Sheryl Primakow - Repairing Together Advisory Board Chair, has spent her career as a Jewish communal professional. She has worked as the Admissions and Development Director for MJDS during its formative years in the 90’s; was the Director of Community Planning, COO and Interim Executive Director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation; and most recently served as a consultant and Interim Executive Director of MJDS. She is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. She has an undergraduate degree in education and communications as well as a Masters degree in Educational Psychology.
Nancy Barnett - Advises Repairing Together on community relations and fundraising. She believes in the power of community and participates in many forms of volunteering. Currently, Nancy sits on several community boards. She is an officer of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC, and sits on the board of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), the Jewish Community Foundation and Congregation Shalom, her local synagogue. She is a past president of Congregation Shalom, a board member for Israel Bonds and a second generation speaker for HERC, going into the community to teach about the lessons of the Holocaust and telling her survivor father’s concentration camp story.
Rabbi Marc Berkson - Is the rabbi of Congregation Emanu’El B’ne Jeshurun since 1999. Active in a wide range of local and regional Jewish, inter-religious, and human relations programs and organizations, Rabbi Berkson brings his love of teaching and his community-building skills to the table. A native of Chicago and a graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, Rabbi Berkson was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1978. Following ordination, Rabbi Berkson served as rabbi of Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie, IL.
Karen Bradley, Ed.D. - Is an elementary school Principal with thirty years of teaching and school administration experience. She began her career in education as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya and has since practiced in inner city Chicago, Evanston and Skokie, Illinois. She has extensive experience in curriculum and program development as well as in mentoring other educators at various stages of their careers. She is committed to developing strong social awareness and civic responsibility skills in young children.
Anthony Brazouski, Ph.D. - Has served as a Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director of Academic Achievement, high school Principal, Assistant Principal, K-12 language arts Coordinator, and high school English teacher. He is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools (IL). His work and research foci center on collaborative, mindful, and growth mindset approaches where all (adults and children) learn and grow together, every day via engaging, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences. He teaches at the graduate level and founded a consulting firm dedicated to developing organizational and membership capacity to affect lasting change through research, dialogue, and innovation. His recent published works include: “Our Ways: Culture as the Heart of the Indian Community School” (Journal of Sustainability Education, 2018).
Pnina Goldfarb, Ph.D. - Repairing Together Vice-Chair, has been a Research Consultant since 2009 for Wraparound Milwaukee, a program that serves adjudicated youth who have been diagnosed with mental illness. She has over 40 years of experience with children and youth who experience mental & behavioral health issues in a breadth of professional arenas including public and private schools, hospitals, clinics and universities. Pnina has served as an educator, teacher trainer, school consultant, curriculum developer and researcher. As a published professional, she has widely presented papers within the State of Wisconsin and nationally.
Elana Kahn - Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, which works to create a just community that reflects the best of American and Jewish values by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community through education, advocacy, social justice and support for Israel. Its program, Hours Against Hate, mobilizes people to connect with people across lines of race, religion, culture, class, and more, in an effort to dismantle bigotry and promote respect. As part of her work, she launched new interfaith and intergroup alliances, including a Black-Jewish Alliance, Muslim-Jewish Partnership, and Latino-Jewish Alliance. She is currently chair of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and on the governing committee of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. She is among the leadership task force of the Community Coalition for Quality Policing. She serves on the board of We are Many: United Against Hate, Tikkun B’Yachad: Repairing Together, and a judge of the David Twersky Journalism Award. An award-winning writer and editor, she was formerly editor of The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle and president of the American Jewish Press Association. In 2017, she earned a Master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.
Aaron Lippman - Head of School at Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Aaron worked as a high school teacher and principal for sixteen years in public, public charter and private schools in Chicago and Milwaukee. He has a Masters in both Education and Administration along with extensive leadership training through the Accelerate Institute, as a Ryan Fellow. Aaron has also worked as a Camp Counselor and Administrator for over a decade in New York and Chicago. He is grateful to work alongside incredible mission-driven educators at MJDS and in service to the Milwaukee Jewish community.
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