Board of Directors
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Rina Alcalay, Ph.D, MFT
Wayne E. Batavia
Judy David Bloomfield
Rabbi Steven A. Chester
Rabbi Yoel H. Kahn, Ph.D., D.D.
Rick Maisel, Ph.D.
Harvey M. Weinstein, MD, MPH
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.
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.
Helen is president of New Market Solutions and founder and president of the Pacific Art Group. Over the course of her career, she has served as CEO of six retailers and consumer product companies and has advised senior management of more than seventy top global retailers and consumer product companies. Helen is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she earned both her MBA and bachelor of science degrees. She has also served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Berkeley Hillel. Helen joined the board in 2012.
Ruth was the program director of the JCC of the East Bay from 2000 to 2006. Previously, she served for over twenty years as the director of a federally funded program for low-income single parents and re-entry women at the College of Alameda. Her other professional experience includes career counseling, women’s studies instructor, and early childhood educator. She earned her B.A. from Roosevelt University in Chicago and her M.A in psychology from the University of San Francisco. Ruth and her husband, Barry, live in Berkeley and have three children and three grandchildren. She joined the board in 2007.
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.
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.