Our People

Our board, composed of members from different backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, provides vision, guidance, and passion for our work, goals, and journey.

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Helen Zalik

Board President
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Andrea Shlipak Mail

Immediate Past Board President
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Cindy Zitelman

Treasurer, Past President, Co-Founder
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Manette Mayberg

VP Institutional Advancement,
Trustee, Past President of the Board, Co-Founder
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Jeanie Milbauer

Vice President Nominations,
Past President, Co-Founder
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Lori Palatnik

Ex officio member,
Founding Director
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Michelle Leader

Vice President, Trustee, Co-Founder
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Rachel Chafetz

Secretary
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Dana Sicherman

Board Member, Co-Founder
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Ellen B. Kagen Waghelstein

Board Member
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Betty Grinstein

Board Member
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Cheryl Leon

Board Member
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Connie Lindenauer

Board Member
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Jeff Singer

Board Member
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Rivka Kidron

Board Member
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Sheryl Hartman

Ex Officio Board Member (Canada Liaison)
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Charlie Harary

Ex Officio Board Member (Men’s Council Liaison)

From the very beginning, Momentum has been blessed with a fantastic team. As we grow, we continue to be inspired by the impact of our work and the mark we are leaving on the Jewish world.

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Lori Palatnik

Founding Director
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Ben Pery

Chief Executive Officer
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Adrienne Gold Davis

Director of Experience & Engagement
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Allison Kent

Creative Services Manager
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Amy Cantor

Chief Financial Officer
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Andy Boltax

Senior Men’s Partnership Manager
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Anna Vainer

Sr. Partner Relationship Manager
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Andrea Gottlieb

Regional Development Director
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Chaya Baruch

Executive Assistant
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Dana Sender-Mulla

Director of Israel Office
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Dana Venegas

Project Manager Partnerships & Programs
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Dorina Zindel

Sr Manager Executive Office
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Erin Ring

Education Manager
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Galia Rubinstein

Senior Partner Relationship Manager
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Hadassa Cowland Goldberg

Social Media Manager
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Hannah Korelitz

Marketing and Communications Project Manager
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Hillel Hurwitz

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
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Ilene Rosen

Digital Communications Manager
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Ivonne Bengio

Project Manager Partnerships & Programs
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Janel Herman

Staff Accountant
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Jenna Neulander

Foundations Relations Manager
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Judy Gross

Finance Coordinator
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Judy Victor

Production Manager
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Kayla Frankel

Project Manager Partnerships & Programs
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Melissa Stein

Partner Relationship Manager
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Miriam Gowar

Board & Executive Coordinator
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Nisa Felps

Director of Partnerships & Programs
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Reut Moshonov Kipnis

Senior Manager of Govt & Public Relations
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Robyn Hartman

Director of Development
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Roni Amitai-Raz

Israel Community Manager
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Dr. Ronit Ziv-Kreger

Director of Education and Leadership Development
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Ruth Baars

Chief Operating Officer
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Sara Modi

Program Coordinator
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Tova Dworkin

Development Relationship Manager
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Yaakov Singer

Database Manager

In 2017, Momentum formed its Public Council in Israel. Composed of distinguished Israeli women of all religious, political and professional backgrounds, the council supports Momentum’s efforts in promoting ‘Unity, Not Uniformity’ in Israeli society and in the Jewish world.

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Miriam Peretz

Israeli Educator
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Mehereta Baruch Ron

Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv
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Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel

Torah Educator and Director of Matan’s Hilkhata Institute
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Lihi Lapid

Author and Journalist
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Prof. Rivka Carmi

President of Ben-Gurion University
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Rivka Ravitz

Chief of Staff to the President of the State of Israel
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Sonia Gomes De Mesquita

Senior Deputy CEO - Spero Impact Solutions and CEO of the Centre for Jewish Impact
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Michal Cohen

CEO of the Rashi Foundation
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Orna Hozman-Bechor

Chairwoman of Ashdod Port
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Adi Altschuler

Social Entrepreneur
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Batsheva Moshe

CEO of Unistream
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Racheli Ebenboim

Entrepreneur and Activist
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Adina Bar-Shalom

Educator, Recipient of the Israel Prize
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Yochi Brandes

Author and Educator
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Aliza Lavie

Former MK, Chair of Mt. Herzl

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