Drawn from a community’s skilled professionals, mentors support fellows through mentorship: a relationship where the mentor provides counsel in an area of expertise, support through potential networking opportunities, and an example as a role model.
1. Personal Mentor
Role: Work with one individual fellow over the course of the program, focusing on providing a high-level view of the mentee’s development and the direction of his or her venture. The pairing process is arranged with close attention to chemistry between mentor and mentee to ensure a productive match that offers a rewarding relationship for both parties.
Ideal if: You enjoy working one-on-one and like providing high-level strategy and general guidance.
Time commitment: The personal mentor meets with the mentee an average of once a month, for an average of one and a half hours.
2. Subject Matter Expert (SME)
Role: Provide office hours where fellows meet at your office to seek specific assistance in your area of expertise.
Ideal if: You have expertise to share, but not much time. Especially helpful in the fields of law, finance, marketing or accounting.
Time commitment: 1-2 hours a month
3. Round Table Presenter
Role: Provides one two-hour session to speak about their experience building their venture, as it pertains to Threshold workshop topics- fellows will meet with six over the course of the program.
Ideal if: You have started your own venture and have a good lesson to share.
Time commitment: 2 hours
Think that you’ll make a great mentor? Contact us to learn more.
2012 Threshold Mentors
Devora Corn, M.Sc., B.S., O.T.R., a graduate of Boston University, The University of North Texas and The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim, is the co-founder and Executive Director of Life’s Door-Tishkofet, an international non-profit organization that provides spiritual and emotional support and growth experiences for patients, professionals, and families, in the area of life threatening illness ands loss. She is also the co-Chair of the UJA-Federation NY sponsored Israel Jewish Spiritual Care Network, an organization of 22 agencies which deal with the development of spiritual care in Israel. Prior to her Aliya in 1997, she established one of the largest private rehabilitation practices in the Philadelphia- South Jersey area, and for 20 years was a practicing occupational therapist specializing in terminally and chronically ill adults, many in the end stage stages of life. Dvora has lectured and provided workshops to patients, families and professionals throughout Israel and in the US. Her clinical work as a family therapist focuses on issues of loss and illness in which she works from existential and systems perspectives. Dvora and her husband Dr. Benjamin Corn, (Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Tel Aviv Medical Center and co-founder of Life’s Door-Tishkofet), live in Jerusalem and have 4 daughters, 2 sons in law and an adorable grandson (a first sabra to the family).
Hillel Grossman is an innovative, finance professional with 30 years of experience working in public and private companies and as a small business owner, specializing in niche financial assets. He capped off his career with the sale of his company in ’07 to make aliyah. He is now COO of Ibex Partners, which works with early stage entrepreneurs. Much of his career was spent with a financial guaranty company as a senior underwriter, where he managed the credit function for several areas and played key roles in forming and managing a number of new finance businesses. Previously, he worked in banking, real estate and advertising. Mr. Grossman graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Brandeis (BA ‘74) and from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA ‘77). Originally from the NY area, Mr. Grossman and his wife, Chana Mesberg, moved to FL in ‘05 and made aliyah in ‘08. They now split their time between Jerusalem and the Golan. They have two daughters and a granddaughter.
Prior to his Aliyah, Rabbi Grumet has extensive experience teaching teens and adults, both in North America and Israel, and was a day school leader in the US. Rabbi Grumet is currently the Associate Educational Director at The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education, and teaches at the Pardes Institute and Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi in Jerusalem.
Eugene Rice has 35 years of experience in Life Insurance sales and management. He established his own Life Insurance Agency in 1993. Eugene was born in NYC, NY, attended University Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1962), and served in the U.S. army. Eugene made aliyah in 1970 and returned to the U.S. in 1976.
Gedalya Mason graduated college in 1995, spent a year backpacking around the world and then a year studying in Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael. He then returned to the US for law school and became a litigator for the Natural Resources Defense Council, working on issues of clean air, clean water, and ecosystems preservation. In 2003, Gedalya shifted gears to ecommerce and moved to Israel. Since then, he has divided his time between learning Torah, internet marketing, and writing. Gedalya currently lives in the Golan Heights, with his wife Chana and seven year old son Aryeh Lev.
Georgina Rice has a background in business management. She has worked in several different areas, specializing in banking and financial management. After taking early retirement, she is pursuing a diploma in homeopathy with a view towards becoming a homeopathic practitioner.
Nadav Serling was born in Princeton, NJ and left home at the age of 16. After attending Deep Springs College and then graduating magna cum laude from Yale, he lived and worked throughout the U.S, as well as in Paris, West Africa and Israel. In 1990, Nadav married and left a career in music to start a business, which he built and ran for 7 years. He went on to work in international investment management, first for Oppenheimer Capital, next at Morgan Stanley, and then as a founding member of Cedar Rock Capital, a private global equity fund based in London. Nadav left this firm in 2008 and soon thereafter moved with his family of 6 to Jerusalem, where he has returned to music, for pleasure, and to investment, for profitable pleasure.
Zev Stub is the founder and general manager of Janglo.net. Janglo was founded in 2001 as a chessed project to connect Anglo olim, and has grown into Israel’s largest online community for English speakers, helping thousands of olim find jobs, homes, and much more everyday. Zev grew up in Chicago, and made aliya in 2000 after graduating from Yeshiva University with a degree in business.
Michael Wegier is the Executive Director of Melitz, a pluralist education center based in Jerusalem. He has worked in Jewish education and community for 25 years in the UK, USA and Israel. Michael has degrees in Jewish History from London and Jerusalem and is also a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow.
Galina Vromen has been the Director of Sifriyat Pijama, Israeli version of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s PJ Library since 2008. She independently set up an Israeli non-profit for HGF, and grew the program from 3000 kids in its launch year of 2009 to 120,000 kids in 2011, with a 5-person staff. Sifriyat Pijama is now the biggest family Jewish education and early reading program in Israel. Galina is Israeli born and US-raised. At 17 years old, she participated in JAFI’s Mardrechai Chutz Le’aretz program. She attended Hampshire College, following which she was a journalist for 10 years with the International Harold Tribune in Paris, Associated Press in Israel, and Reuters in Israel, Holland and England. After Galina returned to Israel, she taught English and worked as a grantwriter for the Israel Women’s Network. She also wrote business plans and translated on a freelance basis. Galina served as the program director at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation from 2002-2008 in the US and then transferred to Israel to launch Sifriyat Pijama. She is fluent in English, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch and some Arabic.