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Board of Directors

Edith Everett, Interim Chair & Founding Board Member
President, Everett Family Foundation; Former Senior VP of Investments, Gruntal & Co; Trustee, City University of NY; Board Member, Jewish Book Council, Joint Distribution Committee, American Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools, Committee to Free Soviet Jews, Blaustein Institute for Human Rights
New York, NY

Sharon Pucker Rivo, Secretary & Founding Board Member
Co-Founder & Executive Director, National Center for Jewish Film; Adjunct Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Brookline, MA

Jules Bernstein
Partner, Bernstein & Lipsett, Washington, D.C.; Advisory Board, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University; Board Member, Interfaith Worker Justice; Board Member, National Employment Law Project
Washington DC

Jennifer Gallop, Esq.
Partner - Krokidas & Bluestein LLP, 2017 “Lawyer of the Year “in Health Care for Boston, “Best Lawyer in America” in Health Care Law, by U.S. News & World Report yearly since 2009. Massachusetts legal representative to LeadingAge. Magna Cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and a Root-Tilden Scholar at New York University School of Law.
Brookline, MA

Morton H. Heafitz, MD
Collector and valuator of art, antiques & books, with specialty in Judaica
Swampscott, MA

Antony Polonsky
Emeritus Albert Abramson Chair of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; National Jewish Book Award winning author; Consultant, Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
London, UK

Kenneth Pucker
Advisory Director, Berkshire Partners; Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Management; Former Chief Operating Officer, Timberland
Newton, MA

Lisa Rivo
Co-Director of The National Center For Jewish Film, Curator of NCJF’s annual Jewish Film Festival, Former Associate Director & Senior Writer of the African American National Biography
Boston, MA

Stephen J. Whitfield
Emeritus Professor of American Studies (Max Richter Chair in American Civilization), Brandeis University; Historian and Author of eight books on politics, culture and Jewish history; Louis D. Brandeis Prize for Excellence in teaching, and Sachar Medallion of the Brandeis National Committee for contributions to education.
Lexington, MA

In Memoriam

Martin Zelnik
Partner, Panero Zelnik Architects; Professor (retired), Fashion Institute of Technology; Author of 3 books, Brandeis ’61 and Brandeis Judges Hall of Fame.
Bronx, NY

Herbert Bloom
Former News Director, NBC; Former Producer, McNeil Lehrer News Hour; Former News Director, WCVB-TV Boston Washington DC

Beverly W. Boorstein, Past Chair & Founding Board Member
Former Justice, Massachusetts Probate & Family Court
NCJF remembers

Henry J. Everett, Founding Board Member
President of Lexington Associates Investments; Creator Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Public Service Internship Program, Everett School in Hatzor in Israel; Major supporter of NPR, Teach for America, Columbia University Teachers College, International Hillel, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Miriam Krant, Founding Board Member
Co-Founder and Associate Director of the National Center For Jewish Film
NCJF remembers

Arnold Picker, Founding Chair
Former Executive Vice President, United Artists; President Lyndon B. Johnson appointee, U.S. Advisory Commission on International Education and Cultural Affairs

David V. Picker, Founding Board Member
Former President, United Artists (filmmakers Picker brought to UA include Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle, Sergio & Woody Allen); Oscar, Emmy & Golden Globe nominated film producer
New York, NY

Eric Pleskow, Founding Board Member
Film producer (12 time Oscar winner); Former President & CEO, Orion Pictures; Former President, United Artists; Honorary Chair, Vienna Film Festival, Austria
Weston, CT

Professor Robert Szulkin, Founding Board Member
Professor Emeritus of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Brandeis University
Falmouth, MA


Ruth B. Fein, Founding Board Member
Past President, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Community Council of Greater Boston, American Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Coalition for Literacy, United Way of Massachusetts, New England Holocaust Memorial Committee
Boston, MA

A. Alan Friedberg, Past Chair
Former Chair, Loews Theatres; Past President, National Association of Theater Owners; Former Board of Overseers, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Former Board of Overseers, Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA

William Mencow, Former Chair
Managing Director, Gribetz Mencow Consultants; Founder, Kolbo Inc; Former Director, Camp Ramah New England
Washington, DC


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