Board of Directors

July 2016 to June 2017

 

Joel ben Izzy, Vice President

Sheldon Kahn, Treasurer

Leyna Bernstein
Rachel Biale
Rabbi Steven A. Chester
Fred Feller
Deena Levine-Lipsett
Alfred M. Norek
Paul Raskin
Katherine Haynes Sanstad
Susan Seeley, Ed.D.
Mira Spaulding
Harvey M. Weinstein, MD, MPH
Rochelle Zak, MD
Vicki Zatkin

Judy David Bloomfield, President

Judy BloomfieldJudy is a graduate of Stanford University and the SF Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. During her eighteen-year tenure as a program director at United Way of the Bay Area, she led an employer association called One Small Step that advanced the development of work-life programs by showcasing innovative workplace practices through publications and seminars. Judy also served as Founding President of the National Work Family Alliance, the trade association now known as the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. In recent years, Judy has focused on family and community, raising her now teen-age children, Cole and Eliana, with her husband, Leon, and volunteering in the Piedmont schools and at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland. Judy is active in the Bay Area’s Second Generation community and has organized numerous Holocaust education and remembrance activities. She is writing a book to share the memoirs of her mother, who survived Auschwitz. The project currently involves translating family letters written in Hungarian from pre- and post-WWII years. Judy is also a singer and enjoys performing with various ensembles. She joined the JFCS East Bay Board of Directors in 2013 and became President in 2015.

 

Joel ben Izzy, Vice President

Joel ben IzzyJoel is an internationally known storyteller, author, and story consultant. Since graduating from Stanford in 1983, where he studied English, Creative Writing and Storytelling, Joel has traveled the world gathering and telling tales, always with a specialty in Jewish folklore. In addition to his performances and workshops, Joel has become one of the nation’s leading story consultants and executive story coaches. While his client list is broad—from entertainment to technology to financial services to philanthropy—his focus is always helping clients to harness the power of storytelling for more effective and compelling communication. Joel is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, which has been translated into fifteen languages. His forthcoming book, Dreidels on the Brain, will be published for Chanukah 2016. He joined the board in 2015 and lives in Berkeley with his wife, Taly Rutenberg, who is a psychotherapist.

 

Susan Adler-Bressler, MD, Secretary

Sue Adler-BresslerSue is a family practice physician at John Muir Medical Group and the chair of John Muir Hospital’s Department of Family Medicine. She is a longtime member of and leader at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, including a term as board president. She has been very involved in social action issues at Temple Isaiah and helped to start the congregation’s Mitzvah Day. Sue has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay as well as Federation’s Volunteer Action Center. She joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2014 and lives in Alamo with her husband, Dave.

 

Sheldon Kahn, Treasurer

Shelly KahnSheldon joined the board in 2011. He is a partner in Headwaters Holding, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in derivatives trading. He is currently on the board of several internet startups and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Stock Exchange. He attended the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelors degree in mathematics. Sheldon lives in Orinda with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Ari and Oren. Sheldon, Sarah, and Ari all did volunteer work for JFCS East Bay prior to his joining the board.

 

 

Leyna Bernstein

Leyna BernsteinLeyna is the founder and Managing Director of Leadership Search Partners, a retained executive search firm serving nonprofits in California. Prior to founding her firm, Leyna spent a decade in senior management roles at Bay Area nonprofit support centers, managing consulting and training programs for nonprofit leaders. Her early career was as a human resources executive in the corporate sector, working for three national specialty retail companies. Leyna is the founder of Women on Board, a learning network for women board leaders. She served on the board of her congregation, Beth El in Berkeley, and served six years on the board of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was a volunteer for JFCS East Bay before joining the board in 2016. Leyna lives in Albany with her husband, Brian, and a crazy Chihuahua named Louie.

 

Rachel Biale

Rachel BialeRachel was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She received her BA and MA in Jewish History from UCLA and her MSW from Yeshiva University. She is the author of Women and Jewish Law and two illustrated books for parents and children and is currently completing a historical novel. Rachel trained as a clinical social worker at Yeshiva University and has worked in the Bay Area Jewish community for over twenty years, including a ten-year tenure as a clinician at JFCS East Bay. She has also served as the Director of Community Education at the Osher Marin JCC, Bay Area Regional Director of Progressive Jewish Alliance (now Bend the Arc), and director of Lehrhaus Judaica’s Bible by the Bay/Lehrhaus 360. She serves on the board of Urban Adamah and the Regional Council of the New Israel Fund. Rachel lives in Berkeley and joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2015.

 

Rabbi Steven A. Chester

Steven ChesterRabbi Chester is rabbi emeritus at Temple Sinai, having retired after a twenty-two-year, highly regarded tenure. He graduated from UCLA and was ordained at Hebrew Union in Cincinnati. He has collaborated widely in both the Jewish and general communities of the East Bay. Rabbi Chester is on the board of the Alameda County Food Bank and joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2012.

 

 

Fred Feller

Fred FellerFred joined the board in 2012. He is a longtime partner of Buresh, Kaplan, Feller & Chang, a Berkeley law firm specializing in civil litigation. He has been involved with several legal assistance nonprofits, including longtime board service at Bay Area Legal Aid. Fred has also served on various City of Berkeley public bodies, including the Police Review Commission, the Housing Advisory Commission, and the Berkeley South Branch Library Campaign Committee. He has also served on the Aurora Theatre board of directors.

