Leaders Assembly 2014

Roundtable Breakfast Facilitators

Insider Access

Round table discussions with these key professionals from foundations and community funds offer the unique opportunity to get a better understanding of how organizations and funders can work collaboratively and move the field forward.

(Advanced registration is required, and seats are first-come, first-served.)

President, Maimonides Fund
Mark Charendoff is the President of the Maimonides Fund, a foundation dedicated to education and Jewish identity in North America and Israel. He is the former President of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), an umbrella body of over 900 Jewish family foundations and independent funders. Prior to JFN, Mark was the Vice President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies where he helped to establish the Birthright Israel program, and he previously served as Director of Jewish Educational Services for the JCC Association of North America. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Birthright Israel Next and serves on the boards of Birthright Israel, Moishe House, the New York Jewish Week, the Karev Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Genesis Philanthropy Group. He is the recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from Brandeis University.

Associate DirectorJim Joseph Foundation
Sandy Edwards is Associate Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation. Her portfolio of grants includes the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Jewish Specialty Camp Incubators, Brandeis University’s development of JData—a national Jewish education database website—and three of the Foundation’s successful demonstration initiatives whose models are documented for dissemination: Jewish LearningWorks’ Bay Area Day School Israel Education initiative (BASIS), the Los Angeles High School Affordability Initiative, and the North Shore Teen Initiative.  Sandy developed the grantmaking procedures for the Jim Joseph Foundation as it began operations in 2006 and continues to have a role in managing and improving those procedures. In addition, she plays a leading role in the continued development of the Foundation’s evaluation program, including convening a consortium of evaluators.  Prior to joining the Jim Joseph Foundation, Sandy was a program officer and later managed grantmaking activities during her 20 year tenure at the Koret Foundation in San Francisco.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. in Educational Administration at the George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University.  Sandy also completed a post-doc in higher education at UCLA.

Senior Program Officer & Director of Strategy, Camping Programs, The AVI CHAI Foundation
Joel Einleger is a Senior Program Officer and AVI CHAI’s Director of Strategy, Camping Programs. In his 15 years at the Foundation, Joel has overseen the growth of its investments in overnight Jewish camps and worked towards collaborations among grantees and funders in the field. In his earlier years at AVI CHAI he was responsible for a range of day school projects, and is now working to sustain the Foundation’s investment in a Judaics and Hebrew language day school curriculum by helping its creators adapt it for a digital learning environment. Prior to AVI CHAI, Joel spent 20 years in the business world working for Pan Am, the New York Times and Pioneer Electronics, culminating as president of a national marketing services firm. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. A product of Jewish day schools and summer camps, Joel is happy to have traded the corporate world for the opportunity to work in Jewish philanthropy and meeting remarkable Jewish educators in different venues.

Mark Gold is the director of JCamp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. In his three year tenure as director of JCamp 180, Mark has overseen the expansion of the JCamp 180 program to three new matching grant programs and the addition of eighteen more client camps. Prior to joining JCamp 180 Mr. Gold worked as a manager of Research and Development for a Fortune 50 multi-national chemical company. JCamp 180 supports over 100 non-profit Jewish overnight and day camps throughout North America through with a focus on mentoring their Boards of Directors in strategic planning, governance, technology for outreach and fundraising.

Director of Philanthropic Initiatives, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest, NJ
Kim serves as Director of Philanthropic Initiatives for the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Greater MetroWest NJ, the planned giving and endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. She also has her own consulting firm, Hirsh Consulting Group, LLC, which focuses on fundraising and leadership development for Jewish non-profits. Over the past eight years at JCF, she has worked closely with leading philanthropic families and partner agencies to raise more than $75 million in support of Jewish identity programs, including Jewish day schools, Jewish camps, Birthright Israel, PJ Library and Jewish teen philanthropy. In her work at JCF, Kim worked closely with philanthropists, local leaders and the Foundation for Jewish Camp to create and build support for the Greater MetroWest Jewish Camp Enterprise, a leading community-based initiative that seeks to significantly increase the number of local children attending Jewish overnight camp. Following a $5 million endowment gift commitment and development of other long-term support, the program is now the largest endowed community-based program of its kind in North America.

President & FounderCenter for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy
Joseph Hyman has worked extensively with major philanthropists and foundations throughout his 24 year career in Jewish philanthropy. He has held senior positions with Friends of the IDF (1991-1997), Federation CJA (1998-2002) and UJA-Federation of New York (2002-2004), resulting in community efforts that raised over $250 million. In 2005, Hyman founded the Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy (CEJP) whose mission is to “Create a new Jewish philanthropic paradigm that is fully aligned with the investment and impact driven philosophy of today’s major philanthropists to ensure the strength and vitality of the Jewish community and Israel.” CEJP has facilitated over $75 million in new commitments and partnerships. Throughout his career, Hyman has been a visionary, developing cutting edge strategies to empower philanthropists. He strongly advocates for the role of major donors as active partners in the planning process. It is this belief that led him to found CEJP.

Executive Director, 
The Lillian & Larry Goodman Foundations
Susan Rifkin joined the Lillian & Larry Goodman Foundations as Executive Director in 2011. She oversees all staff and grants related to the Foundations’ 5 areas of giving: Israel, Modern Israel History Education, Substance Abuse Prevention, Hunger Relief and Chicago Projects. Her background in the corporate world includes financial and logistics positions with several Fortune 500 companies. Fifteen years ago, she shifted her talents to the non-profit world. Combining her personal experience in Chicago’s Jewish community with sound business training, she has held management positions with several Jewish charities. Susan is a board member of the national Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation and an advisory board member of the Jewish Center for Addiction in Chicago.

President, Ruderman Family Foundation
Jay Ruderman is the President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities in Israel and the Jewish community worldwide and educating Israeli leaders on the American Jewish community. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funders Network and is a member of the JDC Executive Committee. Jay was a life-long Bostonian until moving to Israel seven years ago. Upon graduating law school, he began his career as an assistant district attorney in Salem, Massachusetts. In the fall of 2001, he became Deputy Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in New England. In 2005, Mr. Ruderman enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and became the liaison between the IDF and Diaspora Jewry. After his service in the IDF, he returned to AIPAC as the Leadership Director for AIPAC in Israel. Jay graduated from Brandeis University with honors and received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Executive Director
Genesis Philanthropy Group
Ilia is the Executive Director of Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) in North America, a private foundation whose mission is to develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide. Since joining GPG in 2009, Ilia has been responsible for oversight and strategic management of the foundation's work in North America, which has led to the development of a robust portfolio of innovative and effective educational, as well as community-building initiatives across Russian-speaking Jewish communities, large and small. A strong believer in the impact of philanthropic collaboration, Ilia serves on a number of philanthropic forums and plays a key role in developing partnerships across the entire spectrum of the work of the foundation.

President & CEO
Jewish Funders Network
Andrés Spokoiny is the President and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, an organization that works with Jewish funders, at the individual and collective levels, to improve the quality of their giving and maximize their impact as they make the change they want to see in the world. A long-time Jewish communal leader with a history of leading successful organizational transformations, Andrés was the CEO of Federation CJA in Montreal from 2009–2011 and worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Community (JDC) in Paris as Regional Director of Northeast Europe, serving as the Director of Leatid Europe- a leadership training institute for Jewish lay and professional leaders, and directing the International Center for Community Development. Originally from Argentina, Andrés has an academic background in business, education and rabbinical studies from a variety of institutions around the world. He is fluent in Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Yiddish, and is proficient in Russian and German.