AACI Board

Julian (Julie) Landau - President

Julian (Julie) Landau made aliya in July 1969 from Washington DC where he worked for AIPAC. As part of his work in Israel as a writer, editor and print production supervisor, he helped write, design, page and print the AACI Voice for a number of years. Following his retirement in 1995, Julie became an active volunteer at AACI as a member of the Memorial Committee, the National Board, as Vice President of Development and Treasurer. He is married to Sara and has four sons and one daughter who live in various parts of the country along with his twenty grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Diane Greenberg - VP Operations
Diane was born and grew up in London, England. After graduating from London University with a degree in Chemistry she joined the Lister Institute for Preventive Medicine, where she carried out biochemical research for a few years. She made aliyah in May 1967, and her presence in Jerusalem during the Six Day War cemented her feelings that she had arrived ‘home’. A few months later she met Paul, also originally from London, and they were married in 1968.
In Israel she has held several positions in scientific editing, and headed the publication department in the Brookdale Institute for several years. She started working in the Public Relations Department of the Hebrew University in 1991 and became head of the section responsible for reporting to donors in 1998. On retiring in 2007, she became involved in AACI as a volunteer at the Front Desk.

Belle Fine-Cohen, National VP of Klitah and Aliyah Services
Belle made aliyah in May 2003 on a day that the airport was on strike. No one was there to greet her and to process the necessary paperwork. That’s when she heard of AACI: someone from the airport contacted AACI and one of their volunteers made a special trip to the airport to help sort things out. A couple of days later, she was honored to attend the Annual Mossad Memorial Ceremony  with her late husband Maurice Cohen, brother of Eli Cohen, “Our Spy in Damascus”. Thus she began her life in Israel awed by the fact that one day people were grieving, remembering the fallen, and the next day they were celebrating Israeli Independence Day.
Belle was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a B,S. in Independent Studies on Aging from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and an M.Ed. in Counseling the Aging from the University of Bridgeport. She was certified as a Gerontologist by the Westchester County’s  Governor’s Office on Aging, 1977.
Upon moving to Jerusalem in 2009, she became actively involved in AACI initially as a Klitah volunteer. Belle became Co-Chairperson of the Jerusalem Branch Council in 2011. She started the 55+ Friendship Circle and Chairs AACI’s Annual Health Conference. 

Matt (Matthew) Schein - Co-Vice President Development

Matt made aliyah in 1998 with his wife Shirley. They have 2 married children and 10 grandchildren living in Israel. Matt retired from the IBM Corporation as a Senior Software Technology executive.

Shortly after arriving in Israel, Matt was asked to review and propose improvements to AACI’s computer systems. In doing so, he became aware of the many beneficial activities and programs provided by AACI. The work led to ideas for integrating AACI operations and the instillation of a single database to unify AACI’s various files into a single modern database system. Matt was asked to join the AACI board, and became VP of Operations.

In that role, Matt led the establishment of the AACI Small Business Loan Program, and became the chair of the Real Estate and Shiputz Committee, responsible for selling AACI’s existing premises, and leading the purchase and shiputz of AACI’s new home.

Sarah B. Weinstein - Co-Vice President Development

Sarah Weinstein made aliyah on June 21 2001. She is the owner of 4U GIFTS at 41 Hebron Road. Sarah has a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois Champaign Illinois.

Sarah is a past board member of NY United Jewish Appeal and Legacy committees, founding board member of the JCC on the upper west side and NY rep of the young leadership cabinet and a Wexner Fellow Graduate. Sarah has been involved in past national missions, chaired UJIA summer singles missions and was past mission chair of the NY Big Apple mission.

Judy Ann Cohen - Treasurer

Judy moved to Jerusalem in 1975 after a 4.5 year precedent-setting tenure at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion as the first single woman to be accepted as a member of the kibbutz. In Jerusalem, this fifth-generation American from Davenport, Iowa, was employed in office management and administration by a variety of organizations, including AACI. Judy has been an active volunteer on various administrative projects; for 14 years she chaired the Annual Memorial Ceremony with Rabbi Jay Karzen and has coordinated the Opera program for many years..  After serving in several other board positions in the interim, this is her second go-around as National Treasurer

Elisheva Lahav - Secretary
Elisheva made aliyah from New Jersey two days after Bastille Day in 1971 (she'd always wanted to be in Paris for Bastille Day, so doing it on the way to Israel made sense).  Two days after arriving for a five-month stint at Ulpan Etzion, she met her (future) husband, Michael - who had come on aliyah all of four days before her - and the rest, as they say, is history.
When the opportunity to take very, very, very, very, very early retirement from the Hebrew University's Division for Development and Public Relations came up 11+ years ago, Elisheva jumped at it and hasn't regretted it for a second.  She had become an AACI board member about a year or two before that,  and with the retirement was able to volunteer at the front desk, and even "headed" it for some 9 years.  The job of board secretary is not new for her, since she had already been "rec sec" some years ago.
When not volunteering at AACI, or filling in for her four sons and four daughters-in-law by being a hands-on grandmother to her (so-far, tfoo-tfoo-tfoo) eight grandchildren, or volunteering at Hadassah Hospital, or being a very active member of her Hadassah chapter's board, or being active in her shul and singing in their choir, Elisheva works at home as a freelance copy editor/proofreader for English publications

