ISRAEL BONDS LEADERSHIP
Board of Directors
Richard Hirsch of New York is managing director of Concurrent Industries Group, LLC, a New York-based investment and holding company he formed in 1990. He is former president of the Welbilt Corporation, which he restructured and developed into one of the world's largest manufacturers of food service equipment.
Mr. Hirsch is a founding member of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, helped establish the Beer Hagolah Institute and supports the Miftan Alon School in Tel Aviv. He is an active supporter of Schneider Children's Hospital in Israel, and serves as trustee and chief administrator of three private foundations.
Israel (Izzy) Tapoohi
President & CEO
Izzy Tapoohi brings an exceptional level of experience and business acumen to the Bonds organization. He has served as a top executive for Israel’s most prominent companies, including chairman of the board of Africa-Israel Investments and executive chairman of the board of Bezeq, Israel’s telecommunications provider and largest corporation.
Mr. Tapoohi was a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s "100 Days" team, helping to prepare economic guidelines to ensure stability in the face of the ongoing global economic crisis.
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
David Halpern of New Jersey is president of Atlantic Realty. The son of Holocaust survivors, Mr. Halpern was a prominent figure in the Israel Bonds Remembrance Award Dinner, an annual national event perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust and honoring survivors and second generation members. He was co-recipient of the 1998 Remembrance Award.
Mr. Halpern has assumed a leading role with Yad Vashem and, together with his wife Sharon, was presented with Yad Vashem’s Young Leadership Remembrance Award.
Fred Zeidman of Houston is a principal at XRoads Solutions Group, chairman of the board at SulphCo and serves on the board of directors of MegaWest Energy Corporation, Hyperdynamics Corporation and Prosperity Bank.
In March 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Zeidman chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, a position he held for nine years, making him the first member of the post-Holocaust generation to hold the Council's chairmanship. He is a high-profile leader with numerous national and Houston-based organizations working on behalf of Israel and causes of Jewish concern.
Chairman, National Campaign Cabinet
Roberta (Bobbie) Goldstein of Rockland County, New York has held many leadership positions with Israel Bonds throughout more than three decades, including national campaign chairman and national Women’s Division chairman.
Mrs. Goldstein has assumed a prominent leadership role with the Israel Project, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School, Solomon Schecter School in Rockland County, and the Rockland Jewish Community Relations Council. She is also a founder of the Israel Tennis Center. Since her first visit to Israel in 1972, Mrs. Goldstein has returned over 50 times and led numerous Bonds delegations.
Vice Chairman, Executive Committee
Howard Goldstein is partner at accounting firm Appelrouth, Farah & Co. He has served in several Israel Bonds leadership capacities, including general chairman of the Greater Miami campaign, national New Leadership chairman and North American New Leadership chairman.
Mr. Goldstein is a member of the board of directors of AIPAC, the Hillel Council of the University of Miami and the Miami branch of the American Jewish Congress.
Mr. Baker is the second generation of his family to take a significant leadership role with Israel Bonds; his father organized South Carolina’s first Bonds dinner in 1951. He has been instrumental in making introductions to expand Israel Bonds’ sources of support, which have led to multi-million dollar purchases from the state. Mr. Baker, who is managing partner of Baker & Baker Real Estate Developers, is active in the Columbia community with civic, Jewish and Israel-related organizations, and was named ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ by United Way of Midlands.
Susan Weikers Balaban
Ms. Weikers Balaban has been an Israel Bonds leader for several decades. She was the first woman elected to the board of directors, as well as the first woman to serve as Bonds national campaign chairman. She was appointed by President Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and serves on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ms. Weikers Balaban is on the national board of the Jewish National Fund, the international board of the Peres Center for Peace, the international board of governors of Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People and is a life member of Hadassah.
Mr. Bassal is a residential real estate developer in the Greater New York area, particularly Queens and Long Island. He is at the forefront of Bonds activities on the North Shore and is involved with a number of other pro-Israel initiatives including ZOA and Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
Mr. Diener is co-founder and president of getaroom.com and co-founder and former president of Hotel Reservations Network, later named hotels.com. Mr. Diener is past Israel Bonds North American New Leadership chairman and a founder of Mt. Sinai Hospital, Hillel Community Day School in North Miami and the Miami Children’s Museum. He is on the national boards of AIPAC and the American Israel Educational Foundation.
William Z. Fox
Mr. Fox is founder, chairman and CEO of Fox Residential Auctions, LLC, a residential real estate auction marketing company. He is co-founder and immediate past chairman of the board of GoIndustry-DoveBid PLC, a public (London Stock Exchange), international, internet-based asset disposition, valuation and management company. Mr. Fox also serves on the National Council of AIPAC and the national board of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
Mr. Goldstein has been active with Israel Bonds for nearly four decades. He is a certified public accountant and founding member of Goldstein, Karlewicz and Goldstein, CPAs. Mr. Goldstein has been president of the Monsey Jewish Center and presently serves on the board of trustees of Congregation Shaarey Israel in Montebello, NY.
Mr. Goodman is chairman of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago, the United States and Israel. The foundation also addresses hunger issues and promotes drug abuse prevention in the Chicago metropolitan area. He serves on the board of governors of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Mr. Grant is a founding partner of the CPA firm AGH, which provides strategic tax planning and consulting to multi-office medical practices, individual doctors and providers to the medical field.
Mr. Halberstein has had a successful career as a banker and businessman and currently is an international banking consultant. He serves on local and international boards that include the Jewish Community Services, Florida Friends of Hebrew University, Hillel Council, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Miami-Dade County AIPAC. Mr. Halberstein is prominently involved with the Boys Town Jerusalem Foundation.
