Board Members

_mg_4934Naomi Gordon, Board Chair is a graduate of Boston University, a former social worker, the first woman certified as a Public Adjuster on the national level, and the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Stratford Management, a real estate company founded in 1995. She has been involved with the Solomon Schechter Day School, served on the Board of ArtsEmerson, serves on the Board of The Mount and has organized theatre trips both locally and internationally to widen people’s theatre experiences. If she had a zillion dollars, she would make sure there was a working theatre with a decent facility in every city and town across the United States. You can reach Naomi at Naomi (at) IsraeliStage.com

Brynna Bloomfield is a set designer, artist and educator. At Emerson College she teaches stage design, mask making and design research, and is lead instructor for Emerson’s pre-college program in stage design. Her design and craft work for Boston area theaters spans almost fifteen years, and she is now excited to be playing a role in an emerging company. Brynna received her BFA in painting and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and worked in illustration and animation before attending graduate school for theater. She earned her MFA in design at Brandeis and is a member of IATSE, USA local 829.Dalia Cahana-Amitay (PhD) is an Israeli who relocated with her family to Boston in 2007.  She is a psycholinguist working as a Research Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director of the Aphasia Research Center and Language in the Aging Brain Lab at the Boston VA. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her family, practicing yoga, reading, meeting up with friends, eating good food, traveling to new places, and, yes, going to the theater. Dalia was very excited when Guy decided to establish “Israeli Stage”, and ever since has joined him on this adventure as a volunteer. She is the Founding Board President, and can be reached at Dalia (at) IsraeliStage.com

Laura Gordon Fisher has spent her career at Harvard University in decanal positions with responsibilities which range from academic planning and the recruitment of faculty to undergraduate and MBA admissions and residential student life. Her volunteer activities reflect her engagement in education and personal well-being: she was a founder and board president of the Cambridge-Ellis (Nursery) School, on the founders committee for the West End House Boys and Girls Club summer camp for girls, and a long-time board member of Jobs for Bay State Graduates. She currently serves on the board of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and the Ron Burton Training Village. A past president of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Laura continues to serve on its development committee. An avid gardener and sports fan, she holds an A. B. in Russian Civilization from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard.

Louis J. Grossman
 has been President and Treasurer of The Grossman Companies, Inc. since 1980, when he and his father, Morton, purchased the family real estate business. In
January, 2015 he became Chairman and passed along the leadership to his sons, David and Jacob. Under Louis’ thoughtful guidance and leadership, the Company has successfully developed and acquired a portfolio of over forty commercial and residential properties, primarily located in New England. A graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Economics, Louis earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University’s School of Business with a major in Finance. Louis currently serves on the Boards of one public company, three residential condominiums and four philanthropic organizations. He has been active in numerous local and national civic and charitable organizations including Brown Hillel, Union for Reform Judaism, Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, The Rivers School, Hebrew College and the JCC of Greater Boston. Louis and his wife of 45 years, Patti, raised their four children in Needham and currently live in Newton.

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson serves as Rabbi and Education Director at Temple Israel, a community that has long been her home. Before receiving rabbinic ordination and an MA in Jewish education from Hebrew College, Rabbi Jacobson was on the path to become a scholar of Jewish Philosophy, receiving a MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School, a BA from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA from Columbia University along the way. Rabbi Jacobson is passionate about ensuring that Jewish community is inclusive and just, that educational programs allow students to bring their whole selves, and that prayer is meaningful, authentic and full of immense joy. 

_mg_5000Jeff Kubiatowicz A serial entrepreneur, organizational development professional, and strategic fundraiser, Jeff currently serves as Director of Development and Communication at the Bostonian Society. Previously he served as Director of Development at SpeakEasy Stage where he was responsible for producing 29% year over year growth in contributed income and guiding the board through a strategic planning process. In addition to his service work with Israeli Stage, Jeff currently serves as Chair of the Board for Brighter Boston, a startup that prepares Boston Public High School students for careers in technical theater. Prior to his leadership work with nonprofit organizations, Jeff cut his entrepreneurial teeth in the private sector by founding, managing, and selling three companies. Early in his career, Jeff spent a decade in New York as an actor, including the Broadway production of Carousel with Audra McDonald. Jeff earned his BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University. You can reach Jeff at Jeff (at) IsraeliStage.com

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Wendy Liebow is an active volunteer with local theaters and with Jewish and other organizations. She is Clerk and Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. She has been a reader for the New Jewish Plays Project for the past two years. She is on the Board of LimmudBoston and previously served as its Program Team Co-Chair, as well as being a past board member and Vice President at Temple Isaiah in Lexington. Wendy has volunteered in many other capacities in Lexington, including the library, food pantry, and with adult education programs. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School, she formerly practiced as an employment lawyer. She and her husband, Scott Burson, have long been enthusiastic theater-goers. You can reach Wendy at Wendy (at) IsraeliStage.com

Bruce LynnBruce Lynn is a retired high-tech marketing executive. Bruce gave up a “promising high school stage career” to attend The University of Pennsylvania and then cooked in restaurants in Philly, Paris, and Rouen before earning an MBA from Boston University. This led to a 30+ year high tech career at Digital, and for the past 15 years, with EMC. Bruce and his wife have lived in Lexington for the past 35 years, and enjoy the variety of theater and music that Boston has to offer. He has served on the Board of Temple Isaiah in various roles. After attending an Israeli Stage reading, Bruce reached out to Guy and they worked together to bring “To the End of the Land” in late 2013 to Temple Isaiah before an audience of 200 spellbound fans of this novel. You can reach Bruce at Bruce (at) IsraeliStage.com

Ambassador Council

Nancy & Mark Belsky 

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Scott Burson is a Deputy Regional Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. He is a former member of the Lexington School Committee and the Cary Memorial Library Foundation. When he isn’t at the theater, he enjoys bicycling and cooking. Scott is married to Wendy Liebow (Member of the Board) and they have lived in Lexington for over 20 years.

