About JLV

Innovative Programs. Connected Jewish Lives.

10,000 People. 150 Programs. 1 Jewish Community.


We envision individuals and families engaged in dynamic, connected, Jewish life in Greater Philadelphia and beyond.


Jewish Learning Venture inspires and empowers people to make Jewish life, learning and community relevant and meaningful.

Wildly Important Goal

Jewish Learning Venture will empower families raising children ages birth through high school to make Judaism meaningful and relevant for themselves. Our innovative programs will guide families and leaders of Jewish organizations to see Judaism as a means to a thriving life.

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Walter Ferst, President
Richard Busis VP, Strategic Planning
Amy Falk Russell VP, Leadership Development
Jonathon Levine VP, Development
Jeff Hurok, Treasurer
Marcy Bacine, Secretary
Michael Paul, Immediate Past President


Jamie Bassman
Jonathan Broder*
Martin Cohen
Kareen Hartwig
Andy Kind-Rubin
Bill Kramer
Julie Meyers
Nathan Relles
Steve Schwartz
Dan Segal*
Aaron Smith
David Smith*
Elana Weinstein


Judge Harold Berger
Steve Chopnick
Lowell Dubrow*
Michael Dvorak
Vicki Erlbaum
Joel Goldhammer
Lewis Grafman*
Randi Grauman*
Samuel Karsch*
Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz
Marilyn Kutler
Jonathan Levin*
Shelley Menkowitz
Rabbi Andrea Merow
Glenn Paskow
Adena Potok*
Hershel Richman*
Rachel Saifer Goldman
Miriam Spector*
Rabbi Margot Stein
Sherrie Willner

* Past President


Executive Team
Rabbi Philip Warmflash, Chief Executive Officer
Anna Marx, Chief Strategy Officer
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Chief Program Officer

Program Staff
Robyn Cohen, Director, PJ Library in Philadelphia
Ellen Glassman, Program and Engagement Specialist
Virginia Glatzer, Director, Educational Consultation and Support
Lisa Litman, Director, jkidphilly
Alanna Raffel, Whole Community Inclusion Specialist
Alyse Unterberger, Director, Special Programs

Robin Fradkin Matthews, Program Administrator
Irina Kraychik, Manager, Finance and Human Resources
Nicki Pollock, Executive Administrator