Board of Directors

Adina Abramowitz

Adina Abramowitz is an independent organizational consultant with broad expertise in the field of community development finance. She is the principal of Consulting for Change, a consulting practice specializing in maximizing the impact, market responsiveness, and efficiency of nonprofit organizations. In every position Adina has held she combined a passion for social justice and greater economic equity with practical solutions that are market based. From 1996 through 2005 Adina worked for the premier national membership organization for CDFIs, the Opportunity Finance Network. Prior to joining Opportunity Finance Network, Adina was Executive Director of a small business CDFI called CBAC in Camden,NJ, which she helped create in 1987. From 1982 to 1987, Adina was the Business Developer at PACE of Philadelphia, Inc. where she packaged loans for and provided financial training to worker owned businesses in the Delaware Valley. Many of the businesses developed by PACE were supermarkets located in low income areas.

Adina has a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. Adina served as the Treasurer of Bread and Roses Community Fund from 1998 to 2003, was a member of the Reconstructionist Prayerbook Commission, and recently completed two terms on the Board of Weavers Way Community Programs, which provides farm education and healthy snack alternatives at local schools. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her partner, Naomi Klayman, her adult stepchildren and three grandchildren.

Adina is excited to serve on the Hazon Board as Treasurer, because she is passionate about food justice and loves to ride her bike. As Treasurer she gets to implement the Hazon motto that the Torah is a commentary on the World and World is a commentary on the Torah.”

Philadelphia, PA
Natasha Aronson

After graduating from University of Michigan in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Natasha began her journey out West by going in the opposite direction- moving from quiet Midwest suburb to big New York City. While in Manhattan, Natasha joined the Jewish food movement as a member of Hazon’s Food Team from 2009 to 2010 as a food programs fellow. Her Hazon involvement continues well beyond her time as staff as past Food Conference co-chair (2011), current California Advisory Board member, and an active program participant in the California ride two years in a row. Natasha currently lives in San Francisco as Drew School’s Admissions Associate and spends most of her free time on her bike.

San Francisco, CA
Richard Dale

Richard Dale is Managing Director of Big Data Boston Ventures, a new VC fund that invests in early stage big data companies. Richard is a well-regarded mentor to founders of early stage startups in the Big Data Boston and Sigma portfolios, as well as other startups including many from TechStars Boston, MassChallenge, and HealthBox Boston.

Previously Richard was a Principal at Sigma Partners where he was a member of the deal team and also worked on special projects for the benefit of the entire portfolio. Richard came to the VC world after a long period as an entrepreneur and startup executive. He co-founded and had various leadership roles at Phase Forward, a provider of software services for pharmaceutical clinical trials which went public and later was sold to Oracle. Prior to that, Richard was VP Operations for Vermeer Technologies, creators of FrontPage which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Prior to Vermeer, Richard held roles in professional services management, senior product management and IS management at various technology companies including SQL Solutions, Sybase, Epoch Systems (acquired by EMC) and MicroTouch Systems.  Richard’s career began as a software engineer and database expert, including working for a software company in Jerusalem in the late 1980′s.

Thanks to Hazon, Richard is an avid recreational cyclist, and thanks to Nigel Savage, he rides a recumbent bike. In other community involvement, Richard is a previous Trustee of JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, and is currently on the CJP (Boston Federation) Day School Executive Committee.  Richard and his wife, Dorit, have three children—Asher and Rina in 8th grade at JCDS, and Hannah attending Barnard College. The family are active and long-standing members of the Newton Centre Minyan, in Newton MA where they live.

Richard blogs at

Newton, Massachusetts
Suzi Finkelstein

Civil litigator, now author, poet. Play writer. I have had transformational experiences at IF, and believe in Jewish farming. And bike rides. When we nourish ourselves, and each other, we plant seeds of love for the next generation. “We will find the path, or carve out our own.”

San Diego, CA
Marty Friedman

Marty is a Partner in DH Capital LLC, an investment banking partnership focused on the Internet infrastructure and telecommunications industries. For more than thirty years, as a senior lender, advisor and investor, he has helped growing companies develop business strategies, raise capital, and acquire and divest assets.

Marty joined Hazon’s board upon its merger with Isabella Freedman. He had been a board member at Isabella Freedman since 2006 and had served on the board of Elat Chayyim prior to its affiliation with Isabella Freedman.

