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Meet Our Staff

Martin Werber, Chair, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center

Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Chief Executive Officer
arnoff@uscj.org

Dr. Stephen Arnoff has served as CEO of the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center since 2017. He has held senior leadership roles in the Jewish community for two decades, including CEO and President of JCC Association, the chief convener of the Jewish Community Centers of North America; Director of Culture, Community and Society at Shalem College, Israel’s first four-year liberal arts college; and Executive Director of the 14th Street Y in New York City, which tripled in size during his tenure. Stephen lectures on topics spanning religion, popular music, spirituality, and Jewish life at universities and cultural venues in North America, Europe, and Israel; publishes widely on-line and in print, garnering multiple awards for cultural critique; and mentors many of Jerusalem’s most dynamic arts and theater organizations through Jerusalem Culture Unlimited for which he serves as Board Chair. Stephen earned a doctorate in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and has been a Tikvah Scholar at the New York University School of Law, a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute, and a Revson Fellow at JTS. A former member of the IDF, he lives in Jerusalem with his four children.

Josh Halickman, Chief Financial and Operations Officer
pearl@uscj.org

Josh earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business and specialized in non-profit accounting in New York. He served as the Chief Financial Officer at a neighborhood house in NYC prior to moving to Israel in 2004. Josh held the dual role of CEO and CFO at a large tourism company in Jerusalem and in 2015, Josh founded The Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club Foundation, the first of its kind in Israel and served as its Director. Josh, also known as The Sports Rabbi teaches Zionism through Israeli sports and runs Israel sports adventures. Together with his wife, Sharona, Josh founded the non-profit organization, Torat Reva Yerushalayim.

Tamara Fine Skversky, Chief Program Officer
fine@uscj.org

Tamara brings over a decade’s worth of experience in program and partnership development, focusing primarily on public health and community development initiatives in Israel and abroad. Tamara studied at Beit Midrash Migdal Oz, then pursued a BA from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and earned a fellowship to study in the Kollel at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. A Jerusalemite for nine years, she now resides in Modiin with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she organizes synagogue social events and volunteers with organizations supporting refugees and asylum-seekers in Tel Aviv.

Keren Alleson-Gerberg, Director of Marketing and Communications
gerberg@uscj.org

Keren has an MA in Educational Counseling and a BA in Education and Jewish Studies from the Hebrew University. After a decade of work in formal and informal education, Keren transitioned into the corporate marketing world where she gained extensive experience working in marketing communications for Israeli companies active worldwide. At Fuchsberg Keren has returned to her ideological roots in Jewish Education.

Elyse Kruger, Office Manager
kruger@uscj.org

With a BFA degree, Elyse recently returned to Jerusalem after spending over 20 years in Netanya, working for a book publishing company. As the wife of a rabbi, she has vast experience in community work and organizations, serving Jewish communities in the USA, South America and Israel. Her office and computer skills contribute to the administration of the Fuchsberg Center. She also administers Project Oded and the Monday Evening Forum.

Youth Department

David Keren, Vice President of Youth Programs & Strategic Partnerships
keren@uscj.org

David is a graduate of the Hebrew University in History, Jewish Philosophy and Geography and pursued M.A. studies at Machon Schechter. He is also a certified tour guide. David served as the Jewish Agency & USY Shaliach in Chicago and served as the head of Education at camp Ramah Wisconsin for 11 summers.  David was the director of Nativ for 15 years. Since 1997 he serves as the Director of the Department of Youth Programs at the Fuchsberg Center and is responsible for USY Israel Pilgrimage &  high school age trips to Israel.

Yossi Garr, Director of Nativ
garr@uscj.org

Yossi has been working with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Nativ for over 17 years beginning as a Madrich for Nativ 16 and the Assistant Director of Nativ 18 & 19. Yossi also served as the USY Central Shaliach in New York for four years. Yossi’s undergraduate degree in Jewish History is from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and he has an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.

Rabbi Rob Kahn, Director, Golda Och Academy Programs in Israel
robkahn22@gmail.com

Rabbi Rob Kahn was born in Portland, Oregon.  He has degrees from Brandeis University, the American Jewish University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Rabbi Kahn worked as a Jewish summer camp director at Camp Solomon Schechter in the Pacific Northwest, a congregational rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis, and education director at Young Judaea Year Course in Jerusalem.  Rob, his wife, and three kids made aliyah in 2008.  He is a licensed tour guide,, studies daf yomi, and enjoys mountain biking.

Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

Rabbi Joel Levy, Rosh Yeshiva
yeshiva@uscj.org

Rabbi Levy studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, was chair of the Program at Limmud conference and is an ex-director of NOAM England. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi David Hartman in 2000. Joel also teaches in the Jewish Studies Faculty of the Machon L’Madrichei Chul and for Ta Shma. He has been the part-time rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, Britain’s only fully egalitarian traditional shul, since 2001. He teaches Talmud and Practical Halacha.

Dr. Joshua Kulp, Rosh Yeshiva
kulp@uscj.org

Dr. Kulp is co-founder of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he has taught Talmud and halakhah for the last 20 years. He is the author of the recently published book Reconstructing the Talmud (Mechon Hadar, 2014) as well as the The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary (Schechter Press, 2008). Beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2013, Dr. Kulp authored a commentary in English on the entire Mishnah, which served as the basis for the Mishnah Yomit project. In 2013 Dr. Kulp began the Daf Shevui program, the study of one daf of Talmud per week and has so far completed a commentary on Tractates Sukkah and Megillah and has begun work on Tractate Ketubot. Dr. Kulp was raised in Margate, New Jersey, where his family was active in the Conservative Movement. He spent his summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Camp Ramah in Canada and for the last ten summers, he has served as the scholar-in-residence at Camp Ramah in New England. Dr. Kulp made aliyah in 1994 and currently lives in Modiin with his wife, Julie Zuckerman, and their four children. In his spare time, he is an avid triathlete and runner and has completed three Ironmans.

Rabbi Joel Roth, Rosh Yeshiva Emeritus
joroth@jtsa.edu

The Louis Finkelstein Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He formerly served as Dean of the Rabbinical School at JTS and Chair of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He gives shiurim during his frequent visits to Israel.

Rabbi Andrew Shapiro Katz, Director of Engagement
akatz@uscj.org

Rabbi Katz is an alumnus of the Conservative Yeshiva and the Pardes Kollel, receiving smicha in 2004 from Rabbis Daniel Landes. He holds a B.A. in American Studies and M.A. in Educational Administration from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He lives in Beer Sheva with his wife and four children, where they co-founded the intentional pluralistic religious community, Kehilat Be’erot. He teaches pizza-making and cooking science, caters small events, and hosts a periodic pop-up restaurant.

Ateret Zysblat, Student Liaison
zysblat@uscj.org

Ateret grew up in Jerusalem and has vast experience in formal and non-formal education. She recently returned from 4 years in Shanghai, China where she worked and led educational programs within the local Jewish community. In her free time, Ateret enjoys baking and is a certified pastry chef. Ateret is completing a B.A in Business Administration at the Open University with a focus on public policy. She resides in Jerusalem with her husband and 3 children.