Associate Director, Recruitment and Retention
firstname.lastname@example.org | (646) 975-2811
Amy consults with day schools in the areas of Admissions, Marketing, Development, and Tuition Assistance. After enrolling her eldest son in a Jewish day school, she was inspired by the mission and rich educational experience that day schools give children, and she decided to leave her corporate career of 10 years in sales, marketing, and branding. Amy spent eight years working at The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, where she held positions as the Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance, and the Director of Development. Amy has a BA in Communication and Public Relations. She and her husband Joshua live in Dallas, Texas, and all three of their children are enrolled in Jewish day school.
Rabbi Maccabee Avishur
Senior Director, Leadership Development
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Maccabee consults with schools on leadership development, governance, placement, faculty compensation, curriculum, and 21st century learning. Maccabee has worked extensively with Jewish day school boards advising them on strategic planning, board composition, governance best practices, head of school support and evaluation, and the board-head relationship. Previously, Maccabee served as both a senior school leader and classroom teacher in California, Texas, and Michigan. Maccabee is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of Cambridge as well as a Musmach of Dayan Ephraim Greenblatt, zt”l. He did postgraduate work in Near Eastern languages and cultures at UCLA, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Yeshiva University. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiMacc.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul is Prizmah's Chief Executive Officer—a position to which he brings his lifelong connection with Jewish day school education, and wide-ranging management experience in the fields of education, philanthropy, social impact, government and new media. Prior to joining Prizmah, Paul served as CEO of The Pershing Square Foundation and as the Global Managing Director of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a nonprofit focused on global health, education, and child protection. Paul co-founded ARK South Africa in 2003 and he returned to London in 2004 to lead ARK globally through its growth across multiple geographies. The preceding years of Paul’s career focused on government, telecoms, and new media.
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A native New Yorker, Lynette earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College and a MBA in Business Administration from Capella University. Before joining Prizmah, Lynette worked for a KFC franchisee in the NYC area as Director of Operations and Office Manager for 20 years. In her personal life she loves traveling, cooking, reading , spending time with family, relaxing at home with her husband James and her dog Jace.
Vice President, Leadership Development
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Ilisa believes that inspired, informed, and supported Jewish day school leaders are the key to healthy schools, so at Prizmah, she works to help sustain and advance Jewish day school leadership. Ilisa works with lay and professional leadership in schools and is devoted to helping schools develop strong cultures of trust and transparency. Ilisa brings over 15 years of experience in Jewish education, having served as associate executive director at the Schechter Network, head of school at the El Paso Jewish Academy and is currently a board member at the J Center for Early Learning and the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso. Ilisa is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and holds a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary where she is pursuing her doctorate in Jewish Educational Leadership. Ilisa earned her Certificate of Non-Profit Board Consulting from BoardSource and consults regularly with schools on governance.
Director, Educational Innovation
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Melanie partners with school teachers and leaders to plan and implement professional development programming that is dynamic, motivating, and relevant, and honors the experience of our teachers. Melanie began her teaching career more than 20 years ago as a classroom teacher in a Jewish day school in Northern Virginia. While teaching, Melanie was always on the lookout for meaningful PD and quickly began to provide it to others, both in her school and beyond. A native Montrealer, Melanie received a BA and MA from McGill and an MEd from George Washington University. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and two sons.
Director, Knowledge Center
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Odelia is excited to further Prizmah’s contribution to the field of Jewish day school research. She has worked in various organizations including the JCC Association and the Yeshiva University School Partnership. Through her involvement in benchmarking projects for both JCCs and Jewish day schools, Odelia is passionate about making research and data accessible to the Prizmah Network and greater Jewish community. She is a proud day school graduate, and her children are third generation day school students. Odelia has an MPA from Baruch College and BA from Queens College. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and three children.
Consultant, Strategic Philanthropy Counsel
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Jill, the President of Goldenberg Solutions Group, consults to senior Prizmah professionals and board leaders to increase investment in the day school field and in Prizmah. Jill worked with Prizmah leaders to create the inaugural Prizmah Investor Summit in November, 2018, which convened more than 100 of North America’s most generous day school philanthropists. Nonprofit leaders throughout the country rely on Jill to enable them to raise more money and do more good. She is an expert in strategic governance, fund development, and grant-making. Jill is the former Executive Director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. More than 45 schools raised over $100 million in endowment funds through the Generations program which Jill directed when at PEJE.
Jill has served in multiple lay leadership roles, including as President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, co-chair of the Rashi School’s capital campaign, and on the board of CJP, Boston’s federation. She previously practiced law, ran a legal services clinic, and worked in politics. Jill holds degrees from Boston University School of Law and the University of Michigan. She and her husband, Sidney Kriger, are the proud parents of two graduates of Northwestern University, Gann Academy, and the Rashi School.
