IsraAID is honored to have a prestigious and extremely committed board that are passionate about global challenges, and help guide our staff as they tackle them.
Chairperson of the Board
Meira has been active in the world of non-profits and their management for over 30 years.
She holds a BA in General History and Art History from Hebrew University, and studied Management at the Lahav School for Executive Education Tel Aviv University. For 15 years, she served as the Coordinator for Special projects and events at the JDC-Brookdale Institute, as well as the Manager of their Middle East program meant to enhance the quality of health care systems in the entire region. She co-chaired the Israeli NGO Aid without Borders from 2000-2002, and has spent the last 10 years fighting for Human and Human rights in Israel and Palestinian territories. In addition to chairing the board of Directors, Meira has organized IsraAID workshops, conferences, and forums, as well as co-lead programs in the field.
Mully has over 25 years experience in Business management and the public sector.
Born and raised in Israel, He holds a Masters Degree in Political and Public Administration Studies and a Bachelor Degree in Political Studies, both from Tel Aviv University. He served as Deputy Mayor of the Ramat-Gan Municipality from 2003-2009, Chair of IMC – The Israel Management Center from 2003-2007, and Chair of Rabin first in Labour (R.A.) from 1991-1995. Today, Mully is the Chairperson of both the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development-AJEEC, and the Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts. In addition, he is a Board Member of,the Israeli Academic College, and Lahav L.R. Real Estate Ltd. In his capacity as Board Member, Mully has directly assisted in some of IsraAID’s relief and reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, as well as IsraAID's post trauma and development activities in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Japan after the Tsunami in Tohoku region-2012.
Dr. Edward Rettig
Ed Rettig is the owner of Ed Rettig Consulting specializing in International Public Policy and Development; Jewish Advocacy; American Jewish - Israel Relations; Israeli Democracy and Human Rights; Organizational Dynamics
Born in the United States, Ed immigrated to Israel in 1972. He holds a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received a Wexner Graduate Fellowship to study at the Hebrew Union College where he received rabbinical ordination. Ed also holds a doctorate in Modern Jewish History from the Hebrew Union College. He has published on freedom of speech, the laws of libel and issues of democracy, contemporary developments in the Middle East as well as on the American Jewish Community and its ties with Israel. Prior to his current position he directed the Israeli office of the American Jewish NGO American Jewish Committee and served as Associate Director. Ed served as an attorney in the Israel Ministry of Police and on the boards of IsraAID, the Israeli Coalition for International Assistance, and human rights associations in Israel as well as Shomrei Mishpat – Rabbis for Human Rights. He was the founding co-Chair of the revived Israel Chapter of the international Society for International Development and serves as chair of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education. Ed blogs at www.Famliarworries.com.
US Chairman of the Board
Sherry Weinman has been a volunteer leader in the Los Angeles Jewish community for 30 years.
As chairman of the board of IsraAID (US), Sherry has supervised the start-up of the first U.S. office for IsraAID, in Palo Alto, California, including the hiring of its first Executive Director and additional senior staff. Sherry came to IsraAID through her association with AJC, one of IsraAID’s primary American Jewish organizational supporters. Sherry was President of the Los Angeles Regional Office of AJC from 2005-2008 during which time she established its first young professionals group, ACCESS. Currently she serves on AJC’s Los Angeles Executive Council and national Board of Governors. Sherry also serves on the Advisory Board of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management of Hebrew Union College where Jewish professionals are trained for nonprofit and for-profit enterprise. Additionally, she is a member of LA’s Sinai Temple and serves on its membership committee, working closely with professional staff and clergy including senior Rabbi David Wolpe, named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post. As a communications professional, Sherry was an executive producer, creator and writer of television news and information programs in Los Angeles and the U.S. for more than 25 years. She has produced programming for America’s major networks including ABC, CBS and CNN. Sherry was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated with honors in 1975 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Currently, Weinman is training at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York to be a Feldenkrais Method Practitioner.
US Board Member
Eric Savitz is a partner in the San Francisco office of Brunswick Group, a London-based corporate communications firm. He co-leads the firm’s U.S. and global technology practices. Eric’s work includes IPO, M&A and activism defense projects; litigation, cyber breach and crisis communications; media relations, media training and writing assignments.
Before joining Brunswick in early 2013, Eric spent 29 years as a reporter, columnist, blogger and editor, focused on investing, technology and Silicon Valley. Most recently, he was San Francisco Bureau Chief for Forbes. He also previously wrote and edited for Barron’s, The Industry Standard, Smart Money and Dow Jones News Service. Eric has a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was managing editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. A resident of Palo Alto, and a member of the board of Congregation Etz Chayim, he and his wife Robyn Stanton have three children.
Lance J. Sussman
US Board Member
Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., 8th senior rabbi of Keneseth Israel (KI), Elkins Park, PA is an affable, scholarly rabbi who revolutionized worship in his 167 year old Reform synagogue, introducing Visual Tefillot and Illustrated Sermons.
For KI children, Sussman created the KI Puppets. Sussman is Torah Turtle while other staff play Shema Sheep and Bracha Bear and Shira Salamander. As Chair of the CCAR Press, Sussman helped launch the Reform movement’s latest Mishkan prayer book series. Sussman has taught at Princeton, Temple Universities and Hunter College among others. He has authored several books and numerous articles in the field of American Jewish History. His research on the Trefa Banquet was featured in the PBS series, “God in America.” He founded the Cheltenham Area Multifaith Council and is involved in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue.
US Board Member
Mr. Sheldon Weisel is the General Counsel for Saul Urban, providing corporate strategy and legal advice to the senior management.
Sheldon has been practicing law in Washington, DC for 40 years, first as a real estate lawyer Shaw Pitman and more recently with Goulsten & Storrs. During this time Sheldon represented developers, lenders, investors and others in a broad range of transactions including acquisitions, new development, financing, joint ventures, leasing, and workouts. He has extensive experience in many different real estate sectors including multifamily, retail, office and hotels. Sheldon has worked with Frank Saul for over 20 years on numerous transactions. He has been recognized by Chambers and the Washington Legal Times as one of the leading real estate lawyers in Washington, DC. Mr. Weisel has a BA and JD from UCLA.
US Board Member
Rosemary has been active in the business world since 1996. She has completed a Master’s in Social and Personality Psychology form Washington University, St. Louis , Missouri and an International MBA from The American Graduate School of International Management ,in Glendale, Arizona.
She has successfully managed companies and have helped them grow their profit margins and customer base. Her understanding of financial tools has been instrumental in her success.! She is a quick thinker, able to asses situations and find “short and long term” solutions.! She has also been for 8 years Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Rio Salado College in Phoenix, Arizona and has for the last 5 years volunteered at Score (Retired executive organization as a division of SBA) as a financial mentor and a marketing instructor to business owners and entrepreneurs.! ! She is proficient in several languages including Spanish, Hebrew and Hungarian. She has been a board member in various entities such as Young Israel of Phoenix Arizona, Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix Endowment Committee, The Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore/Jewish Committee Investment Fund, and a board member since inception of Israaid US.