Board of Trustees
Carey Robinson Wolchok - Managing Director, Perilune Group
- Danny Lemberg - Managing Director, Infinity Special Situations, LLC
- Howard E. Friedman - Former Chairman and President, AIPAC
- Eliot Lauer - Senior Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
- Morris Smith - Former Manager, Fidelity Magellan Fund
- Robert Diener - Founder, Hotels.com
- Josh Lookstein - Past President, S. Daniel Abraham Foundation
- Thomas Steinberg - President, Tisch Family Interests
Carey Robinson Wolchok
is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Perilune Group, a New York based private investment partnership which manages a portfolio of investments in commercial aircraft, distressed debt, private equity, and real estate. Mr. Wolchok has been actively involved in several entrepreneurial ventures including co-founding a business jet manufacturer with Israel Aerospace Industries and another international aircraft manufacturer. Prior to this, he was a Principal at AeroEquity, a Savannah, Georgia based private equity firm founded by leading executives of General Electric and Gulfstream Aerospace. He began his career in the commercial aircraft and engine leasing business. He holds a Masters in Business Administration in Aerospace Finance from Embry-Riddle University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida. Mr. Wolchok serves on the boards of Hillel - The Foundation for Jewish Student Life, the Meor/ Maimonides Leaders Fellowship, the American Jewish Historical Society, Jerusalem Online University, and is a trustee of the Abraham Scholarships.
started his career in the early eighties as a marketing executive for McMillan Blodell (MB-NYSE), Canadaís largest diversified pulp and paper packaging company. After five years, Mr. Lemberg was recruited to join Ultra-Print (a high-tech flexography start-up corp.) as part of its initial management team. Mr. Lemberg was responsible for managing the marketing and sales group. Ultra-Printís clients included Pfizer, Pepperidge Farms, JVC and numerous Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Lemberg then began to consult personally for a few select clients and also began to invest family capital. During the last fifteen years in this capacity, Mr. Lemberg has made direct investments in public equity, private placements in public entities as well as private investments in private companies (including acting as lead investor). His duties have included negotiating joint venture partnerships, sales of companies, acquisition consulting and general strategic planning. Some corporate transactions that Mr. Lemberg has been invested in either directly or on behalf of other entities include Conair Corporation-joint venture, HERC Corporation-initial funding and subsequent IPO, IONN Networks/MicroFrame(IONN)-private placement, Theory Center-lead investor and sale of company to BEA Systems. Mr. Lemberg graduated from Kean University in 1980 and attended Rutgers University Graduate School. Mr. Lemberg is Managing Member of Blessing for Life Foundation, LLC and serves as Chairman of the Building Committee of the SCHI School for Children.
Howard E. Friedman
is a Managing Partner of Lanx Capital, an asset management and hedge fund investment firm. He was Co-Founder, Publisher, and Chief Executive Officer of Watermark Press, Inc. from 1986 until 1998 when it was sold to Cendent Corp. He is the President of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and the Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. In 2007, Washington Life Magazine named Mr. Friedman as one of the 100 most influential leaders in Washington, DC. Mr. Friedman has formed close personal relationships with many of the leaders of the US Congress and with many of the leaders in the Middle East. He has served as the Campaign Chairman of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and as President of the Baltimore Jewish Council. Mr. Friedman serves on a number of boards, among them First Mariner Bank, Talmudical Academy, and The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is married to Judge Chaya Friedman and has four children.
is a Senior Partner of the international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt
& Mosle LLP. A nationally recognized counselor and trial attorney with extensive
experience representing clients in diverse civil, regulatory and criminal matters, Mr.
Lauer is Chairman of the Firmís Litigation Department. He also heads the Firmís
Securities Litigation and Professional Liability practice groups.
Together with his wife, Marilyn, Mr. Lauer is active in many civic, educational and
charitable concerns in the United States and Israel. Among his board activities, he
serves on Yeshiva Universityís High School Board of Directors, as Secretary and Board
member of Keren Or, The Jerusalem Center for Blind Multi-Disabled Children, and as a
Board member of The Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation.
Mr. Lauer is a Board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition and a Trustee of the
Jewish Policy Center, a Washington based think-tank that provides scholarly
perspectives on foreign and domestic policy that impact the Jewish community and the
broader American public.
