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Executive Director

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Deborah Kardon Schwartz.  Debbie comes to Action for Post Soviet Jewry from a career in Jewish community service, including as Director of the Leadership Program of the Eli& Bessie Cohen Camps, a teacher of Holocaust education at Temple Beth Elohim, and Director of Family Education and Congressional Life at Temple B’nai Torah.

Debbie takes over from Judy Patkin, who has been the Executive Director of Action since the early ‘70s, when the plight of Soviet Jews became a prominent cause.  Judy entered into a relationship with the community of Dnepropetrovsk in Eastern Ukraine, founding the Adopt-a-Bubbe program and other efforts to help indigent Jews in that region.  Working closely with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, she helped create a network of coordinators who brought humanitarian help to these often isolated and ill Jews.

When Judy came to the Board and asked us to find a replacement for her after so many decades of service, we could hardly imagine anyone who could take her place.  We were delighted to find Debbie, who shares Judy’s passion for Jewish life and has a lot of organizational and leadership skills that will allow Action to move to the next stage in its history.

Professional Staff

Marina Javits,   Program Associate

Galina Zilberstein,  Program Associate

APSJ's Partners in Ukraine

Tania Sidelkovsky, APSJ Adopt-a-Bubbe/Zayde and Warm House Coordinator

Yakov (Yan) Sidelkovsky, Boston Ambassador, Israel and Global Jewish Citizenship, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Zelig Brez, Executive Director, The Dnipro Jewish Community

18 Community Care Coordinators

APSJ's Partners in Eastern Europe


Faina P. Polei, Community Care Coordinator


Rabbi Yoseph Abelsky, Community Care Coordinator


Rabbi Sholom Krinsky, Community Care Coordinator


Dr. Maxim Osipov, Tarusa Hospital-Medical Supplies 

Board of Directors

Barbara Karchmer, President

Carol Clingan, Vice President  

Robert Gordon, Treasurer

Barbara Anatolev, Clerk

Robert Gordon, Founder Emeritus

Zale Anis

Mila Bronstein 

Susan Brown

Sergey Broude

Evgenia Doktor

Tatyana Goldwyn

Melinda Harrison

Shirley Hurwitz

Roz Kaplan

Boris Katz

Robert Strassler

Nathan Vogel

Board Meetings 2020-2021

We meet the second Tuesday of the month, with the exception of January and July.

Aug 11, 2020 07:30 PM Dec 8, 2020 07:30 PM Apr 13, 2021 07:30 PM
Sep 8, 2020 07:30 PM Jan 10, 2021 09:30 AM-12:30 PM Strategic Planning May 11, 2021 07:30 PM   Budget Meeting
Oct 13, 2020 07:30 PM Feb 9, 2021 07:30 PM June 8, 2021  07:30 PM   
Nov 10, 2020 07:30 PM Mar 9, 2021 07:30 PM June 22, 2021  07:30 PM     Budget approval 
Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782