Staff, Board & Advisors


JCLP Staff

David I. Sarnat
Longtime Jewish communal professional David Sarnat brings 40 years of experience, knowledge, connections and relationships to the Jewish Community Legacy Project. He served the Federation in Cleveland as Director for Planning, was Executive Director in Atlanta for 21 years and was also the U.S. Representative to the Federation System for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Sarnat's recognition of an urgent need to preserve and honor the legacies of declining small Jewish communities around the country set in motion the establishment of JCLP.

Noah Levine
Senior Vice President

Noah Levine is a non-profit consultant and philanthropic advisor. He retired in August 2011 after 30 years of service with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. As Associate Executive Director there he oversaw human resource development, community relations and young leadership departments. Before joining Federation, he worked for Jewish Family Services of Philadelphia in their services for aging department. Mr. Levine served as president of Congregation Etz Chaim, a conservative synagogue in the metropolitan Atlanta area, and has consulted with area congregations on planning, fundraising and leadership and board development issues.

Steven J. Edelstein

He has had forty years’ experience in the Jewish Federation field, having been chief executive officer of Federations in Nashville, Toledo and New Bedford, Massachusetts. A native of Johnstown, Pa. who grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, Steve is a graduate of Kent State University and holds master's degrees from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Baltimore Hebrew University. As Midwest Area Director of the Council of Jewish Federations, Steve counselled small and intermediate Federations on personnel, strategic planning and fund-raising issues. He and his wife Elaine reside in Columbus, Ohio


JCLP Board

Ann Tettlebaum
Treasurer and Board Member, Temple Beth EI; Treasurer, Hadassah Mid-Missouri Deborah Chapter; Past President and member, Friends of the Moniteau County Library; Volunteer Income Tax assistance.

David I. Sarnat, Treasurer
Past Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta; Board member, Jewish Kids Group; past member Weber School, Executive Committee; past Board member Greenfield Hebrew Academy and William Breman Jewish Home.

Lisa B. Frankel
Director of Programs and Administration, American Jewish Archives. Volunteer with Most Valuable Kids in Cincinnati, an organization that provides recreational, social and cultural experiences for children-at-risk.

H. Arnold Gefsky
Chairperson, Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives; Director, Jewish Association on Aging; Chairperson, Musagim (Jewish museum project); Vice Chairperson, North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band; Past Chair: Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and its Foundation.

Michael Z. Kay, Chair of the Board
Executive Committee Member: The Weber School; Past Chair of the Board: Jewish Family & Career Services; Past Chair of the Community Foundation of Metropolitan Atlanta; Past Chair: Planning & Allocations Committee, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta; Past Officer: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

Michael Alan Berkelhammer
Past President: Beth David Syn. Current Member Bd. Past President: Greensboro Jewish Federation, current member Bd. Past Chair: Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, current member of Executive Committee, Investment committee, Board, and Chair Development committee NC Hillel, Camp Ramah Darom, and Women’s Resource Center.

JCLP Board Members

Samuel Morris Bernstine
President of Temple Hadar Israel., New Castle, PA; current member of the Penn State Alumni Association Executive Council Board and serves as the Chairperson of the Membership Committee; former president of the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society; was selected as the Penn State 2010 Volunteer of the Year; currently serving as the Chairperson of the fundraising effort - “For the future: The Campaign for Penn State Students", Shenango Campus.

Marilyn Forman Chandler
Executive Director, Greensboro Jewish Federation JWLP, Elon University Jewish Life Advisory Committee.

Etta Raye Hirsch
Board member: Jewish Women’s Foundation, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Jewish Home Life Communities Foundation; Atlanta Scholars Kollel, Temima High School for Girls; past board member of The Epstein (Solomon Schechter) School, Congregation Beth Jacob.

David Hoguet
Board Chair, Plum Street Temple Historic Preservation Fund; Wise Temple Investment Committee; Current Boards: Talbert House, GRAD Cincinnati; Past Boards: Seven Hills School; Public Media Connect – CET/Think TV.

Bernard King-Smith
International Board member, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ); President, Hevre Kadisha of Ulster County (NY); Vice President Leadership Development, Ulster County Jewish Federation; Treasurer, Jewish Family Services of Ulster County; Past President and Board member, Congregation Ahavath Israel Kingston NY.

Rabbi David Lyon
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, Texas; Member of the CCAR (Central Conference of America Rabbis) Board of Trustees and chairs its Professional Development Committee; immediate-past president of SWARR (Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis). In Houston, serves on the United Way of Greater Houston Board of Trustees and its Community Impact Committee; serves on Interfaith Ministries of Houston Board of Trustees; immediate-past Chair of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center and is a Lifetime Honorary Board Member.

Marc Newman
Member, Union for Reform Judaism North American Board of Trustees; Chair, URJ Legacy Congregation Committee; Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism Board; Reform Pension Fund, Pension and Welfare Funds of Local 638 United Association of Steamfitters, Metal Trades Division; Chair of URJ Early Childhood Education and Young Family Engagement; Past Chair of URJ Eisner Camp; Past Chair of the NYC UJA Federation Association of Jewish Sponsored Camps.

Leslie Dannin Rosenthal
Chair, Network of Independent Communities Advisory Committee, Jewish Federations of North America; Member JFNA Board of Trustees; Immediate Past President, Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West, New Jersey; Past President, Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange, NJ.

Marcia Storch
Past President of Temple B’Nai Israel, Olean, NY, A Legacy Congregation, Social Action activities, Afterschool program, Voter Registration, Sisterhood and Congregation activities.
Current Board Secretary of Temple Shir Shalom, Gainesville, FL, Vice President of Democratic Women’s Club of Alachua County .


Community Advisory Committee

Nancy Banker
Trenton, MI

Myron Chijner
Steubenville, OH

Robert Ellison
Parkersburg, WVA

Connie Hornung
Lima, OH

Marcia Storch
Olean, NY

Herb Sussman
Auburn, NY

Historian Advisor

Lee Shai Weissbach
Lee Shai Weissbach is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Louisville and the author of Jewish Life in Small Town America: A History (Yale University Press, 2005).

For more information contact:
Noah Levine