President and CEO
Andres Spokoiny is a long-time Jewish communal leader with a history of leading successful organizational transformations. The CEO of Federation CJA in Montreal from 2009–2011, he helped fundamentally change the Federation’s operations and its relationship with the community.
In Montreal, as a young, ‘out of the box’ Federation executive, he spearheaded a new branding strategy and initiated and developed innovative community programs that are now being used as models across North America.
Before joining the Federation, Andres worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Community (JDC) in Paris. As Regional Director for Northeast Europe, he was responsible for a number of pan-European projects, leading programs in the areas of Welfare, Leadership Development, Jewish Renewal, Education, Community Development, and Outreach, and building coalitions with local and international organizations, public and private.
Chief Operating Officer
Judy is the Chief Operating Officer at the Jewish Funders Network. She most recently served as the first Executive Director of Synagogue 2000. Before joining Synagogue 2000, Judy was CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, one of the family planning organization's largest and most influential affiliates, and served as Executive Director of the Milwaukee Jewish Council. In an earlier term with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Judy served as its first lobbyist, while also developing its public policy and media relations capabilities. While CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Council, she was instrumental in creating the Wisconsin Jewish Conference, an advocacy coalition of Jewish communities that represented its members in both the Wisconsin State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.
Judy lived in Israel from 1990 to 1997. During the Gulf War, she worked as a Special Correspondent for the NBC Television and Radio affiliates in Milwaukee. She went on to be the Director of Development and Director of the Center for Encounter with Israel for Melitz, an informal education institute in Jerusalem.
Judy's background includes public policy development and lobbying, media relations, interfaith and intergroup relations, and informal education as well as training and organizational development. A Milwaukee native, she received her B.S. and Teachers' Certificate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Activities and Projects Manager at JFN Israel
Maya Natan opened JFN’s Israel Office as its first manager of activities and projects in November 2008. She came to JFN with extensive experience working in Israel, the United States and in England.
Maya worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel over a number of years in a variety of capacities, starting with working with youth movements’ summer in Israel programs, and progressing to being the Director of the Jewish Experience Israel Unit.
For three years, Maya was the shlicha of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She managed the community’s Partnership 2000 initiative with Bet Shemesh/Adulam, and developed and implemented a wide variety of educational and issues related programs.
And for one year, she worked as the Director of Short Term Programs for the UJIA in England. There, too, she worked with youth movements, in various educational settings and with lay leadership.
Maya has an MBA from the Inter Disciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzeliya. She lives in Moshav Olesh where she and husband Ido are parents to Shani, Ella, Alon and Gali.
Senior Director of Member Services
Samantha is the Senior Director of Member Services at the Jewish Funders Network where she engages with the network, creating opportunities to cultivate interconnectedness and strengthen the network's impact on the Jewish philanthropic community. She comes to JFN with a deep background in the field of philanthropy and social innovation. Previously, as Managing Director of Arabella Advisors, the philanthropic advisory firm, she led the New York office and managed a range of engagements for the firm's institutional foundation and family clients. Before that, at the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University, she curated the thematic content for the largest global convening of social entrepreneurs and philanthropists that had ever been assembled. Prior to that effort, she directed the Yale School of Management/Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, a $6 million venture fund that capitalized social entrepreneurs with start-up funds and educated nonprofits about building sustainable organizations.
Samantha is certified by 21/64, a division of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies in New York, as a philanthropic consultant to multi-generational families, and is a member of the 13th National Cohort of the Selah Leadership Program. She is the editor of Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise Strategies (Jossey-Bass, 2004), and has written and spoken extensively about nonprofit management and philanthropy. Samantha graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and earned her master’s degree in U.S. Women's History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her husband Scott Anderson enjoy a busy blended family life with their six children. She lives in Brooklyn where she is a member of the congregation Kolot Chayeinu.
Communication and Logistics Associate, Israel
Dalia Bekerman is the communication and logistics associate at the Israeli office of the Jewish Funders Network. Dalia holds a B.A degree in humanities and B.Sc. in life science from Tel-Aviv university. Prior to JFN, Dalia was an independent editor and took part in various movie and TV productions. Dalia is thrilled to be a part of the Israeli branch of JFN.
Scott Casper is the office manager and executive assistant of the Jewish Funders Network. Scott comes to JFN with a background in theater, psychology and arts management, earning his BA from New College of Florida and his MFA from Florida State University. He also serves as the artistic director for taxdeductible theatre, a non-profit theatre company in the city dedicated to developing a collaborative and uniquely theatrical voice. He is excited to be a part of this team.
Manager, Strategic & Digital Communications
Seth Chalmer is JFN's communications manager. A native of Vermont and a graduate of NYU's Wagner-Skirball dual Masters program in Nonprofit Management and Judaic Studies, Seth also holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Past positions have included Assistant Director at the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and Cultural Arts Director at the Dayton Jewish Community Center. He has written for the Jewish Week, eJewish Philanthropy, the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and the web edition of First Things magazine.
