Founder

Chico Sabbah z”l

1929 – 2006 

 

American Hebrew Academy
Board of Trustees
 

Leeor Sabbah, Chair

New York, New York

With Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education and Communication, Leeor Sabbah's life has come full circle to the American Hebrew Academy, where her skills as an educator, communicator, and marketing and development consultant merge with a passion for our heritage, a love of Israel and care and commitment to our students. As the daughter of the Academy's founders, Ms. Sabbah's chairing of the board continues the leadership and passion brought to the Academy by her parents.

Glenn Drew, Executive Director

Greensboro, North Carolina

Glenn A. Drew presently serves as Executive Director and General Counsel at the American Hebrew Academy. Mr. Drew is a founding member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees and has been the individual most responsible for the development, construction, and operation of the Academy since its opening in 2001. Mr. Drew is the nephew of Chico Sabbah, the Academy’s founder and served as Mr. Sabbah’s counsel and principal advisor on all Academy matters prior to his passing in 2006.

Mr. Drew has practiced law for twenty five years and advises corporate clients on international business matters and high net worth philanthropically minded individuals and families on asset management issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami, and is the recipient of an American Jurisprudence Award for his work in the area of Property law.

Mr. Drew has resided in Greensboro for 20 years together with his wife Kelly and two children, Benjamin, a graduate of AHA, and Danielle.

Marsha A. Cohen

Washington, D.C.

Marsha A. Cohen is Senior Vice President, Director of Education at the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA). RAA, headquartered in Washington D.C., is a non-profit trade association of reinsurers and reinsurance intermediaries. Ms. Cohen is responsible for the operations of the RAA’s Reinsurance Education Institute.

Prior to joining the RAA, Ms. Cohen was Assistant Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Royal Reinsurance American Holdings, and its subsidiaries American Royal Reinsurance Company, and American Royal Reinsurance Management Corporation, now known as QBE Re. Ms. Cohen began her career in reinsurance at the New England Reinsurance Corporation.

Ms. Cohen is active in industry and professional affairs. In October 2006, she was named by Business Insurance as one of the “Women to Watch.” In 2005, the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW) named Ms. Cohen “Insurance Woman of the Year.” In 2000, she was honored as one of Business Insurance Leading 100 Women and was presented with the Association of Professional Insurance Women’s (APIW) “Women of the Future Award.” She is a board member of the New York Chapter of CPCU; a committee member of the Reinsurance Section of the CPCU Society; Treasurer of the D.C. Insurance Federation; Board Member and Past Chair of the Insurance Education Council (IEC) to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL); Member of the Angus Robinson Scholarship Committee; Past-President of The International Alliance (TIA); Past-President of the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW). Ms. Cohen is a member of Boston University Metropolitan College Advisory Board. She was an adjunct professor of management at Baruch College, City University of New York from 1988 to 1992.

Ms. Cohen has been a speaker for industry organizations including: Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, Illinois State University, Drake University, Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES), CPCU Society, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Intermediaries & Reinsurance Underwriters Association (IRU, Inc), Contracts Wording Discussion Group, Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW), National Association of Mutual Insurance Commissioners (NAMIC), The International Alliance (TIA), and the New York Insurance Association.

Ms. Cohen received her Master's degree from Boston University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany. She has attained the designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe).

Joel Fleishman

Durham, North Carolina

Joel Fleishman has been a professor of law and public policy studies at Duke University since 1971 and was the founding director of what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy, which he led until January, 1983. Fleishman became chairman of the Duke’s Capital Campaign for the Arts & Sciences and Engineering in 1982, which succeeded in raising more than $200 million in endowment and $500 million overall. He was appointed vice president of the university in 1985, senior vice president of the university in 1988, and first senior vice president of the university in 1991.

In September of 1993, Fleishman became president of The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Co. Inc. in New York City, the United States Program Staff of Atlantic Philanthropies, a position he held until July 2001. In 2003, Professor Fleishman returned to Duke University to establish the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, of which he is now Faculty Chair.

