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2009 GA Co-Chairs

Dede (Diane) Shaff Feinberg, a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, currently serves on the Executive Committees of UJC and UIA and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel. She remains active in her home community, having chaired the highly successful Israel@60: A Capital Celebration on the National Mall. She has won awards and honors for her communal volunteer work.

Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney and one of the nation's foremost mediation specialists, has been an adjunct law professor at several leading law schools including Columbia University, Georgetown University, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former Administrator of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation fund, appointed by the Attorney General of the United States. President Obama recently named Ken Special Master for Executive Compensation, Department of the Treasury, charging him with vetting compensation for executives of large corporations that have received federal bailout funds. He has been a speaker at the UJC International Lion of Judah Conference and for Federations around the country. Ken often provides counsel on issues of importance within the Jewish community.

2009 International Chair

Leonid Nevzlin is a world-renowned businessman whose remarkable philanthropic work has extended from his native Russia to the State of Israel, where he made aliyah in 2003.

In Israel, Mr. Nevzlin established the NADAV Fund which continued his philanthropic activity in the Jewish world started in Russia. NADAV Fund supports initiatives that strengthen Jewish Peoplehood, build substantive and pluralistic Jewish identity, and create lasting connections among Jews the world over.

Mr. Nevzlin’s first project in Israel was the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which was later networked to similar centers in Moscow, Vilnius and Kiev.

In 2004, Mr. Nevzlin joined with the Government of Israel in creating a rescue package to help preserve Beth Hatefutsoth, the Diaspora Museum, in Tel Aviv. He chairs its International Board of Governors. In collaboration with prominent figures in Israeli society and Jewish communities from around the world, he is working to make Beth Hatefutsoth a vibrant world class museum dedicated to telling the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish People.

Mr. Nevzlin is also a major supporter of Masa Israel Journey, a project of UJC/Federations and the Jewish Agency, as well as Birthright Mifgashim and Taglit – Yahad projects, which facilitates meetings between Birthright participants from different parts of the world and their Israeli peers.

Mr. Nevzlin also serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Board of Trustees of Keren Hayesod – the United Israel Appeal.

Back in Russia, Mr. Nevzlin served as the president of the Russian Jewish Congress and established the Moscow Jewish Cultural Center and the International Center for Russian and East European Jewish Studies. He also worked to develop numerous Jewish educational programs in partnership with ORT, the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC and the Holocaust Fund.

Among the high-ranking posts he has held in the private sector, Mr. Nevzlin was first deputy chair of Bank MENATEP, first deputy chair of YUKOS Oil; and deputy director of the news agency, ITAR TASS,, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; and Rector of the Russian State University for Humanities.

2009 GA Host Community Co-Chairs

Michael Gildenhorn is a managing director of Chevy Chase Trust and former president of Asset Management, Inc. He has 23 years of investment management experience. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he earned a degree in Economics, and he received his law degree from George Washington University. Michael is a trustee of the United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and past president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

Cathy Zachs Gildenhorn was born in Columbus, Ohio but has lived in the Washington, DC area for more than 20 years. She is on the board of the Kingsbury Day School and serves on the Florence Melton Adult Mini School Advisory Committee. She has served on the Boards of Adas Israel Congregation, Jewish Social Service Agency and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Cathy has also served as Presidential Appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan and Emory University School of Law.

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