Faye is a community volunteer and serves as the CAJE Chair and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Budget & Finance Committee. She also serves on the Jewish Life Committee at the Rose Community Foundation. Weitzman formerly was a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers, Furman Selz Investments and Jeffries Capital Partners. She has a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children.
Board Chair Elect
Andra Davidson has been involved in communications, including public relations, advertising and media training for more than 15 years. As the principal of Davidson Consulting she specializes in helping organizations and individuals to maximize the impact of their communications to internal and external audiences.
Prior to starting her consulting business, Andra was the managing partner at Davis Branding & Marketing, where she oversaw all public relations programs, and was responsible for strategic communications planning and execution, marketing and day-to-day management of many accounts. Andra has agency, corporate and consulting experience in many industries, including a specialty in education and healthcare. She currently serves on the board of trustees for Colorado Association for Jewish Education (CAJE), and recently completed her term on the Board of Trustees at the Montessori School of Denver. Andra received her B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University and received an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Leslie Sidell is a fourth-generation Coloradoan. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University School of Business and has an MBA from University of Denver, Daniels School of Business. Currently, Leslie is the past Board Chair of CAJE. She chaired the CAJE strategic planning committee from 2006-2010 and is a Florence Melton Adult Mini School graduate of 2004. In 1982 Leslie went on the Israel Study Tour. She is a board member of Jewish Federation of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy and its Lion of Judah Endowment co-chair; additionally, she serves as a Jewish Community Foundation board member. Leslie also is a Wexner Heritage Foundation graduate (2010). She has held several volunteer positions within Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado since 1993, including Jewish Philanthropy Board Member; National Young Leadership Retreat Co-chair; Young Women’s Chair; Women’s Board Member; and Choices co-chair. She was Federation’s Young Leadership award winner in 2003.
Leslie and her husband, Mark Sidell, have two children currently attending Denver JDS: Leah (Class of 2015) and Hannah (Class of 2018).
“As a huge proponent of Jewish education, Jewish day school is so important and it works because it builds a confidence and Jewish identity in the kids that translates to every part of life,” Sidell said. “The community building empowers the students to branch out and learn more about those around them. The experiential learning that takes place at Denver JDS also is unique. Almost every grade takes a major trip – in the Upper School Division, they travel to Israel, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles – and the students receive an entirely different learning experience and perspective. Denver JDS has provided a wonderful educational experience for both of my kids.”
David is a nonprofit consultant and Jewish educator in Colorado. David consults with organizations in the areas of strategic and board development, resource planning, executive coaching, assessment, and program/curriculum development. He went to American Jewish University where he received a MAEd-Jewish ed., MBA-nonprofit management, and BA-Hebrew Letters. He also attended Emerson College and Boston University. He is married to Jill Tullman and has three children.
Shayna Braunstein, the senior program coordinator for the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, is a product of CAJE programming as an IST 1991 alumna. Shayna also attended Hebrew High School, USY, USY Camps, NCSY Camps, Young Judea Camps and is in her eighth year as a BBYO youth adviser. Shayna received her B.S. in business management from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2004, and she will receive her M.A. in global affairs from the University of Denver in June 2012. Shayna has worked for the Allied Jewish Federation as a marketing assistant and brings key skills in the areas of volunteer engagement, development, recruitment, and events.
Jodi Cooper manages the daily operations of Steele Street Bank & Trust banking centers and brings two decades of general banking experience to her job. Her career began at UMB in 1988. She then became the assistant regional director for the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization’s Rocky Mountain Region for a year and is the co-chair of BBYO’s FAN (Friends and Alumni Network) for fundraising. Before joining Steele Street Bank & Trust in 2005, she worked for Colorado State Bank & Trust as a personal banker and branch manager.
A BBYO alum and former adviser, Jodi went on Israel Study Tour in 1985 and is a 1986 graduate of CAJE Community Hebrew High School. She also went as staff on IST trips in 1999 and 2000 and substitute taught during those same years.
She enjoys reading, movies, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Tal Diamant, a lawyer at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, practices commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing and real estate development throughout the country, and the formation of corporate entities. Tal attended Sunday School from grades 1-6 in Germany, middle school in Israel, and high school at RMHA. He attended the University of Denver where he obtained a bachelor’s, cum laude, in international business in 1994 and his J.D. in 1997 from the Sturm College of Law. He is interested in National Jewish Hoops & Hoopla Event, the Kunsberg School at National Jewish Development Committee, and political fundraising (both personal and AIPAC).
Tiffany Glucksman grew up and spent most of her life in the Denver metro area. After graduating from Cherry Creek High School, she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, majoring in political science and minoring in psychology. Shortly thereafter, she received her Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs, once again, at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Her Jewish identity was instilled in her at a young age and continued through her adolescence at Shwayder Camp and Congregation Emanuel, where she was both Bat Mitzvahed and Confirmed. After Confirmation, she attended Hebrew High School and went on the Israel Study Tour during the summer of 1999, which she said forever changed her life, and she had the pleasure of chairing her IST Ten Year reunion. In addition to her involvement with CAJE, she completed ADL’s Glass Partners-in-Leaders program, and she is continuing on with their mentoring program. She also is a member of the Young Adult Division (YAD) Council for the Allied Jewish Federation, teaches sixth-grade religious school at Temple Sinai and actively volunteers and teaches for Stepping Stones.
