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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Jeff Singer

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

Executive Director
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Adrienne Gold Davis

Education/Trip Leader
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Allison Kent

Creative Services Manager
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Amy Cantor

Director of Finance and Operations
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Andy Boltax

Sr. Men’s Partnership Manager
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Anna Vainer

Partnership Development Manager, Europe & CIS
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Andrea Gottlieb

Senior Manager of External Relations
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Ariella Milobsky

Senior Partnership Development Manager
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Chaya Baruch

Personal Assistant to the Founding Director
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Connie Egland

External Relations Manager
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Dana Sender-Mulla

Director of Israel Office
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Dana Venegas

Partnership Development Manager, Northeast
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Dorina Zindel

Executive Assistant
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Erin Ring

Education Manager
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Galia Rubinstein

Partnership Development Manager
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Hadassa Cowland Goldberg

Social Media Manager
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Hannah Korelitz

Marketing Coordinator
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Hillel Hurwitz

Director of Marketing and Communications
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Ilene Rosen

Digital Communications Manager
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Ivonne Bengio

Part-Time Project Manager
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Janel Herman

Staff Accountant
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Judy Gross

Finance Coordinator
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Judy Victor

Marketing Manager
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Kayla Frankel

Momentum Program Manager
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Melissa Stein

Partnership Relations Manager for the Northeast Region
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Nisa Felps

Director of Programs and Partnerships
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Reut Moshonov Kipnis

Senior Manager of Government and Public Relations
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Robyn Godsick

Development Coordinator
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Robyn Hartman

Director of Development
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Roni Ezra-Friedman

Israel Community and Partnerships Manager
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Dr. Ronit Ziv-Kreger

Director of Education and Leadership Development
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Ruth Baars

Chief of Staff
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Sara Modi

Organizational Coordinator
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Tal Grinshtein

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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Imi Eiron

CEO of Saloona
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Sonia De Moskitto

Director of Programs, World Jewish Congress
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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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