Ilaina Edison '82 is the President of the Board of Directors of Hillel at Binghamton. An RN with an MBA, Ilaina Edison has more than twenty-five years of experience in the management of healthcare organizations. Ilaina earned her Bachelor of Science nursing degree from Binghamton University, and her Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Baruch College.
After a 25+ year career on Wall Street, Michael Lustig retired from a full-time focus on the world of Finance, and has been instead devoting the majority of his time and energies toward non-profit enterprises, and continuing his education along a variety of fronts. At the asset management firm BlackRock, Michael was a Senior Managing Director, overseeing Structured Products & Derivatives trading, heading Taxable Closed-End Fund portfolio management, and leading the Financial Markets Advisory management of the Federal Reserve’s Maiden Lane account, as well as sitting on the Fixed Income Investment Strategy Committee. He created the firm’s training program, and led that effort for 15 years.
Michael recently stepped down as President of the Board of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and has a deep involvement with UJA- Federation of NY, serving as Chair of the EPIC (Empowering & Promoting Inclusive Communities in Israel) committee within COJP (and serving on the commission’s Steering Committee), Chair of the i4 (Impact Investing in Israel) Task Force, co-Chair of the Manhattan Fundraising Campaign, and serving on the Network Cabinet, Jewish Life on Campus committee, SYNERGY, ACE, and PG&E, as well as acting as a MAP Consultant for a UJA-Federation Agency. He is a Trustee of the oldest Jewish institution in North America, Congregation Shearith Israel, The Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue of NY, and serves as Segan (Vice President) and on the Executive Committee as the head of the Budget/Finance Committee. Michael is a Board Member of the Baron de Hirsch Fund and the American Jewish Committee/NY. He is a trustee of the Jewish Communal Fund (the largest Donor-Advised Fund in the Jewish community), chairing the Nominating committee, and is serving as an advisor to the Columbia Center for Comics Studies. Michael recently joined the Board of the Dualis Yozma Fund in Israel.
Michael lectures in two classes at Columbia University Business School, and has audited classes at Columbia and the City College Graduate Center. He is a member of the Annual Conference Committee of the CFA Institute, and is a frequent speaker/moderator at CFA conferences. Michael also serves on a number of for-profit Boards, and one of his corporate involvements recently completed the first large-scale (grid- connected) solar energy project in all of East Africa. He lives in NYC with his wife Rachel, and daughters Julia (Binghamton’20), Helena, and son Zander.
Barry Dov Katz has served as rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale since 1998, working with members and staff to create a vibrant urban synagogue. Before coming to the Bronx, he served for seven years as the spiritual leader of Congregation Eitz Chaim, in Monroe, NY and as student rabbi at Neve Hanna, a home for youngsters from dysfunctional families in Kiryat Gat, Israel. He received his ordination and a Masters Degree in Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he now teaches as part of the adjunct faculty. His received his undergraduate degree in Psychology/Hebrew Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He loves to teach children and adults of all ages in formal (shul, school, university) and informal (camp and youth group) educational settings. He enjoys doing Hebrew calligraphy, reading current fiction, and spending time with his wife and three kids. Two of his children have connections to Binghamton: One of his daughters is a senior and his son is a freshman. Many members of his congregation have Binghamton connections.
Gerry Roth Kessel is a Financial Consultant for a variety of high net worth individuals, their related companies and Israel & Co., a start-up nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate a generation of leaders about the values, innovation and global contributions Israel has to offer. Prior to working as a consultant, Gerry was a Vice President at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., a privately held holding company, where she oversaw treasury operations, administration of corporate retirement plans and payroll, in addition to supervising the private accounting for its Chairman and Vice Chairman. Gerry holds a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Rutgers College and lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter, Pamela, a December 2015 graduate from Binghamton University School of Management. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors and various other committees at her synagogue, Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel in Fair Lawn, NJ.
Marc currently serves on the board of directors at Hillel at Binghamton. He began his work with Hillel as a student where he served as the first co-president of the organization in 2001 while simultaneously serving as a student board member on Hillel International's Board of Directors. In addition to his work with Hillel he currently serves as chair of the Teenok Heart Foundation, board member of the UJA Hillel Task Force and UJA Young Wall Street Executive Council. In his professional life, Marc is a trader at Angelo, Gordon & Co in NYC where he resides with his wife Jennifer.
Jeffrey Teitelbaum is a 2006 graduate of Binghamton University. As a sophomore Jeff was the Hillel at Binghamton student Executive Vice President and during his junior and senior years he served as student President. Jeff was the recipient of both the Binghamton University Exemplary Student Award and the Paul J. Battaglia Student Organization Leader of the Year Award. He was also selected as the Harpur College student commencement speaker. Upon graduating, Jeff was accepted into the Leadership Development Program at J.P. Morgan, where he now serves as a Vice President. Jeff has been a member of Hillel at Binghamton’s Board of Directors for the last 10 years. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Jeff, with his wife, son & daughter live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Now studying law at St. Johns University School of Law, Max graduated from Binghamton in 2016 with a major in PPL and Political Science and is from Old Westbury, NY. During his time at Binghamton, Max was avidly involved with many aspects of student life. Within Hillel, Max served as Vice President for Programming and President of Bearcats for Israel, as well as co-chair for Aroma Cafe, BUnity Shabbat, Freshfest, and committee head for Yom Ha'atzmaut. He began serving on Hillel at Binghamton's Board of Directors while still a student and has continued to serve since graduation. Beyond Hillel, Max served as a consultant for the university's Emerging Leaders Program, Public Speaking Skills Lab, Intern for the President's Road Map Team and Student Advocate, working with students who have been accused of breaking the student conduct code. Max was also President of his fraternity - Alpha Epsilon Pi.
My name is Ilana Forchheimer and I am from Westchester, New York. This past year was my first year at Binghamton University. I am hoping to complete Binghamton’s 5 year accelerated degree program earning a bachelors in Judaic Studies and a masters in Public Administration. I am also ensuing a minor in Education. From the very beginning of my Binghamton college experience, Hillel was an immediate home for me. I immersed myself with Hillel’s amazing people, programs, and leadership and Hillel very quickly became a place of comfort, friendship, and support. This was not surprising to me and was rather natural, as I grew up as a committed member of my Jewish communities. I attended Solomon-Schechter of Westchester from kindergarten to senior graduation, taught hebrew school at a local synagogue, and attended Jewish summer camps and USY summer programs since I was in the 4th grade. Jewish education is the thing I feel most passionately about. When I “grow up” I aspire to educate and inspire young members of the Jewish community. This upcoming year I will be serving as Hillel’s Director of Education and I could not be more thrilled to serve as a position I care about so much. I hope to bring exciting educational events to the Hillel community, and I cannot wait to continue being a supporter, lover, and leader of Hillel in the future.