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 office 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. Prior to her work at the Kohelet Foundation, Holly operated a solo law practice 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, a native Philadelphian, is an alumna of Solomon Schecter 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, Leib Meadvin and their family.
Rebecca Goldberg is the program director of the Kohelet Fellowships Program. 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 son in Merion Station, Pennsylvania.
Orit Seif is the program director of the Core Excellence Initiative. Prior to her work with the CEI, Orit worked as a litigator and served as the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative Educator at the University of Pennsylvania.
Orit has served on the boards of both Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia and OROT. At Torah Academy, Orit also worked as a parent advocate, assisting families in accessing auxiliary educational services for their children. She coordinates Midreshet Yom Rishon, Lower Merion Synagogue’s monthly learning program for women. Orit received her B.A. from Columbia College, and her J.D from Temple University’s Beasely School of Law, both with honors. Orit resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Yehuda, and their four sons.
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.