Mr. Lauer obtained his B.A. from Yeshiva University in 1971 and received his J.D. cum
laude from Fordham University School of Law where he was a member of the Board of
Editors of the Law Review. He is a frequent lecturer on topics of interest in the Jewish
and legal communities.
launched his career at Fidelity Investments in 1982 at the age of 24 after graduating Wharton Business School with an MBA. He started out as an investment analyst, researching companies and making stock recommendations. From 1984 until 1986, Smith ran Fidelity's Select Leisure Fund, which soared from $500,000 to $350 million under his management. Then for the next four years he managed an average of $1 billion in the Fidelity Over-the-Counter Fund. And finally in 1990, at just 32, Smith took over Fidelity's premiere and most successful fund by far -- the then $13 billion Magellan Fund. Wall Street, Magellan shareholders and Smith's own colleagues were stunned by his meteoric rise. Smith took over the Magellan Fund in 1990 from the legendary Peter Lynch, who had transformed the once little-known mutual fund into the world's largest and among the most profitable. Lynch had built up Magellan from just $20 million when he took the helm in 1977 to $13 billion when he resigned 13 years later. Under Smith's management, the Magellan Fund soared from $13 billion to $20 billion, beating the stock market by nearly seven percent over the two years Smith was in charge and posting a performance in the top 15 percent of all growth funds. Morris Smith lectures throughout the country on Jewish business ethics and the importance of Jewish education. Since leaving Fidelity, Morris Smith has managed his own portflio, and serves on the investment mangement committee for several endowments.
He also serves as an advisor to Howard Jonas, Chairman of telecommunications giant IDT Corp. Smith's nonprofit ventures in the U.S. and Israel include a satellite TV network dedicated to Torah study.
Robert B Diener
is the co-founder of Hotels.com, and a leading travel industry expert who is a frequent source for news organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, and CNN. Along with a partner from Cornell Law School, Bob started Hotel Reservations Network, which evolved into Hotels.com, one of the first companies to harness the global power of the internet in the travel industry. Mr. Diener took Hotels.com public in 2000, and served as President until he merged Hotels.com with InterActiveCorp. Mr. Diener currently is president of ConsumerClub.com, a new joint venture that he founded with his longtime partner. A graduate of the University of Florida and Cornell Law School, Mr. Diener is an adjunct professor at Cornell law school, and speaks regularly at business forums, charities, and other events about on the topics of Entrepreneurship and Ethics and Philanthropy in the Business World. He serves on many boards, including AIPAC, the National Board of Directors of Israeli Bonds, where he served as the National New Leadership Chairman for two years, Honestreporting.com and Aish HaTorah International. He is a founder of Mount Sinai Hospital and also is chair of the Board of the Hasbara Fellowships, an intensive pro-Israel student advocacy program.
is the former Executive Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Foundation whose funding areas include Middle East Peace, Healthcare, Jewish Peoplehood and Democratic Ideals. Prior to joining the Foundation he served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as well as on the Judaic Studies faculty of the Ramaz School. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, his Masters degree in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School and his Bachelors degree from Yeshiva College, all of Yeshiva University. He is a Board Member of the Jewish Funders Network, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and Areyvut, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Taglit-birthright israel Foundation. He is a member of the New York Board of Rabbis and the Rabbinical Council of America.
is currently the President of Tisch Family Interests where he is responsible for a wide range of investment activities for the families of Laurence A. Tisch and Preston Robert Tisch.He joined the Tisch family in 1991 as Managing Director, primarily focused on managing a diverse real estate portfolio with over 200 properties. Since that time, Mr. Steinberg has directed real estate transactions valued in excess of $6 billion. In 1996, Mr. Steinberg was named President of Tisch Family Interests and became responsible for management of Tisch family portfolios that include public equity, private equity, debt and alternative investments. Prior to joining the Tisch Family, Mr. Steinberg worked as Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Company in New York from 1982 to 1986. There, he was one of four vice-presidents responsible for all real estate acquisitions of the company including pension fund, syndication and partnership accounts. Mr. Steinberg was formally Chairman, and now serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Gunther International, a NASDAQ Company, which is a leading producer of intelligent document finishing systems. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cellegy Pharmaceuticals Inc, a specialty Pharmaceutical company traded on the Nasdaq. He has been a director of a number of privately held companies including, Infonxx, Inc., the world’s largest directory assistance company, and Ableco, a leader in Commercial Lending. Mr. Steinberg graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and he received an MBA from Stanford University in 1982. From 1987 to 1988, he studied talmudic law at the Alexander Heiden/Machon Shlomo Institute, located in Jerusalem, Israel. Mr. Steinberg’s writing has been published in the Harvard Business Review. He is active in several non-profit organization, including serving on the boards of the New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, the New Seed Foundation, and he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Meor Foundation.