Advisory Committee

The Joint Elka Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives of our strategic partners. The committee directs the organization’s progress, its impact and its strategic development.

Committee Members

Angelica Berrie

Angelica Berrie

Angelica Berrie

Angelica Berrie

Angelica Berrie

Co-Chair of AC, Russell Berrie Foundation; a JDC Board member; member of the Board of the Leichtag Foundation; board member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America; President of the Russell Berrie Foundation, which makes transformational gifts to seed innovative philanthropic ventures that express Russ Berrie's entrepreneurial spirit. Angelica also serves as the Vice President of Friends of Ofanim, whose mission is to reduce social and economic gaps in Israel by using mobile classrooms to deliver high quality supplemental education to every child in Israel's periphery.
Sanford (Sandy) Antignas

Sanford (Sandy) Antignas

Sanford (Sandy) Antignas

Sanford (Sandy) Antignas

Sanford (Sandy) Antignas

Sandy is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Capital Tree Holdings Limited. He has served on the Joint-ELKA Advisory Committee since its inception. He also serves on the International Planning and Allocations Committee for UJA-Federation of New York (UJA). In the past Sandy served on UJA’s board of directors and has led several national and international UJA Israel grant making planning committees. He also serves on the JFNA's Israel Appeals Board of Directors in the United States and as Chairman of the Israel Companies and Assets Committee. In addition, he serves on the JFNA Budget and Financing Committee, overseas committees and the JFNA Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Affairs Council in New York and is co-chair of the Council's Israel and International Affairs Committee. A graduate of the Wexner programs and the National Cabinet for Young Leadership of JFNA. He holds a B.S. in business management from Berkley University California, and an MBA from the University of New York. He is also a candidate for a Master's Degree in International Relations from Columbia University.
Ruth Saltzman

Ruth Saltzman

Ruth Saltzman

Ruth Saltzman

Ruth Saltzman

CEO, The Russell Berrie Foundation. Ruth’s career has revolved around providing capital to mission-oriented organizations. In 2008 she became the CEO of The Russell Berrie Foundation, which promotes the continuity and enrichment of Jewish communal life, supports advances in medicine focusing on diabetes and humanism in medicine, and fosters the spirit of religious understanding and pluralism. The Berrie Foundation funds locally in Northern New Jersey and internationally primarily in Israel. Before joining The Russell Berrie Foundation, Ruth had a career in banking at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor institutions, with an extensive background in lending and investing within the social sector. As Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending & Investing within the Community Development Group of JPMorgan Chase, she managed the non-real-estate business sectors of CDG, lending to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community development financial intermediaries. Ruth also initiated and managed the socially responsible investing program at JPMC. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Principal of Ruth Salzman Consulting, a private consulting firm that focused on business strategy development for financial institutions, working to grow their activities in the small business, nonprofit and social enterprise fields. Ruth is a board member of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and a past board member of the Primary Care Development Corporation. Both organizations provide capital and robust technical advisory services to the social sector.
Lynn Jacobs

Lynn Jacobs

Lynn Jacobs

Lynn Jacobs

Lynn Jacobs

Lynn is an Organizational Effectiveness expert who has vast experience in assessing development needs, designing and delivering dynamic, results oriented programming that aligns with and helps advance organizational strategy, manager or leader coaching and managing the learning function. Currently, Lynn is Executive Director of the GeoSentinel Foundation, which funds research in the area of emerging infectious diseases and Chief of Staff to Bradley A. Connor. Her career includes over 25 years of experience working in Academic Medical Centers in New York. She was a principal in a knitting business, and currently a real estate development company which buys, renovates and invests in homes in the New York area. Lynn is an expert activist, who has worked with the Clinton Global Initiative, at Donna Karan, at the Urban Zen conference, at the Advancing Futures of Adults with Autism conference and the NYC Seaport Speaks conference. She has held many positions in the UJA Federation: Chair of the Global Jewish Communities Committee, on the conference task force of the Civil Society of the Jewish people where she serves as a liaison to JDC ELKA. Previously she served on as the Chair of the Evaluation Task Force for the Treatment Commission, Chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Development program. She is currently a member of the Board of Jewish National Fund in Westchester, New York and previously was the New York Chair of the Board of Ashalim (a binational Israeli / NY NGO partnership), serving the needs of the high risk youth in Israel.
Marc Suvall

