JTS Board of Trustees Elects Five New Members

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July 24, 2014, New York, NY

The Board of Trustees of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has elected the following five new members: Sarah S. Berman, Robert E. Hougie, Jay B. Kasner, Alan Leifer, and William Lipsey.

"We're delighted to be adding these distinguished individuals to our Board of Trustees," says Abby Joseph Cohen, chair of JTS's Board of Trustees. "Each brings deep experience and engagement with Israel and the Jewish world. Their commitment to high-quality education and leadership meshes well with the overall mission of JTS. Their backgrounds in various professions and industries will further broaden the expertise of our governing board."

Sarah S. Berman is founder and president of The Berman Group, Inc., a corporate communications firm based in New York and Florida, and executive director of both the Avenue of the Americas Association and the Greater New York Construction User Council. She serves on the board of directors of the Salvadori Center and is a member of Nontraditional Employment for Women Ambassador Council. Mrs. Berman earned dual bachelor of arts degrees from JTS and Columbia University (LC '99), and a master of arts degree from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service of New York University.

Robert E. Hougie is a managing director of ZBI Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ziff Brothers Investments, which focuses primarily on private equity investments in the energy and energy-related sectors. He was previously a partner at Lazard and at Lazard Asset Management. Mr. Hougie graduated from the University of Edinburgh and lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

Jay B. Kasner is head of securities litigation practice for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates. On behalf of the UJA-Federation of New York, Mr. Kasner also serves as a member of the Israel Action Network, an organization dedicated to combating efforts toward the delegitimization of the State of Israel. Mr. Kasner and his wife are former members of the Westchester Board of the American Jewish Committee and former co-chairs of the Parents Fund of the University of Pennsylvania. They are also members of the board of trustees of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Alan Leifer is president of Leifer Capital Advisers, LLC and is chair of the Jewish Endowment and Foundation Investment Institute Advisory Council. He is also a member of the board of governors and board of managers of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, a director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and a member of the AIPAC National Council. Mr. Leifer received a bachelor of science degree and a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master of public administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

William Lipsey is president and one of the founding partners of Pzena Investment Management, a NYSE-listed global value investment firm. He has been in the investment business for 34 years having worked previously at Oppenheimer & Company, Inc.; Morgan Stanley; Kidder, Peabody & Company; and Hewitt Associates. Bill has leadership roles in the Jewish community in the Masorti Foundation for Israel, UJC of Greater Metrowest NJ, and Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, NJ. He and his family lived for a time in Ra'anana, Israel. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago.

"Our newest board members are five friends of JTS who know just how fine this institution is, how committed our staff and supporters, how extraordinary our faculty and students, and how bright our future. They will help us continue to ignite new ideas, provide a quality of education unavailable anywhere else, serve our worldwide Jewish community, and ensure that each dollar we spend supports our core mission. Their compassion and breadth of experience will do much to raise us up," says JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen.