Larry Kadis, an active member of ORT for over 30 years, continues his service as National President of ORT America and as a member of the World ORT Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as Chair of the ORT America Executive Committee and on the National Board of Directors (2010-2016). Mr. Kadis was co-chair of ORT America’s Strategic Planning Committee. In 2007, with the merger of American ORT and Women’s American ORT into ORT America, he was elected the first President of the ORT America, Cleveland Region.
Mr. Kadis was President of the Cleveland Chapter of American ORT from 1994 to 1995, and in 1992, he was the first recipient of the Cleveland Chapter’s Sadie and Maurice Friedman New Leadership Award. In 1995, he was the co-recipient of American ORT’s first presentation of the Paul Bernick National New Leadership Award. In 2005, Mr. Kadis was recognized as Cleveland’s “Man of the Year” at the annual Cleveland ORT Brunch.
Mr. Kadis is President, CEO and co-owner of Federal Equipment Company. Along with his cousin, Michael Kadis, they have built their family business into a global leader in the process equipment industry.
A former member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, he is a former chairman of the Federation’s Cleveland/St. Petersburg Partnership and the New American Leadership Training Committee, and is immediate Past Chair of the Federation’s Overseas Connections Committee, supporting programs and activities that create “living” bridges between Jews in Cleveland and Jews around the world.
In addition to ORT, Mr. Kadis is Immediate Past Chair of the AIPAC Cleveland Council. He is an alumni of the Wexner Heritage Foundation Leadership Program, served as the chair of the Montefiore Foundation, was former President of the Cleveland Chapter of American Friends of The Hebrew University and former General Chairman of Greater Cleveland State of Israel Bonds. He currently serves on the board of Friends of JCC Krakow.
Neil founded Model Consulting, Inc. in 1990 after serving nearly 15 years as vice president and a shareholder for the MidAmerica Group of Pennsylvania and the Bear Stearns Benefit Planning Group. In early 2015, Model Consulting, Inc. was acquired by CBIZ, a national accounting and benefit organization, where he now serves as
President of CBIZ Model Consulting.
Neil makes charity work a priority serving on several not-for-profit Boards. As the former chairman of the Lower Bucks County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Neil received its highest volunteer award for his unwavering
commitment to volunteerism and compassion for the delivery of critical human services. He was honored with the Philadelphia Chapter Supporter of the Year Award in recognition of his strong local efforts with ORT America.
Neil was recently elected as Chairman of the Board’s Executive Committee of ORT America. He is a long-time supporter and member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. He serves as Vice Chair of the Board of The Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Neil and his wife Karen were honored by The Abramson Center for Jewish Life with the Family Award, the Center’s highest honor, at their 2012 annual Rainbow Ball.
Neil and his wife of 44 years reside in Philadelphia and enjoy the company of their two daughters, sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Linda Kirschbaum of Highland Park, IL, has been an active member of ORT for roughly 29 years.
As immediate past president of ORT America, Linda brings a wide range of local, national and international leadership experiences with ORT to the Board of Directors. She has traveled extensively on missions and to World ORT meetings, visiting ORT schools and programs in Argentina, Cuba, Israel, Mexico and throughout the US. Linda is also a past chair of the Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute, now the “Chicago ORT Technical Institute” (Skokie, IL) which gives her a unique perspective on the day-to-day challenges that ORT’s operational programs must address in providing cutting edge education to our students. She is a strong advocate for ORT’s Next Generation program.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a BA in Economics, and the University of Michigan with an MBA in marketing, Mrs. Kirschbaum has had 10 years of experience as a marketing and strategic planning consultant with Fortune 500 companies in the food industry, before deciding to stay home to raise a family.
Shelly Dreifuss of Highland Park, IL, has been supporting ORT since 1982. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Chicago ORT Technical Institute in Skokie Illinois. She is also a member of US ORT Operations. A Chicago native, Ms. Dreifuss has served on the Metropolitan Chicago Region Board for the past eleven years. She is a Past President of the Metropolitan Chicago Region, where she served as Executive Vice President, Young Leadership Coordinator, and Co-Chair of Lunch with A View. She has traveled on three ORT missions; in 2006, the mission to Israel, in 2008 she traveled with ORT to observe its program in Cuba, and she led the 2014 Mission to Israel and Bulgaria.
