Randi Brenowitz

Ms. Randi Brenowitz, Chair

Randi Brenowitz graduated from the Melton core program in 2007 and has since taken many of the scholars’ courses both online and in person. She began as a Melton student in her home community of Palo Alto, California, and has been instrumental in bringing Melton learning back to the Bay Area in its current site at the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, California. She has attended each of the Melton Israel Seminars and several of the European seminars. Randi joined the Advisory Board of the… Read More

Ms. Sandy Benjamin OAM, Vice Chair

Sandy Benjamin was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1949. Her primary and secondary education was at Methodist Ladies College and she graduated from Melbourne University with an Arts degree. She majored in psychology and with a degree in Social Work, practiced for seventeen years. Sandy’s area of specialization was family psychiatry and adoption. She lectured in the social work school at La Trobe University and played a leading role in the reform of adoption law in the state of Victoria,… Read More
Vicki Benjamin

Mrs. Vicki Benjamin, Treasurer

Vicki Benjamin lives in Atlanta with her husband Gerry and is the mother of 2 grown children. She is a graduate of Emory University with a degree in accounting. She currently serves on the Boards of the ADL, the Atlanta Jewish Fertility Foundation and Melton and is on the finance committees of these boards in addition to that of the Jewish Educational Loan Foundation. In addition, she also serves as a co-chair of her Synagogue’s Chesed Committee. Read More
Sherrie Weiss

Ms. Sherrie Weiss, Secretary

Sherrie Weiss is a Florence Melton Adult Learning graduate from the Community Foundation of Jewish Education in Chicago, having continued her studies through Melton with the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago. She is a retired early childhood educator and resides in Riverwoods, IL, with her husband Albert Weiss. They have 5 children between them. As a board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Sherrie co-chaired the effort for raising funds and organizing a program… Read More
Bobbie Blau

Ms. Bobbie Blau, Assistant Secretary

Bobbie Blau has been a passionate student of Melton since 2007 with the initiation of a consortium in Los Angeles with Rabbi Rachel Bovitz at the helm. As her daughters, Sarah and Emily began Hebrew School years previously, she and her husband Carl, dedicated themselves to enhancing their own knowledge of Judaism in order to keep up with their girls. Bobbie has served on the Board of Directors at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California specifically working as the licensed architectural liaison… Read More
Rachel Bovitz

Rabbi Rachel Rudis Bovitz, Executive Director of the Florence Melton School

Rabbi Rachel Rudis Bovitz is the Executive Director. She previously worked as Melton’s Chief Strategy Officer for the previous two years. From 2007-2010, Rachel served as the founding director of the Conejo/West Valley Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in Southern California which she and its founder built as a consortium of 12 synagogues, schools and community organizations. Rachel has taught as an adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University, been a… Read More
Rabbi Morey Schwartz

Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz, International Director of Education and Innovation of the Florence Melton School

Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz is the International Director of Education and Innovation. Morey advances the work of the Florence Melton School as he seeks out and assesses new opportunities to enhance Melton’s global impact through communal, national and international partnerships and other strategic relationships. From the Melton Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Morey supervises the content and the delivery of the Melton School curriculum. He oversees the ongoing development of all… Read More
Howard Deitcher

Dr. Howard Deitcher, Director of the Florence Melton Institute

Dr. Howard Deitcher is a tenured faculty member at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University and its former director (2002-2008). He is the current educational director of the Revivim Program at the Hebrew University, which trains outstanding university students to teach Jewish Studies in Israeli national schools. From 1996-2001 he served as director of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows Program in Jerusalem. He has published numerous articles, co-edited four books, and is a… Read More
Asher Cohen

Prof. Asher Cohen, President, Hebrew University

Prof. Asher Cohen is the current President of The Hebrew University. After graduating with a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Psychology from The Hebrew University, Prof. Cohen did his doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the University of Oregon in the U.S. He served as a senior lecturer at Indiana University before returning in the early 1990s to The Hebrew University’s Department of Psychology. Since 2008 he has served as the head of the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social… Read More
Alan Edelman

Mr. Alan Edelman

Alan Edelman is a native of Kansas City. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Education from the University of Kansas, spending his junior year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Alan attended the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, where he received his Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas. Alan’s research focused on restructuring the congregational religious… Read More
Susan Weiss Firestone

Ms. Susan Weiss Firestone

Susan Weiss Firestone serves on various local and national boards including the Jewish Federations of North America, United Israel Appeal (UIA) and the International Board of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. She is a member of the JFNA Israel and Overseas Committee as well as the JFNA Global Planning Table. Locally, Susan serves as President of the Jewish Federation of Western MA, Vice President of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western MA, where she chaired the… Read More
gal yossi

Ambassador Yossi Gal

Ambassador Yossi Gal, a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is assuming the role of Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations. A career diplomat, he recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador’s office and as spokesman of the embassy. He served as Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands and has lectured throughout the world and published articles in the… Read More
board Cathy Zacks Gildenhorn

