OUR BOARD

Debbie Hochberg

Board President

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Debbie Hochberg

Board President


Debbi is an accomplished philanthropist and nonprofit professional who has guided Momentum’s mission since joining the board in 2021. A senior advisor at The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Debbie also server on the boards of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, OneTable, and the Jewish Food Society.

Helen Zalik

Immediate Past Board President

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Helen Zalik

Immediate Past Board President


Helen is a social entrepreneur, attorney, and philanthropist. In 2018, she co-founded the Zalik Foundation, which has granted over $128 million to children and families in Jewish communities in the U.S and Israel. Helen currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Board of Trustees at Jewish Federations of North America and co-founded Jewish Women’s Connection of Atlanta.

Manette Mayberg

VP Institutional Advancement, Past President of the Board,
Co-Founder

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Manette Mayberg

VP Institutional Advancement, Past President of the Board,
Co-Founder


An entrepreneurial philanthropist, thought leader, and investor in the Jewish people, Manette serves as a Trustee of the Mayberg Foundation. In addition to Momentum, Manette’s passions are the Foundation’s operating programs, the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC) and MyZuzah.

Michelle Leader

Trustee, Co-Founder

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Michelle Leader

Trustee, Co-Founder


Michelle worked as a registered nurse in the neonatal unit of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an active volunteer in many Jewish and Israel-related causes, and has served on many school, synagogue, and Jewish organizational boards.

Andrea Shlipak Mail

Past Board President

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Andrea Shlipak Mail

Past Board President


A graduate of Harvard, University of London, and the Leo Baeck Center for Jewish Education, Andrea is a certified life coach who has served on multiple nonprofit boards. Previously, she was the Executive Director of British Friends of Hebrew University, and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Stacey Fisher

Board Member

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Stacy Fisher

Board Member


A CPA by training, Stacey’s drive to give back has led to volunteer roles in both Atlanta, Georgia and in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Rockwern Academy, The Epstein School, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and Hillels of Georgia.

Betty Grinstein

Board Member

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Betty Grinstein

Board Member


Betty is the co-founder and co-managing partner of LWF, a cutting-edge water-security company. Prior to launching LWF, Betty was the President of the investment firm, Reshet Capital. Betty has been involved in many nonprofit and philanthropic activities and is currently serving on the boards of her alma mater, the Ono Academic College, Keshet Eilon, and American Friends of HaShomer HaChadash.

Rachel Chafetz

Vice President

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Rachel Chafetz

Vice President


Rachel is an American-Israeli Jewish leader who has played a pivotal role in many Jewish organizations in the Boston area. She currently serves on the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and Code for Israel. Rachel is a former CJP ACHARAI fellow, and the recipient of the 2016 Chai at the Hub Award.

Connie Lindenauer

Treasurer, Board Member

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Connie Lindenauer

Treasurer, Board Member


Connie is a Jewish community lay leader and accounting professional. She serves on the boards of CESJDS and Alef Bet Montessori School, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the River School. As the Financial and Operations Principal at Greystone & Co., Connie established and ran the company’s broker dealer arm.

Rivka Kidron

Secretary

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Rivka Kidron

Secretary


Inspired by her role as Advisor for Diaspora and Christian Affairs to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Rivka co-founded Passages, an organization that brings Christian college students to Israel. She also runs a firm that creates exclusive, content-driven Israel travel programs for global leaders.

Cindy Zitelman

Past Board President,
Co-Founder

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Cindy Zitelman

Past Board President,
Co-Founder


Cindy has served on the boards of many Jewish organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. She is also involved with the Youth Outreach Center in Beit Shemesh, which provides programming for at-risk youth. Cindy is the founder of CK Associates, an advertising specialty company.

Dafna Berman

Board Member

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Dafna Berman

Board Member


Dafna is passionate about Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people. She has devoted her time and philanthropic activities towards strengthening the institutions that are the bedrock of Jewish continuity, including NCSY and Bikur Cholim. Dafna is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Berman Hebrew Academy.

Jeff Singer

Board Member

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Jeff Singer

Board Member


A passionate supporter of Momentum, Jewish education, and Israel, Jeff has partnered with AISH LA’s JMI division and Momentum to lead over 120 Jewish men on trips to Israel. He is a devoted advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ellen Dayan

Ex Officio Board Member (Canada Liaison)

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Ellen Dayan

Ex Officio Board Member (Canada Liaison)


A transformative Israel experience led by Lori Palatnik in 1999 sparked Ellen’s spiritual growth and a lifelong passion for volunteering with and giving back to the Jewish community of Toronto, Canada. She recently retired from a 30-year career practicing relationship- and values-based dentistry.

Lori Palatnik

Ex Officio, Founding Director

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Lori Palatnik

Ex Officio, Founding Director


A renowned Jewish educator, author, and sought-after international speaker, Lori has served as Founding Director of Momentum since 2009. Hadassah named Lori one of the “Most Outstanding Jewish American Women of Our Time.” In 2020, Lori was selected to light the “Diaspora” torch at the national ceremony for Israel’s 72nd Independence Day.