Marty has participated in numerous retreats at Isabella Freedman, studying with teachers and students who have had considerable influence on his worldview and spiritual practice. His commitment to Jewish immersion experiences in the Berkshires dates back to his seven years as a camper, counselor, and administrator at Union of Reform Judaism’s Camp Eisner in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Marty has worked with several other not-for-profits, including American Jewish World Service, serving as the organization’s Chair and its Treasurer. He also served as Treasurer and a board member of the Village Community School in New York’s Greenwich Village.
Marty earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Michigan.

Marty lives in Brooklyn and has a teenage son, Jacob.

Robert Friedman

Bob is currently serving on the Board of Directors with NexGen Alpha AG, an organizer of European based mutual funds for hedge funds and the NexGen Alpha UCITS, a Luxembourg registered SICAV. Previously he served as Chairman of the Luxembourg based American Express and World Express Funds. At American Express, Bob served on the Benefits and Pension Investment Committee overseeing the company’s defined benefit retirement plan and served as Chairman of the Retirement Investment Committee for the defined contribution plan. Bob was referred to Hazon by UJA/Federation based on his interest in Jewish values and sustainability and decided to join the board after participating in the Israel Food Tour with Hazon. Bob and his wife Susan have just launched a Hazon CSA through their synagogue in Stamford. In addition to the work Bob is now doing with Hazon he is serving on the BJF task force of COJIR at UJA.

Boca Raton, FL
Susan Friedman

Susan Friedman is the Principal of Philanthropic Insights LLC., a consulting firm which works with both philanthropies and non-profits to bridge vision with action and impact. Ms. Friedman’s areas of expertise span the fields of aging, healthcare, women’s issues and organizational development, policy and planning. She most recently completed a year -long research and planning project for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, to determine the current and future needs of its older population and to develop recommendations for the coming decade. In addition Ms. Friedman provides guidance to a number of family philanthropies, and in a consulting capacity directs the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey, working with its trustees to craft their philanthropic agenda and support the design and management of its grant making.

In addition, Ms. Friedman has served in a variety of capacities within the philanthropic world: As the Managing Director of UJA-Federation of New York’s Jewish Communal Network commission, responsible for funding, assessing and maximizing more than $36 million dollars in grants to a network of 100 local and national affiliated agencies; as the Executive Director of the Grotta Foundation, where she carried out all aspects of strategy development and planning, grantmaking and evaluation for this aging service funder; as a consultant to the Silverman Charitable Trust and the Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life improvement; and as the Director of Program and Resource Development for the NYC Department for the Aging and for City Meals on Wheels. She has published extensively in the field of aging.

Ms. Friedman lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband Joel, who is a Tai Chi master as well as a professor of Biophysics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in South Orange New Jersey. She has been active on the Board of her synagogue, as an officer of her Haddassah chapter, and in a number associations related to philanthropy. Her favorite role however is as mother of Adam mother-in-law of Sarah, and Ben (who was an Adamah Fellow and is now studying at Pardes in Jerusalem), and grandma to Oliver and Daphne, ages 2 years and 2 months respectively

Ellen Goodman

Ellen P. Goodman is a Professor of Law at Rutgers University – Camden. Ellen is one of the nation’s leading experts on public media and media policy. She is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Media & Communications Department, has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the Federal Communications Commission, and is a Ford Foundation grantee for her work on public interest values in new communications architectures. Ellen also co-founded and is co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Information Law & Policy. Her scholarship probes the appropriate role of government policy, markets, and social norms in supporting a robust information environment. She is the author of numerous articles and monographs in spectrum policy, media policy, and advertising law. Many of these are available at Ellen also pioneered the teaching of animal law as part of a nascent legal movement.

