Founder & Director
Robert Berman is a graduate of Harvard University (MPA), Baruch College (MBA), Yeshiva University (BA), Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. He has been published in New York Magazine, the Harvard Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Tablet, Ha’aretz, the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Week, Moment Magazine, the Times of Israel, and the Jerusalem Report. He is the founder and director of the Halachic Organ Donor Society. He is the author of What Happens if I Miss a Kaddish: The Origin, Development and Putative Efficacy of Mourner’s Kaddish and Min Taq Taq: A Collection of Arabic Idioms – Palestinian dialect.
Education and Special Projects Coordinator
Esther Nussbaum has been the Education and Special Projects Coordinator at HODS since 2008. Her interest in organ transplantation and medical ethics began with her late husband’s involvement with the issues and her experience as a medical librarian. In addition to working on website projects and administrative tasks, she was the featured speaker for Jewish student groups at Rutgers University and University of Maryland and has represented HODS at various Health Fairs. Esther served as Head Librarian at Ramaz Upper School for 30 years. She was president of the Association of Jewish Libraries from 1996 to 1998. She edited the Jewish Book World for nine years and continues to write book reviews for the publication.