June Hersh’s first book, Recipes Remembered, a Celebration of Survival, stories and recipes from Holocaust survivors, was written in association with and to benefit the Museum of Jewish Heritage — a Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
June’s books include The Kosher Carnivore, Still Here: Inspiration from Survivors and Liberators of the Holocaust, and Yoghurt: A Global History. Her Iconic New York Jewish Food, a History and Guide with Recipes is a love letter to favorite NYC foods from pastrami to pickles, tracing these foods as they arrived with Eastern European Jewish immigrants and rooted themselves in New York culture.
In 2023, The History Press updated and revised Recipes Remembered and retitled it Food, Hope & Resilience, Authentic Recipes and Remarkable Stories from Holocaust Survivors. Proceeds will go to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Rescued Recipes Initiative.
In response to October 7, June compiled a cookbook to benefit Leket Israel featuring recipes from chefs, cookbook authors, restauranteurs, and supporters of Israel. Proceeds will aid struggling Israeli farmers and displaced Israeli families during the crisis. June is a contributing writer for Westchester Magazine and food blogs with a focus on Jewish food history.
Rabba Sara Hurwitz
President and Co-Founder of Maharat
Rabba Sara Hurwitz, co-founder and president of Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, also serves on the rabbinic staff at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.
Sara completed Drisha’s three-year Scholars Circle Program, an advanced intensive program of study for Jewish women training to become scholars, educators, and community leaders. After another five years of study under the auspices of Rabbi Avi Weiss, she was ordained by Rabbi Weiss and Rabbi Daniel Sperber in 2009.
In 2013 Sara was awarded the Hadassah Foundation Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize, and she received the Myrtle Wreath Award from the Southern New Jersey Region of Hadassah in 2014. In 2016 she was the Trailblazer Award recipient at UJA-Federation. She was named as one of the Forward 50 most influential Jewish leaders and Newsweek’s 50 most influential rabbis. In 2017 Sara was chosen to be a member of the inaugural class of Wexner Foundation Field Fellows. She received the Rabbi Israel and Libby Mowshowitz Award by the New York Board of Rabbis in 2023.
She and her husband, Josh Abraham, are parents to Yonah, Zacharya, Davidi, and Natan.
As a committed advocate for Zionism, Carrie Nachmani joins UJA Westchester Women’s Symposium to speak about how she is using her platform to share instances of antisemitic rhetoric and behavior that occurred both before and after October 7. As a proud Zionist, loving mother and grandmother, and committed wife, Carrie continues to spread her passion of the importance of fighting antisemitism that’s happening in the world. Carrie’s unwavering commitment to Zionism and advocacy will continue to persist on and offline.
Gayle Perry is a celebrity & international stylist for fashion and home and is the force behind the Instagram platform @gaylestyle. She is known around the world for her innate sense of style, keen eye for statement pieces, and her creativity in high/low dress and home styling. Gayle has made recent appearances on Fox 5 NY, The Hub, Today on NBC Boston, and The Nick Cannon Show, and has a column on DailyMail.com as their fashion stylist, and features in publications like ThePurist.com and FlowerPowerDaily.com, to name a few.
In the fall of 2016, Gayle launched her style blog @gaylestyle on Instagram, and in the summer of 2017, she launched her personal and home styling business. Gayle is best known for making style accessible to all and for inspiring women and men to shop in their closets and breathe new life into their existing wardrobe. She has written numerous articles on “the Wellness of Style,” the correlation between looking good, feeling good, and doing great things, and this is at the core of everything she does.
Gayle’s career began in fashion advertising at Donna Karan. There, Gayle helped launch Donna Karan Signature, Donna Karan Home, Donna Karan Fragrance, DKNY Jeans, DKNY Hosiery, DKNY Eyewear, DKNY Coats, DKNY Shoes, and DKNY Accessories globally. At just 26, she was recruited by the CEO of Calvin Klein to run their media department and manage a $40M U.S. advertising budget for all divisions of Calvin Klein.