Merion Station, PA
Oran Hesterman

Oran B. Hesterman, PhD, is president and CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit organization working to guarantee access to healthy, fresh, and sustainably-grown food, especially in underserved communities. His book, Fair Food (June 2011), has been recognized by food systems leaders and national media as a “must read.” Oran was a professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at Michigan State University for 14 years and the leader of the Integrated Farming Systems and Food and Society Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 12. Oran is committed to weaving together his work in sustainable food systems with the traditions and ethics of justice rooted in his Jewish heritage. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

Sharon Leslie

Sharon Leslie is a physical therapist specializing in Cancer Rehabilitation. She runs the Cancer Rehabilitation department at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Palo Alto, California working with women and men throughout their cancer journey to address the musculoskeletal and neurological side effects of cancer and its treatment. She received both her Masters in Physical Therapy and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a former Wexner Heritage Fellow, has served on the board of the Israel Center in San Francisco, the founding advisory board for the Israel Cultural Connection, and is currently serving on the Hazon California Advisory board and as board president at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

Sharon’s true passions come through the connection of health and food. She strives to help her children and the community make a connection between what we grow and ingest and how that impacts our bodies, our environment and the land.

Sharon lives in Los Altos, California with her husband Seth, her three wonderful children and their five chickens.

Los Altos, CA
Jakir Manela

Jakir Manela is the Executive Director of the Pearlstone Center near Baltimore, MD. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2004 and has worked as a Jewish environmental educator and nonprofit leader ever since. After founding Kayam Farm at Pearlstone in 2006, Jakir now oversees the entire agency, as Pearlstone engages over 17,000 participants each year in retreats, transformative Jewish education, and hands-on sustainable agriculture. Jakir lives just up the road from Pearlstone with his wife, Netsitsah, and their two sons—Lev Yodea and Shama Nissim. Together they hope to soon establish a Jewish intentional community near Pearlstone.

Reisterstown, MD
Trisha Margulies

Trisha S. Margulies is a trained Jewish social worker and chef, and is currently on the boards of Hazon and The Teva Learning Alliance as well as Eden Village. Together with her husband, Rabbi Fred Margulies, she co-founded Pushing the Envelope Farm in Geneva, IL, in 2007: after attending the 2007 Hazon Food Conference, they were inspired to transition the field next to their family business, Continental Envelope, from conventional corn and soybean production into an organic community farm. The farm is growing into a gathering place where people can experience and explore Jewish thought, tradition, and agriculture. Trisha is a member of the board of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a past National Vice-President of Hadassah. She has recently become a proud grandparent!

Geneva, IL
Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the president and executive director of American Jewish World Service, an international human rights and development organization providing support to grassroots social change projects throughout the world. Previously Ms. Messinger was in public service in New York City for 20 years. She is an active member of her synagogue and serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. She has also received honorary degrees and special awards from various Jewish and secular organizations. Ruth is a cyclist and has done 12 New York rides.

New York, NY
Howard Metzenberg

Howard Metzenberg has traveled to more than 50 countries on five continents, and he has seen many of them from a bicycle. Howard developed the e-commerce website (Blick Art Materials) and continues to serve as a board member and advisor. Before working on the Blick website, he worked for technology companies such as Apple, Kaleida Labs, and Sun Microsystems. He first became familiar with Hazon as a participant in the Israel Ride. As a Hazon volunteer, he has been active in planning and organizing new initiatives, such as the California and Cross-USA Jewish Environmental Bike Rides. Howard received a BA in History from Oberlin College and an MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has recently moved to Seattle.

Seattle, WA
Jay Moses

Rabbi Jay Henry Moses serves as the Director of the Wexner Heritage Program, North America’s premier Jewish Leadership Education program. He joined the staff of The Wexner Foundation in 2003. Ordained in 1997, Jay served for five years as Associate Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago. From 2002 to 2003, he studied Jewish mysticism in Jerusalem where he also taught and mentored rabbinical students at HUC-JIR. He has participated in the Rabbinic Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, an intensive study, meditation, and retreat program. Rabbi Moses has taught at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and its Makom: Center for Mindfulness, as well as the 92nd Street Y and the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning. His writing has been published in two books of the “Prayers of Awe” series published by Jewish Lights, and in many periodicals. Jay lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Cantor Bat-Ami Moses, and their sons, Caleb and Ezekiel. Having recently returned to his native midwest from New York City, he is delighted to have a backyard where he practices two of his passions: gardening and basketball.

