Board of Directors


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.

  • Meira Aboulafia

    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 Dor

    Board Member

    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

    Board Member

    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.

  • Sherry Weinman

    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.

  • Sheldon Weisel

    US Board Treasurer

    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.

  • Rick Matros

    US Board Member

    Rick Matros is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sabra Health Care REIT.

  • Orit Atzmon

    US Board Member

    Orit Atzmon is a clinical psychologist based in Palo Alto, CA.

  • Harvey Brown

    US Board Member

    Harvey Brown is a CPA and consultant based in New York and the former CEO of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

  • Leonard Fink

    US Board Member

    Leonard Fink is an attorney at Fink & Finquel

  • Eta Somekh

    US Board Member

  • Eric Savitz

    US Advisory Council Member

    Eric Savitz is senior director of corporate communications at Roku Inc., in Los Gatos,California. He was previously a partner in the San Francisco office of Brunswick Group, a London-based corporate communications firm. Eric’s work includes IPO, M&A and activism defense projects; litigation, cyber breach and crisis communications; media relations, media training and writing assignments.

    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.

  • Erik Ludwig

    US Advisory Council Member

    Erik Ludwig, Ph.D., serves as Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.

    His executive experience spans the Jewish nonprofit field and has focused on developing Jewish startups and spearheading innovation within traditional institutions. Ludwig earned his Ph.D. in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Utah in 2018. Erik’s research interests include race in education, caring teacher-student relationships, and the effect of school structure on academic achievement. Ludwig received his M.A. from Humboldt State University and his B.S. from University of Utah.

  • Lisa Gurwitch

    US Advisory Council Member

    Lisa D. Gurwitch is the President and CEO of Delivering Good, a nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide people impacted by poverty and tragedy with new merchandise, effectively distributed through a network of agency partners to improve the well-being, self-esteem and dignity of at-risk children, families, and individuals.

    Since 1985, over $1.8 billion of donated product has been distributed through the Delivering Good network of community partners. Ms. Gurwitch assumed her role in 2015 and brings a passion for addressing unmet community needs. Her past professional experience includes serving as Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement/External Relations, for World Learning, a global platform for education, exchange, and development programs that advance leadership. She also enjoyed an 18-year tenure in various roles at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, including as the Endowment Fund’s executive director. Gurwitch previously practiced law in San Francisco and Chicago, where she specialized in commercial real estate and financial transactions. She holds a JD from George Washington University Law School, a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University, and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage and Mandel Executive Development Programs. In addition to the Delivering Good board, she also serves on the board of Hostelling International USA and the investment committee of Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC. She is based in New York City.

  • Greg Milne

    US Advisory Council Member

    Gregory Milne is the chief impact and foreign policy officer at the Clinton Foundation.

    In this role, he oversees the Foundation's efforts on programmatic impact and evaluation, metrics, and information sharing; he also helps guide international strategy and plays a central role in shaping and executing President Clinton's foreign policy vision for the Foundation. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of staff and director of policy to President Clinton and chief executive office of the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti program. Prior to that he worked as the private sector advisor at the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, President Clinton’s UN office, assisting with economic development and reconstruction programs in Haiti. Before joining the Clinton Foundation, he was a senior associate at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in the New York Office where he specialized in international property transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Greg received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where he was a Crowley Scholar and a bachelor's from the University of Michigan. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.

  • Doron Krakow

    US Advisory Council Member

    Doron Krakow is President and CEO of the JCC Association of North America.

    Doron has more than two decades working in national and international Jewish organizations, with a strong background in fundraising, youth movement work and Israel engagement.

  • Larry Tobin

    US Advisory Council Member

    Larry Tobin is the Director of The Shapiro Foundation, a Boston-based foundation particularly focused on the plight of refugees across the globe.

    The Shapiro Foundation spearheaded local-resettlement efforts in the US & Canada, worked to alleviate the suffering of refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece & Israel, and have invested significantly to ensure that every individuals' journey is a safe one. Beyond their work with refugees, they also invest heavily in public health, education & basic human rights in The US, Israel, Rwanda, Liberia, Greece and Canada.

  • Kurt Schwartz

    US Advisory Council Member

    Kurt Schwartz has served since 2010 as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which is state agency that operates the State Emergency Operations Center, coordinates the state’s response to disasters, and is responsible for ensuring the state’s preparedness to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.