Gayle left Calvin Klein at the start of the tech boom to help launch Ultigo, a technology company that made interactive magazines. She championed the notion of “see it, want it, get it” well before its time. Gayle then joined Ron Galotti, aka “Mr. Big,” at Talk Magazine and then GQ.
From 2006 to 2011, Gayle helped build Style.com. She frequently visited the major fashion and luxury houses in New York, Milan, Paris, London, and Rome to convince print-minded company heads to advertise their brands online and assist in the creation of their digital advertising campaigns. Gayle then helped launch DuJour, revitalize and elevate The Village Voice, and grow Galerie Magazine.
Senior Vice President, Community Strategy and External Relations
UJA-Federation of New York
Hindy Poupko is the senior vice president for Community Strategy and External Relations. This recently created position matches Hindy’s strengths in planning and organizational development with her commitment to promoting community relations. In this role, Hindy oversees an integrated and holistic model of programmatic investment and government relations around key priority areas, including UJA’s work to confront antisemitism.
Prior to this role, Hindy served as the deputy chief planning officer and managing director of UJA’s Commission on the Jewish People. Before coming to UJA, Hindy was the managing director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. During her seven-year tenure, Hindy led the agency's efforts to build broad-based support for Israel in New York, advocated for the needs of Jewish communities abroad, and, in an increasingly challenging campus environment, developed innovative programming to support New York-area Hillels. Hindy also led the growth of the agency's Council of Young Jewish Presidents, a leadership development program for young Jewish lay leaders.
Prior to joining JCRC-NY, Hindy worked at a political consulting firm and as a Yeshiva University Presidential Fellow. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a master’s degree from the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Hindy is a Wexner Graduate Fellow Alum and a Schusterman Fellow.
In November 2012, Hindy was named to The Forward list of the 50 most influential Jews in America.
Elizabeth Rand is a Manhattan-based attorney who works in the compliance department of a large insurance company. In October 2023, as the mother of a high school senior who had begun the college selection process, she founded the Facebook group Mothers Against College Antisemitism (MACA) to give parents and other concerned individuals a platform to express their concerns about the rise in antisemitism on college campuses.
The group is currently working to become a nonprofit organization in order to further their goals. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family and compete in triathlons.
Jessica Reinmann founded 914Cares in 2014, when she saw a need for support for those living in poverty across Westchester County. She is the CEO and chairman of the Board of the organization, which distributes basic essentials to our neighbors in need across the county.
Jessica is an established expert on poverty in Westchester County and speaks regularly on the topic, inspiring those around her to take action. Prior to establishing 914Cares, she worked in a development and management capacity at two top 100 law firms. Jessica resides in Chappaqua with her husband and two children.
Westchester County District Attorney
Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah has dedicated her life to pursuing justice for victims, keeping our communities safe, and working for a fairer criminal justice system for all. Guided by the principles of safety, accountability, integrity, and justice, Mimi leads an office with more than 120 assistant district attorneys, 34 investigators, and about 90 support personnel.
As a daughter of victims of violent crimes, Mimi, who had a successful 16½-year career as a federal prosecutor, is dedicated to fighting gun violence and extremism while investing in crime prevention and mental health programs. She served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2017 in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), where she oversaw the prosecution of organized crime, gun traffickers, corrupt public officials, narcotics dealers, sex traffickers, and child predators. She is a recipient of the 2016 Women in Federal Law Enforcement Leadership Award.
Under President Obama, she was promoted in 2012 by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to chief of the DOJ’s Westchester Division. In that position, she served as primary liaison with law enforcement agencies and other prosecutorial offices, including the Westchester County District Attorney’s office and coordinated and co-chaired multicounty task forces on specific public health and safety issues like the opioid overdose epidemic. She has organized and led numerous forums in Westchester County on public corruption, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and cybercrimes.
Mimi was elected Westchester County district attorney in November 2020 after running a successful grassroots campaign centered on modernizing the DA’s office and rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the communities it serves. Before running for office, Mimi was Pace University School of Law's Distinguished Fellow in Criminal Justice and a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.