Columbus, OH
Anna Ostrovsky

Anna Ostrovsky is currently a Managing Director in the Financing Group at Goldman, Sachs and Co. in New York, where she has been since 2005. Previously, she worked for five years at GE Capital Corp. in Stamford, CT. Anna received a BA and BS from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Anna’s introduction to Hazon was the May 2008 Israel Ride. That year, Anna participated in numerous Hazon events including the New York Ride and the Second Annual Food Conference. She has been a devoted Hazon enthusiast ever since and for two years served on the Steering Committee for the New York Ride. Anna lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is an avid cyclist, and loves to cook.

Mandy Patinkin

In his 1980 Broadway debut, Mandy won a Tony Award® for his role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. In 1991 he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award®-winning musical The Secret Garden and in 1997 played a sold–out engagement of his one-man show, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Mandy’s other solo concerts, Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen, have been presented both on Broadway and Off. In 2009 he celebrated the 20th anniversary of performing his solo concerts withj a two-week run of all of his concerts in rep at New York’s Public Theater, the very space he began his concert career. Mandy continued the celebration with a critically acclaimed two-week run of Mandy Patinkin in Concert in London’s West Enhd at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Mandy’s other stage credits include the world premiere of Compulsion, a new play by Rinne Groff and directed by Oskar Eustis, appearing in productions of the play at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep and finally at The Public Theater in early 2011; Paradise Found (London’s Menier Chocolate Factory); The Tempest (Classic Stage Company); Enemy of the People (Williamstown Theater Festival); The Wild Party (2000 Tony® nomination); Falsettos, The Winter’s Tale; The Knife, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, Rebel Women, Hamlet, Trelawney of the ‘Wells’, The Shadow Box, The Split, Savages, and Henry IV, Part I.

Feature film credits include: Everybody’s Hero, The Choking Man, Piñero, The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland, Lulu on the Bridge, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl (1984 Golden Globe nomination), The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie, and Squanto: Indian Warrior. Mandy won a 1995 Emmy® Award (as well as a Golden Globe nomination) for his performance in the CBS series “Chicago Hope,” and recently starred in the CBS series “Criminal Minds” as FBI profiler Jason Gideon and in the Showtime Original Series “Dead Like Me” as the reaper Rube Sofer. Mandy returns to TV in the Emmy® and Golden Globe Award-winning Showtime Original Series “Homeland” as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson. His other television appearances include the role of Kenneth Duberstein in the Showtime film “Strange Justice,” playing Quasimodo opposite Richard Harris in the TNT film presentation of “The Hunchback,” a film version of Arthur Miller’s “Broken Glass” for BBC/WGBH-Boston, and episodes of “Three Rivers,” “The Larry Sanders Show” (1996 Emmy® nomination), “Law and Order,” “Boston Public,” “Touched By An Angel,” and “The Simpsons.”

In 1989, Mandy began his concert career at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold–out audiences across the United States, Canada, London and Australia, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. In 1990 he released his second solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual on CBS Records. His 1994 recording, Experiment, on the Nonesuch label, features songs from nine decades of popular music from Irving Berlin to Alan Menken. Also recorded on the Nonesuch label are Oscar & Steve, Leonard Bernstein’s New York, Kidults and Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim. In 1998 he debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. The recording of Mamaloshen won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis (Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy® Award). In October 2007, Mandy debuted a new concert with dear friend Patti LuPone, and they continue touring their show, An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, throughout the US, Australia, New Zealand, and most recently during a nine-week Broadway run at the Barrymore Theatre. Mandy continues to collaborate with An Evenings with Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn and most recently The Last Two People onEarth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville starring Mandy and the performance artist Taylor Mac, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, and Bridges, a new concert starring Mandy, Paul Ford, and a middle eastern trio. Mandy resides in New York City with his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody.

New York, NY
Sandy Rocks

Sandra M. Rocks is Counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City, where she represents various financial industry participants in connection with asset-based financing and derivative transactions. Sandy received a B.A. from Susquehanna University and a J.D. from Columbia University. She is very active in bar association and related activities and has authored or co-authored many articles (and a book) and is a frequent speaker at industry-sponsored educational programs, both domestic and international, all having nothing to do with the environment. She is, however, careful to recycle everywhere and always carries her own non-disposable coffee mug. Sandy is a member of the Board of Trustees of Susquehanna University (and its executive committee), a member of the Board of Advisors of Gonzaga University School of Law’s Commercial Law Center and a member of the Panim el Panim Social Justice/Social Action Task Force of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She has lived on the Upper West Side for over 30 years, where she raised two children (Benjamin Plum and Deborah Plum). Sandy became a Hazon-nik in 2001 when she went on the very first New York ride, and after intermittent participation has joined every other ride since 2010 – also helping on the recruiting committee in 2011 and the New York ride committee in 2012.

