Leadership

Board of Directors

Founder & President
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Founder & President

Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox – חיה יהודית
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Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox is well known in the Boston area and beyond. She was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York which is a pluralistic Jewish seminary. She has served as rabbi at Congregation Eitz Chayim in Cambridge, Temple Emanuel of Marlborough, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital. She was also the Interim President of the Academy for Jewish Religion and is a founder and national chair of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. Rabbi Cherie served as the chair of the NewCAJE conferences in 2010 - 2016.
Treasurer
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Treasurer

Jerry Benjamin
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Jerry Benjamin serves as strategic advisor to Alliance Federated Energy, the first company in the U.S. to commercialize plasma gasification, a waste-to-energy technology.Benjamin also maintains an active role as principle of AB Data, Ltd., which specializes in direct marketing for non-profit organizations, progressive politicians, legal claims administration and all manners of database printing. Under Benjamin’s leadership as co-managing director until 2010, the company grew from three to more than 500 employees and led a global effort to find all living Holocaust victims and help them receive restitution. The company currently has a database of clients including: the 2008 and 2012 Obama Presidential Campaigns, Doctors Without Borders and dozens of U.S. Senators. Actively involved in philanthropic work, Benjamin served as president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation from 2009 to 2012, and as treasurer of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)from 2008 to 2012. He continues his role with MIAD and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation as an officer and active member of their Executive Committees. Benjamin Co-founded CAJE with Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox in 1974.
Member At Large
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Member At Large

Amy Ripps
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Amy is the Director of Education and Youth Programs at Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC. Prior to relocating to North Carolina almost 20 years ago, Amy was based in the Washington, D.C., area where she held a number of education and youth-related positions at both the Reform and Conservative congregations. She chaired CAJE 31 at Duke University and has presented at numerous conferences. Currently Amy is working on a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from The Davidson School at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
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YP Co-Chair

Eitan Gutin
YP Co-Chair
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Eitan Gutin is currently serving as the Director of Lifelong Learning for Tifereth Israel in DC. He has been an educator in many Jewish venues, and specializes in matters of Tefillah and spirituality. He recently received S’micha as a Maggid, using stories to connect other Jews with God. Eitan, his wife Aviva, and their son Lev live in MD.

 

Staff

Director of Development
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Director of Development

Adam Bronstone
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Adam Bronstone has been the Director of Development for NewCAJE since November 2015. Prior to joining NewCAJE, and since 2001, Adam has served in senior management roles in a number of Jewish and non-Jewish non-profit organizations in both the United States and Canada, including, but not limited to, the Jewish federation system. It is because of this long experience that Adam has been involved in every aspect of non-profit management. Adam also attended three CAJE conferences, with fond memories of the Hofstra, San Antonio and Ohio State conferences. Adam has a wife, three children, four horses and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Conference Coordinator
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Conference Coordinator

Leora Koller-Fox
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Leora has consulted on strategy, recruitment, and fundraising for NewCAJE since the first conference. She has also served as the IT department for the organization and staffed three conferences. Leora has an MBA from Simmons college and has worked for several non-profits, educational institutions, and Jewish organizations. After a stint in Detroit's startup world and a year in the realm of Podcasts, Leora is happy to return to NewCAJE.