Andy Polan

Andy Polan

President
Leonard Zuckerman

Leonard Zuckerman

Vice President

 

Len Zuckerman currently serves as Vice President and is in his 9th year as a Stony Brook Hillel Board member. He also served as its Secretary and Development Chairman. As a member of Dix Hills Jewish Center, he co-chairs the Cantor Concert Committee and is a member of its Finance Committee. In his 12 years as a DHJC Trustee, he chaired the Education and Social Action Committees and led Social Action initiative to help a new immigrant family from the Soviet Union join our community. He also served on the JTS and Israel Bonds Committees. Strongly committed to Jewish education, Leonard was a founding member and President of SAJES, the Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services. He assisted SAJES in becoming an affiliated agency of UJA-Federation and served on the subsequent board of the Jewish Education Project. He was a founding board member of SHMA, the regional Hebrew High School. Together Len and his wife Ellen are members of UJA-Federation’s Suffolk Cabinet and frequently visit Israel. A retired electronics engineer, Len was founder and President of his own small R&D firm for 28 years. He served on the Long Island Forum for technology, LIFT, Board and on its Executive Committee. Len was raised in an observant home in Far Rockaway, where he was active in the Boy Scout movement and became an Eagle Scout.

Kevin Leopold '93

Kevin Leopold '93

Kevin Leopold has worked as a fundraising professional for Jewish non-profit organizations since graduating with his Masters of Social Work at Yeshiva University in 1995 with a concentration in community organization.  Kevin is the Northeast Executive Director of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) and is responsible for all fundraising related activities in the Greater New York and New England Regions.  Since joining AABGU in 2005 Mr. Leopold has been a key member of the development team that has helped the organization grow its operations and impact on Ben-Gurion University and the Negev Region.  Prior to working at AABGU, Kevin was Director of Development at Metropolitan Jewish Health System where he worked for 7 years managing major gifts and special events including annual concerts at Lincoln Center, galas at the Waldorf Astoria, golf outings, Broadway fundraisers, and annual membership drives.  Kevin attended SUNY Stony Brook and proudly served as a Hillel student board member from 1989 until graduating in 1993.  He also served as Hillel student president in 1992-1993 and spearheaded the UJA-Federation campus campaigns during his tenure.  Kevin currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and three boys.

 

Andrew Flescher

Andrew Flescher

Andrew M. Flescher, Ph.D., is a Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine and Professor of English at Stony Brook University. In July, 2017, Dr. Flescher joined the national ethics committee of UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) and sits on the Living Donor Committee and Hospital Ethics Committee at Stony Brook Hospital where he is also a Living Donor Advocate.  Core faculty in Stony Brook’s Program in Public Health, Dr. Flescher is a scholar of biomedical ethics and public health policy and a member of the APHA’s working group on the Primary Prevention of War. Dr. Flescher’s other areas of expertise include comparative religious ethics, health care policy, organ donation policy, medical ethics, and the interface between ethics and literature. Dr. Flescher received his B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and History from Duke University (1991) and his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in Religious Studies from Brown University. In addition to writing several articles and book chapters, he is the author of four books:  Heroes, Saints, and Ordinary Morality (2003), The Altruistic Species: (2007, winner of the Choice Award), Moral Evil (2013, winner of the Prose Award), and most recently The Organ Shortage Crisis in America (January, 2018). 

Eric M. Fried

Eric M. Fried

Eric Fried is an accounting and tax partner at Janover LLC, a mid-size CPA firm with offices in Garden City, NY and New York City. Eric’s clients are closely-held businesses and high net worth individuals involved in real estate, financial services, and professional services. He is a a member of the Firm's Tax Practice Committee and Director of Continuing Education.  Eric received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Hofstra University.  He is licensed in the states of New York, New Jersey, and California. Eric is a frequent speaker at firm continuing education seminars.

Eric has over 30 years of accounting experience. He is a member  of  the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the New  Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Eric enjoys tennis, biking, traveling and reading.

Dr. Lee Koppelman

Dr. Lee Koppelman

Honorary Chairman
Rachel Chabin  BA '19

Rachel Chabin BA '19

 
Rachel Chabin graduated from Stony Brook University in May of 2019 with a double major in Spanish Language & Literature and Political Science, with a minor in Judaic Studies. In her time at Stony Brook, she served on the board of the Jewish Student Association as a general member, secretary, and chair of religious programming. This fall she will be studying at Yeshivat Hadar in NYC, pursuing full-time Talmud and Torah study in preparation for rabbinical school. 
Dean Paul Edelson

Dean Paul Edelson

Dr. Edelson is former Dean of Stony Brook University's School of Professional Development. He holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from New York University and a JD from Hofstra Law School. Dr. Edelson has published five books, as well as over 100 articles, papers and presentations on adult learning, leadership, academic planning, electronic distance learning and creativity. He is a member of the both the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations, a Mediator and the elected Justice for the Incorporated Village of Poquott.

