Parent of Aaron Applbaum, Class of 2009, Ariel Applbaum, Class of 2012, and Miriam Applbaum, Class 2015
Hilda is the senior vice president of The Capital Group and president of the Income Fund of America. Previously, Hilda was a principal investment officer and director of equity and fixed-income research for the California Public Employees Retirement System. Hilda holds a BA from Barnard College. She lives in Oakland with her husband Yitz and daughter Miriam. Their sons, Aaron and Ariel, graduated from JCHS in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
Ruben lives in San Anselmo with his wife, Vivien, and children Jonah, Max and Maia, who are all active at Congregation Rodef Sholom. Ruben is the executive director for URJ Camp Newman, a year-round Camp and Retreat Center for living Judaism that serves the San Francisco Bay area, the West and Israel. A native of Argentina, Ruben grew up in the San Fernando Valley, spending his summers on Camp JCA Sholom’s Jewish backpacking trips. He holds an MBA in non-profit management with a minor in Jewish studies from the University of Judaism, along with a BA in psychology from Colorado College. Ruben has served as a camp executive since 1987, and as the senior professional of URJ Camp Newman since 1994. He has consulted on the development of new camp and retreat centers. He has served as a consultant for Jewish and secular non-profits, and presents at a wide variety of conferences and seminars around the United States and Israel.
Barry W. Cohn
Immediate Past President
Parent of Yael Cohn, Class of 2013, Elana Cohn, Class of 2010, and Sarah Cohn, Class of 2007
Barry brings with him years of insight and experience in the real estate business, lay leadership, and fundraising in the Bay Area Jewish community. Barry has served on multiple boards and committees of Jewish community organizations including Brandeis Hillel Day School (where he served as president), Judah L. Magnes Museum (where he served as treasurer), the San Francisco and Oakland Jewish Community Federations and Community Relations Councils as well as AIPAC. Barry is also currently president of the Magnes Museum Foundation. Barry lives in San Francisco with his wife Debbie. They are the parents of JCHS graduates Sarah, Elana, and Yael, classes of 2007, 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Parent of Shmuel Edelman, Class of 2018, Avigayil Edelman, Class of 2016, Shoshana Edelman, Class of 2014, David Edelman, Class of 2012, and Michal Edelman, Class of 2010
Raphael is a CIO at Allianz Global Investors (formerly RCM). Prior to joining RCM, he spent 20 years with Alliance Capital Management in both New York and San Francisco. He has an AB in History from Columbia College and an MBA from New York University. Raphael has served on the board of directors since the founding of JCHS and has been active in a broad range of Jewish communal and educational institutions in the East Bay over the past 20 years. Raphael lives in Oakland with his wife Leslie, daughter Avigayil, and son Shmuel. Their children Michal, David, and Shoshana graduated JCHS in 2010, 2012, and 2014, respectively. Avigayil, class of 2016, and Shmuel, class of 2018, are currently enrolled at JCHS.
Suzanne Dryan Felson
Parent of Sophia Felson, Class of 2017
Suzanne brings to the board a broad background of business and philanthropy. Since managing her own mortgage company after majoring in Business at the University of Southern California, she broadened her reach through volunteering in the Jewish community, both in her home city of San Francisco and at a national level. Active as a volunteer, she has served in crucial roles, notably on the board of the Jewish Community Federation, as a founding board member of the Jewish Community High School, and as a fellow of the Wexner Heritage Program. She and her husband, Elliott, the owner of Felson Companies, have three children, the oldest of whom, Sophia, is currently attending JCHS as a member of the class of 2017.
Debbie Findling, Ed.D.
Dr. Findling has worked in the field of Jewish education for over 25 years. She holds a doctorate in philosophy of education and graduate degrees in rabbinic literature and Jewish education. She has published widely in Jewish and secular publications. Her most recent book, Teaching the Holocaust, is based on her doctoral dissertation. She is the strategic philanthropy advisor at the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund and was previously deputy director of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund. She recently spearheaded the search for a new head of school at Brandeis Hillel Day School, where she currently sits on the board of trustees.
Parent of Gabrielle Finestone, Class of 2017
Barry is the executive director of the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund, having served previously as the executive director of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Prior to joining the JCCSF in June 2010, he served as executive director of the dynamic, two-campus Isaac M. Wise Temple from 1999 through 2005, transforming its information technology systems and earning the Harris K. and Alice F. Weston Award for outstanding leadership, before becoming executive vice president of national retailer Jones the Florist/Sweets in Bloom. He was the national associate director of Hadassah/Young Judaea, a youth movement with camps, conventions and college study programs throughout the US and Israel. Barry also served on the board of the Mayerson JCC in Cincinnati, as president of the Rockwern Academy Jewish Day School, and on the endowment committee of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and Jewish Old-Aged Home. He holds a bachelor of science degree in community education from Jordanhill College of Education in Glasgow, Scotland, his original home. Barry and his wife, Ellen, have three children, including Gabrielle, JCHS class of 2017.
Aimee is the lead innovation designer in the Innovation and Advanced Technology team at Kaiser Permanente. Charged with envisioning what health care will look like in ten years, Aimee works with teams large and small to articulate specific ideas and make those ideas a reality. Aimee is an active alumna of Smith College. She is also an active member of the East Bay Jewish Community, serving as the vice president for strategic initiatives for Beth Jacob Congregation, gala chair for the annual fundraiser and chair of the communications committee, both at Oakland Hebrew Day School. Aimee and her husband, Dan Cohen, have three children, including two daughters at OHDS and a son in preschool.
