Prizmah Board of Directors

Ann Baidack Pava
Acting Chair

Ann Baidack Pava is the immediate past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). During her two-year tenure (2013–2015) as chair, she traveled the world speaking to women about the impact of their philanthropy on the Jewish people. Under her leadership, JFNA’s Women’s Philanthropy Campaign increased by $3 million. Ann is a past recipient of the JFNA Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award for outstanding women philanthropists, the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Lay Leadership Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Ann is a passionate advocate for Jewish day school education. She served as the founding president of the Hebrew High School of New England—the region’s first Jewish high school serving the communities of Western Massachusetts as well as Greater Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut. Ann currently serves on the boards of the Segal Hebrew Academy and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford.

Ann is the campaign chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. She has served on the board of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) since 2003. She also serves on the boards of Yeshivat Maharat (the first Orthodox Yeshiva to ordain women) and the Graduate Program for Advanced Torah Study at Yeshiva University.

Ann and her husband, Jeremy Pava, live in West Hartford, CT.  They have three children and a daughter-in-law.

Joel Segal
Vice Chair

Joel lives in Montreal with his wife Eileen. He served for 10 years on the board of Akiva, the Jewish day school his three boys attended. Joel was a cofounder of the “Generations Fund”, a community initiative to increase excellence and improve middle income affordability in Montreal Jewish Day schools and summer camps. He has served as board chair of the Montreal Jewish Community Foundation and the Segal Center for Performing Arts. In addition, he has served on the board of the Jewish General Hospital and Congregation Dorshei Emet, Montreal’s Reconstructionist Synagogue. Currently, Joel is the 2016 Federation CJA Campaign Chair. Since 2000, Joel has run his family’s investment company. Prior to that he served as President of Peerless Clothing, a privately held men’s tailored clothing business.

Michael Bohnen

Michael Bohnen has served as president of the Adelson Family Foundation since 2007. Prior to that, he was a partner at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, where he is now Of Counsel. Michael was listed in Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA. He is the co-author of “Massachusetts Corporate Forms.”

Michael chaired the board of directors of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). He previously served as chair of Boston’s Jewish Federation (CJP), its Community Relations Council, and the Solomon Schechter Day School. He was the founding chair of Gann Academy, and served as national chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Michael is a graduate of Providence Hebrew Day School, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife, Joyce. They have two daughters (both Jewish day school graduates), and their four grandchildren are currently in Jewish day school.

Nathan J. Lindenbaum

Nathan J. Lindenbaum lives in Teaneck, NJ with his wife Shari (née Appleman) and their four children—all day school graduates. Nathan served as president of Moriah School in Englewood, NJ for two years. Before that, he served as chair of the board for three years and, for many years, as chair of the finance committee. Nathan was one of the early trustees at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, NJ before its opening, and remains on its board today.

Nathan is a cofounder and board member of NNJ Jewish Education for Generations (JEFG), the creators of NNJKIDS, a.k.a. “The Kehilla Fund.” Nathan currently serves as a trustee of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the SAR Academy/High School in Riverdale, NY. Nathan is a co-founder and co-chair of TeachNJS, a statewide effort to increase state funding of non-public schools in New Jersey.

Since 2010, Nathan has been a private investor, focused on the stock market, real estate, and private equity. For many years prior, Nathan served as president of MGS, a closely-held propane marketer serving New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the cities of New York and Philadelphia. MGS sold its business to a public company in 2010.

Paul Bernstein
Chief Executive Officer

Paul is Prizmah's Chief Executive Officer—a position to which he brings his lifelong connection with Jewish day school education, and wide-ranging management experience in the fields of education, philanthropy, social impact, government and new media. Prior to joining Prizmah, Paul served as CEO of The Pershing Square Foundation and as the Global Managing Director of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a nonprofit focused on global health, education, and child protection. Paul co-founded ARK South Africa in 2003 and he returned to London in 2004 to lead ARK globally through its growth across multiple geographies. The preceding years of Paul’s career focused on government, telecoms, and new media.

Candy A. Berman

Candy A. Berman is President of Candy Berman & Associates, an Atlanta-based company specializing in events and conferences for nonprofit and corporate organizations. Candy is committed to promoting diversity, having served as president of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and chair of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2004. She is highly involved in the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and initiated the idea of creating the Women’s Solidarity Society as a vehicle for raising $1m from women. Other volunteer activities include chairing the Women’s Division of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, serving as assistant secretary of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, chairing the Foundation Campaign Division of United Way, and chairing 1995 YWCA Salute to Women of Achievement. Candy was also a member of the first national Women’s Young Leadership Cabinet for United Jewish Appeal.