Director, Operations and Technology
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Alisha served as the development and finance director of the Schechter Day School Network. Her prior experience includes executive director of The Jewish Lens, a national Jewish experiential education program, and director of operations for Jewish Community Services, a division of JBFCS. Alisha is also an advisor for second-year social work students at Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a board member of JPRO Network and the founder of Advancing Jewish Professionals of NYC, a group for emerging Jewish communal professionals. She earned a master’s in social work with a focus in social administration from Columbia University and a master’s in Jewish studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Daniel is excited to lead the process to design and build the Prizmah Jewish Day School Conference and other gatherings of the field. Most recently, Daniel was the executive director of Limmud NY. He has also worked at Hazon and URJ Eisner Camp, and he was a safari guide at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Daniel has a master’s degree in education and Jewish studies from New York University, and he is a graduate of Clark University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Rachel and sons, Asher and Micah.
Josh Levisohn, PhD
Consultant, Leadership Coaching Institute
firstname.lastname@example.org | (646) 975-2823
Josh Levisohn, Ph.D., is consulting with Prizmah to develop Prizmah's Coaching Institute. He currently also works with EduCannon Consulting and joined their team after 12 years as Head of School at Berman Hebrew Academy in greater Washington. He is currently consulting with the Greater Hartford Jewish community as the Merger Director for the Hebrew Academy and the Hebrew High School of New England. Prior to his work at Berman, Josh was a teacher, department chair and eventually Principal of Jewish Studies at Akiba Hebrew Academy (now Barrack Hebrew Academy) in Philadelphia. Josh earned a doctorate in Jewish Studies at Harvard University.
Rachel Levitt Klein Dratch
Associate Director, Educational Innovation
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Rachel Levitt Klein Dratch is wholeheartedly invested in the Jewish world of education. Rachel has a Masters in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University, is a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow, participated in the Mandel Teacher Education Program, has a popular ELI talk, and has served as a scholar in residence in many communities. She has also spent time in Maimonides school in Boston, taught Torah, led rallies for Soviet Jewry, and more. Rachel was a student teacher at Michlalah in Jerusalem before continuing her passion for teaching as a Hebrew school teacher and student leader at Stern College. Rachel deepened her understanding of pedagogy and methodology, as well as curriculum design while developing classes and programs, both formal and informal.
Rachel served as a Tanach and Prayer teacher, Director of Professional Development, Teacher Mentor, Dean of students, Vice Principal, Student Life Coordinator, Israel guidance advisor and other meaningful roles at many amazing day schools including: Frisch, Ramaz, Maimonides, Fuchs Mizrachi, Berman Academy and Beth Tfiloh. Rachel has also been Director of SLED educational consulting, and spends her summers at Camp Moshava IO running drama and special programming. Most of all, Rachel is grateful for and inspired by her family: including her new husband and the 11 children they are blessed with between them both. Rachel lives in New York and thrilled to be a part of the Prizmah team!
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
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Sara graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a bachelor of science in Human Development. While at Binghamton, she held multiple leadership positions both on and off campus, recruiting, programming, and enhancing events in the community. Sara worked at Camp Ramah in Canada for several years, which helped shape her commitment to youth education and development. She has also worked at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ in several different capacities over the span of 10 years; most recently, as the Director of Youth Engagement. Sara split her time between her synagogue and working the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies as an Executive Assistant to the CEO and Conference Consultant.
She has also worked and volunteered at Hackensack University Medical Center to support better patient-family experiences, as well as facilitate efficient communication between patients and medical staff. Sara is really passionate about enhancing others’ lives with her enthusiasm, planning and organizational skills, empathy, and cooperation. Sara has positively influenced people of all ages through both her personal and professional experiences, and is excited to be adding to Prizmah’s success to help Jewish day schools thrive!
Director, Fundraising and Endowment Programs
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Helen is the director of Generations and GFA. Helen’s career has focused mainly in the nonprofit sector in development and executive administration. For 13 years, she was the executive director of an educational organization providing scholarship and loan aid to college and graduate students. She tripled the public support of the organization through a major gifts initiative and developed a planned giving program that provides major support for the organization. Helen was PEJE’s senior manager for the Generations Day School Endowment Project, which she continues at Prizmah.
