Founders

Steve Eisenberg

Steve Eisenberg is a risk arbitrage specialist who previously served as a Vice President at Bear Stearns and a Managing Director at the investment firm Ehrenkrantz King Nussbaum, Inc., Steve juggles a demanding Wall Street career with a passionate commitment to Jewish outreach programming. In addition to delivering JICNY’s flagship weekly Torah class on Monday evenings in Manhattan, he also manages JICNY’s Job Assistance website and coordinates the organization’s networking events. A gifted speaker and a celebrated educator, Steve is frequently invited to speak at events around the world and develops programs for outreach organizations across the United States.

Jodi Samuels

Jodi Samuels Jodi has over 20 years of business management and startup experience and she voluntarily serves as the Executive Director of JICNY. She has worked in the not-for-profit, finance, fashion and beauty sectors and successfully started two non-profit Jewish organizations including the Jewish International Connection NY that currently boasts 10,000 members from 40 countries. Three years ago she launched jmedia connections and she has successfully built jdeal – a Jewish daily deal site, Buy Israel Week - an initiative to combat the BDS movement and jblasts – an email blast network with extensive reach into the US Jewish market. She is the co-founder of Metroimma, an online site for Jewish moms, with over 6000 active monthly members. Her latest initiative is jgives.com a destination site to give charity. Jodi started her first business at age 14. Her expertise in strategic and relationship online marketing has given her the foundation to acquire and retain a strong membership base for her businesses. After having a child with special needs, Jodi started a blog and became an activist and educator in the Jewish community with the rallying cry "let my people in". Jodi is known as a connector and networker in the Jewish community and has an impressive Rolodex of C-level contacts in the business and non-profit sectors.    

Gavin Samuels

Gavin Samuels Gavin is a medical doctor by training and has 18 years of diverse pharmaceutical experience in large pharma and small biotech settings. He has worked in business development and product development, clinical development and scientific evaluation.  Gavin is currently Vice-President of Global Business Development & Strategy at Teva Pharmaceuticals. He previously held positions at Quark Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. Gavin’s business development experience includes early and late stage licensing, M&A and Corporate Venture. Gavin received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), a postgraduate diploma in Health Economics from Monash University (Australia) and a MBA from the University of New England (Australia).