Staff

Yehuda NeubergerChairman
Nathan DiamentExecutive Director
Maury LitwackDirector of State Political Affairs and Outreach
Roslyn SingerDirector of Communications
Elliot SchreiberDirector of Field Operations
Karen Paikin Barall, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Jesse HervitzAssociate Director for Congressional Affairs
Jeff LebDirector of Political Affairs – New York State
Jake AdlerAssociate Director for Field Operations – New York
Michelle TwerskyAssociate Regional Director – Pennsylvania
Josh PruzanskyRegional Director – New Jersey
Arielle Frankston-Morris Associate Director of Community Engagement – New Jersey
Avigayil HellerCommunications Assistant
Sophie FelderLegislative Fellow
Devorah GoldmanLegislative Fellow
Melissa KatzAdministrator

nathan-diamentNathan J. Diament, Executive Director

Nathan J. Diament is the Executive Director for the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, where he develops and coordinates public policy research and initiatives on behalf of the traditional Jewish community. Nathan has testified before congressional committees and works closely with members of both political parties to craft legislation addressing religious liberty issues, education reform, family friendly social policies and life issues.

In 2009, Nathan was appointed by President Obama to serve as one of 25 members of the President’s Faith Advisory Council.

He is a co-editor of Tikkun Olam: Social Responsibility in Jewish Thought and Law (Aronson Press, 1997) and the author of articles and essays on issues including religion and state, constitutional law, social policy and international affairs. His writing has been featured in law journals as well as publications including The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, The Forward, and The Jewish Week and he has been a guest on CNN, FOX News, NPR and other broadcast media.

He is an honors graduate of Yeshiva University and the Harvard Law School.

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maury-litwackMaury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach

Maury Litwack directs a state-by-state plan for political action and advocacy in the OU’s many communities around the country, with a principal focus on seeking greater government support for Jewish day schools and their families in order to address the acute education affordability challenge the Orthodox community is facing.

In his prior role as National Deputy Director, Maury helped lead the OU’s federal advocacy efforts on key issues while working to mobilize and teach communities the importance of active civic engagement.

A recognized advocacy expert and author of The Capitol Plan, a comprehensive Washington advocacy strategy, Maury has worked with elected officials, municipalities and the OU on major aspects of their federal and state agendas during the last eight Congressional sessions. Maury’s thoughts on Washington politics are regularly quoted and have appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Politico and Forbes. Maury has been a contributor to a number of media outlets including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fox News, Orlando Sentinel, The Bergen Record, Business Insider and The Hill.

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roz-singerRoslyn Singer, Director of Communications

Roslyn Singer serves as the Director of Communications for the OU Advocacy Center. In this position, she oversees and directs all marketing and communication efforts for OU Advocacy, including media outreach, materials and collateral development, internal communications, web site management and social media. Roz comes to OU Advocacy with a background in both for-profit and non-profit PR/communications and has worked with several Jewish organizations on messaging and outreach. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Roz served as director of external relations for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and as an account director with Steinreich Communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Elliot Schreiber_croppedElliot Schreiber, Director of Field Operations

Elliot Schreiber oversees the grassroots operations and community outreach in New York and New Jersey. Prior to his joining the OU, Elliot served as Executive Director of the Jewish Leadership Coalition, a non-profit coalition in South Florida that advocates for school choice and greater government funding for Jewish Education. Elliot received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Touro College.

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karen-barallKaren Paikin Barall, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Karen Paikin Barall joined OU Advocacy in January 2014 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. In her role, Karen manages OU Advocacy’s efforts in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Karen served as Director of Maryland Government and Community Relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, where she organized the agency’s state and local legislative efforts, secured millions of dollars in state and local funding, and developed and executed successful grassroots advocacy programs. Before joining the JCRC, Karen served as a politically-appointed foreign affairs officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and as Special Assistant for Community Affairs to New York Governor George Pataki.

Karen has an extensive background in Jewish communal service and grassroots activity where she has actively served in leadership roles to encourage community activism. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lander College for Women of Touro College.

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jesse-hervitzJesse Hervitz, Associate Director for Congressional Affairs

Jesse Hervitz works to coordinate the OU’s Federal policy and advocacy initiatives in Congress. He previously served as OU Advocacy’s Associate Director for Political Affairs, in which he directed the OU’s government relations and outreach in Florida and Texas, organizing the Orthodox Jewish communities in those states in their advocacy efforts for increased funding for Jewish education. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Jesse served on the staffs of U.S. Senators Evan Bayh and Robert Casey and also was an OU Legislative Fellow. Jesse graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in political science.

