The Kohelet Foundation generates and supports Jewish communal responsibility for day schools, among parents, philanthropists, and the greater Jewish community. We embrace efforts that are replicable and accessible to communities nationwide.
David Magerman is the president and founder of the Kohelet Foundation. Currently, David works as a research scientist at Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund management firm. From 1995 until 2008, David helped design Renaissance’s equities trading system and ultimately served as the head of production. David also researched artificial intelligence at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he developed statistical methods for understanding speech and language. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University as well as the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering. David and his wife Debra live in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, with their four children.
Nancy Bonner is the executive administrator and grants manager of the Kohelet Foundation. An experienced administrator, Nancy has worked in project management, executive administration, and budget oversight. She has also devoted herself to volunteer work for Devon Preparatory school, serving as president of the Parents Association and chairing major fundraisers. Nancy studied finance at New York University. She lives with her husband and twin sons in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Holly Cohen is the executive director of the Kohelet Foundation, a private foundation that works to transform the field of Jewish day school education in the Philadelphia region and nationally. In this role, Holly's has guided the foundation's focus to address issues such as building a community of collaboration, day school affordability, transformation to blended learning, transparent business models and incentivizing parents to choose day school. Prior to her work at the Kohelet Foundation, Holly practiced law for 16 years and volunteered for numerous organizations in the Philadelphia Jewish community. Passionate about Jewish education and children, she served as a board member of OROT, The Friendship Circle and Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia and has provided legal counsel to these organizations.
Holly is native Philadelphian, an alumna of Solomon Schechter Hebrew Day School and Akiba Hebrew Academy. She received her B.A. at New York University and J.D. at Temple University School of Law. Holly resides in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their family.
Rebecca Goldberg is the program officer at the Kohelet Foundation. Rebecca previously served as a program director at Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future in the Department of Community Initiatives. She has devoted time to volunteer work for the Penn Hillel and served on the board of Congregation Anshe Chesed, in Linden, NJ.
Rebecca grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and attended Politz Hebrew Academy and Torah Academy. She received her B.A. the University of Pennsylvania. Rebecca lives with her husband, Shalom, and their children in Merion Station, Pennsylvania.
Ilana Gordon is the Associate Program Officer at the Kohelet Foundation. Ilana previously served as the Program Coordinator for the International Postgraduate Orthodontics Program at the School of Dental Medicine Hebrew University-Hadassah. She has a Bachelors in Business Administration from CUNY Queens College and a Bachelors of Science from Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.
Ilana lives in Merion Station, Pennsylvania with her husband Jonny and their four children.
Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl is Chief Academic Officer of the Kohelet Foundation, as well as the Head of School at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. An award-winning teacher, Rabbi Perl served as the Associate Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and as the Head of School at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis before coming to Kohelet. He earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his Masters and PhD from Harvard, and his semicha from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Perl has sat on the editorial board of Ha-Yedion, RAVSAK’s journal of Jewish education and on the advisory council of the Institute for University-School Partnership at Yeshiva University. He writes and speaks widely on issues pertaining to Jewish History, contemporary Jewry and the future of Jewish education.
Rabbi Perl resides with his wife Melissa and their four wonderful children in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
Michael Bohnen is an advisor to the Kohelet Foundation. He has served as President of the Adelson Family Foundation since 2007.
Lester Lipschutz is an advisor to the Kohelet Foundation. He is a partner at Cozen O’Connor, in the Philadelphia office.
Sam Moed is an advisor to the Kohelet Foundation. He is the Senior Vice President of Global Strategy and Operations at Bristol Myers Squibb, and the President of Jewish Education for Generations.
Yossi Prager is an advisor to the Kohelet Foundation. He is the executive director of the Avi Chai Foundation.