Meet Our Board

FY19 Officers


Debra S. Weinberg

Chair of the Board

Debra S. Weinberg is Chair of the Board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She previously chaired The Associated’s Annual Campaign, Community Planning and Allocations, Israel and Overseas Committee and the Resource Development Cabinet. Professionally, Debra served as the Executive Director of ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute from 2005-2015. Prior to ACHARAI, she served for 10 years as the Director of The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development (DFI) at the Weinberg Center. Debra is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching certificate program, with particular interest in board development for not-for-profit organizations, and leadership development for volunteers and executives. She has also served as the international Chair of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI), and on the Hillel U Board of Advisors. She earned an M.A. in Modern Jewish History from the Baltimore Hebrew University and an M.S.W. from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work, with a certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Baltimore Institute for Jewish Communal Service (BIJCS), now separated into DFI and the Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI) at Towson. She is the 2015 recipient of the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service Award.

She is happily married to Joe Weinberg, her high school sweetheart and they have successfully raised three children, Jenna, Daniela and Ben, to be "upstanders."

Beth H. Goldsmith


Beth H. Goldsmith was born in Philadelphia, raised in Baltimore, and is a cum laude graduate of Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education from the Johns Hopkins University.

Beth’s involvement with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore began in 1978 when she joined Young Women’s Leadership and continued as she took on a series of campaign roles, from Worker Training to Super Phone Day Chair. She served as Women’s Campaign Chair for the 1986 Campaign. Beth, and her late husband, Harold Goldsmith, moved to Aspen, Colorado, in 1987 where she continued her community involvement as a member of the boards of The United Jewish Appeal Aspen Valley Campaign, and the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation. She also served as Chair of the Board of The Aspen Country Day School, and as President of Les Dames d’Aspen and the Aspen Youth Center. Returning to Baltimore in 2006, she became reengaged with The Associated through her work with the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership (CCEL), serving on its Executive Committee and Co-Chairing Chapter Two. After graduating from ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute, Beth served as General Campaign Chair for The Associated's 2012 Annual Campaign. She is a member of The Associated's Board of Governors and Board of Directors, and has served as Co-Chair for Israel and Overseas, chair of Philanthropic Planning and Services and most recently, Chair of Community Planning and Allocations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America, where she serves on the Development Cabinet. A member of the Board of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation, she is a Vice President for Development and serves on the Board of the Chizuk Amuno Foundation. Beth is Chair of the Board of Eastern Savings Bank and President of The Goldsmith Family Foundation.

Steven B. Fader

Chair, Annual Campaign

Steven B. Fader has served as the Chief Executive Officer of MileOne Autogroup since 1997. Under Steve’s leadership, MileOne has grown from $200 million in annual top line revenue in 1997 to almost $3 billion in 2017. During that time, the company successfully launched an umbrella brand – MileOne Autogroup – which includes the Hall Automotive Group serving the Tidewater area of Virginia and North Carolina, the Herb Gordon Automotive Group serving Washington, D.C. and the nearby Maryland suburbs, the Heritage Automotive Group serving the Baltimore metropolitan area and the MotorWorld Automotive Group serving Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

MileOne has grown to become one of the largest privately held automotive sales and service organizations in the United States encompassing 27 automobile brands and 72 franchises operating at 40 dealership locations.

Steven is also the Chief Executive Officer and board member of Hampton Roads Finance Group, a group of leasing and financing businesses focused on the automotive and home improvement spaces.

Steven is the founder of The Judi and Steven Fader Family Foundation, a multi-generational family philanthropic organization that has provided local, national, and global grants to benefit nonprofits and community members since 2006. He has also formed the Wheels for Change nonprofit organization which is dedicated to providing automotive solutions to nonprofit organizations who are challenged with transportation issues. Steven is the Chairman of Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.

He received a B.A. from Western Maryland College and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Ronald Attman

Chair, Community Planning and Allocations

Ronald Attman has worked with Acme Paper & Supply Co. for 50 years in a variety of roles, working his way up to a top leadership position. As the CEO of Acme Paper, Ronald oversees every aspect of his family-owned business. In 2017, Ronald was named one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs by the Daily Record and was subsequently recognized by the Daily Record with inclusion in their inaugural Icon Honors Award for leadership in the Baltimore business community.

