the american committee for the tel aviv foundation

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stuart S. Kurlander – Chair
Josh Weston – Chair Emeritus
Talia Day
Jose Galicot
Nathan Hevrony
Steven H. Hirth
Bernard Kossar
Walter Lieber
Nahal Nellis
Mark Selinger
David Weinstein

  • Stuart Kurlander

    Stuart Kurlander

    Chair

    Stuart Kurlander, Chair

    Stuart Kurlander is a Past President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He previously served as Vice President for Financial Resource Development, Vice-President for Israel and Overseas, Vice President at Large, Co-Chair of the Campaign’s Philanthropic Leadership Group, and Co-Chair of Operation Promise, all for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Jewish Endowment Fund. Mr. Kurlander serves on the Council of the World Jewish Restitution Organization and the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). He currently serves on the JDC’s Legal and Resource Development Committees and is a second time and current chair of the Government Relations Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    Stuart Kurlander was the first National Board Chair of Keshet (leading national grassroots organization that works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life). Stuart was also a funder and adviser for the Human Rights Campaign Jewish Organization Equality Index released in 2012. He was National Chair of the first UJC LGBT Pride Mission to Israel in 2005. He served as the National Chair of the 2016 JFNA LGBTQ Mission to Israel which brought to Israel more than 100 LGBTQ persons from around the country. In 2018, Stuart co-founded with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf the Hineni National Fellowship for LGBTQ Jewish Leadership.

    Mr. Kurlander is the recipient of, the American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists 2019 Pursuit of Justice Award, The Washington Business Journal 2019 Business of Pride honoree, the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Award, the President’s Award from the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, the Bet Mishpachah Harvey Milk Community Service Award, the Pillar of the Community Leadership Award from the JCRC of Greater Washington, the Philip Berg Distinguished Alumni Award from BBYO, the Tikun Olam Award from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Lee G. Rubenstein Outstanding Leadership Award from the Washington DC Jewish community center, and the Jewish Federation’s Jerome J. Dick Young Leadership Award. He is a Wexner Heritage program alumni and a former member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities. He is also an owner of WJW Group, which includes the Washington Jewish Week and The Baltimore Jewish Times.

    Stuart Kurlander is a Health Care and Life Sciences Corporate and Litigation Partner in the Washington office of the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP. He is the Founding Partner and former Chair of the Washington, DC Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Group (HLS) and is also the former Global Co-Chair of the HLS Practice Group. Mr. Kurlander is the Global Co-Chair of the Israel Practice. He is nationally ranked by Chambers as a leading practitioner in health care law.

  • Josh Weston

    Josh Weston

    Chair Emeritus

    Josh Weston, Chair Emeritus

    Mr. Weston served as CEO of Automatic Data Processing (ADP) for 15 years before retiring in 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York, and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of New Zealand. Weston is a Fulbright Scholar who also holds several honorary degrees.

    Weston’s commitment to education and human rights is evident in his extensive and enduring board service. He currently serves on many pro bono boards, including International Rescue Committee, WNET (PBS), NJ Performing Arts Center, NJ Food Bank, Boys Town Jerusalem, Safe Water Network, American-Israel Friendship League, KIPP-NJ Schools, and FIRST Robotics. He also has served on the President’s Task Force to Improve Veterans’ Healthcare, the National Commission to Restructure the IRS, GAO Advisory Board, and DOD Tail-to-Tooth Commission.

     

  • Matthew Bennett

    Matthew Bennett

    Managing Director, Resource Development

    Matthew Bennett, Managing Director, Resource Development

    Matthew Bennett serves as the Managing Director and lead development professional for the American Committee for the Tel Aviv Foundation. He is responsible for the organization’s financial resource development, operations, and activities across the United States –– raising awareness of and support for the Tel Aviv Foundation.

    Matthew studied finance, international marketing, and information technology at American University in Washington, D.C., and the European-American Institute of Technology in France. For more than a decade, he has worked with local and national nonprofit and pro-Israel organizations to support Israel advocacy and Holocaust education, combat BDS and anti-Semitism, promote interfaith cooperation and LGBTQ acceptance, and improve the quality of life for at-risk youth and the elderly. He previously served as the National Director of Development for the Zionist Organization of America and was the Israel & Jewish Community Relations Director for the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties in NJ.

    Matthew holds dual US-Israeli citizenship and resides in New York City with his wife, Tali, and their daughter, Aria. His favorite part about working for the Tel Aviv Foundation is seeing the positive impact that US support has on the people and city of Tel Aviv, which was once his home.

     

     

  • Talia Tor

    Talia Tor

    Development Manager

    Talia Tor, Development Manager

    Talia has worked in our New York office for just over a year as the Development Manager. She has almost a decade of professional fundraising experience and has worked with a variety of Jewish organizations in the US.

    Talia is a mother to three young children.

     

     

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