Ms. Dreifuss enjoys working out, reading, social networking, playing canasta, and walking her dog. She and her husband spend their winters in south Florida. They have three adult children, and a growing family of in-laws.
Morris Gocial is the founding member of MDG, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. After graduating from Temple University in 1969, he began his professional career at Price Waterhouse and started his own firm in 1976.
He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Forensic Accountant, and a Certified Valuation Analyst.
He has been involved with ORT for over 40 years, serving on the board of American ORT, assisted in the merger of American ORT with Women’s American ORT, and served on the combined board for many years. Mr. Gocial is
currently on the Executive Committee and serves in the capacity of Vice President and Chair of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Gocial currently also serves on the boards of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, American Jewish Committee, Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce, and the Jefferson University Kimmel Cancer Center.
He and his wife Sarita reside in Philadelphia (PA), and have two wonderful children and three grandchildren.
Alan Seidenfeld and his wife Susan retired five years ago to Santa Rosa, California where they now live close to one of their sons and two granddaughters. All together they have three sons and six grandchildren. Alan and Susan have been married thirty six years. Susan was active in ORT for many years and of course Alan was the supportive husband until his retirement when he became an active participant and major donor. After moving to Santa Rosa, Alan immediately became involved in the volunteer community and serves on the boards of the Santa Rosa
Symphony and the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts as well as Marin County ORT.
Alan was a partner in Marketforce, the seventh largest advertising group in Colorado. Marketforce specialized in serving the food service industry. He was very active in that industry serving nineteen years on the state board of the Colorado Restaurant Association and twelve years as Colorado chairman of the National Restaurant Association PAC. During that time, Alan was awarded the CRA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, and elected Director Emeritus. Alan also served on his synagogue’s Board of Trustees for five years and on the board of Shining Stars in Aspen Colorado, an organization for children with life threatening diseases.
Alan holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Journalism and Communications and is a Navy Veteran.
Lewis Zipkin of Cleveland, OH is a second generation ORT member and donor - his parents were members of American ORT (WAO) long before the two organizations merged into ORT America in 2007.
Active on the local and national levels of the organization, Mr. Zikin has served in various capacities. He was vice president of AO’s Cleveland Chapter, as well as vice-president and member of the national board. He was also chair of the Finance, Budget and Investment, Planned Giving and chair of the Real Estate Commit-tee. Today, he serves as a member of the Cleveland Region’s Advisory Committee and assists ORT America with its real estate holdings, and is co-chair of the Nominating Committee.
He is the founder and principal of the law firm of Zipkin Whiting, a law firm which focuses on employment discrimination and class action litigation. He also has received awards as an extensive real-estate owner in the Cleveland area and holds real estate in other states.
Mr. Zipkin and his partner, Dawn, split their time between Cleveland and a home in Siesta Key, Florida. In the local Cleveland community, he has been involved in organizations such as United Way, the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Care Association and the City Club of Cleveland. He was an initial trustee of Ohio’s Second Special Improvement District, where he served as president and a member of the board. Currently, he serves as the District’s vice president.
Mr. Zipkin’ s daughter is a professor at North East Ohio Med School, and his son-in-law is a physician in private practice. He has four grandchildren. One is in college in Cambridge and three attend public and private schools in the Cleveland area where both he and Dawn are active in their extensive academic and sports activities.
Howard Lanznar is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Diamond Resorts International, Inc. Diamond Resorts is a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industry, with a worldwide network of over 400 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. At Diamond Resorts, Howard is responsible for corporate development, legal, compliance, risk management, security and other functions on a global level.
Howard has also been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. He was a Senior Partner and Chair of the National Corporate Practice of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, a major US law firm, and is currently Of Counsel to that Firm. In his law practice, he has focused on all aspects of public and private mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as securities offerings and the counseling of corporations, their boards of directors and senior executives.
