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Charles Bronfman

Charles Bronfman, Director Emeritus

Charles Bronfman retired as an active businessman in 2001 following a 50 year career with The Seagram Company Limited.

Born and raised in Montreal, he began his philanthropic endeavours at 17. In 1973 he was elected President of the Montreal Federation for a two year term. He moved to the United States in 1996 and became Chairman of CLAL in 1998. A year later, he was named Founding Chair of United Jewish Communities (now known as JFNA).

In 1985 his late wife, Andy and he founded the Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. Its core programs encourage young people to strengthen their knowledge and appreciation of their history, heritage and cultural identity. Through the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Historica Canada and the Karev program in Israel as well as Birthright Israel (for which he is probably best known), these programs have more than achieved their goals.

Mr. Bronfman has been an important investor in Israel and a major supporter of The Israel Museum and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was founding Chairman and principal owner of the Montreal Expos, the first Major League Baseball club to exist outside of the United States, which he and his partners sold in 1991 after 22 years of stewardship.

Mr. Bronfman is a Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor. He holds honorary doctorates from universities in Israel, the United States and Canada, where he continues to be active in philanthropic initiatives.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon

Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon

Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon is the President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. Among the foundations’ innovative launches are Birthright Israel and Reboot, two initiatives aimed at connecting young, assimilated Jews to their tradition, The Gift of New York, a powerful response to September 11, helping to heal families of victims through the power of culture, and Project Involvement, an educational reform program serving some 265,000 Israeli elementary school students. He previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UJA-Federation of New York. Other past positions include executive positions at Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged and Jewish Family and Children's Services in Miami. Dr. Solomon also served with the City, State and Federal Governments. An author of over 100 publications in both professional journals and outlets such as The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, he served as an adjunct associate professor at New York University. He sits on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards including the FJC, a community foundation in New York, the Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco, and the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego, where he serves as Vice Chair. He also served on the Board of the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and Practice and sat on its Executive Committee. He is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and has received a number of honors from professional associations and universities. His widely acclaimed book, The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan, co-authored with Charles Bronfman, was published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass in October, 2009. It has been awarded the Axiom Gold Medal in philanthropy and has been translated and published in South Korea. They completed a sequel, The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action, also published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass (September, 2012), which explores the principles and practices of nonprofit social enterprise, extracting the lessons from the journeys of eighteen social entrepreneurs.

John Hoover

John Hoover

John Hoover serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and is a member of the Executive Committee. With foundations in Montreal, Jerusalem and New York, ACBP operates and supports programs in Canada, Israel and the United States. The foundations’ missions are to strengthen the unity of the Jewish people, to improve the quality of life in Israel and to promote Canadian heritage. The foundation operates in a framework of continual innovation and risk management with an emphasis on quality, value creation and sustainability.

John is also the Chief Executive Officer of Chasbro Investments, an international single family office. Services of the family office include investment administration, cash and liquidity management, tax and estate planning, partnership and trustee stewardship, risk management, as well as providing support for private art collections, transportation services and real estate. He has founded foundations, public charities, technology firms and financial service firms. He is a Founding Board Director of 21/64 Inc. and is the member of several other Boards. Prior to joining ACBP and Chasbro, he was the Senior Vice President of the Jewish Communal Fund, one of the nation’s largest public foundations with over $1 billion in assets. He continues to be an advisor to several service organizations, businesses and families. John has a Master in Business Administration from Farleigh Dickenson University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics from the State University of New York.

Marvin Israelow

Marvin Israelow

Marvin Israelow worked as an organizational development consultant for nearly 30 years, providing clients with a broad range of services including strategic planning, team development, leadership counseling and customized seminars in change management and career development.

Prior to starting his own firm in 1983, Mr. Israelow worked for the Exxon Corporation as an organizational development advisor. His academic background includes a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and a Thouron Fellowship at the London School of Economics. He earned a Master’s degree from Temple University and studied at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he also taught and conducted research on the innovation process in organizations.

Marvin has served on the National Board of Governors of American Jewish Committee for the past 12 years and on the Executive Committee 10 years. Marvin is also currently on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Associates of Ben Gurion University, chairing the Advisory Committee of the Medical School for International Health.

Past community leadership positions include Cabinet Member of UJA Federation NY Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal, Leadership Council of Hebrew Union College, Board Member of the Florence Heller Research Institute of the Jewish Community Centers of America and Chairman of Pleasantville Community Synagogue Strategic Planning Committee.

Marvin is married to Dorian Goldman. He is the father of three sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. He lives in Chappaqua, NY, where he served as President and six-year Trustee of the Board of Education.

Dorian Goldman

Dorian Goldman

Dorian Goldman is President of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation and Vice President of the New York-based BLDG group, a family-owned and operated real estate enterprise. She is an advocate for research dedicated to the cure and eradication of breast cancer, an investor in efforts to end global poverty by strengthening local community resources, and a supporter of institutions and ideas that create civic and spiritual connections for young Jewish adults.

Ms. Goldman has served on the Boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the Synergos Institute. In addition, she is a founding board member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

In her home state of New York, Ms. Goldman is an active supporter of efforts to preserve farm land, train young farmers, and encourage local institutions to source local food. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Goldman received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2003. She and her husband, Marvin Israelow, have three grown sons and two granddaughters. They reside in Westchester County, where they maintain vegetable and flower gardens, raise chickens, and most recently, cultivate bees.

