Executive Committee

Julie Dorsey is in her fifth term of service for Jewish LearningWorks, where she currently serves as President of the Board of Directors.  She has served in many capacities for the organization, including Secretary and chair of Governance, and Development.  She is a Past President of the Board of Directors of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, where she was instrumental in the development and completion of their four-acre campus and has been heavily involved in board recruiting and leadership development.  She is an active member of Congregation Beth Jacob where she chaired the NESS Committee and the Religious School Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Building and Design committee. A sixth generation Californian, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California at Irvine.  After performing with several dance companies in Southern California, she returned to the Bay Area to teach ballet at the University of California at Santa Cruz and choreograph a variety of local productions.  She and her husband Daniel Leemon have three children and live in Atherton.

Sharon Weinberg, a retired Cosmetics Executive began her career in New York and later moved to San Francisco working for Sephora and Bare Escentuals. A graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland, Sharon is passionate about Jewish education and building Jewish community in the Bay Area. She served on the executive committee of Camp Tawonga, Federation committees and numerous volunteer positions at the Brandeis School. Sharon lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco and is a member of Beth Sholom.

Stephanie Snyder has a Bachelor of Science in economics/finance, holds a multiple subject K-8 teaching credential, is a graduate of Temple Isaiah’s Leading with a Jewish Heart program and is a certified a holistic nutritionist. Stephanie works with her clients to help them achieve their health goals and teaches courses on topics ranging from; the foundations of nutrition, women’s health, senior health, and youth health.  Stephanie is currently in the second year of her two-year term as Co-President of Women of Isaiah, Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County’s sisterhood. She brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to the roles she holds through her work experience and extensive volunteer experience at her children’s schools, in Lafayette Juniors, and at Temple Isaiah where she chaired several programs and committees: the annual sisterhood Kick-Off Co-chair, Kulanu Family Programming Co-Chair, Membership Co-chair, Values in Action social action Co-chair, and as member of Temple Isaiah Board for over six years. In her free time, Stephanie takes time to read for pleasure and enjoys hikes in the Bay Area with her dog, Murphy. Stephanie loves to harvest local produce from her backyard garden in Lafayette, California and prepare home cooked meals for her three children and husband.

Martha Adler is an independent consultant with over 20 years of corporate finance experience, primarily in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and high-technology industries. Her areas of expertise include senior management, functional, operational and SEC reporting, corporate governance enhancements, business processes and analysis, project management and systems planning and implementation. Prior to opening her consulting firm, she spent 10 years in the real estate and construction industry, including five years as the VP Finance at Carlson Design/Construct Corp. in San Francisco.  Martha has served on the Religious School Committee and as President of Beth El Women at Temple Beth El, in addition to participating in the Development Committee. She has also served as the President of the SF Bay Area Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association. She received her MBA from Golden Gate University and her BA from the University of Oregon. She lives in Half Moon Bay, CA with her husband, Michael, and her daughter Hannah, who is scheduled to start at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. Her eldest daughter, Sarah, is a student at NYU.

Ron Roth has served as a board member and officer of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Congregation Kol Emeth, Hillel at Stanford, and Jewish LearningWorks, as well as a board member of Kehillah Jewish High School. After a one-year break in 2018-2019, he is returning to the Jewish LearningWorks board. He has also been a volunteer classroom reader in a local public school for the Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Prior to his retirement, Ron was a partner with the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he co-chaired the tax department. Ron and his wife Sheree have two marvelous sons and daughters-in-law. Both their sons are alumni of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. They also have three perfect grandchildren from whom they shep unimaginable nachas. Ron was born and raised a practicing Philadelphia Phillies fan, although he has been a devout San Francisco Giants supporter for more than forty years. He occasionally dabbles in stand-up comedy. Ron received his B.A. from Lehigh University, his J.D. degree from Stanford University and his L.L.M. in taxation from N.Y.U.

Jeff Weitzman is an entrepreneur and corporate executive. He has been a leader or founder of a number of tech startups, most recently in the areas of machine learning analytics, IoT, and blockchain-based identity management. Earlier he held executive positions at non-profit Common Sense Media, Coupons.com (now Quotient Technology), and Yahoo. He served a term on the board of Federation’s Impact Grant Initiative and has been a board member at J. Weekly and the Hausner Jewish Day School, including a term as the school’s board president. He currently sits on the board of Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto.

