z Board of directors | Study and Volunteer with Tzedek America - Jewish Gap Year Program in Los Angeles

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom “Blossom” and now appears regularly on the #1 comedy in America, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler. Mayim earned a BS from UCLA in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies, as well as Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

Jack Friedman  (Secretary) founded Study Smart Tutors Inc. out of his dorm room at USC in 2007 because he wanted to provide College Access Programming to students who would not otherwise receive it. Having personally trained thousands of teachers and students, Jack realizes how students learn and has a passion for helping them achieve their college dreams.

Ryan Kaltman is an active angel investor and serial entrepreneur. He currently runs an online marketing powerhouse focused on designing online & offline direct response marketing funnels in health and wellness, education, dating advice, sports, gambling, cosmetics, and investment verticals.

Founding Executive Director Avram Mandell, MAJE is a leader in the Jewish education world and has twenty years of professional experience in a variety of Jewish settings, including youth groups, summer camps, and synagogue schools. He is the former Director of Education at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, California and Temple Beth El in San Antonio, Texas. Avram holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJE) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University. He was named the 2016 RHSOE Alumni-in-Residence Educator for Hebrew Union College. In addition to expertise in teen engagement and life-long learning, Avram brings many of his passions to Jewish education, including camping, improvisational comedy, music, and service. A published author and frequent speaker on a variety of topics in education, Avram is married to Abby Fifer Mandell, MAEd, Executive Director of the Society & Business Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business, and is the proud father of Shai and Bo.

Simonne Moss is a full-time school psychologist for the Los Angeles Unified School District and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. A Los Angeles native and 1999 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Simonne started as a public school teacher in 2002 working in the LAUSD through Teach for America, while she concurrently earned a teaching credential and M.A. in Elementary Education.

Adrian Stern (Treasurer) is a founding member of Clumeck Stern Schenkelberg & Getzoff and has been engaged in public accounting since 1979. He is the current Chairman of California Center for Public Health Advocacy as well as its former treasurer, and also serves as treasurer for the First-in Fire Foundation, a group that supports the local fire department.

Karen Wagener has touched all corners of Los Angeles with her many years of service as President of both the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and as Executive Director of the City’s Volunteer Bureau. Her commitment to youth programs and public outreach campaigns have made a tremendous difference in the city’s landscape. Her career has also included working with the UCLA Alumni Association, the Peace Corps, and an executive search firm.

Steven Weinstein spends his days as managing partner of Marketmaker Capital, a boutique investment, and finance organization based in Los Angeles. He has worked in many capacities – journalist, marketing executive, technology manager, CEO – and he has financed companies and assets across a spectrum that includes patent litigation, intellectual property, corporate development, real estate, and real estate securities. He spends his evenings and weekends helping social justice organizations including Tzedek America, which he joined before its formation, to strive for a fairer world.