GPM is proud of the outstanding people who serve on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board:
Board of Directors
Carmi Abramowitz (Board Chair)
Carmi Abramowitz is a senior project manager with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, software development, and engineering. His has worked on large projects with Fortune 50 companies such as Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, as well as projects with other organizations. Carmi holds a BA in Psychology and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
Over the years Carmi has been involved in helping to promote various causes ranging from the Chazon Yeshaya soup kitchens and vocational training programs in Israel, to Soviet Jewry, to lobbying senators and representatives in the USA. For the past 5 years Carmi has served on the Board of Education at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ, where he has headed the Hebrew language committee. He is a member of the Youth Committee at his local synagogue, and resides with his family in the United States in Bergenfield, NJ.
An advocate of the "Tipping Point" philosophy, Carmi believes that small changes can have a big impact.
Audrey Axelrod Trachtman is known as a donor who uses her expertise in finance and strategic planning to further causes she believes in. She is a member of the executive Board of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist alliance where she has served as Treasurer. Vice President of Advocacy and Vice President of Programming. She was Conference Chair of the 2002 and 2008 International Conferences.
Audrey is also a member of the Executive Board of Amit Children, an educational network in Israel that provides cutting edge academic programs to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. She currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Planning.
Audrey has served on the Board of her local synagogue and is a founder of the Kol Echad partnership minyan in New Rochelle.
Previously, Audrey was Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning for Philip Morris and General Foods Latin America and recipient of the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. She is a CPA and received an MBA from the Wharton School.
Mr. Micah Joseph, a prominent member of the Jewish community in Mumbai is the Director of Administration & Quality at Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, a Charitable Trust. Micah is an active member of the local Jewish community in Mumbai and was honorary Chairman of the AJJDC and Chairman of the local JCC. Micah is involved in local grass root social justice organizations and active in synagogue, organizational and Jewish communal life in Mumbai.
Elise is an experienced nonprofit, Israel programming and development professional. She worked at Taglit-birthright israel during the project's early years and later as Israel Experience, Missions and Communications Representative at the Israel office of the United Jewish Israel Appeal of Great Britain. At the UJIA, she was responsible for short and long-term Israel Experience programs, as well as donor missions and public relations. Currently, she is a fundraising manager at Orr Shalom for Children and Youth at Risk, a leading Israeli non-profit. Elise strongly believes in creating meaningful, hands-on Jewish engagements for youth and adults through the "voluntourism" community experience.
Elise has a BA in French and Spanish from Leeds University, and an MA in Specialized Translation from the University of Westminster, London. Elise was born in Manchester, UK and moved to Israel in 1998. She lives in Modiin with her family where she is active in community life.
Dr Chaim Trachtman
Dr. Trachtman is the Director of Pediatric Nephrology at New York University Langone Medical Center and a Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. His professional memberships include the American Society of Nephrology and the Society for Pediatric Research and he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many professional journals. He is the recipient of research grant awards, the principal investigator in numerous NIDDK- and industry-sponsored clinical studies and the author of multiple articles, chapters and abstracts. Dr. Trachtman serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation serving Greater New York and is a Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation.
Dr Jack Zeller
Dr Jack A Zeller is retired Pathologist and former director of Laboratories at the Washington DC Veterans Administration hospital center. Dr Zeller is the founder and Past President of Kulanu Inc which is a Jewish large volunteer organization dedicated to supporting emerging and forgotten Jewish communities. Now living in Israel, Dr Zeller was a long standing member of the social action committee of his synagogue at Tifereth Israel in Washington DC. Dr Zeller remains actively involved in Kulanu which works almost exclusively in third world countries. Both Dr Zeller and his wife Dr Diane Zeller became board members of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews in 1985 prior to originating Kulanu in 1993.
Rachel Karlin is a seasoned technical writer who devotes her free time to volunteer at soup kitchens, teen shelters and environmental causes. Rachel has successfully balanced her professional life in the high-tech industry with her dedication and passion for advancing social justice issues. At her current position in a multinational hi-tech company she is an ambassador for the community relations projects and strives to spread awareness about volunteering opportunities to other hi-tech employees. She has an MA from Wayne State University in Technical Communication and an MA from Bar Ilan University in Creative Writing. Recently she joined Gabriel Project Mumbai as Director of Alumni Relations and is a source of great guidance as the latest member of the Gabriel Project Mumbai Advisory Committee.
Having completed a Philosophy Degree at the University of Manchester, UK, where he focused largely on the Indian Philosophy modules, All for the Kids Founder and Director, Bradley Cohen, lived in Asia for 6 years, including a year in India and Nepal. He spent much time volunteering in orphanages, most prominently in Bihar – India’s poorest state. He knows the local culture and has close contacts with local people running social justice projects.
Bradley volunteered in an orphanage in Malawi, Africa and has raised money and awareness for children’s charities in Africa and Israel. Bradley has experience running volunteer service programs in the developing world. He lives in Jerusalem with his family.
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