About Us

Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning is a proud member of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.
It represents the coming together of three successful Jewish leadership programs –
ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Leadership Institute,
The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development, 
and The Associated’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership.


Linda A.Hurwitz, Co-Chair
Pamela Platt, Co-Chair

Katie Applefeld
Emile Bendit
Myrna Cardin
Melissa Cordish
Chaim Finkelstein
Alyson Friedman
Emily Gaines Demsky
Jonah Geller
Amy Gross
Joanne Gold
Shelly Hettleman
Fred Heyman
Ned Himmelrich
Corrinne Janet


phen Knable
Ellen Lightman
Liz Minkin-Friedman
Diana Morris

Berry Sachs
David Sachs
Lee Sherman
Karen Singer
Shlomo Spetner
Hillel Tendler
Ilene Vogelstein
Debs Weinberg
Louise Zirretta

Professional Team

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Dr. Bill Robinson

Executive Director, Na'aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning

Beth Gansky

Executive Director, ACHARAI

Cindy Goldstein

Executive Director, DFI

Naami Schorr

Program Director

Aviva Cohen

Brand Manager

Shirley Hott

Administrative Assistant

Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning is proud to be an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore along with 26 other agencies. We harness the strength of our agencies to form ONE network. This allows us to serve you, our community and the world better. Each of our agencies, receives a significant portion of their funding from The Associated. Each of our agencies also have access to many services provided by The Associated such as: finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, and more. This approach allows us to collectively meet the needs of today’s Jews and tomorrow’s leaders.

Supporting The Associated has direct benefit to Na’aleh and to the other agencies in our network. A donation to The Associated embodies the phrase “kol areyvim zeh b’zeh” — all Jews are responsible for one another — and makes you an important part of the collective strength of our community.

Your financial support of The Associated ensures that, together, we can create engaging educational experiences that will strengthen our Jewish future, provide critical social services to those who need a helping hand, advocate for social justice and equality for all and connect to Jews in Israel and around the world.

Every dollar you give to The Associated is used wisely to make a positive impact on our agencies like Na’aleh, on Jewish Baltimore and the world. We believe together we can make the world a better place.

Donate now to The Associated and ensure agencies like Na’aleh continue to thrive.

You can give with confidence because The Associated has received the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 7 years in a row. Nearly ninety cent of every dollar that you donate, goes directly to benefit our agencies, programs and services.