Our Boards

Board of Directors, Israel

Board of Directors, North America

Chair: Morlie Levin (see bio below)
Treasurer: Brad Grob
Secretary: Fern Reiss

Alan Adler
Jean Balcombe
Michael Brous
Yisrael Campbell
John H. Corre*
Michael Gillis*
Brian Glenville*
Nathaniel Jhirad
Larry Kluger
Sim Mann
Sherwin B. Pomerantz*
Audrey Kaplan Scher*
Jonathan Tassoff
Toby Ticktin Back
Lynne Weinstein
* Past Chair

Founder: Michael Swirsky
Legal Advisor: Richard Aron

Chair: Mark S. Freedman (see bio below)
Vice Chair: Mark Levenfus*
Treasurer: Bryan Kocen
Secretary: Karen Rivo

Thomas K. Barad*
Rabbi David Gedzelman
Francine M. Gordon*
Michael Gordon
Daniel Krasner
Darell Krasnoff
David Kuney
Faith Brigham Leener
Ilana Meskin
David Shapira
Deborah Shapira*
Suzanne Wachsstock
Libby Werthan*
Moshe Werthan*
* Past Chair

Morlie Levin - Chair, Israel

Mark Freedman - Chair, North America

Morlie is an alum of Pardes, having attended the Summer 2021 PLS and is a devotee of community education classes in Jerusalem. She joined the board in 2019 and became chair in 2021.

Morlie was the CEO of NEXT, the alumni division of the Birthright Israel Foundation, and before that served as the National Executive Director of Hadassah. Prior to moving to New York, she was the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Donor Initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where she launched LA’s first Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund.

Before entering the Jewish communal field, Morlie honed a unique set of analytical skills at the RAND Corporation and ran her own consulting firm focusing on strategic planning and marketing for Fortune 100 companies. She continues to consult and coach, now focusing almost exclusively on the Jewish non-profit sector.

She was a Wexner Heritage Fellow, a founding Board member of the Jewish People Policy Institute, and a former member of the boards of the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Jewish New Teacher Project.

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.