Parent of Elana Fogel, Class of 2014
Donna lives in San Francisco with her husband, Joe. As a Brandeis parent, Donna volunteered frequently, including eight years on the marketing committee, four years with the annual fund, and three years as room parent representative. Donna received the Or Hadash Award from BHDS in 2005, recognizing her volunteerism. In 2012, she and her husband were co-chairs of the Brandeis alumni annual fund and members of the JCHS gala committee. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Donna works as a dental hygienist in a private practice in San Francisco.
Lev Kushner is an urban planner who has spent ten years working in economic development for the cities of New York and San Francisco. He has managed the design, political approval, and construction of several large public works projects and launched numerous public/private partnerships seeking to improve the daily life of city residents through the combination of beautiful spaces, good food, and community gathering. A native Bostonian, Lev grew up in a family of rabbis and is deeply committed to enriching and strengthening Jewish life in the Bay Area. Lev lives in San Francisco with his wife Gabby and his son Mendel.
Parent of Michelle Kushnir, Class of 2010
Leonid is a member of ASQ (American Society of Quality) with more than 15 years of Project Management, Consulting Services, Software Quality Assurance testing including 11 years of processes and resources management experience. The father of JCHS alum Michelle Kushnir, Class of 2010, Leonid has strong ties to the Russian and Orthodox communities. In his own words: “I arrived in the US in 1990 with $120 in my pocket, around 10 English words in my vocabulary, an engineering diploma, and hope. We left Russia to make sure that our kids could have a brighter future and celebrate their Judaism. We had to hide our faith, but our kids don't have to.”
Parent of Josh Magid, Class of 2009, Beth Magid, Class of 2012, and Aaron Magid, Class of 2014
Dan Magid has been a member of Berkeley’s Temple Beth El since 1967. He became Bar Mitzvah and was married at Beth El. He and his wife Robinn have four children: Josh (class of 2009), Beth (class of 2012), Aaron (class of 2014), and Nathan. Dan was the president and CEO of Aldon (a software company co-founded by his father in 1979), until he recently sold the business last year. At Beth El, Dan helped establish the Shabbat morning minyan, and attends Torah study and services weekly. He has developed and printed several of the prayer books that have been used for Shabbat, High Holidays, and the Minyan services, and was on their last Rabbi search committee.
Parent of Aislinn Cushing, Class of 2015
Jacqueline’s background includes over 25 years in fundraising and development. She has worked with a broad range of national and international clients in the political, corporate and nonprofit sectors in the areas of donor development, board development, fundraising, event planning and strategic planning. In recent years, Jacqueline has served on numerous boards and committees, and has chaired events for a variety of school, community, and Jewish organizations. She currently serves as a founding board member of Beyond Differences, NatureBridge at Golden Gate, and JCHS. Jacqueline and her husband, Stephen Swire, live Ross with their children, Aislinn, JCHS class of 2015, and Samuel, currently a fifth grader at Brandeis Hillel Day School.
Jason Porth serves as executive director of University Corporation, San Francisco State (UCorp), a not-for-profit public benefit corporation devoted to furthering the university's educational mission. Prior to working at San Francisco State, Jason practiced law as a civil rights attorney, representing plaintiffs primarily in employment matters. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Northeastern University School of Law. Jason has served as president of the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club and has chaired the Adult Commission of B’nai B’rith Youth Organization’s Central Region West. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Abby Michelson-Porth, and their two children, Jonah and Eve.
Deborah (Bornstein) Sosebee
Parent of Daniel Sosebee, Class of 2016, Isaac Sosebee, Class of 2012, and Hannah Sosebee, Class of 2010
A Berkeley native, Deborah received her BA in Linguistics from Brandeis University. Deborah worked in mergers and acquisitions for Smith Barney, then moved to the New York Stock Exchange where she was director of information services, conducting operations research and database design. Deborah has served on a capital projects advisory committee for the Oakland Unified School District, participated in various school, synagogue and agency boards and committees, and chaired local fundraisers. She currently serves on the boards of Beth Jacob Congregation (Oakland), Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, and the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. Deborah and her husband Michael have three children: Hannah, JCHS class of 2010 and Hebrew University (Jerusalem) class of 2015; Isaac, JCHS class of 2012 and Brandeis University class of 2016; and Daniel, JCHS class of 2016.
Parent of Sophia Brodie-Weisberg, Class of 2018
Adam Weisberg is the national Diller teen initiatives director at the Jewish Community Federation. Prior to this, Adam served as Camp Tawonga’s executive director from 2008-2011 and as Berkeley Hillel’s executive director from 2000-2008. Additionally, Adam has served in a variety of roles in the Jewish community, having worked with the Council of Jewish Federations in New York, the Jewish Agency in Israel, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Bulgaria. In addition to serving on the Urban Adamah board, Adam also serves on the board of Wilderness Torah. Adam has served as a coach and mentor for young professionals through the Wexner Foundation, Hillel, Repair the World, the iCenter, BBYO, and the REALITY Check program, a project of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. Adam is married to Rachel Brodie. They have two daughters, Sophia and Ariella, truly lovely girls in just about every way. Sophia is in the new JCHS class of 2018.