Meet the 2015-16 BOR Executive Committee


Rabbi Howard Alpert (Co-president), Hillel of Greater Philadelphia
Jill Maderer (Co-president), Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell (VP Communications)
Joshua Waxman (VP Programs), Or Hadash
Rabbi Albert Gabbai (Treasurer), Mikveh Israel
Elisa Goldberg (Ex-officio), Kol Tzedek
David Glanzberg-Krainin (Ex-officio), Beth Sholom, Elkins Park
David Ackerman, Beth Am Israel
Seth Frisch, Kesher Israel, Center City
Rachel Kobrin, Adath Jeshurun
Elyse Seidner-Joseph, Makom Kadosh
Reena Spicehandler
David Straus, Main Line Reform Temple
Lance Sussman, Keneseth Israel
Phil Warmflash, Jewish Learning Venture
Eric Yanoff, Adath Israel


Executive Director, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia
Rabbi Howard Alpert received his B.A. degree from Queens College in 1973 and a masters degree in Rabbinic Literature from Yeshiva University in 1979. He is an ordinand of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Having begun his career with Hillel in 1973, as Assistant Director of the Hillel at Queens College, Rabbi Alpert continued as Hillel Director at the University of Illinois from 1977 to 1980, and at Ohio State University from 1980 to 1986. Rabbi Alpert moved to the Philadelphia area in 1986, to assume the position of Executive Director of the Jewish Campus Activities Board — since renamed Hillel of Greater Philadelphia. Rabbi Alpert has five children and lives with his wife Sarah in Merion, PA.

Associate Rabbi, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Center City Philadelphia
Rabbi Jill Maderer has served Congregation Rodeph Shalom since her ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2001. Shaped by congregational life and the Reform youth movement, she graduated from Brandeis University. At Rodeph Shalom, Rabbi Maderer oversees the Caring Community, Pastoral care, adult education, contemporary High Holy Day services, and she works closely with the Buerger Early Learning Center and families with young children to create a Jewish home for the next generation. In addition to her role on the Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Maderer serves as the chairperson of the Center City Kehillah and serves on the Federation Board of Trustees. She resides in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia with her family.

Ex Officio

Senior Rabbi, Beth Sholom Congregation, Elkins Park
Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin grew up on Long Island and graduated from Brown University in 1984 with a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude. He was ordained as a rabbi from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1994 where he was a recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin spent the first ten years following his ordination as the spiritual leader of Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester, PA. Since 2004 he has served as the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Senior Rabbinic Chair at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, PA. For the past fifteen years Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin has served as a trustee of the Lasko Family Foundation. He is married to Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin and they are the proud parents of Eliana, Klielle and Noam.

Interim Rabbi, Kol Tzedek, West Philadelphia
Rabbi Elisa Goldberg graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 1999 and currently serves as the Interim Rabbi at Kol Tzedek, a progressive, Reconstructionist congregation in West Philadelphia. She was the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Jewish Family and Children’s Service for fourteen years. In that capacity, she oversaw all program operations, offered individual and group spiritual counseling, developed educational programs and served as the agency rabbi. She is a Spiritual Director for students at the RRC and writes a monthly D’var Torah for the Jewish Exponent. She recently published A Guide to Leading Spirituality Support Groups in Behavioral Health Care Settings with Drexel University’s School of Public Health. She is married to Steve Weinberg and is the mother of Jessi Wein-Gold.