Board of Directors
July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Susan Adler-Bressler, MD
Rina Alcalay, Ph.D, MFT
Judy David Bloomfield
Rabbi Steven A. Chester
Rabbi Yoel H. Kahn, Ph.D., D.D.
Alfred M. Norek
Susan Seeley, Ed.D.
Harvey is Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center of the University of California, Berkeley, and a retired Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health. He was Associate Director of the Human Rights Center from 1998 to 2005, where he directed the Forced Migration and Health Project. Working with families who survived the genocide at Srebrenica, Bosnia, led him to focus on the question of how communities survive unspeakable horror and rebuild their lives. This led to investigative work in Rwanda, South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Albania, and elsewhere where human rights abuses destroy the fabric of societies. He has written articles on empathy, reconciliation, social reconstruction, history and identity, and the limits of justice. He is married to Professor Rhona Weinstein and has twin sons and two grandsons. Harvey lives in Berkeley and joined the board in 2013.
Sheldon joined the board in 2011. He is a partner in Headwaters Holding, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in derivatives trading. He is currently on the board of several internet startups and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Stock Exchange. He attended the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelors degree in mathematics. Sheldon lives in Orinda with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Ari and Oren. Sheldon, Sarah, and Ari all did volunteer work for JFCS/East Bay prior to his joining the board.
Susan Adler-Bressler, MD
Sue is a family practice physician at John Muir Medical Group and the chair of John Muir Hospital’s Department of Family Medicine. She is a longtime member of and leader at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, including a term as board president. She has been very involved in social action issues at Temple Isaiah and helped to start the congregation’s Mitzvah Day. Sue has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay as well as Federation’s Volunteer Action Center. She joined the JFCS/East Bay board in 2014 and lives in Alamo with her husband, Dave.
Rina is Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis Medical School. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the Catholic University in Chile and an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University. She recently became licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy. Rina was born in Italy to former Yugoslavian (currently Bosnia) Sephardic Holocaust survivors and grew up in Chile where she was a leader of the Center for Jewish/Zionist university students. She spent a year in Israel as a volunteer after the Six-Day War. While doing graduate work at Stanford University, she became the West Coast Coordinator for American Professors for Peace in the Middle East. Rina is married to Oz Erickson and has a son, Benjamin, and a daughter, Jessica. Before joining the JFCS/East Bay board in 2013, Rina was already volunteering for the agency as a co-leader of our long-distance caregiver support group. She is a longtime Berkeley resident.
Judy is a former program director at United Way of the Bay Area, where she led an employer association for eighteen years to advance the development of work/life policies and programs in Bay Area workplaces. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the SF Coro Center for Civic Leadership’s Fellows Program in Public Affairs. She helped create and facilitate an ongoing Second Generation group in Oakland, and she currently gives presentations to middle school students on the Holocaust. She is working on compiling and editing her mother’s memoirs. Judy is an active member of Temple Beth Abraham and volunteers for Piedmont schools. She also sings with a new women’s ensemble in Oakland, called Uptown. Judy joined the board in 2013.
Alfred M. Norek
Al joined the JFCS/East Bay board in 2014. He holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a LLM in Labor Law from New York University. Al was a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board working out of the Albany, New York office. While in Albany, he had a long relationship with Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, during which time he served as a board member, officer, endowment chair, and ex officio legal counsel. Al was an officer of Congregation Beth Emeth, Ne’imah Jewish Communal Choir, United Jewish Federation of NENY, and Capital Repertory Theatre. Al and his wife, Meryl, recently relocated to Walnut Creek to be closer to their grandchildren.
Susan Seeley, Ed.D.
Susan grew up in San Francisco, where both her mother and grandmother were born. She traveled the world, living in Switzerland, Guatemala, and Curacao before returning to the Bay Area. Susan has a B.A. in French, an M.A. in History and Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco. For twenty years, she worked as a teacher and Dean of Students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. She is currently an assessor at the University of San Francisco for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Susan served as president of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay board twice, and has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the board of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy division. She currently serves on the JCC of the East Bay finance committee and is chair of the Jewish Music Festival steering committee. Susan has five children, two stepchildren, and lots of wonderful, amazing grandchildren. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Dick, and joined the board in 2014.
Deborah is a very active Jewish community leader and volunteer. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewish Community High School, Congregation Beth Jacob, and the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. Her previous volunteer work for JFCS/East Bay includes delivering Shabbat meals to homebound seniors. Deborah is a graduate of Brandeis University and lives in Oakland with her husband, Michael, and their two sons. They also have a daughter, who lives in Israel.