Jennifer Grubman Rothenberg

Jennifer Grubman Rothenberg

As Founder and President of Innovative Philanthropy, Jennifer Grubman Rothenberg works with a wide array of philanthropic organizations and individuals to achieve breakthrough results around fundraising and donor relations, events, organizational strategy-setting, grant making and board of director development.

Prior to founding Innovative Philanthropy in 2002, Jennifer was a successful fundraising executive at The Robin Hood Foundation, a major philanthropic organization targeting poverty in New York City. During her tenure there, Jennifer focused on designing high-impact new fundraising programs, improving fundraising campaign effectiveness, and growing the foundation’s donor base.

Jennifer began her career of community service as an assistant district attorney with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in the Appeals and Special Litigation Bureau where she focused on domestic violence and child abuse cases. Prior to that, while in law school, she served as an intern for the Legal Aid Society in the Law Guardian Department and at Sanctuary for Families, a domestic violence agency. Jennifer holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and a B.A. from Boston University. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2000. Jennifer is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Cardozo Law School.

Sharna Goldseker

Sharna Goldseker

Sharna Goldseker is Executive Director of 21/64, a non-profit practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. In that capacity, Sharna consults and speaks on generational transitions often using 21/64's uniquely developed tools; facilitates a network of next gen donors who are exploring their identity as well as their impact; and trains other advisors on 21/64's approach to multigenerational engagement. Sharna is editor of The Grandparent Legacy Project and co-author of #NextGenDonors, a first-of-its-kind study of high-capacity next gen donors in the United States.

Sharna earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania with majors in Urban Studies and Religious Studies. She has a Masters in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she was the inaugural Charles H. Tenney Fellow. She also has training in organizational development, group dynamics, and family systems.

Sharna currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Goldseker Foundation, a foundation established by her great uncle, and is a member of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing, a network of family wealth advisors. She is married with two children and lives in New York City.

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor is a Program and Relationships Director at 21/64, a non-profit consulting practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. In her role, Barbara oversees 21/64's most valuable asset: its network of professionals, clients, donors, and organizations. Barbara directs 21/64's Professional Advisors Network, a training and continuing education program that helps advisors acquire the personal skills, generational awareness, and technical tools to work more effectively with next generation funders and family enterprise clients. Barbara also works with 21/64 clients on multigenerational philanthropy programs, often utilizing unique and interactive tools, and helps create current and catalytic programming for a network of next gen funders.

In 2011 Barbara received a Master's in Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School for Public Service, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. John's University. Barbara resides in New York City, where she was born and raised.

Danielle Orisitian York

Danielle Oristian York

Danielle Oristian York is the Director at 21/64. She consults with multi-generational families, the next generation and their advisors on multigenerational engagement, financial literacy, and empowering the next generation.

In addition to consulting, Danielle speaks nationally on these topics, convenes members of the next generation at the #NextGenDonors Retreat held annually in New York City, and leads trainings on 21/64's approach. Danielle is passionate about presenting these complex ideas in an accessible format for audiences, utilizing 21/64 tools designed to evoke an awareness of self and build the capacity for change in individuals and systems.

Before 21/64, Danielle held positions at Pitcairn, a family office, and UBS. Serving multi-generational families, her multi-faceted roles included developing and delivering customized financial education, facilitation of family meetings and personalized coaching and mentorship.

Danielle earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication from James Madison University and completed the postgraduate program at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at Georgetown. She is also a member of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing. She lives in Boston with her husband and two young children in fear of the next polar vortex.

Sara Finkelstein

Sara Finkelstein

Sara is 21/64's Manager, specializing in market research, communication strategy and operations, in addition to her role as in-house Millennial. Using her own Gen Y perspective and scouring the net for fresh and interesting research, Sara drives the organization's content on Generation Y, the emergent Generation Z and all generational trends to support 21/64's work engaging next gen and multigenerational families in philanthropy and family enterprise.

Sara uses her expertise to inform her work on developing and marketing 21/64's tools, which helps facilitate important conversations about values, legacy, money and self-discovery, so that individuals and families can maximize their emotional, intellectual, philanthropic and financial returns on investment. She oversees the logistical and customer service aspects of coordinating meetings and events, disseminating materials, program recruitment and tool sales.

Prior to joining the 21/64 Team, Sara interned at the Clinton Foundation's Development Department and New York City's Office of Citywide Procurement. She received her Master's of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and her Bachelor's in History from McGill University. Sara currently lives and works in New York City with her Kindle.

  • "21/64 has provided invaluable guidance to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund in our work with next generation inheritors and earners of wealth. Sharna helped us to launch the Young Funders' Forum, a tremendously successful ongoing program serving emerging Jewish philanthropists in the Bay Area. It really is one of the best things we've done during my nine year plus tenure here, and is helping to change the overall landscape of the Endowment The Young Funders are now serving on the Endowment Committee, assuming leadership roles on a number of our foundations and committees, establishing funds here, and advancing in their own philanthropic thinking. 21/64 has also led productive workshops for us using excellent tools they created, and we continue to rely on their good counsel."

    Amy Rabbino, Ph.D., Director of Philanthropic Services

    Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco