Jessica Abo Jessica is a journalist by day and social entrepreneur by choice. She can be found on NY1 covering everything from breaking news to Fashion Week or spotted playing herself in The Amazing Spider-Man 2,Delivery Man, Girl Most Likely, Gossip Girl and Nurse Jackie. This year, Jessica joined JICNY as a consultant. She also joined Apploi as their Chief Inspiration Officer. When she is not leading employment workshops for the tech start-up, Jessica can be found speaking to teenagers around the country as United Synagogue Youth’s first-ever Danny Siegel Changemaker in Residence. Jessica has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of causes by running marathons and organizing her own charity events. She has won several awards for her journalism and philanthropy work, including being named to The Jewish Week’s 2014 “36 Under 36” list. Jessica received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is the founder and President of Match4Good, Inc., and is very excited to launch her own digital network to empower kids, teenagers and college students. In her free time, Jessica enjoys co-chairing UJA’s Young Entertainment Division, sitting on the Broadcast, Cable and Film Committee and working on her first book.
Jodi Samuels Jodi has over 20 years of business management and startup experience. She has worked in the not-for-profit, finance, fashion and beauty sectors. Jodi successfully started two non-profit Jewish organizations including the Jewish International Connection NY (JICNY) that currentlya boasts 10,000 members from 40 countries. Jodi made aliya 3 years ago from New York City, and a week after arriving organized a Challah Bake for 400 women for the World Wide Shabbat Project. JIC runs regular sold out events to in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Jodi volunteers over 30+ hours a week for the JICNY. She is a hands-on volunteer and ensures that every program is successful and well-managed. Jodi recently sold her online marketing business jmedia connections where she had successfully built jdeal NY– a Jewish daily deal site , Buy Israel Week - an initiative to combat the BDS movement, jgives a destination charity site and jblasts – an email blast network with extensive reach into the US Jewish market. In addition to being a community activist Jodi has a passion for moving the needle on inclusion in the special needs world. She speaks at conferences, talks to medical students, rabbinic students and is often featured on radio shows, blogs and other media. She has devoted hundreds of hours in making sure her daughter Caila is included in Israeli society and getting her rights in school. Checkout Cailysworld on Facebook. She writes a blog on Metroimma. Her active followers enjoy her unfiltered stories of making aliya, special needs parenting, traveling to 79 countries and being an entrepreneur and mom. 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. She 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. Jodi is a mother of 3 great kids and she and her husband, Gavin live on Jerusalem. They finally made it “home” after living in 5 countries and 9 cities. They host hundreds of people every month for Shabbat meals and events in their home.
Julie Bernstein Development Director-Julie has many years of experience in the non-profit and profit sectors, including being the strategic planner for the Halachic Organ Donor Society, a development associate for Safe Horizon, and a sales representative and business analyst at Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Johnson & Johnson company. Julie is also on the fundraising committees for the Jewish organizations 3GNY and One-by-One. Additionally, she is currently participating in the Manhattan Jewish Experience Fellowship program. Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from The College of New Jersey and a certificate in fundraising from Boston University.
Shawn Holt Technology- Shawn has a 17-year track record in strategy, marketing and technology as a product owner and consultant in several startups and F500 companies in the US and abroad. He’s accumulated 7 years of consulting experience at Booz Allen and Hamilton and as a solo practitioner. Projects include Web management and automation, CRM implementations and marketing programs. Selected client engagements include Air Products, Universal Studios, Viacom, Heinz, Pfizer, HP. Since graduating from Columbia Business School, Shawn has held product ownership and marketing positions at media and technology companies including Reed Elsevier, Oddcast, Mimeo and Yahoo.
Stacey Slone Administrative Assistant. Stacey was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University. Her 20-yr career spans several industries, including restaurant management, catering and event planning for kosher events. Stacey lives with her husband and children in Ra'anana, Israel.
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. For over 20 years, Steve’s JICNY Monday night class in Manhattan was the largest Torah class in NYC. In addition to teaching, Steve 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. Steve is currently residing in Miami, Florida. Steve founded the JIC Miami division where he continues his outreach work via weekly Torah classes, Shabbat dinners and innovative social events for young Jewish professionals.