Board of Directors

July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

 
Deborah Sosebee, Secretary
Sheldon Kahn, Treasurer

Susan Adler-Bressler, MD
Joel ben Izzy
Rachel Biale
Rabbi Steven A. Chester
Fred Feller
Karen M. Galatz
Rabbi Yoel H. Kahn, Ph.D., D.D.
Alfred M. Norek
Susan Seeley, Ed.D.
Carmi Weininger
Vicki Zatkin

 
Judy David Bloomfield, President
Judy is a graduate of Stanford University and the SF Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. During her eighteen-year tenure as a program director at United Way of the Bay Area, she led an employer association called One Small Step that advanced the development of work-life programs by showcasing innovative workplace practices through publications and seminars. Judy also served as Founding President of the National Work Family Alliance, the trade association now known as the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. In recent years, Judy has focused on family and community, raising her now teen-age children, Cole and Eliana, with her husband, Leon, and volunteering in the Piedmont schools and at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland. Judy is active in the Bay Area’s Second Generation community and has organized numerous Holocaust education and remembrance activities. She is writing a book to share the memoirs of her mother, who survived Auschwitz. The project currently involves translating family letters written in Hungarian from pre- and post-WWII years. Judy is also a singer and enjoys performing with various ensembles. She joined the JFCS/East Bay Board of Directors in 2013 and became President in 2015.
 
Harvey M. Weinstein, MD, MPH, Vice President
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.
 
Deborah Sosebee, Secretary
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.
 
Sheldon Kahn, Treasurer
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.
 
Joel ben Izzy
Joel is an internationally known storyteller, author, and story consultant. Since graduating from Stanford in 1983, where he studied English, Creative Writing and Storytelling, Joel has traveled the world gathering and telling tales, always with a specialty in Jewish folklore. In addition to his performances and workshops, Joel has become one of the nation’s leading story consultants and executive story coaches. While his client list is broad—from entertainment to technology to financial services to philanthropy—his focus is always helping clients to harness the power of storytelling for more effective and compelling communication. Joel is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, which has been translated into fifteen languages. His forthcoming book, Snow and Oranges, will be published for Chanukah 2016. He joined the board in 2015 and lives in Berkeley with his wife, Taly Rutenberg, who is a psychotherapist

Rachel Biale
Rachel was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She received her BA and MA in Jewish History from UCLA and her MSW from Yeshiva University. She is the author of Women and Jewish Law and two illustrated books for parents and children. Rachel trained as a clinical social worker at Yeshiva University and has worked in the Bay Area Jewish community for over twenty years, including a ten-year tenure as a clinician at JFCS/East Bay. She has also served as the Director of Community Education at the Osher Marin JCC and as the Bay Area Regional Director of Progressive Jewish Alliance. She has also served as the director of Bible by the Bay/Lehrhaus 360, a project of Lehrhaus Judaica, and is currently on the board of Urban Adamah. Rachel lives in Berkeley and joined the JFCS/East Bay board in 2015.

Rabbi Steven A. Chester
Rabbi Chester is rabbi emeritus at Temple Sinai, having retired after a twenty-two-year, highly regarded tenure. He graduated from UCLA and was ordained at Hebrew Union in Cincinnati. He has collaborated widely in both the Jewish and general communities of the East Bay. Rabbi Chester is on the board of the Alameda County Food Bank and joined the JFCS/East Bay board in 2012.

Fred Feller
Fred joined the board in 2012. He is a longtime partner of Buresh, Kaplan, Feller & Chang, a Berkeley law firm specializing in civil litigation. He has been involved with several legal assistance nonprofits, including longtime board service at Bay Area Legal Aid. Fred has also served on various City of Berkeley public bodies, including the Police Review Commission, the Housing Advisory Commission, and the Berkeley South Branch Library Campaign Committee. He has also served on the Aurora Theatre board of directors.

Karen M. Galatz
Karen moved to Berkeley from Washington, D.C. in 2013 and became a board member in 2015. She first became involved with JFCS/East Bay as a volunteer with our refugee resettlement program. Karen has a background in media and as a human rights advocate in government and nonprofit arenas. Her news credentials include The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and the Nightly Business Report. In government, she served as a White House Fellow/Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of State, a Member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, and had two gubernatorial appointments. Her expertise includes executive leadership, communications, development, advocacy, and policy analysis addressing refugee and immigrant rights, human trafficking, global public health needs, and services for seriously ill children. Karen and her husband, Jon Wellinghoff, former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman, have two children.

Rabbi Yoel H. Kahn, Ph.D., D.D.
Rabbi Yoel Kahn serves as rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Berkeley. In addition to his work with several other congregations, Rabbi Kahn has also served as Executive Director of Stanford Hillel; Director of Curriculum for Synagogue 2000; and Associate Director of the JCC of San Francisco. He is also the former Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council and former host of Mosaic, a monthly public affairs TV program featuring Jewish community issues. Rabbi Kahn was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and received his Ph.D. through the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Rabbi Kahn lives in Berkeley with his husband, Dan, and their son, Adam. He joined the board in 2011.

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.
 
Carmi Weininger
Carmi joined the board in 2011. She owns and operates the ReactorPanel Saddle Company, which provides ergonomic saddles as well as education to riders in the Bay Area and beyond. Prior to starting her first business, Carmi worked in computer distribution as director of sales and marketing and then in the contract electronics manufacturing industry as director of program management. Carmi has served on the board of the Metropolitan Horseman’s Association and was on a special commission to identify and nominate board members for the California Dressage Society East Bay Chapter. Carmi was raised in Berkeley, where she and her family are active in the Jewish community, and currently lives in Oakland.
 
Vicki Zatkin
Vicki is currently Vice President, Board and Corporate Governance Services for Kaiser Permanente and has worked as an attorney for Kaiser since 1983. Before joining Kaiser, Vicki was a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and in private practice in Richmond. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has her law degree from Hastings College of the Law. Vicki has served on the boards of Tehiyah Day School and the Judah L. Magnes Museum. She has also long been active with the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, currently serving on its Planning Committee. Vicki and her husband, Steve, live in Oakland. Her daughter, Rachel; stepson, Michael; and two grandchildren all live in the Bay Area. Vicki joined the board in 2011.