Chief Operating Officer
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Elissa is Prizmah's Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Elissa spent many years in the Federation system, most recently serving as the JFNA Vice President of Financial Resource Development and the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence. Her path to becoming a Jewish communal professional began as a college student, when she served as a UJA Campus Campaign Chair with the University Programs Department. Her passion for this work led to her lifelong commitment to work in the Jewish communal field. Elissa has done extensive work in fostering a commitment to the importance of investing in human capital as the foundation for a successful organization. Her expertise in the areas of effective communication skills, leadership development, and management skills have enabled her to serve as a resource to develop and facilitate programs to advance the skills of volunteer and professional leaders. Elissa is the past president of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, where her daughters attended elementary and middle school. They both graduated from Golda Och Academy, where they attended high school. Elissa has a master’s degree in social work from Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.
Senior Director, Financial Vitality
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As Director of Financial Vitality at Prizmah, Dan oversees a variety of training programs that help day schools optimize their revenues and achieve greater financial stability. Prior to joining Prizmah, Dan served as the Vice President for Program and Strategy at The Foundation for Jewish Camp and as a program officer in day school finance at the AVI CHAI Foundation. Dan spent nearly 18 years in the financial world. He worked as a security analyst and portfolio manager at leading investment firms, including Iridian Asset Management, Centurion Investment Group, and Soros Fund Management.
Dan was privileged to serve as a Wexner Heritage Fellow and currently serves as board chair of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He also serves on the boards of Mechon Hadar and SAR Academy, and the advisory board of the Jewish New Teacher Project. Dan is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business and has master’s of business administration in management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Elliott Rabin, PhD
Director, Thought Leadership
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Elliott works to promote thought leadership in the field of Jewish day schools, in particular as editor of Prizmah’s magazine, HaYidion. At RAVSAK’s director of project and content development, he initiated programs such as Project ROPE: Roots of Philanthropy Education, Moot Beit Din, JCAT, the Hebrew Poetry Contest, and Judaic Art Contest. Previously, he was the director of education at Makor, a program of the 92nd Street Y. He has taught classes in Jewish studies, Hebrew language and literature, and world literature in universities, JCCs, and synagogues. Elliott holds a PhD in comparative literature, with a specialty in Hebrew, from Indiana University. He is the author of Understanding the Hebrew Bible: A Reader’s Guide and is completing a second book on biblical heroes.
email@example.com I (646) 975-2829
Tricia oversees all general operating and program support grants for the organization. She has a diverse background in compliance, project management, strategic sourcing and marketing for consumer product companies. She grew up in Virginia, started her career in the garment industry in NYC, and now lives in New Mexico with her husband and young son. Tricia is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Cheryl Weiner Rosenberg
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications
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Cheryl Weiner Rosenberg is a marketing and communications professional with a strong background in the field of Jewish nonprofits. Cheryl has spent the last 10 years immersed in the Jewish day school arena as a parent and a lay leader. Cheryl lives in Englewood, NJ, where she serves as a city councilwoman representing Ward 1. She has four children who attend Ben Porat Yosef, where Cheryl served as the president of the board of trustees from 2014 until 2017. Cheryl recently completed the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program. She is an executive committee member of Teach NJS and on the leadership council of the Jewish New Teacher Project. Cheryl has a degree in communications and commerce from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Development Officer
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Jeffrey served most recently as President and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island (Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center) and the Jewish Federation Foundation of Rhode Island, where he has served for the last six years. Jeffrey has a background as an attorney, and also worked as a Social Work Director for an agency serving Jewish seniors. Jeffrey also brings extensive experience as a lay leader, having served as the board chair of Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, two of Boston’s larger Jewish agencies. He and his wife Lori Barnet are the proud parents of two daughters who attended the former South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, the Rashi School and Gann Academy.
Associate Director, Development
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Francine is Prizmah’s Development Manager, as well as a member of Prizmah's Financial Vitality team. Having worked at PEJE as a program manager, she is happy to be reunited with former colleagues. Before joining Prizmah, Francine was a program officer with the Ruderman Family Foundation. She began her career in neighborhood planning and urban economic development in Boston. Francine holds a BA in English and Jewish studies from American University and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She and her husband are the proud parents of two grown sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law.
Debra Shaffer Seeman
Network Weaving Director
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Debra brings a depth of experience in nurturing learning communities, building institutions, and network weaving throughout the Jewish community. Before moving to Atlanta in 2003, Debra lived in Jerusalem, where she was a founding administrator of Tal Torah, a center for intergenerational Torah learning. As an avid teacher of classical Jewish texts and an educational entrepreneur, she has served in a variety of educational settings in Israel and North America including Dror Elementary School, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Florence Melton Adult Mini School, Rambam Atlanta Day School, Yeshiva Atlanta High School, and RAVSAK. She is a proud graduate of both Mandel Jerusalem Fellows and Harvard University. A mother of four, Debra is married to Rabbi Dr. Don Seeman.
