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 Vice Chair of GOJO with a focus on championing sustainability, innovation, and organizational effectiveness. … Read More →

Mamie Kanfer Stewart
Founding Director, Secretary
Mamie Kanfer Stewart is the Founder & CEO of Starling, an early stage 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. Starling’s products enable individuals, teams and organizations to work smarter (and faster) … Read More →

Joseph Kanfer
Founding Director
Joe Kanfer is Chairman and CEO 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 36 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, an action-oriented think tank for innovation in Jewish Learning and Engagement. … Read More →

Dara Weinerman Steinberg
Executive Director
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 Lee Moore
Director of Jewish and Organizational Learning
Lee joined the Lippman Kanfer team in the Fall of 2010, having been ordained that year from the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. She has especially contributed to the foundation’s shift toward a Living Torah approach, contributing conceptual work on models such as … Read More →

Coordinator of Administration
Bio coming soon… Read More →

Shana Ross
Communications Manager
Shana joined the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah as communications manager in 2014. Her career has included over 15 years of senior management and strategy positions…Read More →

Samantha Carlin
Project Associate
Samantha is Project Associate at Walnut Ridge Strategic Management, where she works on projects across multiple and varied domains, including significant initiatives for the Foundation. … Read More →