Howard graduated magna cum laude in 1977 from Amherst College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree in 1983 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Lanznar is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009–2014), The Best Lawyers in America (2010–2015) and Illinois Super Lawyers (2012–2015).
A long-time supporter of ORT’s education mission, Howard currently serves ORT America’s national leadership as Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Supporting ORT is a “family affair” for the Lanznars: Howard’s wife Gail and son Jonathan both also serve on the ORT America Board. Howard and Gail have traveled extensively with ORT, including on missions to Israel, the Former Soviet Union and Latin America.
Bart Bookatz of Beachwood, OH, has been a member and leader of ORT for over 30 years. He was elected President of Cleveland Chapter of American ORT in 1989, and served a three-year term. During that time he is credited with having supported the growth of the local chapter with leadership development initiatives. He was elected President of the Cleveland Region of ORT America in 2009. Mr. Bookatz is President of Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, Cleveland’s largest, and oldest, Jewish funeral home.
Currently, Bookatz is vice president of the Cleveland American Jewish Committee and is on the boards of The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Suburban Temple and Israel Bonds. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The Hospice of Western Reserve and the Advisory Council of the Ahuja Medical Center. Mr. Bookatz is an Auxiliary Chaplain of the Federation. In addition, he is a life trustee and former president of the Hebrew Free Loan Society, past chairperson of the State of Israel Bonds of Cleveland, past president The Temple Tifereth Israel, past president of The Oakwood Club and past president of Northeast Ohio Region for Jewish National Fund. Currently he is the Chair of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland Security Committee.
Mr. Bookatz has traveled with ORT on several occasions, participating in missions to Israel and Cuba.
Suellen Kadis has been involved in ORT for over 25 years. She is past President of the Women’s American ORT Cleveland Region, served on US Operations Committee, co-chaired ORT America’s Mission to South America, and serves as Vice President of the Northeast Ohio Chapter. At the 41st Annual ORT Brunch in Cleveland, Ms. Kadis was the first individual female honoree. She is an active leader with the Jewish Federation in Cleveland, serving on the Executive Committee, Overseas Committee and Community Relations Committee. She served as Vice Chair of four Campaigns, Women’s Campaign Chair and Women’s Philanthropy Chair. Currently in Cleveland, she is on the Executive Committee of JFSA, a board member of Gross Schechter Day School and Women’s Division of Israel Bonds. Nationally, she serves on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board and Israel & Overseas Council of JFNA. She is Secretary of the newly established Friends of JCC Krakow and serves on the board of 70 Faces Media (formerly JTA).
Ms. Kadis is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in International Relations & Photo-journalism, and a graduate of CWRU School of Law. She is the proud mom of Justin, Alex and Samantha.
Gail Lanznar has been active in ORT since 1994. She served as President of Highcrest Chapter from 1995 to 1997. Later she moved on to the Region Board serving as Donor Chair, Annual Campaign Chair, Executive VP and as President of Suburban Chicago Region in 2003-05. Ms. Lanznar is a graduate of the President’s Young Leadership Council of Women’s American ORT. She has served on the National Board of Directors of ORT America since 2007. She also serves on the Metropolitan Chicago Region Campaign Cabinet.
Ms. Lanznar has also been very involved with her Temple, serving as Sisterhood President and on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Lanznar pursued a career in Marketing Research and Information Management in the packaged goods industry for many years before retiring to raise her children. She has two grown boys, Marcus and Jonathan and two daughters in law, Erica and Emily.
Gail’s favorite activity is travelling with ORT. She has been to ORT schools in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, St. Petersburg (Russia), Israel, and of course the US. “I love meeting our students, administrators and extended ORT family all over the world!”
Roslind (Roz) Vermut holds a BS in Education from Hofstra University and is a former elementary school teacher. She is the office administrator and bookeeper for David Vermut CPA PC.
Ms. Vermut has been an active member of Women’s American ORT since 1972, serving as its national chair and treasurer. Ms. Vermut was a member of the Financial Management Team, Restructuring Committee and the Finance Committee for both American ORT and Women’s American ORT and is a past member of the World ORT Finance Committee. She served as chair on the Bramson Board of Trustees and is the present chair on US ORT Operations.
