Meet the Network Team

Our team is here to help you strengthen and sustain your connection with the global Jewish community. To learn more about our work, please feel free to contact us. For general questions, or if you are unsure which regional director serves your community, please contact Erica Heisman.

 

The Network Professional Staff

Danny Nathanson
Executive Director/Regional Director
(818) 219-7948
danny.nathanson@jewishfederations.org

Danny leads the Network team and serves communities throughout the Western United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Danny has spent more than three decades working in communities across the nation to help Jews in need and to ensure Israel’s survival. He has held professional leadership positions at a number of major Federations, from Florida to California. His USC/HUC Master’s thesis, “The Impact of Population Density on Jewish Involvement and Identification,” has been an excellent resource for his community development work.

Edward Finkel
Regional Director
(212) 284-6530
edward.finkel@jewishfederations.org

Ed serves Network communities from Maine to Maryland, Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, North, Central and South Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ed 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 founded EJF Associates, a campaign management and philanthropic consulting firm and previously served as Assistant Atlantic Seaboard Regional Director of United Jewish Appeal.

He is a trained broadcast journalist and a graduate of Boston University College of Communication. He currently serves in leadership capacities to several educational, arts and Jewish organizations and has been honored for his contributions to their work.


Abby Levine
Regional Director
(212) 284-6746
abby.levine@jewishfederations.org

Abby comes to JFNA with over 25 years of experience in donor relations and fundraising in the Jewish community. She is based in Charleston, South Carolina, and is very excited to work with the Network Communities throughout the Southeast to help strengthen their opportunities to enhance Jewish life and their campaign fundraising efforts.

Before working at JFNA, for five years she was Head of School at Addlestone Hebrew Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, a community Jewish Day School, serving over 130 students from 18 months old through 8th grade. She previously served as Executive Director at Synagogue Emanu-El in Charleston and received her professional certification as Fellow of Synagogue Administration by the North American Association of Synagogue Executives.

Rachel O. Levy
Regional Director
(917) 533-8097
rachel.levy@jewishfederations.org

Rachel serves Network communities in the Florida Panhandle, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

She has worked for the Network since 2011. Prior to joining the Network, she worked for the Jewish community for over 20 years at Hillel, Solomon Schechter Day School, several Jewish Federations and in the Jewish start-up sector.

Jacquelyn Shapiro
Regional Director
(212) 284-6727
jacquelyn.shapiro@jewishfederations.org

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Shapiro serves Network communities in Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Development at Queens College Hillel and Development Associate for ARZA, Union for Reform Judaism. Jackie received her MSW from Columbia University with a concentration in social enterprise administration and graduated summa cum laude from CUNY Queens College.

Jackie is the first person from her family to be born in America. Her parents are from the Former Soviet Union and Jackie is fluent in Russian. She has participated on JDC Entwine trips to Argentina, Tbilisi, Georgia, Israel, and Ukraine, which she co-chaired, and is a part of JDC’s inaugural cohort of community representatives based in the New York area.

Erica Loiacano
Accounting Assistant
(212) 284-6602
erica.loiacano@jewishfederations.org

Erica has been with JFNA in administrative support since 1996. She holds a BA in early childhood education, and is married with two daughters.

Erica Heisman
Network Assistant
(212) 284-6584
erica.heisman@jewishfederations.org

Erica recently joined the Network team after working in book publishing for a number of years. Growing up, she lived in Network communities in Georgia, California and Wisconsin. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

The Network Advisory Committee

Julie Wise Oreck, Chair
New Orleans, LA

Lauren Bandari
San Luis Obispo, CA

Michael Brenner
Advance, NC

Beth Grode
Kalamazoo, MI

Marc Slotnick
Charleston, WV

Steven Slutsky
Gainesville, FL

Gwen Wallace
West Lafayette, IN

Elliott Weinstein
York, PA

Mark Wright
Tampa, FL