Steven M. Cohen, a sociologist of American Jewry, is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught for 14 years at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, he taught at Queens College, with visiting appointments at Yale, Brandeis, and JTS. With Arnold Eisen, he wrote, The Jew Within, and with Charles Liebman he wrote, Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences. His earlier books include American Modernity & Jewish Identity, and American Assimilation or Jewish Revival? His current research interests focus on the emerging patterns of Jewish identity and community among Jews in their 20s and 30s. He also serves as research director of Synagogue 3000, and Director of the Florence G. Heller / JCCA Research Center. He is married to Rabbi Marion Lev Cohen, and they live in Jerusalem and New York. His daughter, Edeet, attends The Hebrew University School of Law, and his son Adam lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
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Jim Heeger is active in the Jewish community in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide. He is a Past President of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, is the immediate Past President of Hillel at Stanford University, serves as Senior Vice Chair of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and led the planning for renovation of URJ’s Camp Newman in Santa Rosa. Heeger has held a number of high tech senior management positions in Silicon Valley over the past twenty five years. He is currently President and CEO of GreenRoad Technologies, was previously CEO of PayCycle, Inc. and has held executive management positions at Adobe Systems and Intuit. He earned an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in management from MIT.
Martin Kaminer is the founder and current board chair of Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas, currently celebrating ten years of investment in and support of Jewish nonprofit startups. He has been a board member and active supporter of numerous other organizations including JESNA, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Jewish Funders Network and Jewish Family & Life. When he's not busy dispensing advice to non-profit start-ups he runs an online learning company. Martin lives in New York City with his wife Sarit, his children Gidon and Ayelet, and a long line of short-lived hamsters.
Marty Linsky is Co-Founder of Cambridge Leadership Associates and has taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School for over 25 years. He served as Chief Secretary and Counselor to Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld; Assistant Director, Harvard’s Institute of Politics; Executive Editor, The Advocates, PBS; Editorial Writer and Reporter, The Boston Globe; Editor, The Real Paper; Assistant Minority Leader, Massachusetts House of Representatives; and Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General. Marty has published widely, in print and online. He has authored or co-authored 10 books including, with Ron Heifetz, the best-selling Leadership on the Line (Harvard Business Press 2002) and, with Heifetz and Alexander Grashow, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (Harvard Business Press 2009). A graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, Marty lives in New York City with his wife Lynn Staley. He has three children, works out every day (9 marathons, but no more!), enjoys Mexican food and collects baseball cards.
Jan Cook Reicher is a Co-Founder of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS). She served as Vice President before assuming the professional positions of Director of Marketing, Interim Director of Development and Interim Co-Head of School. Jan’s experience with innovation and change also includes leading a family owned construction and real estate business, effecting its sale, launching a public relations and marketing firm, and providing business coaching. She continues to exert leadership as a lay leader of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco (Board of Trustees, and Past President of Women’s Philanthropy), as an advisor to BASIS (Israel education in Jewish Day Schools), and as immediate past President of Brandeis Hillel Day School). Jan served on the Governor appointed New Jersey-Israel Commission and is an alumna of the Wexner Heritage Fellowship. Jan lives in San Francisco with her daughters Adi and Alex.