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Rob Sherwin

Rob Sherwin is a senior vice president
and family wealth advisor with Morgan
Stanley. Rob serves as investment
committee chair and executive board
member of the RI Jewish Alliance. He
and his three sons are all AJSS alumni,
and Rob is deeply committed to
engaging the next generation of
Jewish leaders.

Ellen Quint

Ellen Quint manages a learning and
development portfolio for Deloitte
LLP, and previously worked for over
20 years in Jewish communal service.
Both of her sons, Aaron and Dov, were
AJSS volunteers. Ellen lives in her
wonderful empty nest in Brooklyn
Heights with her husband, Jon.

Jessica Minnen
Vice Chair

Rabbi Jessica Minnen is the Rabbi in
Residence at StartUp Shabbat, a new
initiative of the Steinhardt and Singer
Foundations. Rabbi Jess is also the
Founding Director of Seven Wells. She
was an AJSS participant in 1999 (Escanaba!)
and staffed trips in 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Peter Sheingold

Peter Sheingold is a principal with
the MITRE Corporation. Peter was an
AJSS participant in Cincinnati, Ohio
and a counselor in Topeka, Kansas.
He lives in Maryland with his wife,
Meredith Woocher, and their son.
Peter is a graduate of Hampshire
College and Harvard University.

Sara Nathan

Sara Nathan was an AJSS volunteer in Fulton, KY in 1971. Her brother, two sons, nephews and niece, and multiple cousins all had enriching AJSS summers. Sara is an active lay leader in the Jewish community, and lives in NYC with her husband, Joel Kazis.

Sam Marcus

Sam Marcus is retired after 40 years of human resource consulting. He lives with his wife, Audrey, in Westchester County in NY. His son and daughter were AJSS participants; his daughter even met her future husband, a fellow AJSS volunteer, during her Summer of Service.

Michael Katz

Michael Katz is an attorney in New
York City. He is the former chairman
of the Children’s Tumor Foundation
and the vice president and trustee at
Congregation Shearith Israel. Though
not a former participant himself,
Michael’s father-in-law, Henry Kohn
z’l, was a founder of AJSS, and he
is the proud father, spouse and
uncle of AJSS alumni.

Larry Green

Larry Green is a partner with the
Boston law firm Burns & Levinson LLP.
An AJSS participant and staff member
for three summer projects, Larry is
immediate past chair and a longtime
board member. He and his wife Denise
live in Brookline, Massachusetts,
where they are very active members
of Temple Ohabei Shalom.

Ilene Schachter Mirkine

Ilene Schachter Mirkine is a direct marketing professional, and is a graduate of Tufts University and NYU Stern School of Business. Both of her sons were AJSS participants.

Fred Nathan

Fred Nathan is an attorney practicing in New York with a large international law firm. He is the sole surviving founder of AJSS and its longest serving board member. He is a graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School.

David Wolkin

David Wolkin is the Director of Communications at AVODAH, as well as an educator, facilitator, writer, and storyteller. He has worked in the Jewish world since 2002, most recently as Executive Director of Limmud NY. David very occasionally moonlights as a comics journalist from his home in Maryland, which he shares with his very patient wife Keeli, his cats RoboCop and Phineas, and way too many comic books.

Aaron Kopelowitz

Aaron works in human resources in New York. In addition to the summers he spent on AJSS projects alongside his parents who were longtime AJSS directors, Aaron was a participant in Eugene, OR and Topeka, KS and a counselor in Grand Forks, ND. Aaron is a graduate of Indiana University.

David Solis-Cohen

David Solis-Cohen is an independent real estate advisor in New York City. He is on the board of the St. Aloysius School, a Jesuit K-8 school located in central Harlem. David is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton Graduate School of Business.

Dave Kaplan

David Kaplan is President of the
Kaplan Realty Group and founder of
the Kaplan Public Service Foundation,
whose mission is to educate civilians
on military matters and assist the
servicemen and servicewomen of the
United States Armed Forces. David is a
graduate of The University of Michigan,
Brooklyn Law School and Columbia
University’s School of Architecture.

Bruce Levinson

Bruce Levinson operates a litigation/general corporate/real estate law practice in New York. In addition to AJSS, he also serves on the board of the International Buster Keaton Society, occasionally promotes rock concerts, and is a dedicated environmentalist who heats his house with wood. Both he and his daughter have participated in AJSS projects.

Barbara Scott

Barbara Scott is a registered nurse
at Roland Park Country School in
Baltimore, MD. All three of her sons
were AJSS participants. Barbara and
her husband previously lived in NYC
for twelve years where they were
active members of Congregation Or
Zarua. They currently reside in
Baltimore, MD and are active members
of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Andy Coelho

Andy Coelho is an architect who
lives and works in the Washington,
DC area. He has a wife and two
young sons. Andy was an AJSS
camper in 1986 and a counselor in
1990, and credits his AJSS experiences
for influencing his career path.

Alice Fornari

Alice Fornari is an Associate Dean
of Medical Education specializing
in Educational Skills Development
at Hofstra Northshore-LIJ School
of Medicine. She is an active member
of Temple Beth El of Great Neck, and
supports congregants’ efforts to
integrate tikkun olum into daily life
in small doses that are consistent,
inter-generational, and woven into
the congregational community.