Who We Are



Audrey Weiner, Chair
Ellen Soffar Steinberg, Vice Chair
Roni Schwartz, Treasurer
Edith Ginsberg, Secretary


Amy Berler
Mindy Bloom
Olga Brawman-Mintzer
Stacey Aviva Flint
Michele Foster
Stephanie Garry
Susan Glicksberg
Joanna Golden
Avra Gordis
Kathy Hershfield
Michelle Krasner
Deborah Meyer
Rabbi Marianne Novak
Lida Sharlin
Negar Treister


Barbara Dobkin, Founding Chair
Sue Beller
Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson
Donna Gerson
Carol M. Joseph
Julie Morris z”l
Rabbi Suzanne Offit
Roz Garber Toledano

Past Board Members

Maddie Adamson Rabbi Naamah Kelman
Sara Adler Ellen Landis
Debra Aleinikoff Joan Leiman
Liz Alpert
Livia Asher
Barbara Levin
Dina Bakst
Ravit Barkama
Kathleen Levin
Jacquie Bayley  
Liz Bazini Ellyn Lyons
Sue Beller  
Froma Benerofe Dale Marcus
Nancy Berman Trisha Margulies
Rhoda Bernstein Deborah Minkoff
Sophie Blum Julie Morris (z”l)
Betsy Brenner Marcie Natan
Dorothy Bucksbaum Suzanne Offit
Ruth Cole Donna Orender
Georgianne Cutter Dalia Pollack Lerner
Lisa Davidson Marlene Post
Barbara Dobkin Jill Prosky
Kathryn Edelstein Lonye Rasch
Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson Dr. Julie Ratner
Renee Evans  
Aimee Falchuk  
Sherri Falchuk Linda Saker
Rebekah Farber Bella Savran
Sylvana Foa Willa Shalit
Amy Friedkin Rachel Sheinbein
  Diane Sigel
Roz Garber Toledano Tracey Spiegelman
Donna Gerson Judith Swartz
Dorothy Gitter Harman Diane Troderman
Jennifer Goldsmith Roselle Ungar
Mirele Goldsmith Karen Venezky
Lynda Goldstein Janice Weinman Shorenstein
Kim Heiman Laurie Werner
Karen Herman Susan Wilkof
Paula Jarnicki Michal Zellermayer
Carol Joseph


stephanie blumenkranz, director

Stephanie works in close partnership with the Board to implement the Foundation’s goals and deepen its impact. As the Director, she oversees all aspects of the Foundation, including its strategy, operations, development, and grantmaking. 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. (JWFNY is now known as Elluminate.) 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 in Northern New Jersey with her husband Greg and children Zach and Sasha.


Julie Wiener, Assistant Director

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Julie joined the Hadassah Foundation in November 2022.

She works closely Hadassah Foundation Director Stephanie Blumenkranz and the Board help expand the Foundation’s impact and raise its profile in the Jewish philanthropic community. In particular, she oversees marketing and communications, while assisting in many other aspects of the Foundation’s work.

Before joining the Foundation, Julie was Communications Director at Jewish Funders Network, planning and implementing all aspects of its communications, including newsletters, the website, social media, thought leadership, and marketing for its annual conference.

A longtime journalist, Julie worked as an editor and writer at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, New York Jewish Week, and MyJewishLearning. She also freelanced for the Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press.

Julie lives in Jackson Heights, New York, with her husband and daughters. An avid cyclist, she enjoys cooking, reading, crossword puzzles and working to improve her Hebrew.


Kayla joined the Foundation in June 2023. She performs a variety of administrative and customer-service tasks, assists with program logistics, including grantmaking processes, and supports our marketing and communications efforts. She graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2022, where she double majored in English and Visual Arts/Experimental Media.

She lives in Brooklyn with her family. She enjoys drawing, photography and Nintendo video games.