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Mr. Arthur M. Katz, Board Chair Arthur M. Katz is president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale which he founded in 1975, and which serves the New York metropolitan area. Katz has been involved in Jewish communal work since 1968 when he was instrumental in organizing the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry. He is past chair person of the Long Island Cabinet of UJA-Federation of New York and has served as chairman of many UJA committees. He was chair of the Long Island Program Services Cabinet and is a past member of UJA-Federation’s Board of Directors. From 1990-1993, Arthur was president of United Jewish Y’s of Long Island and has served as its Chairman of the Board as well as chairman of the Jewish Arts Festival. In 1992-94 Katz served as the Chairman of the Board of Hofstra Hillel. He is also past president of Temple Or-Elohim in Jericho. In August 2001 Katz was appointed Vice-Chairman Long Island Division for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Katz is a founding member of LIREG (The Long Island Real Estate Group), which was formed in 2004 to encourage networking between Long Island Real Estate Developers, owners and the allied trades, and to raise funds for charitable real estate projects on Long Island. In January 2007, Katz, with a partner Gary Shapiro, organized the Jewish Advisory Network for Security on Long Island. JANSLI’s goals include the creation of a homeland communications network for the Long Island Jewish community. In November 2008, Katz was asked by community leaders to re-start the Uniondale Chamber of Commerce which has been dormant for a decade.He was elected its first President. He is the current President of the JCRC Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island. Mr. Katz lives in Jericho, N.Y. with his wife, Barbara, has two adult daughters, Sara, and Stephanie and has a son-in-law, Brad Werner, Sara’s husband. For pleasure, he visits the Tam O’Shanter Golf Club, where he is a member.
Mr. Martin Elias Martin Elias is the President of Elias Properties Management Inc., a Real Estate investment company located in Jericho, NY. The company owns and manages its own retail shopping centers. At one time Ike, Martin’s father, and Martin owned their own separate Real Estate firms. In 1996 they decided to buy properties together which led to an even closer personal relationship. Martin’s sons, Brett and Sean, are in a similar business to which they own together. He has two granddaughter's India Blue and Paisley Rose who live in Salem, Oregon.
A Foundation was founded by Martin’s parents, Ike and Molly. Martin changed the name of the Foundation to Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation after his parents and brother passed away. Martin now funds the Foundation which makes charitable contributions to a host of worthwhile causes. Martin is personally involved as an officer or board member of some organizations that the Foundation funds.
Mr. Ken Greenberg
A believer in truly big ideas, Ken co-founded Patient Innovations, LLC and created OnTime Care®, an app to eliminate waiting in Doctor’s offices. OnTime Care® was featured at the UnitedHealthcare booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, 2014 as an emerging new technology that will offer competitive advantage. Patient Innovations has 10 patents pending on several of their innovative solutions. Ken Greenberg is also the founder of Austin & Williams, the leading advertising and marketing consultancy headquartered on Long Island. He sold the agency last September to concentrate on OnTime Care® and Patient Innovations. He’s a product of Brooklyn College where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics. Ken is involved in several charities and trade organizations and is a member of the Beryl Institute, Long Island Association, Long Island Advancement of Small Business, and DMALI (Direct Marketing Association, Long Island Chapter. Last October, Ken was inducted into the DMALI Hall of Fame. He’s President of AJC, Long Island Chapter, and also Chairs their annual golf outing.He lives in Mount Sinai at the Hamlet Willow Creek – an award winning golf course. Despite his proximity to the course… you can’t tell from his game!
Mr. Joe Heller
Joe Heller is the President and CEO of Ameracash Solutions, Inc., an alternative financial services company serving the underbanked consumer.In addition, he is the Managing Director of NextLevel Group, a venture capital firm that invests in financial service companies. Mr. Heller has been responsible for identifying investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, negotiating investment terms and structuring the sale of investment companies. He has served as a board member or board observer on many small businesses including the majority of NextLevel Group’s portfolio investments. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Heller was Vice President at Arbor Management, LLC, an investment management company, where he was responsible for an investment portfolio consisting of 31 direct investments in small businesses, most of which were early or mid-stage venture backed companies. Mr. Heller is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a BS in Accounting from Purdue University. He lives in Huntington with his wife Ellen and two sons.
Mrs. Harriet Kulka
Mrs. Kulka now serves as a counselor and private consultant working with higher educationclients to analyze and improve Student Affairs. She provides thorough, detailed analysis of institution’s organization and business processes through focus groups and individual sessions with senior institutional leaders. During her professional career she was the Dean of Students at the New York Institute of Technology and the Campus Dean in Central Islip. Among her responsibilities during this time she was Chief Administrative Officer of the C.I. campus, providing leadership and oversight for academic department chairs, faculty members, Enrollment Services, Public Safety, Buildings and Grounds, and Student Affairs. She has 39 years of extensive experience in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Higher Education and over 20 years of experience in Student Affairs at a senior management level. After leaving NYIT, she and a friend started an organization in 2005 called The Retired Professional Women's Network. Today about 60 women meet monthly and enjoy a plethora of activities, events, discussions, and speakers. She also enjoys reading, cooking, walking and film. She and her husband Jack attend the Sundance Film Festival each year and she has taken numerous film classes at NYU. She has three granddaughters and one grandson.