In 2003, Candy was the recipient of the Selig Distinguished Service Award, presented by the American Jewish Committee. She was named the 1998 Woman of Achievement by the YWCA, and received the 1982 Abe Schwartz Young Leadership Award, presented by the Atlanta Jewish Federation.

Candy was raised in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated with honors from Simmons College. She received her M.Ed. in community counseling from Georgia State. She currently has three married children and seven grandchildren, all of whom are students in Jewish day schools. The campus of the NE Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham was recently named for Candy’s parents.

Lisa Popik Coll

Lisa Popik Coll has been involved with Jewish social service, education, and Israel-related organizations in the Boston area for over 20 years. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, earned her master’s degree in geography from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Lisa was a political analyst at Harvard’s Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East. She worked closely on the launch of Family Table (New England’s largest Jewish Food Pantry) and served as a consultant to Jewish Family & Children’s Service on many of its programs, including a newly launched Jewish hospice program.

Lisa and her husband, Arieh, reside in Newton, MA. They are the proud parents of three children, all of whom graduated from the Solomon Schechter Day School and Gann Academy, where Lisa has been actively involved in development efforts. Lisa and Arieh are passionate about making day school affordable and accessible to all who desire a Jewish education.

Paula Gottesman

Paula Gottesman is a retired attorney and pioneering philanthropist who has created model programs in day school education that have greatly impacted her home community of Greater MetroWest, New Jersey. Her work has helped shape the national landscape in the areas of affordability and endowment development.

In 1998, Paula and her husband, Jerry z”l, began one of the nation’s first tuition subvention programs at a Jewish day school, called the “base grant” program for middle-income families at the then-Hebrew Academy of Morris County. The program helped to spur many similar programs in other communities and foreshadowed a national discussion on helping middle-income families afford Jewish day school. 

In 2007, the Gottesmans created the largest program endowment in the history of the Greater MetroWest community by endowing the then-Hebrew Academy of Morris County tuition program and partnering with other donors to create major endowments for day schools across the community. This became one of the first community-wide endowment campaigns for Jewish day school education, and helped lay the foundation for the national “Generations” endowment development program, now sponsored by Prizmah and The AVI CHAI Foundation.

In 2014, the Hebrew Academy of Morris County was renamed the Gottesman RTW Academy, in recognition of a historic challenge gift from the Gottesmans to build a new school building and renovated campus, which opened in 2015. Paula and Jerry’s z”l four daughters are active in the Jewish life of their communities. Paula and Jerry z”l are the proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren.

Jodi Hessel

Jodi Hessel is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) North American Board, where she is the PARDES (Day Schools of Reform Judaism) board chair. Jodi recently served as vice chair of the Early Childhood Education Committee. She serves as a member of the North American Camp Committee and is actively involved with two URJ Camps, Camp Coleman and 6 Points Sports Academy.

Jodi served for several years as a member of the board of overseers of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/New York Campus (HUC-JIR/NY). She is a past president and active member of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, Florida, the home of Beth Am Day School (one of the first Reform Jewish day schools established over 40 years ago). Jodi is a past president of Miami Area Reform Temples (MART) and served as the URJ South East Council’s regional youth chair for eight years. Jodi serves on the executive board of CAJE, representing the adult education market; in that capacity, she chairs the Adult Jewish Learning Advisory Board. She also serves as a member of the Miami Jewish Film Festival Board, the third largest Jewish film festival in the U.S.

Jodi graduated from the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in 2013 and was honored to speak at graduation on behalf of the graduating class. Outside of the Jewish world, Jodi works with Foster Care Review as a volunteer panel member, reviewing cases of children in the foster care system in conjunction with the judges and court system. When not traveling the world, Jodi and her husband, Frank, split their time between their home in Coral Gables; the greater New York City area, where their daughter, Rabbi Joui Hessel, resides in Old Greenwich, CT with her husband, Jimmy Hexter; and Nashville, TN, where their son Brent, an attorney, resides with his wife, Dr. Barbara Hessel, and their son, Fuller.

Bradford R. Klatt

Bradford (“Brad”) R. Klatt is the managing partner of Canoe Brook Management, which oversees the Family Office of the Goldberg, Klatt and Tycher families—founders of Roseland Property Company. The primary activities of Canoe Brook include management of its own investment capital; management of the “retained properties,” including mid- and high-rise luxury rental residential properties in New York, New Jersey, and the northeast corridor; and ongoing development of new mixed-use and residential multi-family rental properties. Brad also serves as executive chairman of Energy Technology Services, LLC, a company built out of Roseland that provides integrated technology systems to reduce energy costs in large multi-family properties. Before founding Roseland, Brad was a senior officer of Goldman Sachs, where he established its Principal Investment Department.