Ms. Vermut has visited ORT schools in Israel, Argentina, Mexico and the US.
She is presently the Assistant Treasurer of Temple Or Elohim and is Chair of its Bylaws Committee and its Internal Controls Committee, as well as being a member of its Board of Trustees.
Andrea (Andi) Wolfe has been involved with ORT since 1973. In the early days she did anything she could to help the schools. Eventually she became Michigan Region Financial Secretary, and a few years later she became Co-President of the Michigan Region.
Ms. Wolfe’s passion for education and tikkun olam has driven her to become involved in many philanthropic activities. She is currently on the board of Hebrew Free Loan, is a transgenerational member of the Jewish Women’s Foundation, and is a life member of Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women, and Adat Shalom Sisterhood. She has been involved in Israel Bonds for over 35 years. She founded a women’s group for the Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network in Michigan. She is a national board member of ATS (American Technion Society).
Ms. Wolfe lives in Bloomfield Hills (MI) with her husband Lawrence (Larry). They have two children, Jeremy and Ericka (Mathew Thacker), but the true loves of their lives are their 5 grandchildren.
Board of Directors
Saul Berkowitz, of Florham Park, NJ, joined the National Board of Directors of ORT America in 2016. He is a certified public accountant and a recently retired partner at a national CPA firm where he practiced for over 40 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He and his wife Suzanne have two children (and one grandchild), both of whom work for not-for-profit organizations. As a CPA Saul has been a member of the Accountants, Attorneys and Financial Services chapter of ORT in New York City for over 20 years and has been the chapter leader for the past five years. He is an active member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. He has been recognized by several charities for his active participation with them.
Saul is a vice president of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, NJ where he has been a board member and officer for more than 20 years. In addition, he serves as a board member of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan NJ.
Lois Dermer, a native of New York, moved to Florida with her husband, Arthur, 15 years ago. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brooklyn College, and two Masters Degrees from Hofstra University and New York University. Lois was a foreign language teacher in New York City and Long Island for twenty five years.
She has been a devoted ORTist since 1970 when she became the first President of Sayville, Long Island Chapter. During this period she was active in her Temple, served as an advisor to B’nai Brith and was a member of the South Shore ORT Region Board. When she retired to Florida she continued showing extraordinary commitment to her ORT community when she assumed the presidency of the Pointes of Boca ORT Chapter for three years. She served as co-President of the South Palm Beach County Region and Region A.D.C.
Lois is serving as the Special Events Chair. She is a member of the Florida Leadership Campaign Cabinet (East Coast), a member of the Golden Society Circle, the de Gunzbourg Society, a Guardian 25+ years and a life member. Additionally, Lois is an active member of JAFCO, Boca Pointe Cancer Research, Brandeis University and is also a volunteer at the Boca Raton Community Hospital.
Lois and Arthur, because of their strong dedication to the education of young people, have devoted their time to the ORT effort. They have visited ORT schools in Cape Town, South Africa; Buenos Aires, Argentina and Moscow, Russia.
Lois is delighted to have been selected to serve on the ORT America National Board of Directors for 2016-2019.
Originally from the Bronx, N.Y., I moved to Brooklyn in 1962 when I married my husband David. I became active in the PTA’S and local school board activities and joined the Flatbush Chapter of ORT (WAO) in 1972; was Chapter President in 1977 and held several portfolios on the Brooklyn Region until 1982 when I became President of the Region till 1984 then moved onto District 2. I held many positions on the New York Field Committee and National Field Committees and was a member of the New York Planned Giving Committee.
