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, Secretary
Mamie Kanfer Stewart is the Founder & CEO of Meeteor, a venture that combines a unique methodology developed and used by GOJO, inventor of PURELL®, America’s #1 Hand Sanitizer, with the ease of cloud technology and human-centered design. Meeteor’s products enable individuals, teams and organizations to work smarter (and faster) … 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 →

Jerome & 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. Most recently, he worked with to develop a campaign to mobilize older adults to help children, and, immediately before that, with a consortium of education-reform organizations to re-invent high school as part of XQ: The Super School Challenge. … 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 →

Dara Weinerman Steinberg
Senior Director of Grantmaking
Dara joined the Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation as its first non-family staff member in December 2009. Over the next several years, she guided the organization through a strategic planning process and subsequent launch of a refocused Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation and of a new foundation, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. … 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
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 believes in the power of creativity to transform perception and bring real change to the world. 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, a summer program based at the 14th Street Y that brought together NYC teens to learn design thinking and apply it to social justice projects in response to needs of the community. … Read More →