Executive Committee

Co-Chairs

  • Brian Lurie - President, Caroline and Brian Lurie Philanthropic Fund
  • Alan H. Gill - Chief Executive Officer, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Executive Committee

  • Abraham Foxman - National Director, The Anti-Defamation League
  • Daniel Sokatch - Chief Executive Officer, The New Israel Fund
  • Malcolm Hoenlein - Executive Vice Chairman, The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
  • Roni Rubenstein - Chair, Commision on the Jewish People, UJA-Federation of New York
  • Michael Hirschhorn - President of the Trustees, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
  • Howard Sohn - Chair and Executive, Fohs Foundation
  • Jeffrey Solomon - President, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

* Executive Committee Member At-Large

Bios

  • Brian Lurie

    President 
    Caroline and Brian Lurie Philanthropic Fund

    Rabbi Brian Lurie served for seventeen years as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and for five years as President of the San Francisco Jewish Museum. He has worked in Israel and America to promote equality for Israeli Arabs and as Executive Vice President of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), he was instrumental in launching the second phase of Operation Exodus and provided the vision and strategic direction under which UJA has begun to broaden its mandate. Rabbi Lurie developed the concept of "The Living Bridge", a metaphor which is redefining the broad range of relationships and the partnerships, as equals, of American Jews and Israelis. Both the Israel Experience for teens and Partnership 2000 were created as pillars of the Living Bridge.

    Rabbi Lurie received his B.A. from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and a Masters in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He has been granted honorary degrees from both Lafayette College and Hebrew Union College.
     

  • Alan H. Gill

    Chief Executive Officer 
    JDC - American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

    Alan Gill, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s CEO, is one of the Jewish world’s transformative professional leaders. His vision and career have exemplified and put into direct action the notion of global Jewish responsibility. With more than three decades of Jewish community development, partnership building, global strategy, and innovative resource development expertise, Gill has played a central role in expanding and revolutionizing JDC’s humanitarian operation in more than 70 countries and in Israel.

    A 20-year veteran of JDC, Gill played a leadership role in launching many of JDC’s landmark programs including: Ashalim, a unique public and private/non-profit partnership to address the needs of Israel’s children at risk; The Hunger Relief Campaign for impoverished elderly Jews in post-Soviet countries and the development of community centers for the renewal of Jewish life in those communities; and PACT
    – Parents and Children Together – an internationally recognized program for the education and cultural integration of Ethiopian-Israeli preschool children and their parents.

    Gill also served as a special advisor to the organization’s Former Soviet Union operations and was a member of JDC’s emergency relief team during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, providing urgently needed assistance to elderly Jews trapped behind the Russian lines.

    During his tenure as the organization's Executive Director of International Relations, JDC’s annual, direct philanthropic revenue increased tenfold with significant growth in foundation, major donor, governmental, and general donor support, bringing JDC’s total annual budget to $350 million. This growth has enabled JDC to expand its critically needed humanitarian assistance and Jewish community development activities in post-communist countries and to address growing social gaps in Israel.

    Gill was previously the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, Ohio. Founder of Ohio State University’s graduate training program for Jewish Communal Service, he was also a part-time professor at Ohio State’s College of Social Work. Gill holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Ohio University, and a master's degree in social work from Ohio State.

    Gill and his wife, Rhona, currently reside in New York City. They have three adult children, all living in Israel.

 

  • Abraham Foxman

    National Director 
    Anti-Defamation League

    Mr. Foxman regularly confers with elected officials and community leaders domestically and abroad and has had consultations in Europe, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, Japan, South Africa and Argentina. He has met with Palestinian leaders on problems of ethnic hatred, violence, terrorism and promoting democracy and had six audiences with Pope John Paul II. A Holocaust survivor, Mr. Foxman was a member of the President's United States Holocaust Memorial Council, appointed by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. He remains a passionate supporter of the State of Israel and a voice for peace in the Middle East.

    Mr. Foxman holds degrees from the City College of the City University of New York, the Yeshiva of Flatbush, New York University School of Law, Clark University, Iona College, Florida International University and has completed graduate work in advanced Judaic studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and in international economics at The New School for Social Research. Mr. Foxman is the author of Never Again?: The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism andThe Deadliest Lies, and is the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award, the State of New York at Albany University Medallion and Austria's Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold, among others.

 

  • Daniel J. Sokatch
    Chief Executive Officer
    The New Israel Fund

     

    Daniel J. Sokatch is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis.  Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.  Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Progressive Jewish Alliance.

    In recognition of his leadership, Sokatch has thrice been named one of the Forward newspaper's "Forward 50," an annual list of the fifty leading Jewish decision-makers and opinion-shapers in 2002, 2005 and 2008.