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jeff-lebJeff Leb, New York State Director of Political Affairs

Jeff Leb works with New York State legislators to promote issues important to the New York Jewish community and is the face of the OU in Albany. In his first year with OU Advocacy, Jeff, together with OU Advocacy’s partners, succeeded in securing an increase of $14 million in state funding for private schools through the CAP and MSR reporting requirements, and approximately $4.5 million in security aid. Jeff also spearheads OU Advocacy-NY’s interfaith work.

Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Jeff served as the Chief Operating Officer of Otsar Family Services, where he doubled the organization’s private fundraising and increased governmental funding for Otsar’s programs for the developmentally disabled by 98 percent.

He is recognized as one of the premier Jewish political strategists in New York State, providing political candidates with targeted consulting and messaging services. Over the course of his career, Jeff has been involved in 95 political campaigns. He also serves as the president of the Peninsula Library Board in Lawrence, NY, and is the co-founder of Project Mazon, a charity that provides credit at supermarkets for needy families. He is a graduate of Queens College.

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Jake Adler_croppedJake Adler, Associate Director for Field Operations, New York

Jake Adler joined OU Advocacy in September 2013. In his role, he conducts community outreach and grassroots network building focusing on the Five Towns and Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the greater Monsey area. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Jake worked for New York City Councilman David G. Greenfield, where he worked his way up to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Jake managed the Council member’s budget portfolio and the budget operations of the Brooklyn delegation, assisting the Councilman and the delegation in securing millions of dollars in government funding for communal nonprofits, yeshivas and charitable organizations. He is a graduate of Touro College.

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michelle-twerskyMichelle Twersky, Associate Regional Director, Pennsylvania

Michelle Twersky works in partnership with the Kohelet Foundation and the Jewish leadership of the Keystone State to advance the needs of the Jewish community. In 2013, Michelle, together with OU Advocacy’s community partners, secured approximately $6.5 million for Jewish day schools from tax credit scholarship programs and $400,000 in security funding.

Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Michelle served as Government Relations Coordinator at SAR Academy, a private Jewish day school with a student body of more than 1,400 students in Riverdale, NY. Her responsibilities included overseeing the NYC Loan Certificate Program and NY State Mandated Services, and serving as the liaison to the New York City Committee on Special Education. During her time at SAR, Michelle increased SAR’s eligible funding under these programs significantly and developed many of the protocols and processes in use today to solicit and administer these programs.

Michelle graduated Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business with a B.S. in marketing.

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josh-pruzanskyJosh Pruzansky, Regional Director, New Jersey

Josh Pruzansky works with local and state legislators to raise awareness and advocate for the issues that are important to the New Jersey Jewish community. In 2013, Josh successfully secured $1.4 million in technology aid and $200,000 in nursing aid for Jewish day schools.

Josh has been involved in Jewish communal work for more than 20 years, beginning his career as the Executive Director of the Yeshiva of the Telshe Alumni in Riverdale. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Josh served as the New Jersey State Director at Agudath Israel, where he cultivated a relationship with the state’s political leadership in a bi-partisan fashion and successfully became a fixture in the State House. He has served as the Chairman of the Non-Public School Advisory Committee at the Department of Education and was a member of the Non Public Education Funding Commission, appointed by Governor Jon Corzine.

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arielle-frankston-morrisArielle Frankston-Morris, Associate Director of Community Engagement, New Jersey

Arielle Frankston-Morris works to increase Jewish political engagement in New Jersey and develops communal support for important legislation. Arielle is responsible for engaging with school and synagogue leaders, supporting community members as they meet their legislators, and spearheading a new Retiree Advocacy Project. Arielle graduated from Yeshiva University’s Stern College with a B.A. in English Literature and received her M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

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Avigayil Heller_croppedAvigayil Heller, Communications Assistant

Avigayil Heller works in collaboration with the entire OU Advocacy professional staff as the Communications Assistant. She is responsible for compiling and distributing the OU Advocacy newsletters, drafting press materials, fact sheets and one-pagers for OU Advocacy events, and updating content on the OU Advocacy web site as well as our social media outlets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dramatic literature from New York University and previously worked as an assistant at thelab, a media arts company.

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melissa-katzMelissa Katz, Administrator

Melissa Katz is the Administrator of OU Advocacy, located in Washington, D.C., providing high-level administrative support to the OU Advocacy Center. Prior to her joining the OU, Melissa spent nine years as the office manager and principal’s assistant for a Jewish day school in Maryland. She has gained a variety of skills from prior work experiences, including 12 years as owner and manager of Mail Boxes Etc., and conference and administrative expertise from working with small organizations.

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