Jewish Music

Meet the JOFA leadership, Judy Abel, Communications VP and President of the Yavneh Minyan

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:05pm -- rootuser

Judy AbelJudy Abel, JOFA's VP of communications, is a seasoned journalist  and mother of three living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She also is the current president of the Yavneh Minyan, as well as one of its key founders. As part of the JOFA series on women's leadership and women women presidents, JOFA Executive Director Elana Sztokman asked Judy about her work as shulpresident and her vision of Orthodox women's leadership:

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME SHUL PRESIDENT?

I became the president of Kehilat Yavneh, which my husband, Michael Brill, and I founded, upon its inception in December 2006.

Interview with Elanit Z Rothschild Jakabovics

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:05pm -- rootuser

Elanit Z Rothschild Jakabovics was recently elected as the first woman president of Kesher Israel Synagogue in Washington, DC. Elanit, a 33-year old management consultant with Grant Thornton and a mother of two originally from Staten Island, is not only the first woman but also the youngest president in the shul, whose rabbi is Rabbi Barry Freundel. JOFA Executive Director Elana Sztokman sat down with Elanit to hear about her new position, and to hear about ways that other women can be inspired to follow suit in their own shuls:

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME SHUL PRESIDENT?

Elanit

The technical answer to this question is that a slate was proposed to the shulmembership in early June 2012 and was voted on at the annual membership meeting at the end of June. My term began on July 1, 2012. Coincidentally enough, I was placed on modified bed rest the last week in June and didn’t make it back to shul for Shabbat until my son’s brit on August 11. I was able to attend some meetings between July 1 and August 4 (when my son was born) during the week, since I drove and stayed off my feet for the most part, but I didn’t really go out on Shabbat, nervous my water would break during my walk. to/from.

Deborah Weinberger and Beth Hurvitz: Pioneering Women Co-Presidents of Hebrew Institute of White Plains, NY

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:05pm -- rootuser

Deborah Weinberger and Beth HurvitzWhen Beth Hurvitz, a fifty-two-year-old  Senior Vice President of Visa and single mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter, was asked to become the first woman president of her synagogue , the Hebrew Institute of White Plains, she agreed on one condition: that her friend and colleague Deborah Weinberger would share the job with her.

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