Rabbi Peter Berg, Atlanta
Rabbi, Temple Sinai
Rabbi Peter Berg is the senior rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Ocean Township, New Jersey, Rabbi Berg holds a degree in Education and Human Development, with a focus in human services, counseling and Judaic Studies from The George Washington University.
He earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature and his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem, where he was a Steinhardt Fellow.
In July 2008, Peter Berg became the fifth person to hold the title of senior rabbi of The Temple since 1895. Prior to coming to The Temple, he served as rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, New Jersey and as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he served Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York as a rabbinic intern and at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, as its Youth Director.
Over the years, Rabbi Berg has spent a great deal of time working with advocacy groups on issues such as separation of church and state, the death penalty, civil rights, religious freedom, welfare reform, hate crimes, and the environment. In addition to CIE, Rabbi Berg currently serves on the Board of American Jewish Committee, The Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, URJ Camp Coleman Clergy Advisory Board, The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rabbi Berg is on the editorial committee for the new machzor (High Holy Day Prayer Book) for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is a member of the Greater Atlanta Reform Clergy Association and the Atlanta Rabbinical Association.
Marc Berman, Chicago
Partner, O'Connor Partners
Marc Berman is a Partner of O'Connor Partners in Chicago, IL. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Joffrey Ballet and is Chairman of its Audit Committee and an Ad-hoc member of its Executive Committee. Marc is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Baruch College Fund of Baruch College of the City University of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Counsel of Jewish Elderly. A graduate of Baruch College with a BBA in Accounting, Mr. Berman earned his JD from the Brooklyn Law School. He was previously the President of Congregation B'nai Torah in Highland Park and a Board Member of the Jewish Federation of Chicago.
Ted Blum, Atlanta
Attorney, Greenberg Traurig
Ted Blum is the Managing Shareholder of the Atlanta Office of Greenberg Traurig and chair of the firm’s Atlanta Corporate and Securities Practice.
As Managing Shareholder, Ted is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the Atlanta office, which has more than 100 attorneys. An accomplished attorney, Ted leads and advises a team with the strategic business, legal and market experience needed to manage and close complex business transactions, as well as to provide counsel on day-to-day operations. Ted has been recognized for his legal work through listings in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017), Georgia Super Lawyers (2006-2017), Chambers USA (2007-2017), and Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite (2008-2013, 2015-2016).
Ted supports his community through his involvement with several organizations. He currently serves as chairman of the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s Advisory Board supporting youth education, is on the board of trustees for Junior Achievement, is the Chair of the Task Force of the Rotary Club of Atlanta to Fight Human Trafficking and Slavery, and acts as General Counsel to the Jack & Jill Foundation.
Ted is also active in an array of Jewish Philanthropic roles and serves as General Counsel of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, as well as being active in a variety of Jewish charities. In 2015 Ted, his wife Leah, and their family were honored at the annual celebration of The Epstein School.
A native of Champaign, Illinois, Ted graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He earned a law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1992 before moving to his wife Leah’s hometown of Atlanta. Ted and Leah have three children: Josh, Abigail, and Evan.
Diana Fiedotin, Atlanta
Diana Fiedotin is the Director of Strategic Relations for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
Throughout her professional and voluntary career, Diana has channeled her skills toward safeguarding the welfare of Jews in distress and strengthening Jewish communities. A veteran JDC professional, she specializes in cultivating relations between JDC and North American federations and philanthropists, to secure their support for its projects throughout the world, including the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Argentina, Africa, and Israel.
Diana has traveled extensively in order to be an effective and informed advocate for people in need. Previously, as a senior executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, she stood at the helm of the Federation's efforts to provide relief in the aftermath of disasters such as earthquakes in Haiti and Japan and the Carmel wildfire in Israel. Prior to her tenure at the Los Angeles Federation, Diana founded Lifeline to Argentina which, in partnership with the Los Angeles Federation, raised over $2 million for the Jewish community during the country’s economic crisis of 2001-2004.
