Nelson Braff

Nelson Braff

President

Executive Committee Member

Mr. Braff was unanimously elected on May 27 to succeed Howard Wohl, who will continue his service as chairman of the Board at Tanger, the center of Jewish life at the Midwood campus. A 1980 alumnus of Brooklyn College, where he earned his B.A. in Economics, Mr. Braff is an attorney with an extensive background in the world of finance.  He earned his J.D. at Emory University School of Law in 1982. After practicing law for 15 years, Mr. Braff was co-founder and President of  Perrin, Holden & Davenport Capital Corp. ,  an investment brokerage firm. Today, he serves in the corporate finance department of Legend Securities, a securities brokerage and investment banking firm. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Braff is a principal at Southern Hospitality BBQ restaurant (with locations in New York and Denver), Smokin’ Aces BBQ in Queens, NY and is in the process of establishing the Hunt & Fish Club, a steak and seafood restaurant in Times Square, NY. A consummate public speaker, Mr. Braff’s hobby for years was stand-up comedy, where he performed at such high profile comedy clubs as Don’t Tell Mama, The Improv and Caroline’s. His philanthropic ventures include co-founding the nonprofit “American Friends of Gifted Young Musicians,” to nurture the musical gifts of talented but financially needy children internationally.  He also serves as board member of Surprise Lake Summer Camp, the American Comedy Institute and was recently honored by Chai Lifeline/Camp Simcha, an organization which supports children and their families.

Howard Wohl

Howard Wohl

Chairman of the Board

Executive Committee Member

Howard Wohl is a private investor, residing in Mill Neck, New York. He was co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ivy Asset Management Corp., which provided investment management and investment advisory services. Along with Howard's lay leadership at Brooklyn College Hillel, he is engaged in a number of other non-profits, and currently serves as   Chairman of the Board of BBYO, Inc., the world's largest Jewish teen organization, member of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York, Chairman - Investment Committee, Hillel; The Center for Jewish Life on Campus  Treasurer, Solomon Schechter Day School of Long Island.Howard is married to Diane.  They have three children and five grandchildren.

Marilyn Butler

Marilyn Butler

Vice President

Executive Committee Member

 Marilyn was born in Brooklyn. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and from Brooklyn College in 1957 with a BA in Education. Mrs. Butler taught elementary school in Williamsburge for three years. She was married to Marshall Butler in 1958 and has four children and five grandchildren. Marilyn has owned and operated a French ready-to-wear clothing store and partner of a Greenwich Village contemporary art gallery. She volunteered for the UJA/Federation for many years. Marilyn is currently on the board at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, E.L.E.M. and the Anti-Defamation League. She resides in Manhattan. 

 

 

 

Edith Everett

Edith Everett

Vice President

Executive Committee Member

Mrs. Everett was for 23 years a board member of the City University of New York.  She serves on a number of philanthropic boards including American Jewish Committee, International Hillel, the Blaustein Institute for Human Rights,the Joint Distribution Committee and Medicare Rigts.  Edith is the founder of the Language Forum, an organization that brings together distinguished English as a Second Language faculty to discuss issues and research in the field, for which she received the New York State and National TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Awards for her efforts. Edith Everett has two children, David, a practicing attorney who is active in a variety of causes, and Carolyn, a former television producer and executive director of the City University of New York Economic Development Corporation.  

 

Barbara  Gerber

Barbara Gerber

Vice President

Executive Committee Member

President of The East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue, in Manhattan. Former President of the Tanger Hillel of Brooklyn College; patron of the Jewish Theological Seminary Torah Fund; former trustee of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism;  Professor emerita of Comparative Literature, Brooklyn College, where she taught for 30 years.  Former Executive Director of the Special Baccalaureate Degree Program for Adults, the Small College Program, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program (which she originated with faculty of Brooklyn College); former Director of the Comparative Literature Program (Brooklyn College); former trustee of the National Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs;  former faculty Trustee of the Board of St. Lawrence University, Canton, where she taught  for five years. Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship; two Ford Foundation Grants; and two National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Member of the National Educational Society; the National French Honor Society; and Honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. Author and translator. 

Murray Koppelman

Murray Koppelman

Vice President

Executive Committee Member

Peter Marron

Peter Marron

Vice President

 Executive Committee Member 

PETER N. MARRON, CFA is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager who joined Pinnacle in 1993 after three years with Prudential Securities Investment Management as a Senior Portfolio Manager.  Previous experience includes Bear Stearns Asset Management as Chief Investment Officer supervising $3.5 billion in assets; Bernstein Macaulay Inc. as Director of Research & Institutional Portfolio Manager; and Lexington Investors, a private investment partnership as an Analyst.  Other credentials: Member of the New York Society of Security Analysts; B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College; MBA in Finance from Pace University; Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a member of the Investment Committees of the Brooklyn College Foundation and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS);  and the Treasurer of the Alexander & Brenda Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College.