Senior Director of Programs
David Ezer is the senior director of programs at the Jewish Funders Network. He leads the team that programs the annual conference as well as other daylong or half-day programs of the Network. He is also directly responsible for the events' marketing and logistics.
Prior to joining JFN, David was conference manager for Chamber Music America, a membership association for the professional ensemble music field. He produced their annual conference, developing more than 150 workshops and sessions over five years, and conceived and produced numerous other training seminars and concert events. He also worked a talent agent for classical musicians, and produced two seasons of the Bard Music Festival at Bard College in Annandale, NY.
A native of Los Angeles, David was Treasurer of the Jewish Alumnae/i of Vassar College from 1999–2004, during which time the group produced an on-campus conference for students and alumni on Jewish identity. He also received an MBA in Marketing through the honors program of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York City.
Program Manager, Member Services
Merav Fine is the Program Manager for Member Services at the Jewish Funders Network where she develops meaningful programming to engage funders in the future of the Jewish community, and works to strengthen their relationships with one another to promote the Network’s impact on Jewish life. She comes to JFN with a deep background in Jewish communal life, particularly around developing inclusive programming. Merav completed her M.P.A with a focus on nonprofit management and her M.A. in Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York University in the dual master’s program for training professionals in the Jewish nonprofit field. Throughout her graduate work she interned and consulted with many Jewish organizations including UJA-Federation of NY, Reboot, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
Originally from Queens, New York, she received her B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and later spent two years working at University of Maryland Hillel developing inclusive programming for students from all walks of Jewish life. Merav continues to teach Judaics and Hebrew with a small tutoring company, and is also a yoga instructor in Brooklyn.
Program Manager, Israel
Emily’s manages membership and Israel programs at JFN Israel. She has extensive experience working in the philanthropic field in Israel and North America, as well as resource development and strategic consulting experience. In her last role, Emily served as Executive Director of the David Foundation. Prior to that she worked as a senior consultant at BenOr Communications, a consulting firm for NPO’s in Israel. Emily spent many years in Toronto, working in the Jewish community, including programmatic work for the JCC, while obtaining her B.A. (International Relations & Middle Eastern Studies). Upon completing her studies she began work at the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Riesman Foundation focusing on project management and grant evaluation. In 2012, Emily co-founded Keren BaKtana - a network of giving circles working to change the culture of giving in Israel. Emily holds an M.A. in Non-Profit Management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and two daughters.
Director of Finance
Elizabeth Gerber is Director of Finance at the Jewish Funders Network. In this capacity, Elizabeth manages all aspects of JFN’s financial operations.
For almost fifteen years, Elizabeth has had a consulting practice serving the financial operational needs of nonprofits and small businesses. She has also engaged in a number of consulting projects, including an audit of the USAID loan portfolio in Bosnia. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at The Bank of New York; and Assistant Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York, where she ran the Bureau of Treasury, overseeing the city government’s extensive network of banking operations and was responsible for cash management of the City Treasury. Previously, she held various positions in international banking and business consulting at The Chase Manhattan Bank. During her time at Chase, she spent two years in Bogota, Colombia, and traveled widely in Latin America and the Middle East.
A dedicated New Yorker born and bred, Elizabeth is a proud product of Jewish camping (Camp Welmet and Camp Louemma). She holds a B.A. from the City University of New York and an M.A. from Harvard Unversity.
Program Director, Foundation Board Incubator
Briana Holtzman joins the Jewish Funders Network as JTFN’s Program Director for the Teen Foundation Board International Rollout. She is thrilled to join the growing field of teen philanthropy and is working to expand the field further supporting communities as they launch teen foundation boards in partnership with JTFN.
In 2007, Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world as the founding Assistant Director for the Union for Reform Judaism’s 12th camp, Camp Kalsman outside of Seattle, WA. During her time at Camp Kalsman, Briana was selected for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Fellowship for Assistant and Associate Directors first cohort. A FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, Briana earned her M.B.A from University of Washington with a focus on Marketing and Management. She received her B.A. in Law & Society from American University in Washington, DC and participated in the Semester at Sea study abroad program.
Dafna is very excited to be a part the JTFN team, bringing deep commitment to the continuity of Jewish philanthropy and literacy. Before joining JTFN, Dafna worked in communications in the Jewish and Israeli sphere and in reporting and editing for a variety of publications. She received a dual B.A. in History and Journalism from the University of Connecticut and holds an M.A. in Archaeology and Ancient Israel Studies from Tel Aviv University. A chickpea aficionado, Dafna can often be found assessing the caliber of local hummus restaurants.
