Coaches

Each Fellow is matched with a Coach: a sounding board and ideally an advocate for their matched Fellow who assists him/her with the venture throughout the six-month program. A Coach is a young professional with industry-specific experience, an exemplary skill set, or general knowledge with an inquisitive and creative approach to problem solving.

Coaches commit to training courses and at least one monthly meeting with their Fellow over the six months to work on Venture Milestones and other general strategy and work-planning questions.

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2012 Threshold Coaches

Abby Alfred’s life path is motivated by her Jewish upbringing, which stressed the importance of being a compassionate individual committed to helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate than herself. These values led her to work in the foster care system in New York City after completing an undergraduate degree at Barnard College. Wanting to improve my her skills to better serve and advocate for youth in the child welfare system, Abby pursued a Masters in Social Work, focusing on community development and advocacy, primarily in an international context. Abby worked in South Africa at a health and welfare clinic, assessing and re-developing their programs for orphans and vulnerable children in some of the poorest areas of the country. Abby is curious and loves people, which is why she loves traveling and exploring new places, always getting to know people from the local context and, of course, enjoying the local cuisine. Above anything else, Abby likes to connect with anyone on a human level and understand new perspectives and challenge herself to think differently.

Ron Allswang is the Director of Resource Development at Yeshivat Hesder Holon. Previously he worked as the Director of Resource Development for Yeshivat Maale Gilboa and the World Director of Tehilla.

Ron received a B.A in Economics from Yeshiva University and completed MBA courses at St. Johns University. He lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and five children, and enjoys basketball, reading and traveling.

Jamie David was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and has always been extremely active in her local Jewish community. She attended college in Oregon and throughout her studies maintained her activism on campus, both with Israel and Jewish organizations. Jamie studied Psychology with a focus in criminal behavior, International Relations with a focus in the Middle East, and Cinema. She was a PresenTense fellow in her junior year of college. Following graduation, Jamie moved back to East to Boston and worked at the Israeli Consulate as the Director of Public Diplomacy for several years. She made aliyah very recently and lives in Katamon with her husband (who also happens to be her best friend).

Ammi Dorevitch specializes in large-scale event planning and creative marketing and outreach. She has served as the Executive Director and founding director of Hillels Around Chicago: Multi-Campus Center, which serves DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Roosevelt University, Columbia College, Northeastern Illinois University, The School of the Art Institute, Oakton Community College and National-Louis University. Prior to this, Ammi was Director of Campus Campaigns for the Hillels of Illinois. Most recently, Ammi worked as the Administrative Director of the Jewish Education Team in Chicago, IL. Ammi received a BA and Teacher’s Certification in Communications from Western Illinois University.

Rabbi Zev Lanton has worked in the field of Educational Administration for over 20 years as a Head of School. He successfully led HFS (a private day school) to become an exemplary center of quality and excellence with a collaborative culture valuing the special contribution of each member of our community. Zev serves as a Coach/Mentor Principal & Group Facilitator for educators and also delivers lectures as a Motivational Speaker. He specializes in integrating technology & education and personal productivity solutions using technology. Zev received PPCC accreditation in Personal & Professional Life Coaching from Concordia University.

Chana Mesberg is an Adoption Attorney with a private practice. She practiced as a solo practitioner from 1989-2005.

Chana earned a JD from Pace University School of Law (1989), and graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Brandeis University (1975), where she was also a Louis Dembitz Brandeis Scholar. Chana is married with two daughters and one granddaughter.

Regina Ostrovski was born in the Former Soviet Union, made aliyah in 91’, but spent the majority of her life in New York until returning to Israel in 08’. She is a leadership coach at Justifi- a Jewish social activism program. She studied Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya where she also founded the Social Entrepreneurial Forum. Regina Devora gets excited about big ideas that impact the world and brought this enthusiasm to her role as a key organizer in the TEDxTelAviv 2010 Conference, as well as to her research beside world renowned bio-fuel scientist Dr. Isaac Berzin. She loves working alongside social innovators and empowering people to reach their creative potential. She is currently focused on claiming back the ancient wisdom of her heritage at Shirat Devorah seminary in Nachlaot, Jerusalem.