Fleishman’s scholarly work reflects his long-standing interest in ethics, public policy, and not-for-profit organizations. His book, The Foundation: A Great American Secret---How Private Wealth Is Changing The World, was published in 2007 and followed by a paperback edition in 2009. His most recent book, Give Smart: Getting Results from Your Philanthropy, which he co-authored with Thomas Tierney, was published in 2011.

Mr. Fleishman has many significant associations, including his roles as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute; Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; member of the Board of Trustees of the Partnership for Public Service; member of the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy; Trustee of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Trustee of the Mesorah Heritage Foundation; and member of the Board of Directors of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

Douglas Greene

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Mr. Greene is Managing Director of Haberhill, LLC. Mr. Greene oversees all aspects of Haberhill's business and is directly responsible for investment origination, client and investor relations and supervision of due diligence, underwriting, and asset management.

 

Mr. Greene has over 26 years of experience in lodging finance, acquisition, disposition, and asset management, with total transaction volume of over $5 billion. Prior to forming Haberhill LLC in 2000 to invest in and provide advisory services to the lodging and hospitality industry, Mr. Greene spent 18 years with Marriott Corporation and Host Hotels and Resorts (formerly Host Marriott Corporation).

Larry Heyman

New York, New York

Larry is Chief Executive Officer of The Heyman Enterprise, his family’s investment office. Larry received an AB from Duke University in 1994 and a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1997. Mr. Heyman serves on the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Public Service, a Washington DC based non-profit organization with a mission to improve the public sector workforce. Larry is the proud husband of Kim Heyman and father of three children, Si, Sheldon, and Solomon Heyman, and the son of the late Samuel J. Heyman, founder of the Partnership for Public Service.

Bonnie Lipton

Highland Park, Illinois

Bonnie is a former National President of Hadassah, an Honorary Vice President, and a five generation Life Member. She currently serves as National Building Chair for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and is a member of the Hadassah Medical Organization Board of Directors.

Educated as a high school language teacher, Bonnie has spent her life as a volunteer. Her rise to the top leadership position of Hadassah encompasses a broad range of experience and portfolios. A past National Vice President of Hadassah, Bonnie served as Chair of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, the largest medical facility in the Middle East, founded and supported by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. She has served as the Chair of Building and Development, overseeing the building of the state-of-the-art Charlotte Bloomberg Mother and Child Center at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Ein Kerem. Bonnie has been Associate Coordinator of the Fundraising Division, National Major Gifts Chair, and National Membership Outreach Chair. She was Co-Chair of the 1994 National Convention in New York City and Chair of the 1995 National Convention, which was held in Jerusalem. She chaired the Henrietta Szold Award, Hadassah’s highest honor presented to outstanding leaders in medicine, education, arts and sciences, and social welfare.

A passionate Zionist, Bonnie has made over 250 trips to Israel, the first one in 1975, when she attended the rededication of Hadassah Hospital, Mt. Scopus, which had been rebuilt after its liberation in the 1967 Six Day War. Bonnie has led a number of Hadassah missions to Israel for Hebrew learners, for singles, for Founders, and for contributors of $100,000 or more to the organization.

A past President of the Western New England Region of Hadassah, she held many senior positions at the regional level, including Major Gifts Chair and Area Vice President. She is a past President of the Berkshire Hills Chapter. In 2007, The Western New England Region of Hadassah presented her with their first Women of Vision Award.

Bonnie is an Honorary Fellow of the World Zionist Organization and previously served on its Executive Committee. She has served as a delegate to the 30th, 32nd, and 34th World Zionist Congresses. Bonnie served on the Board of Directors of the Hadassah Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University and on the Executive Committee of AIPAC. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, served on the Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress, and was a Trustee of the Advisory Council to the Jewish Publication Society.

