Professional Staff

David London, Executive Director
dlondon@aaci.org.il

Carole Kremer, Director of Operations
ckremer@aaci.org.il

Elayna Weisel, Director of Development
eweisel@aaci.org.il

Israela Friedgut, Director of Finance
ifiedgut@aaci.org.il

 

 

Susan Sheldon, Admin secretary – Jlm
frontdesk@aaci.org.il

Yanina Musnikow, Counselor,
Tel Aviv, Beersheva/South & Haifa/North
ymusnikow@aaci.org.il

Sheila Bauman, Counselor, Jlm
sbauman@aaci.org.il

Janice Sinai, Program Manager, Tel Aviv
jsinai@aaci.org.il

Board of Directors – UNDER CONSTRUCTION


Chana (Anne) Weiss – President

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!  Contact: president@aaci.org.il 


Sarah B. Weinstein – VP Development

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.


Alan Green – Secretary

Alan Green made aliya with his wife Sharon from New York in 1980 and live in Rosh Tzurim. Alan is retired from the Jewish Agency for Israel. He and Sharon have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. 


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.  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.


Lesley Kaplan – Member at Large

Lesley made Aliyah from South Africa in 1990 and resides in Jerusalem. On the personal front, she is a proud daughter, sister, wife, Ima and young savta.  Professionally, Lesley is the Founder & CEO of “L.A.K. Creations & Consulting” and “Build your Biz with Lesley Kaplan”. Her passion (besides singing & swimming) is to advance and assist others in reaching their full potential.  


Shira Katz – Member at Large

Shira, single made aliyah from Baltimore in 2005 and lives in Jerusalem. Shira is a swimming instructor and voice over artist/translator


Yehoshua Looks – Member at Large

After twenty years of senior management business experience in the United States, Yehoshua, his wife Debbie, and their three children made aliya in 1996 from St. Louis, MO. Since arriving in Israel, he has devoted his energies to working with non-profit organizations, helping them realize their potential through application of fundamental management principles.  Yehoshua and Debbie have six grandchildren, four in Israel, and share their home with a COVID adopted Jerusalem street cat.


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.  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.


Pnina Teitelbaum – Member at Large
Pnina originally came to Israel from Toronto in1981 for what was supposed to be 8 months.  In the end she stayed until 1992 when she went kicking and screaming back to Toronto in order to marry Jonathan.  They had 2 daughters there.  The younger one came on Aliyah in 2016 and the older one came in 2018.  Pnina and her husband followed in August 2019.  They are happily living in Zichron Yaacov.

 

Pnina is happy to be serving on the Board of AACI.

 

 


Marvin Stenge – Vice President of Projects & Operations

Marvin was born in Montreal; both his late parents were holocaust survivors which gave him the early impetus to want to live in Israel. His other strong influence came after spending six months on Kibbutz as a volunteer during the Yom Kippur War followed by an additional year on the same Kibbutz one year later. Marvin has five children and many grandchildren, all of whom live in Israel. Marvin recently retired from a long career in real estate development and management. Marvin is very excited to be part of the new AACI as he very much wants to contribute in any way he can to the welfare of the State of Israel and its citizens.


Jeff Rothenberg VP Klitah

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 – Treasurer

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.

 


Donna Grushka – Member at Large

Donna made aliyah in 1978.  Born in and raised in New York City, Donna attended Cornell University where she met her late husband, Eli, a native Israeli. She has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Donna was on the staff of AACI for 15 years after which she worked for Taglit-Birthright, for Hadassah Women, and for the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corp.  A long-time member of the National Board, she was Co-Chair of the National Memorial Committee from 2003-2019.  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.

 


Miriam Barth – Member at Large

Miriam made aliyah from Detroit in 2014 and lives in Jerusalem.
Her professional experience is working in the non-profit fields.

 


Akiva Weber – Member at Large

 


Saulie Zajdel – Member at Large

Saulie made Aliyah from Canada with wife Helen and their youngest daughter in January 2016, and live in Arnona, Jerusalem.
Saulie held elective post of City Councilor in Montreal for 23 years, 1986-2009. 

Previously held positions in Montreal; Director-Eastern Canada-State of Israel Bonds; Director-Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’

Presently working as a Development Officer for Yad Ezra V’Shulamit, since Feb. 2017.

 


 


 

 

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