Marc Mellon

Marc Mellon

Vice President

 Executive Committee Member

Marc Mellon was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. During college he worked summers with The American Jewish Society for Service renovating homes in poor southern towns. While studying art at Brooklyn College he organized an exhibit of art by Jewish artists in the Brooklyn College Hillel Building, and was then offered a studio on the second floor of the Hillel, where he worked for several years.Today Mellon is one of America’s foremost classically trained figurative sculptors. He has exhibited from New York to Tokyo, has received numerous awards and honor, and is a frequent guest juror of national art exhibits.From 1991-1998 Mellon was President of the Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., a charitable foundation that assists professional working artists in times of emergency. He continues to serve on their board of trustees as President ex-officio.Mellon and his wife, fellow artist Babette Bloch, have two daughters. They divide their time between Redding Connecticut and Manhattan, where they are active members of the National Arts Club.Marc Mellon was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. During college he worked summers with The American Jewish Society for Service renovating homes in poor southern towns. While studying art at Brooklyn College he organized an exhibit of art by Jewish artists in the Brooklyn College Hillel Building, and was then offered a studio on the second floor of the Hillel, where he worked for several years.

Israel Wiesel

Israel Wiesel

Vice President

Executive Committee Member

Anna Geller

Anna Geller

Treasurer

Executive Committee Member

Anna Geller was born in Odessa, Ukraine and immigrated with her family to America at 6 years old. Anna studied at the Academy of Finance while she was in high school and continued studying business in Brooklyn college. After graduating from Brooklyn College, she worked for Thomson Financial where she was awarded the "Thomson Outstanding Performers Award." She later joined Deutsche Bank as a Controller. Anna's entrepreneurial spirit never died while she worked in the corporate world, and she started her own business Annushka Vacations and Witty Brides. Anna obtained her MBA while she was working in the corporate world, running her current businesses, and seeking out new opportunities. Her latest accomplishment was being a Dream Team member and challenge consultant for Donald Trump's "Apprentice 7." Anna currently teaches at Kingsborough College.Anna met her husband, Michael Koplan at the Hillel, they are n happily married with their son Micah, and one more on the way. 

Alex Rudshteyn

Alex Rudshteyn

Financial Secretary

Executive Committee Member

Marc Segelnick

Marc Segelnick

Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee Member

Robert Cherry

Robert Cherry

Board of Directors
Adam Dickter

Adam Dickter

Board of Directors
Steve Ebbin

Steve Ebbin

Board of Directors
Abraham Esses

Abraham Esses

Board of Directors

Abraham Esses is a Brooklyn College graduate who studied Computer Science, Mathematics, and Economics; he has received the Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, the Christoph M. Kimmich Award for Academic Excellence, was student in The Scholars Program, and has made the Dean's List throughout his years in Brooklyn College. Abraham also had a role in student government for two years, serving as a floor leader for the Student Assembly and President of the undergraduate student body. Having graduated this past December from Brooklyn College, he is now working as a Research Assistant for Standard and Poor’s Insurance division. He is ultimately interested in computational statistics, risk management, and economics, and is looking to shortly attend graduate school to further his studies in these areas. Aside from his studies, he also enjoys reading, as well as playing and watching soccer. Abraham joined Hillel because of its extensive impact on Brooklyn College's campus, as well its potential for its enormous outreach to Jews across Brooklyn.

Avi Greenberger

Avi Greenberger

Board of Directors

Avi Greenberger is a Technical Director at the FOX News Channel and the FOX Business Network. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 2011 with a degree in Television and Radio Production and minored in Computer Science, while also covering the prerequisites for Business Law. While at Brooklyn College, he was an active member of the Tanger Hillel, as well as the President of the Orthodox Club.

