The Threshold Steering Committee consists of socially-minded volunteers who contribute their talents, experience, and passion for educational change to determine the vision and execute the mission of the Fellowship.
Each Steering Committee Member joins a team:
- Admissions: Find the next generation of innovative Jewish educational entrepreneurs
- Networking: Are you a connector? With PresenTense in 11 cities and beyond, help us connect and expand the network
- Venture Development: Help the Fellows’ ventures succeed
Threshold Steering Committee 2012
Adi Friedman (Committee Chair) brings to Threshold his experience in both the private sector and the world of start-ups. Israeli born, Adi studied psychology at Bar Ilan University and then served in the army for six and a half years as an organizational psychologist and officer in combat units. Adi then worked as the head of the Information Security Department at the Jewish Agency. Following over a decade of experience in the corporate world, Adi decided to cross over to the private sector, launching a series of successful start-ups. Today, he is finishing a four year stint as the head of an educational NPO, serving as a senior facilitator for the Michael organization, and learning at Sulam Yaakov.
Lewis Weinger is a CPA with more than 25 years of accounting, financial, legal and management experience. For the past 13 years, Lewis was the CFO of RKF, a commercial real estate brokerage company headquartered in NYC. In 1995, Lewis founded Los Angeles-based Stu & Lew Productions, an events company targeted at young, unaffiliated Jewish professionals. In 2006 he sold the company to Jdate, which Lewis had also helped create and launch in 1997. Lewis left RKF in June 2011 to pursue his dream of living in Israel. Lewis resides in Nachalot with his wife, Hindy, and four children.
Batsheva Ganz lives in Nachlaot with her incredible husband and 3 undeniably adorable children. Batsheva received her B.A. in Art Therapy from Leslie University, Cambridge, MA and trained as a Montessori educator at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center. She is also a licensed and certified Kindermusik director. Upon moving to Israel, Batsheva established her own Kindermusik business here in Jerusalem, and ran successful local mommy-and-me classes. In 2009, desperate for a preschool for her daughter, Batsheva opened her own school, which served as a preschool for many local families. She is currently a stay at home mom, actively involved in community activities and, amidst diaper changing and homework helping, is trying to write a children’s book.
Yaakov Ort made aliyah in 2009 after a 35-year career at The New York Times as an editor and marketing executive, most recently as Group Director for Marketing and Creative Services, and one year at Yeshiva University, where he served as university Editor-in-Chief and director of creative services, and then deputy executive director for university communications. He lives in Nachlaot with his wife Heidi and two of his five adult children and uses his expertise in writing, editing and promotional strategy to help corporations and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and budgets to attract new customers, investors, donors and revenue. Yaakov continues to have an active volunteer life in Israel. Prior to aliyah he served as a trustee and vice-chair of marketing at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services of New York, as a trustee of the Jewish Federation of Rockland County, N.Y., and in Israel as a marketing communications adviser to the boards of the Maccabi Business Forum (Maccabi World Union); The Spirit of Israel (Jewish Agency) and The Children’s Museum of Tel Aviv.
Marc Rosenberg is the Director of the One Aliyah Departmentat at Nefesh B’Nefesh, a non-profit organization revitalizing aliyah from the UK & North America. After receiving a Masters in Education and teaching for two years, Marc made aliyah in 2001 and taught at several educational institutions in Jerusalem and international conferences. He also currently serves as a consultant for the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora. Marc is pursuing a PhD in Literature at Bar-Ilan University and lives in Jerusalem with his family.
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.
David Katz is the International Director of Ohr Torah Stone, an all-encompassing network, that enlightens and motivates nearly 3,000 men and women from junior high to graduate school, from all religious backgrounds and countries all over the world.
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 on a volunteer basis. He also serves as Israel Liaison for the HUC School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. Professionally, 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 at 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 has been Israel President and Associate International President of the World Council of Jewish Communal Service, where he currently chairs the Global Networking Committee. He earned an M.A. in Jewish Communal Studies and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, in 1975, and was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Jewish Communal Service by HUC in 2000. Howard, his wife Kayla, and their family made aliyah in 1986. They live in Jerusalem and have four children, two of whom are married, and four grandchildren.
Lorelai Kude is the Founder and Chief Programming Officer of Radio Free Nachlaot, as well as co-founder of Jerusalem Media Group. Before making aliyah, Loreali served as the Chief Marketing Officer at JMK Associates and Advanced Media Manager at Charter Media. Lorelai studied at the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University. Her goal: to bring positive, original multi-platform digital content from Israel to the world.
Noga Hullman has been living in Nachlaot with her husband and kids since 1999. She is currently studying for her Masters degree at the Hebrew University in Yiddish and Eastern European Jewry.
Noga conducts workshops using “The Work of Byron Katie” in conjuction with Judaism. Noga is also a licensed tour guide. She has worked for the SPNI, the Public Affairs Department of the Supreme Court, and also works as an independent tour guide.
Mottle Wolf is the Director of Inward Bound, a non-profit organization that provides unique, inspiring, and transformational experiences connected with Judaism, and the Land of Israel. Rav Mottle received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov in Jerusalem. He spent nearly ten years learning under the tutelage of Rabbi David Aaron, Dean and Founder of Isralight. He has been a senior lecturer for Isralight and ran Isralight’s Programs and Seminars division for four years. Rav Mottle is a dynamic teacher, talented musician, engaging story teller, and a master tour guide.
Moshe Vineberg was born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied philosphy at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Moshe returned to his roots and became a religiously observant Jew, moving to Jerusalem to study Torah, raise a family and rebuild the Nation of Israel one person at a time.
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