Dr. Barry Helprin

Dr. Barry Helprin

Adam Katz

Adam Katz

Graduate Student

Adam Katz studies Renaissance English literature, specializing in the history of rhetoric and the development of literary trickery as a weapon against censorship during the tumultuous political history of the Tudors and Stuarts. He also has a soft spot in his heart for philology and etymology. He has giving papers at conferences held at UC San Diego, Stony Brook University, and Lehman College in the Bronx. Adam has recently had a book review published in the magazine Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Adam is excited to be part of the board's initiative to improve programming and services for graduate students.

Dr. Gallya  Lahav

Dr. Gallya Lahav

 

Gallya Lahav is Associate Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University, where she has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010), and the Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Arts and Sciences, SBU (2017).   Dr. Lahav teaches and writes on international migration and European integration. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship for her current book project on Migration, Security and Civil Liberties. She has also served as a consultant to the UN Population Division, and has been expert witness to the US Special Operations Forces, European Parliament, the Israel Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA), and the Canadian Air Transport Safety Association. She was named distinguished visiting chair professor of Mobility at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) in Switzerland (2010), and has participated as visiting faculty in the International MA Program on Migration at Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2013-16). Lahav is a native-born ‘sabra’, committed to bridge her transnational identity, both professionally and personally.

David Knishkowy

David Knishkowy

Karen Mendelsohn

Karen Mendelsohn

Karen Joskow Mendelsohn received her degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Cortland. Following a few years ofprivate sector work experience, she returned to academia and received a graduate degree in Higher Education and College Student Personnel at IndianaUniversity, Bloomington. While at I.U., she served as a Academic Advisor, Advisor to the Union Board, and Coordinator of Graduate Women's Orientation.

She accepted a position at Stony Brook University as the Director of Student Activities and was charged with creating a department. Many of her initiatives have become part of  Stony Brook's traditions .

She moved into the academic arena in health professions when she accepted a position in the Health Sciences Center as an Assistant to the Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Allied Health Professions (now known as the School of Health Technology and Management). She was subsequently promoted to the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor. She chairs the School's Admissions Committee, works closely with the Curriculum Committee and oversees all academic and student affairs related issues and processes for 14 professional and clinical health professions programs.  

Her campus involvements include Stony Brook Child Care Services Board of Directors (Chair), Hillel Board of Directors, Proclarity Budget Group, Middle States Self Study, Health Sciences Mental Health Advisory Board, to name a few, and has served on numerous search committees and task forces. As an administrative leader who solves problems and mentors faculty, staff and students, Dean Mendelsohn is dedicated to student development andeadership, and has a special interest in interdisciplinary education.

Dr. Harold Metcalf

Dr. Harold Metcalf

Professor Metcalf has been on the faculty since 1968 working in the Physics department. His lab is active with graduate and undergraduate students. He has two sons and four wonderful grandchildren.

Robert Presser  BA '17, MBA '19

Robert Presser BA '17, MBA '19

 
Robert Presser completed a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing at Stony Brook University in May 2019. There, he also received a Bachelors of Arts in Music in May 2017. Robert has been involved in Stony Brook Hillel since he was a freshman. During his senior year, he was a Peer-Network Engagement Intern. That year, he was also the master of ceremonies at the annual Festival of Lights event, which honors the diversity of religions month of December. Robert joined the Stony Brook Hillel Board of Directors in August 2017 when he served as the Graduate Student Representative. Robert is pursing a career in entertainment marketing.
 
Dr. Ira Rezak

Dr. Ira Rezak

Dr. Ira Rezak is a graduate of Columbia College (1959) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1963). After an internship at SUNY Syracuse and two years’ service as a medical officer in the US Navy, he was a resident in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and subsequently a fellow in pulmonary medicine at Albert Einstein. He was on the faculty of SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine from 1970 to 2010 where he became Professor of Clinical Medicine (now Emeritus). While at Stony Brook he was head of the MICU and of pulmonary medicine as well as acting Chief of Staff at the Northport VA Medical Center, secretary of the Medical Faculty Senate, head of the physical diagnosis course, founder and organizer of the School's History of Medicine Group, President of the Stony Brook Hebrew Congregation, and a Member and Past President of the Board of Directors at Hillel of Stony Brook. For most of his life Dr Rezak has been a student of Jewish and of Medical History and has collected objects, especially medals, that shed light on such history. Dr Rezak is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Physicians and the American Numismatic Society. For the past 15 years he has been President of the Harry G. Friedman Society , a group of collectors and curators concerned with Jewish material culture, at the Jewish Museum in New York City. He is married to Dr. Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, a Professor of Mediaeval History at NYU.

