Our not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization runs in part as a cooperative. Members are actively engaged in Sholem’s management and operations. We have an active board of directors and a committee structure made up of volunteers.

Our paid staff consists of a school principal and our school personnel. We are affiliated with the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations.

Sholem’s Leadership 2018-2019

Board of Directors

  • Laurence Braude, President
  • Anne Kaufman, Vice President
  • Brian Reiff, Treasurer
  • Hugo Furth, Recording Secretary
  • Alan Blumenfeld
  • Sheila McCoy
  • Hillary St. George
  • Jan Goodman
  • Janis Pizer


  • Jason Howe | jason41@gmail.com | cell 415-595-9245
  • Anne Kaufman | annekaufman@sbcglobal.net | cell 213-407 5538 | landline 323-664-9809
  • Mila Marvizon | mila@sholem.org | cell 310-384-7534 | landline 310-839-4288


We function only as well as our committees. All committees are always in search of fresh ideas and energy. Volunteers are needed at all levels from idea generation through execution. Please get involved!


Adult Activities: Politics & Culture Plans activities for Sholem adults and members of the larger community. These may include lectures, forums, film screenings, book signings, social gatherings and more.
Adult Activities: Parent Programming Plans activities for Sholem parents. These include programming specifically designed for parents of children under 18, addressing issues such as education and parenting.
Community Holidays Subcommittees organize and produce Sholem’s observance of the New Year Festivals (Rosh Hashana, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur); our secular Passover seder; our annual Mother’s Day brunch; and other holiday celebrations as needed.
Membership Prepares and maintains registration, tuition, dues materials, and the roster.
Outreach Responsible for publicity, advertising, press relations, and social media.
School Coordinates teacher recruitment, hiring, and evaluation; assists the school principal with administrative tasks; and helps with curriculum development.
Social Action Organizes activities to influence the wider community and educate ourselves about issues consistent with Sholem’s progressive, ethical values.
Digital  Maintains and enhances Sholem’s website, www.sholem.org. Assists with email lists, social media, and various digital needs for other committees as necessary.