About JLV

Programs. Connected
Jewish Lives.

10,000 People. 150 Programs.1
Jewish Community.


We envision individuals and families engaged in dynamic, connected, Jewish life in Greater Philadelphia and beyond.


Jewish Learning Venture inspires and empowers people to make Jewish life, learning and community relevant and meaningful.

Wildly Important Goal

Jewish Learning Venture will empower families raising children ages birth through high school to make Judaism meaningful and relevant for themselves. Our innovative programs will guide families and leaders of Jewish organizations to see Judaism as a means to a thriving life.



Walter Ferst, President
Marcy Bacine, VP, Institutional Advancement
Richard Busis VP, Governance and Leadership and Secretary
Amy Falk Russell VP, Program
Jeff Hurok, Treasurer
Michael Paul, Immediate Past President


Jamie Bassman
Martin Cohen
Kareen Hartwig
Andy Kind-Rubin
Bill Kramer
Jonathon Levine
Julie Meyers
Debbie Rosenthal
Nathan Relles
Steve Schwartz
Dan Segal*
David Smith*
Elana Weinstein


Judge Harold Berger
Jonathan Broder*
Steve Chopnick
Lowell Dubrow*
Michael Dvorak
Carol Einhorn*
Joel Goldhammer
Lewis Grafman*
Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz
Marilyn Kutler
Jonathan Levin*
Shelley Menkowitz
Hershel Richman*
Rabbi Margot Stein
Sherrie Willner

* Past President


Jewish Learning Venture’s most generous supporters who have committed to sustaining the Agency and its initiatives. Shomrim – guardians – are the stewards of our community who ensure that we continue to provide Jewish education and engagement across the Greater Philadelphia community.


Levine & Sons | Rachel and Jonathon Levine
Mary & Nathan Relles
Janet and Steve Schwartz
Rabbis Margot Stein and Myriam Klotz
The Allen A. Stein Family Foundation


Marcy and Dan Bacine
Jaime and Barak Bassman
Judge Harold Berger
Joy Bernstein and Jonathan Broder
Amy Falk and Mitch Russell
Dr. Julie and Alan Gubernick
Valerie and Dr. Andrew Kind-Rubin
Julie Meyers and David Piver
Linda Schwartz Satlow and Family


Judy Beck and Richard Busis
Lisa and Ephraim Dardashti
Carol Einhorn and Jules Einhorn, z”l
Walter B. Ferst
Goldsteins’, Rosenberg’s, Raphael-Sacks, Inc.
Kareen and Robert Hartwig
Michele and Robert Levin
Susan and Michael Paul
Sheila and Dan Segal
Gayle and David Smith
Sherrie Willner


  • Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
    Co-Acting Executive Director and Chief Program Officer
  • Anna Marx
    Co-Acting Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer
  • Elana Rivel
    Incoming Chief Executive Officer
  • Robyn Cohen
    Director, PJ Library in Philadelphia
  • Michelle Greenfield
    Director, jkidACCESS Guides
  • Charlie Hersh
    Administrative Assistant
  • Irina Kraychik
    Director, Finance and Human Resources
  • Lisa Litman
    Director, jkidphilly
  • Robin Fradkin Matthews
    Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Alanna Raffel
    Whole Community Inclusion Specialist
  • Alyse Unterberger
    Director, Special Programs

Innovative Programs. Connected Jewish Lives.


Visit our main Jewish Learning Venture website here.

261 Old York Road, Suite 720 / Jenkintown, PA 19046
215.320.0360 / info@jewishlearningventure.org

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