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Centennial Mission Leadership

A once-in-a-century team for this once-in-a-century experience.

Ira Steinberg is honored and thrilled to be the chair of the Centennial Mission, the high-profile launch to Jewish Federation’s Centennial year! Ira served as the UJA Campaign chair for three years (2016-2019). During his time as campaign chair he traveled to Israel several times, grew the Annual Campaign, and inspired so many others to join him in supporting our community. Ira has held many board, committee, and event leadership roles with Federation for more than 28 years after first become “hooked” on a young men’s mission to Austria and Israel in 1993. His leadership, which included chairing the Young Leadership Division (predecessor of NextGen), was recognized as a recipient of the Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award in 2000. Ira believes that Greater MetroWest is “not just a place, it’s a state of mind – filled with passionate and committed individuals who truly care about the Jewish people and repairing the world.” Ira and his wife Amy live in North Caldwell and have three adult children.

Jane Wilf,  a long-time Federation and community activist, is proud to be serving as the Centennial Chairperson. Jane is on the boards of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, JFNA National Women’s Philanthropy, Birthright Israel, The Jewish Museum, Hillel International, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Wilf Family Foundations. Jane was honored to chair Greater MetroWest’s 2018 commUNITY Mission to Israel. Jane was also the co-chair of the 2021 International Lion of Judah Conference, “Virtually Limitless.” Jane is a Wexner Heritage Fellow, an art enthusiast, and an avid runner. She and her husband Mark, who is the chair of the board of the Jewish Federations of North America, are members of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston and live there with their four children.

Terri Friedman
 is delighted to be serving as a Centennial Mission vice chair and also as a Centennial Local Community Engagement vice chair. Terri was a bus captain (go Bus 3!) during 2018’s commUNITY Mission. Terri currently serves on the Federation and Women’s Philanthropy boards and is the chairperson of Federation’s Center for Volunteerism. She has held leadership positions with Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Israel Bonds New Jersey Women’s Division, and Temple B’nai Abraham, among other local and international nonprofit organizations. Terri prides herself on being a connector and a convenor, encouraging friends, family, and even strangers to join her and participate with and support the organizations she champions. Terri and her husband Mark live in Livingston a
nd have three adult children.    

Maxine Schwartz is thrilled to be a Centennial Mission vice chair, as she loves to travel to Israel. Maxine is also serving as a Centennial Local Community Engagement vice chair. Maxine has been involved with Jewish Federation for the past 25 years and currently serves on Federation’s board of trustees. She has held many leadership roles, including Young Leadership, Women’s Philanthropy, Center for Volunteerism and Allocations. She has participated in Israel One, JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet, and Wexner Heritage Program. Maxine and her husband Rob live in Westfield with their three sons. 

Emily & Jon Gantman could not be more excited to be Centennial Mission vice chairs. Both Emily and Jon grew up in the Philadelphia area and were raised in families who were very active in the Jewish community. Since moving to New Jersey, they have taken on a number of roles within Federation and have also been actively involved in the Golda Och Academy community where two of their children currently attend. Emily works in the pharmaceutical industry at CHDI Management where she has been for five years and Jon has worked at American Express for the past 17 years. Emily and Jon live in Livingston with their three children.

Marit & Jason Halper can’t wait to experience the Centennial Mission with Greater MetroWest. Marit is a former lawyer and is now the owner of HomeBodies Fitness, a virtual gym. She is a past president of the Board of Trustees of Gottesman RTW Academy and has served on the board of Adath Shalom in Morris Plains. Jason is senior counsel of a wireless infrastructure company. He is the president of the Board of Governors of Daughters of Israel. Before attending Cardozo School of Law, Jason played baseball professionally for a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees. Marit and Jason live in Randolph with their two children.

Tracey & Jason Hoberman are excited to be vice chairs of the Centennial Mission following their experience as commUNITY Mission 2018 bus captains. Tracey calls herself a “professional volunteer” and serves on Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy board and Global Connections’ Arad Committee. She was a chair of the Arthur Borinsky Young Leadership Development Program. Tracey also serves on the boards of JCC of Central NJ and Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in Scotch Plains and recently joined the NJY Camps Development Committee. Jason serves on Federation’s Board of Trustees, Allocations Committee, and Synagogue Leadership Council, and is a NextGen ambassador. He is the immediate past president of CBI and a board member of Jewish Family Service of Central NJ. Jason is the general counsel/chief compliance officer of an investment management firm. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons. Tracey and Jason live in Scotch Plains with their two children.

For more information, contact:

Heidi Kuperman
Missions Director
(973) 929-3046


Centennial Mission Information and Resources

Centennial Mission Bus Captains*

Karen & Cliff Aaron
Randy & Michael Belfer
Stephanie Bonder
Shari Brandt
Lisa Buber
Mariela Dybner
Ellen & Rich Ezra
Diane & Jerry Forman
Michele & Jason Frieder
Lauren & Marc Hausman
Oren Henry & David Rak
Patti & Wayne Kent
Stephanie & Ben Lehrhoff
Lisa Lisser
Patti Mollo
Padi Nazmiyal
Robin Plattman
Caren & Larry Rothenberg
June & Michael Schechner
Shoshana Schiff
Jessica & Andrew Silverstein
Elana Wilf Tanzman & Brett Tanzman
Robin & Ira Weidhorn
Eileen & Larry Weiss
Jessica & Ari Wise

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