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JCRC Board of Directors

Officers

Hadara Stanton
President

Hadara Stanton is an attorney practicing in San Francisco.  In addition to her current roles at JCRC, Hadara previously served as co-chair of both the Legislative Affairs Committee, as well as the Task Force on Immigration, where she worked with JCRC staff and lay leaders to guide the consensus process on immigration, ultimately obtaining the Metropolitan Council’s approval of the JCRC’s policy statement on immigration issues.  Before attending law school, Hadara volunteered in Bulgaria for a year with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Marty Schenker
Vice President

Marty Schenker is litigation partner at the San Francisco office of Cooley, LLP, where he specializes in complex business litigation. He serves on JCRC’s Middle East Strategy Committee and is also working on an initiative to build bridges between Jewish and Christian clergy. In addition to his work with JCRC, Marty sits on AIPAC’s Northern California Advisory Board and National Council.  In the past, he has been active in a number of Jewish organizations, including the American Jewish World Service, Jewish Vocational Services, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. 

Marla Sofer
Secretary

Marla Sofer has managed strategic relationships with large service partners at BlackRock since 2011. She is a member of Peninsula Sinai Congregation where she serves as the Education Committee Chair. A University of Texas at Austin graduate, she participated in university-sponsored programs focused on peace and conflict resolution, and interned for AIPAC in Washington, DC, for a semester. She also worked at the Jewish Federation in Whippany, New Jersey, prior to shifting into financial services. She now lives in Foster City with her husband and two children.

Paul Resnick
Treasurer and Budget & Finance Committee Chair

Paul Resnick is an investment advisor with Osborne Partners Capital Management LLC.  He was previously the founder and principal of AKJ Asset Management, LLC in Palo Alto, CA, which was merged into Osborne in December of 2012. Paul has been a board member of a number of non-profit organizations over the last 35 years, including the San Francisco Art Institute, Jewish Family and Children Services, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. While Paul’s main area of involvement with JCRC is on the financial operations side, he is deeply committed to all of JCRC’s initiatives and particularly interested in its work on Israel, economic inequality, and race relations.

Rosalind Franklin
Immediate Past President

Rosalind was raised in England and lived in Israel and New York before moving to the Bay Area.  She is Principal of Rosalind Franklin Group, providing executive coaching for nonprofit and individual clients, and she consults with organizations and individuals on issues of board governance and leadership development. She is also a coach for parents of children in crisis and in residential treatment programs. In addition to her leadership work with JCRC, she is a trustee of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, named after her aunt, whose ground-breaking scientific work contributed to the discovery of DNA.  A musician, Rosalind co-founded the California Symphony.​  She and her husband have three children.

Members of the Board

Judy Bloom
Coalition Building/Intergroup Relations Committee Chair

Judy Bloom has a long history of community service in both the Jewish and the greater community.  Now retired, Judy has worked as a French and Spanish teacher, District Director for former Assemblywoman (now Congresswoman) Jackie Speier, Director of Employer services at JVS and a Development Officer for the Jewish Community Federation's Endowment Fund. In addition to her involvement with JCRC, Judy serves on the board of her synagogue, Peninsula Temple Beth El and works as a floral-design and fundraising consultant. She is also a Filoli volunteer, a JCL tutor at her grandson's school and a devoted fan and volunteer for her alma mater, UC Berkeley.

Aaron Danzig
At-Large

Aaron Danzig, a Bay Area native, currently resides in San Francisco’s Mission district.  Aaron is a lay-leader at Sha'ar Zahav, where he leads services on occasion and in the past has served on the congregation's board and siddur editorial committee.  He is also affiliated with Wilderness Torah. Aaron received his B.A. from UCLA and holds an M.B.A. from Duke University.  A professional brand and marketing strategist, he is currently Director of Business Sales at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.  Aaron enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, playing folk guitar and classical violin, and otherwise 'getting off the grid.'

Richard Fiedotin
At-Large

Richard Fiedotin works in the healthcare industry. Trained as a physician, he is the co-founder of Epocrates, a medical mobile app for physicians, and Benefitter, a company that helps employers and their employees gain access to low-cost health insurance benefits in the marketplace. Richard is new to the JCRC Board and is particularly passionate about combatting the anti-Israel movement, specifically BDS activities. Richard serves on the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco Board and the Northern California AIPAC Board.

Jerilyn Gelt
Strategic Planning Committee Chair

Jerilyn Gelt is retired from the California Public Employment Relations Board, where she worked as a labor relations specialist and administrative hearing officer. At JCRC, she has chaired the Intergroup Relations Committee and co-chaired the Latino-Jewish Relations Committee and the Confronting Poverty Taskforce. She has also served as Vice President and President of the Board of Directors. Jerilyn has also been a Jewish Coalition for Literacy tutor for 15 years and represents JCRC on the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking.  She serves on the Boards of the New Israel Fund and Catholic Charities and is a member of the Public Issues Committee of Jewish Family and Children Services.

Nicholas Josefowitz
Civic Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Nick Josefowitz, a clean economy entrepreneur, founded a company that built over $100m of solar power plants and provided thousands of homes and businesses with clean electricity. Nick founded Leadership For a Clean Economy, an organization to train and support the next generation of clean economy political leaders. He was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco’s Environment Commission and also serves on the board of the California League of Conservation Voters and on the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Nick is committed to working with JCRC to combat all forms of prejudice and bigotry, including anti-Semitism, throughout our Bay Area community.