Prior to her career at SDNY, Mimi clerked for Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was also a litigation associate at the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore, and a paralegal at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
A native of Chicago, Mimi is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law. She is also an alum of the nationally acclaimed NYC Urban Fellows Program, a public policy fellowship where she completed her program with the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal affairs.
Keri Starker and Farrel Starker
Designs That Donate
Keri Starker and Farrel Starker are sisters-in-law who co-founded Designs That Donate in 2014.
Keri, a jewelry designer based in New York City, always found ways to infuse philanthropy into the framework of her business. She routinely worked selling her jewelry at events promoting a "give back" model, donating a percentage of sales to the hosting charity.
In 2014, Keri saw that loyal customers were interested in purchasing more than jewelry, and she enlisted her sister-in-law, Farrel, to help her start Designs That Donate. They branched out into women’s and men’s accessories, gifts for the home, gifts for babies, engagements, graduations, and more. Keri and Farrel pride themselves in taking the guesswork out of giving and scour the market to offer the best in every category and price point, offering a curated selection of gifting options.
Farrel and Keri work together with their team hosting trunk shows, attending charity sales, and promoting their model online and through social media. They both enjoy working closely with their clients to make gift giving, easy, fun, and charitable. Their Charity of the Month model enables Designs That Donate to highlight meaningful causes and collaborate with organizations to raise awareness and funds. They are proud to have given over $500,000 to worthwhile causes since inception.
Farrel, Keri, and the team at Designs That Donate are so grateful for the opportunity to learn about so many impressive organizations doing meaningful work. They look forward to continuing to grow their model and help others along the way.
American Jewish Committee Westchester/Fairfield Regional Director
Myra Clark-Siegel serves as AJC (American Jewish Committee) Westchester/Fairfield regional director, where she oversees all of AJC’s regional activities and represents AJC across governmental, diplomatic, civic, and interfaith and intergroup settings across Westchester County, Upstate New York, and across Connecticut.
Founded in 1906, AJC combats antisemitism and other forms of hatred and extremism through pioneering advocacy and engagement with government, diplomatic, faith, education, civic, and media leaders. Previously, Myra served for 12 years as AJC Project Interchange (AJC’s Israel education institute) senior management, including communications director and senior strategic counsel, where she worked with government officials, media, and diplomats to develop a deeper understanding of Israel.
She is a seasoned public policy and communications professional, with 30 years of public affairs experience spanning several countries. In addition to her extensive work with media, diplomats, and grassroots political outreach, Myra has lived and worked across the country and around the world, including Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Jerusalem; and Asmara, Eritrea (Horn of Africa).
She has received numerous awards over her career, including the Friends of Sheba Hospital Global Hero Award and Ogilvy Public Relations Public Affairs Awards. Myra earned an M.A., magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas, Austin.
UJA Women’s Philanthropy Chair
Kim Hartman has spent decades passionately giving her time to making the world a better place. Her involvement in UJA has taken various forms: serving on the CYPL, CommUnity, Community Relations, and Safety Committee, co-chairing the Ambassadors Round Table. She is currently the chair of UJA Women’s Philanthropy and is a member of UJA’s Board of Directors Executive Committee.
Kim is the secretary of Temple Emanu-El’s Board of Directors, serves on the Manhattan Women’s Committee for both AIPAC and AJC is on the Executive Committee of Thrive, an immersive study abroad program in Israel.
Outside of Jewish causes, Kim co-chairs Food Allergy Research and Education’s (FARE) Board of Governors and is a vice president of Excellence Community Schools, a charter management organization in New York City and Connecticut.
Kim, her husband, and their three children founded The Fund for New Leadership, a philanthropic venture that provides early support to emerging social change leaders from across the country.
Kim is a semi-retired interior designer in New York City, decorating homes and commercial spaces. Prior to design, she held numerous corporate jobs, including at Macy’s and Trust Company of the West.
She graduated from Tufts University, where she has served on the board of the Derby Entrepreneur Center for the last fifteen years. She holds an M.B.A. in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Kim lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two dogs, Missy and Maverick. Their adult children, Katie and Ben, Max, and Andy, live in New York City as well.
