GPM is proud of the outstanding people who serve on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board
Board of Directors
Aviva Fisher Rosenberg JD, Board Chair
Aviva has been working as a lawyer for the last 20 years, specializing in health care law. She has lived throughout the United States and made strong connection to the Jewish communal organizations in all locations. She is passionate about international health and development work. Aviva joined the GPM board after visiting our development initiatives in India.
Carmi Abramowitz is a senior project manager with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, software development, and engineering. His has worked on large projects with Fortune 50 companies such as Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, as well as projects with other organizations. Carmi holds a BA in Psychology and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
Over the years Carmi has been involved in helping to promote various causes ranging from the Chazon Yeshaya soup kitchens and vocational training programs in Israel, to Soviet Jewry, to lobbying senators and representatives in the USA. For the past 5 years Carmi has served on the Board of Education at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ, where he has headed the Hebrew language committee. He is a member of the Youth Committee at his local synagogue, and resides with his family in the United States in Bergenfield, NJ.
An advocate of the "Tipping Point" philosophy, Carmi believes that small changes can have a big impact.
Audrey Axelrod Trachtman is known as a donor who uses her expertise in finance and strategic planning to further causes she believes in. She is a member of the executive Board of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist alliance where she has served as Treasurer. Vice President of Advocacy and Vice President of Programming. She was Conference Chair of the 2002 and 2008 International Conferences.
Audrey is also a member of the Executive Board of Amit Children, an educational network in Israel that provides cutting edge academic programs to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. She currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Planning.
Audrey has served on the Board of her local synagogue and is a founder of the Kol Echad partnership minyan in New Rochelle.
Previously, Audrey was Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning for Philip Morris and General Foods Latin America and recipient of the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. She is a CPA and received an MBA from the Wharton School.
Dr. Shlomi Ravid
Dr. Shlomi Ravid has been a pioneer in developing Peoplehood education and a passionate supporter of social justice causes. In his 25 years of involvement in Jewish global affairs he was the founding director of the Israel Center of San Francisco, the founding director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beth Hatefutsoth and the founding director of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education.
Shlomi initiated and edited publications such as the Peoplehood Papers and Peoplehood Now as well as the educational kit – Israel: the Vision and Venture of the Jewish People. He has published over a dozen articles and studies on Jewish Peoplehood in the last five years, most notably: Jewish Peoplehood Education: Framing the Field (2011)
Shlomi is a member of Kibbutz Glil-Yam where he was born. He is married to Linda originally from San Francisco and has four children. His PhD is in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and academic focus is community building and Jewish Peoplehood.
Sarah Gribetz is a NYC based educator with a notable career in education spanning the gamut of educational fields. She has served as a fourth grade teacher at the Dalton School, taught among the founding teachers of the Heschel School, was Director of Lifelong Learning at the Park Avenue Synagogue and most recently was an Academic Program Manager at CUNY (the City University of New York) where she acted as a coach to principals and teachers in NYC public middle, high and early college schools. She also served as the director of the College Now summer program for inner city high school students to receive college credits at CUNY. Most recently Sarah was the Hebrew Specialist at Abundance Farm, a Jewish initiative of integrating farming and Hebrew language, at Congregation Bnai Israel in Northampton, Mass.
Sarah serves on the Education Committee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC and was a fellow at the Senior Educators’ Program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College and a M.A. in Education from Stanford University.
Social justice issues, particularly within the educational field, impassion Sarah. In the late1990’s she spearheaded a fundraising drive with her fourth grade class for Kosovo refugees for which the students raised $25,000.00. Sarah is currently involved as a mentor to new teachers as well as curriculum development, with an eye on the mental health and stability of all students. She also works with private students on issues of self-esteem and academic achievement. Sarah is an ardent supporter of educational equality for all children.
Gladys Delman Teitel
Gladys Delman Teitel has join the GPM board as the GPM Community Liaison. She will work to forge a connection between American classrooms and the classes in the slums of Kalwa, through the Class2Class project. Gladys will also promote GPM and the important work being done daily by GPM volunteers.
