Parent of Jacob, Class of 2023
Aaron Parker is a San Francisco native and a former Executive Director of Jewish National Fund, where he helped organize a renewed community commitment to Israel and its development. He serves on the board of the Friends of Israel Political Action Committee, writes as an occasional blog for the Times of Israel, and recently completed the Pardes Summer Program in Jerusalem. Prior to his Jewish communal career, he worked in real estate as a broker and developer, and served on the Sausalito Historic Landmarks Board. He studied psychology at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and Harvard, and lives in Marin with his two kids, where he is a member of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon.
Debbie Findling, Ed.D.
Parent of Sara, Class of 2019
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 also spearheaded the search for a new head of school at The Brandeis School, where she currently sits on the board of trustees.
Parent of Jacob, Class of 2020, Jonathan, Class of 2017, Rebecca, Class of 2011
Deborah Stadtner has a passion for serving the Jewish community. Currently, she serves on the boards of Brandeis Marin and Jewish Family and Children’s Services and on the Advisory Board of URJ Camp Newman. She is a member of the Executive Grants Committee for the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, as well as various other Federation committees. Deborah is a past president for the Osher Marin JCC and a past board member for Congregation Kol Shofar. She has four kids: Joshua, Rebecca Class of 2011, Jonathan ,Class of 2017 and Jacob, Class of 2020. Deborah lives in Marin, with her husband Larry, and spent 20 years working in market research.
Parent of Gabby, Class of 2017, Ethan, Class of 2020
Ellen Finestone has been fully immersed in Jewish education since she moved to the Bay Area from Cincinnati with her family nine years ago. She has been the JCHS Parent Association Chair for the last 4 years. Ellen served on the Brandeis Hillel Day School Board of Trustees where she sat on the Committee on Trustees and was part of the Marin Working Group that established Brandeis Marin as an independent school. She continues her board service to Brandeis Marin where she sits on the Advancement and various other committees. Ellen is involved with Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Achim L’Chaim (Brothers for Life) and Camp Young Judaea. Ellen received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is the proud mom of Gabrielle Class of 2017, and Ethan Class of 2020, Mia, a current 8th grader at Brandeis Marin. Ellen and her husband Barry love to take long walks, travel, eat delicious food and, most importantly, spend time with family and friends.
Parent of Aislinn, Class of 2015, Sam, Class of 2021
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 in Ross with their children, Aislinn, JCHS ,Class of 2015, and Samuel, Class of 2021.
Parent of Michelle, 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 Daniel, Class of 2016, Isaac, Class of 2012, and Hannah, Class of 2010Michael recently retired after twenty-nine years as a bond trader and salesman for investment banks where he focused on global bond markets for institutional money managers. He is a member of Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland, a member of the AIPAC Northern California Board and the AIPAC National Council. He has co-chaired the East Bay Federation's Shalom Hartman Leadership Development Program, and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program. Michael has served on the JCHS Finance Committee for several years.
After retiring, Michael spent two months studying at Yeshivat Orayta in the Old City. Michael has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Rabbi Carla Fenves
Rabbi Carla Fenves is one of the rabbis at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, she was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2011. She currently serves on the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Board of Directors and the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB). Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Rabbi Fenves graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Religious Studies. She lives with her husband, Cantor David Frommer, their son Aaron and daughters Eliana and Talia.
Parent of Shmuel, Class of 2018, Avigayil, Class of 2016, Shoshana, Class of 2014, David , Class of 2012, and Michal, 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. Their five children Michal, David, Shoshana, Avigayil, and Shmuel graduated JCHS in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 respectively.
Robert Kaufman grew up in Manhattan Beach, California and attended UC Berkeley, where he studied political science and business administration. Since graduating from Berkeley, Robert has worked in the investment industry and is currently with FTV Capital, a growth equity firm in San Francisco. Prior to joining FTV, Robert worked for JBG SMITH (formerly The JBG Companies) in Washington, DC and Hellman & Friedman and Hall Capital Partners in San Francisco. Robert is currently a member of the Berkeley Hillel board of directors, AIPAC’s national council and JFCS's program and planning committee. Robert has also staffed several Taglit-Birthright Israel trips and is a Birthright Fellow.
Parent of Max, Class of 2018, Aidan, Class of 2021
Sharon, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, is passionate about Jewish education and its success in the Bay Area. A member of Congregation Beth Sholom, Sharon was a founding member of the preschool parent board, ran their main fundraiser for several years, was on the rabbi search committee, and was a synagogue board member. The 2015 recipient of the Or Hadash Award at The Brandeis School, Sharon has been the chair of the school's Chesed committee, which helps families in difficult times, for more than five years. She has also served as the chair of the school's Admissions and Outreach committee for the past seven years, worked on the annual fund for five years, and served on the search committees for head of campus and head of Jewish life and learning. A San Francisco native, Sharon attended Lick Wilmerding High School and then went to American University in Washington, DC, as well as the American College in Paris. She has two sons, Max, Class of 2018 and Aidan, Class of 2021. Sharon managed her family’s local chain of retail stores before opening a commercial cleaning company, which she operated for over 20 years. She is currently an event photographer.
Suzanne Dryan Felson
Parent of Sophia, 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, graduated from JCHS in 2017.
Ted Storey has been a practicing attorney for 30 years. for 20 years, until the sale of the company in the Fall of 2017. He was Senior Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel of Round Table Pizza, Inc. Currently, Ted sits on the Helsing Group Board of Directors, an employee owned company, and is board secretary of the Mountain Zion Health Fund. He is a past Director of Round Table Pizza, Inc. and Temple Emanu-El Boards. He earned his JD from Berkeley Law, his MA in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley, and his BA from Columbia University. Ted lives in San Francisco with his wife Jaimie Sanford; they have three children. Both Ted and Jaimie are natives of San Francisco.