    Daniel has an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Brandeis University.  He is married with two daughters and resides in San Francisco.

 

  • Malcolm Hoenlein

    Executive Vice Chairman 
    Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

    Malcolm Hoenlein has written and lectured domestically and abroad on international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, Soviet and World Jewry, terrorism, the American Jewish community, and intergroup relations. He served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York and was the founding Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.

    Mr. Hoenlein received his B.A. in Political Science from Temple University and his Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Department of International Relations, where he completed his doctoral course work. A National Defense Fellow in the University's Near East Center, Mr. Hoenlein taught International Relations in the Political Science Department and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and on the editorial staff of ORBIS, the Journal of International Affairs. He was conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters Honoria Causa by Yeshiva University in 2002, and has received the Private Sector Initiative Award from President Ronald Reagan, American ORT "Man of the Millennium" Tribute and the first Quittman Award for Jewish Professional Excellence. The Forward listed him as the most influential Jewish leader.
     

  • Roni Rubenstein
    Chair, Commission on the Jewish People
    UJA-Federation of New York

    Roni Rubenstein has worked with minority populations in Israel as past chair of the Ethiopian Task Force and the Economic Empowerment Committee at UJA-Federation. She is also a former chair and current board member of the Baron de Hirsch Foundation. Additionally Roni sits on the alumni council of the Wexner Foundation and the boards of the Good People Fund and UJA-Federation. Professionally, Roni is an attorney, having worked in the private sector as a litigator at Shearman & Sterling and in the public sector as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
     

  • Michael Hirschhorn
    President of the Trustees
    Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation

    Michael Hirschhorn served as Executive Director of the International Human Rights Funders Group from 2008 through 2014. Prior to directing IHRFG, from 2003-08, Michael was Executive Director of the Coro New York Leadership Center. Earlier, from 1995-2001, he served as Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City. Michael was an Assistant to the Chancellor of the NYC Public Schools and a Visiting Non-Profit Executive at Yale's School of Management. Michael serves as President of the Trustees of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, and also serves on the boards of several rights-related and educational non-profit organizations. Michael received his BA from Yale University in 1981 and his MBA & MSW from Columbia University in 1989.
     

  • Howard Sohn

    Chair and Executive
    Fohs Foundation

    Howard Sohn board chair and executive of the Fohs Foundation, which is dedicated to improving Arab-Jewish relations within Israel; co-chair of the board of The Abraham Fund Initiatives; an active member of the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues and the Social Venture Fund of the Jewish Federations of North America.

    He is retired board chair and CEO of Lone Rock Timber Company and Sun Studs, Inc., Roseburg OR; served as director of human resources policy, planning, and communication at Pfizer Inc., New York, NY; and taught ethics and public policy at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Public service activities have included the State of Oregon Board of Higher Education; member and chair of the State of Oregon Board of Forestry. He holds a PhD from Fordham University, MA from Manhattan College, and BA from Claremont McKenna College.
     

  • Harriet Mouchly-Weiss

    Board of Directors
    UJA-Federation of New York

    Harriet Mouchly-Weiss is the managing partner of Strategy XXI in New York. Her experience in the communications field includes development of corporate planning and marketing strategies, as well as issues management and corporate social responsibility efforts for leading multinational companies and institutions. She has previously owned and operated a public relations firm in Israel, where she worked with the Prime Minister's office, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the Ministry of Finance and private corporations. Mrs. Mouchly-Weiss is a member of the Committee of 200, a professional organization of preeminent businesswomen and serves on the boards of The Abraham Fund, the Israel Policy Forum, the former Chair of UJC's Committee on Israeli Arabs and the Women's Executive Circle of the UJA-Federation of New York. She also is on the advisory board of the New Israel Fund and chairs the Israel Anti-Drug Abuse Foundation in the United States.

    Mrs. Mouchly-Weiss holds a B.A. from Muhlenburg University and a M.A. in psychology from Hebrew University.

 

  • Jeffrey Solomon
    President
    The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

    Dr. Jeffrey Solomon is author of over 70 publications and serves as adjunct associate professor at New York University. In his capacity as President of the Bronfman Philanthropies, he provides professional leadership to its philanthropic efforts primarily in the Jewish community, focusing on projects and initiatives in Canada, Israel and the United States such as birthright israel and Reboot, two initiatives aimed at connecting young, assimilated Jews to their tradition.

    Dr. Solomon previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UJA-Federation of New York, as well as executive positions at Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged and Jewish Family and Children's Services in Miami. Dr. Solomon also served with the City, State and Federal Governments and sits on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards including the Council of Foundations and the Foundation for the Jewish Community