    Mr. Schwartz has managed the state’s response to, and recovery from presidentially declared disasters resulting from floods, tornadoes, blizzards and severe winter storms, hurricanes, a massive water system failure that disrupted potable water supplies to three million people, the 2013 terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, and the 2015 record-breaking winter storms that dropped 9’ of snow in central and eastern Massachusetts in three weeks. Mr. Schwartz served in the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security as the state’s Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor from 2010 to 2015, and as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement from 2007 to 2010.

  • Gidi Grinstein

    US Advisory Council Member

    Gidi Grinstein is the founder of the Reut Institute, Israel’s leading non-governmental research, strategy and leadership group, and President of American Friends of the Reut Institute.

  • Amy Rosenblatt Lui

    US Advisory Council Member

    Amy Rosenblatt Lui is a Philanthropic Advisor with over 30 years of strategic foundation and development experience.

    Currently she is Executive Director of three Family Foundations – the Beverly Foundation, the Fingerhut Family Foundation and the Ronald Fingerhut Family Foundation. Amy is active as a volunteer in the community and she lives in Minnetonka with her husband and teenage son.

  • Colin Price

    US Advisory Council Member

    Prof. Colin Price is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Tel Aviv University, and the Head of the Porters School of Environmental Studies. He is a world known Atmospheric Physicist, specializing in the Earth's weather and climate, with a focus on thunderstorms, climate change and natural hazards.

    He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1962. After starting his university studies in South Africa, he transferred to Tel Aviv University in 1982 where he completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences. He received his Ph.D. at Columbia University, New York, in 1993, while working at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, he returned to Israel and joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University in 1995. He has published more than 130 scientific papers, and has a team of 10 graduate students and researchers working under his guidance on various scientific research projects.

  • Sally Oren

    US Advisory Council Member

    Sally Oren first became involved with IsraAID as Goodwill Ambassador and Spokesperson in 2012, when her former husband Michael Oren was serving as Israel's Ambassador to the United States.

    Sally Oren is a native of San Francisco, and a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Near Eastern Studies and Dance. She moved to Israel in 1982 where she met her former husband, Michael Oren. She taught dance in Jerusalem and throughout the southern region of Israel. Returning to Jerusalem after 5 years in the Negev, she worked as a writer and editor at the Center for Jewish Art, at the Hebrew University. Sally later worked at Taglit-Birthright Israel, where she served as the assistant to the director and as a liaison for communities outside of North America. She also taught T'ai Chi to wounded soldiers and veterans in Jerusalem. When Michael Oren was named Israel’s ambassador to the United States in 2009, Sally became Madame Ambassador, in charge of managing a busy social, educational, and philanthropic schedule. In addition to hosting numerous high-level events at the Ambassador’s Residence, she represented Israel at major events at foreign embassies, in the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, and at the White House. As Ambassador’s wife she was voted President of International Club #1, which brings together the wives of ambassadors, legislators, Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices, and prominent journalists. She was the first Israeli ever elected to such a position. During her tenure in Washington Sally became involved in IsraAID for which she has volunteered since 2012 as Goodwill Ambassador and spokesperson. She was in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, and later in the Philippines and Nepal. Most recently she has worked with refugees in Jordan, Greece and Berlin. She also became involved in women’s health, currently sitting on the advisory board of the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women at Hadassah Hospital, where she also served as the first president of Hadassah International Israel. In addition she is on the Community Council of the Batsheva Dance Company. Sally has 3 children and four grandchildren.

  • Adrienne Matros

    US Advisory Council Member

    Adrienne Matros is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years' experience in the health care industry.

    Adrienne currently serves on 5 non-profit boards including; Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), Merage JCC, JCCA, Aleh-Negev (Israel) and TLC (Tilly’s Life Center). She serves on several Advisory and Advocacy committees that include Samueli Academy, Jewish Federation and Family Services and CHOC’s Mental Health Advocacy Committee. For the past 10 years, she has been a Team Leader and chaperone planning and coordinating teen trips to numerous countries working with NGO’s and indigenous people to assist in creating self sustaining communities. Adrienne resides with her family in Orange County, California.

  • Stephanie Kramer

    US Interfaith Council Member

    Stephanie Kramer is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa CA, where she has served since July 2011.

  • David Gelfand

    US Interfaith Council Member

    David Gelfand is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel of the City of New York.