A mother of four children who lives in Stamford, CT, Gladys traveled to India in January 2014 with her oldest daughter and husband to celebrate her daughter's Bat Mitzvah. While in India, they volunteered with GPM as part of their trip and came home moved and inspired by this experience. Since Gladys' maternal family comes from the Bene Israel Jewish community of Mumbai, nothing could be more meaningful than working on behalf of, and giving back to the children of Mumbai's slums.
Gladys is a graduate of Brandeis University where she studied Islamic/ Middle Eastern Studies and Journalism. She is also a graduate of Touro Law Center. As a law student, Gladys spent three summers with Touro in India, studying International Human Rights Law, Comparative Law and Religion and traveling throughout India and Southeast Asia. Gladys has seen first hand the immense challenges that children face in India's slums and is honored to join with GPM.
Molly Pollak developed and teaches the pedagogy curriculum at Yeshivat Maharat. Molly taught English at the Dalton School, Ma’ayanot and SAR High School. She has done teacher training and mentoring at Dalton, Ma’ayanot, Yeshiva Chovevei Torah and Drisha and Drisha’s Ha-Sha’ar program. She taught a seminar on teaching methods for the Beit Midrash fellows at SAR, and co-presented workshop on “Alternative methods of teaching Tanach.” She has done extensive work on using technology in the classroom. Molly holds a BA in English from Barnard College, a masters in English from Columbia University and is ABD from New York University.
Valerie lives in NYC and is a dedicated Jewish lay leader. She was chosen by the Jewish Federations of North America to be a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet. She was introduced to the Gabriel Project Mumbai in February 2017 during a Cabinet study mission to India.
Her leadership at UJA-Federation of New York spans many of the lifecycle stages and aspects of the organization. Valerie currently serves on the Global Jewish Safety Net Committee providing emergency as well as strategic support to communities around the world. Within UJA’s Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal, Valerie joined the inaugural group of the Beginning Jewish Families Task Force. She was part of the group that approved the initial grant to create Kveller.com, a Jewish parenting website, as part of MyJewishLearning.com. Valerie is on the Executive board of Hazon as well as the Board Development Committee. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Center for Pastoral Education and NYU’s Bronfman Center/Hillel.
Alan Goldman JD
Alan Goldman has several years of experience as a nonprofit development professional and attorney. He has worked as a social worker for a Jewish family service agency, as an associate in a large law firm, and in a number of fundraising positions. Currently he is the development director for a nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio and is the owner of Goldman Legal Services, LLC.
Alan has a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, an MSW from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and a JD from Case Western Reserve University.
Alan has served on the Board of his synagogue, Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, for the past eight years and was President of the Torat Tzion Kollel, an adult Jewish education project, from 2004-2006. He has been active in a number of social justice causes, including Soviet Jewry and the Darfur crisis.
Jeffrey is a dual Israeli/US citizen, currently residing in Denver, CO with his wife and 4 children. Mr. Loewenthal is a serial entrepreneur who has worked with several start-ups as well as consulted for more established organizations. Mr. Loewenthal is a Founding Board Member of PORAT (People for Orthodox Renaissance And Torah) and is also Chairman of the Board of his own companies that operate BrightStar Care and Meineke Franchises.
Liza Gerstein, GPM Board Youth Ambassador
GPM is proud of initiating 'Youth Ambassadors" to our board. This role encourages young passionate people to be involved with the work done behind the scenes in creating impactful and development initiatives. Youth Ambassadors to the GPM Board are instilled with the love of service and the importance of working hard to make a difference.
Liza Gerstein has been advocating for the children in the slums since her mother returned from a Jewish Leadership study mission in India. The weekend after she learned about GPM, Liza requested her friends, who were celebrating a birthday, donate to help children in the slums. In addition to the gifts of her generous friends, Liza and her sister, Mia donated to GPM following the flooding in Mumbai during the summer of 2017.
Together, Liza and Mia set up a cookie/lemonade/used book and toy sale near their home on the Upper West Side in New York City. The proceeds were split between Gabriel Project Mumbai and their cousin’s special needs school in Houston which was affected by the hurricane. Liza attends the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York City. Liza grew her thick, brown hair long then cut 16 inches at the end of the school year to donate to Zichron Menachem in Israel to create a wig for a child with cancer. Liza wants to dedicate her young and evolving leadership skills to make the lives of children in India better today and for tomorrow. Liza also has requested a pen pal and has written to Monika who lives in the Ashte Village where GPM operates.
