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About AJC
AJC seeks a secure Jewish future in a more just world, believing that each pursuit depends upon the other. 
The two major pillars of AJC’s work are:

  1. Being the global leader for Jewish and Israel advocacy

  2. Serving as a central Jewish-American address for intergroup relations and human rights. 

Through 9 global offices and 26 regional offices around the United States, AJC makes sure that its access and impact in these areas achieve the maximum outcome.  AJC was recently touted as “the most effective, most influential, and most respected of American Jewish organizations” by former French President Sarkozy.  Some 175,000 supporters keep AJC moving forward. 

AJC’s regional office in Westchester is extremely vibrant with some 2,000 members and supporters.  Volunteers develop, create and attend more than 30 programs a year that bring the national and international work of the organization to life at the local level.  They carry this out through their work on 8 Committees: Advancement, Connecticut Outreach, Diplomatic Outreach, Domestic Policy, Energy Security, Interreligious/Intergroup Relations, Jewish Film Festival and Project Interchange.
Our members are thoughtful about Jewish issues and wish to take action on those issues. Get involved today by signing up at our webpage www.ajc.org/westchester, attending our programs and/or joining a Committee.
Upcoming Programs:

  • June 20, 2012 - The Jewish State on the Global Stage – a View from Israel’s Ambassador to the UN," featuring Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor, at Temple Israel Center of White Plains

  • June 21, 2012 - "Common Mistakes Jews and Christians Make About Each Other featuring Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, at the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church

2012 Annual

General Meeting
Keynote Presentation

AJC - Past, Present, and Future
David Harris, AJC National Executive Director and

Dr. Steven Bayme, AJC Director of Contemporary Jewish Life

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Westchester Reform Temple

Scarsdale, New York

Slate of Officers, Executive Committee Members

and Board of Directors
President: Elliott Rose

Treasurer Tom Gottlieb

Secretary Judy Rieger

Vice President: Harry Paul

Vice President: Beverly Rosenbaum

EC at Large #3 Caren Ellis Fried

EC at Large #4 Mona Abramson

EC at Large #6 Leon Gould

EC at Large #7 Ronald Klausner

EC at Large #8 Susan Rose

EC at Large #10 Elisabeth (Liz) Schonfeld

EC at Large #11 Ann Tourk

EC at Large #12 Clifford Wolf
Nominated for a 3-year term, beginning July 1, 2012 and concluding June 30, 2015
1. Marc Auslander (I) 17. Laura Lewis (I)

2. Marc Berenzweig 18. Barry Lovell (I)

3. Paula Blumenfeld (I) 19. Cindy Masters

4. Laurel Borowick (I) 20. Ilene Nechamkin

5. George Bruckman 21. Nancy Petschek-Kohn (I)

6. Polina Erlikh (I) 22. Mark Reisman (I)

7. Rhea Finkelstein 23. Elliott Rose (I)

8. Caren Ellis Fried (I) 24. Thomas Rush (I)

9. Joan Ginsburg (I) 25. Robert Saposh

10. Sam Ginsburg (I) 26. Judith Soffer (I)

11. Stephen Goodman (I) 27. Michael Ward (I)

12. Marvin Israelow (I) 28. Marc Wilenzick

13. Michael Katz 29, Jane Wolansky

14. Dan Kreisler 30. Musa Yenni (I)

15. Alan Kurzer 31. Harriett Zeller
(I) denotes incumbent Board Members
NOTE: All other Officers, Executive Committee Members and Board Members not listed above continue in their current positions.

I. Welcome/Call to Order

  • Stuart Ginsberg, First Vice President, AJC Westchester

II. End of Year Reports

  • President’s Report - Dr. Elliott Rose

  • Treasurer’s Report – Frank Linde

  1. Welcoming Remarks

  • Rabbi Jonathan Blake, Westchester Reform Temple

  1. Nominating Committee Report/Presentation of Slate of Officers, Executive Committee and Board/Installation

  • Michael Ward, Nominating Committee Chair

  1. Featured Program: “AJC – Past, Present and Future”

  • Moderated by Ann Tourk, Chair, History Project

  1. World Premiere: History Project Video

  2. AJC – Past

    • Dr. Steven Bayme, AJC Director of Contemporary Jewish Life

  1. AJC – Present and Future

    • David Harris, AJC National Executive Director

  2. Question and Answer Session

  • Moderated by Ann Tourk

  1. Closing Remarks and Adjournment

  • Stuart Ginsberg, First Vice President

Thank You

  • AJC Westchester: Dr. Elliott Rose, President; Regional Staff: Scott Richman, Director; Jill Friedman, Associate Director; Vicki Kline, Leadership Development Associate; and Valencia Latty-Wynter, Office Administrator