Brad spends considerable time on community activities, including Jewish day school education and the development of Hillel buildings (Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania). He served for over ten years on the executive committee of the Real Estate Center at Wharton and the advisory committee for the Columbia University Masters of Science Program in Real Estate Development. Brad serves on the board of directors of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). Brad and his wife, Robin, are co-founders of the Metro-West Day School Trust Fund.

Yehuda Neuberger

Yehuda Neuberger is a private equity investor and a lay leader active in numerous Jewish organizations and in the Jewish day school world. As a former chairman of the Baltimore Federation’s Day School Committee, he has had extensive involvement with each of the Jewish day schools in Baltimore. He currently serves on the executive board of a local boys’ school and on the development committee of another school. On a national level, Yehuda serves on the executive committee of the Orthodox Union and as chair of its advocacy division. In that capacity, he oversees the OU’s legislative efforts in securing state funding and other educational support for day schools, as well as federal lobbying for education-related initiatives.

In addition to his school efforts, Mr. Neuberger occupies leadership positions with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is involved with teens-at-risk programming, and serves on various governing bodies of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore (including as its annual campaign chair). He also serves on the Baltimore Jewish Council’s executive committee, sits on the board of Sinai Hospital, and is involved with many other local and national organizations.

Yehuda is a graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard Law School. He resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Anne, and two children—both of whom attend Jewish day schools.

Gail Norry

Gail Norry was the 2015-2016 campaign chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and serves on the federation’s board of directors and board of trustees. She served as co-chair of the federation’s Center for Jewish Life and Learning, past president of Women’s Philanthropy, and past chair of the Young Women's Division. Gail participated in the federation’s Leadership Institute and received the Myer and Rosalie Feinstein Young Leadership Award in 1996.

On the national level, Gail’s leadership activities include the following roles in the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA): past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy; past chair of the National King David Society (which included missions to China and Morocco during her tenure); and various co-chair positions, including the 2014 JFNA General Assembly, the 2008 International Lion of Judah Conference, the T.E.C.H. team (providing training, education, consulting and help to communities across North America), and National Young Leadership (2005).

Gail is a member of the United Israel Appeal Board. She founded and co-chaired OROT, a special needs initiative in Philadelphia’s Jewish day schools. She chaired the Perelman Head of School search and was a board member of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). She is a member and past board member of Congregation Beth Sholom. Gail was the Vice President of Eugene Chernin Company, a family wholesale business that sold notions, craft, quilting, and art supplies. She is married to Dr. Elliot Norry and is the mother of Dahlia, Benjamin, and Jordana.

Yossi Prager

Yossi Prager has been the executive director for North America of the AVI CHAI Foundation since 1994. A graduate of Yeshiva College and Yale Law School, Yossi practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in Manhattan before joining AVI CHAI. In addition to Yossi’s work at AVI CHAI, he has served in a lay capacity in Jewish communal organizations, including as vice president of his children’s day school. He is on the steering committee for the Orthodox Forum (chair of the 2008 Forum on Philanthropy) and has served as a dayan for the Beth Din of America.

In 2010, Yossi served on the Governor’s Study Commission on New Jersey’s Nonpublic Schools, which produced recommendations for greater state support for New Jersey private and parochial schools. Yossi writes and lectures on Judaism, Jewish education, and philanthropy. He edited a book on Judaism and philanthropy entitled “Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy” and has been published in Tradition, Jewish ActionPhilanthropy MagazineThe New York Jewish Week, and other publications.

Lynn Sachse Schrayer

Lynn Sachse Schrayer is originally from Detroit and has lived with her husband Skip and their three children in the Chicago area for almost 25 years.

She has been very active in both of her Jewish Communities for over 35 years and is a Young Leadership Award recipient in both communities. Lynn is a tax attorney who has chosen to spend the last 25 years as a Jewish philanthropist. She is a past National Chair of the UJA Young Leadership Cabinet and Lynn and Skip are longstanding, active and deeply committed supporters of the Jewish community, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Jewish United Fund. Lynn has also held board officer positions at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois, including a term as President.

Lynn, a University of Michigan graduate, currently serves on the Board of Trustees, the Executive and the Development Committees of the University of Michigan Hillel and, along with Skip, serves on the University of Michigan Parent & Family Leadership Council.

The Schrayers are a Jewish day school family. Lynn and Skip have been major supporters of Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago and Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (formerly Chicagoland Jewish High School). Lynn is a committed advocate for day school education. She has served as the Vice President of Development and is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School where she led the successful effort to secure major gifts resulting in the renaming of the school. Their two older children, Annie and Eli, are graduates of the school and currently attend the University of Michigan and their son Joey is a junior at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School.