Stuart Schrader: During a year spent in Israel, after high school, Stuart Schrader made up his mind to one day make aliya. He attended Brandeis University, graduating in May 1990 with a BA in European Cultural Studies, and in September 1990 found his way to Israel. He has been here ever since. He began his life in Israel volunteering in the beautiful coastal city if Ashkelon, but after experiencing the first Gulf War, he eventually enlisted in the IDF where he was trained to be a tank commander, and in spite of his “advanced” age still volunteers for reserve duty. He worked for a few years with Archaeological seminars, and eventually passed the Tour Guide course, and worked at the KKL-JNF in Israel, helping tourists plant trees. He moved over to the Jewish Agency for Israel in 1999 and has worked there ever since. He was an adviser to two Directors- General of the Agency, and currently works in Donor Missions, where he is able to utilize his people skills and experience in the field to help the Jewish Agency present its case to the world. He really looks forward to being able to help in any way he can the initiatives that Threshold is trying to bring to the world. Stuart is married to Judy and they are the parents of 4 wonderful children, and tries to stay active in his local community of Beit Shemesh by serving on the Board of the JCC network there and also by being involved in his synagogue.

Yoni Sherizen founded the campus rabbi position at Oxford University, following which he directed the organization that puts rabbis on campuses in the UK. He then transitioned into fundraising for Aleh, Israel’s largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. Today, he works in both education and fundraising for Gesher, an organization that promotes mutual understanding between religious and secular Jews in Israel. He is also pursuing a Masters in Public Administration.

Lewis Weinger has more than 25 years of accounting, financial, legal and management experience. Since RKF’s inception in 1998 and until June 2011, Lewis had been responsible for the entire operations of the company, overseeing all corporate, financial, marketing and administrative matters. Lewis also managed all legal aspects of the company, including contract negotiations with clients, brokers and their attorneys. In his 13 years of service to the company, Lewis was instrumental in the company’s growth from one broker to an-80-plus employee company, with five satellite offices throughout the United States. In 1995, Mr. Weinger founded Los Angeles-based Stu & Lew Productions, a company targeted at young, unaffiliated Jewish professionals to encourage their involvement in Jewish-based social events and charitable activities. Lewis oversaw all promotions and company operations, and in 2006 sold the company to Jdate, currently the largest Jewish Internet dating Web site which Lewis had also helped create and launch in 1997. Lewis began his career as an accountant with Laventhol & Horwath CPAs in San Diego, where he received his Certified Public Accountant certification while working in the firm’s prestigious management advisory service division. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University, and he passed the CPA exam in 1983. Mr. Weinger left RKF in June 2011 to pursue his dream of living in Israel. Lewis made aliyah with his wife, Hindy, and four children and currently resides in Nachlaot.

Howard Weisband is a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is a mentor to young professionals and involved with several organizations, all as volunteer, and Israel Liaison for the HUC School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. He has served as Senior Advisor on Israel Affairs to the President of Yeshiva University (2004-2007); Director General of UIA Federations Canada (2001-2004); Vice President for International Development, Bar-Ilan University (1997-2001); Secretary General of The Jewish Agency for Israel (1985-1997); and Executive Director of the Memphis Jewish Federation (1977-1984). He is past President of the World Council of Jewish Communal Service. He earned an MA in Jewish Communal Studies and an MA in Jewish Education from HUC in 1975, and was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Jewish Communal Service by HUC in 2000. Howard, his wife Kayla, and family made aliyah in 1986. They live in Jerusalem, have four children, and five grandchildren.

Fonda (Fayga) Weiss is originally from Texas, and has been living in Israel for 20 years. Upon becoming a parent, she decided to transition her professional career to focus on creative and informal children’s education. Prior to that, Fonda enjoyed a successful career for 25 years in high-tech, both in Israel and the States, doing product management, international marketing, technical writing and training. As the founder & director of PEAK, a Place for Expression & Action for Kids, based in Jerusalem, Fonda has a vision to offer a creative channel that connects Jewish children to one another throughout the world. Fonda was 1 of the 16 international fellows in the PresenTense Global Summer Institute 2011.

Laurie Tamres made Aliyah one year ago from Boca Raton, Fl. Prior to her aliyah, Laurie worked in the automobile insurance industry. She has a strong connection to her Jewish identity and has been involved in many organizations including BBYO, ZOA, Baltimore Zionist Organization and Isralight. Laurie looks forward to blending her corporate experience with her Israel experience.