Dean Howard Schneider

Dean Howard Schneider

 
Howard Schneider is the founding Dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University and currently the Director of the university' s Center for News Literacy.  Schneider was a reporter and editor at Newsday for 35 years, nearly 18 of those years, he was managing editor and then editor.Under his tenure, the paper won eight Pulitzer Prizes. 
 
At Stony Brook, Schneider helped develop the nation’s first undergraduate course in News Literacy, which seeks to have undergraduates across all disciplines learn how to become more discerning news consumers. The course has subsequently spread to universities around the nation and world and is now being adapted for high schools and middle schools. He also collaborated with the actor Alan Alda in launching the country’s first Center for Communicating Science, which trains future and current scientists on how to communicate more effectively with the public.

Schneider began his teaching career at Stony Brook as an adjunct professor of journalism from 1980-1982. Previously, he had been an adjunct professor of journalism at Queens College in 1979. In 2003,Schneider was the recipient of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Alumnus Award (M.S.’67). He earned his B.A at Syracuse University in psychology and journalism (’66). He has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize judging panel three times.
 
Dean Yacov Shamash

Dean Yacov Shamash

Dr. Shamash is Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. As Vice President, a position he has held since 2000, Dr. Shamash supervises the University’s three incubators, two New York State Centers for Advanced Technology, the NYS Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), the Small Business Development Center, and the workforce development programs of the Center for Emerging Technologies. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has over 1,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. In 1994 he led the effort by SUNY's engineering schools to create the highly successful state-wide SPIR program (Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence). During the past ten years, working through the SPIR program, the College has partnered with more than 220 companies to assist them with more than 1,150 projects.

Dr. Shamash is a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet) and the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT). He serves on the boards of Keytronic, American Medical Alert, Netsmart Technologies, and Invision.com. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Shamash served as Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University and was responsible for the establishment of a National Science Foundation Industry/University Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits. He has held faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. A Fellow of the IEEE, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England, and has authored more than 130 publications.

Gloria B. Snyder MA '72

Gloria B. Snyder MA '72

Immediate Past President

 

Gloria Snyder is Vice President of Mark J Snyder Financial Services, Inc., a full service financial consulting firm. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from American University and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from SUNY at Stony Brook.

After a five year teaching career in East Islip School district, Gloria decided to enter the business world and founded specialties Galore, Ltd., a product fundraising company. Gloria’s company quickly became very successful and eventually was directly involved in helping over 250 schools, scouting groups and other organizations in their fund raising efforts. After twenty eight years, Gloria sold her business and joined her husband’s firm.

Gloria has generously served and held leadership roles in many not-for-profit and community organizations. She is past president and currently a vice president at Temple Isaiah. She is also one of the chairpersons of both the Mather hospital One Enchanted Evening Gala and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Gala.

Gloria is past president of the Stony Brook Alumni Association. She currently is serving as chairperson of the Stony Brook Cancer Center Advancement Council, Past President of the Hillel Foundation Executive Board and is on the Board of Directors at Jefferson Ferry. 

Gloria has been awarded many honors, including the Good Deed Award for the Suffolk County Council of Boy Scouts of America. She was the honoree, along with her husband, at Temple Isaiah’s Annual dinner Dance. She and her husband were also honored by The Hillel Center at Stony Brook University by having the center named the Gloria and Mark Snyder Hillel Center. They jointly received the Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence from Stony Brook University and the Theodore Roosevelt Award from Mather Hospital. In 2007, Gloria was named Volunteer of the Year from the Village Times Herald newspaper. Then in 2009 she was named a Paul Harris Fellow from the Patchogue Rotary Club. Suffolk County Hadassah presented her with the Myrtle Wreath Award in 2006. She and her husband also received the Golden Eagle Award from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and were honored by UJA at the Suffolk County Inaugural Dinner.

Gloria currently lives in Belle Terre with her husband Mark. Their greatest pride, joy and happiness in their lives are their two children, Chad and Heather and their granchildren Benjamin and Juniper.

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