Founding Director, Chair
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick focuses on creating meaning and value every day through her diverse family enterprise – which includes GOJO, inventor of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, and an array of early-stage ventures and philanthropic foundations. Marcella is Executive Chair of GOJO. … Read More →

Mamie Kanfer Stewart
Founding Director
Mamie Kanfer Stewart is Founder of Meeteor, a coaching and training firm focused on building healthy, high performing teams with a special emphasis on productive meetings. Mamie is the author of Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings and host of The Modern Manager podcast… Read More →

Joseph Kanfer
Founding Director
Joe Kanfer is Chair and Venturer of GOJO Industries. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, GOJO is a world leader in the field of hygiene and skin care products for institutional markets and known as the inventor of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer. Joe is also a venture investor in the United States and Israel. He is Chairman of Startvest Partners … Read More →

Pamela Kanfer
Founding Director
For more than 40 years at The Lippman School, Pam Kanfer has held numerous lay and professional positions, including school director, general studies and Hebrew teacher, board president and currently educational therapist. As a Dyslexia Specialist, she also maintains a private practice. She is former treasurer of the Northern Ohio Branch … Read More →

Joshua N. K. Rolnick
Founding Director
Josh Rolnick’s debut short story collection, Pulp and Paper, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li, and was published by the University of Iowa Press. His short stories have also won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize. They have been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, … Read More →

Jerry & Goldie Lippman z”l
Founding Directors
In 1966, Jerome Lippman (1913-2005) – known as Jerry to his friends, employees, and customers, and as “Grandpa Jerry” to the current generation of Kanfer family members – and Goldie Lippman (1911-1972) established the Jerome Lippman Family Foundation, later renamed Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation. Jerry and Goldie were committed to Jewish life and social justice … Read More →


Aaron Dorfman
Aaron is a lifelong educator, problem-solver, and social justice activist. Prior to his work with the Foundation he spent 10 years as part of the leadership team at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), organizing and mobilizing American Jews to channel their philanthropy, volunteer time, and political power to support global human rights.… Read More →

Rabbi Ayalon Eliach
Director of Learning and Strategic Communications
Ayalon loves to make complex ideas digestible, relevant, and useful. Before joining the Lippman Kanfer team, he directed an initiative for the National Association of Consumer Advocates to help consumers minimize taxation on income they never received after winning lawsuits. … Read More →

Valerie Rosenberg
Chief of Staff, Board Secretary
Valerie loves to solve problems and takes efficiency very seriously, but she would never let either of these qualities diminish her sense of humor. She joined the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah from the New York City Housing Authority and the Fund for Public Housing, where she focused on bringing strategic investments to public housing communities. … Read More →

Tirtzah Bassel
Program Director
Tirtzah is an artist and educator who creates spaces and experiences that move people to see the familiar in unexpected ways. Before joining the Lippman Kanfer team, she was assistant director of the Brandeis Institute of Music and Art at Brandeis University. She was also the founding director of PopUp for Change… Read More →

Neil Friedlander
Administrative & Communications Associate
Neil is an artist interested in the individual spiritual experience. He is equally passionate about finding new ways to improve the quality of every-day life through better organization. Prior to joining Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, Neil completed his second album as a singer-songwriter. … Read More →

Jonathan Woocher, PhD z”l
Founding President
Jon joined Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah in 2013 as its first President and became Senior Fellow in September 2016. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Jon worked for 27 years at JESNA as President and then as Chief Ideas Officer, where he headed the Lippman Kanfer Institute … Read More →