Board of Trustees

Rabbi Hank Sheinkopf

President

Rabbi Dr. Hank Sheinkopf

Hank Sheinkopf is president of Sheinkopf Communications, a full service strategic communications company serving corporate, political and public affairs clients.

He has worked on an estimated 700 political campaigns on 4 continents, in 14 foreign nations and 44 American states over the last 35 years. His political clients have included President William Jefferson Clinton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Leonel Fernandez, former President of the Dominican Republic, and former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox.

Dr. Sheinkopf’s opinions are widely sought by media outlets nationally and internationally. He has been cited in The New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Examiner, Thomson Reuters, The Jerusalem Post, The Australian Financial Review, France 24, Newsweek, Time, Vanity Fair, BusinessWeek, The Daily Show, ABC World News Tonight, CBS, NBC Nightly News and Fox News. He has been a CNN and Newsmax contributor. Sheinkopf has been the subject of profiles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News and New York Observer. Rabbi Dr. Sheinkopf has been cited in at least 30 books written about international and domestic politics.

Brenda Strashun

Vice President

Brenda Strashun, Esq.

Brenda is a highly respected arbitrator and mediator.  Prior to her work as an arbitrator/mediator, she worked as an attorney specializing in labor and employment matters.

Brenda’s work covers the full range of contract interpretation issues, including cost of living, disability benefits, discharge, discipline, discrimination, demotion, seniority, lay-offs, management rights, leave of absence and merit pay, among many other areas.

She has worked in both the public and private sectors, such as education, real estate, entertainment, first responders, hospitals, utilities and municipal entities.

Brenda serves as permanent arbitrator for companies as diverse as Verizon, the US Postal Service, the Social Security Administration and many healthcare centers.

Brenda is an alumna of Brooklyn Law School and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.  She is past president of the New Jersey Labor Employment Relations Association, and is a member of federal, national and state arbitration panels.

Andrew Schultz

Secretary

Andrew Schultz

Andrew Schultz has been working as a professional in the Jewish community for the last 18 years, having served in executive leadership roles for several Jewish organizations.  He was recently appointed to the position of US Director of Operations for Torah Live, an organization which creates multimedia Torah curriculum for Yeshivot, shuls, and families. 

Andrew spent the first six years of his career as a Regional Director for BBYO.  During his tenure, he led a renaissance for his region, helping double the membership and exponentially increased community support.  In the years to follow, Andrew served as the Executive Director of the Community Alliance for Jewish Cemeteries, a charity which oversees, preserves and sustains Jewish cemeteries in Metropolitan New York.  He successfully secured operational funding for the organization and for dozens of restoration projects throughout cemeteries in Metropolitan New York.

Andrew also served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) of Elizabeth, NJ.  He grew the JEC’s annual campaign from $500,000 to $1.5 million over the course of 3 years, in addition to raising significant funding for capital projects.  Most recently, Andrew served as the Director of Development of Yedei Chesed, a Monsey-based organization which serves individuals with disabilities and their families.  He was the first person to ever hold this position, successfully creating and building the organization’s base of philanthropic support as well raising Yedei Chesed’s community profile to unprecedented levels. 

On a personal level, Andrew has trained dozens of Bar Mitzvah students.  Passionate about end-of-life issues, he has served on two chevrot kadisha and has provided assistance for the burial of indigent persons.  Andrew has also worked as both a volunteer and a chaplain for Jewish nursing homes, teaching Torah and helping individuals participate in essential rituals including Pesach Sedarim, bentching Lulav and Etrog, and putting on Tefilin.