Board of Directors, Israel
Board of Directors, North America
Chair: Brad Grob (see bio below)
Secretary: Fern Reiss
Mark S. Cohen
John H. Corre*
Sherwin B. Pomerantz*
Audrey Kaplan Scher*
* Past Chair
Founder: Michael Swirsky
Legal Advisor: Richard Aron
Chair: Mark S. Freedman (see bio below)
Vice Chair: Michael Gordon
Treasurer: Bryan Kocen
Secretary: Karen Rivo
Immediate Past Chair: Deborah Shapira*
Thomas K. Barad*
Rabbi David Gedzelman
* Past Chair
Brad Grob - Chair, Israel
Mark Freedman - Chair, North America
Brad currently runs a consulting firm focused on helping companies accelerate revenue growth and impact. His areas of expertise encompass strategy, marketing, product development, and sales/business development. Prior to founding his consulting practice, Brad served as a senior executive in both large companies and start-ups in a revenue/growth role.
Brad has been extensively involved in both the non-profit sector and Jewish community. He was a long term Board member and Board Chair at Leaning Ally which provides services to over 400,000 dyslexic and blind students in the United States. In addition, he served as VP Youth and Executive Committee member for many years at Temple Beth Am, a large Los Angeles based synagogue.
Brad holds an MA in Jewish Studies from the University of Judaism (now known as the American Jewish University). In addition, he has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.
Mark is a Pardes alumnus, having participated in four Pardes Learning Seminars. He has served as a lay leader since joining the North American board in 2018. Mark was appointed Vice-Chair of the board in 2020, is Chair of the Capital Campaign Management Committee, and was appointed Board Chair in 2021. He also helped to establish, with fellow Board member Moshe Werthan, In-Person, and Virtual Pardes Seminars in Nashville, TN.
Mark has held a variety of professional leadership posts with Jewish non-profits over his 37-year career, serving as the Executive Director of Jewish federations in San Antonio, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently he served as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, FL.
Mark is no stranger to the Jewish non-profit world in South Florida, having worked as the Assistant Director of Communications of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation; Executive Director of the Southeast Region of the American Jewish Congress; and Vice President of the Southeast Region of the American Friends of Tel Aviv University. Mark first moved to Broward County in 1992 and currently resides in Parkland with his wife, Leslie J. Klein.