Yoel Nesson - Membership Chairman
Yoel Nesson came to Israel in 1969 to study .... and so begins the love story with Israel. Yoel holds degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Religion, Jewish Education,  Contemporary Jewish Studies and a teaching certificate in Jewish History for Israeli High Schools. His professional life was linked to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, having served in various positions in the Melton Center for Jewish Education and in the Rothberg International School .  Yoel also served the university on shlichut as Executive Director of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Yoel has always enjoyed an active lay volunteer life. He served as the first to coordinate a conference in Israel for CAJE (the Coalition for Advancement in Jewish Education). He also was active in Project Otzma and served on its board since Otzma 6, and, later, as its Israel and co-international chair. In addition, he served on the International steering committee for Partnership 2000 for Jerusalem-New York, where he chaired the 'Learning Bridges' sub-committee. Continuing with partnership, Yoel served on the steering committee for the UJA New York sponsored Pisgat Zeev, Staten Island, Redbridge UK, partnership.

Today, in addition to his activities in AACI (Chair of the national membership committee and chair of the Jerusalem Council Education Endowment Fund), Yoel volunteers at the Israel Museum, the Jerusalem branch of ‘Make a Wish’, and serves on the executive committee of his synagogue, among other activities. In his spare time he takes courses in the Ancient Near East, Archaeology and the Bible, which have long been a passion, and, oh yes, he swims daily.

Marilyn Farber - Personnel Chairperson
Marilyn was born in Los Angeles. She was raised in West LA and did her undergraduate studies at UCLA and UC Berkeley. In 1967, right after graduation she joined the Peace Corps and served as a volunteer in Colombia, South America. Returning to the US in 1969, she entered graduate school at UCLA where she earned a Master's degree in Public Heath Education and a Doctorate in Epidemiology.
In 1977 Marilyn moved to Chicago where she joined the faculty of the University of  Illinois School of Public Health and then the Department of Ophthalmology.
In 1989 she married Mark Zober and 3 years later they moved to El Paso, Texas where Mark became the Executive Director if the Jewish Federation. Marilyn continued her academic career at New Mexico State University and later at the University of Texas at El Paso School of Public Heath.
In 1995 Marilyn and Mark moved to Ulanbaatar, Mongolia where Mark became the US Peace Corps Director and Marilyn volunteered and had several jobs, including working as the secretary for the US Ambassador to Mongolia.
In 1999 she made Aliyah to Israel. She worked as the Epidemiologist for the Michelson Institute for Low Vision for 6 years. In 2008 Marilyn became a Licensed Israeli Tour Guide.

Suzanne Cohen – Member at Large

When Suzanne Cohen and her husband, Asa, had the opportunity to take early retirement in 2005, they jumped at it. They decided to make a new phase in their lives and move near their son and daughter-in-law in Jerusalem. 

Suzanne and Asa love to travel, and AACI gave them the opportunity to learn about this wonderful country through its Continuing Education tours and also learn about Jewish heritage through its overseas travel and cruises. It was on such a cruise that David London asked Suzanne and Asa to become involved in AACI.   She has since served as Vice President of Aliyah and Klitah Services, and National Secretary.

When not volunteering at AACI, or the Reform Congregation Kehilat Har-El, or babysitting their granddaughters, Suzanne can be found following lots of other interests: being part of an Anglo Book Club, learning new crafts and writing to family and many friends in Israel and in the US via the internet.

Asa Cohen - Member at Large

Asa made Aliyah in the summer of 2005 together with his wife Suzanne. He is a retired senior executive from JP Morgan Chase where he held various management positions including product development, marketing and sales, wealth management, and branch administration. He was active in his local synagogue in Monroe NY both as a member of the Board of Trustees, and a teacher in its religious school.

AACI was his primary source for pre-aliyah information and as a result of that relationship he became an Overseas Friend of AACI prior to the move.
As a trustee for AACI, Asa worked on many projects such as site location and renovation for the new Jerusalem HQ, and was the liaison to the various businesses in the building before and during construction. He also spearheaded various social advocacy initiatives in cooperation with American Citizens Abroad (ACA). Based on his financial expertise, Asa was made the chairman of the Jerusalem Scholarship Fund and the AACI Endowment Fund Investment Committee. As of April 2010, he was elected as National President, and served in this role until June 2015.

