Responsibility for ARJE’s continuing operations is shared by a close partnership between the organization’s staff and a dedicated corps of volunteer leadership. On the volunteer side, the “Operations” is overseen by two Operations Coordinators and two Membership Involvement Coordinators. They coordinate the activities of five teams, each of which is made up of various committees tasked with managing particular aspects of the organization’s work: Advocacy, Communications, Finance, Membership, and Professional Learning.

Operations Teams

Advocacy Team

Laura Siegel Perpinyal, RJE, Team Leader

Rabbi Rena Rifkin, Team Leader



Marlene Myerson, RJE, Chair

Vatikei ARJE President

Judy Aronson, RJE

Communications Team

Mandy Herlich, RJE, Team Leader


ARJEachshav (E-Newsletter)

Vanessa Ehrlich, RJE, Editor

Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, RJE, Editor


David Perolman, Moderator

Rabbi Elisa Koppel, RJE, Moderator


Rabbi Jessica Wainer, Webmaster


Rabbi Dr. Laura Novak Winer, RJE

Finance Team

Miles Roger, RJE, Team Leader

Rabbi Joe Eiduson, RJE, Team Leader



Stefani Carlson and
Emily Cohen, RJE, Co-Chairs

Financial Controls

Rabbi Jody Cook, Chair


Emily Cohen, RJE, Chair

Member Relations Team

Heather Erez, RJE, Team Leader

Stephanie Schwartz, RJE, Team Leader


Member Recruitment

Barry Shainker, RJE, & Lindsey Dewey, Co-Chairs


Member Initiation

Stephanie Schwartz, RJE
and Molly Levy, Co-Chairs

General Membership Lifecycle Acknowledgment

Eileen Hamilton

Professional Learning Team

Bradley Cohen, RJE, Team Leader

Rabbi Lisa Levenberg, Team Leader


Annual Gathering21

Rabbi Stacy Rigler, RJE, & Rachel Opatowsky, RJE, Co-Chairs 

Book Groups

Rabbi Nicki Greninger


Melissa Pescatore

Pre-Biennial Symposium

Stacy Rosenthal, RJE, and Rabbi Rena Rifkin, Co-Chairs

Torah Lishma Cohort Learning

Rachel Petroff Kessler and Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Co-Chairs

New Directors’ Institute

Laura Naide, RJE

Member Engagement Team

Barb Shimansky, RJE, Team Leader

Lori Daitch, Team Leader