Ronald has been an active leader in our community, serving on numerous boards and committees throughout his career – University of Maryland Hillel, Network Associates, Inc., Northwest Hospital and the Restaurant Association of Maryland. Most recently, Ronald served as President for Jewish Community Services.

Ronald is a lifelong Baltimorean who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. Ronald currently resides in Pikesville with his wife of 45 years, Stephanie. Ronald and Stephanie are actively involved in the lives of their four children and nine grandchildren.

Linda A. Hurwitz

Chair of Philanthropic Planning and Services and Immediate Past Chair of the Board

Linda A. Hurwitz served as The Associated’s Chair of the Board from 2016 – 2018. Linda now serves a dual role as Chair of Philanthropic Planning and Services as well as Co-Chair of the newly created Leadership Center. Linda has decades of experience with The Associated, serving as the 2009 Campaign Chair for The Associated and was the federation’s Young Women’s Leadership chair, Women’s Department Campaign chair, Major Gifts, New Gifts and Upgrade chair. Linda is a former chair of Planning and Allocations for The Associated. A founding co-chair of the Ashkelon Partnership with Baltimore, she has served as chair of The Associated’s Commission on Israel and Overseas. Linda has received all three of The Associated Young Leadership Awards. She is also a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School. Nationally, she served as National Campaign chair of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and is a former president and past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP), and recently served as JFNA’s National Training chair. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the ACHARAI: Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University in Education and earned a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Administration and Supervision of Education. Linda and Steven have been married for 34 years, are the proud parents of Lauren (David), Michael and Andrew and grandparents to Max, Nathan and Hannah.

Harel Turkel

Chair, Marketing

Harel Turkel is President and CEO of SOS Technology Group, a 14 year old Baltimore based technology firm specializing in IT Outsourcing and Security Services. Harel has been recognized by the Daily Record as “Successful by 40” and by SmartCEO as a “Future 50” Baltimore leader. Harel spent a gap year in Israel with Young Judea Year Course then graduated with a BS degree in International Business from Towson University and was a Wexner Heritage Graduate in 2009.

Harel is currently Vice President of Jewish Community Services, a member of the JFNA Young Leadership Cabinet, and an AABGU Zin Fellow. He has held various leadership roles in the Associated’s Impact division and most recently co-chaired The Associated Nachalah Men’s Israel leadership mission.

Harel lives in Pikesville with his wife Randi and their children Maia, Elan, and Ella.

Nina Rosenzwog

Chair, Associated Women

Nina Rosenzwog has served as chair of the Women's Campaign in 2016. Nina is a member of the National Women's Philanthropy Board of Jewish Federations of North America. A passionate advocate for Jewish communities in Israel and abroad, Nina also served as chair of the Baltimore-Ashkelon partnership and the Baltimore-Odessa partnership. Nina credits her first trip to Israel on an Associated mission 20 years ago with sparking her great love for the Jewish homeland.

Nina is also a strong proponent of the arts, following over 30 years as a performer. She is vice chair of the Jewish Community Center's arts council and a member of the JCC's board of directors. Previously, she served for many years on the board of the Macks Center for Jewish Education. Nina spent her professional career in the Baltimore City school system as a school psychologist for over three decades. She has volunteered as a counselor for the Girls Empowerment Mission (GEM), which supports high school girls from underserved communities, for 10 years. Nina is married to Stuart Rosenzwog and is the mother of Alex Rosenzwog and Stephen Knable. She is also the proud mother-in-law of Talya Knable and GiGi to Jack Knable.

Ronnie Footlick

Chair, Women’s Campaign

Ronnie Footlick was born in Philadelphia, but raised in Baltimore and educated at the University of Maryland. After college, she became a social worker for Baltimore County Social Services in pre-adoptive care (the heyday for adoptions). Later while raising her own children, Ronnie was an active volunteer in their schools' PTAs and that subsequently set her off on a lifetime of volunteerism.

In 1973, Ronnie started working in the OB-GYN clinic at Sinai Hospital and, over the course of the next 45 years, she has chaired every lay board on the Sinai Auxiliary, the Sinai Hospital Board, as well as becoming the only female board chair of LifeBridge Health. She has often joked that it took her 30 years to get from the basement to the boardroom. At the same time, she was an active participant in the many programs of The Associated. She and her daughters, Leslie Schaller and Randi Settleman, co-chaired the Signature Lion of Judah event and Ronnie has worked on the women’s campaign for the last 30 years.

