ketubahs that I have created and various texts crafted by Elana that you can customize to fit your needs and wants.  Your ketubah should capture your essence, and we will customize anything to your liking so that it is truly an expression of you and your soulmate.

Your wedding day is one of a kind; your ketubah should be too.

Contact David:

Podcast Episode:

David Master discusses his experience creating his first sculpture Ketubah and this passion became his profession.

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Episode 007: Drew Kugler, Communication & Leadership Counselor – April 30th, 2017

Drew KuglerAs Founder of the Kugler Company, LLC, Drew Kugler advises senior executives and professionals around the world on the always-challenging issue of change-creating conversations. For over thirty years, Drew has been retained by dozens of organizations looking to learn to lead and collaborate in ways that genuinely work over time.

In addition to his advising experience, Drew has held management positions with Nordstrom and Marriott Corporation.  He received his Master’s Degree from San Diego State University in Communication Studies, where he was recognized and awarded as an Outstanding Lecturer.  He has been published in the American Lawyer, appeared on CBS, ABC, and NPR, and has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Law School, NYU’s Stern School of Business and the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Drew is also honored to have coached and spoken on Leadership and Communication in many Jewish communities including Synagogues, Agencies, and he is now in his eighth year as a faculty member of the Zelikow School of Non Profit Management at Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion.

Contact Drew:

dk [at]
DrewTube – Constructive Candor Videos
TEDxConejo Drew Kugler – 3/27/10

Podcast Episode:

Drew Kugler discusses dealing with interpersonal conflict management in Jewish organizations.

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.

Contact Dara:

dklarfeld [at]

The Podcast:

Dara Klarfeld discusses the process of hiring executive level positions in the Jewish community.