Richard Grossberg

Richard Grossberg

Board of Directors
Leslie Jacobson

Leslie Jacobson

Board of Directors
Sandra Levitt

Sandra Levitt

Board of Directors

Executive Committee Member

Marcia Masri

Marcia Masri

Board of Directors

I was born and raised in Brooklyn in the Sephardic community, and am still affiliated and involved with that community and its synagogues.  I was first exposed to the Brooklyn College Hillel in high school.  My brother was the president of the orthodox club and later the Hillel House.  As a pre-med student he was very pressed for time, so I would make phone calls for him to advertise Hillel Shabbatons and events.  When I later enrolled in Brooklyn College myself, my involvement in Hillel was automatic.  I had already gotten to know many students, and as a freshman was able to bring newcomers to Hillel as well.  As someone who had spent my life in an insular community, to this day, I appreciate the opportunity Hillel gave me to meet and interact with Jews of all different backgrounds and religious affiliations.  After I graduated, I spent a couple of years in the corporate world but I found no passion in my work.  I decided to go to a Judaic studies graduate program while deciding which direction I wanted to take my career.  After some time in the program, I got in touch with former director Linda Askenazi to brainstorm with her about career opportunities in the Jewish world.  This phone conversation led me to take a full-time position at the Hillel House organizing community service programs.  Although I ultimately decided to go into nursing, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work so closely with the students and members of other organizations. I still miss the many inspiring moments I had at Hillel, and have promised myself I would stay involved in chesed and the Jewish community no matter how busy I get.   That being said, I am truly honored to have been invited to join the Hillel Board, and excited to share my ideas and resources in whatever way I can to make Hillel even more successful.

Milton Pincus

Milton Pincus

Board of Directors
Alex Rodionov

Alex Rodionov

Board of Directors

He was born in Minks, Belarus in 1978. He graduated high-school in 1995 and moved to the USA together with parents, a younger brother and a grandmother. During his college years he became actively involved with the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College as well as Golden Key National Honor Society. By 1999 he graduated with a Bachelors of Science and accepted a job at an IT firm on Wall St. 2003 marked a come back to school. He received an MBA degree in Finance and Computer Science from Baruch College in 2006. He is currently employed with Royal Blue Financial Corp and live in Brooklyn, NY with a wife and a beautiful daughter.

Janet Schneider

Janet Schneider

Board of Directors

Janet Schneider was born in a small town in Ukraine in 1976. She grew up with very limited Jewish culture, just secret Passover Seders and stories from her mother to identify herself as Jewish. At the age of 12, her family moved to New York, for a better life and religious freedom. Janet attended Yeshiva and became involved in the Jewish community and became passionate about Jewish traditions. She attended New York University's School of Education for undergraduate and graduate school and received a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. She worked in Bellevue Hospital and subsequently in a clinic treating speech impediments in school aged children. At the age of 22, Janet married Bill Schneider, her childhood friend, who is an attorney in the New York area. She currently has 3 children, 2 of whom are in school. It was important for Janet to send her children to a Yeshiva and give them the Jewish education and sense of Jewish pride she missed out on as a young girl. Her children currently attend the Yeshiva of Flatbush, where Janet is actively involved, volunteering and organizing programs when she’s not busy taking care of her baby. 

Martin Schreibman

Martin Schreibman

Board of Directors

Dr Martin P. Schreibman's career of teaching and research has spanned more than 45 years. Dr Schreibman has been in almost continuous attendance at Brooklyn College for 54 years with more than 50 years of service to the college. He is credited with over 180 scientific published citations and seven books.  He is Distinguished Professor of Biology and Founding Director of Brooklyn College's Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center (AREAC), a teaching and research institute that studies aquatic organisms and the environments that they inhabit. The topics of research of AREAC range from issues and concerns of space travel and habitation and biomedical concerns (cancer and aging) to the impact of urban communities on surrounding estuaries and urban aquatic ecosystems.  Current projects include comparative studies of estuaries and regional economies in the western hemisphere, the impact of endocrine disrupting chemical pollutants on the reproductive physiology of the winter flounder population in New York City, Jamaica Bay ecosystem research and restoration, studies on the loss of wet land loses in Jamaica Bay, ecophysiological studies of clams and oysters in the waters of New York City and the captive breeding of challenged aquatic organisms, most notably horseshoe crabs.  Other environment-based studies include the impact of Hudson River power plants on the fisheries of the Hudson River and the restoration of urban aquatic ecosystems, such as the Gowanus Canal and Coney Island Creek.  His most recent major efforts centers about the establishment of urban aquaculture (fish farming in the city) program for economic development, creation of jobs and a means of feeding the hungry of the world.  Brooklyn College's AREAC has become a leader world wide in developing these programs using state of the art technology adapted for intensive, safe, and sustainable urban fish farming. 

Ed Shoenthal

Ed Shoenthal

Board of Directors
Roberta Wallach

Roberta Wallach

Board of Directors
Michael Ziegler

Michael Ziegler

Board of Directors
Honorary Director

Honorary Director

 

Alan Dershowitz

Yaffa Eliach

Hon. Lewis A. Fidler

Hon. Howard Golden

Rabbi Alvin Kass

Hon. Marty Markowitz

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus

Emertii

Emertii

Alan Mond

 

 

  

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