Heartfelt Thanks and Sincere Welcome: The Changing of the Board
A new BJ fiscal year brings fresh faces and inspiring ideas to our Board of Trustees. At the May 30 annual meeting, our community unanimously voted in and welcomed four new board members, as well as a new general counsel (read more about them below). We look forward to their enthusiastic leadership and guidance, particularly during this period when BJ is planning for our future.
At the annual meeting, we also took a moment to give heartfelt thanks to outgoing board members Jonathan Adelsberg, Robert Buxbaum, and Andrew Litt, as well as general counsel Richard Kalikow, for their years of committed, tireless service to BJ. Their hard work has allowed BJ not just to grow, but to flourish. Todah rabah!
Galit Ben-Joseph has been a member of BJ since 2009 and is on the Finance committee. She is an active volunteer and leader with a number of organizations including Agahozo Shalom, a residential community in rural Rwanda; PJ Library and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation; Gesher, whose mission it is to close the gap between different segments of Israeli society; and the Olivieri Center for Homeless Adults. A Vice President and Wealth Advisor at Neuberger Berman and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, Galit previously spent 14 years in wealth management and project management at Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase. Galit lives on the Upper East Side with her husband, Neil, and three children, Rachel, Joshua and Jacob.
Dale Bernstein and her husband have been BJ members since 1996. Dale co-chaired the Marriage Equality Hevra and is a member of the Panim el Panim Task Force. She also serves on the boards of directors of PFLAG National and Wingspan Arts; is co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the President’s Council of Cornell Women; and is on the alumni board of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The Founder of UnCommon HR, a boutique human resources consulting firm, Dale was previously Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources for NYSE Euronext. Dale lives with her husband, Gary, on the Upper West Side. They have two grown sons, Zack and Max.
Samara has been a member of BJ since 2005. She found her way into the BJ community by volunteering in the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program and, with the exception of a brief interlude when her family moved to Kansas City, Samara has been an active member ever since, co-chairing the Membership and Hesed committees and working on various initiatives, most recently the Night of 100 Dinners. Samara works in contemporary art and has held positions with Elizabeth Levine & Associates, as well as at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Israel Museum. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, Trent Gegax, and their twin daughters, Stella and Hattie.
Josh Penzner and his family have been BJ members since 2010. Josh is the current chair of BJ’s Young Families Committee, which welcomes the youngest BJ members and their families and helps build long-lasting connections to the larger BJ community. Josh is a Managing Director at BlackRock, responsible for business development and client service for the firm’s insurance clients. Josh lives on the Upper East Side with his wife, Julie Penzner, and their two children.
Ellen Corenswet, General Counsel
Ellen Corenswet and her husband, John Morgan, have been BJ members since 1989. Ellen is a partner in the New York office of the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Venture Capital/Emerging Company practice group. Ellen acts as outside general counsel to a number of companies in the life sciences, technology and media industries. She also acts as pro-bono counsel to an international NGO and a tech community-focused non-profit in Queens. Ellen and John have two children, Jake and Brianna, who grew up in the synagogue. Brianna was a Children’s Services leader for a number of years. Ellen’s BJ involvement has included Hebrew School Advisory Board, children’s activities, AIDS Walk coordinator, and High Holy Days services volunteer.