Bruce Arbit - Board Chair
Bruce A. Arbit has served as Chairman of the Pincus Fund Board since October 2012. Mr. Arbit has held many leadership positions locally, in his home community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, nationally and internationally. Locally he has served as President, Campaign Chair and Treasurer of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. He has served on the Boards of his local JCC, Day School, and Community Relations Council. Nationally he has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Jewish Federations of North America, JDC, JTA and the Habonim-Dror Foundation and is a past Chairman of the United Israel Appeal. Arbit is a member the Board of the Tel Aviv Education and Culture Company and of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors, where he chairs the Government Relations Committee.
Mr. Arbit is founder and Co-Managing Director of A.B. Data, Ltd., a direct marketing and political consulting firm, which works closely with a number of Jewish organizations and political campaigns. He also serves as Chairman of the Boards of Integrated Mail Industries and Asset Development Group.
Tova Dorfman is the Director of the Steinhardt Family Foundation in Israel. In that capacity, she oversees the provision of assistance to a variety of nonprofits operating in the area of children and youth at risk and has forged significant partnerships among other philanthropic foundations, public agencies and nonprofits in a number of far-reaching educational and social ventures. Until recently, she served as the co-chair of the Forum of Foundations in Israel, a professional network of over 100 philanthropic foundations operating in Israel. Among the projects in which Tova has played a leading role in establishing and steering is Birthright Excel. Previously, Tova directed the Israel and Overseas Department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, based in Israel. In her years of representing the Detroit Jewish community in Israel, she has initiated a variety of projects and programs to foster relationships between Detroit Jews and Israelis, culminating in the pivotal role she played in shaping that community’s relationship with the Central Galilee in the context of Partnership 2000. Currently, she advises the Federation leadership on special projects.
Raised in Oak Park, MI, Tova pursued her undergraduate and graduate education in Los Angeles, receiving a BA in International Relations from UCLA and an MA in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism. She settled in Israel in 1984 and worked until 1993 for “Melitz” – The Center for Jewish Zionist Education in Jerusalem.
Throughout her professional career, Tova has always been at the forefront of innovative, creative programming and has been singularly successful in involving key individuals and institutions, who provide an invaluable synergy, in all of these programs. Tova lives with her husband Raviv Schwartz and their two sons, Matan and Yaniv outside of Tel Aviv.
Yehoyashev (Shivi) Froman joined the Pincus Fund for Jewish Education’s Board in 2014. Mr. Froman’s career has been filled with a wealth of experiences. From 2013-2015 Mr. Froman served as a consultant to former Minister of Education, Rabbi Shai Peron. Mr. Froman was appointed by Minister Peron to the Pincus Fund Board, where he represents the Ministry of Education, a founding partner of the Fund.
Prior to joining Minister Peron’s team, Mr. Froman worked as an educator in an array of educational frameworks including, among others a pre-army preparatory course, a college for education, as a teacher for children with special needs and as part of the IDF’s Nativ program for new immigrant soldiers.
Mr. Froman served in the Israel Defense Force and received the President’s Prize for Excellence as an officer in 2000. He holds a BA in Integrating the Arts in Special Education from Tel Hai College and has been involved in a large number of social activism projects.
Andrew Groveman - Past Board Chair
Andy is a Principal of Belz Enterprises, a family-owned, multi-faceted real estate and investment company based in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy is also involved with many local, national and international boards. In Memphis, Andy is Past President of the Memphis Jewish Federation and has served as a Past President of Baron Hirsch Congregation and two Orthodox Jewish day schools in Memphis. Nationally, Andy serves on the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He is Chairman of the United Israel Appeal (UIA), and is a Trustee of Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University. Internationally, he is on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and Chairman of its Companies Bureau and IEF Companies Committee. He also is a Past Chairman and current Board member of the Pincus Fund, an Israel-based endowment fund dedicated to Jewish education, and is on the Executive Committee of the American and International Societies for Yad Vashem. He is President and Founder of the International Center for Jewish Peoplehood.
Andy and his wife Jan have been married for 38 years and have two children, daughter Ariel who is married to Josh Weiner, and son Adam who is married to Julie Krausz. They are proud grandparents to five grandchildren, Ilan, Yael and Meirav Weiner, and Liam and Shane Groveman.
Mark Mellman is one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists. Recently named “Pollster of the Year” for the third time by the American Association of Political Consultants, he is CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups. Even Doonesbury has gotten into the act, labeling Mellman a “Prince of Polling.”
The Mellman Group counts among its clients the Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate and the Democratic Whip in the House (Leader Harry Reid, Whip Steny Hoyer). In addition, Mellman has helped guide the campaigns of some twenty-nine U.S. Senators, eleven Governors and over two dozen Members of Congress.
Mellman also serves as consultant to many of the nation’s most important public interest organizations ranging from The National Education Association, to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Government agencies, including the Department of Justice, the World Bank and the State Department have also sought Mellman’s guidance. Mellman’s corporate clients include Intuit (the makers of Quicken), Coca Cola, and MGM Resorts.
Mellman received his undergraduate degree from Princeton, and graduate degrees from Yale University, where he taught in the Political Science department. He has served as a consultant on politics to CBS News, a presidential debate analyst for PBS, and Mellman’s op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times, among other leading papers and he writes an influential weekly column for The Hill, the newspaper for and about Congress.
Born in Donetsk, in the former Soviet Union, Natan Sharansky was a leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to emigrate to Israel, and a spokesman for the human rights movement. After filing a request to make aliyah, Mr. Sharansky was arrested and served nine years in the Gulag. Following massive public campaigns by world Jewry and officials of Western countries, he was released and immediately made aliyah. During his first years in Israel, he established the Zionist Forum to assist in absorption of Soviet olim. In the 1990s, he established the Yisrael B’Aliyah party. He served in four successive Israeli governments.
Mr. Sharansky has written three bestselling books, and is the recipient of the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2009, he was elected Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, and is a member of the Pincus Fund Board.