Members

Joel Abramovitz is the Senior Family Educator at The Kitchen in San Francisco, where he oversees three educational communities: Kitchen Playground (for families with kids 0-5), Freedom School (for families with kids 6-13) and Freedom City (for teens 13+). Joel previously served as Judaic Studies Principal and the Middle School Principal at the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City, where he also taught Judaic Studies. Joel loves to teach and learn Bible, analyze Jewish comedy, and think about how his work as a Jew and Jewish educator intersects with social change. He is also deeply involved in the local organizing work of Bend the Arc, focusing on criminal justice reform. Joel is a graduate of the DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching) Program at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, and received his Master’s degree in Jewish Education from HUC-LA. Despite receiving much of his education in Southern California, Joel is a proud third-generation Bay Area native and lives in Berkeley. When not working, Joel can be found in his kitchen, baking or studying cookbooks as if they were sacred texts.

Ruvim Braude is serving his first term as a Board member of Jewish Learning Works.  Ruvim was born in St. Petersburg, Russia (Leningrad at the time). He grew up in the home of Rabbi A. Lubanov, his maternal grandfather, who was the Chief Rabbi of Leningrad’s Jewish community. Ruvim emigrated to the US as a political refugee in 1979. He has a MS in Materials Engineering from St. Petersburg Institute of Technology and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Ruvim has worked at HP, McKesson, and at Rodan+Fields in different management roles in Information Technology. He served on Board of Directors of AIPAC Pacific Northwest, as President of SF Metro JCRC, and Board member of Congregation Chevrah Thilim in San Francisco. He is a Wexner alumnus (2008). Ruvim, his wife, and his 2 sons live in San Francisco.

Nicole Cruz is a Southern California native currently residing in the Bay Area. She works at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center assisting with the implementation of their Salesforce-based database. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, outdoor activities, and participating in Jewish community events in the Bay Area. She is excited to participate in the Fed Fellows program and give back to the local community in a meaningful way.Other leadership and professional development programs Nicole has completed: Hazon’s Jewish Outdoor Food Farm Environmental Education (JOFEE) Fellowship in 2016 and the Federation’s Leadership 365 program in July 2019.

Allison Green has been the development director at J. The Jewish News since November 2017.

From 2009 – 2016 she was the program coordinator at the Jewish Community Library and continues to be involved with the Library by serving on the board of the Friends. At the June 2019 Annual Meeting for the Library, Allison and Judy Baston are being put forward as co-presidents of the Friends for 2019 – 2020. Since moving to California in 2006 to work for the Jewish National Fund as campaign executive for San Francisco and Seattle, she has also been involved in the Bay Area Jewish community with her positions at the Magnes Museum, Afikomen Judaica and Congregation Sherith Israel.

Allison’s background has been in development and working for cultural and other non-profit organizations and her resume includes: development assistant at the Jewish Museum in New York, development manager at the Freud Museum in London, development officer at the Immigration Advisory Service in London, cultural arts director at the JCC in Columbus, Ohio where she ran the theatre and organized the annual BookFair festival, and major gifts officer at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.                          

Irina Kovriga is passionate about Jewish education. She currently serves on the Executive Grant Making Committee and Teen Initiative Advisory Committee of the Jewish Community Federation. Irina also serves on the Helen Diller Education Award Committee and was its past chair. Her prior work included a term on the board of Kevah, now part of Hamaqom.  She is interested in organizational sustainability and non-profit finance and is currently taking accounting and nonprofit finance related courses at the Harvard Business School.

Irina immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union at the age of sixteen.  She has spent her professional career working with hearing impaired children and adults in the greater Boston area.  Irina holds a BA in Biology from University of Illinois, and a Doctorate in Audiology from A.T. Still School of Health Sciences.

Irina lives in Mill Valley with her husband Sasha and their two youngest daughters, 14 and 7. Her eldest daughter is a college junior.  In her free time Irina enjoys using her training as a professional chef to create elaborate dinners for family and friends.

Josh Rutberg leads customer success in North America for MuleSoft, a Salesforce company. Prior to that, Josh worked at LOYAL3, a fintech startup.  Before that, Josh worked at Bain & Co for 15 years.  Josh received an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Past Presidents

Julie Bannerman
Dr. Ellyn J. Cohen
Dr. Evan S. Dobelle
Julie Dorsey
Dr. Susan Folkman
Nanette Freedland
Douglas E. Goldman, M.D.
Gary Hammer
Sandra Kurland
Robert Lauter z”l
Nadine Levin-Abrams
William J. Lowenberg z”l
Laurence E. Myers z”l
Dr. Raquel Newman z”l
Sora Lei Newman
Michael R. Perman
Janis Sherman Popp
Kathy Reback
Dr. Barbara Rosenberg
James Sammet
Jane Springwater
David J. Steirman
Marlene Sturm
Arthur Zimmerman z”l