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Board of Directors

Rabbi_Dr_Henry_Hasson Rabbi Dr. Henry Hasson, President 

Rabbi Dr. Henry Hasson is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and practices Pediatric Neurology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He gives classes and lectures at Ohel David and Shlomo and for Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael. He was ordained with Semicha in 2002 from Yeshivas Pirchei Shoshanim.


Michael Feldstein, Vice-President

Michael Feldstein received his M.B.A. from New York University, and is the marketing director at Boardroom Inc., a direct marketer of books and newsletters. Mr. Feldstein has extensive experience in helping Jewish organizations with their marketing, advertising, and public relations, and was on the Board of Directors of Edah. He has volunteered for both the Orthodox Union and YUConnects in planning singles programming for them. He lives in Stamford, CT, and served as the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the local Jewish newspaper, the Jewish Voice. He is an active member of the community’s Chevra Kadisha, has served on several different committees at both the Young Israel of Stamford and Congregation Agudath Sholom, and was the president of the Stamford Eruv Committee. He currently chairs the Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford (CAMOS), a community growth initiative that has successfully attracted many young Modern Orthodox couples to relocate to Stamford.


Dr. Mark (Moshe) Wertenteil, Treasurer

Dr. Mark Wertenteil received his B.S. in economics from Yeshiva University in 1990 and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in 1994. He completed his Residency of Internal Medicine at the Case Western University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1997.  He has a medical practice in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is an attending physician at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey.


Dr. Michael B. Harris, Secretary

Dr. Michael Harris is one of the nation’s leading pediatric oncologists. He is currently Director of Tomorrows Children’s Institute, a pediatric cancer and blood disorders program that combines world-class medicine, cutting-edge research, and compassionate care for children and adolescents. He is Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Senior Attending, Department of Pediatrics at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at the Hackensack University Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School. He serves on numerous committees and boards, including the Medical Advisory Board of the Israel Children’s Cancer Foundation.


Dr. Mark I. Aeder

Dr. Aeder received his M.D. from Washington University and has been dedicated to transplantation for over 25 years. As a transplant surgeon, he has participated in all aspects from donor evaluation and organ retrieval to transplantation of the organs to the medical management of the recipients. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and is Director of Surgical Quality for Case Medical Center. He also is Director of CWRU School of Medicine’s Skills and Simulation Center. He has served on many national committees and boards and currently is Vice Chair of the UNOS Kidney Committee, Chair of the UNOS Kidney Paired Donation Workgroup and a member of the UNOS Policy Oversight Committee.


Mr. Jack Doueck

Mr. Jack Doueck graduated Yeshiva University in 1985 and attended Bernard Revel Graduate School for an advanced degree in Jewish Philosophy. Professionally, Mr. Doueck is a principal and founder of Advanced Energy Capital, LLC – an energy finance company – and previously he was principal and founder of Stillwater Capital Partners, Inc. an Investment Advisory firm. Jack is one of the founders of “Sephardic Career Services”, a non-profit organization which places hundreds of people each year in jobs. He is a featured speaker at investment conferences around the world and lectures regularly in Bernard Baruch College. He is the author of : “The Chesed Boomerang: How Acts of Kindness Enrich Our Lives”, “Joseph: How One Man Can Make a Difference”, and “Yom Teru’ah: The Shofar and Its Meaning on Rosh Hashanah.” All proceeds from his books go to charity. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of several charitable organizations including Sephardic Bikur Holim and American Friends of Hamakom Sheli for disabled children. Jack lives in New York with his wife Jamie and their five children.


Dr. Yosie Goldberger

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberger obtained his B.S. from M.I.T. in 1980 and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1984. He is currently the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University.


Judy Heicklen

Judy Heicklen is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse. She is the President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and Treasurer of Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University, an MBA from New York University, and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.


Dina Najman, Bioethicist

Dina Najman received her B.A. from Yeshiva University in 1990. She
was a fellow at Drisha Institute in New York and Nishmat Institute
in Jerusalem. She is a certified Bioethicist through the N.Y.U./Einstein
Bioethics and Medical Humanities program (1998). Dina lectures on
Bioethics and halacha in many communities and has taught in Nishmat,
Drisha and Ma’ayanot High School.

PerlHaroldlores Dr. Harold PerlDr. Harold Perl received his B.A. from Yeshiva College in 1972 and his
M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1975. He is presently
the Director of Neonatology at Hackensack University Medical Center.
He is a founding member of the Bioethics Committee at H.U.M.C. In addition
he serves as the Medical Director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey.
He maintains an academic appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor
of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr_Leon_Pirak Dr. Leon PirakDr. Pirak received his M.D. at the University of Guadalajara. He had a Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at New York St. Vincent’s Hospital and his Anesthesia Training was at The New York Mount Sinai Hospital. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University School of Health and Sciences as well as the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and the Chairman of the Ethics Committee at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. He practices anesthesiology at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Kenneth Prager

Kenneth Prager received his B.A. degree from Columbia College and his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. He is a pulmonologist and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Prager is Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee and Director of Clinical Ethics at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus.


Dr. Paul Ratzker


Dr. Ratzker received his B.A. from Yeshiva College in 1984.  He received his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1988.  He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Miami in 1996 and is currently practicing neurosurgery in New Jersey.



Dr. Shepard Schwartz

Dr. Shimshon Schwartz obtained his B.A. from Yeshiva College in
1982 and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1986.
He is currently attending chief for the pediatric emergency room
in Sharei Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem. Dr. Schwartz also has
a private pediatric practice in Jerusalem.


Yannai Segal

At the tender age of 14, Yannai Segal was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease that necessitated a liver transplant. After waiting ten years, when Yannai was 24 and his wife was six-months pregnant with twins, Yannai received a liver that saved his life. Now Yannai and his family live happily in Bergenfield, NJ. Yannai works as a Director at K-12 Educational Technology and his wife works as a nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital – the very same hospital where Yannai received his life-saving transplant.


Dr. Chaim Trachtman

Dr. Trachtman attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He currently practices Pediatric Nephrology and Pediatrics at the NYU Langone Medical Center. In 2010, Newsday newspaper listed him among the Top Doctors on Long Island and he has been listed as one of the Best Doctors by New York Magazine for the last 10 years.