WHO WE ARE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sue Beller, Chair
Meg Offit Gold, Vice Chair
Audrey Weiner, Treasurer
Roz Garber Toledano, Secretary
Livia Asher
Dina Bakst
Jacquie Bayley
Renee Evans
Aimee Falchuk
Stephanie Garry
Joanna Golden
Beverly Goldsmith
Linda Saker
Roni Schwartz
Diane Sigel
Phyllis Silverstein
Ellen Soffar Steinberg
Anna Solomon
Tracey Spiegelman

FORMER BOARD CHAIRS

Barbara Dobkin, Founding Chair
Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson
Donna Gerson
Carol M. Joseph
Julie Morris, Immediate Past Chair
Rabbi Suzanne Offit

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Linda Altshuler

DIRECTOR

Stephanie Blumenkranz

Stephanie works in close partnership with the Board to implement the Foundation’s goals and deepen its impact. She previously served as Associate Director at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY), where she oversaw 3.2 million in grants to 137 programs in 21 countries. She played an instrumental role in strengthening the grantmaking practices, growing and engaging their donor base, and creating impactful education programming.

Prior to working at JWFNY, Stephanie was a Communications and Development Associate for Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH), a national thinktank on family poverty and homelessness. She also has experience with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner.

Stephanie was selected as one of The Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 in 2020 and she was awarded the 2019 Nancy Schwartz Sternoff z”l Leadership Award from JWFNY.  She is a Board Member of Women Creating Change, has previously served as a Young Leader at Philanthropy NY, and was a Community Connections Fellow at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Stephanie received her BS from Vanderbilt University and her MS from NYU Steinhardt School. She lives with her husband Gregory and two-year-old son Zachary in northern New Jersey.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Rebecca Barabas

Rebecca works with Stephanie, the Board of Directors, and grantees to facilitate the Foundation’s daily and long-term operations.  She is a recent graduate of Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  While there, she was active in the performing arts community.  Specific positions include the General Director of Columbia-Barnard Israeli dance troupe Shalhevet, Vice-President of the Columbia University Performing Arts League, and Publicity Manager for several sold-out theatrical productions.

Rebecca teaches Jewish history to 6 and 7 graders at the New Jersey synagogue where she grew up.