Dr. Burton L. Herbstman
Dr. Herbstman is a practicing cardiologist and president of Northwest Heart Specialists in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is general chairman of the Chicago Israel Bonds campaign and co-chair of the Bonds Maimonides delegation to Israel. Dr. Herbstman is active with AIPAC, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago/Jewish United Fund (JUF), JUF’s Maimonides Society and Nachshon program, and the Protect Our Heritage PAC.
Ms. Herbstman was appointed to a three-year term as National Women’s Division chair on January 1, 2012, and was previously Chicago Women’s Division chair. She is on the Illinois board of AIPAC and has been active with Hadassah and the Jewish Federation.
Mr. Hochberg is co-founder and president of the accounting firm Bloom Hochberg & Co., P.C. He is a past Israel Bonds national campaign chairman. Mr. Hochberg is chairman of the executive committee of the Middle East Forum and vice chairman of the board of the Zionist Organization of America.
Dr. Andrew M. Hutter
Dr. Hutter is an orthopedic surgeon. He is general chairman of the Metro New Jersey Israel Bonds campaign and co-chairs the Bonds Maimonides delegation to Israel. He is involved with the Friendship Circle and AIPAC, and a past president of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston.
Ms. Kaplan served 11 years on the national board of Hadassah and three terms on its executive board. She also held leadership positions with Hadassah’s Chicago chapter. Ms. Kaplan is a member of the National Women’s Division executive cabinet, past chair of the Israel Bonds National Women’s Division and former chair of the Chicago Women’s Division.
Robert M. Keats
Mr. Keats has served on the national board of the Anti-Defamation League and is a trustee of the National Jewish Medical Center. He was vice president and treasurer of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Washington and vice president and treasurer of the Foundation for Jewish Studies. A highly successful real estate developer, Mr. Keats subsequently turned his companies over to his employees to devote more time to his extensive philanthropic endeavors.
Mr. Krongold is CEO and majority shareholder of Gold Krown LLC, a real estate company that develops and retains commercial and residential properties. He was among the original founders of Israel Bonds New Leadership in 1973 and is a past international New Leadership chairman and international vice chairman. He was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President George W. Bush.
Mr. Lazar is CEO and principal owner of Cambridge Companies. An early innovator of community redevelopment, he has been responsible for substantial community renewal in Jamaica, Queens, as well as water front redevelopment in Long Beach, Long Island. Mr. Lazar is president of the Bonds Prime Minister’s Club.
Ms. Lewis began with Israel Bonds as Rockland County associate Women’s Division chair and was subsequently named Women’s Division chair. She later served as New Leadership co-chair. Ms. Lewis is currently associate campaign chair of the National Women’s Division, with responsibility for bringing new women into the Bonds program. She is also Rockland County Bonds chair.
Ned R. Nashban
Mr. Nashban is a shareholder in the national law firm Akerman Senterfitt, with more than 38 years experience. He works with clients worldwide, including in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Italy and Israel.
Alan J. Pines
Mr. Pines is a partner in the real estate company BNE Associates. He serves as chairman of the Development Corporation for Israel/ Israel Bonds audit committee as well as on the boards of directors of the Claims Conference and the University of Pennsylvania Hillel. Mr. Pines is a founder of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and served previously as Bonds Metro New Jersey campaign chairman.
Burton P. Resnick
Mr. Resnick is chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds. He is affiliated with numerous organizations devoted to, among other causes, Israel, the Jewish community, education, science and medicine. Mr. Resnick is chairman and CEO of Jack Resnick & Sons, a New York real estate firm, founded by his late father in 1928.
Andrew D. Rubin
Mr. Rubin is a principal in the insurance and wealth planning firm of RubinGoldman and Associates. He serves on the boards of the National Liberty Museum and the Abramson Center for Jewish Life.
Rabbi Craig Scheff
After being ordained in 1998, Rabbi Scheff accepted the position of rabbi at Orangetown Jewish Center, where his leadership has been the catalyst for extraordinary growth, from a synagogue of 230 families to over 500 families. In January 2011, Rabbi Scheff was appointed to a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors of the Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet. He serves as a mentor to Jewish Theological Seminary rabbinical students and is an adjunct professor at the JTS.
Jason Schwartz is vice president, legal, of GSI Investments, specializing in identifying opportunities for Israeli investors in the North Texas real estate market. He is admitted to the bars of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Mr. Schwartz serves on the Dallas Executive Council of AIPAC and is on the boards of Camp Young Judaea, Inc. and Texas Hillel.
Mr. Segal is president of Glenn Distributors Corporation, which deals in closeout remarketing. He is also president of the real estate investment company Prime Associates and managing partner of the investment firm Segal Investment Partnership. He is general chairman of the Philadelphia Bonds campaign and serves on the national boards of Muss High School in Israel and Girls Town Jerusalem. Mr. Segal is a member of the local boards of the Jewish National Fund and Abrams Hebrew Academy.
Mr. Siegal, a former Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds chairman of the board, became involved with Bonds through Cleveland’s New Leadership Division and, at 38, was named the youngest-ever national campaign chairman. His first role in that capacity was leading a Bonds delegation to Israel at the height of the Persian Gulf War. Mr. Siegal is CEO and chairman of the board of Olympic Steel and chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation of North America in Cleveland.
Kent M. Swig
Mr. Swig is owner of several real estate operating companies as well as commercial and residential properties throughout the United States. He is on the board of directors of the Alliance for Downtown New York and the board of trustees of Central Synagogue in New York. Mr. Swig has served as president of the American Friends of the Jaffa Institute since 1990.
Mr. Taub is a real estate developer actively involved in Jewish philanthropy including AIPAC, the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Tampa Jewish Community Relations Council.