Don Edelstein

Don Edelstein was born in Boston and grew up in Quincy a part of greater Boston and is a graduate of Yale. He and his wife, Paula, made Aliyah in 1972 and he has been active in AACI since then. They have two sons and seven Sabra grandchildren. Don directed the Hillel counsellorship at the University of Cincinnati and the International Services and Foreign Student Counseling Of
fice at the University of Cincinnati and specialized in cross-cultural education.
Here in Israel, he worked at the School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University and later developed and managed the first membership data base for AACI. He was also the Web Manager for the Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Reform Movement. Don has served AACI as National Vice President of Operations, Treasurer of both Jerusalem and National AACI, Chairperson of the Jerusalem Region and has been involved in many other regional and national committees and projects. He is a past president of the Jerusalem Rotary Club where he continues to be active.

Donna Grushka - Member at Large

Donna Grushka made aliyah in 1978 with her husband Eli, a native Israeli. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.  Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Donna attended Cornell University from which she has BS and MS degrees. 
Donna worked for AACI from 1983 until 1997, first as a counselor and then as Assistant Director of the Jerusalem Branch. In 1996-1997 she was Acting Director of AACI Jerusalem. She subsequently worked for Israel Birthright ("Taglit"), for Hadassah-Israel, and for the Israel Government Coins & Medals Corp.  She has also been a partner in a small business in the field of senior services. 
Donna is currently co-chairperson of Jerusalem Branch of AACI. She has served as Vice Chairperson of AACI Jerusalem for both Programming and for Development, has been a member of the National Memorial Committee which she has co-chaired for a number of years, and serves on both the National Board and the Jerusalem Council.  She was involved in planning the opening events for the AACI-Glassman Family Center in 2010 and currently is Chairperson of the Art Shows Committee.

Evelyn Grossberg - Member at Large

Evelyn was born and grew up in Sea Gate, Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate of Lincoln High School and Brooklyn College. After earning a degree in Physics, she started working at Plenum Press, a sci/tech house in New York, and was the associate managing editor of the company when she left to make aliyah in 1978. Between two six-year periods at Plenum she spent five years as a senior instructor and the manager of the Claremont Riding Academy at Central Park. After coming to Israel she studied in Ulpan for six months and then spent 19 years with the Public Relations department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, first as the editor of Scopus Magazine and then as the director of the section responsible for publishing brochures, preparing grant proposals, and reporting to donors. 

Carl Jacobs - Member at Large
Carl Jacobs made aliyah in February 2011 with his wife Anita. Carl has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and spent many years working in the Medical Device Industry in the United States, Europe and here in Israel. Prior to making aliyah from New Jersey, Anita and Carl lived in Minnesota, Indiana, Georgia, Connecticut and Vermont. They have been active AACI participants since their aliyah, are active volunteers in the Jerusalem community and with Sar-El. Carl is a member of the Public Council of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and has participated in the AIES IsraelRide (Jerusalem to Eilat Cycling Event) for the past ten years. They have two married sons and one grandson.

Hilton Share - Member at Large
Hilton Share made aliya with his wife Rosalind from London in 2008. In his previous life, Hilton was an executive at JPMorgan Chase, where he worked for over 30 years, latterly in finance technology. He took a redundancy package in order to make aliya. He is currently Chairman of Netanya AACI, both Vice Chairman and a gabbai at the Young Israel Synagogue of North Netanya, Treasurer of Keren Olim, a non-profit which delivers food packages to the poor in Netanya, and also helps to run the Vaad Bayit in his apartment building. As well as enjoying a busy volunteering life, Hilton also ensures that he has sufficient time to relax and to travel to various places in Israel.
Ros and Hilton have two children in London, and they each have one son. They travel to London regularly in order to spend time with their children and grandchildren.

Dr. Jan Jacobson Sokolovsky  - Member at Large
Jan, an attorney, was born in Chicago into a very Zionist home, and was educated at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She belonged to Jewish youth organizations, and spent many wonderful summers at Camp Ramah, first as a camper and then as staff.
 For 10 years, while her sons were young, she taught undergraduate economics at Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle. When the family moved to New York, she became a trial attorney in the Anti-Trust Division of the US Department of Justice, and then for AT&T in “the big case”/.
 In 1986, when the case was settled, and her sons were grown, she realized her dream of Aliyah. She was admitted to the Israeli bar, and worked for the Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Communications, in the field of international relations.  Then followed  years in private practice, both in the secular and the rabbinical courts.
Jan has  been active in  several Jewish organizations —the ZOA in New York where she was the National Executive Director; Keren Klita,  which works for the benefit of Russian olim in the Jerusalem area, as ombudsman and now as comptroller; Regavim, as International Policy Advisor; and as National Treasurer of AACI from 2002-2004.
She loves to travel and to play tennis, and to be with her grandchildren and her friends.

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