Diana is a graduate of Brown University and served on the National Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities (forerunner of Jewish Federations of North America).
Jonathan Ginsberg, Atlanta
Attorney and Website Publisher
Jonathan Ginsberg has been in private law practice in the Atlanta area since 1987, with a focus on personal bankruptcy and Social Security disability claimant representation. A native of Atlanta, Jonathan attended the Epstein School in Atlanta when it was first founded. He graduated with honors from Tulane College in New Orleans and thereafter from Tulane College of Law. Jonathan has developed and published over 50 websites and blogs about his areas of law practice and he directs and produces videos for his firm's YouTube channels. He has published two books about Social Security disability and is a regular contributor to a variety of websites including credit.com and the Circle of Legal Trust. Jonathan regularly teaches at live continuing legal education training and he serves on the faculty of Solo Practice University, an on-line learning portal for small firm lawyers.
Mark Goldfeder, Atlanta
Professor, Emory Law School
Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Esq. is Special Counsel for International Affairs at the American Center for Law and Justice, Senior Lecturer at Emory University School of Law, Spruill Family Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and Director of the Restoring Religious Freedom Project. He is also Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Law and Judaism, and has served as an adviser to the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations.
Dr. Goldfeder received his Law Degree from the NYU School of Law, and his LLM and doctorate from Emory University. He also holds two rabbinic ordinations (yoreh yoreh; Yeshiva University and Rivavot Ephraim) and two judicial ordinations (yadin yadin; Rav Gedaliah Dov Schwartz, Av Beth Din, Rabbinical Council of America and Chicago Rabbinical Council, and Rav Dovid Schochet, President, Toronto Rabbinical Council)
Goldfeder's work focuses primarily on law and religion, international law, family law, and Israeli law, and he publishes widely in those areas. Most recently, he co-authored the newest edition of the five-volume treatise Religious Organizations and the Law (Westlaw, 2017). A frequent speaker at national and international conferences, Goldfeder has also taught courses at Georgia State University School of Law and Florida Southern College (USA), University of Padua and Scuola Galileana (Italy), and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliyah's Radzyner Law School (Israel).
Josh Goldstein, Cleveland
Businessman, Family Bronze
Josh Goldstein is a 1994 graduate of Emory University, where he wrote his honors thesis on the Camp David Peace Agreement with guidance from Dr. Ken Stein.
In 1997, he earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and was a summer clerk at the Department of Justice-Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. He practiced law for four years as a litigator/city prosecutor at Taft Stettinius and Hollister in Cleveland, later joining his family’s small manufacturing business. In 2008, Josh started a bronze memorial company called Family Bronze. He has taught Israeli history to high schoolers at Temple Tifereth and Park Synagogue in Cleveland for 10 years and spends his free time researching and writing Jewish history.
David Horwitz, Atlanta
David is chairman of the Kwalu Group of companies who manufacture furniture for the health care market. He is the past chairman of the Cape Town Federation (South Africa) and he has been an executive committee member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. David is a board member of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), chairman of the Latin America committee, and co-chairman of the annual campaign. He is married to Merle and they have 2 children and 4 grand children, all living in Atlanta.
Phil Rubin, Atlanta
Founder and CEO, rDialogue
Phil is the founder and CEO of rDialogue, a leading customer loyalty and relationship marketing firm, working with a range of blue-chip companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to leading mid-market brands. He has 25 years of strategic marketing experience with an emphasis on customer loyalty and relationship marketing, integrated communications, partnership development, promotions and program development. Phil has an MBA with a concentration in marketing and strategy from the A. B. Freeman School at Tulane University and a BS in Finance from LSU. Mr. Rubin is also heavily involved in non-profit leadership. He serves on the boards and/or executive committees of the Anti-Defamation League, The Weber School Jewish High School in Atlanta and the American Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Rob Rubin, Chicago
Investment Principal, Diamond Group
Since 1998, Rob Rubin has been the Managing Principal of the Diamond Group, an investment group that operates various companies and partnerships engaged in asset management and realestate investments. In addition to his business interests, Mr. Rubin is Vice-Chairman of the JNF Parsons Water Fund and a member of the Board of Governors of Aleh Negev, which supports facilities for developmentally disabled children and adults in Israel. Rob received his BA from Harvard College in 1978 and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1986.
