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Meet Our Staff

Martin Werber, Chair, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center

 

Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Executive Director
arnoff@uscj.org

Dr. Arnoff earned a doctorate in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America 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. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children.

Daphna Pearl, Director of Finance
pearl@uscj.org

Ms. Pearl is a Certified Public Accountant in both Israel and in Canada. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal where she graduated with Great Distinction as a University Scholar. She worked in public accounting for nine years in Montreal and Israel and then joined Israel Seed Partners as Chief Financial Officer from 1998-2005. Since 2009 she has been a provider of CFO services, as well as serving as VP of Finance for El HaLev. She lives in Efrat.

Tamara Fine Skversky, Director of Programming
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.

Eric Leiderman, Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Eric is joining the FJC team in a special role since he is also a CY Lishmah Fellow. Hailing from Englewood, NJ, Eric is an alum of both Nativ and the CY’s Ta’amu program. He is also one of the co-founders of Masorti on Campus, serving since January 2015 as its Interim Executive Director. He recently graduated from Binghamton University, with a degree in Sociology and Religious Studies, and is working toward his goal of “doing Judaism” professionally, which may eventually mean rabbinical school. He is a graduate of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Manhattan, and is a lifelong Ramahnik, including working as part of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires’ year round team. Eric has received a number of awards, including the 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Elyse Kruger, Office Manager
israel@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, Director of Youth Programs
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.

Emuna Belenky, Assistant Director
belenky@uscj.org

Emuna was born and raised in Jerusalem. After her completion of high school, she did two years of National Service in Holon. She started her B.A. at Bar Ilan University studying Archaeology & the Land of Israel, but after two years went for a year of Shlichut in the Jewish community in Oslo, Norway. Since then she has been working in European summer camps and various jobs in the field of Jewish education. She is very excited to become part of the Nativ family!

David Abraham, Assistant Director for Yozma
dabraham@uscj.org

David grew up in New Mexico and Arizona, where he was very involved with the Far West chapter of USY and went on to be a participant on Nativ 24 (2004-2005). After attending the University of Arizona, where he received a B.A. in Elementary Education, David made Aliyah with with Garin Tzabar and served as a tank commander for two years. Later, he return to the states and recieved an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. David is excited to be back living in Israel, and taking on a new role with Nativ as the Assistant Director for Yozma.

Uria Roth, Director of Youth Department Operations
roth@uscj.org

Uria received his BA in Political Science & Theatre Studies from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Teaching Certification in civil education from Efrata College and is a certified tour guide. Uria comes to us with extensive organizational and educational experience.

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

Rabbi 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 North American 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.