Howie Rodenstein

Howie Rodenstein grew up in Worcester, MA and became very involved in Young Judaea in high school. Upon high school graduation Howie attended the Young Judaea Year Course in Israel. Howie received his BA from Brandeis University and spent two years in Israel prior to earning an MBA from Harvard Business School. Howie has been involved in a number of different businesses in the computer, health care and direct marketing industries and currently serves as CFO of Adheris, Inc. Howie and his family spent 4 years in Israel in the early 90′s while his wife Susie attended the Jerusalem Fellows.

Howie is the founder and Chairperson of the Arava Institute Hazon Bike Ride in Israel, on the Board of Directors of the Arava Institute, and is also very active on the Board of the Solomon Shechter Day School of Greater Boston. He is also the Chairperson of Hazon’s Finance Committee.

Mark Russo

Mark has been a practicing veterinarian for over 40 years specializing in veterinary neurology and holistic medicine. He served as President of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center’s Board of Directors for 4 ½ years and formerly chaired the Elat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center’s Board. Mark and his wife recently created a farm-to-table restaurant and day retreat center at their small farm in Plympton Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of Selectmen there and fervently spearheads open space preservation and park formation. Other interests include long distance walking, building forest paths, and teaching Jewish contemplative practices.

Plympton, Massachusetts
Nigel Savage   President

Nigel Savage, originally from Manchester, England, founded Hazon in 2000.

Hazon has been recognized in the Slingshot 50 every year since inception. In 2008 Hazon was recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations and Nigel was named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States. Nigel has spoken or taught in many of the the American Jewish community’s leading venues, including the GA, Wexner, Dorot, UJA-Federation, Wagner, Brandeis and others.

Before founding Hazon Nigel was a professional fund manager in the City of London, the English equivalent of Wall Street. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and learned at Pardes, Yakar and the Hebrew University. He is a founder of Limmud NY and a member of its Advisory Board, and a former member of the Teva Advisory Council. From 2003 to 2012 he served as a board member of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

Nigel’s first public connection to Jews and food was via a cameo appearance in the cult Anglo-Jewish comic movie, Leon The Pig Farmer. He executive produced the British independent movies Solitaire For 2 and Stiff Upper Lips. He is also believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 ext. 305 |
Maya Shetreat-Klein

Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein is an integrative pediatric neurologist board certified in both neurology and pediatrics. After completing her training, she completed a fellowship with the Program for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. She now serves as faculty at Albert Einstein, New York Medical College and University of Arizona. In her New York City practice, she treats children with intractable neurological and other chronic pediatric issues from all over the country. Dr. Shetreat-Klein also has testified on the health impacts of toxic exposures before Governor Andrew Cuomo’s senior staff, New York State Assembly Committee Members, New York City Council members, and has appeared with Senator Schumer to support the Safe Chemicals Act.

Riverdale, NY
Richard Shuster   Chair

Mr. Shuster is the Lead Portfolio Manager for the Robeco Weiss, Peck & Greer(WPG) Small and Micro Cap Equity products. He joined Robeco WPG, an investment division of Robeco Investment management, in mid-1999 to head the firm’s Small Cap Value Team. He joined the firm from APM Partners, where he was a Managing Partner, responsible for managing a small cap value hedge fund. Mr. Shuster began his investment career as a financial analyst with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, later moving to First City Capital, where he spent three years as a Vice President, research analyst. Mr. Shuster was a portfolio manager with Value Equity Associates where he co-managed an event-driven stock portfolio. He holds a B.S. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shuster has thirty years of investment experience, fourteen of which were spent specializing in small cap equity investing.

Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc has served as the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado since 2004. He has always loved food, perhaps a little too much, and in recent years has thought more deeply about where this food comes from, how it is produced and how all of that fits with deep Jewish obligations and values. Marc has ridden twice in the Hazon-Arava Institute Israel Ride in 2008 and 2010. Marc co-chaired two Hazon Food Conferences on the west coast in 2010 and 2011, he is on the Hazon Steering Team in Colorado as well as the Jewish Life team for the Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit in April 2012. Marc was instrumental in bringing Boulder’s first Jewish CSA through Hazon, which is now a collaboration of five synagogues and the JCC with two weekly drop-off sites. Marc is also a proud member of a Jewish goat and chicken co-op across the street from his synagogue. Marc was very active with the Limmud Conference in the UK, serving as co-chair in 1996 and 1997 and he was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado in 2008, which has informed his work with Hazon. He was in Ghana as part of the second AJWS Rabbinic Delegation, volunteering with a grantee in the south, as well as a fellow of the Rabbis without Borders program with CLAL. Marc is also a graduate of the 5th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Before becoming a rabbi, Marc was an actor, storyteller and massage therapist in his native London and currently is the narrator of a documentary film about the Baal Shem Tov.

Boulder, Colorado
David Weisberg   Chief Executive Officer

David Weisberg has spent two-plus decades balancing what he loves – Jewish community, arts, and family.

Growing up in the backyard of the JCC in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, David became immersed in B’nai B’rith Youth and JCC theatre productions. Starting his career in local government, David became Pennsylvania’s youngest town manager, at 23, spending three years each overseeing the towns of Mahanoy City and Columbia. In Mahanoy City, he was honored to coordinate a visit by Mother Teresa, welcoming the Nobel Peace Prize-winner at a mass broadcast throughout the region.

Seeking Jewish community, David returned to Harrisburg, becoming Executive Director of the JCC once in his backyard. A year later, he was hired to run Harrisburg’s Jewish Federation, serving in both roles before overseeing an organizational merger. After a decade serving Harrisburg’s Jewish community, David became Executive Director of Friends of the Arava Institute, leading efforts to support the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, which, notably, partners with Hazon on the annual Israel Ride. There, he built the Institute’s visibility, with Arava alumni featured on CNN International and endorsements from Pete Seeger to Roseanne Barr.

In 2011, seeking a more sedentary role, David found a home at Isabella Freedman, where he stabilized Freedman’s business model while developing innovative portals for Jewish engagement, from LGBTQ Teen programming to an annual Grateful Dead Shabbaton. As a result of the Isabella Freedman/Hazon merger, he became Hazon’s CEO.

Throughout his career, David has dedicated time to the arts, as a producer, presenter, and performer – co-producing an original musical; creating a two-day music festival; recording an album of original songs; and acting at theatres, in touring companies, and even at a Nevada casino. Above all, he treasures being a husband and father, with a beautiful wife Jamie and wonderful daughters, Hannah, Alison, Mikayla, and Grace.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x305 |
David Wolfe

David has known Nigel Savage since childhood and has been involved with Hazon since its inception. David’s most significant involvement with Hazon to date was probably when he co-hosted the first Food Conference. No surprise there – he loves food. David refers to Nigel as his children’s spiritual conscience leaving him the freedom to focus the rest of his working hours on consumer marketing and commerce. David describes his career as a 25-year start-up. His expertise is in bringing new ideas to life through product, technology and marketing innovation. He is President of The BrandJourney Group that has both global clients and a portfolio of interests in small start-ups. In the distant past David was a partner at Stoy Hayward (now BDO) in London before starting his first company Prime Strategy Consultants in 1990. His first US venture was the Vacation Store (started in ’95 and sold in ’98). In 2000 David co-founded Envest Ventures a small Private Equity firm that has just completed investing its third fund. In 2005, David started what is now The BrandJourney Group. David’s greatest good fortune was marrying Helen, who he met on his first day at Birmingham University. They married right after college in 1984. They spent time in London and Paris before moving to Virginia Beach in 1994. They still live in the same house close to the beach and bought a second home in Israel a few years ago. They have 2 daughters, Jemma who lives in New York, and Sophie who is at college in Boston. David’s formal education included Carmel College, Birmingham University (BSc in Engineering) and London Business School (MBA). David travels extensively for business and pleasure but recently achieved one of his life goals by relocating his business to a building across the street from the beach, a short walk from his home.

David has completed the New York ride with each of his daughters and the Israel ride with Sophie in 2006. All were transformative experiences for David personally and for his relationship with his daughters. David serves on Hazon’s Board of Directors.