Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University consists of approximately thirty members, with a roughly equal number of Catholics and Jews. Members are from the greater Delaware Valley community together with representation from the office of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and from the student population of Saint Joseph’s University. Members from outside Saint Joseph’s University are appointed for renewable three-year terms. Board meetings are chaired by the directors of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations.

Board members are selected because of their commitment to the Vision Statement of the Jewish-Catholic Institute and their ability and desire to advance its work. Board meetings provide the opportunity for the members to engage in vigorous and productive exchange about the work of the Institute.  Advising the directors on the focus and direction of the Institute, developing strategies regarding management and development, serving as consultants for various projects and initiatives, and assisting in the establishment of Institute priorities are all examples of how directors share their experience, expertise, and counsel.

Board members are encouraged to use contacts which they have to help advance the mission of the Institute. They are encouraged to promote enthusiastically the Institute’s mission, strengths and successes to friends, colleagues and associates, and to attend important Institute events whenever possible. Board members support the Institute’s work through their advisory, networking, and/or financial contributions.

Ordinarily the Board meets once in the fall and spring academic semesters. Its gatherings are planned by a Steering Committee consisting of at least three Board members, the directors, and at least one representative from the office of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, with a rough parity between Jewish and Catholic members.

Members

Paul Aspan, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, SJU
Pamela Z Cacchione, PhD, APRN, GNP, BC Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing - Clinician Educator, University of Pennsylvania

Carol Cary, Ed.D. Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Msgr. Michael Carroll Director Emeritus, Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Joan Coale    
David Efroymson, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion (emeritus), LaSalle University
 
Josey G. Fisher, M.A., M.S.W.
Director, Holocaust Oral History Archive, Gratz College
Nancy Ruth Fox, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, SJU
 
Leonard Grossman National and local board member, American Jewish Committee; Board of Trusteees member, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia  
Barton A. Hertzbach, Esq.
Past chair, Board  member, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
 
Batame Hertzbach Chair of Holocaust Programming Committee, board member, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
 
Barbara Kahn Kahn Foundation
 
Charles Kahn, Jr., Hon. Ph.D. Comm. Science
President, Kahn and Company Real Estate; past Board member, American Jewish Committee. 
 
Nina Kaleska, M.A.
Director of Educational Benefits Program, UWCW Local 1776 Health and Welfare Fund (retired); lecturer on Holocaust related topics; Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication, Temple University  
John D. Kelly, IV., M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
Adam Kessler Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council, Philadelphia
William Madges, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology, College of Arts and Sciences, SJU  
Joni Magee, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Certified Paralegal
Barbara D'Iorio Martino Chair, Board of Directors, Chestnut Hill College
 
Rocco L. Martino, Ph.D.
Founder/CEO of CyberFone Technologies, Inc.  
David Maxey, Esq. Retired partner in Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; emeritus member of the boards of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (former chairman) and The Library Company of Philadelphia.  
Marilyn McHugh, R.N., M.S.N., J.D.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Immaculata University
 
Charles J. McMahon, Jr., Sc.D.
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (emeritus), University of Pennsylvania  
Helen McMahon Teacher (retired), past president of the Science and Art Club of Germantown   
Abeba W. Molinari Ethiopian Orthodox Community Member, Philadelphia, PA
James R. Molinari, Esq. Founder/President James R. Molinari, P.C.; General Counsel, PRA Development and Management Corporation
Fran Rosenbluth Teacher (retired); Rosenbluth International (retired)
 
Harold S. Rosenbluth Chairman, Rosenbluth Vacations
 
Ruth N. Sandberg, Ph.D. Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, Director, Jewish-Christian Studies Program, Gratz College
Mark Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Bible and Near Eastern Studies, New York University
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro Temple Sholom in Broomall
Rabbi David Straus Senior Rabbi, Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim; Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council
Domenic J.Vallone Director of Operations, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Board member, Cathedral Kitchen, Camden, N.J.  
Carroll Weinberg, M.D.
Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; Associate Scholar, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Board member of the Middle East Forum, AJC   
Charlotte Cohen Weinberg Philanthropist