Board of Directors

Bernard Hasten

Chicago, IL

Bernard Hasten, Chair of the Board of Directors of Hidden Light Institute, is President of Speedread Technologies, a nationally recognized leader in Israeli-made automatic meter reading technology for water, gas and electric applications for residential and commercial markets, and is President of RBJH-LLC Family Investment Capital Fund. Previously, Bernard was Senior Vice President of Harcourt Management Company, a real estate holding company in Indianapolis, and the Executive Vice President and CEO of First National Bank and Trust Company of Indiana. In addition, Bernard has held many volunteer leadership roles, including as a Board Member of Yeshiva University, a Board Member and Past President of Congregation Kehillah Jacob Beth Samuel (KJBS) in Chicago, Executive Committee Member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and as a past Board Member of the Indiana Sports Corporation and Host Committee for the 2012 Super Bowl. Bernard graduated from New York University with a BA in Science and received his law degree from Hofstra Law School.

Judith Lupatkin Bernstein

Stamford, CT

Judith Lupatkin Bernstein, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Hidden Light Institute, has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly a decade and a half. She currently works at HBO as the Program Marketing Manager for documentary films. In her role, she oversees the creative development of the key art, marketing plan strategies, and promotional activations for the documentaries. She also maintains a blog where she writes about TV and film and how these mediums inform and are informed by American culture. Prior to working at HBO, Judith spent a number of years at the USA Network where she worked in the marketing department that launched the hit USA shows, The Starter Wife, White Collar, Burn Notice and Suits. She started her career in the entertainment industry as a page at NBC. Judith graduated with high honors from Brandeis University with a BA in American Studies and a concentration in Film Studies, and holds an MA degree in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School.

Tamara Berens

London & New York City

Tamara Berens is an inaugural Krauthammer Fellow at Mosaic magazine in New York City. She recently moved to the United States from London where she graduated with a BA in War Studies from King’s College London. She previously worked as a Campus Associate for CAMERA, where she expanded pro-Israel activity in England and Scotland. Her writing has appeared in magazines and news outlets in Britain, the United States, and Israel. These include the The Jerusalem Post, JNS, Standpoint, The Spectator, and the Weekly Standard. She was a speaker at the 2019 Jewish Leadership Conference and has participated in panels in Tel Aviv, London, and New York City. 

Reuben Berman

New York, NY

Reuben Berman is the Executive Assistant to Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Prior to his work at the Conference of Presidents, Reuben was a Fellow and Research Associate at The Reut Institute, a think tank in Tel Aviv, where he was a core member of Reut's Delegitimization Team, helped to run Firewall: A Delegitimization Hackathon, and was a founding member of Reut's Nation-State Team. Reuben studied at List College, the joint program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he majored in History and Talmud, respectively. He graduated with Latin honors from both institutions in 2014.

Robert Bernton

New York, NY

Robert Bernton leads the North American Mid-Market Agency Team for Waze, a Google company.  Concurrently, he is pursuing an Executive MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an expected graduation date of 2021. Prior to working at Google, Robert successfully sold The Kosher Express, a company he launched to deliver high quality kosher meat across the United States. Robert holds a BBA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he was President of Emory Hillel and actively involved in campus life. Previous to university, Robert attended Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy in Denver, Colorado. 

Joe Charles

New York, NY

Joe Charles has earned his multifaceted background that spans the worlds of entertainment, sports, and private client services. Currently a Senior Vice President and insurance specialist at Alliant, Charles plays a leading role in growing the firm's presence in the sports and entertainment industries. Prior to joining Alliant, Charles was CEO and Principal of a New York-based, full-service insurance brokerage and risk management firm. He also has experience overseeing the sports and entertainment divisions of several regional brokerage firms. Over the years, Charles has enjoyed coaching youth soccer, basketball and baseball.Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY.

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Stamford, CT

Rabbi Daniel Cohen has served in the rabbinate for over 20 years and currently is senior rabbi at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, Connecticut, the largest modern orthodox synagogue in New England. A husband and father of six daughters, he is also co-host with Reverend Greg Doll of the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Rabbi and the Reverend,” on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. and evenings at 9 p.m. He speaks frequently on leading a life of legacy, and is the author of the new book, “What Will They Say About You When You’re Gone: Creating a Life of Legacy”.