Mr. Arnold Marcus
Arnold Marcus, President and CEO of Marcus Organization, is a pioneer in meeting the real estate challenges of a growing Long Island market place. After college and military service, he joined his father, the late Max Marcus, in the real estate business in 1962. Together they developed suburban, free standing, single user buildings. Within a short period of time they created an empire of high quality, cost effective buildings to meet the growing demand for warehouse and industrial space. After his father passed away in 1974, Arnold continued his tradition in his own innovative and ingenious style and expanded the company by diversifying beyond the Long Island borders. Through his stewardship, the firm carved out a niche for itself in developing office, high tech, R &D, and institutional facilities. Now the Marcus Organization reputation is known wide and far. Arnold was honored as the Man of the Year at the Jewish Academy Annual Dinner in 2008. He and his wife Bonnie have two children and two grandchildren, and enjoy spending time in their winter home skiing in Alta, Utah.
Mr. Gary Meltzer
Gary Meltzer is a partner at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP. Gary’s areas of practice include real estate, finance, corporate and construction law. He represents lenders and borrowers in all facets of real estate lending and borrowing, and his practice includes all aspects of commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Gary was associated with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Baer Marks & Upham, LLP, and Shapiro, Shapses, Block LLP. Gary is a 1991 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and was selected to and served as editor on the Moot Court Board. He is admitted to the New York and Connecticut bars. Gary is active in community service and has served as legal counsel of the Jewish Academy since it’s inception. In his spare time, Gary is an avid runner, golfer and tennis player. His most satisfying personal athletic achievements have been running the 2007 Long Island Marathon and the 2007 and 2008 New York City Marathons. Gary lives in New York City with his wife, Dana, a nutritionist specializing in HIV, and their children, Carli, Remi and Zach.
Mr. Mark Roth
Mark was born in Manhattan, raised in Hollywood, Florida, and returned to New York to join his family real estate business, Sherwood Equities in 2001. In his current role as Vice President of Development he is responsible for the complete asset management of Sherwood’s existing Long Island Industrial Portfolio. Currently focusing on the Greater Westhampton Beach area, Mark is also leading Sherwood’s expansion into the Hampton’s Residential market, with the first project commencing shortly. Mark received his B.B.A. from Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his Masters at the Schack Institute of Real Estate at NYU. Mark lives in Dix Hills, with his wife Amanda, who actively volunteers at the Jewish Academy, and his son and daughter. His hobbies include a deep passion for music, South Florida professional sports, golf, and his family. As both a Jewish Academy parent and a young and future leader in the Real Estate industry, Mark brings both a parent’s and young professional’s
Dr. D'vora Richman
D’vora grew up in apartheid era South Africa. She attended Jewish day School from 6-12th grade, and then proceeded on to medical school and specialization in anesthesia in Cape Town. In 1994 she made Aliyah and lived on Kibbutz Shluchot till her marriage to Paul in 1998. In 2001 they relocated to Setauket, and both work at Stony Brook University Hospital. They are members of Chabad of Stony Brook. Their youngest 2 children are in the 2 upper classes of the Jewish Academy.
Mr. Stanley Schuckman
Stanley H. Schuckman, president of Schuckman Realty Inc., with offices located in Woodbury, is one of the leading real estate brokers specializing in the planning and leasing of shopping centers in the metropolitan New York area. Over a forty year career, thirty of which as president of Schuckman Realty, Mr. Schuckman personally originated over 12,000,000 square feet of retail space, which included the development of 45 shopping centers. Mr. Schuckman was honored by CW Post College for his business achievement during commencement services at the June 2003 graduation. In addition, Mr. Schuckman, as vice president of the Long Island chapter of the American Jewish Committee, was also honored as the AJC's person of the year in 1998, and was the honoree of the State of Israel Bonds at its annual golf outing in the year 2000. Mr. Schuckman is a strong supporter of the Lubavitch movement and in particular Chabad's activities on Long Island. He resides in Muttontown and spends as much of his free time as possible writing or being with his 4 grandchildren in Woodmere.
Rabbi Tuvia Teldon - President
Rabbi Tuvia Teldon first moved to Long Island in 1977 after receiving his Rabbinical Ordination from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn. As Executive Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Long Island since then, he has been instrumental in the growth of Lubavitch on Long Island and the 25 Chabad Centers around Nassau and Suffolk. He now oversees the activities of 33 Rabbis in the largest Jewish educational network on Long Island. He is also a member of the UJA-Federation cabinet for East Long Island, a board member of the Chabad.org website and two other international programs stemming from Lubavitch Headquarters in Brooklyn. Rabbi Teldon is the host of the weekly Cablevision talk show ‘The Jewish Spotlight’, which airs in the LI and NYC Metro area, and features local and regional guests to discuss a wide variety of topics. He and his wife Chaya have been instrumental in the growth of the Jewish Academy since its inception. They live in Commack and have five children.
Mr. Bram Weber
Bram David Weber is a co-founder and partner at Weber Law Group LLP, a commercial real estate law firm headquartered in Melville, New York concentrating in zoning and land use, real estate transactions, real estate and commercial litigation, and governmental affairs. Mr. Weber has secured development approvals for a wide range of prominent real estate projects including single-family and multi-family residential developments, retail stores and restaurants, banks, office buildings, and industrial properties. Mr. Weber received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both history and American studies from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Hofstra University School of Law where he was the Managing Editor of Notes and Comments of the Labor and Employment Law Journal. Mr. Weber is the Chairman of the UJA-Federation of New York Young Real Estate Executives (REX) Steering Committee; Chairman of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents; a Board Member of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New York; a Board Member of the Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism Martin C. Barell School; a Board Member of the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG); a Steering Committee member of the LIREG New Generation; a Board Member of the Jewish Academy; a Board Member of the AIPAC Young Leadership division and a member of AIPAC's New Leadership Network; and a co-Founder and past co-Chair of the Brandeis University Emerging Leaders Society. Mr. Weber was recognized by Long Island Business News (LIBN) in 2007 as one of Long Island's top 40 under 40 future business leaders and in 2009 as one of the top 36 under 36 Jewish Leaders by The Jewish Week.