Patti Schneider Joselewitz
Development Committee Vice Chair; At-Large

Patti Schneider Joselewitz works as an impact consultant for businesses and non-profit organizations and has been active in the Jewish community for over 15 years. She has served as Assistant Director of the UJA Speakers Bureau in New York, UJC Western Region Young Leadership Director in LA, Deputy Director of AIPAC in Northern California and Development Director at the East Bay Jewish Federation. Before shifting her professional focus to the Jewish Community, Patti worked for a private consulting firm, managing executive education trainings for Fortune 500 company executives in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to her work with JCRC, Patti sits on the PNW Board of AIPAC.  

Benjamin Klafter
At-Large

A product of the San Francisco Jewish community, Ben Klafter grew up in Congregation Beth Shalom. He has a BA in French Literature and Political Science from UC Berkeley, and a JD from UC Davis. He was at the forefront of pro-Israel student activism at Cal, heading the Israel Action Committee in the late 90’s and teaching a DeCal class on the history of Zionist thought for three years. Between his time at Cal and UC Davis, Ben worked for the Israel Center as Campus Outreach Coordinator, leading student trips to Israel and helping to organize Israel-related cultural events on nine Bay Area campuses. After two years as a corporate attorney at a large law firm in San Francisco, he has since transitioned into a business development role at a local web company.

Howard Kleckner, M.D. 
Development Chair

Howard Kleckner has been active both in the Peninsula JCRC and Metro JCRC for over 10 years. He recently retired after working as a medical oncologist for Kaiser-Permanente and is currently the Medical Director of The Second Opinion, a nonprofit which offers free second opinions to cancer patients. Howard is a board member of both the American Cancer Society - California Division and the American Jewish World Service. His wife, Wendy, is a well-known kosher caterer and they split their time between San Francisco and Palo Alto where they belong to Kol Emeth synagogue.

Lenny Kristal
Middle East Strategy Committee Chair

Lenny Kristal grew up in South Africa and went to Israel as a volunteer during the Six-Day War. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Bar Ilan University, a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Cambridge and he completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Oxford University. Lenny lived in London for many years, where he founded MultiMedia Publishing, a book publishing and TV production company. He is the cofounder and the current President of Cognisess, a cognitive neuroscience company that builds web-based software tools for assessing, measuring, and improving cognitive performance and emotional wellbeing. He has three children and eight grandchildren, all living in London.  He and his wife, Denise, live in Berkeley, and are active members of Congregation Beth Israel.

Karen Kronick
At-Large

Karen Kronick practiced optometry in Sunnyvale for 30 years, and also served on clinical faculty at Optometry School at Cal. Over the years, she has been an active community volunteer and was as a board member of several non-profit organizations, including Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. She served on the board of Peninsula Interfaith Action and as president of the board of El Camino Youth Symphony Association. She and her husband lived in Cambridge, UK, from 2007-2010, where she served as a Council Member of Reform synagogue in Cambridge. Since 2003, she has been member of the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Bay Area region of Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization which provides training for educators worldwide with the goal of reducing prejudice and antisemitism and creating more humane and engaged citizenry.

Alexander Lurie
At-Large

Born in San Francisco, Alexander Lurie is a realtor specializing in luxury home sales in San Francisco and Marin County. A graduate of Northwestern University, Alexander spent ten years in Chicago during which time he founded two companies. Alexander’s past involvements include ADL’s Chicago Glass Leadership Program, Chicago Federation’s Gesher Leadership Program, and participating as a Germany Close-up Fellow. Lurie supports The Tipping Point Community, The Fromm Institute and Eastern Horizons. Alexander is also an avid cyclist, rock climber, scuba diver, and ping pong player.

Eva Seligman-Kennard
Membership Chair

Eva Seligman-Kennard has spent the majority of her career working as a professional within the Jewish Community and has held positions with Jewish Family and Children Services, The Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, among others. Her most important professional experience has been with the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews, where she worked for many years. Eva is passionate about achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and devotes extensive efforts toward this end. In addition to her involvement with JCRC, Eva does immigration reform advocacy work, collaborates with the Marin Interfaith Council and has traveled to developing countries for many years as a volunteer to provide medical assistance.

Michael Sweet
Civic Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Michael is a partner with the national law firm Fox Rothschild where he specializes in litigation and bankruptcy/restructuring.  A graduate of Brandeis University with a JD from UCLA, Michael is an expert on municipal bankruptcy issues and is frequently sought-after for comments on matters related to the pending Detroit and Stockton bankruptcy cases. Michael is a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission which he chaired from 2011-2014.  He is also the immediate past-Chair of JPAC and is a past-president of the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club. A native San Franciscan, Michael and his family live in one of the City’s western neighborhoods.

Felice Zensius
Public Policy Committee Chair

Felice Zensius was born in New York but raised her two daughters in California. She has five granddaughters.  Felice, now retired, has a Master’s in Public Administration and spent her career working in Sacramento where she was Chief of Staff for Senator Nicholas Petris in the State Senate.  Felice has also served on the East Bay JCRC Council and was East Bay Council Chair for three years. She is a life member of Hadassah and is on the board of JPAC.