Meet Our Board Members
Amy Oppenheimer-Abitbol, was born and raised in a vibrant Jewish home in New Jersey. Amy attended Jewish day school and spent significant amounts of time living and studying in Israel, particularly at Haifa University in 2006-2007 as an AJLI scholarship recipient.
Amy graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 with a BA in International Studies and Jewish Studies, and spent the following years working in Strategy & Operations as a management consultant for Deloitte and dancing with local performing arts companies. In 2009, Amy released her first Israel education curriculum and documentary film project ("Faces of Israel") based on her time studying in Israel and spent the subsequent 5 years as a traveling Israel educator and public speaker at over 350 institutions in North America and Israel.
Amy followed her family's footsteps and relocated to Jerusalem in 2013, where she worked as overseas director of Bat Melech: The International Jewish Women's Shelter for the past two and a half years. Amy made aliyah in August 2014, married the love of her life David Abitbol in October 2014 and is currently enrolled in a graduate degree in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Amy moonlights as a yoga and acroyoga instructor, and looks forward to welcoming the new cohort of AJLI fellows to Israel!
Rosebud Ben-Oni was born to a Jewish father and a Mexican mother who converted from Catholicism to Judaism before she was born. While she was a Bat Mitzvah and learned both Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew, her mother's Mexican family also played a larger role in her upbringing and experiences. She was awarded an AJLI scholarship for post-graduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Recently in her work as a poet, writer and editor, Rosebud has been exploring the origins as evolving/ hybridity as origin; origins as living, moving and susceptible rather than fixed and static, or purely innate and inherited. As a Jew of mixed race, who identifies as LGBTQ and has lived in Israel, she believes education begins with dialogue, intersectionality and honoring multicultural experiences.
After receiving her BA from New York University, she was awarded a Rackham Merit Fellowship to the University of Michigan, and then was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rosebud Ben-Oni has been a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellowship, and is a graduate of the Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater in NYC. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013), a contributor to The Conversant, and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her poems appear in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, The Volta, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol, among others. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review.
Jonathan Goldberg lives in Oakland, California, with his partner and their 2 young children, where he is the founder and managing director of Gentico Consulting Corporation, a boutique consulting firm focused on internal audit and accounting services.
Keeping with his Jewish ancestral roots, Jonathan has lived a nomadic childhood (although there was no wandering in the desert). Raised in Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Texas and New Jersey, Jonathan's family always made it a priority to connect with the local Jewish communities through celebrations of Jewish life, holidays and rituals.
While not traditionally observant, Jonathan was instilled from a young age with a deep appreciation for the traditions, culture and values that Judaism espouses. Jonathan was motivated to visit Israel in high school for a study abroad program, and later received one of the American Jewish League for Israel's scholarships to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in a study abroad program. These study experiences in Israel were transformative and have deepened Jonathan's appreciation for and commitment to Israel.
Tehilah Eisenstadt is a Jewish educator, activist, officiant, consultant, community builder and storyteller. For more than a decade, she has worked in leadership roles with prominent Jewish educational agencies and non-profits. She is honored to teach and lecture across the US on Jewish topics where ancient text and ritual intersect with meaning in our lives today,
Tehilah believes that her Jewish heritage is what gives her the strength to make the world the place we want to live in, and we want our children/future generations to enjoy and cherish. She works with a team of multi-faith leaders on ongoing issues related to Jewish values, particularly surrounding the abducted school girls in Chibok Nigeria in 2014 and child trafficking issues around the world. Tehillah serves as a volunteer mikvah guide and educator for ImmerseNYC. Tehilah currently serves as Community Director at Luria Academy of Brooklyn, a post-denominational, Open Orthodox, Montessori Jewish Day School. She also serves as a curriculum writer, teacher-trainer and community building.
While she received her Bachelor's Degree from Binghamton University, her Masters degrees in Jewish Education and Midrash from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is a graduate of HUC-JTS’s Leadership Institute. During her year of study at Bar Ilan in Israel, she received guidance from Dr. Kalmanson and other board members. She is currently working to complete her certification in Early Childhood Administration. unity building consultant to Cordoba House, a project of the moderate Muslim community in NYC, The Cordoba Initiative.
Jodi Basch currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and three children. She has followed her passion of educating and instilling love of learning and knowledge in others through her work as a teacher, advisor, lecturer and mentor. Jodi is currently working as an intuitive healer, using energy to help and teach others that are in need of emotional or physical healing.
Born in New York, Jodi was raised in an Orthodox home, where a love of Jewish traditions, culture and beliefs were central to her identity. As a junior in college, Jodi studied in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as an AJLI scholarship recipient. This year of exploration, learning and questioning the past led her to graduate with a BA in Ancient Mediterranean civilization. Continuing her education, she received an MA from Bank Street college in museum education, helping students of all ages understand how objects, values and traditions can connect the past to the present.
A year in Israel was transformative for Jodi. The variety of people, culture and beliefs in such a small space force one to change perspective and gain awareness of different people, culture and beliefs. Jodi has been a teacher, school director and even child talent manager to help others pursue their passions while on their life journey.