Jonathan Feldman

London, England

Jonathan Feldman is the Executive Director of Global Mutual, a premier London and Los Angeles-based property investment and management platform with more than £1.5 billion in assets under management. Prior to co-founding Global Mutual, Jonathan was a joint Managing Director of Jayroma London Limited, a UK-based international clothing manufacturer. In 1994, he qualified as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was a senior surveyor with Hillier Parker Chartered Surveyors (now CB Richard Ellis), and specialised in the retail property sector. Jonathan attended The University of Manchester and graduated with a BSc with Honors in Management Sciences.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

Boca Raton, FL

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), a rapidly-growing congregation of over 800 families and over 1,000 children in Boca Raton, Florida, the largest Orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States. In 2010 he was recognized as one of South Florida's Most Influential Jewish Leaders. Rabbi Goldberg is the author of a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to Aish.com and OU.org. His writings have appeared in Mishpacha, Klal Perspectives, Mosaic, Jewish Press, Jewish Link, Jewish Life, Jewish Action, Times of Israel, Sun Sentinel, Forward, YU to Go, and have been quoted by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Rabbi Goldberg is passionate in his support and love of Israel and has been a tireless and forceful advocate for Israel. He has been part of a small delegation of rabbis invited to the White House for meetings with the Administration about the U.S.-Israel relationship. In 2011, Rabbi Goldberg was invited to deliver the invocation to the U.S. House of Representatives. In the same year, he received the Star of David Award from Israel Bonds in recognition of his support. In 2014, he was presented the "Pillar of the Community" and "Israel Award" by Friends of the IDF.

Bruce Gould

Orlando, FL

Bruce Gould was a principal of Gould Publications Inc., a family-owned publishing business specializing in law books and treatises for the legal and law enforcement communities. At the time of its sale in 2004, the business was one of the leading statutory law book publishers in the country. His philanthropic work is extensive. He is a past Vice President of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. For more than 20 years, he has served in various roles for the Jewish National Fund, currently serving as the National Vice President of Campaign and President Elect. In addition, he had the privilege of giving the lead naming gift for both a new Amphitheater and a Commemoration Hall at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. Currently, he is leading a campaign to build a new Holocaust Museum for Hope and Humanity in Orlando Florida, and is a producer on the Menachem Begin documentary film. In his free time, he enjoys biking and has completed a 300-mile bike ride across Israel and bikes in many other countries. Gould holds a BA from New York University, a JD from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, and an LLM from New York University School of Law. 

Barry Gurland

Aventura, FL

Barry Gurland is a partner in DB Family Office Services, a Miami metropolitan-area company that helps high net worth individuals, their families as well as their businesses plan for the future. He is also a partner in Daszkal Bolton LLP, a leading regional certified public accounting firm, where he serves in an advisory capacity to professionals of the firm on estate, succession and retirement planning issues as well as business structuring. Active in the community, Barry has served in leadership roles for numerous originations throughout his more than 40-year career. He was honored as the first recipient of the Stanley C. Myers Young Leadership Award from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and has served on several federation and agency committees, including in his current role as the Chair of the Security and Collections Committee and as an active member of the Administrative Committee. Additionally, he is a past trustee of the Maccabi USA Sports for Israel Endowment Fund and has held numerous officer positions for this organization, which also honored Barry as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2015. 

Dr. Boise Kimber

New Haven, CT

Reverand Dr. Boise Kimber is the pastor at the First Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven where he serves as the full-time pastor and leader of a urban community church where he oversees a vibrant ministry. As a pastor in the urban community, he advocates for social justice and community activism. In addition, Rev. Kimber launched the Christian Leadership School, an accredited four-year Christian Education degree program, and was president of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention from 2007-2014, where he presided over an alliance of approximately eighty churches in the State of Connecticut. Rev. Kimber holds a S.T.M. Master of Sacred Theology from the Yale University Divinity School.

Jordanna McMillan

Washington, D.C.

Jordanna McMillan serves as the Director of Outreach at the Israel Allies Foundation. She has led Congressional and State Legislator delegations to Israel and has spoken to audiences all over the world. From Parliamentarians to Pastors, Congressmen and grassroots, she is passionate about educating men and women of faith and mobilizing them in support of Israel. Prior to living in D.C., Jordanna worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) where she helped coordinate a nationwide outreach project in Malawi. From 2007-2009, Jordanna lived in Jerusalem where she studied at Hebrew University and worked with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. Jordanna graduated summa cum laude from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. She lives with her husband and two children in Maryland.

Pastor Al Nucciarone

Jerusalem, Israel

Pastor Al Nucciarone is presently the senior pastor of the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jerusalem, Israel. He hails from New Jersey, but after serving in Milan and Vienna, Austria, Pastor Al was selected for his current position in Jerusalem where he has served for the past 10 years. Pastor Al also works as a representative with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for which he especially enjoys his involvement with the Israeli American Football League. He is married to Billie, his wife of 38 years, and has three daughters and three grand daughters. He enjoys traveling throughout Israel and riding his electric bicycle around Jerusalem.

