About JLV

Programs. Connected
Jewish Lives.

13,000 People. 100 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.



Marcy Bacine, President
Julie Meyers VP, Institutional Advancement
Nathan Relles VP, Governance and Leadership and Secretary Amy Falk Russell, VP, Programming
Jeff Hurok, Treasurer
Walter Ferst,* Immediate Past President


Jaime Bassman
Richard Busis
Martin Cohen
Jonathon Levine
Debbie Rosenthal
Daniel Segal*
Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, PhD
David Smith*
Elana Weinstein


Judge Harold Berger
Jon Broder*
Steve Chopnick
Lowell Dubrow*
Michael Dvorak
Carol Einhorn*
Joel Goldhammer z”l
Lewis Grafman*
Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz
Marilyn Kutler
Jonathan Levin*
Shelley Menkowitz
Michael Paul*
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.


Jonathan Broder and Joy Bernstein
Susanna Lachs Adler
Levine & Sons / Jonathon and Rachel Levine
Nathan and Mary Relles
Janet and Steve Schwartz
Daniel and Sheila Segal
Rabbis Margot Stein and Myriam Klotz


Marcy and Dan Bacine
Jaime and Barak Bassman
Amy Falk and Mitch Russell
Sally Gottesman
Dr. Andrew and Valerie Kind-Rubin
Linda Schwartz Satlow and family


Judy Beck and Richard Busis
Lisa and Ephraim Dardashti
Alisa and Dan Doctoroff
Sidewater Family Foundation
Goldsteins’, Rosenberg’s, Raphael-Sacks, Inc.
Kareen and Robert Hartwig
Jake Kriger and Linda Kriger z”l
Marilyn Kutler
Michele and Robert Levin
Gilroy and Lillian P. Roberts Charitable Foundation
Julie Meyers and David Piver
Susan and Michael Paul
Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin and Schiller
Elizabeth and Hershel Richman
Lowell Dubrow / Mary and Emanuel Rosenfeld Foundation
Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis LLP
Gayle and David Smith
Sherrie Willner


Judi and Mark Aronchick
Myron and Sheila Bassman
Bryna and Fred Berman
Lynne Ferman
Michael Ferman
Walter B. Ferst
Jeffrey and Shana Goldstein
Alan and Dr. Julie Gubernick
The Honickman Family
Dr. Jane Porcelan and Dale Lieberman.
Bud and Judy Newman
Deborah Rivel and David Levenfeld
The Robbins Family
Laura and Mark Solomon
Elana Weinstein and Ken Brownstein


  • Elana Rivel
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Robyn Cohen
    Director, PJ Library in Philadelphia

  • Rhona Gerber
    Chief Development Officer

  • Suzanne Gold
    Director, jkidACCESS Guides

  • char hersh
    Director, Administration

  • Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
    Chief Program Officer

  • Irina Kraychik
    Director, Finance and Human Resources

  • Lisa Litman
    Director, jkidphilly
  • Robin Fradkin Matthews
    Director, jkidpride, Director Marketing and Communications

  • Alanna Raffel
    Whole Community Inclusion Specialist
  • Alyse Unterberger
    Director, Special Programs
  • Julia Weekes
    Director, Education Innovation Lab and jkid4ALL

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