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Leadership Bios

Rachel Berger, Dorot 2011-2012, lives in New York City with her husband, Josh Frankel. She holds a Master’s in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. She is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Footsteps. Previously, Rachel served as the Director of Grantmaking at Bend the Arc. During her Dorot year, Rachel taught English to Sudanese migrants in south Tel Aviv, studied sofrut stam in Jerusalem and wrote a Megillat Esther, and learned the art of cheese-making on Kibbutz Gaash.

Rebecca Blouwolff, Dorot 2000-2001. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Rebecca has taught middle school French for most of her adult life.  She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children.  In her spare time, Rebecca designs and sews tzedakah-oriented children’s clothing: Liloup.com.

Steven Jacobson, Raised in a Chicago suburb, Steven holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Brandeis University and was a Fellow of the Melton Center for Diaspora Jewish Education at Hebrew University where he had the privilege of being in the last class of renowned Torah educator Nechama Leibowitz, just prior to her death.  Steve has been Director of the University of Kansas Hillel Foundation, Project Director for a curricular initiative of the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University and has been at the Dorot Foundation since 1999, where he is Vice President for Strategy and Director of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel.  Steve lives in Providence with his wife and two daughters.

Naomi Orensten, Dorot 2005-2006. Raised in rural Northern Wisconsin, Naomi found her way to Israel and stuck around there for a while. She just relocated to Oakland, CA with her husband Hed Ehrlich (who she met on her Dorot year), and is excited about the farmer’s markets and exploring the Bay Area. Naomi holds a EdM in Education Policy and Management and has been working in the nonprofit world.

Emily Satterthwaite, Dorot 2003-2004, lives in Toronto with her husband, daughter, son, and rescuedoodle. She teaches at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, where her research focuses on the taxation of low-income individuals and emerging businesses.

Julie Sissman, Dorot 1998-1999, lives in New York City with her husband, Phil, and two daughters.  She is an organization and leadership consultant who strategizes around business and organizational challenges to maximize leadership development and organizational success. Julie has extensive experience coaching, conducting needs analyses, and facilitating workshops for high-level executives – including HEKDESH board members.

Max Socol lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Allison (Dorot 2008-2009), where he is the principal of religious school at Temple Beth Or, a Reform congregation. Previously, Max has worked as a youth director at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC, a fundraiser for the Marijuana Policy Project, and a reporter and freelancer for various Israeli publications, including the Jerusalem Post and PresenTense. Max holds a degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College.

Jenna Weinberg, Dorot 2013-2014, just returned from a life changing Dorot year in Israel where she worked in the Arab Israeli village of Deir Al Assad, dabbled in art, and clocked in tons of miles running up and down the Tel Aviv-Jaffa coast. Previously, Jenna worked at the New Israel Fund in NYC as the Special Assistant to the COO. She is also a board member of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and Slingshot. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Jenna is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Lynda Yankaskas, Dorot 2000-2001, is an assistant professor of history at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where her research and teaching focus on print culture, gender, and national identity in colonial, revolutionary, and 19th-century America.