Marc Suvall

Marc Suvall

Marc Suvall

Marc Suvall

Marc Suvall retired from the financial industry in 1998 to pursue three goals: hands on philanthropy, teaching, and trying to understand why Judaism was so important to him, and he continues to pursue these goals. Marc has held a number of leadership positions at the UJA Federation of New York and he is particularly proud of establishing and chairing the Strengthening Israeli Civil Society allocation committee. He is currently serving on the International Allocation Committee. In the past he was the President of the Baron de Hirsch Foundation, focusing on supporting Ethiopian Israelis, and he is currently a board member. He is on the Advisory Committee of SAHI, an Israeli organization improving the self-esteem of at-risk Israeli youth through performing acts of grace. Mark is on the Board, the Israel Executive Committee, and the Strategic Finance Committee of the JDC. He helped create the JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance, now JDC ELKA, and is the present chair. Since leaving the business world, Marc taught math as a volunteer for seventeen years in a school for kids with special needs in the south Bronx. He has taught college math in the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York since 2003. He served as Senior Managing Director at UBS and a Board member of UBS NA. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of First Boston Corporation. Marc graduated with an MBA from Wharton Business School in 1978. He is happily married to Harriet Kaplan Suvall and they have two children and two grandchildren.
Helen Abeles

Helen Abeles

Helen Abeles

Helen Abeles

Helen Abeles

Helen is a member of the JDC board. She is an executive at JGL Investments, a private investment company with interest in Australia, Israel, Asia, and the United States. Helen is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. She and her husband, Michael, have four children and many grandchildren.
Penni and Steve Weinberg

Penni and Steve Weinberg

Penni and Steve Weinberg

Penni and Steve Weinberg

Penni and Steve Weinberg

Members of the JDC board. Penni Weinberg is the Associate Chair of the Israel Eshel sub-committee and a past chair of the JDC FSU Belarus Moldova Committee. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, member of the Board of Directors of the University Hospital of Cleveland, and the Woman's council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Penni and Steve Weinberg have also served on many committees of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, and they led the Centennial Celebration in 2003. They recently won the JNF Tree of Life Award. Penny and Steve have 3 daughters, Pamela, Jennifer and Stephanie and seven grandchildren.
Martin Paisner

Martin Paisner

Martin Paisner

Martin Paisner

Martin Paisner

Member of the Joint Board. Martin attended St. Paul's School, London (1956-1961), the Sorbonne, Paris (1961-1962), Worcester College, Oxford (1962-1965) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1966-1967). Master's degree in Oxford and Master's degree in Michigan. Martin was certified as a lawyer in January 1970 and became a partner with Paisner & Co. in 1972 (this company merged with Barwin Layton and founded Barwin Layton Feisner in May 2001). Throughout his career Martin specialized in charity law and representing private clients. Martin is a member of the Garrick, Reform and Buck Clubs. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary University of London, Worcester College, Oxford and Kings College London. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow and was appointed CBE in June 2004. Married and father of four grown children. His hobbies include the collection of ancient books (English literature from the 18th / 19th centuries and travels before the First World War).
Iris Florentin

Iris Florentin

Iris Florentin

Iris Florentin

Iris Florentin

Senior Associate Director, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. Since 2014, Iris has served as senior deputy director and director of the Division for Social and Personal Services in the Ministry of Welfare. In this position, Iris is responsible for developing, initiating, providing, and supervising services. In her previous position, Iris served for 12 years as director of the Service for Treatment of Addictions in the Ministry of Welfare. Beginning as a psychiatric social worker in the Beer Ya'akov Hospital, she went on to be deputy director of the Ramle Municipality Welfare Department, national supervisor for treatment of people with drug addictions, and deputy director of the Services for Treatment of People with Drug Addictions in the Ministry of Welfare. Over the years Iris has lectured in numerous conferences on issues related to treatments for addictions, and has participated on official delegations abroad on behalf of the Ministry of Welfare. Iris has an MA in Public Administration and Policy from the Hebrew University. In addition, she has an MSW from Tel Aviv University, and a BSW specializing in Mental Health. Iris also has social work expertise in the area of corrections, and training in mediation, strategic therapy, behavioural therapy, family and couples therapy, therapy for anxiety and addictions therapy. Iris is a graduate of the Mandel Institute Program for Senior Civil Servants.
Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Senior Deputy Director General and Head of the Administration for Strategy, Economic Planning, Research and Regulation. Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. In 2019, Nir started a his position at the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services, where he is responsible for all aspects of quality and supervision of the social services in Israel. Between the years 2014-2019, Nir served as Senior Deputy DG and Head of the Strategic and Economic Planning Administration at the Ministry of Health. He was responsible for the development and promotion of the Ministry's strategic plans, economic planning of the health system, promotion of national reforms and more. Nir filled additional positions in the Health Ministry, including director of the area of Health Economics and senior coordinator of Health Economics, both in the Economics and Health Insurance division. Nir has an MA in Public Policy, in the program for exceptional students at the Hebrew University, and a Master of Social Sciences and Humanitarian Affairs in a joint program of the Hebrew University and La Sapienza in Rome. Nir has a BA in the combined program in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, also from the Hebrew University.
Muhammad Al-Nabari

