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SynagogueThe Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Running for Synagogue Board and Serving as President

Wednesday, October 29 | 8:30PM EDT

Free! Join us as three seasoned synagogue lay leaders come together to discuss the importance of having more women in the lay leadership of synagogues, and some of the challenges they faced in their time as President or VIce President.

Presenters: Jane Blumenstein, Rebecca Saidlower, and Abigail Yasgur
Moderator: Rachel Berke

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Abigail YasgurAbigail Yasgur has just finished her 2 year term as President of congregation B'nai David-Judea in the Pico/Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles. Abigail is the Director of Donor Relations with the Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles. jfla.org 




Jane BlumensteinJane Blumenstein is the President of Congregation Ramath Orah in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights.  She has served on the synagogue board since 2000,  was Vice President from 2009-2012 and is the second year of a three year term.   She is the mother of two, Jack, aged 9 and Rachel aged 13, who attend SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY.


Rebecca SaidlowerRebecca Saidlower served as Vice President of the board of trustees at the Mt. Sinai Jewish Center in Washington Heights. Rebecca is the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Jewish Education Project, where she is transforming a 100-year-old agency to connect with today’s lay leaders, educators and families. 



Rachel BerkeRachel Berke serves on the Board of Trustees of Akiba Academy of Dallas and Yavneh Academy of Dallas.  She is the mother of three children, Mia, 6, Ezra, 10, and Ari, 12.  Previously, Rachel was a corporate attorney at the New York and Dallas offices of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and worked as in-house counsel for both Blockbuster Inc. and TXU Energy.  She and her husband, Matthew, have been active members of Congregation Shaare Tefilla since they moved to Dallas in 1998. 




Women ProfessionalsKnow Your Rights and Leverage Your Strengths at Work

Postponed - New date TBA

Join us as three seasoned professionals come together to discuss strategies for women to excel in the workplace.

There are certain moments in a career cycle that can be key for work-life balance and longterm earnings. Knowing your rights and learning how to navigate these moments are the focus of a session that will go beyond the advice in the popular press. Come away with some practical tips to not only empower yourself, but to help change your work environment. Join Shifra Bronznick who is a leader in the field of advancing women professionals and Ariela Migdal who is a leading civil rights attorney focusing on women's rights and workplace equality. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Sarah Steinberg, a senior executive leader in higher education.

Presenters: Shifra Bronznick, Ariela Migdal 

Moderator: Sarah Steinberg

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Ariela Migdal (@ArielaMigdaljoined the ACLU in 2007 and has worked in such areas as women’s rights, gender-based workplace discrimination and single-sex education. She currently litigates cases concerning discrimination against women in traditionally male-dominated occupations. Migdal clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. She also clerked in the Israel Public Defender office. She received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2001. Migdal also holds an M.A. from London University and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Shifra Bronznick collaborates with social change organizations on deepening their impact. Shifra has provided strategic counsel to dozens of organizations including Catalyst, Medicare Rights Center, Educational Alliance, National Council for Research on Women, Women Donors Network, AUBURN, Building Movement Project, the Revson Foundation, Women Moving Millions, and American Jewish World Service. The leadership consultant to the White House Project for a decade, Shifra designed its National Women’s Leadership Summits, established its Corporate Council, as well as “Women Rule,” a partnership with Oprah magazine. Her long-term action research projects at the Nathan Cummings Foundation resulted in the establishment of a Jewish social justice “roundtable” coalition comprised of all the significant organizations in the field. Founder and President of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, she is co-author with Didi Goldenhar and Marty Linsky of “Leveling the Playing Field.” She has been selected three times by the Forward newspaper as one of the fifty most influential Jews, and most recently received the 2013 Leading Light Award from the Future Work Institute. A senior fellow at NYU’s Research Center for Leadership in Action at the Wagner Graduate School, she teaches strategic leadership in the Executive Masters in Public Administration program. Previously, Shifra was Executive Vice President of Swig, Weiler & Arnow, a major commercial real estate firm in New York.

Dr. Sarah Steinberg - For more than 30 years, Sarah’s professional and personal interests have been at the intersection of technology and education.  After spending more than a dozen years as a practicing civil engineer, Sarah joined Johns Hopkins University in 1993 and held several senior level leadership positions in the School of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost’s Office.  Among many academic and administrative accomplishments, she led the university wide selection and implementation plan for the Student Information System, as well as the selection and implementation of WebCT, Sakai, and later Blackboard.  She was involved in the development and implementation of more than a dozen fully online masters degree programs reaching more than 5000 graduate students per year, and was the lead on the initial Johns Hopkins MOOC partnership with Coursera.  In 2012, she was named the Executive Vice Provost of Johns Hopkins University, with responsibility for university-wide strategic initiatives, including online and distance education. Currently, Sarah is the CEO of two organizations.  ShalomLearning, a non-profit organization, creates technology enhanced and highly interactive teaching and learning environments for Jewish organizations across the United States.  Frogstone Strategies LLC is a higher education consulting firm specializing in online, continuing and professional education.  Sarah is a frequent presenter and she serves on several education technology and workforce development advisory boards.  She has a BS and Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA with a concentration in marketing and finance from Northwestern University, and an EdD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.


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