Andrew Getraer was born in Geneva, Switzerland and grew up in Queens, Westchester, and Greens Farms, CT. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He met his amazing wife Jean at Dartmouth and Hillel was an important part of their journey together. They live in Highland Park with their five children, Sandy, Alec, Benjy, Lindsay, and Sarah and their dog Colby. Arnold Schwarzenegger once sent him a Christmas tree in the mail.
Rabbi Esther Reed
Senior Associate Director
Rabbi Esther Reed grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she received both her master’s degree in Jewish Women’s Studies and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She is a Conservative rabbi and lives in Highland Park with her husband, Mordy Schwartz, and three sons: Isaac, Sammy and Jonah.
Rabbi Victor Appell, a native New Yorker, received his master’s in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, from which he also received his Rabbinic Ordination. He lives in Metuchen with his husband, Colin Hogan, and their two sons, Avi and Lev. Prior to entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Appell worked in the apparel industry.
Tzvi Wohlgelernter grew up in Toronto. He studied in Yeshivat Sha’alvim for two years. After which he served in the Nachal Brigade of the IDF. Then after marrying Tali, he went on to receive a BA in psychology from the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois. He has semicha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, and is on his way to receiving semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Tzvi is also a certified psychotherapist from the Family Institute of Jerusalem. Over the last year and half Tzvi has served as the Interim Rabbi for Beit Knesset Ohel Ari in Ra’anana. He enjoys hockey and jamming with his guitar.
Tali Wohlgelernter grew up in Chicago. She studied at Sha’alvim for women for a year and a half. From there Tali received her BA in Judaic studies from the Anne Blitstein Teachers Institue. After moving to Israel in 2010, Tali began working as a photographer and make-up artist. Over the last 3 years Tali has been teaching in a gap year program for post high school girls, called Midreshet Torat Chessed. Additionally Tali is a certified teacher of family purity from Tzohar. The Wohlgelernters have 3 beautiful daughters, Dodi, Sophie and Atara.
IACT Coordinator for Birthright Israel
Liel Zahavi-Asa made Aliyah from California with her family and was raised in Efrat, Israel. She graduated from Lesley University, where she studied Expressive Arts Therapy and served as the Hillel president. She has extensive experience working as a formal and informal Jewish educator in communities across America. Liel believes that Birthright is an essential milestone in the development of Jewish identity in the 21st century. She has directed over 10 theater productions in Jerusalem. Ask her about Peter Pan.
Jewish Agency Israel Fellow
Aviv is from Tel Aviv. He served in a secret unit of the IDF Intelligent Corps. After his service, he worked as part of the security department in the US embassy. Aviv holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and International Relations and is in the process of obtaining his Masters Degree in Government and Public Policy. He also briefly interned at The Office of Congressmen Alcee Hastings on Capitol Hill. Fun fact: Aviv swing dances.
Barbara Josephs Cohen
Senior Development Officer
Barbara Josephs Cohen has been at Rutgers Hillel since 2003 when she orchestrated the year-long “Israel Inspires” Initiative. She lives in West Orange with her husband, Michael, whom she met when they were both freshmen at Tufts University. They are the proud parents of Jonathan and Matthew and grandparents to adorable Gavi.
Laurie Zinberg grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ. She lives in Springfield with her husband, Scott. Their daughter, Marissa, is a teacher of autistic children. Their son, Greg, a graduate of Rutgers University, is a teacher of Health and Physical Education.
Lauren Reich grew up in Middlesex County and currently resides in Monmouth County. Lauren’s volunteer and philanthropic activities began with fundraising for Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ. She served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County and presently serves on their Executive Board.
Jerry is a specialist in strategic communications who counsels Rutgers Hillel on media, development and public affairs. In his 45+year professional career he has counseled Israel affairs and cultural institution clients such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Newark Museum. His involvement with Israel began as a volunteer in the early 70’s and had an office in Jerusalem for 12 years to coordinate Israel-USA PR activities for programs of the WZO-American Section, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel Aliyah Center, Kibbutz Aliyah Desk among others. He has received dozens of awards including being named PRSA-NJ Public Relations Professional of the Year.
Board of Directors
President: Roy H. Tanzman ’73, ’76, P’00, P’03
Executive Vice-President: Dr. Richard Bullock P’08, ’09, ’15
Vice President: Eric Wallenstein ’02, ’09
Vice President: Philip B. Vinick ’73, ’76, P’04, P’08
Vice President: Howard Joffe ’76
Treasurer: Robert Kuchner
Executive Director: Andrew Getraer
Immediate Past President: Mark N. Busch ’64
Samantha Brandspiegel ’17
Gerald A. Cantor
Michael Elchoness ’96
Arlene Frumkin ’78
Ellen Gertler ’74, P’07
Michal Greenbaum ’07
Alex Hamilton ’16
Dr. Milton Heumann
Susan Kheel ’67, ’72, P’94
Rabbi Julius Funk z”tl
Philip Lax z”tl
Ruth Marcus Patt ’40 z”tl
Samuel Pepper ’74
Alan Schall ’97
James A. Schwarz
Marc Shegoski ’77
Barry Sherman ’81, P’08, P’10
Dr. Gary Steinbach ’74, ’75
Scott Wittenberg ’05