Meet The Team

Jill Abel

P2G Domestic Consortium

Coordinator

Jewish Federation of North Florida

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Jill has lived in Jacksonville, Florida for the past 25 years. She and her husband Mike have been married for 29 years and have two children, Hannah (26), a speech pathologist in Northern Virginia and Aaron (23), an officer in the K'shrei Chutz Unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Jill began working at the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida where she has coordinated Israel Partnership Programs for the past 9 years.

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Adam Bronstone

Director of Planning and

Israel Partnerships

Jewish Federation of Nashville, TN

Adam Bronstone is the Director of Planning and Israel Partnerships for the Federation. He is originally from Canada and worked and lived in several communities in both the United States and Canada. Having grown up living and visiting Israel several times, for Adam the Partnership is about being part of a global Jewish family. When not working, Adam spends time riding with his wife and staying out of the way of their many cats!

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Erin Boynton

Director of Planning and

Director of Community Initiatives and Engagement

Charleston Jewish Federation

Erin lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband and adorable cat, Freya! She loves cooking, board games and travel. Partnership2Gether is so special to her- and was even the impetus for a career change from teaching to Jewish professional work. To Erin - P2G means friends for life. 

Maya Shoham

Director

P2G Hadera-Eiron 

Maya lives in Pardes-Hanna with her husbend, Oren, and their 5 children.

Maya’s professional career combines administrative-management positions in social areas. Within this framework she worked with special needs populations, youth at risk and in the last decade as coordinator of programs and missions in the "Partnership2Gether" of the Jewish Agency, responsible for promoting interactions, bridges, cultural gaps and different interest and expectations and try to find ways to stress and channel the common denominators between our communities into living bridge programs. 

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Shimrit Orgal

Programs Coordinator

P2G Hadera-Eiron 

Married to Nitzan and mother of 3, Shimrit lives in Pardes-Hanna Karkur. After being a summer Shlicha in Richmond, VA, more than 20 years ago, Shimrit returned to P2G as Programs Coordinator and quicly felt home with friends and family in Israel and in our Jewish communities. In her spare time Shimrit volunteers in an organization for disabled IDF veterans and children with special needs. Most of the time you can find her hiking or canyoning with her family.  

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Adi Dado

Operations Coordinator

P2G Hadera-Eiron 

Adi Dado lives in Kfar Yechezkel, an agricultural settlement near the Gilboa Mountains in the North part of Israel. Adi is married and a mother of 3, the oldest is serving in the IDF. Adi has been working in the Jewish Agency since 2001 and in the Partnership Unit since 2010.

Adi loves to hike in Israel and in other countries while exploring new places.

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Laura Hausman

Director of Donor Relations and Strategic Impact

Greensboro Jewish Federation

Laura has over 10 years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, specializing in relationship management and strategic impact analysis. After growing up in Miami and graduating from Florida State University, Laura left the state to spend time volunteering in northern Israel and to work for the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether Division in Jerusalem. Arriving in Greensboro in 2012, Laura met her husband Ari and together they have a toddler, Lev, a sweet rescue dog, Yofi, and another baby boy on the way! For Laura, P2G means connection, love, extended family, warmth and maybe just a little bit of chutzpah.

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Maxine Kaufman

Executive Director

The Jewish Federation

of Florida's Gulf Coast

Maxine is originally from York, Pennsylvania, which is the home of York Peppermint Patties.

Maxine had been with this federation since July 2016. Before that she was at the Jewish federation of palm beach county as the associate director of Israel and overseas. She has also been the executive director of the palm beach synagogue (5 years). 

Maxine loves to binge watch tv, likes to walk/hike andalso kayak. 

The P2G Partnership is the ultimate “living bridge”, connecting friends from the diaspora to Israel. 

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Sara Rosenbaum

Director of Community Impact and Planning

Jewish Community Federation of Richmond

Sara is from Richmond, VA. She loves musical theater and spending time outdoors with friends.

Partnership means family to her: "even though we are on different sides of the world, we are all family with a same love of Israel and Jewish community".

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Marc Forman

Chairman of

Jewish Knoxville P2G Committee

Knoxville Jewish Alliance

Marc is married to Susan for 30 years and have 2 grown sons. He attended the first teacher Exchange in 2008 or 2009.  Retired as a public school teacher in October of 2013 and now teach English as a Second Language (ESL) online to children in China.

Marc enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his dogs and cats

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Elina Kurakin

Jewish/Israel Education Coordinate & Partnership Professional

 Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Elina was born in Tashkent ( Uzbekistan) and grew up in Augsburg (Germany). For the last 5 years she is happy to call Charlotte  her home. Elina works for the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte as their Jewish/Israel Education Coordinate and the the Partnership Professional. 

She love you travel, explore the World and learn about different cultures and traditions. 

Hadera-Eiron Partnership is for her all about connections , learning about the true Israel, meeting new people, who might become your family far away from home. 

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Tereza Kotlarikova

Project Manager

Federation of Jewish Communities

in the Czech Republic

Tereza was born and raised in Czech Republic. She holds a nursing degree and worked in the medical and paramedic fields. Later on she coordinated various social projects. She is also an expat who lived in the Washington, D.C. area for 10 years. She is married and the mother of two children, Ester and Matyas.

She has worked at the Federation since 2018 however she has been volunteering in the Jewish community for many years. 

P2G is for her to create sustainable and meaningful relationships with colleagues and friends, to create a triangle connecting American, Israeli and European Jewry.

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Ann Treadwell

P2G Program Director

Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga

Ann lives on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest with her family, dogs and lots of woodland creatures. She is a sculptor by training, and use those skills to create environments for people, whether as art or as places for people to have conversations.

Partnership is an important way for her to build her relationship to Israel.

It’s all about the people.

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Debbie Sanford

Program Director

Jewish Federation of

Lee & Charlotte County

Debbie is originally from New York and currently resides in Southwest Florida.  She has a son, Ian, at USF in Tampa and lives at home with her significant other Lee and his daughter MacKenzi.  When Debbie is not on her boat, she enjoys reading, the beach and making jewelry.

For Debbie, the Partnership is the ultimate way she and her community are able to stay connected to Israel, meet new people and learn the culture.