 

Deena Levine-Lipsett

Deena Levine-LipsettDeena has been principal of her own company for twenty-five years, specializing in cross-cultural consulting for global organizations. She began her cross-cultural career teaching American and foreign students at San Diego State University and has subsequently worked with individuals and organizations from around the world in both the public and private sectors. For many years, Deena has been involved with social justice issues in the East Bay Jewish community, including at Temple Sinai. In the 1990s, she was a volunteer in the JFCS East Bay resettlement program for Soviet émigrés and she is now involved with JFCS East Bay’s resettlement of Middle Eastern refugees. Deena is currently working with co-authors on the 7th edition of a textbook entitled Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society. She and her husband, Michael, are fortunate that their daughters and much of their extended family live in the Bay Area. She joined the board in 2016.

 

Alfred M. Norek

Al NorekAl joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2014. He holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a LLM in Labor Law from New York University. Al was a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board working out of the Albany, New York office. While in Albany, he had a long relationship with Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, during which time he served as a board member, officer, endowment chair, and ex officio legal counsel. Al was an officer of Congregation Beth Emeth, Ne’imah Jewish Communal Choir, United Jewish Federation of NENY, and Capital Repertory Theatre. Al and his wife, Meryl, recently relocated to Walnut Creek to be closer to their grandchildren.

 

Paul Raskin

Paul RaskinPaul is a retired executive previously managing customer service and telecommunications organizations in the health care and financial service industries. He is a graduate of Cornell University and also earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, both in Operations Research. Paul has served as a member of several community boards, including at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland where he was a board officer, trustee, and president of the board. Paul and his wife, Flo, live in Piedmont, where they raised two children. He joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2016.

 

Katherine Haynes Sanstad

Katherine Haynes SanstadKatherine has more than thirty years of experience in marketing, communication, public health research, health care, philanthropy, and public service in Jewish community organizations. She was the first Director of the Technology and Exchange Core for the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, the first Planning and Operations Officer for the California Health Care Foundation’s Quality Initiative, and the first Executive Director of Diversity and of Equitable Care for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. She currently directs the Health Futures Lab at Institute for the Future, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Jewish and Community Research’s Bechol Lashon program. Katherine served as Religious School Committee Chair, First Vice President, and President at Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, where she led the 2006-2007 rabbi search, helped restructure synagogue governance, and led the strategic planning process. Her other public service efforts include working for organizations such as Project Open Hand, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tides Foundation, and Coro Foundation for Civic Leadership, among others. Katherine is a Cal graduate and holds an MBA from UCLA. She joined the board in 2016.

 

Susan Seeley, Ed.D.

Susan grew up in San Francisco, where both her mother and grandmother were born. She traveled the world, living in Switzerland, Guatemala, and Curacao before returning to the Bay Area. Susan has a B.A. in French, an M.A. in History and Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco. For twenty years, she worked as a teacher and Dean of Students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. She is currently an assessor at the University of San Francisco for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Susan served as president of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay board twice, and has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the board of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy division. She currently serves on the JCC of the East Bay finance committee and is chair of the Jewish Music Festival steering committee. Susan has five children, two stepchildren, and lots of wonderful, amazing grandchildren. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Dick, and joined the board in 2014.

 

Mira Spaulding

Mira SpauldingMira first became involved with JFCS East Bay as a volunteer with the Development Committee and has been a board member since 2016. After earning a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, she moved to Oakland to serve as an Administrative Fellow at Kaiser Permanente. Mira now works for Kaiser Permanente as Manager for Geriatrics & Supportive Care Services in the Napa Solano Service Area. Mira also serves on the Alumni Board for the University of Michigan Department of Health Management and Policy. She lives by Lake Merritt in Oakland.

 

Harvey M. Weinstein, MD, MPH

Harvey WeinsteinHarvey is Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center of the University of California, Berkeley, and a retired Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health. He was Associate Director of the Human Rights Center from 1998 to 2005, where he directed the Forced Migration and Health Project. Working with families who survived the genocide at Srebrenica, Bosnia, led him to focus on the question of how communities survive unspeakable horror and rebuild their lives. This led to investigative work in Rwanda, South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Albania, and elsewhere where human rights abuses destroy the fabric of societies. He has written articles on empathy, reconciliation, social reconstruction, history and identity, and the limits of justice. He is married to Professor Rhona Weinstein and has twin sons and two grandsons. Harvey lives in Berkeley and joined the board in 2013.

 

Rochelle Zak, MD

Shelley ZakShelley is a physician at the UCSF Sleep Disorders Center. She has spent many years volunteering for JFCS East Bay, particularly through the Holocaust Survivor Services Advisory Committee. She started and now co-chairs the East Bay Tikkun Olam Chessed Day, an annual day of volunteering in the East Bay supported by East Bay Jewish organizations. She is currently a board member of Berkeley Midrasha and previously served on the board of Young Israel of New Rochelle in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the UCLA School of Medicine and the proud parent with her husband, Ari, of twins who recently graduated from Jewish Community High School. She is delighted and honored to be continuing the family tradition of communal work in the Bay Area. Shelley lives in Oakland and joined the board in 2016.

 

Vicki Zatkin

Vicki ZatkinVicki recently retired from her position as Vice President, Board and Corporate Governance for Kaiser Permanente, where she worked as an attorney handling corporate and business matters for more than thirty-two years. Before joining Kaiser, Vicki was a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and was an associate with a law firm in Richmond. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received her law degree from UC Hastings. Vicki has served on the boards of Tehiyah Day School and the Judah L. Magnes Museum, and is currently also on the Board of Senior Trustees of Tehiyah and the board of Temple Beth Abraham. Vicki and her husband, Steve, live in Oakland. Their two children their families all live in the Bay Area. Vicki joined the JFCS East Bay in 2011.