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

Past President, Co-Founder
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Debbie Hochberg

Momentum’s Board President Elect
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Manette Mayberg

VP Institutional Advancement,
Trustee, Past President of the Board, 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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Betty Grinstein

Board Member
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Cheryl Leon

Board Member
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Connie Lindenauer

Treasurer, 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)

Past Board Members

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Betsy Friedlander

BOARD MEMBER
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Dana Sicherman

BOARD MEMBER, CO-FOUNDER
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Ellen B. Kagen Waghelstein

BOARD MEMBER
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Jeanie Milbauer

FOUNDING PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER
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Mahra Palet

BOARD MEMBER

In 2008, eight Jewish women from different walks of life, affiliations, observance, and ages – the “Utah 8” – came together to make a difference. They agreed that it was time to empower and inspire women with the rich beauty of their Jewish heritage, and Momentum was born.
“All eight of us had a sense that living and transmitting Jewish values was the key to realizing each human being’s greatest potential in all of her gorgeous singularity. Since then, ‘unity without uniformity’ has been a pillar of this impactful movement.” - Momentum Co-Founder Manette Mayberg.

Back Row (left to right):
Dana Sicherman, Lori Palatnik, Rebecca Dorfman, Cindy Zitelman

Front Row (left to right):
Manette Mayberg, Michelle Leader, Lara Novack, Jeanie Milbauer

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

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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Anna Vainer

Sr. Partner Relationship Manager
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Andrea Gottlieb

Regional Development Director
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Carmi Gold

Salesforce & Systems Administrator
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Chaya Baruch

Executive Assistant
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Dana Sender-Mulla

Director of Israel Office
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Dori Botts

Regional Engagement Director
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Dorina Zindel

Sr Manager Executive Office
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Galia Rubinstein

Senior Partner Relationship Manager
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Gila H. Madjar

Partnership Relationship Manager
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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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Jennifer Jalowiec Carrocci

Senior Systems & Salesforce Manager
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Jessica Minnen Berkowitz

Senior Education Specialist
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Jody Portnoff Braunig

Development Relationship Manager
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Judy Gross

Partnership & Education Coordinator
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Judy Victor

Senior Marketing Manager
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Katelyn Vaughan

HR Coordinator
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Kayla Frankel

Project Manager
Partnerships & Programs
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Lani Preis

Director of Marketing and Communications
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Leah Lubel

Executive Assistant
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Leora Peretz

Israel Relationship and Project Manager
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Lynn Turner Sousley

Education Project Manager, PJL
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Maya Barlev Eshel

Interim Project Manager
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Megan Webb

Relationship Development Manager
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Melanie Weintraub

Project Manager, Partnerships + Programs
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Melissa Stein

Partner Relationship Manager
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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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Ronit Ziv-Kreger

Director of Education and Leadership Development
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Ruth Baars

Chief Operating Officer
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Sharon Litwak

Partnership Relationship Manager - Western Region
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Stephanie Smartschan

Development Project Manager
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Tamar Sabah Klein

Israel Relationship Manager
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Tova Dworkin

Development Relationship Manager
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Yaakov Singer

Database Manager
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Yael Rosen

Regional Development Director
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Zahava Klein

Partnership Project Manager​

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For Jewish mothers with children age 18 and under

FREE (excl. airfare)

Each woman receives a $3650 scholarship

Partner organization contributes $700 per woman

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