 

Elkan GamzuElkan Gamzu is a semi-retired expert in drug development. Born in Liverpool, brought up in Glasgow, Scotland, he moved to Israel in 1962, where he met his wife Zelda (originally from South Africa). After getting a BA from Hebrew University, he moved to the USA to get his PhD, with the intention of returning to Israel – they just haven’t got around to it yet. Their interest in theatre started when they lived near New York City and they have had annual theatre subscriptions since the early 70’s. With three grandchildren in Tel Aviv, they get to Israel at least once a year.

Patti Grossman is a fan of the arts, including theatre, both in the Boston area and the Berkshires. She is a practice manager for a large orthopedic practice in Newton and has served on a variety of Boards including Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mayyim Hayyim in Newton and the Women of Reform Judaism.

Marcia Leifer is the Vice President of the Leifer Family Fund which she and her husband launched in 2014 to support their philanthropic efforts and extend their strategic grant making. Marcia has served as the Creative Arts & Sciences Committee Chair at SSDS and is a volunteer for the development teams at both SSDS and Gann Academy. Marcia is also an active volunteer for CJP –serving on the Boston Haifa Committee and the Miriam Fund as well as being an active participant in the Women’s Division of CJP. 

Alan Leifer is a retired voting stockholder of Fidelity Investments where he managed Trend, Equity Income, Select and Contrafund. During his 18 year tenure, Fidelity grew to be the country’s number one mutual fund manager in size and performance. In retirement, Alan jumped into the world of Jewish public service and Middle East affairs. Past or current affiliations or Board service includes Harvard Kennedy School, IDC-Herzliya, Hebrew College, JDC, JTS, JFNA, AIPAC, CJP and SSDS-Boston. Currently, as a pro bono service, Alan oversees $3.5 billion in endowment and foundation investments from over 150 families and entities affiliated with the North American Jewish community.

Amy Merrill is a Playwright and Producer. Author of many plays, Amy’s SILVER SPOON (Script by Amy Merrill, Music and Lyrics by Si Kahn) premiered at The Nora Theatre in May/June 2011 and was subsequently produced in April 2012 at Mainstage West in Sebastopol, CA. Coming up: A reading of Amy’s new play THE SQUARE at HERE Arts Center, NYC in December. Eric Nightengale will direct. Amy is a member of The Dramatists Guild and resides in Cambridge. Amy is also Co-Producer of The BODY & SOLD 2015-2016 Project, a theater and community program that raises awareness about human sex trafficking in the United States.

Lee PeltonLee Pelton (PhD) is the 12th president of Emerson College in Boston. He is a nationally and internationally known speaker and writer on the value of liberal education and the importance of leadership development, civic engagement and diversity in higher education. He chairs the Board of the Boston Arts Academy and sits on numerous others:  Boston Chamber of Commerce, Museum of African American History, Museum of Fine Arts, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts, and the Council of Independent Colleges. A Harvard alumnus, he has served the University in many capacities.

Bruce Steiner is a scientist retired from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, who has served on the Boards of the Optical Society of America and the Columbia Heights Boys Club in Washington, the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries in Newton, and Cambridge Friends School. Bruce’s introduction to Israeli Stage was through Israeli author Savyon Liebrecht’s rich sojourn in Boston, consisting of three productions and a seminar on the creative process. Bruce was delighted to discover the cultural richness that he had found in Tel Aviv together with the depth characteristic of Jerusalem, all bound up together here in Boston.This was superb theater under Guy’s skillful direction involving perceptive Israeli exploration of central issues of today through outstanding performances by the best actors in Boston. Bruce observes that the resulting dialog in intimate settings leads to an examination of these issues apparently without parallel on this side of the Atlantic.

Suzy Tobin is a full-time volunteer, serving numerous non-profit organizations. She has served on the boards of the Ivy Street School-MAB Community Services, Camp JORI and Temple Beth Shalom Needham, as well as many others.

Herb Tobin is a Boston-based development professional. From 1999-2013 Herb has served as a senior consultant to (PEJE) The Partnership in Excellence for Jewish Education with his expertise in fundraising and development. Herb’s current work is also focused on venture philanthropy-working with start-up organizations to help them secure the needed financial resources to create and implement programs. He also works with numerous Jewish educational organizations both formal and informal to help them fund their programs; these organizations include Jewish Community Centers; Hillel International; Jewish over-night summer camps, and youth agencies. A Reconstructionist rabbi by training, Herb holds a doctorate in theology from Boston University.

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