In addition to her leadership roles at Hadassah, Bonnie Lipton has had a distinguished career in the Jewish communal world, beginning in College when she followed her husband, Alan, as president of the Hillel Foundation at Purdue University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She also followed him as General Campaign Chair of the United Jewish Appeal for Berkshire County and as chair of the Israel Bond Campaign for Berkshire County. Bonnie served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

She served four years on the first United Jewish Appeal National Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet and was the recipient of a Council of Jewish Federations Young Leadership Award. She also served as Chair of Young Leadership locally and was honored as “Woman of the Year” by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

Bonnie now resides in Highland Park, Illinois; she was born and raised in Chicago. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mt. Sinai Hospital (Chicago) and a member of the Governing Commission of the Hillels of Illinois. She was a member on the Israel Overseas Commission of JUF, the Chicago Federation. Bonnie was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of Hebrew University and has been a Trustee of the Jewish Publication Society.

She previously lived in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for over 30 years. Bonnie and her late husband, Alan Lipton, are members of the Society of Major Donors. They have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D.

Waltham, Massachusetts

Dr. Reinharz is the President of the Mandel Foundation and Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History at Brandeis University. Jehuda Reinharz was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1944. He received his high school education in Germany and immigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1961.

 Dr. Reinharz earned concurrent bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He earned his master’s degree in medieval Jewish history from Harvard University in 1968 and his doctorate in modern Jewish history from Brandeis University in 1972.

 Dr. Reinharz was the first professor of Jewish history at the University of Michigan from 1972 to 1982, where he established the program in Judaic Studies.

 In 1982, he became the Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Two years later, he was named Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis and eight years later founded the Jacob and Libby Goodman Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel. From 1991 to 1994, Dr. Reinharz served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1994, he became the seventh president of Brandeis University. In January 2011, Dr. Reinharz assumed the presidency of the Mandel Foundation.

 Dr. Reinharz is the author of more than one hundred articles and twenty-four books in various languages. His Jew in the Modern World, (3rd edition 2011), co-edited with Paul Mendes-Flohr, is one of the most widely adopted college texts in modern Jewish history. His two-volume biography of Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, has won many prizes in Israel and the United States and his book, co-authored with the late Ben Halpern, entitled Zionism and the Creation of a New Society, was published in 1998 and re-issued in a revised paperback edition in 2000. His three latest books are Darwin and His Kind, published in Hebrew in 2009, Glorious, Accursed Europe in 2010, which analyzes the relationship of Jews to Europe from the 18th century to the present and The Scientific God, which deals with popular science in Hebrew in Eastern Europe in the second half of the 19th century. All three books are co-authored with Yaacov Shavit.


Dr. Reinharz is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Fairfield University, Ben Gurion University, the Weizmann Institute of Science and Brandeis University. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 1995, Dr. Reinharz was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1999 he was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he serves on a number of boards and advisory committees.

Jehuda Reinharz is married to Shulamit Reinharz, professor of sociology and director of the Women’s Studies Research Center and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. They have two daughters, Yael and Naomi.

Scott A. Shay

New York, New York

Mr. Shay is actively involved in Jewish formal and informal education.  He serves as a board member of the UJA – Jewish Federation of New York, and the American Hebrew Academy. He is a chair of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of UJA-Jewish Federation, of the Fund for Jewish Education and Hillel of New York. Mr. Shay is also a member of the Birthright Israel Steering Committee. He, and his wife Susan, are the founders of the Jewish Youth Connection. He is also a past board member of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, and the Jewish Agency, among other organizations.  Mr. Shay is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Signature Bank of New York. He is a partner and a co-founder of Hyperion Partners and Ranieri Partners. Mr. Shay is active in Israel investments having served for eight years as a member of the board of Bank Hapoalim. Mr. Shay received a B.A. from Northwestern University. In 1980, he received a Master of Management degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Michael H. Steinhardt

