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Leadership 2018-01-09T10:26:15+00:00

As of January 1, 2018, Mosaic of Westchester is now the Mosaic LGBTQ Committee of the Westchester Jewish Council (WJC), rather than its own organization. Pam Goldstein, WJC’s Assistant Director is now the direct contact for Mosaic. She can be reached at 914-328-7001 or at pam@wjcouncil.org

The Advisory Board for the new Mosaic LGBTQ Committee of the Westchester Jewish Council includes: Joel Davidson, Sharon Gorman, Mark Klee, Bina Raskin, Pat Rind, Jill Schreibman and Diane Werner. 

 

 

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 theExecutive Committee 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 (of Mosaic of Westchester 2014-2018)

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.

Sharon Gorman, Advisory Board Member

Sharon Gorman has been working in Information Technology for over 25 years.  She is currently the IT Director for Enterprise Service Management for Avon Products, Inc.  She has been an active member of Temple Israel of New Rochelle since joining the congregation in 2003, serving on several committees, participating in various initiatives, and now representing her community as a member of the WJC.  Sharon participated in the initial MOSAIC focus groups and has been involved with PrideWorks for many years bringing educational and social programs to Westchester’s LGBTQ high school students.  She has also been on the board of Junior Achievement of Hudson Valley, serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Avon Products in Westchester, and coached local girls’ softball, soccer, and lacrosse teams for nearly a decade. She and her twin daughters live in New Rochelle, New York.

 

Marc Klee, Advisory Board Member 

Marc Klee

Marc 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 Secretary and Trustee of the Westchester Jewish Council, and previously was Vice President, and is Senior Vice Chair of the METNY District of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and was Treasurer for 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.

 

Bina Raskin, Advisory Board Member

Bina Raskin

Bina Raskin was the founding Executive Director of Mosaic of Westchester from 2013-2017. She has worked diligently and passionately toward accomplishing Mosaic’s vision for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in Westchester Jewish life. This work involved engaging with dozens of Jewish organizations in Westchester County, NY as well as collaborating with numerous NYC and National LGBTQ and Jewish organizations to best meet Mosaic’s inclusion goals. In her role at Mosaic, Bina’s expertise included planning and implementation, consultation, coaching, facilitation, support, and educational programming based on the needs and interests of each organization in order to help them foster institutional change in their settings. Throughout her 4 year tenure with Mosaic, she helped spearhead, develop, and facilitate 150+ collaborative LGBTQ-themed programs with 50+ Jewish organizations.

With a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Bina has over 20 years of expertise and experience in a variety of 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 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.

Bina lives in Westchester County with her wife Jama who is in her last semester of Rabbinical School at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Jama is on track to be ordained as a Rabbi in May 2018.

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 Schreibman

Jill 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. 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 are struggling with employment instability.