Att. Jan (Jeanette) Schechter, President
Past President of AMIT, Jan is a board member of World Jewish Congress-American Section (former Vice Chair), of the American Zionist Movement, of the Jewish National Fund, a past President of Stern College Alumnae Association, former Committee Member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency, and a former member of HaVaad Hapoel. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Stern College for Women and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. Besides practicing law, Jan is also a legal editor at Trusts & Estates Magazine. Jan is married to Sheldon Schechter, M.D., Radiologist. They have five children, four of whom have made Aliyah and immigrated to Israel, and a number of grandchildren living in Israel and in the States.
Yoel David, Board Member and Executive Chairman/Treasurer
Yoel holds an M.Sc. in Technological Management and a B.Sc. in Agronomy, both obtained from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the CEO of the Social Housing Initiative Financing Company and Director of Asset Management Division of the Jewish Agency. From 1987 until today, he held numerous finance positions in both industrial companies and NGOs and has been appointed chairman of various committees and a board member of various companies and organizations.
Shoshana Kshepitzki, Board Member
A Hebrew University alumnus and IDF veteran, Shoshana worked as a production assistant and producer of Kol Israel. Shoshana and her husband, Yair Kagan, were both Shlichim (emissary) at the Jewish Agency's community in Brighton and Hove in England, where they established a community center, taught Hebrew and organized events in support of ties between the community and Israel. In 1980, Yair was sent to New York to act as a liaison between the Hebrew University and its American Friends - AFHU. The family has been living there since. “WLI is very dear to our hearts. I have learned its beautiful history and believe in the vital, positive role it still plays in the Israeli Society,” Shoshana says.
Att. Noga Benmor-Piltch, Board Member
A graduate of the Cornell Law School, Noga is a member of the New York Bar Association. She currently practices law in Israel, at Herzog Fox & Neeman, where she drafts technology and software development and licensing agreements for companies in the global hi-tech industry. Before her current role, Noga worked at Shurat HaDin, a pro-bono NGO serving victims of terror, and at the Health Care Department at Foley & Lardner, LLP in Boston.
Lisa Gross, Board Member
Lisa was born in Chicago in 1941. Her father Maurice Spertus was a pillar of the Jewish community, both as a member and a philanthropist. A major supporter of the Jewish Federation of Chicago, Maurice founded and funded the Spertus Museum of Judaica and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning, the main institution of Jewish learning in Chicago. He was also a generous supporter of the Technion in Haifa. Lisa is an established artist who works with found objects. She studied in the Kalisher Art School, the Agudah Le-Omanut and Tel Aviv University. Her works have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad. Lisa is married to William Gross, a renowned collector of Judaica. She is the mother of three, and active grandmother of four.
Att. Esther Pilpel-Paz, Director General and Legal Advisor
A graduate of the Hebrew University, a member of The Israel Bar Association, and an attorney with more than 40 years of practice in advancing and protecting women’s rights, Etti Pilpel-Paz has been Director General and legal advisor of WLI since 2004. Before joining WLI, Etti served as head of the of Naamat legal department, where she provided pro bono legal advice to women for 16 years. Throughout her career, Etti has been involved in legislative procedures concerning women's status and has been serving as a legal consultant in various governmental committees, such as the Neeman committee, established to solve disputes concerning the process of conversion to Judaism, and the Board for Approval of Surrogacy Agreements. Etti also co-founded the single-parent organization “Meyhad”, the first inter-state organization to encourage inter-state adoption procedures, “Ale”, and "We Power", instituted to advance women's power in politics. Etti is married to Zeev. She is a mother of three children and a grandmother of four grandchildren.
Att. Zeev Pilpel-Paz, Volunteer Legal Advisor
Born in Safed in 1944, Zeev belongs to an eight-generation Israeli dynasty. A graduate of the Hebrew University, Zeev has been a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 1969. He is also a member of the New York Bar Association (since 1987) and represented many companies in Israel and in the United States. Zeev is a consultant to American Friends of the Hebrew University, American Friends of the Rambam Institute, and a member of the Industrial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections of the New York Bar Association. He is among the founders of Transparency International - TI Israel (A.R.) and has been volunteering as WLI’s legal consultant since 2004. Zeev is married to Etti. He is a father of three children and a grandfather of four grandchildren.
Malca Yosef, CFO
Malca has been WLI’s head of finance since 1991. She started as the accountant of Ora (the workshop for the blind in Netanya) and soon after took over the entire organization’s finances. She studied Biology at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the Rehovot campus of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in the late 1980’s enrolled in an accountancy program. Malca is a mother of two children and a grandmother of five grandchildren.
Ami Sagi, Head of Administration
Industrial Engineer and an MBA graduate, Ami has been WLI’s Head of Administration since 2005. Before joining WLI, Ami had a prosperous military career. Between 1974 and 2001 he served as an IDF logistics officer. After his discharge from the IDF, he worked as Yad Labanim’s CEO’s assistant. Ami is a father of three children and a grandfather of two grandchildren.
Renato Eran Jarach, CPA
Born in 1956, Renato Eran has a broad professional experience, obtained since 1979. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Accounting and an LL.M. from Bar-Ilan University. He is a certified internal auditor by the Internal Auditors Chamber and a member of the Israeli Institute of CPAs. Renato Eran is also a Lieutenant Colonel (res.) and serves as a director in public companies and government corporations.
Travis Ludden, CPA
Travis was licensed as a certified public accountant in New York in 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY-Binghamton and has been an audit partner with Berdon LLP for over 15 years. Travis's accounting and auditing experience spans across an array of business sectors, among them real estate, industry, and nonprofit. Travis has advised clients on complex transactions. He provides financial reporting, both on income tax basis and GAAP basis, and consults on numerous operational issues - identifying ways to improve operations and strengthen internal controls.