Muhammad Al-Nabari

Muhammad Al-Nabari

Muhammad Al-Nabari

Muhammad Al-Nabari

Dr. Allnabari was born in 1970 near Zrifin to a family from Hora, and at a young age he returned to live in the southern Bedouin village. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Chemistry from the Hebrew University and a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Ben-Gurion University. After completing his academic career Dr. Allnabari began working in a Pharmaceutical company, Perrigo, progressed to managerial positions and registered 12 patents in his name. In 2005 he left Perrigo and was elected head of the Hura Local Council. His achievements during his tenure are many. In the first decade, property tax collection rates rose from 4% to 86% in 2015. The council’s budget increased from 29 million Shekels to 132 million shekels. He established a sewage treatment plant in Hura, a catering company that employs single women and an economic company, and opened a school for gifted children in the community. In order to deal with a serious problem of vandalism in the community the council installed over 100 cameras that reduced the level of violence. Allnabari has established an advanced municipal call center that provides paid outsourcing services to other Arab authorities. Allnabari is one of the founders of the Desert Stars Association, which cultivates young Bedouin leadership. He is the chairman of the Wadi Atir project, a board member of the Avraham Foundation, a board member of the Agik Association and serves on the Board of Governors of the Sapir College. Dr. Albnabari is married and has six children.
Ophir Katz

Ophir Katz

Ophir Katz

Ophir Katz

Ophir Katz

Adv. Ophir Katz, founder of the law firm Ophir Katz Advocates; Co. (1979), participates in all of the main forums concerning civil society matters; actively involved in all of the proceedings for primary and secondary legislation on matters of not-for-profit institutions; active in several social organizations, and until recently served as Chairman of “Civic Leadership” – the umbrella organization of the not-for-profit institutions in Israel; one of the representatives of the civil society organizations before the Knesset committees and before the government; author of the book “The Associations Law in Practice”; taught “Not-for-Profit Institutions Law” for a Master’s (M.A.) Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lectures in many other forums.
Itzik Dvash

Itzik Dvash

Itzik Dvash

Itzik Dvash

Itzik Dvash

Itzik is a volunteer leader, a business and social entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in venture capital and private equity investments, and several years of experience as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse, First Boston in New York, London and Tokyo. He established a number of private equity funds and assisted a variety of Israeli companies in their international development. In the social sphere, Itzik is co-founder of Atudot Le’Israel, an national initiative of 25 talent management programs for the public sector, meant to help meet a number of current and future challenges facing Israeli society. Itzik served as an active advisor to the Israeli government in numerous capacities and committees, including ones that improved the allocation of capital to the private sector, the government, and the public sector, while decreasing systemic risk. Additionally, Itzik founded and serves as the Chairman of both the Wharton and Harvard Business School Clubs of Israel. Itzik served as an Officer in the Artillery Corps. He holds a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. Isaac and his wife Annya live in Tel Aviv and have three children.
Shuki Ehrlich

Shuki Ehrlich

Shuki Ehrlich

Shuki Ehrlich

Shuki Ehrlich

Shuki Ehrlich is a veteran of the Software industry in Israel and now an active social investor, chairs Committed to Give, promoting Israeli philanthropy. A group of Israeli private donors formed to meet a shared challenge: to increase private giving among wealthy Israelis. The profile of the members of this group is of long-standing social investors. The initiative is a collaboration of Shitufim and the Jewish Funders Network (JFN). Mr. Ehrlich sits also on Tel Aviv University’s Board of Governors. Mr. Ehrlich was Managing Director at Giza Venture Capital for 10 years, and prior to that he was employed for 15 years at Amdocs, where his last position was Senior Vice President of Business Development. Currently, serves as a director on the board of Nice LTD, a leading HI Tech company in Israel, traded both un TA stock exchange and Nasdaq.
Nimrod Goor

