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Brooklyn Jewish
Historical Initiative


The Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative (BJHI) welcomes input from diverse segments of the local and international community and is committed to engaging stakeholders in the project’s formation and development. As such The Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative is advised by a community and a scholarly advisory council, representing a range of voices.


HOWARD TEICH, Founding Chair. The Howard Teich Network, President.
SARINA ROFFE, Co-Chair & CEO. Sephardic Heritage Project, President

JOSEPH DORINSON, Sr. Vice-Chair. Professor of History, Long Island University.
RON SCHWEIGER, Vice-Chair. Brooklyn Borough Historian.
ELLEN LEVITT, Secretary. Author, Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn.
RITA SCHWARTZ, Treasurer. Former Commissioner. NYC Department of the Aging

Advisory Council

Martha Foley, Archival and Historical Consultant
James Goldman*, Former Dean, NYC College of Technology
Judith R. Greenwald, Historian and Archivist, Kane Street Synagogue
Oscar Israelowitz, Israelowitz Publishing Owner, Author and Tour Guide
Carol Levin, Historian, Kane Street Synagogue
Hon. Michael Nelson, Former NYC Councilmember
Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director, United Jewish Organization
Rabbi Gary Pollack, President, Bensonhurst COJO


Raul Rothblatt, Co-producer, MJHI Brooklyn Mishpucha
Diane Witek, BJHI Web Designer