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Meet the Board and Leadership Advisory Committee

President & Acting 1st Vice President for Programming: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD


  • Graduate of Hawken School, University of Pennsylvania, The Ohio State University and College of Law
  • Former sports law adjunct professor, Capital University Law School and consultant (NCAA athletic compliance)
  • Former program director, Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
  • Lives in Medina


  • Graduate of Beachwood HS, Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, and Long Island University
  • Former archivist at the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Public Library and American Jewish history and Jewish studies teacher at New York University, the Center for Jewish History, Texas Christian University, and the National Havurah Committee’s Summer Institute
  • Librarian and Archivist at The Temple-Tifereth Israel
  • Lives in Beachwood and member of The Temple-Tifereth Israel

SecretaryLeslie Kay Andrzejewski


  • Graduate of Mayfield HS and Pennsylvania State University
  • Former reporter, assistant state editor, assistant metro editor at The Plain Dealer
  • Former vice president at public relations firm
  • Lives in Pepper Pike

Treasurer: Chuck Lissauer, Esq


  • Graduate of Heights HS, Miami University, and Western Reserve Law School
  • Former IRS attorney (estate tax)
  • Past treasurer and president of JGS Cleveland
  • Lives in Pepper Pike and member of The Temple-Tifereth Israel

Trustee: Marilyn Davis Perkul

  • Graduate of Heights HS, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University
  • Former owner and on-site operations , Davis Bakery
  • Former social worker, Cleveland Clinic
  • Lives in Mayfield Heights

Trustee: Robin Selinger, PhD


  • Graduate of Fort Worth Country Day School, Harvard-Radcliffe College, and Harvard University
  • Professor of Physics, Kent State University
  • Lives in Kent and member and cantorial soloist at Temple Beth Shalom (Hudson)

Trustee: Cynthia Spikell


  • Graduate of Shaw HS, The Ohio State University, and Kent State University
  • Former Elementary Teacher, Cardinal Local Schools of Geauga County
  • Former Kol editor for JGS Cleveland 
  • Lives in Middlefield

Immediate Past President: Stewart Hoicowitz


  • Graduate of Shaker Heights HS, University of Cincinnati, and Ohio University
  • Former editorial writer at the Cleveland Jewish News and correspondent at The Plain Dealer
  • Former news reporter and copywriter at the Toledo Blade
  • Lives in Lyndhurst and member of Temple Emanu El

Previous Past President: Sylvia Abrams, PhD


  • Graduate of Bennett HS (Buffalo), Western Reserve University, Cleveland College of Jewish Studies, and Case Western Reserve University
  • Retired dean of Siegal College of Judaic Studies
  • Former director of educational services at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland
  • Lives in Beachwood and member of B'nai Jeshurun Congregation

Kol Newsletter Editor (appointed): Sean Martin, PhD

Webmaster (appointed): Rick Smith

Past Presidents (non-voting):
  • Amy Wachs, Esq (2016-17)
  • Helen Wolf (2012-13)
  • Ken Bravo, Esq (2010-11)
  • Richard Spector, Esq (2008-09)

Leadership Advisory Committee: Deborah Abbott, William Beuther, Hal Bookbinder, Sophie Bravo, Diane Cole, Lauren Kuntzman, and Robinn Magid

Founding President: Arlene Blank Rich

40th Anniversary Co-Chairs: Russ Maurer and Amy Wachs

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