Phil Schatten, New York
Chief Executive Officer, RAI Group
Philip Schatten is the Chief Executive Officer of RAI Group, an asset based lending company. His volunteer engagement with Jewish communal organizations has stretched across a life-time.
He has served on the board of directors of UJA-Federation of New York, on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and was chair of the Russian Communities Committee, and is on the executive committee of the JCC Association of North America, and past Chair of its Finance Committee. Additionally he is the past Vice President of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), and the past President and Chair (serving in these positions twice) of the Board of Jewish Education of New York (Jewish Education Project). He is past President and Chair of the Westchester Day School and past President and Chair of the Edith and Carl Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, which was instrumental in the resettlement of 60,000 Russian speaking Jews in its catchment area.
Phil currently heads the micro loan Program of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of New York, which successfully has loaned over seven million dollars to Russian immigrants and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Phil is chairing a new committee to create micro loans for Eastern European Jews, building on his success with similar micro loan programs in New York, Israel, and Argentina.
Phil received his BA in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from Pace University. He and his wife, Cheryl Fishbein, a clinical psychologist and attorney have four children and seven grandchildren.
David Schulman, Atlanta
Attorney, Greenberg Traurig
David Schulman is a Shareholder at the Atlanta office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. His law practice encompasses a wide array of corporate services, and includes representation of publicly and privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and lenders in all aspects of their commercial and intellectual property transactions.
David has wide-ranging experience in structuring and negotiating complex technology, eCommerce and telecommunications transactions, outsourcing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, private equity investments, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. David also advises clients on general business law matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, capitalization issues, equity compensation strategies, employment matters, and customer and vendor contracts.
David is active in a broad array of community roles, both in the Jewish and broader Atlanta community. He earned his Law Degree from Emory University School of Law and his B.A. from the Honors College of the University of Arizona.
Adam Shapiro, New Jersey
Head of School, Golda Och Academy
Adam Shapiro is the Head of School of Golda Och Academy in West Orange, NJ.Adam graduated with an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Prior to that, Adam earned his BA in Education and Jewish Studies at Emory University while studying with Dr. Stein. While at Emory, Adam was enamored with Israel Education and it was this passion that led him to write a high school Israel curriculum for his Masters’ thesis at JTS. What started as simply an idea in college, led Adam to creating a course at Golda Och Academy that he was able to teach and refine over the course of the past decade. Working with students both inside and outside of the classroom and helping them to grapple with some of life’s most difficult questions and challenges is what keeps teaching so exciting and relevant each and every day.
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, Atlanta
Ken is the President of the Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI). Since 1977, he has taught modern Middle Eastern History, Political Science, and Israel Studies. The establishment of ISMI in 1998 was the first permanent Institute or Center in the U.S. created for the study of modern Israel. An off-shoot of ISMI, CIE was established in 2008. Ken is the author of four books, numerous papers and scholarly articles, whose expertise focuses on the origins of modern Israel, the conflict, Palestinian history, and U.S.-Israeli relations. Two of his books, The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939 (1984) and Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (1999) have remained standards in their fields.
He is the recipient of awards at Emory for teaching excellence, life-long mentoring of students and for internationalizing the curriculum. Ken’s initiatives are responsible for bringing to Emory College ten visiting Israeli professors. His vision and execution are responsible for more than two dozen Center-sponsored workshops for students and educators about modern Israel. Educated at Franklin and Marshall College (BA) and the University of Michigan (two MA degrees and a doctorate in Middle Eastern History), he was an advanced graduate student at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In Spring 2006, he was a visiting professor of Political Science at Brown University. He is the primary content author of materials found on the website.