Board of Directors

KAHAL’s Board of Directors supports KAHAL’s mission by ensuring its financial and organizational stability. In addition to annual financial contributions, KAHAL’s board members support the organization by opening their networks, strategically planning for the organization’s future, and regularly overseeing and governing KAHAL’s operations. As a growing, startup non-profit, KAHAL’s board members have a unique opportunity to make an impact.

Interested in joining KAHAL’s Board of Directors? Contact Cydney Topaz, Chair, at info@KahalAbroad.org.

LOIS SOLOMON - TREASURER

LOCATION: CHICAGO

As a parent of a student and a leader in the community, I have seen few organizations make such an immediate impact on the lives of our young adults in the way KAHAL does each day.

LOIS SOLOMON

LOCATION: CHICAGO

DAN DERBY

LOCATION: CHICAGO

The breadth of what KAHAL can accomplish is truly astonishing: providing a Jewish spark to intrepid young adults, training future Jewish leaders, and adding to the cohesiveness of the global Jewish community.

DAN DERBY

LOCATION: CHICAGO

JAY FELDMAN

LOCATION: INDIANAPOLIS, IN

JAY FELDMAN

LOCATION: INDIANAPOLIS, IN

JORDAN FISHFELD

LOCATION: MIAMI

I joined KAHAL because I feel that one of the greatest aspects of Judaism is a connectivity that transcends national borders and time. KAHAL reminds us of that fact by allowing many to experience something so familiar in a place so unfamiliar and I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help support that.

JORDAN FISHFELD

LOCATION: MIAMI

CHELSEA GARBELL - ASSOCIATE BOARD CHAIR

LOCATION: NEW YORK

From my time living and traveling all over the world, I’ve learned how important finding a small bit of home can be when everything else around you is new and unfamiliar. I support KAHAL because they provide just that for Jewish students abroad, as well as a way to deepen their sense of global Jewish peoplehood.

CHELSEA GARBELL

LOCATION: NEW YORK

LESLEY HELLER

LOCATION: NEW YORK

LESLEY HELLER

LOCATION: NEW YORK

ALEX JAKUBOWSKI - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

LOCATION: CHICAGO

KAHAL’s impact on students, in such a short span of their lives, is nearly unmatched in the Jewish world. I’m proud to be a part of an organization changing the lives of thousands of students each year.

ALEX JAKUBOWSKI

LOCATION: CHICAGO

BARTON H KOGAN

LOCATION: LOS ANGELES

I joined the KAHAL Board to be a part of and support the essential mission of guaranteeing Jewish outreach to a sector of our community currently not addressed. College students on their semester abroad have slipped through the cracks, and the KAHAL model fixes that.

BARTON H KOGAN

LOCATION: LOS ANGELES

Daniel Kraus

LOCATION: New York

DANIEL KRAUS

LOCATION: NEW YORK

JESSICA SCHAPIRO

LOCATION: MIAMI

JESSICA SCHAPIRO

LOCATION: MIAMI, FL

GREG STEINBERG - Past Chair

LOCATION: FORT COLLINS, CO

As the parent of two post college students, one who had a Jewish abroad experience and one who did not, and seeing the dramatic difference in their personal relationship with Judaism and Israel is the ultimate reason that KAHAL thrives. KAHAL must be a truly integral part of every Jewish study abroad program.

GREGG STEINBERG

LOCATION: FORT COLLINS, CO

Todd Sukol

LOCATION: WASHINGTON, D.C.

TODD SUKOL

LOCATION: WASHINGTON, D.C.

ALEX TURIK

LOCATION: CHICAGO

I like being part of a growing organization like KAHAL that connects Jewish college students to other Jews around the world. KAHAL's tremendous growth in recent years highlights the need for KAHAL's services and illustrates how an organization can inspire and engage college students in a meaningful way.

ALEX TURIK

LOCATION: CHICAGO

CYDNEY TOPAZ - Chair

LOCATION: NORTHBROOK, IL

KAHAL is the convergence of two of my personal passions - Jewish student engagement and study abroad. KAHAL has a proven, transformative impact on students' Jewish journeys during their study abroad experiences.

CYDNEY TOPAZ

LOCATION: NORTHBROOK, IL