New York, New York

Michael H. Steinhardt is a legendary money manager turned philanthropist who is dedicated to creating a renaissance in American Jewish life. After he graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1960, Mr. Steinhardt began his financial career as a research associate, staff writer and securities analyst. In 1967 he formed his own hedge fund company, Steinhardt Partners L.P., where he made his fortune in one of the most spectacular careers in the history of Wall Street. Mr. Steinhardt has always believed that wealth and financial achievement alone are not sufficient to give full value and meaning to life. At the same time, he has felt growing alarm over the erosion of Jewish life in the Diaspora. In 1995, Michael Steinhardt stunned the financial world by announcing that he would close his lucrative hedge fund to devote his time and fortune to the causes of the Jewish world. Mr. Steinhardt directs his Jewish philanthropic activities through The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life which he chairs. Mr. Steinhardt was the co-founder of Birthright Israel and continues to be a major supporter to this day. Mr. Steinhardt also serves as Co-Chair of the Areivim Philanthropic Group. In addition, Mr. Steinhardt supports the development of Hebrew Language Charter Schools, Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the University of Pennsylvania, Tel Aviv University, and the Israel Museum. In 2001, Mr. Steinhardt published his memoirs, No Bull: My Life In and Out of the Markets (John Wiley & Sons, 2001). He and his wife, Judy, are the proud parents of David, Daniel and Sara, and the grandparents of Jacob, Joshua, Kira, Talia, Nathaniel, Theodore, Lila, Eli, Aetien, Aceena, Halean and Aaliyah.

Abe D. Tawil, MBA, MA, MD, JD

New York, New York

Abe holds Executive M.B.A, M.D, J.D., and M.A. degrees. Abe is a faculty member in Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business Departments of Management and Law. He serves as a Deputy Chair for the Department of Management.  Abe is a founding member of the Baruch Weisman School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee for the creation of a Jewish Studies Program at Baruch College. He currently is a certifying member of the Baruch Honors College Thesis writing program. Abe is founder and developer of the Health Care, Law and Entrepreneurship Summer Academy Programs for talented high school students at Baruch College.

Abe has held an interim appointment as a consultant to the Sr. Vice President for Finance and Administration at Baruch College. He has served as Baruch College’s Chief Human Resource Officer. Abe has served as Associate Dean for Professional Education/ Director of Continuing Studies in Baruch College’s Division of Continuing and Professional Studies. He was most recently the Executive Director for the Hillel Foundation at Baruch College.

Abe was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Management and Mathematics at New York University’s School of Professional and Industrial Studies and NYU’s McGhee School. Abe is the founder of the nationally recognized Leadership in Law Program at Columbia University. He was an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has served on the Faculty Advisory Boards for publishing companies including Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, and John Wiley & Co on textbooks in business, management, human resource management, and conflict management.

Abe is an independent contract mediator and has resolved multiparty, complex employment and labor, healthcare, family, transactional, and commercial disputes. Abe is an independent management consultant for several corporations, service organizations, and educational institutions. Abe is a founding partner of Helix Partners LLC, a performance management consulting company.  He is a founding partner of the Center for Competitive Advantage in Deal New Jersey.

In addition to practicing clinical emergency and internal medicine, Abe was Assistant to the Commissioner of Health, Director of Off-Island Medical Transport, Associate Director of Undergraduate and Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Health on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Abe was the founder, owner, and Director of Camp David Day Camp for 25 years.

Joseph Weilgus

New York, New York

Mr. Weilgus co-founded New Legacy Group with Adam Geiger in 2007, serving as its Chief Executive Officer.  The New Legacy Group, through its operating subsidiaries, engages in investment management, wealth advisory and proprietary investing across both the traditional and alternative investment marketplaces, serving the needs of sophisticated investors across the world.  Prior to co-founding New Legacy, Mr. Weilgus was formerly President of Geller Holdings, LLC and Managing Director, Client Relations at Geller & Company. Mr. Weilgus earned a B.S. from Yeshiva University and has participated in executive education programs at Harvard Business School. He was an undefeated NCAA tennis player and Editor-in-Chief of the business newspaper at Yeshiva. He is the Chairman and Founder of Project Sunshine, a multi-national children’s non-profit organization founded in 1998. Mr. Weilgus is also a member of the New York Philharmonic’s Philharmonic-Symphony Society and is a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the JTA Global News Service.

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