Nimrod Goor

Nimrod Goor

Nimrod Goor

Nimrod Goor

Nimrod Goor is a Founding Partner at Helios Energy Investments, Israel’s largest private equity fund specializing in renewable energy power generation, with more than $500 million of investments in solar PV, wind, bio-mass, and bio-gas power plants in Europe and Israel. Previously, Nimrod was a Partner at Precede Technologies, a seed stage technology investment firm investing in the clean-tech sector. He has held multiple managerial positions in various technology and aerospace companies in the US and Israel, including Model N (“MODN” NYSE), MedSim medical simulation, and Banner Aerospace (“BAR” NYSE). In addition to his business activities, Nimrod has been engaged in various non-profit organizations in the US and Israel, including the San Francisco Federation, AIPAC, and Hauzner Jewish Community Day School in Palo Alto, CA. He currently serves as a Trustee of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and as a Board Member at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Nimrod served as an Israel Air Force combat pilot for seven years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Tel Aviv University and California Coast University and an MBA from the Harvard School of Business Administration. Nimrod is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program in San Francisco. He is married to Dorothy Gur and they have three children.
Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Executive Director of Joint Israel. Sigal holds a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in the Department of Labor Studies, specializing in the fields of immigration and employment. In 2001, she joined the Research and Economics Administration at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor and served there for six years. During this period, she was involved in the implementation and management of programs to integrate various populations into the workforce. In 2007, Sigal began working at Joint-TEVET, the joint employment project of Joint Israel and the Government of Israel, where she developed programs to benefit Arab society and immigrants and to improve relations with employers. Sigal was appointed director of Joint-TEVET in 2012, and in 2018, she became the CEO of Joint Israel.
Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Director of Joint Elka. Ori has held various positions since joining Joint Elka in 2013. For the past two years, he has served as Deputy CEO and Head of Cross Sector Collaboration. In this role Ori has been responsible for initiating and leading diverse partnerships between government and civil society aimed at strengthening shared work capabilities, cultivating networks of change agents, leading innovation in the public sector, and more. Prior to joining Joint Elka, Uri served as a strategic consultant to the BDO Group where he advised an array of private and public organizations. Ori holds an MBA from Ben-Gurion University, and a Bachelor of Philosophy from the Hebrew University, both cum laude. Ori served in the Israeli Air Force as a fighter pilot and continues to serve as a reserve flight instructor.
Michal Ben-Dov

Michal Ben-Dov

Michal Ben-Dov

Michal Ben-Dov

Michal Ben-Dov

Joint Elka. Before starting her work with the Institute for Leadership and Governance, Michal graduated from two years at the Mandel Leadership Institute where she focused her research and field work on involving Israeli educators in the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood. Previously, Michal founded and directed Camp USA, a non-profit organization which aims to strengthen the connection between the two largest Jewish communities in the world, Israel and North America by sending Israeli teens to Jewish summer camps in NA. She was involved earlier with Maccabi World Movement, where she directed the Junior Maccabiah in 2005. She served as an emissary of the Jewish Agency to the JCC Association (the umbrella organization of Jewish community centers in the U.S. and Canada). She completed her MA cum laude in Jewish studies at Tel Aviv University, and holds a BA in biology and Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Remembering The late Yossi Bachar.

Dr. Yossi Bachar was Co-Chair, of Joint Elka's Advisory Committee from 2015-2020.
In December 2020, Yossi passed away, leaving behind a large void. Yossi has been a very important and central figure in our work at Joint Elka in recent years, as chairman of the advisory committee, as a mentor and as a member. But his spirit, values and truth - will remain with us and they will light our way. Yossi was a leader who took responsibility, equipped with wisdom, compassion, caring, with quiet and captivating charisma. He played his part with vigor and action that is still evident to this day.
Dr. Bachar graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attaining his bachelor's degree with honors in economics and accounting in 1980, and gained his Master's degree and a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from the University of Berkeley, California