News 12 Westchester
Tara Rosenblum is a longtime anchor/host/reporter for the News 12 Network and currently focuses on the investigative and political beats.
Tara is one of most award-winning local tv reporters in the country. Her more than 300 industry awards include 2017 & 2022 National Edward R Murrow Awards, 56 Emmy wins and 185 Emmy nominations (11 of them for New York’s top general assignment reporter). In 2014 and every year from 2016 to 2022, she was the most Emmy-nominated TV reporter in the New York market.
Tara’s passion is diving into breaking, political, and investigative news stories, and she has traveled the state, country, and world to tell them. Some of the major coverage events include the Virginia Tech Massacre; the 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 presidential races; and Hurricane Katrina. Tara also spent two years producing an award-winning documentary on rising antisemitism that earned national recognition. In 2019, she was invited as the only American television reporter to accompany former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on a solidarity trip to Israel.
Tara has had 12 days named in her honor in communities across New York and was presented with a key to the city of White Plains in 2023 for her decades of local reporting. Other recognition includes:
- Cynosis Media’s “Top 100 Women in American Media” in 2023
- City and State Magazine’s “Power 100” list in 2019
- Voted “Top Media Personality” by the readers of Westchester Magazine for six years
- MPAC organization’s “Woman of the Year” in 2019
- RDC Center’s “Spirit of Compassion” award in 2020
- Additional honors from the Guidance Center of Westchester, the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, The Alliance for Safe Kids, and the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce for in-depth coverage of the heroin outbreak.
Tara was a 2005 Walter Cronkite political fellow and spends much of her time producing, writing, and reporting News 12’s political coverage. Tara has interviewed presidents and governors and has reported live from state and national political conventions.
She has also reported on many high-profile criminal cases and led News 12’s coverage of Bernie Madoff, Ben Novack Jr., and Robert Durst. Tara’s investigative reporting of Durst made international headlines in 2021 and led to his indictment in Westchester. Tara also spent four years covering the 9/11 health crisis.
Before joining News 12, she worked on-air at two NBC stations: first as a reporter in Iowa, then as a main anchor/talk show host in Elmira, New York. She started her career working jobs and internships at The White House, Capitol Hill, CNN’s White House unit, and CBS News during the 2000 presidential elections and travel writing for the Miami Herald. Outside of work, Tara’s passion is the private race to space. Her dream one day is to visit the final frontier onboard a Virgin Galactic flight.
Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S. RD
Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S., RD, is an internationally known dietitian, and the CEO and founder of F-Factor, a health and wellness company that offers the most liberating, scientifically proven approach to weight loss and optimal health.
Tanya has worked in private practice in Manhattan for more than 20 years and has authored two best-selling weight loss books: The F-Factor Diet and The Miracle Carb Diet.
In addition to working with private clients, including celebrities, business and government leaders, Tanya is a lecturer, consultant, spokesperson, and national media personality.
Tanya has been profiled in The New York Times and has been featured in The New York Post, Town & Country, Elle, Vogue, Allure, Self, The Huffington Post, The Miami Herald, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and Daily Mail. She has also appeared regularly on national television programs including Fox News, NBC Today, CBS News, CBS’s The Early Show, Live with Kelly!, The Dr. Oz Show, The View, The Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, Telemundo, and more. Tanya is the recipient of the New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence, a program that recognizes women making an impact professionally and personally.
Tanya holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and she has a master’s degree in nutrition and food studies from New York University. She completed her dietetic residency at New York University Hospital.
Tanya’s commitment to Israel and the Jewish people is reflected in her philanthropic endeavors. Tanya serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Sharsheret, a Jewish breast cancer organization. She is an executive board member of Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO), the largest social welfare arm of Israel, and is a member of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Women’s Brigade Board. Post October 7, Tanya co-chaired the FIDF Solidarity Gala in New York City, helping to raise over $20 million dollars for the Israeli Defense Force.