Program Manager, Matching Grants
Melissa Rosen is the Program Manager for Matching Grants at the Jewish Funders Network. In this role, she is responsible for all programmatic initiatives relating to JFN’s matching grant programs, and also other member services for the JFN network. She comes to JFN with a strong background in Jewish communal life, including nearly ten years at UJA-Federation of New York’s Jewish Communal Network Commission, where she engaged with the nonprofit organizations in UJA-Federation’s network, cultivating interconnectedness and strengthening UJA-Federation’s impact on the Jewish and broader community.
Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley, Melissa received her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and later her M.P.A from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. While at Baruch, she completed a marketing and fundraising consultancy project for The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as a thesis project about change management in non-for-profit organizations. In her spare time Melissa is an avid volunteer and coffee enthusiast.
Director of Peer Networks and Special Projects
Ruthie is the Director of Peer Networks and Special Projects at JFN, where she works with area-specific funder networks, organizes engaging learning opportunities for funders, and seeks out interesting partnership opportunities for JFN. Before coming to JFN, Ruthie spent a year in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute where she completed a yearlong project related to the satisfaction of American Jewish philanthropists. Prior to the fellowship, Ruthie lived in Los Angeles and was the founding Executive Director of LimmudLA. She has also held positions at Hillel International and YUSSR and currently serves on the steering committee of Limmud International.
Ruthie holds an MPA degree, with a concentration in non-profit management, from Columbia University. She spent the second year of the program studying at the London School of Economics, where she wrote her dissertation on the role of Jewish organizations in German civil society. Ruthie also holds a graduate degree in Special Education from Hunter College, and an undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University.
Lenore Schlossberg is an Accounting Assistant at the Jewish Funders Network. Lenore’s background includes many years of managing a variety of social service programs for the NYC Human Resources Administration and more recently work with non-profit organizations involved in preserving/expanding public open space in NYC. Lenore is a life-long New Yorker; her Social Work degree is from Hunter College School of Social Work. She is also a Mom and Grandmom.
Director of the West Coast Office
Tzivia Schwartz Getzug is the Director of the West Coast office of JFN, where she creates opportunities for network members to connect, to engage and to strengthen and leverage their philanthropic work. Tzivia has a degree in Jewish Studies from UCLA and a law degree from Loyola Law School. She practiced labor and business law for several years before becoming the Western States Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League. There, Tzivia was responsible for the civil rights work of ADL’s seven offices in the 13 Western States. She left the ADL to work with DreamWorks’ founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg, as the Community Liaison on DreamWorks Animation’s first animated film, The Prince of Egypt. Tzivia's extensive experience includes 5 years as the founding executive director of Jewish World Watch, an innovative non-profit working to combat genocide and mass atrocities through targeted community engagement. Tzivia also served as the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, responsible for the interfaith, Israel advocacy and political work of the Jewish Community Relations Committee. She is an active member of the Los Angeles Jewish community.
Director, Advisory Services Israel Office
Sigal Yaniv Feller was born in NY to Israeli parents, and moved to Israel at the age of 6. She graduated from the Sde Boker Environmental High School, which was a critical period in formulating her commitment to Israel’s environment. She then served in the army as an SPNI Nature and Environment Educator for civilian and military groups in the Mt Hermon Field School. Sigal received her BSc in Biology and Environmental Science, and MSc in Environmental Science, from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her professional experience includes positions as Director of Field Projects for Young Judea’s Year Course and Director of YJ’s Student Leadership Program “Sharsheret.”
Between the years 2001-2011, Sigal served as the Executive Director of the Green Environment Fund (GEF), a unique philanthropic model of five foundations supporting the environment in Israel through a joint strategy. Over the course of these years, GEF was a significant player and leader in building the environmental movement in Israel.
In 2006, Sigal was chosen as one of the 10 most influential people on the environment in Israel by the "The Marker" Israeli magazine. In 2011, Sigal and her family moved to Hong Kong for three years as Israeli diplomats. During these years, Sigal was the Israeli representative of KH-UIA in Hong Kong and the Far East. After her return, Sigal joined the professional team of the environmental fellows program at the Heschel Center for Sustainability.
Sigal lives in Reut, Israel, with her husband and three children: Asaf, Noa and Nadav.
Director of Youth Philanthropy
As the founding director of Jewish Teen Funders Network, Stefanie has played a crucial role in the growth and development of the field of Jewish youth philanthropy. She got her first taste of collective giving as a co-founder and participant of "No Small Change: A Tzedakah Collective for Women and Girls." Before joining JTFN, Stefanie served as the National Field Director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), and the Director of International Affairs for Adam Teva V’Din – The Israel Union for Environmental Defense. She earned a double masters degree in Nonprofit Management and Judaic Studies at New York University, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and is a 21/64 Certified Consultant in areas relating to teen philanthropy and grantmaking. When not advancing the cause of teen philanthropy, Stefanie frequents the coffee shops of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and son.