  • Westchester Reform Temple – Rabbi Jonathan Blake, Cantor Jill Abramson, Lisa Messenger, President, Yoel Magid, Executive Director, Jill Sommer, Facilities/Events Coordinator

DAVID HARRIS is one of the Jewish people’s leading advocates and most eloquent spokesmen. The Executive Director of AJC since 1990, he travels the globe meeting with world leaders to advance the well-being of Israel, combat anti-Semitism, monitor the condition of Jewish communities, and promote intergroup and interreligious understanding.
Among the highlights of his early work, he was centrally involved in the emigration of over one million Jews from the Soviet Union and was described by the Washington Post as “one of the leading spokesmen” for the Soviet Jewry movement. In the course of this work, he was twice detained by Soviet authorities and once expelled from the USSR. He was asked by the Jewish community to serve as the national coordinator for the Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jewry, the 1987 demonstration in Washington that drew over 250,000. He also played a behind-the-scenes role in the rescue of the Ethiopian Jewish community in the early 1980s.
Often described as one of the foremost American advocates for Israel’s political and diplomatic standing, Mr. Harris meets frequently with world leaders to discuss the Middle East. He is credited with reversing Japan’s adherence to the Arab boycott against Israel, being a key player in the decades-long struggle to repeal the “Zionism is racism” resolution adopted by the U.N. in 1975, and spearheading AJC’s successful campaign to correct Israel’s anomalous status at the U.N.
As a leading Jewish leader and advocate, he has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most prestigious forums. He was the first head of an American Jewish organization to address the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on matters related to the Middle East, Russian and Soviet affairs, NATO enlargement, and anti-Semitism, as well as before the French Parliament and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Harris has been honored by many governments, including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Spain, and Ukraine for his international human rights activities, advancement of the transatlantic partnership, and dedication to the Jewish people.
Mr. Harris is the author of seven books – The Jewish World, Entering a New Culture, and five volumes of In the Trenches – and co-author of an eighth, The Jokes of Oppression. He has also written hundreds of articles, op-eds, letters, and reviews in leading newspapers and magazines. Since 2001, he has had a regular spot on the CBS Radio Network, reaching 35 million listeners. He also has a popular blog on at the Huffington Post and the Jerusalem Post.
Mr. Harris graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. He then studies international relations at the London School of Economics and spent a year as a Junior Associate at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College). In 2000-02, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hebrew Union College. Most recently, in 2009, he was elected a Senior Associate at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married and is the father of three children.

Stephen Adler

Marc Berenzweig

Richard and Emily Cohen

Alan and Diane Kurzer

Frank and Amy Linde

Cindy Masters and Marc Brodlieb


DR. STEVEN BAYME serves as Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of AJC and of the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.  His responsibilities include Jewish family issues, Jewish education, Israel-Diaspora relations, Jewish identity and continuity, and intra-Jewish relations.
He holds undergraduate degrees in history from Yeshiva University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jewish history from Columbia University.  He has lectured widely across the country and taught at Yeshiva University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and Queens College.  He currently holds the rank of Visiting Associate Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

He has published articles on family policy, intermarriage, liberal Judaism, Jewish parenting, Jewish responses to modernity, Jewish attitudes on terrorism and violence, and modern Orthodoxy in America.  He has edited a volume of essays on American Jewry entitled Facing the Future: Essays on Contemporary Jewish Life, is co-editor of a volume entitled Rebuilding the Nest: A New Commitment to the American Family, and is co-editor of The Jewish Family and Jewish Continuity.  His volume Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary is widely used in adult education.  His volume of essays on contemporary Jewish life is titled Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, has served on the faculties of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Nahum Goldman Fellowship, the Wexner Foundation Fellowship Committee, and frequently as a judge for the National Jewish Book Awards.  He has been widely cited in the media on Jewish communal issues and was profiled in Lifestyles magazine. Three times he has been named in the Forward’s annual list of the top 50 Jewish leaders who “make a difference”.  In its 2001 listing, the Forward noted that Dr. Bayme “influences the debate on a variety of issues and has helped steer his organization into position as the leading address in the national Jewish discussion”. 

Dr. Bayme is married and has three children and one grandchild.  He resides in Riverdale, New York.
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