In March 1998 I retired after working 25 years at Brooklyn College; moved to Florida and became active in my local ORT chapter and a member of the East Coast Florida Planned Giving Committee and held the position of Chairman from 2001-2004. Continuing my servicing as an advisor; I was the Core Committee facilitator for the SO. Broward Region; A Florida Co-Advisor under NAN structure; Coordinator of the Florida Region; and Chair of the Florida Leadership Cabinet and served as Campaign Chair; and am continuing as Annual Campaign Co-Chair. In 2008 served on the ORT America Strategic Planning Task Force; appointed Chair of the ORT America Annual Meeting in Feb. 2012 and served as the Shabbat Dinner Chair at the 2016 Annual Meeting. I am a member of the de Gunzbourg Society and a Golden Circle contributor.
On a personal level, I have been involved with many local community activities for the past 17 years, in many cases as a Board Officer. I was elected to serve as a City of Weston Commissioner in November 2010 and re-elected again in 2014 and represent the City on various Broward County committees.
I was married to David for 48 years; my daughter Sharon and son Mitchell reside in the City of Weston.
Karen Fine of Northbrook, IL has been actively involved with ORT since 2005. She has served on the Metropolitan Chicago Region Executive Board for 10 years. She has held several different positions over the years, including Executive Vice President (2009-2011) and President (2011-2013). She enjoys volunteering for ORT because “I truly feel that education is a key component in the success of every person’s life”.
Karen and her husband Neil have traveled on the ORT Mission to Argentina and Uruguay in 2009 and the Metropolitan Chicago Region ORT Mission to Israel in 2012. Karen is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Ort Technical Institute in Skokie, IL.
Previously, Karen has served on the Jewish United Fund Young Women’s Board of Metropolitan Chicago and the Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood Board, Board of Trustees and Hebrew School Board in Northbrook, IL.
Debbie Kanter has listened to the ORT message since the age of five as part of her family’s commitment to ORT. She holds a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University and a M.Ed. in Special Education Supervision from Kent State University. She taught, supervised, and negotiated teacher contracts in suburban Chicago.
She found ORT in Des Moines Iowa, where she served as chapter-at-large president, and American Affairs and Jewish Community Relations chairperson for the Midwest District of Women’s American ORT. She volunteered for the Jewish Federation Women’s Division Cabinet, served on the Jewish Community Relations Council, and as program chair for the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit through the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. She wrote articles for local publications, culminating in a series of OP-EDs in the Des Moines Register on Soviet Jewry, Refuseniks, and Anatoly (Natan) Scharansky. Debbie also served as a Democratic precinct captain for the Iowa Caucuses.
Debbie and husband Larry and their two young children participated in the historic Washington, D.C. protest against Mikhail Gorbachev on behalf of Soviet Jewry. Debbie served as President of a Solomon Schechter Day School Board and president of her congregation. For the Palm Beach County Democratic Party she wrote drafts for the Legislative Committee, writes newsletters and speeches, and co-leads a zone of 39 precinct leaders. Debbie is currently a member of the Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee.
But all paths lead to ORT’s importance as a movement for peaceful and positive social change. Debbie believes in its mission and hopes to contribute to ORT’s work by participating in the Florida Region Leadership Cabinet and helping to realize the plans of ORT America.
Larry continues to be the love of Debbie’s life, and their two wonderful children are each married and living on either side of Washington, D.C. The Kanters have one adorable grandson, a “daughter the lawyer” and a “son the
Jon Lanznar is the Senior Manager of Life Sciences at Truveris, a New York City based Healthcare Technology firm focused on building transparency throughout the prescription drug industry. In this role Jon manages Truveris’ relationships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and develops new products to fit the needs of their ever changing market. Prior to Truveris, Jon was a consultant at Interbrand, an Omnicom Company, where his work focused on helping shape the vision and strategy for Fortune 500 companies and their flagship brands. Jon has a BA from Emory University and an MBA in Healthcare and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
From a young age, Jon has been exposed to the incredible work ORT does through his dedicated parents. In 2008, he began volunteering for ORT, serving on the national marketing committee. Jon currently serves on the New York City Next Gen Board and on the National Next Gen Board.
Leandro Margulis is the Director of Global Strategic Partnerships at Quixey. Prior to that, Leandro opened and grew the Impulsa Business Accelerator California office, helping small and medium companies with market entry and revenue growth. Leandro also worked as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, where he coordinated international project management efforts and executive relationships between the United States and Eastern Europe. He then worked in the Strategy & Operations practice in Corporate Development/M&A, due diligence and postmerger integration in the United States and emerging markets.
