Advisory Board

Gavin Samuels

Gavin Samuels Gavin shares Jodi’s passion for Jewish connectivity programming and has been involved in various informal Jewish education and outreach programs over the last several decades. At JICNY, Gavin is a behind-the-scenes powerhouse, supporting nearly every organizational function, including the development of Shabbat dinners, providing relationship counseling to JICNY members, and processing credit card transactions. He also teaches a Jewish Philosophy class in Riverside Park during the summer months. A Physician by training, Gavin is currently a Senior Partner at Teva Innovative Ventures

Allen Ganz

Allen Ganz Allen is a Business Development Executive with extensive experience in developing growth strategies for early and mid-stage companies. Earlier in his career, he was involved in developing marketing and business develop-ment solutions for emerging companies in diverse market segments, including biometrics, computer software, multimedia kiosks, pharmaceuticals, solar energy and telecommunications.

Ari Goodman Esq.

Ari Goodman Esq. Ari has been practicing law in New York City for over 16 years and is the principal of the Law Offices of Ari Goodman, representing national corpor-ations, closely held family companies, and individuals. He has been instru-mental in the growth of several charitable and political organizations.

Adam Lewkovitz

Adam Lewkovitz Adam is a certified Project Manager, Business Analyst and Management Consultant with extensive Jewish communal experience from his native Australia.

Alessandra Rovati

Alessandra Rovati A native of Venice, Alessandra resides in New York City with her husband, Lloyd Harmetz, and their young family, and regularly opens her home to young immigrants. She is the founder of, a blog about Kosher Italian Cuisine.

Lydia Sarfati

Lydia Sarfati Lydia Sarfati is the Founder and CEO of Repêchage, the first company to bring seaweed-based skincare treatments and cosmetics to the U.S market. Ms. Sarfati is an international industry leader and the developer of the world-renowned Repêchage® Four Layer Facial®, what Cosmopolitan UK has called "the best facial of the century." Today, together with her husband David Sarfati, Co-Founder and COO, Sarfati oversees a 50,000 square foot manufacturing, research, development and training facility in Secaucus, NJ. All Repêchage professional products and treatments are made in the United States, and are sold in over 40 countries worldwide. She appears nationally and internationally at esthetic trade shows, and attends and conducts overseas conferences in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and South Africa. She has produced 17 step-by-step instructional videos as well as published The Repêchage Professional Skin Care Methods and Protocols and The Lydia Sarfati Book of Skin Science, comprehensive works of skin conditions, skincare and body treatments, and medical esthetics including pre and post operative care protocols.

J.R. Rothstein

J.R. Rothstein J.R. Rothstein is a real estate transactional and employment attorney who practices on an extensive range of matters in both fields. Mr. Rothstein’s real estate practice includes development, acquisitions and dispositions, and leasing transactions. During his career, Mr. Rothstein has worked with numerous corporate and individual clients, including property managers, investors, and developers, and cooperatives. Mr. Rothstein has prepared, reviewed and negotiated leases, construction, and concession agreements. Mr. Rothstein has also managed external counsel, provided legal support and advice to on all real estate related legal matters, including lease matters on a day to day basis, all while understanding that legal advice goes beyond the law and must respond creatively and strategically to meet business needs. Mr. Rothstein’s employment practice includes providing compliance, drafting employment contracts, including construction agreements, providing advice and representation in disputes related to employment and separation agreements, general business and partnership contracts, compensation, wrongful termination, defamation, breaches of non-compete and other restrictive provisions, and discrimination and retaliation. Mr. Rothstein has appeared on behalf of clients in proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and other federal and state agencies, and in state and federal courts. Rothstein, who studied real estate development at New York University, received both his Juris Doctor, and Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School where he was Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and an Albert Heit Scholarship recipient. Mr. Rothstein began his career serving as a federal law clerk in the Eastern District of New York for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser. More recently, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he engaged in a comparative legal analysis of real estate transactions. Mr. Rothstein serves as a Steering Committee and Board Member of AJC ACCESS. Mr. Rothstein founded and operates the Entrepreneur Shabbat Dinner Series recently recognized by the eminent Professor Jonathan Sarna and for which he was subsequently awarded the JICNY Pinnacle of Leadership Award for promoting entrepreneurship. Mr. Rothstein is a oral historian and has lived, worked, studied or traveled in over two dozen countries. He grew up in Monsey, New York and enjoys genealogy, history, and hiking.

Jennifer Smorgon

Jennifer Smorgon Jennifer Smorgon lives in San Francisco, California along with her husband and their five children. She is passionate about and committed to addressing a range of community and Jewish causes around the world, as well as innovative approaches to health, the mind and the role technology plays in our lives. Born in the United States and having strong connection to Israel, Jennifer holds a range of board positions and philanthropic pursuits globally. In Australia, Jennifer serves as an Executive Director at Trimantium Capital, where she focuses on Corporate Development. She is a board member on the Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation, which is a non-profit organization committed to Australian and world-wide philanthropic pursuits. Jennifer is also a meditation guide and teacher. She is a Co-Founder of 1 Giant Mind, a non-profit organization that is undertaking a global initiative to inspire 100 million new regularly practicing meditators. She is an advisor to Unify, promoting global synchronized meditations with an intention towards peace for the International Day of Peace campaign. In the United States, she is the Vice Chairman of the Chopra Foundation Board working with Deepak Chopra MD on an initiative called Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) testing whether a radical wellbeing program can reverse biological markers of ageing. In Israel, Jennifer serves on the board of the Mem Foundation. Jennifer holds a BA in Art History from Brandeis University and attended the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Columbia University. Jennifer Smorgon Vice Chairman, Board of Directors Chairman, Nomination Committee Chopra Foundation

Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, Millennial TV personality, global keynote speaker, career and workplace expert and startup advisor. He is a Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, Founder of Millennial Branding and bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0.His third book will be published by Hachette in the Fall of 2018. Through his companies, he’s conducted over 35 research studies, interviewed over 1,700 successful people, written over 2,000 articles and spoken at over 100 conferences, companies and Universities. Schawbel has consulted for several major brands from Staples to Oracle, and has been profiled or quoted in over 1,200 media outlets, such as “The Today Show” on NBC,“Fox & Friends” on Fox News, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Wired Magazine, GQ, The Economist and NPR. He has been recognized on several lists including Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, Business Insider’s “40 Under 40”, BusinessWeek’s “20 Entrepreneurs You Should Follow” and as one of Workforce Magazine’s “Game Changers”. Schawbel is a featured expert in an upcoming documentary on the millennial generation, directed by Josh Tickell and narrated by actress Shailene Woodley.