Her favorite role was as vice-chair of Jewish Vocational Services (now a program area at Jewish Community Services) because of the immediate results the agency achieved in helping wage earners secure new positions, which, in turn, saved families.

Ronnie's other passion has been her family business where she has been Director of Human Resources for almost 45 years. But she is also very engaged with her five grandchildren who have supported her volunteer efforts, while thinking she may be a little obsessive!

Robert Russel

Chair, Audit

Robert Russel has recently retired as President of R & H Motor Cars. Robert has chaired numerous committees at The Associated and currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of both the Board of Governors and Board of Directors. In addition to his work at the Associated, Robert is a board member of LifeBridge Health.

A long-time member of Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Robert and his wife, Irene, have two children, Becky Brenner and David Russel, and are proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

Fritzi K. Hallock


Fritzi K. Hallock serves as Vice President of The Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, Treasurer of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, chair of the Finance Committee of The Associated, and member of the Investment Management Committee of the Jewish Community Investment Fund.

Prior to these current roles, Fritzi has been active in most every part of The Associated. Highlights of her involvement began in 1984 as a Big Sister through the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister League, and include being a recipient of the Harry Greenstein Young Leadership Award in 1998 and serving as a president of CHAI - Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. 2006-2008. In addition to her volunteer positions with The Associated, Fritzi currently serves as a Director and Vice President of the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation, Inc.; is a member of the Cardiovascular Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins University Heart and Vascular Institute; and is a member of the Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. Professionally, Fritzi serves as co-head and Chief Investment Officer of The Greenland Corporation.

Fritzi is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Urban Studies. She and her husband of 25 years, Bob, are proud residents of Baltimore City. Together they have three children and one grandson.

Bruce S. Hoffberger, President

President, Associated Jewish Charities

Bruce is the principal and sole member of Hoffberger Consulting, LLC. His efforts are focused on providing business consulting services to not-for-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Formerly the chief financial officer of the National Aquarium, Bruce’s responsibilities included finance and accounting, legal and administrative affairs, risk management, and contractual and banking relationships. Before joining the National Aquarium, he was treasurer and chief financial officer of the Enterprise Foundation, Inc. (now called Enterprise Community Partners), an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization focused on supportive housing. Prior to that, he was vice president and chief financial officer of Zurich Personal Insurance, a business unit of Zurich Group, and audit partner with Ernst & Young. In addition, as a certified public accountant, he has actively worked with not-for-profit organizations as a volunteer and as an independent financial consultant.

A lifelong Baltimore-area resident, Bruce earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Miami. He and his wife, Caren, live in Pikesville with their children, Corie and Bret, and their rescued cats.

Bruce has volunteered and held offices in various not-for-profit institutions for more than 40 years, including The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the Accounting and Information Assurance Advisory Board for the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Maryland Chapter, Sinai Hospital, the Jewish Volunteer Connection and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.

He is a past president of the Hoffberger Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to responding to unmet needs in the greater Baltimore community and supporting initiatives in Israel.

Michele Lax

Immediate Past President, Associated Women

Michele Lax has been involved at the Associated since she moved here 30 years ago. Most recently, she served as the Women’s Campaign Chair in 2013-14, and serves on the Associated Women’s Executive Committee and The Associated’s Board of Directors. She is a past president and a Board member of the Pearlstone Center. She was the founding co-chair of the Hadassah Brandeis Book Club and continues to play an active role. Ms. Lax is a past board member for the Baltimore Jewish Council, a past board member for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and is involved with AIPAC. She and her husband have chaired numerous fundraisers together for such organizations as LifeBridge Health, Beth Tfiloh Congregation and the Jewish National Fund. For 22 years, she was part owner and board member of Autronic Plastics, Inc. In a former life, Ms. Lax worked as a corporate attorney in New York City at Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, in Baltimore at Whiteford, Taylor and Preston and as the managing partner of Mehlman and Lax.

Michele is the mother of three – Ariel, who currently lives in NYC, works for Google and is getting married this coming year; Zack, who just moved back to Baltimore after graduating from Wharton and is joining his father's investment advisory team at Deutche Bank; and Julia who is a rising junior in high school at Roland Park Country School this fall and is participating in the Diller teen leadership program this year. Her husband, best friend and underwriter is Barry Garber. Her hobbies include yoga, cooking, reading and golf.

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