Leadership & Staff

A dedicated group of experienced volunteer leaders guides the Council. The members of the Board of Directors come from throughout Westchester County and span the various forms of Jewish lifestyle and observance. Board members are elected annually and serve a three-year term. The Executive Committee is made up of officers who supervise day-to-day operations. Headed by a President and three Vice Presidents, officers serve a two-year term. The past Presidents of the Council remain involved as ex-officio board members as does a select group of Honorary Directors.

Board of Directors, 2022-2023

Westchester Jewish Council Executive Committee

* Board Officers serve a one-year term.

President William H. Schrag
Vice President Jeff Kohn
Vice President Betsy Bernstein
Vice President David Eppinger
Treasurer Marc H. Klee
Audit Chair Harold Aspis
Secretary Michael Mittelman
Associate Secretary Arlene Kleinberg
At-Large Lisa Roberts
At-Large Debra Abrahams Weiner
At-Large Bruce Wexler

Westchester Jewish Council Board of Directors

  • Jeremy A. Abramson
  • Melissa Baer
  • Betty Berenson
  • Samuel E. Berger
  • Steven Berkowitz
  • Tracey Bilski
  • Joyce Claar
  • Asaf Cohen
  • Hon. Jeffrey A. Cohen (Ret.)
  • Lawrence D. Engle
  • Karen Everett
  • Allison Fine
  • Robert Fischer
  • Jonathan Flaxer
  • Aaron Fleishaker
  • Lisa Ginsberg
  • Michele Gregson
  • Bonnie Hagen
  • Michael Kane
  • Jeffrey Kapelus
  • Evan Kingsley
  • Stuart Kolbert
  • Elizabeth Lampert
  • Betsy Miller Landis
  • Gabriel Lomas
  • Jessica E. Lorden
  • Mitchell Ostrove
  • Sue Pearson
  • Joan Poulin
  • Keith Reich
  • Dan Reingold
  • Karen Rosenfeld
  • Martin Rogowsky
  • Ellen Salant
  • Audrey Samers
  • Danny Schultz
  • Yael Schulman
  • Stu Seltzer
  • Lori Sloane
  • Steven Smith
  • Richard Spitz
  • Harold Treiber
  • Giselle “Gigi” Weissman
  • Maj L. Wickstrom
  • Jamie Schaefer-Wilson
  • Steven L. Young
  • Nancy Zaro
  • Harriett “Gigi” Zeller
  • Jack Zinn

Ex-Officios

  • Rabbi Evan Hoffman, Chair, Westchester Board of Rabbis
  • Cantor Robin Joseph, Chair, Kol Hazzanim/Cantors of Westchester
  • Jessica E. Lorden, Chair, Synagogue Executive Directors

Honorary Directors/Past Presidents

(*indicates Past President)

  • David A. Alpert
  • Andrew Benerofe
  • Froma Benerofe
  • Ronald E. Burton*
  • Irwin S. Davison*
  • Hon. Sam Eisenberg (z”l)*
  • Donald Fleishaker
  • Martine Fleishman
  • Hon. Samuel G. Fredman (z”l)*
  • Robert Friedland
  • Donald Landis (z”l)*
  • Hon. Nita Lowey
  • Lester J. Millman*
  • Clarice Pressner (z”l)*
  • Lisa Roberts*
  • Harriet Schleifer
  • Saul Singer (z”l)*
  • Samuel Stein (z”l)*
  • Paul B. Warhit*
  • Debra Abrahams Weiner*
  • Rabbi Amiel Wohl (z”l)*

Staff

Chief Executive Officer Elliot Forchheimer
Assistant Executive Director Pam Goldstein
Program Director Donna Bartell
Communications and Operations Manager Lori Kurlander
Engagement and Special Projects Manager Helene Schonbrun
Financial Administrator Margo Lampert