Board of Directors
Chana (Anne) Weiss – President
Chana was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and attended Camp Ramah in Wisconsin as a camper and staff member.
She attended the University of Wisconsin and, after marrying, moved to Chicago and completed her general studies at Spertus College of Judaica and in physical therapy at Chicago Medical School.
Chana made aliyah from Chicago with her late husband Steve and 2 boys in 1978 and their daughter was born here a year later.
Chana worked as a physical therapist in the US and in Israel.
She transferred into administration in the late 1980s and worked as an Administrative Assistant for many years.
Chana feels very fortunate that all her children and grandchildren reside in Israel – in Jerusalem and Modi’in! She has been a member of the AACI Jerusalem Council and the National Board for many years.
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Hilton Share – Secretary
Hilton Share made aliya with his wife Rosalind from London in 2008. In his previous life, Hilton was an executive at JPMorgan Chase, where he worked for over 30 years, latterly in finance technology. He took a redundancy package in order to make aliya. He is currently Chairman of Netanya AACI, both Vice Chairman and a gabbai at the Young Israel Synagogue of North Netanya, Treasurer of Keren Olim, a non-profit which delivers food packages to the poor in Netanya, and also helps to run the Vaad Bayit in his apartment building. As well as enjoying a busy volunteering life, Hilton also ensures that he has sufficient time to relax and to travel to various places in Israel.
Ros and Hilton have two children in London, and they each have one son. They travel to London regularly in order to spend time with their children and grandchildren.
Belle Fine-Cohen, Personnel
Belle made aliyah in May 2003 on a day that the airport was on strike. No one was there to greet her and to process the necessary paperwork. That’s when she heard of AACI: someone from the airport contacted AACI and one of their volunteers made a special trip to the airport to help sort things out. A couple of days later, she was honored to attend the Annual Mossad Memorial Ceremony with her late husband Maurice Cohen, brother of Eli Cohen, “Our Spy in Damascus”. Thus she began her life in Israel awed by the fact that one day people were grieving, remembering the fallen, and the next day they were celebrating Israeli Independence Day.Belle was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a B,S. in Independent Studies on Aging from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and an M.Ed. in Counseling the Aging from the University of Bridgeport. She was certified as a Gerontologist by the Westchester County’s Governor’s Office on Aging, 1977.
Upon moving to Jerusalem in 2009, she became actively involved in AACI initially as a Klitah volunteer. Belle became Co-Chairperson of the Jerusalem Branch Council in 2011. She started the 55+ Friendship Circle and Chairs AACI’s Annual Health Conference.
Sarah B. Weinstein – Member at Large
Sarah Weinstein made aliyah on June 21 2001. She is the owner of 4U GIFTS at 41 Hebron Road. Sarah has a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois Champaign Illinois.
Sarah is a past board member of NY United Jewish Appeal and Legacy committees, founding board member of the JCC on the upper west side and NY rep of the young leadership cabinet and a Wexner Fellow Graduate. Sarah has been involved in past national missions, chaired UJIA summer singles missions and was past mission chair of the NY Big Apple mission.
Judy Ann Cohen – Member at Large
Judy moved to Jerusalem in 1975 after a 4.5 year precedent-setting tenure at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion as the first single woman to be accepted as a member of the kibbutz. In Jerusalem, this fifth-generation American from Davenport, Iowa, was employed in office management and administration by a variety of organizations, including AACI. Judy has been an active volunteer on various administrative projects; for 14 years she chaired the Annual Memorial Ceremony with Rabbi Jay Karzen and has coordinated the Opera program for many years.. After serving in several other board positions in the interim, this is her second go-around as National Treasurer.
Dr. Jan Jacobson Sokolovsky – Member at Large
Jan, an attorney, was born in Chicago into a very Zionist home, and was educated at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She belonged to Jewish youth organizations, and spent many wonderful summers at Camp Ramah, first as a camper and then as staff.
For 10 years, while her sons were young, she taught undergraduate economics at Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle. When the family moved to New York, she became a trial attorney in the Anti-Trust Division of the US Department of Justice, and then for AT&T in “the big case”/.
In 1986, when the case was settled, and her sons were grown, she realized her dream of Aliyah. She was admitted to the Israeli bar, and worked for the Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Communications, in the field of international relations. Then followed years in private practice, both in the secular and the rabbinical courts
Jan has been active in several Jewish organizations —the ZOA in New York where she was the National Executive Director; Keren Klita, which works for the benefit of Russian olim in the Jerusalem area, as ombudsman and now as comptroller; Regavim, as International Policy Advisor; and as National Treasurer of AACI from 2002-2004.
She loves to travel and to play tennis, and to be with her grandchildren and her friends.
Stuart L. Fischman, Branch Representative, Jerusalem
Dr. Stuart Fischman attended Cornell University and graduated cum laude from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Boards of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine.
