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Clal’s Team

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PRESIDENT
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Listed for many years in Newsweek as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis,” and recognized as one of our nation’s leading “Preachers & Teachers,” by Beliefnet.com, Fox News regular contributor, Washington Post blogger, and think tank President Brad Hirschfield is the author of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (Harmony, 2008).

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Rabbi Elan Babchuck

Rabbi Elan Babchuck is committed to leaving behind a world that is more compassionate and connected than the one he found. In pursuit of that commitment, he serves as the Executive Vice President at Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and the Founding Executive Director of Glean Network, which partners with Columbia Business School. He was ordained in 2012, and earned his MBA that year, as well.

PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Rabbi Irwin Kula is a disruptive spiritual innovator and rogue thinker. A 7th generation rabbi he is Co-President of Clal–The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership a do-tank committed to making Jewish a Public Good.

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION
Rabbi Julia Appel

Rabbi Appel creates and leads Clal’s Jewish community training programs in innovation and entrepreneurship, including the on-the-ground program “Spark” and the graduate course for rabbinical and cantorial students “Leading Through Innovation.”

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS
Shelli Aderman

Shelli Aderman, she/her has been fortunate to work as a theatrical stage manager, Jewish educator, and synagogue administrator for over thirty years.

CONTROLLER
Sarah Boudjelta

Sarah Boudjelta has joined CLAL as Controller as of the beginning of October. She is originally from Paris, France, where she grew up and graduated with a bachelor’s degree and an MFIM (Masters in Finance and Real Estate Engineering) from ESP Paris campus (the École Supérieure de Professions Immobilières) in 2017.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Aliza J. Kaplan

As Director of Development, Aliza J. Kaplan manages the financial operations of the organization, and her responsibilities include financial and legal issues, budgeting, investing, and human resources.

CLAL TEACHING FELLOW, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENTS, AND LEAP PROGRAM MANAGER.
Janet R. Kirchheimer

Janet R. Kirchheimer is a Clal Teaching Fellow, Assistant to the Presidents, and LEAP Program Manager. A poet, essayist, creative writing teacher, and filmmaker, she is the author of How to Spot One of Us (2007, Clal).

ASSISTANT EDITOR OF THE WISDOM DAILY
Lela Casey

Lela Casey has a BA in International Politics from Penn State and a BA in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College.  After teaching for several years, she began pursuing a career in writing. 

CLAL ASSOCIATE
Tehilah Eisenstadt

Tehilah Eisenstadt is a Clal Associate and Rabbinic Intern, including serving as a coach for The Belonging Project.

Tehilah has spent the last 15 years serving as a Director of Education in synagogues, day schools, and JCCs across the denominational spectrum throughout New York City’s five boroughs. In those roles, Tehilah focused on deepening the emotional resonance of educational experiences, creating a leadership pipeline through staff mentorship, and enabling Jews who felt they didn’t belong to connect with Jewish community.

CLAL ASSOCIATE
Rabbi Randy Brown

Rabbi Brown obtained his B.A. in Jewish Studies and Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1995. While living in Israel, Rabbi Brown completed his MBA at Bar-Ilan University and assisted many Israeli high-tech companies with marketing and business plans.

In addition, he volunteered as a Foreign Relations Correspondent in English and Spanish for President Shimon Peres. After returning to the States in 1999, Rabbi Brown embarked on a successful career in Commercial Real Estate and Telecommunications.

Randy sharpened his Judaic knowledge and followed his true calling to the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received an MA in Jewish Education in 2006 and was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA, in 2010. 

Rabbi Brown served as Director of Interreligious Affairs and Intergroup Affairs for the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Los Angeles office from 2006 through 2012. Rabbi Brown served on the Loyal Marymount University Advisory Board, Los Angeles Police and Sheriff’s Departments’ Clergy Council, as well as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Middle East Task Force.

CLAL ASSOCIATE
Rebecca Leeman

Rebecca specializes in organizational behavior, people analytics, and culture and is deeply passionate about helping Jewish organizations flourish. Currently, at Clal, she is building an offering centered around supporting Jews in the Workplace in the form of Employee Resource Groups.

Rebecca has worked at IBM, PwC, and most recently, Bridgewater, a hedge fund known for their pioneering workplace culture. She’s led strategic talent projects for Fortune 500 companies to improve the employee experience and elevate the quality of people insights on issues including hybrid work, talent recruitment/retention, and DEI. 

She serves on the Nolita Minyan organizing team, a traditional egalitarian start-up minyan in Brooklyn.

Rebecca has an Organizational Studies and Applied Statistics degree from the University of Michigan. She currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband, Maor. In her spare time, she plays board games, leads davening, and enjoys long walks in Prospect Park.