Lisa Chandler is the Executive Assistant / Office Manager for RAVSAK. Prior to joining RAVSAK, Lisa was a Programs and Events Assistant with American Associates , Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Institutional Advancement at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Lisa is currently working on obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Her education and experience will be significant contributions in helping RAVSAK continue to grow and prosper. Lisa resides in Queens, New York with her fiancé, Michael Robinson.
Robin Feldman is the Director of Member Services for RAVSAK. Robin has a passion for working with Jewish youth in the formal and informal worlds of Jewish education, and has been doing so for over twelve years. In the formal education sector, Robin worked as a team teacher for the El Paso Hebrew Day School (now known as the El Paso Jewish Academy) and as the Coordinator of Student Life for the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island. In the world of informal education, Robin has worked on the local as well as regional levels as Director of Youth for United Synagogue and Young Judaea. Robin currently lives in Bay Terrace, NY with her husband Jonathan and their two children Sarah and Samuel. As Director of Member Services, Robin is responsible for membership outreach and retention, planning our annual conference, network communications and serving as your point person at RAVSAK.
Dr. Idana Goldberg is the Associate Director of RAVSAK. Idana has extensive experience working with both non-profits and donors to implement their strategic visions. Prior to joining RAVSAK, Idana was at the Jewish Funders Network as Director of Matching Grants and as Director of Strategic Grantmaking for Genesis Philanthropy Group. As Director of Matching Grants, Idana helped to generate more than $60 million in new philanthropic gifts from over 500 first-time donors. That total included $40 million for new gifts to Jewish day schools through the MATCH initiative. Idana received her BA from Barnard College and her PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Modern Jewish History, American Religion and Gender and Feminist Theory. She is the author of Crafting a Class: College Admissions and Financial Aid, 1955-1994. Idana serves on the Board of Directors for JOFA: the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and on the Board of Education of SAR Academy, which her children attend. She has also taught as part of the faculty of Me'ah in New York City.
Marc Kramer is the Executive Director of RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network. He holds a bachelors degree in Near East and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, an MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work, a masters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and both a masters and a doctorate from Teachers College- Columbia University. In addition to his work with RAVSAK, Marc is an educational consultant and group facilitator for the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services of New York. He is the author of several major studies on Jewish day school education and develops psychotherapeutic programs that explore the interface of traditional Jewish texts, civic engagement, and normative mental health issues. In his role as Executive Director, Marc represents our member schools on the regional and national fronts, serving on numerous organizational boards and steering committees, provides on-site consultation, and develops new initiatives to strengthen Jewish day school education. Dr. Kramer is the former head of the Beit Rabban School in New York, NY and the Director of Judaic Studies for the El Paso Hebrew Day School (now known as the El Paso Jewish Academy). Marc is the recipient of the 2006 Covenant Award.
Elliott Rabin is the Director of Educational Programs at Ravsak. He has a broad background in Jewish education at a variety of levels and institutions. Most recently, Elliott was the director of education at Makor, a program of the 92nd Street Y specializing in outreach to Jews in their 20s and 30s. He has taught classes in Jewish Studies, Hebrew language and literature, and world literature in settings ranging from JCCs to universities, including the University of Louisville, Baruch College and New York University. Elliott holds a PhD in comparative literature, with a specialty in Hebrew, from Indiana University. He is the author of Understanding the Hebrew Bible: A Reader's Guide (Ktav), a book that aims to make biblical scholarship accessible and relevant to a general audience.
Marla Rottenstreich is the Marketing Coordinator for RAVSAK. She holds degrees in Jewish Studies and Natural Resource Management. Marla has conducted workshops and produced literature on such topics as Jewish environmentalism, Hebrew Letter Movement Meditation, Eco-Kashrut and more. She most recently served as Program Director at The Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ and has been a Jewish educator in many communities. Marla currently lives in Highland Park, NJ with her husband Mitchell and her daughter, Mayana Shira. As Project Coordinator, Marla is responsible for developing relationships with companies and organizations that offer goods and services that would be worthwhile to the RAVSAK community. Please contact her to inquire about Associate Membership, Strategic Partnership, Advertising in the RAVSAK Newsletter or Outreach at the RAVSAK Conference.
Darone Ruskay joins RAVSAK in the newly established role of Director of Digital Strategy. He will explore the ways that technology, social-media, the web and other online tools can be used to their fullest to further RAVSAK’s work. Darone comes to this position with fifteen years in the field of Jewish education, at organizations ranging from CAJE, JTS, The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning, and most recently JCast Network. In each of these positions he has brought his passions and commitment to Jewish education and Jewish community together with his passion for, and belief in the power of, technology. Darone is married to Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay and the proud father of twin boys.
Liza Sacks is RAVSAK’s new Development Associate. Most recently she worked in development at The Little Red School House Elisabeth Irwin (LREI) High School, with responsibilities for the Alumni Council and overseeing alumni and fundraising events such as annual auctions. Previously, Liza worked as a freelancer for Jack Morton World Wide in corporate fundraising and event planning, and she also interned for the lobbying firm Podesta Group. Liza sits on the Board of Directors for The Summer Camp, a nonprofit based in Bridgdon, Maine, that provides camp opportunities for girls from low-income and foster homes. She has strong roots in her Jewish background and has been inspired by family members who have worked in Jewish schools.
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