Praesidium

Aryeh Kobrin
Chairman of the Council

Lawrence (Aryeh) Kobrin is a native New Yorker who practices real estate and corporate law. He continues to live with his wife in Manhattan where they raised their three children. A graduate of Ramaz, he attended Columbia College and Columbia Law School. His Hebrew language interest and his skill in the language were expanded by many years at Massad Camps where he served as counselor, Board member and ultimately Board president.

Frequent visits to Israel, both as tourist and in professional capacities have maintained his connection to Hebrew. A former member of the board of Histadrut Ivrit, he looks forward to renewed organization effort for the support of Hebrew language activities in North America.

Jerry Kaye

Jerry Kaye is the Director of the URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and was one of just 30 people from around the world invited to join the International Task Force on Jewish Peoplehood, under the auspices of the Jewish Agency. This past year he was appointed to a prestigious national panel on Jewish Educational Leadership as the only camp director among university professors and other practitioners of work in Jewish life.

Jerry has authored numerous works relating to Jewish education, self-esteem and youth. He consults to communities and congregations throughout North America and presents programs on Jewish content for children, adults and families alike. His most recent article appears in Text Messages – A Torah Commentary for Teens. He is only one of two camp directors who have works included in this book.

Jerry is professionally associated with the National Association of Temple Educators and is a Life Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He has been cited with the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) by NATE and was recognized as the Alexander Dushkin Distinguished Educator by the Chicago Board of Jewish Education. In addition to his work with the camp, he is also a teacher in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School – a program serving adult learners.

Dr. Simcha Leibovich
Representative of WZO

A master teacher trainer and co-editor of the Encyclopedia for Social Educational Activities, Simcha has worked as Dean of Informal Education at Orot-Academic College for Education and Givat Washington College of Education for over 3 decades. For 30 summers, Simcha ran the “Mercaz”, the educational programming center of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and developed the Ramah Program Bank for Online Educational Activities for the Ramah Camps in the US and Canada. A consummate advisor and supervisor to youth movements across Israel and the world, Simcha founded and directed the Outdoor Center for Leadership at Neot Kedumim (Bible Lands Reservation) for over a decade. Simcha currently oversees the entire North American operation of the World Zionist Movement. The WZO strives to enhance the impact of Zionist ideology and activity in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world.

Marc Leve

Marc Leve, Esq., is an Associate in the Law Firm Sills Cummis & Gross Corporate Practice Group and is resident in the Firm’s New York office, where he structures, negotiates, drafts and closes mergers and acquisitions, factoring and other commercial financing transactions. In addition, Mr. Leve represents and advises business and financial clients with respect to trademarks and licensing, employment and other business, corporate and organizational matters.

Before joining Sills Cummis & Gross, Mr. Leve was an associate with the firm of Silverberg Stonehill Goldsmith & Haber, P.C., from 2001, where he was engaged in the firm’s general corporate practice and assisted its litigation department with motion and appellate practice in selected business litigation and arbitration.

Prior to his association with Silverberg Stonehill Goldsmith & Haber, P.C., Mr. Leve was associated with a litigation boutique in New York, was the general counsel of a publicly-traded internet start-up, and was associated with the New York office of a Tel Aviv-based law firm. Prior to his admission to practice in New York in 1993, he practiced for several years in a commercial law firm in Tel Aviv, and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a military prosecutor with the rank of Lieutenant. Mr. Leve is fluent in Hebrew.

Dr. Shulamith Reinharz

Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D., is the Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology as well as the Founder and Director of three new units at Brandeis: The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (est. 1997), the Women's Studies Research Center (est. in 2001), and the Kniznick Gallery for Feminist Art (est. 1997). She supervises all internal programs including the WSRC Student Scholar Partnership Program; the HBI Summer Internship Program; the HBI Artist-in-Residence Program; the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law; and HBI Project on Children, Families and the Holocaust; as well as several book series and the journal Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues. In 2001, she opened the physical facility in which all of these activities take place, in a 10,000 square foot section of the Epstein Building, a facility she designed and for which she raised all the funds. As a sociologist, Reinharz is a frequent lecturer, and a publisher of books, chapters, articles and reviews.

Ravit Bar-Av
Coordinator

Ravit Bar-Av has been supporting non-profit organizations in their public relations and community outreach for more than 20 years. As branding and capacity building consultant Ravit helps social organizations fulfill their mission and reach their goals.

Among her previous positions Ravit served as the Public Relations and Community Outreach at the National Urban Alliance, Director of Information and PR at the Peres Center for Peace and Chief Information Officer and Israel Education Director at the Consulate General of Israel in New York.