Bina Raskin, Executive Director

Bina RaskinBina Raskin is passionate about Mosaic’s vision and goals and brings with her over 20 years of expertise and experience in a variety of relevant roles including: community relations, resource planning, referral, and education; innovative program design; leadership and administration; direct clinical care of adults and children; and, active engagement in the Jewish community.

Bina has seen firsthand how full inclusion can strengthen and enrich the individual and family as well as the community.  She was recently married in a same sex religious ceremony in her synagogue. The warmth, support, and love of the Jewish community she experienced deepened her commitment to work toward full inclusion and engagement of LGBTQ individuals and their families into the fabric of Jewish life.

Mosaic's Director Bina Raskin and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, march with Mosaic at NYC's Gay Pride March, May 2014

Mosaic’s Director Bina Raskin and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, march with Mosaic at NYC’s Gay Pride March

With a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Bina has been actively involved in community outreach and liaison activities for best practices in health and wellness throughout her career.  She has always found direct community engagement to be inspiring and rewarding.  This commitment extends to the Jewish community, where she is also very active. Her past volunteer experiences include leadership and service to a number of synagogue and community committees and advisory boards; outreach to seniors, and new and prospective congregant members; and, summer work in a memory and dementia clinic in Israel.

After living in North Carolina for over 20 years, Bina is excited to be back in New York where she was born and raised. She now lives in Westchester County with her life partner, Jama, who is currently a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

Diane Werner, Founding Chair 

Diane WernerDiane Werner is the President of WB&E Realty, a real estate management firm in White Plains, New York. Ms. Werner is a past President of Westchester Hebrew High School and serves on the board of the Westchester Jewish Council. She also serves on the Westchester Leadership Council of the American Jewish World Service and the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Ms. Werner has master’s degrees in both Journalism and Business Administration from Columbia University. She and her husband Michael have four sons and live in White Plains, New York.

Catherine Bell, Advisory Board Member

Catherine BellCatherine Bell is currently the National Program Director for Keshet, a nationally recognized and award winning organization working for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews into Jewish life. Ms. Bell has over a dozen years of experience organizing and educating in a Jewish context. Since her own participation in the JOIN Fellowship after college, she has worked as a youth educator and organizer within the Boston Jewish community and with immigrant youth in Brockton, MA. She has also worked as an organizer of progressive Jewish adults in the Boston area and in New York City, and as an organizer at Temple Israel in Boston. Catherine spent time in Ghana as an HIV educator with the Volunteer Corps of American Jewish World Service, and has a background in performance and Theater of the Oppressed popular education techniques. Catherine graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, and holds an M.A. in Sociology of Education from NYU.

 

Joel Davidson, Advisory Board Member

Joel Davidson has been a high school dean at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester since 2008.  Prior to Schechter Westchester, Joel was a social studies teacher at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit for twelve years.  Joel holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in counseling from Oakland University (Michigan), and is a nationally certified, licensed professional counselor.  Joel has also worked with teens as director of Teen Caravan at the Jewish Community Center Day Camps in West Bloomfield, Michigan.  Joel participated in one of the focus groups for MOSAIC and has been involved in developing social opportunities for members of the gay Jewish community.

Abby Reiken, Advisory Board Member

Abby Reiken has been working in Jewish education for over twenty-five years as a teacher, Youth & Family Educator, and curriculum writer.  She is  currently the Education Director at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains.  Abby holds a B.S. from Brandeis University and a Masters of  Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley College.  She also did additional graduate work in education and Judaic Studies at the American  Jewish University. Abby is certified in Elementary Education. She has received numerous awards, including the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for  excellence in family education programming, the Grinspoon Foundation Teaching Award for excellence and commitment to Jewish education, and  METNY USCJ awards for excellence in synagogue programming and social action programming.  Abby lives in White Plains with her husband Steve  and their three daughters.

Pat Rind, Advisory Board Member 

Pat RindPat Rind has a master’s degree in Literature and a doctorate in Human Sexuality, both from New York University. She has been a professor of Gender, Sexuality, Women’s Studies and Psychology for more than 20 years and is currently teaching at SUNY Purchase. Pat writes on topics related to sexuality, gender and women’s issues. Her book, Women’s Best Friendships: Beyond Betty, Veronica, Thelma and Louise was published by Haworth Press.

 

Jill Schreibman, Advisory Board Member

Jill SchreibmanJill Schreibman was the Founding Director of Center Lane, Westchester County’s only community center specifically designed to serve LGBTQ adolescents. The program opened in 1995 and continues to serve hundreds of youth and their families each year. This spring, Center Lane will host its’ 17th Annual LGBTQ prom. Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is the current Coordinator of UJA-Federation of NY’s Connect to Care Program at WJCS, helping those in the Westchester Jewish community who were impacted by the economic downturn.

 

 

Marc Klee, Advisory Board Member 

Marc KleeMarc Klee has had a varied background in both the public and private sectors. Since his graduation in 1977 with a Wharton MBA, Mr. Klee has been in the money management industry, initially as an analyst and then as a portfolio manager, which included over twenty-five years managing technology mutual funds.  He has been a general partner in various entities ranging from private equity and baseball team ownership to the hotel industry, where he is currently the Managing Member of two hotels.  He has also served as president and CFO for two public companies.  Additionally, among his voluntary positions Mr. Klee currently serves as a Vice President and Trustee of the Westchester Jewish Council and Vice Chair of the METNY District of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and as Treasurer for the newly formed Mosaic of Westchester. Previously he was president of Beth El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, where he continues to serve as a Trustee and on various committees, including Audit & Finance.