Leadership and Management

A few of our leaders that make the mission of AFYBA possible.

American Leadership

Moshe Berniker

Head of Fundraising at AFYBA

Moshe was born and raised in Jerusalem. He is the son of parents from the NYC area who made Aliya in 1970. He grew up like all Israeli children and joined the army when he turned 18. Moshe served in the special unit of Duvdevan as a fighter and as a Commander of soldiers. After finishing his army service, he married his wife Michal and they have 6 wonderful children. They are also grandparents to a wonderful granddaughter. He studied for B.sc Management and Industrial Engineering in Jerusalem. He has worked previously as CEO for the Efrat Development Fund, and for a few years as Head of Fundraising and Projects for JNF UK. For the past several years, he has been the Head of Fundraising of Yeshivot and Ulpanot of Bnei Akiva. He is full of passion for the State of Israel, for the Jewish communities worldwide, and for the special needs of Israel.

Jack Gourdji

Executive Director of AFYBA

Jack is Executive Director of AFYBA. Previously to joining AFYBA, Jack spent 12 years as Executive Director of Jewish Institutions, in both schools for children with Special Needs and in Adult Day Programs with YACHAD. Jack holds a BA from Hofstra University and spent 10 years on the Board of his synagogue Anshei Shalom in West Hempstead, NY.

Rav Shlomo Kimche

Rav Shlomo Kimche

Vice Chairman of AFYBA

Rav Kimche is Vice Chairman of AFYBA. Rav Kimche, who made aliyah at the age of eight, founded Yeshivat AFYBA Orot Yehuda where he served as Rosh Yeshiva for 20 years. Rav Kimche fundraised and coordinated the building of Yeshivat AFYBA Orot Yehuda’s expansive campus. Rav Kimche is a dynamic speaker in both Hebrew and English and has lectured in shuls and schools around the world.

Ari Raskas

President of the AFYBA Board

Ari is President of the AFYBA board. He has been a Managing Director for Pickwick Capital Partners, a New York based boutique investment bank, since 2016. He holds a BA from Yeshiva University and studied for 18 months at YBA school, Yeshivat Hakotel. Ari is also a Past President of Young Israel of Scarsdale.

Board Members

Joe Aronow
Jason Bokor
Josh Fogelman
Shari Gluckstadt
Jeffrey Goldstein
Terri Herenstein
Elie Himmelfarb
Joshua Landes
Yehuda Kohn
Ira Press
Alan Wildes

Israel Leadership

Elchanan Glatt

Chief Executive Officer

Elchanan has served as CEO of Mercaz Yeshivot & Ulpanot Bnei Akiva since 1996. From 2013-2015, he was CEO of the Office of Religious Services directed by Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Minister Eli Ben-Dahan.

Elchanan has led the establishment of over 30 new Mercaz Yeshivot & Ulpanot Bnei Akiva institutions, both in Israel’s center and periphery. Prior to this, Elchanan was Secretary-General of the Bnei Akiva youth movement in Israel.

Rabbi Dr. Yona Goodman

Vice President of Education and Pedagogy

Rabbi Dr. Yona Goodman is Vice President of Education and Pedagogy at Mercaz Yeshivot & Ulpanot Bnei Akiva. He also serves as a member of the Hemed Council, the highest statutory body that outlines national religious education policy in Israel. Rabbi Dr. Yona has held teaching positions at Orot College of Education and is a member of several think tanks on religious education. He has a Ph.D. in Education from Hebrew University.

Shuki Sat

Chief Financial Officer

Shuki Sat is CFO of Mercaz Yeshivot & Ulpanot Bnei Akiva. Prior to this, Shuki was the Executive Director of Ulpanat Shirat HaYam, Yeshivat AFYBA Kinor David and Yeshivat Mateh Binyamin. Shuki was a senior advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and is a board member of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council as well as the Lev Binyamin Association. Shuki holds degrees in economics and business administration.