Ms. Cathy Zacks Gildenhorn

Cathy Zacks Gildenhorn has dedicated much of her life to improving the lives of others and connecting women to Jewish life and each other. Cathy serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, National Women’s Philanthropy and recently served on the Executive Committee as Vice President for Women’s Philanthropy for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Cathy has served on several local and national boards including the Kingsbury Center (special education), the Edna… Read More
Dr. Michael Gillis

Dr. Michael Gillis

Dr. Michael Gillis is currently the Director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Seymour Fox School of Education at The Hebrew University. Over the years, he has directed a variety of programs and projects at the Melton Centre, in the Fox School and the Faculty of Humanities. These have included the Senior Educators Program, serving as educational director of the Revivim Program and heading the School of Education’s Teacher Education Department. His research and teaching interests… Read More
Susan L Goldsmith

Susan L. Goldsmith

Susan Goldsmith has been involved in the Jewish Community for more than 40 years, as both a volunteer and professional. Beginning as a young married, she volunteered for several Jewish organizations, including NCJW and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. In 1981, she began working for the Federation as Assistant Women's Division Director. She completed her tenure with the Federation in 1993, having served as Women's Division Director and Director of Community Planning. After… Read More
 Ms. Ruth Hilliard

 Ms. Ruth Hilliard

Ruth Hilliard began studying with Melton in the mid 1990s and has continued being involved with Melton ever since. She has participated in multiple travel seminars, both In Israel and beyond, and has worked both on the Travel Committee and the By-Laws Committee. Ruth is a retired judge and served on the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County from 1986 through 2011. She currently performs private mediation as well as settlement conferences for the Superior Court part time. She has been… Read More
Donald L. Katz

Mr. Donald L. Katz, Board Chair Emeritus

Donald Katz is retired as President of Capitol Mfg. Co., a division of Harsco Corporation, and has served as board member, officer, and president of various industry and non-profit organizations. Don is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard Business School, and serves as trustee of the Melton Foundation. He served as Treasurer of the Florence Melton School Board from 1991-1999 and as Vice Chairman of the Florence Melton School Corporate Board from 1999-2014 and as Chairman from… Read More

Ms. Candace Kerker

Candace Kerker is a 1988 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta and a 2010 Melton School graduate. Possessing a strong marketing background, Candace is a very active leader in the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and is a life member of the NCJW and The Jewish Home. Candace lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their four children. Read More
Prof. Barack Medina

Prof. Barack Medina

Prof. Barak Medina is the Rector at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Professor of Law. He holds the Justice Haim H. Cohn Chair in Human Rights Law. He has a PhD in Economics from the Hebrew University, an LL.Bm B.A. and M.A. (econ.) from Tel Aviv University, and an LL.M from Harvard Law School. Professor Medina has served as Dean of the Law Faculty (2009-2012). He was also the academic director of the Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of End-of-Life, the Research Center on… Read More
Prof. Uzi Rebhun

Prof. Uzi Rebhun

Uzi Rebhun (Ph.D.) Professor and Head, Division of Jewish Demography and Statistics, the A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations. His areas of interest are Jewish migration, Jewish identification, the Jewish family, Israel-Diaspora relations, and population projections. His works mainly focus on American Jews and the Israeli population. His current research project explores the emigration and… Read More
Dr. Michael Troner

Dr. Michael Troner

Dr. Michael Troner is a medical oncologist and partner in Advanced Medical Specialties practicing at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He is married to Debbie Troner. Read More

Honorary Board Members

Sobelman Betty

Ms. Betty Sobelman

Betty Sobelman served as Director of Finance for the Florence Melton School of Adult Learning from 2006 until her retirement in 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Finance for the Solomon Schechter Days Schools of Chicago and the international known Keshet Day School which serves special needs students. She has served in leadership positions in ORT, Na'Amat and on the Chicago Board of Jewish Education. She continues to serve several not-for-profit organizations as a business and… Read More

Mr. Alan D. Hoffmann

In January 2019, Alan Hoffmann stepped down as CEO and Director General of The Jewish Agency for Israel, the largest Jewish non-profit worldwide, after serving since 2010. Prior to that, Alan was for a decade the Director General of the Education Department of the Jewish Agency. He previously served as director of the Mandel Center for Jewish Continuity at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as executive director of the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education and as director of The Hebrew… Read More

Mr. Charles (Chuck) Levine

Charles Levine is focused on contributing his time and effort to not-for-profit endeavors. Mr. Levine works with SCORE, an organization devoted to helping budding entrepreneurs in Northern California, and serves the Board of Jack London State Park, the first California State Park to be operated by a local not-for-profit entity. He graduated with an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business Administration. Prior to his retirement, he was an independent Board member serving… Read More
Ms. Rose Weitz

Ms. Rose Weitz

Rose Weitz is a 5761 graduate of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in South Palm Beach County. She is a founding Chair of the Melton International Alumni Association. She is also a Board Member of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Women’s Board, on the Executive Board of Jewish Education Commission, a member of the Jewish Education Task Force and Chairs the Melton Advisory Board. Rose has been an active volunteer throughout childhood and adult life, including… Read More