Deborah Shapira

For the past 19 years, Deborah Shapira has contributed to Jewish education in New York City, in both professional and volunteer capacities. A graduate of the HaSha’ar teacher training program at the Drisha Institute, Deborah taught Jewish and secular subjects in the second and third grades at Beit Rabban Day School in Manhattan. 

Currently, Deborah serves on the Board of Trustees of SAR Academy, and is the immediate past chair of the SAR Board of Education. Deborah also serves as board chair for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, North America.

 Deborah and her husband, Barry Stern, live in Riverdale, New York, where their three children are students at SAR Academy.

Joseph Steiner

Joseph (“Joey”) Steiner is a senior partner in the Litigation Department at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a major Canadian law firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, and New York. His practice, based in the firm’s Toronto office, is in general commercial litigation with an emphasis on tax litigation.

Joey’s career in volunteer Jewish community service has largely revolved around Jewish education. He is a member of the Board of Bialik Hebrew Day School (and served as its president for four years in the early 1990s). He recently retired as a board member of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School. (Both Bialik and Paul Penna are members of RAVSAK.) Joey is currently a member of the RAVSAK board of directors. Previously, Joey was on the board of Hillel of Greater Toronto (subsequently merged into Hillel Ontario), which, at the time, served three universities and several colleges in the Toronto area.

He is an associate member of the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, where he served as chair of the budget and finance subcommittee for education; he currently serves on the Israel engagement committee, the subcommittee on programs of the budget and finance committee, and the budget and finance committee itself. Joey serves on the board of the Canadian Friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute and on the consolidated board of that Institute, which is based in Jerusalem and New York. He has been chair of the Board of Jewish Education in Toronto and chair of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

Joey is married to Elaine Steiner who was, for many years, a teacher at United Synagogue Day School (now Robbins Hebrew Academy), the Solomon Schechter school in Toronto. They have one son, Jonathan. Joey’s volunteer career in day school education reflects his deeply held view that Jewish day schools are the key to imparting deep and meaningful Jewish content to the next generation.

Dara Yanowitz

Dara Yanowitz has spent the last 24 years as a full-time volunteer in the Cleveland Jewish community. Currently serving on several boards, Dara has used her professional management and marketing skills to direct, lead, and motivate others, particularly in the areas of leadership development, governance, and fundraising as the inaugural chair of the Schechter Day School Network.

As a past president of the Gross Schechter Day School of Cleveland, Dara has developed a rich sense of the day school system, in Cleveland and nationwide. Working with administration, staff, faculty, and board members in various capacities, Dara encourages all constituents to take ownership and get involved to make a difference. Her current role as chair of the school’s endowment committee is a natural extension of her work as she helps to ensure the school’s future.

Dara has held several important community positions. She currently chairs the allocations committee for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and is a vice chair for the Campaign For Jewish Needs. In 2013, she was honored at the Gross Schechter Day School Purim Gala. In 2005, Dara was awarded the M. Edwin Weiner Young Campaigner of the Year Award by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She is an alumna of the Mandel Symposium and the Mandel Leadership course. She serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, the Gross Schechter Day School, and the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living.

Dara holds a degree in group and public communication from Northeastern University. She coaches individuals and groups on overcoming their fear of public speaking, empowering them with tools to present with impact. Currently residing in Beachwood, OH, she and her husband Alan Yanowitz are happily watching their sons—both Schechter graduates—launch into the world as engaged members of the Jewish and general communities.

Kathy E. Manning
Founding Chair

Kathy E. Manning was the first woman to serve as chair of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the national umbrella organization for more than 154 Jewish Federations across North America. She was also the first woman to hold the following roles at JFNA: treasurer, executive committee chair, and budget and finance committee chair. Kathy also chaired the JFNA CEO search committee, which successfully recruited JFNA’s current CEO. Kathy serves on the boards of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Jewish Funders Network. She has twice served as the chair of the board of trustees of the B’nai Shalom Synagogue Day School in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Kathy has led many community organizations in her home community of Greensboro. She is a past president of the Greensboro Jewish Federation. She is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, where she led the successful effort to raise $35 million for a new performing arts center. She is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of Triad Stage, a professional regional theater, where she was a founding member. She serves on the board of the Greensboro Symphony, and founded an annual arts festival in Greensboro.

Kathy is an attorney who practiced law in Washington, D.C. before moving with her husband, Randall Kaplan, to his hometown of Greensboro. She was a partner at Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore from 1989–2002, where she had a litigation practice and started the firm’s immigration practice. She later started her own firm, Manning & Associates, PLLC. Kathy earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She and Randall have three children—Elizabeth, Robert, and Jennifer.