Manager, Convenings and Marketing
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Lauren is the convening and marketing manager for Prizmah, to including the Prizmah Jewish Day School Conference. She works on behind the scenes details regarding the planning and execution of all Prizmah events. Lauren served seven years in the United States Air Force, where she was assigned to duty in several locations in the U.S. and Great Britain. Lauren studied at Texas Tech University, where she earned a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing, and a bachelor’s and master’s in communication disorders specializing in audiology. Lauren is originally from Michigan, grew up in Texas, and now lives with her husband, Marc, and son, Liam, in Massachusetts.
Manager, Educational Innovation
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Yael is a program manager on the Teaching and Learning team. She manages Moot Beit Din and the Day School Engagement and Enrollment initiative (DSEE) in partnership with PJ Library. Previously, she ran student programs for community day schools at RAVSAK, taught Jewish studies at SAR Academy, and served as the Jewish studies coordinator at Beit Rabban Day School. Yael earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a certificate in experiential Jewish education from Yeshiva University, and a dual master’s degree in Education and Jewish Studies from NYU, where she studied as a Jim Joseph and Wexner-Davidson graduate fellow. She lives in New York City with her husband and two kids.
Associate Director, Governance and Fundraising
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Traci consults with school leaders on annual fundraising, endowment and governance. As a BoardSource certified governance consultant, she works extensively with school boards advising them on strategic planning, the boards role in development and governance best practices. Before joining Prizmah, she worked in Jewish nonprofits with a focus on experiential education, youth engagement, leadership, and Jewish camping. Traci holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, received her BA in Jewish studies and nonprofit management from Indiana University and has a certificate in fund development for nonprofit organizations from the IU School of Philanthropy.
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Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Erin received her bachelor’s degree in International Business at Rhodes College, in Memphis, Tennessee and her Masters in Accountancy from The University of Virginia. Prior to joining Prizmah, Erin worked in public accounting for Ernst & Young, as the Senior Director of Finance for the Rheumatology Research Foundation and American College of Rheumatology, and most recently as the Controller for The Juilliard School, in Manhattan. In her personal time, Erin enjoys exploring this amazing city with her partner, Steven, and her beloved dog, Dobe, cooking lots of healthy food, and reading.
Bryan Valerio Perdomo
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Bryan was born in Honduras and raised in New York City, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Bryan gained valuable accounting experience working in various industries including public accounting, nonprofit sectors, and retail. He prides himself on developing strong relations through character, work ethic, and communication. Bryan looks forward to becoming a key member of the Prizmah community.
Director, Field Advancement
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Amy is the Director of Field Advancement and the school advocate for RAVSAK schools. She is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy, the impetus for her dedication to Jewish day schools. Amy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at JTS and Columbia, respectively. Her career began at United Synagogue, where she was director of USY on Wheels and National Assistant Director of USY. Amy served at Hillel Academy for 20 years, 13 years as head of school. She was active in the accreditation process of the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Amy devoted more than 20 summers serving on the staff of Ramah camps, and her three adult children are all day school and Ramah alumni. In addition to her advocacy work, Amy works with schools as a coach, helps build relationships among leaders, and engages in professional development opportunities for schools. Amy resides in Tampa, Florida.
Associate Director, Educational Innovation
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For the last six years, Daniel has served as the director of fifth through eighth grades at Solomon Schechter Day School of Chicago. Prior to joining SSDS, Daniel taught in a public school. He also worked at Ramah Day Camp, leading tefillah and shira, and running the cookout program. He prides himself as having led programs in Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and unaffiliated organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree from National-Louis University, a master’s in education from Loyola University Chicago, and a Certificate of Jewish Day School and Yeshiva Leadership from the Jewish Education Leadership Institute (JELI). He recently completed the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, and is certified as a trainer for the ADL A World of Difference Institute. Daniel lives with his wife and three children in Skokie, Illinois, where he also serves as gabbai and past president of Kol Sasson Congregation, Chicago area’s longest-running partnership minyan. Daniel’s passions are teaching and learning, playing guitar and banjo, cooking, riding his bike, and spending time with his family.
Rabbi Marc Wolf
Vice President, Field Advancement
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As Vice President for Field Advancement and Advocacy, Marc works with the network of Prizmah schools; seeking ways to capitalize on the knowledge and resources of the field while identifying areas where schools are looking for new answers or facing new challenges. Previously Marc served as Vice President, East Coast at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he remains a member of the North American faculty, and held several major leadership roles at the Jewish Theological Seminary, including Vice Chancellor, Director of Community Engagement and Chief Development Officer. Marc is a day school parent and passionate advocate for day schools and has dedicated his career to the importance of Jewish Education. He serves on the board of the Play Group Theatre, a children’s theater company in White Plains, New York where he lives with his wife, Rebecca Boim Wolf, and their three children.