These experiences position Leandro to pursue a career aimed at building companies and capacity through strategic business development and partnerships while leveraging financial capabilities and innovating around emerging market opportunities.
Leandro holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree
from Florida International University (FIU), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is an ORT
Argentina Alum has been involved with ORT America for over 15 years.
Hilly Panovka of Atlanta, GA continues her service on ORT America’s second National Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Committee and as chair the Diamond Ladder Society. In 2007, when American ORT and Women’s American ORT merged into ORT America, she was elected to the inaugural board.
Mrs. Panovka has been an active volunteer in every community in which she has lived. A native of South Africa, she moved to Israel in 1964, where she was an active volunteer for the Women’s International Zionist Organization, ORT and other local civic organizations. Since her arrival in Atlanta in 1979, Mrs. Panovka has been involved in ORT. She served as Chapter President and President of the Atlanta Region of Women’s American ORT (WAO). She started Oasis (ORT Atlanta School for Immigrant Studies) and was the liaison officer between WAO and American ORT. She has been very active in the Atlanta’s ORT Lipson International Studies Exchange Program and has chaired many successful WAO fundraising campaigns, holding every leadership title in the organization. Mrs. Panovka has been a member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for many years. As Vice President of the Board
of Jewish Family & Career Services, as well as a member of its Executive Committee, she worked on and chaired many of its committees. Mrs. Panovka was the founding president of WIZO in Atlanta in 1991. Her tireless fundraising and advocacy have raised unprecedented support for a myriad of organizations in Atlanta. The recipient of numerous honors, she was a five-time recipient of the Federation’s Woman of Achievement Award; the first recipient of the Bea Camhi Award for Excellence from Women’s American ORT and the Vital Service Award for Disabilities from the Atlanta Alliance. She is very active at her grandchildren’s schools, is Grandparent Chair at the Epstein School, and serves on many committees at the Davis Academy in Atlanta.
Mrs. Panovka and her husband, Gerry, are very proud of and enjoy their children: Alon and Sheri; Robin and Alexandra; Tamar and Mark; and their grandchildren: Rebecca, Sarah, Ariel, Julia, Daniel, Alexander & Oren.
Arthur Rottenstein of Boca Raton, FL, is serving his first term on the National Board of Directors. He has been an active supporter of ORT for the past 5 years. His mother was an active supporter of ORT for 50 years.
He lived in Israel from 1971 to 1972, attending Tel-Aviv University during his stay there.
Mr. Rottenstein has been in the financial services industry for the past 34 years. His areas of expertise are estate planning and portfolio management. He is currently branch manager of a team of Financial Advisors with Raymond James, Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC.
Arthur has lived in the South Florida area since 1991 and has 2 adult children, Adena, age 34, and Adam, age 30.
Eric Rubin of Beachwood, Ohio is past president of ORT America Northeast Ohio Region. He is a second generation ORT member as his mother was involved with Women’s American ORT.
Mr. Rubin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University. He is currently a Registered Representative with The Cedar Brook Group, a comprehensive financial planning firm. Prior to this, he was Owner and COO of Modern International Graphics, one of the largest commercial printing companies in Ohio.
Mr. Rubin has been active in the Cleveland Jewish community for many years. In addition to his work with ORT, he also serves as a Vice President of The Cleveland Jewish News Foundation. Mr. Rubin is a former board member of The Park Synagogue and for many years was a Jewish Big Brother. He enjoys golf (most of the time) and is the father of two grown children.
Mitchell Schneider was elected to the Board of Directors of ORT America in 2016 and has served in a variety of roles in ORT for more than 30 years. He served as the President of Cleveland Men’s ORT in 1992 – 1993 and was honored as its Man of the Year in 2004.
Mitchell is the President of First Interstate Properties, Ltd., a Lyndhurst, Ohio based real estate development and management company. Mitchell Schneider is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Legacy Capital Partners, a company that is focused on the investment community with opportunities to invest in real estate assets around the United States.