During his academic career Stuart had 3 sabbatical leaves in Israel, at the Hebrew University Faculty of Dental Medicine. The first was in 1981when the Fischmans became re-acquainted with their new neighbors and friends from Buffalo, the Grushkas. At Donna’s invitation, they attended a few AACI events and became overseas members. After retiring from the School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo as Professor Emeritus of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, Stuart and Jane spent several springs in Israel, to show their support during the second intifada. (Jane maintained that it was easier to change countries for Pesach than change the dishes in Buffalo). Stuart and Jane made aliyah nine years ago and reside in Mevaseret.
Since moving to Israel, Stuart has been an active volunteer at the AACI. He has served on the Health Committee, the Art Committee, and the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Jerusalem Branch Council. Currently he is a Member-at-Large of the National Board.
Stuart is a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine. The Fischman’s daughter, Dr. Lisa Fischman, is Director of the Art Museum at Wellesley College.
Ivor David – Vice President of Operations
Ivor was born in Bombay India, and immigrated with his parents and siblings to Sydney Australia in the mid sixties.
Ivor and his wife Ruth, made Aliyah from Australia in 2011, joining their two sons and two daughters and grand children, who all made Aliyah progressively a few years earlier.
Ivor attended the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales where he obtained Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics, Accounting and Statistics.
Ivor is now semi-retired in Israel and is working on a casual basis as a lecturer in Accountancy at Machon Lev.
On arriving in Israel Ivor and Ruth have become life members of AACI and have attended several overseas trips and continuing Education trips with ACCI.
Donna Grushka – VP Klitah
Donna Grushka made aliyah in 1978. Born in and raised in New York, Donna attended Cornell University where she earned BS and MS degrees, and where she met her husband, Eli, a native Israeli (who passed away in 2016). She has 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
After a brief stint as a researcher at Hebrew University, Donna worked for AACI from 1983 until 1997, first as a counselor and then as Assistant Director of the Jerusalem Branch. She subsequently worked for Taglit-Birthright Israel, for Hadassah-Israel, and for the Israel Government Coins & Medals Corp. She has also been a partner in a small business in the field of senior services.
Donna served as co-chairperson of Jerusalem Branch of AACI from 2011-2015. A long-time member of the National Board, she has been Co-Chair of the National Memorial Committee since 2003. She currently chairs the Art Exhibits Committee and the WITH BRUSH AND PEN children and teen arts show program. She has also served on the boards of the Jerusalem Scholarship amutah, the cemetery amutah, and the Jerusalem Building/Endowment amutah.
Brooklyn born, Jeff earned a BS degree in electrical engineering, followed by a law degree. During his career as a US Intellectual Property attorney, Jeff served as Managing Partner for 13 years of the largest IP law firm in upstate New York. His communal roles included synagogue president, national board member of the Jewish Educational Service of North America (JESNA), Israel Bonds spokesperson, and Vice President of Grants, Allocations and Planning for his local federation. Happily married, with 2 children and 6 grandchildren – all living in Israel, Jeff and his wife, Anne, made Aliyah in 2017. Anne is president of the English-speaking Jerusalem chapter of Hadassah, and national fund-raising chair of Hadassah Israel. For the past few years, Jeff has coordinated and revitalized the AACI program of in-country study trips attracting new participants and generating good will for AACI.
Julian (Julie) Landau – Member at Large
Julian (Julie) Landau made aliya in July 1969 from Washington DC where he worked for AIPAC. As part of his work in Israel as a writer, editor and print production supervisor, he helped write, design, page and print the AACI Voice for a number of years. Following his retirement in 1995, Julie became an active volunteer at AACI as a member of the Memorial Committee, the National Board, as Vice President of Development, Treasurer and President. He is married to Sara and has four sons and one daughter who live in various parts of the country along with his twenty grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Don Edelstein – Member at Large
Don Edelstein was born in Boston and grew up in Quincy a part of greater Boston and is a graduate of Yale. He and his wife, Paula, made Aliyah in 1972 and he has been active in AACI since then. They have two sons and seven Sabra grandchildren. Don directed the Hillel counsellorship at the University of Cincinnati and the International Services and Foreign Student Counseling Of fice at the University of Cincinnati and specialized in cross-cultural education.
Here in Israel, he worked at the School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University and later developed and managed the first membership data base for AACI. He was also the Web Manager for the Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Reform Movement. Don has served AACI as National Vice President of Operations, Treasurer of both Jerusalem and National AACI, Chairperson of the Jerusalem Region and has been involved in many other regional and national committees and projects. He is a past president of the Jerusalem Rotary Club where he continues to be active.
Frances Barrow, Branch Representative, Tel Aviv
Former Central Board Chairman of the Central Region, Frances made Aliya in 1987 from the US where she worked in client services and as press officer for Sotheby’s both in NY and in Israel for many years, and then with Artis, a non-profit supporting and promoting Israeli contemporary art and artists at the international level. Today she is a freelance editor in English. Married to an Israeli “whose roots here come up as he walks”, she in her favorite city, Tel Aviv.