Leadership Intensive Cohort
Vice President for Development and Government Relations, Repair the World
Moira Ariev is the Deputy Director for Development at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, leading fundraising efforts to support ICP’s museum and educational programs. Previously she served as Vice President for Development at Repair the World; Vice President for External Affairs at Learning Leaders; the first-ever Director of Development at Publicolor; and Director of Special Events and Stewardship at NYU Medical Center, where she built the department and supervised hundreds of development events annually. Moira graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and received an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University.
Launch Consultant, Repair the World
Stephanie is consulting in the Jewish and non-profit sectors, with a focus on executive leadership coaching and support; staff development; program vision, design and implementation. Stephanie is currently working with Repair the World to launch a new-core program model, develop related infrastructure and systems, hire and train program staff and build out program curriculum. Formerly the director of education and community engagement at American Jewish World Service, Stephanie was responsible for the organization’s national presence strategy. Prior to moving to New York, Stephanie worked in the Boston-based law firm Goulston & Storrs, P.C., where she served as an associate in the real estate department for five years, specializing in affordable housing finance. Stephanie received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2003, after which she clerked on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., as well as for Justice Aharon Barak on the Supreme Court of Israel. She is also an alumn of Stern College and Teach for America. While living in Boston, Stephanie founded the Washington Square Minyan, an independent synagogue, and served in a variety of other leadership roles in the Boston Jewish community. Stephanie currently lives in Riverdale, New York with her husband and three children and is involved in a number of local volunteer initiatives.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Executive Director, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America
Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition. Rabbi Jacobs has been named to the Forward’s list of 50 influential American Jews and to Newsweek’s list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America. She lives in New York with her husband, Rabbi Guy Austrian, and their daughters Lior and Dvir.
Emily Muskovitz Sweet
Executive Director Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Emily Muskovitz Sweet is a social justice advocate and women’s philanthropic leader whose work has focused on issues related to women’s safety and security. Since 2008, Emily has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Chicago (JWF), an organization that creates equity and choice on behalf of Jewish women and girls. Prior to joining JWF, Emily was the Project Director for the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence, and the Associate Director at a domestic violence organization. Emily is a 2013 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and the 2013 recipient of the Jewish Federation of Chicago’s Samuel A. Goldsmith Award.
Executive Director, Kristol Center for Jewish Life/Hillel Foundation at the University of Delaware
Ronit Sherwin is the Executive Director of the University of Delaware Hillel. Previously, Ronit served as the Executive Director of Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project, an independent non-profit that she co-founded in 2005. Ronit has worked as a Jewish educator and an executive director in the Jewish communal field for nearly 18 years. Ronit completed her B.S. in Education at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. In addition, she completed a graduate fellowship at Pardes in Jerusalem. Over her career as a Jewish educator, she has taught young girls, teens, parents, older adults, Jewish communal professionals and various students as faculty for the Florence Melton Adult Mini School. Ronit is also the proud mother of boy-girl twins.
Angela Warnick Buchdahl is the first Asian-American to be ordained as either a Rabbi or Cantor in North America. Rabbi Buchdahl received her BA in Religious Studies from Yale University and a Wexner Graduate Fellowship for her Rabbinical Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She currently serves as the Senior Cantor of Central Synagogue. Cantor Buchdahl has been actively involved in worship transformation and Congregation Based Community Organizing work. She also serves on the Boards of Auburn Theological Seminary, and Avodah Jewish Service Corps. Prior to Central, Buchdahl served as Associate Rabbi/Cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.