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The Network Professional Staff
Interim Director/Regional Director
Rachel Levy currently serves as the Interim Director of the Network and serves Network communities in Alaska, the Florida Panhandle, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
Rachel lived in Providence, RI until she graduated from Brown University in 1995. She has been working for a wide range of Jewish organizations as a Jewish professional her entire career beginning with her time as the Bronfman Fellow at Hillel International. Rachel launched a start-up in Boston to connect young adults to Jewish life after college and expanded the program across the country by working with Federations and Jewish Community Centers. Because of her vision and leadership of Jewish organizations as a young adult, she was awarded a Wexner Graduate Fellowship towards her Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University. During her time in New York, she had the opportunity to work for the Bronfman Foundation, Jewish Funders Network and UJA Federation. Rachel rose up the ranks at UJA in Northern New Jersey working with Women’s Division, Corporate Sponsors, and Major Gifts. In 2011, Rachel began serving as the Midwest Regional Director for the Network of Independent Communities at Jewish Federations of North America and moved to Madison, Wisconsin. She has traveled to over 22 states in this position, played a critical role at regional and national conferences for nearly a decade, and visited our beneficiary agencies in Dimona, Tbilisi, Minsk and Havana. In her free time, she has completed 6 triathlons, 6 half marathons and 4 century bike rides. Rachel is currently living in Providence, RI.
Andrew is based in New York City and is very excited to work at JFNA with a dual role. Aside from his Network portfolio, he also works with the National Young Leadership (NYL) Cabinet team.
In the Network, Andrew works with communities in the Western Region (Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Washington, and Wyoming) as well as Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas to enhance Jewish life and fundraising efforts. He comes to JFNA most recently serving as Regional Director for the BBYO Big Apple Region (Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island). During his time there, he revamped the operational structure with the region and expanded BBYO’s reach within the Brooklyn community. Andrew previously worked for Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) where he connected with undergraduate and alumni communities throughout the United States. He holds a BA in Organizational Communication from SUNY New Paltz and is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY Baruch College.
Andrew was born and raised in New York and enjoys travel, spending time with his fiancé, family and friends, exercising, and outdoor adventures.
Edward Finkel serves Network communities from Maine to Maryland, Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Georgia, North, Central and South Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He founded EJF Associates, a campaign management and philanthropic consulting firm, and has designed and directed annual, capital and endowment fundraising operations for over three decades for synagogues, Jewish community institutions and organizations, providing key strategic expertise. He previously served as Assistant Atlantic Seaboard Regional Director of United Jewish Appeal and in executive campaign management positions at the Jewish Federations of Greater Metrowest, Western Massachusetts, Greater New Haven, and Merrimack Valley . A trained broadcast journalist, Ed is a graduate of Boston University College of Communications. He currently serves in leadership capacities to several educational, arts and Jewish organizations and has been honored for his contributions to their work.
Abby comes to JFNA with over 25 years of experience in donor relations and fundraising in the Jewish community. She is is very excited to work with the Network Communities throughout the Southeast and in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio to help strengthen their opportunities to enhance Jewish life and their campaign fundraising efforts.
Previously, she was Head of School at Addlestone Hebrew Academy in Charleston, a community Jewish Day School, serving over 130 students from 18 months through 8th grade. Abby also served as Executive Director at Synagogue Emanu-El in Charleston and received her professional certification as Fellow of Synagogue Administration (FSA) by the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE). Abby began her Jewish communal professional career as Director of Camp Young Judaea Midwest.
Originally from Chicago, Abby received her BA from Purdue University in organizational communication and secondary education. She also earned an MA from Bowling Green State University in special education. Abby has post graduate training at Harvard University Principal's Institute as well as Northwestern University's Jewish Leaders Seminar. Currently, Abby is earning another masters degree in Executive Management at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning.
Abby lives in Charleston with her husband, Norm, a geology professor at the College of Charleston, and has three sons, Ari (23), Aaron (20), and Elan (19).
Erica has been with JFNA in administrative support since 1996. She holds a BA in early childhood education, and is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.
The Network Advisory Committee
Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, Chair
South Orange, NJ
San Luis Obispo CA
Miami Beach FL
New York, NY
Los Angeles CA
West Hartford CT
Caryn Rosen Adelman
Port St. Lucie FL
Susan Weiss Firestone
Julie Wise Oreck
New Orleans LA