Leadership & Staff

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
Directory/Connect-ory Manager Joi Baum

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, 2020-2021

Westchester Jewish Council Executive Committee

* Board Officers serve a one-year term.

President Lisa Roberts
Vice President Jeff Kohn
Vice President Jessica Morgenthal
Vice President Betsy Bernstein
Treasurer Marc H. Klee
Associate Treasurer Michael Karnes
Secretary Elizabeth Lampert
Associate Secretary Steven L. Young
At-Large Debra Abrahams Weiner
At-Large William H. Schrag
At-Large Arnold Linhardt

Westchester Jewish Council Board of Directors

  • Jeremy A. Abramson
  • Mona Abramson
  • David A. Alpert
  • Harold Aspis
  • Melissa Baer
  • Ellen Jancko-Baken
  • Michelle Beinhacker
  • Betty Berenson
  • Samuel E. Berger
  • Joyce Claar
  • Steve Cony
  • Lawrence Engle
  • David Eppinger
  • Karen Everett
  • Holly Rosen Fink
  • Karen Firestone
  • Jonathan Flaxer
  • Aaron Fleishaker
  • Michelle Gewanter
  • Lisa Ginsberg
  • Michele Gregson
  • Bonnie Hagen
  • Jeffrey Kapelus
  • Arlene Kleinberg
  • Stuart Kolbert
  • Elizabeth Lampert
  • Betsy Miller┬áLandis
  • Marti Michael
  • David Miller
  • Michael Mittelman
  • Mitchell Ostrove
  • Sue Pearson
  • Keith Reich
  • Dan Reingold
  • Marilyn Kneller-Rimsky
  • Julie Rockowitz
  • Michael Rosenblut
  • Karen Rosenfeld
  • Martin Rogowsky
  • Ellen Salant
  • Danny Schultz
  • Jane Silverman
  • Lori Sloane
  • Jennifer Sokol
  • Sheila Spicehandler
  • Richard Spitz
  • Ann Tourk
  • Gary Trachten
  • Giselle “Gigi” Weissman
  • Bruce Wexler
  • Jamie Schaefer-Wilson
  • Nancy Zaro
  • Harriett “Gigi” Zeller
  • Jack Zitomer

Ex-Oficios

  • Rabbi Howard Goldsmith, Chair, Westchester Board of Rabbis
  • Robin Joseph, Chair, Kol Hazzanim
  • Stuart Skolnick, Chair, Synagogue Executive Directors

Honorary Directors

  • Andrew Benerofe
  • Froma Benerofe
  • Hon. Eliot Engel
  • Donald Fleishaker
  • Martine Fleishman
  • Robert Friedland
  • Hon. Nita Lowey
  • Harriet Schleifer

Past Presidents (in reverse order of service)

  • Paul B. Warhit
  • Ronald E. Burton
  • Debra Abrahams Weiner
  • Irwin S. Davison
  • Lester J. Millman
  • Donald Landis (z”l)
  • Saul Singer
  • Samuel Stein (z”l)
  • Hon. Sam Eisenberg (z”l)
  • Hon. Samuel G. Fredman (z”l)
  • Clarice Pressner (z”l)
  • Rabbi Amiel Wohl (z”l)