Rabbi Charlie Savenor

Rabbi Savenor is the Director of Congregational Education at the Park Avenue Synagogue.  He currently serves on the National Rabbinic Cabinet of United Jewish Communities and Brandeis University’s Alumni Admissions Council. He was ordained at JTS in 1996 with a concentration in Education and earned a Masters of Education at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2008.

Laurie Hanover

Laurie Hanover has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Netafim Ltd., a global leader in smart irrigation systems, since August 2013. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the Tnuva Group, Israel’s largest food manufacturer and Chief Executive Officer of Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy and Greenberg & Co., an Israeli law firm. Laurie sits on the board of various comittees such as Kornit Digital. Ms. Hanover holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.B.A. from New York University.


Liz Pushett

Liz is a facilitator at the Shefer School of Parenting and is the representative of the Morris Family Foundation.  Until recently, she was director of the Gush Etzion branch of the Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring program.  Liz is a graduate of the school of social work at the Hebrew University and is currently the Chairperson of the Gsharim.com media leadership track. Liz has five children and lives in Efrat.

Orit Adato

Orit is the founder and Managing Director of Adato Consulting Ltd. Company, which specializes in Correctional Systems, leadership and strategic planning and training, managing terror inmates, security, correctional systems intelligence and cooperation with other Security and Law Enforcement Agencies. She served in the IDF for 25 years ranking as a former Lt-Gen (res.), former head of IDF Women’s Corps and former Chief Commissioner of Israel Prison Service and President of International Women Forum Israel. Orit is a Board Member and Chairperson of the Gesher Leadership Institute.

Dr. Izhak Lax

Itzhak is a founding partner in Nevet – The BioMedical Investment Ltd. and is also the owner of Ishon – Consultation, Management & Holding Ltd. He is the chairman of the Maccabi Healthcare Services Foundation and of the Weitz Center for Development Studies. Yitzhak received an LL.B from Bar Ilan University’s Law School in 1992, and an MBA from Bar Ilan University in 2007. He holds a PhD in Economy from the International University of Business & Law and lectures in the Faculty of Management at Bar-Ilan University.

Chaim Billet

Chaim is a businessman. He lives in Jerusalem and has been involved with Gesher since it was first established.

Daniel Goldman

Daniel is the founder and Managing Partner at Goldrock Capital. Born in London, Daniel emigrated to Israel in 1992. He now lives in Beit Shemesh, where he was very involved in building and shaping the city. Daniel is active in many organizations that promote understanding and tolerance among all sectors of society. He lives with hi wife and five children.


Rabbi Danny Tropper
Founder and President Emeritus

Founder (in 1970) and President Emeritus of Gesher, Rabbi Tropper is the driving force behind the initiatives and activities of Gesher, which have influenced more than one million Israelis by promoting mutual understanding and tolerance in Israeli society.  He received his ordination from Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik and his Ph.D. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University (1970).  Rabbi Tropper has published scholarly articles and op-ed pieces in Israel and the Diaspora.  He is a sought-after lecturer in schools, the IDF and public forums.  He has been awarded many prizes for his life’s work of promoting dialogue and tolerance in the Jewish people.

David Tropper

David is the former President and CEO of Coda Resources. He is a former Board Member of the Riverdale Jewish Center and together with his wife, Ina, is very involved in and supportive of SAR Academy as well as AMIT.

Phillip Schatten

Phillip is the CEO of RAI Insurance Group. He is very involved and has held various leadership positions with the AJC, UJA Federation of NY, JDC, and the Jewish Education Society of North America.