Chaim Oren

Tel Aviv, Israel

Chaim Oren is an accomplished international marketer in the U.S., Europe and Israel. Having started his career at the New York office of Young & Rubicam, he later co-founded Zoëtics Inc., a Manhattan-based marketing consulting firm where he advised Fortune 500 companies. After returning to Israel, Chaim held senior management positions at the Israeli offices of McCann Erickson, an American global advertising agency, and Ruder Finn, a global public relations agency. Following those roles, Chaim served as the CEO of Tupperware Brand's Israeli business (NASDAQ TUPP), and introduced and managed Jupiter Research (NASDAQ FORR) in the Israeli market. For the past three years, Chaim has been serving as the State of Connecticut Commercial Representative in Israel and assisting Israeli technology companies expand their operations in the State of Connecticut by helping them raise millions of dollars in equity capital. In addition to his commercial successes, Chaim co-founded and is a board member of Ruach Tova, the leading organization in Israel in the field of volunteerism for social causes.

Kira Radinsky

Tel Aviv, Israel

Dr. Kira Radinsky is the Chairman and CTO of Diagnostic Robotics, where the most advanced technologies in the field of artificial intelligence are harnessed to make healthcare better, cheaper, and more widely available. In addition, Dr. Radinsky founded SalesPredict, which was acquired by eBay in 2016, and served as eBay's Chief Scientist (IL). She gained international recognition for her work at the Technion and Microsoft Research for developing predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, such as disease epidemics and political unrests. In 2013, she was named one of MIT Technology Review’s "35 Young Innovators Under 35," and in 2015 Forbes included her as a "30 Under 30 Rising Stars in Enterprise Tech”. She is a frequent presenter at global tech and industry conferences, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and publishes in Harvard Business Review. Radinsky also serves as a board member for Israel Security Authorities and on the Technology Board of HSBC Bank. She also holds a visiting professor position at the Technion,  focusing on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.

Moshe Shoham

Haifa, Israel

Professor Shoham is the founder of several Israeli companies, including two NASDAQ-listed companies, Mazor Robotics and Microbot Medical, both of which are based on technologies developed in his laboratory. Professor Shoham graduated the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1978 and served as an Aeronautical engineer in Israel Aircraft Industry until he returned to the Technion to complete his Master and Doctoral studies. Between 1986 and 1990 Shoham served as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University and then returned to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, where he is an endowed-chair professor and head of the Robotics Laboratory. Shoham, a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and an ASME and IEEE Fellow, is the author of more than 180 technical papers and three books, and holds 35 patents. Shoham has won numerous prizes and awards including the ASME Thomas A. Edison Patent Award in 2013.

Abbie Green Snyder

Las Vegas, NV

Abbie Green Snyder previously practiced Law at Lionel Sawyer and Collins, Las Vegas Nevada, specializing in corporate and gaming law. She also served as Of Counsel to Spector Gadon and Rosen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as an Associate for Cooper Perkskie April Niedelman and Wagenheim, and Fox Rothschild LLP in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition, Abbie began her legal career as an assistant legislative aide assigned to the Judiciary Committee for Senator Joseph R. Biden. Abbie presently serves on the National Board of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington D.C.; on the boards of directors at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (where she is an alum) in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and of the United Way of Southern Nevada; is a member of the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy of AIPAC (Minion Club, Congressional Club and Legacy Level of the AIPAC Tomorrow Campaign), and is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. Formerly, Abbie served as Board President of the Hebrew Academy of Las Vegas (Adelson Hebrew Academy), Chairman of the Las Vegas Chapter/Council of AIPAC, and on the board of directors for Temple Beth Sholom and the Solomon Schechter School both of Las Vegas, Nevada. Moreover, Abbie is a Life Member of Betar Zionist Organization, the Revisionist Zionist Youth Movement that Menachem Begin led in Poland prior to World War II. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Temple University, and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law (Delaware Law School). Abbie resides primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, Jim Snyder, the evening news Anchor at NBC, Channel 3 Las Vegas. 

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik

New York, NY

Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States, and director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Prior to this, Soloveichik served as associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, received his smicha from RIETS, and was a member of its Beren Kollel Elyon. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays on these subjects have appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, First Things, Azure, Tradition, and the Torah U-Madda Journal. In August 2012, he gave the invocation at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. He is the son of Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik, grandson of the late Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, and the great nephew of the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt

Potomac, MD

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt is the founding rabbi of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland, a vibrant Conservative synagogue founded in 1988. he has been recognized by The Forward as “One of the Most Inspiring Rabbis in America” and voted “Best Rabbi in Washington” by readers of the Washington Jewish Week for several years. Rabbi Weinblatt has given the opening prayer at sessions of the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, both houses of the Maryland State legislature, the inaugurations of Maryland’s Governors and Montgomery County Executives, as well as numerous other public gatherings. In addition, Rabbi Weinblatt is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), was ordained at Hebrew Union College, is President of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JFNA, is Head of the Jewish National Fund’s “Rabbis for Israel,” and has chaired two national RA conventions. Rabbi Weinblatt also has served as President of the Washington Board of Rabbis, chaired the Annual Israel Bonds’ "Ambassador’s Ball" in Washington, D.C., received the “Pillar of the Community” award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and, with his wife, was honored by Israel Bonds for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of Israel.   

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