Mitchell is involved in a variety of local and national community organizations. He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1988 and has served in its Government Affairs Committee. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and is the immediate past chair of its Allocations Committee. Mitchell recently served a four year term as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Siegal College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Additionally, Mitchell is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, one of the premiere land conservation organizations in the country, where he also serves as the Chairman of its Transaction Review Committee. Mitchell also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The MetroHealth System, a county health care system in Northeast Ohio.
Mitchell has four children and lives in Solon with his wife, Kyla.
Barbara Siegel joined ORT in 1972. She served in several capacities until she became president of the North Woodmere-Hewlett chapter of the South Nassau Long Island Region. She has served as Vice President of the newly formed chapter of Nassau Singles ORT.
Barbara was a teacher for 34 years in the New York City School System and ran her own Defensive Driving business. Barbara is a graduate of Long Island University and has accumulated additional courses in Human Resources towards a Master’s Degree.
When she and her husband Jerry moved to Cascades in Boynton Beach, it was another perfect fit. She quickly joined and served as its first Membership Chair and in that capacity Cascades had phenomenal growth and is still growing strong. She then became president of Cascades for two very successful years.
Barbara went on to become Executive Vice President of the North Palm Beach County Region and in 2005 through 2007 she served as President of the Region. Currently she is on the Leadership Cabinet and serves as Annual Campaign Co-Chair and Major Gifts Co-Chair, Area Development Advisor, as well as serving as president of the Cascades chapter and was the Florida Region Chair for the 2011 Mission to Israel.
Barbara is a mother of three, as well as a stepmother of three more, as well as ten lovely grandchildren to enjoy. Her love of fundraising and her unique ideas are well known. Her high level of energy enables her to enjoy Jewish studies, literature, the theater, mahjong and golf.
Barbara lives her favorite quote, which is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal!”
Jose Pepe Sigal was born in 1950 in Mexico City. He moved to Dallas (TX) in 1983 and then moved on to Los Angeles (CA) in 1989. He is married to Rita Sigal and has two children and three grandchildren. In Mexico he had various occupations in banking, textiles, and insurance, and in the United States he ran a family-owned real estate company with an emphasis on commercial properties. He has been on the board of directors of Atlantida Insurance Company, Grand Bank, Multibanco Mercantil de Mexico, Founders National Bank, ORT-Los Angeles, Columbian Country Club, Club deGolf Bellavista,and Brentwood Country Club. He has also been on the board of governors for Cedar Sinai.
Eileen Sirkin has been an active ORT member since 1987. Eileen held many positions in Harmony Way ORT chapter, including President, and also on the Board of the Metropolitan Chicago Region of ORT.
In addition to ORT, Eileen volunteers and serves on the boards of other nonprofit community organizations in the areas that correspond with her passions—the Jewish community: Hadassah and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the environment: the Chicago Botanic Garden, Friends of the Green Bay Trail, the Glencoe Community Foundation and the Lakeshore Advisory group of the Glencoe Park District. She also currently serves on the Glencoe Caucus.
Eileen graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and has a PhD from The Committee on Genetics of the University of Chicago. She works as a market research analyst in the Chicago suburbs. Eileen lives in Glencoe, IL with her husband, Hal, and has 2 grown children, Jessica and David.
Randy Wertheimer serves on the local and national board of directors of ORT. Randy is a past president of the ORT Michigan region and currently sits on the Jewish Federation of Detroit real estate board and board of governors. Randy is a board of director of Defeat The Label, an anti-bullying charity and a past board of director member of Junior Achievement. Randy donates to dozens of other charities locally and nationally.
Randy founded Hunter Pasteur Homes in 1999 and has developed residential single and multifamily communi-ties throughout SE Michigan. In the past 10 years Hunter Pasteur Homes has developed and/or built over 1,000 residential lots in Ann Arbor, Novi, South Lyon, Commerce, Clarkston, Northville, Lake Orion and many more. In his free time Randy enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and attending sporting events with his kids.