American Friends of Kidum (AFK)

AFK plays an essential role in spreading awareness in the U.S. of the national importance of the Society for Advancement of Education's (SAE) work and mission for the future of Israel. AFK builds a community of supporters through recruitment of like-minded lay leaders, alumni, Jewish philanthropists, foundations and organizations, in order to raise significant funds to support SAE’s work.

Gifts can be made to the SAE in the United States through the AFK, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Click here for more details

AFK works closely with the SAE though retaining its independence and is led by a Board of Directors.

AFK Board Members

Dr. Joseph Abraham-Ahram

Dr. Joseph Ahram, a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist is a native of Israel and a member of the first graduating class of the SAE Mae Boyar High School. He attended medical school at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and practiced medicine in Israel for ten years before coming to the United States. Dr. Ahram is affiliated with 4 hospitals in the New York City area, and has a private practice in Brooklyn. He was awarded the “Compassionate Doctor Recognition” in 2014 as well as a Patients’ Choice Award

Tamara Lippman Bernstein

Tamara Bernstein is the third generation of a family who have actively supported education in Israel. In addition to her prominent role in the Jewish community of Southern California, she has an active professional career as Executive Vice President of Metalmart International. She and her family have made several trips to Israel and visit the Steinberg Interdisciplinary Educational Residence in Kfar Saba, founded by her grandparents Sol and Betty Steinberg. The family legacy of tzedakah and tikkun olam will continue to motivate more generations of this family.

Karen Kennedy

Karen Kennedy is the president and founder of National Asset Services, which specializes in the management of tenant-in-common properties. In addition to her background in asset and property management, she has extensive experience in leasing, project management, construction, and the development of commercial and retail properties. Her grandparents were the founders of the SAE Mae Boyar High School and Educational Residence, which are named after them.

Rafael Lazimy

Rafael Lazimy is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, where he formerly chaired the Department of Operations and Information Management. He received his initial academic degree for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well an MBA. He then received a Doctor of Business Administration at Harvard University School of Business. After returning to Israel he became the director of an advanced management program for officers sponsored jointly by the Jerusalem School of Business and the Management Center. Since 1984 Prof. Lazimy has taught at several prestigious American business schools and has been at the University of Wisconsin since 1988.

Eitan Moran

Eitan Moran is the Chief Executive Director of the Israeli Society for the Advancement of Education {SAE}, the most recognized Israeli non-profit education and provider and advocacy organization for underserved youth in Israel. In this role he oversees 3000 students in twelve high schools and boarding schools as well as manages a budget of over 25 million dollars and a staff of 500.

Eitan Moran has served as the General Director of the Society for Advancement of Education since graduating from the prestigious Mandel School for Educational Leadership in 2008. Eitan has a great deal of experience in management, education and in his contributions to society.

Eitan is a founding member of the Nadav Merhav Democratic School in Modi’in, which he helped establish in 1999. He holds an MA in Management and Public Policy from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and a BA cum laude in Sociology and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was awarded a Rich Foundation Fellowship for academic achievement.

Eitan is a recent graduate of the Tavistok Institute of Human Relations - a non profit organization that deals with organizational research and development and applies approaches and concepts from the social sciences in order to create innovative, effective methods for dealing with core subjects and current issues.

Mr. Moran has been involved in numerous executive development programs, including the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, X-Change for Competence in Germany and the Gvanim Program for Jewish Pluralism.

Shana Novick

Shana Novick is a retired non-profit executive. She provided leadership for the transformation of the Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) of New York, a traditional, century-old Jewish communal institution, and secured its place as a highly innovative microfinance organization.

Ms. Novick has a B.A. from Barnard College, a Masters in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law. She is a member of UJA-Federation of New York’s EPIC Committee, which makes grants in the Haredi, Arab and Ethiopian communities in Israel.

Ms. Novick now splits her time between homes in New York and Jerusalem.

Dr. Dina Roginsky

Dina Roginsky (PhD) sociologist and anthropologist, teaches Modern Hebrew language and culture in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, where she has been since 2010. Before joining Yale she taught at Tel-Aviv University, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Roginsky is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, where she completed her doctoral dissertation. She came to the USA as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Roginsky is a co-editor of the books Dance Discourse in Israel (Resling, 2009), Sara Levi-Tanai: A Life of Creation (Resling, 2015) and Moving through Conflict: Jewish-Arab Relations in the Israeli Dance (in progress).

Yair Segev

Yair Segev, a native of Israel, is the New York leader of Escalon Services, a Silicon Valley based service provider that delivers customized and comprehensive solutions for startups and international businesses in the area of finance and accounting, human resources, payroll, benefits and taxation.

Mr. Segev is known within the industry as a business and financial leader who is superlative in developing and delivering strategic development and execution of company-wide financial policies and procedures. Mr. Segev holds degrees in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Michael Vaknin

Dr. Michael Vaknin serves as Chief Economist for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In this role, he is responsible for the global, macroeconomic and market research that underpins the firm’s long-term views and, by extension, how client portfolios are positioned.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Dr. Vaknin was a Senior Global Markets Economist at Goldman Sachs International in London. While earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from Columbia University, he worked as a research assistant to Nobel Laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Edmund Phelps as well as for Richard Claridge, former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.