CAJE and IST have played an integral part in Glucksman’s life and, she said, she is thrilled to be able to give back to the community that gave her so much!
Ray L. Gottesfeld, MD
Ray is a Colorado native who returned to Denver in 1981. During College, he became and avid fan of the Woody Allen’s early movies. Although Ray is pleased not to have grown up under the roller coaster at Coney Island, he does point to his early years at Temple Emanuel, JCC Ranch Camp, Shwayder Camp and MoVFTY as his Denver equivalent. He continues to seek his version of Diane Keaton.
Ray brings to the Board personal familiarity with many of CAJE’s programs, including Hebrew High and IST (attended by his two grown children), as well as Melton, where he is in the second year of that program and serves on its Advisory Board. In addition, he has worked closely with Stepping Stones. After his children completed the Stepping Stones Program, Ray served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Board, and more recently he has worked with the current Board as an external consultant to help facilitate the organization’s process of re-visioning and strategic planning.
In addition to volunteering at other nonprofit organizations in the area, Ray’s “day job” is as CEO of HealthCare Consulting specialists LLC, a medical consulting practice that helps patients deal with life-altering diagnoses through high-level health-care advocacy and navigational services. He also works as a consultant to employers, health plans, and the government [Medicaid, Medicare, and the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of HealthCare Organizations (JCAHO)]. Prior to beginning his consultancy in 2008, Dr. Gottesfeld was Chief Medical Officer of McKesson Health Solutions, an organization that provides preventive care and integration services to health care payers, including health plans and the government.
Ray is a bicoastal Dad, with children living in New York City and San Francisco. His hobbies are skiing, snowshoeing, reading, opera, piano, theater, professional sporting events and cycling. In former years he also enjoyed the Broncos.
Patricia converted to Judaism in 2000. Besides Introduction to Judaism, she completed Melton and has taken several graduate courses. She attended Woman’s Torah Study at BMH-BJ every week for many years and completed the CAJE fellows program (training to become a religious school teacher). Also, Patricia joined her family on a Federation mission to Israel in 2005 and spent many weekends at Family camp at Shwayder.
She has three part-time jobs: teaching religious school at Emanuel for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders; administrative assisting at Antonoff & Associates (at educational consulting firm); and directing (for Colorado) Ayeka, a new program funded by the Rose Foundation, which facilitates spiritual workshops across all Jewish denominations.
She is passionate about day school and adult Jewish education and also would be interested in working on the Youth initiative dealing with middle and high school students.
A native Denverite and “westsider,” Frieda has worked in various nonprofits in Denver, including Hadassah, the largest women’s membership organization in America and Warren Village, which provides support to low-income, single-parent families working to become self-sufficient. She is currently working with AMC Cancer Fund, which raises awareness and funds for the University of Colorado Cancer Center. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of Midchix, a social networking site whose mission is to Change the world … One Woman at Time, a niche online community for women who are not only social, but also interested in social change.
Frieda attended the University of Colorado and has two children.
Michael Schatz is the President and CEO of Restaurant Source, a privately held company based in Denver, CO. Restaurant Source is a national distributor of food service supplies and equipment to the hospitality industry. Before joining Restaurant Source, Michael worked for the Carlisle Companies based in Chicago, Il.
Michael currently serves on the industry boards for the Allied Buying Corporation and the International Foodservice Equipment Association. He is also on the advisory board for Food Service Equipment and Supplies Magazine. Michael was part of the Leadership Denver class through the Denver Metro Chamber. He is an active board member for the Globeville Business Association and the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education.
Michael enjoys skiing, golf, and basketball. He lives in Denver with his wife and three children, ages six, five, and three.
Allan Striker, a Denver native, graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado. Allan is a CPA and was a partner in the international accounting firm of Deloitte Touché (formerly Touché Ross & Co.), where he worked throughout the U.S. and Vietnam. He was the owner of a successful manufacturing and distribution company and later consulted in Eastern Europe. Allan has served on the Board of Congregation Emanuel as its Executive Committee and Treasurer and has been a member of and chaired numerous committees of the congregation. In addition to serving on the Board of CAJE and as the Chair of its Budget and Finance Committee, Allan also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai and serves on the Temple Sinai Finance Committee. Allan also enjoys working with small businesses and is a volunteer counselor at SCORE, which is affiliated with the SBA (Small Business Association). Allan and his wife Helena enjoy traveling, music, art and theater. Allan’s passion for many years has been mountain climbing and, along with many other mountains, has summited the highest peaks on three continents. Allan’s and Helena’s true joy is playing with their grandson, Elias.
Rabbi Michael Sunshine
Rabbi Michael Sunshine is the director of the Jewish Student Connection in the Denver/Boulder area. JSC runs high school clubs aimed to help Jewish teens form their own identity within the Jewish community. He currently runs clubs in George Washington, East, Denver School of the Arts, Mountain Vista, and Niwot high schools. He also is a teacher in Hebrew High and runs teen programming for the DAT Minyan. Before moving to Denver in 2011, Rabbi Sunshine was the assistant rabbi at Congregation Rodfei Sholom in San Antonio, TX. He has his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Israel, and holds a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ariella, have four children and live in Denver.