Adrian Sackson has been involved in a number of international volunteer programs in a variety of capacities. In 2009-2010, Adrian lived in India, where he volunteered for a local grass-roots human rights organisation in the state of Gujarat. Adrian has also worked as a group leader for short-term educational volunteer programs in Ghana, Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. His first international volunteer experience was as an English teacher in Vietnam.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Adrian received his B.A. in philosophy and Judaic studies at Monash University. After moving to Israel in 2005, Adrian worked for three years as an educator at the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem. He holds an M.A. in Jewish philosophy from Tel Aviv University, and has studied at a variety of institutions, including the Shalom Hartman Institute, the Pardes Institute, and Yeshivat Ma'aleh Gilboa. Adrian speaks a little Hindi and Gujarati, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy at New York University.
Mr. Micah Joseph, a prominent member of the Jewish community in Mumbai is the Director of Administration & Quality at Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, a Charitable Trust. Micah is an active member of the local Jewish community in Mumbai and was honorary Chairman of the AJJDC and Chairman of the local JCC. Micah is involved in local grass root social justice organizations and active in synagogue, organizational and Jewish communal life in Mumbai.
Elise is an experienced nonprofit, Israel programming and development professional. She worked at Taglit-birthright israel during the project's early years and later as Israel Experience, Missions and Communications Representative at the Israel office of the United Jewish Israel Appeal of Great Britain. At the UJIA, she was responsible for short and long-term Israel Experience programs, as well as donor missions and public relations. Currently, she is a fundraising manager at Orr Shalom for Children and Youth at Risk, a leading Israeli non-profit. Elise strongly believes in creating meaningful, hands-on Jewish engagements for youth and adults through the "voluntourism" community experience.
Elise has a BA in French and Spanish from Leeds University, and an MA in Specialized Translation from the University of Westminster, London. Elise was born in Manchester, UK and moved to Israel in 1998. She lives in Modiin with her family where she is active in community life.
Dr. Chaim Trachtman
Dr. Trachtman is the Director of Pediatric Nephrology at New York University Langone Medical Center and a Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. His professional memberships include the American Society of Nephrology and the Society for Pediatric Research and he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many professional journals. He is the recipient of research grant awards, the principal investigator in numerous NIDDK- and industry-sponsored clinical studies and the author of multiple articles, chapters and abstracts. Dr. Trachtman serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation serving Greater New York and is a Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation.
Dr. Jack Zeller
Dr Jack A Zeller is retired Pathologist and former director of Laboratories at the Washington DC Veterans Administration hospital center. Dr Zeller is the founder and Past President of Kulanu Inc which is a Jewish large volunteer organization dedicated to supporting emerging and forgotten Jewish communities. Now living in Israel, Dr Zeller was a long standing member of the social action committee of his synagogue at Tifereth Israel in Washington DC. Dr Zeller remains actively involved in Kulanu which works almost exclusively in third world countries. Both Dr Zeller and his wife Dr Diane Zeller became board members of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews in 1985 prior to originating Kulanu in 1993.
Rachel Karlin is a seasoned technical writer who devotes her free time to volunteer at soup kitchens, teen shelters and environmental causes. Rachel has successfully balanced her professional life in the high-tech industry with her dedication and passion for advancing social justice issues. At her current position in a multinational hi-tech company she is an ambassador for the community relations projects and strives to spread awareness about volunteering opportunities to other hi-tech employees. She has an MA from Wayne State University in Technical Communication and an MA from Bar Ilan University in Creative Writing. Recently she joined Gabriel Project Mumbai as Director of Alumni Relations and is a source of great guidance as the latest member of the Gabriel Project Mumbai Advisory Committee.
Having completed a Philosophy Degree at the University of Manchester, UK, where he focused largely on the Indian Philosophy modules, All for the Kids Founder and Director, Bradley Cohen, lived in Asia for 6 years, including a year in India and Nepal. He spent much time volunteering in orphanages, most prominently in Bihar – India’s poorest state. He knows the local culture and has close contacts with local people running social justice projects.
Bradley volunteered in an orphanage in Malawi, Africa and has raised money and awareness for children’s charities in Africa and Israel. Bradley has experience running volunteer service programs in the developing world. He lives in Jerusalem with his family.