Meet the Board
From Talmud Brachot 6a:
How do we know that when ten people pray, the Divine Presence is with them?
“God stands in the community (edah) of God” — Psalms 82:1
The root of the word community, edah, means witness: people who have seen the same things, they have a shared vision. They might not always agree, but they seek to see the same ultimate goal realized.
In this sprit, our Board of Directors shares our vision of community, hospitality, and Shabbat — an edah that continues to look ahead and see endless possibilities and promise around the Shabbat dinner table.
OneTable Board of Directors
Kari is the senior program officer for Jewish Life at the William Davidson Foundation where she determines and awards grant support to organizations that preserve and enhance Jewish life through Jewish identity, leadership and innovation, and Israel insights. Kari is also an adjunct lecturer for the University of Michigan's School of Social Work and serves on the boards of Congregation Shaarey Zedek and Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Kari lives in Michigan with her husband and two daughters.
Sara Bloom, Co-Chair
Sara chairs the Board of the Hebrew Charter School Center and serves on the Board of Directors of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and the Board of Trustees of the Areivim Philanthropic Group. From 2004 to 2008, she was a columnist for The New York Sun focusing on raising children in New York City. She’s appeared on CBS Morning News and FOX News, and lectured at local schools. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University. Ms. Bloom lives in New York City with her family.
Jake is a food writer and recipe developer based in New York. He currently works as the food editorial director for TheFeedFeed, with access to over 1.5 million followers on Instagram. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he worked in the test kitchen of Saveur Magazine and as a food editor of Tasting Table. He is a frequent OneTable host and guest and is currently writing his first cookbook, Jew-ish.
Rabbi David Gedzelman, Treasurer
David is President and CEO of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life which is dedicated to revitalizing Jewish identity through educational and cultural initiatives, as well as to advocate for and support Hebrew and Jewish literacy among the general population. A member of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement, he serves on many boards including the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School, The American Pardes Foundation, Hillel International, and My Jewish Learning. David lives in Harlem with his wife Judith Turner and their three children.
After completing his JD/MBA, Gregg built a career working with and contributing to the development of world changing start-up companies. In 2016, Gregg founded G Three Media - a media relations and strategic marketing agency focused on helping startups find their voice and communicate their vision to the world. He’s worked with renown tech companies including Face.com (acquired by Facebook), AOL, Docusign, Element AI, and Ripcord. Gregg lives in San Francisco and New York.
Lesley is a Managing Partner of GreensLedge, an Investment Banking boutique with offices in New York, London, Tokyo and Seoul. Prior, Lesley worked at Credit Suisse and Bear Stearns. She serves as lead independent director of Tiptree Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: TIPT). She co-founded Zara’s Center for AIDS orphans in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she was born and raised. Lesley and her husband Jonathan Plutzik are principal owners of The Betsy – South Beach, a hotel with a commitment to philanthropy, culture, the arts and education. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and resides with her husband in New York and Miami.
Deborah Hochberg, Secretary
Debbie focuses on Special Projects at The Paul E. Singer Foundation. She served as Director of Investor Relations of Multex, Inc. Prior, at Radius Ventures, a seed stage venture capital fund focusing on health care. Debbie began her career at Merrill Lynch & Co. She serves on the board of Facing History & Ourselves. Debbie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in Biology from Harvard College. She lives in Westchester with her family.
Terry Kassel, Co-Chair
Terry serves on the Management Committee of Elliott Associates, a hedge fund founded in 1977 where she is Counsel and Head of Strategic HR. Terry also serves as Chairman of the Board of Start-Up Nation Central, based in Israel. Terry also serves as Trustee, The Paul E. Singer Foundation focusing on Jewish Philanthropy; she also serves on the Board of Onward Israel and The Board of Governors, Hillel. Terry resides in New York City.
Adam Levine is president of Circle of Service Foundation, based in Chicago. He has general management responsibility for COSF, which has four giving areas: Public Education, Medical Research, Jewish Community, and Social/Human Services. Adam has served on the board of COSF since 1997, and he joined COSF professionally as president in 2007. Prior to 2007, Adam practiced corporate law as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He is a member of the boards of the Partnership for College Completion, OneTable, Jewish Funders Network and Chicago Jewish Day School.
Rob Orley serves as a Principal at O2 Investment Partners, LLC and the Chief Executive Officer of Rhetech, Inc. He is a Real Estate Developer and is a seasoned executive and private equity investor with more than 30 years of experience in investing in businesses in a variety of industries. Rob holds a J.D. degree from Detroit College of Law, Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Michigan and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. Rob has served as an advisor to OneTable, helping us secure a match for Detroit funding. He and his wife Marcie Hermelin Orley hosted a Shabbat dinner to introduce OneTable to the Detroit Jewish community in 2017. Rob is an active JFNA Cabinet alum.