Yoni Greenwald, Director

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Jennifer April, Senior Director of Development

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Jennifer April is the Senior Director of Development at the Brownstone. Jennifer previously served as the Brownstone’s tenured Director of Operations from the developmental stages through the duration of the past 2 inaugural years.

Jennifer oversees all aspects of the Brownstone for a broad range of programs and events in each division. In addition, she manages relationships with local, national and international organizations and participants to create partnerships and joint programing to fit the needs of each group. Her responsibilities range from orchestrating week-long leadership trips for young adults from Russia, Argentina, and France to program development and external branding.

Jennifer April holds a B.A. in Communication Studies, with honors, from the University of Michigan. She also received the prestigious S. Daniel Abraham scholarship to study in Israel for the year following Michigan and directly prior to her joining the Brownstone.

In her spare time, Jennifer is on the board of the MLT Foundation, which creates social and recreational programs for individuals with special needs. Jennifer is currently pursuing an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy at NYU Wagner.

Justin Pines, Senior Educator

12002631_1014706161893480_6247901192438250870_oThe grandchild of four Holocaust survivors, Justin Pines is entering his final year as a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Riverdale, New York. He graduated summa cum laude in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and received his JD from Harvard Law School. He spent three years working as a corporate associate at Paul Weiss in New York. A love of exploring Jewish texts with a variety of people has led Justin to study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Machon Shlomo, Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush), and Orayta. He has worked at the Bronfman Center at NYU with Rabbi Yehuda Sarna and at Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim with Rabbi Adam Mintz. He is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Justin is passionate about exploring how to bring a Jewish lens to every aspect of life. In his free time, he loves outdoor travel, live music and beach volleyball.

Lena Goldenberg, Director of Operations

As a first generation Russian immigrant, Lena deeply appreciates the accessibility of Judaism in New York. She received her B.A in Psychology from Hunter College and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Prior to joining the Brownstone, Lena was a practicing pharmacist in New York City for the last four years. In her free time, Lena maintains a fashion blog, enjoys thrift shopping, and spending time with her spunky dog, Kuzya. Her interest in Judaism led her to an incredible six month journey in Israel, and she always knew she would return to studying, practicing, or working for a Jewish cause. Lena is excited to join the Brownstone as the Director of Operations to fulfill that goal.

 

 

 

Ross Den, Russian Division

Ross Den was born in Ukraine in a Jewish family of medical professionals. In the mid 90’s his family immigrated to the United States. Ross was accepted to John Jay College of Criminal Justice and in 2000 started a part time job at NYPD working as a Police Cadet. Shortly after September 11, 2001 Ross and some of his close friends left to Israel to join the Israel Defense Force (IDF). He served in the IDF for two years as a lone soldier and participated in countless counter-terrorism missions in the Judea and Samaria and the border of Lebanon, being currently assigned to a battalion of reservists.