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Meet The Judges

Judging Critera:

Judges will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the design provokes critical thought about the obligation to give, where to give, to whom and why.
  • The extent to which the design brings new relevance to the concept of tzedakah and the idea of the tzedakah box.
  • The potential to motivate people to expand their financial giving to include the developing world.
  • The design’s creativity and aesthetic appeal.

Meet the Judges:

Meet our prominent panel of thoughtful and renowned judges from the Jewish, design and philanthropy communities.

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    Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, The Wexner Foundation

    Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson is President of The Wexner Foundation.  She assumed the role of President on October 1, 2011. Since 2006 she served as Vice-President, Leadership Programs and was responsible for the programs, policies, and strategic planning for this major component of the Foundation's activities.

    Rabbi Abrahamson spent the early years of her career creating curriculum for Religious Schools and Informal Jewish Educational settings, particularly Jewish camping. Rabbi Abrahamson received her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, (HUC-JIR) Los Angeles, in 1983 and was ordained at HUC-JIR, New York, in 1985. She received her Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR in 2010. She has been invited to return as Alumna-in-Residence at both campuses. She has played a key leadership role in the Women's Rabbinic Network, co-chairing two of its conventions and was Scholar-in-Residence for the American Jewish World Service Rabbinic Student Delegation to Muchacuxcah, a small village in the Yucatan Peninsula. She has taught and lectured widely on issues surrounding career and parenting for Jewish professionals and has been published in magazines and journals including Moment, Shma and the CCAR Journal.  Rabbi Abrahamson is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award as the outstanding member of the professional Jewish community.

    Rabbi Abrahamson has served on the CCAR's Executive Board, Ethics Committee and Placement Task Force. A member of the Clinical Faculty of HUC-JIR, she also served on its Board of Governors. She was named as one of the nation’s 50 most influential rabbis by Newsweek in 2011.

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    Avery Budman, BBYO

    Avery Budman currently lives in Washington, DC and is the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for BBYO, Inc.'s International Office. Her work focuses on strategic communications planning and the recent launch of a new brand for the 87-year old organization, which reaches more than 30,000 teens annually, their families and 250,000 alumni. Originally from Charleston, SC, Avery attended the University of Maryland and received a BA in Communications. As a part of BBYO's Professional Development Institute, Avery received an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a Certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston.

    Avery Budman will be judging for the Student Track.

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    Allan Chochinov, Core77 and SVA

    Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, NYU, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, RIT, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.

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    Ryan Clifford, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

    Ryan Clifford teaches in MICA’s undergraduate Graphic Design program, is Faculty Director of the MICA Design Coalition and is graduate faculty in the Master of Arts in Social Design program. He serves as the Associate Director of MICA’s Center for Design Practice, a multi-disciplinary studio dedicated to preparing the next generation of design leaders through socially conscious projects using design to translate ideas into tangible outcomes with the goal of changing behaviors and making a positive impact on society. He is an advisor for Project M, an international social design initiative which is committed to helping young designers use their skills to create positive change in the world. He has also led yearly design intensive, community-based Project M Blitzes with MICA students in Greensboro, Alabama and Belfast, Maine.

    Prior to MICA, Ryan taught in the Undergraduate Graphic Design program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ryan has worked as a creative designer at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan where he was responsible for branding implementation, identity design and environmental graphics. He has also worked for Buck and Pulleyn and interned for Saatchi & Saatchi, where clients included Kodak and DuPont.

    His work has been recognized by the National Paperbox Association and the Rochester Advertising Foundation and in the following publications: How International Design Annual, Print Regional Design Annual and the book Indie Publishing.

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    Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Yale University

    Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, graphic designer and public artist.

    Ms. de Bretteville received a bachelors degree in art history from Barnard College where she has been named Distinguished Alumna, a bachelor and masters degrees in fine arts from Yale University where she has been given an endowed chair as Caroline M. Street Professor, and honorary doctorates from California College of Arts and Crafts, Moore College of Art and Otis College of Art and Design. She was designated "Design Legend" by the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 2006 and a  ‘Grandmaster by the New York Art Directors club in 2008.

    Sheila’s numerous award winning publications on art and culture include magazines, books and posters, among them Arts in Society, specia editions of the Aspen Times and Everywoman. Her Posters and fine press editions are in special collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art, London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and Paris' Centre Pompidou and exhibited at the Hammer Museum, MOCA, P.S. 1 and the Walker Art Museum. Sheila’s site specific work began with the first public art ordinances passed in 1985 and are permanently installed on both coasts of the United States and abroad, Among these installations are Biddy Mason: Time & Place and Omoide noShotokyo in Los Angeles, projects in New York, Boston, Rhode Island, Yekaterinburg, Russia and most recently in January of his year. . . 所以. . . an interactive LED environment in Hong Kong.

    In 1971, at Cal Arts, Sheila created the first women's design program. Two years later she co-founded the Woman’s Building and created its Women’s Graphic center in Los Angeles in 1973 where she taught until Sheila initiated and chaired the Department of Communication Design and Illustration from 1982- 1990 when she joined the Yale University School of Art faculty as its first tenured woman Professor, and named Caroline M. Street Professor of Art. She is pleased to be a Street professor because her work most often takes place in the street.

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    Dvora Joseph, Jim Joseph Foundation and Absolute Retun for Kids (ARK)

    Dvora Joseph became passionate about the health of African women and children while serving as a health volunteer for the Peace Corps in Gabon.  She currently lives in Africa where she works for a British NGO, Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), as Country Director, Mozambique.  Prior to ARK, Ms. Davey worked for eight years for an American NGO in Mozambique, Population Services International (PSI), as PSI's HIV Director.

    Ms. Joseph Davey grew up in California.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and French at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Master’s Degree in International Public Health from Columbia University.  Ms. Joseph Davey has been on the Jim Joseph Foundation Board of Directors since 2007 as a Family Director.  She works extensively with service organizations that provide Jews the opportunity to put into practice Tikum Olam. Dvora enjoys travelling, running and scuba diving. Dvora is married to Andrew Davey, and they have one son, Ayden.

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    Amelia Klein, Reboot

    Amelia Klein is the Associate Director for Reboot. She has a PhD in Jewish History and Cultural Memory. Her research focuses on the impact of the past on the present, how family history shapes individual identities and how video testimonies can help facilitate intergenerational dialogue. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she now lives in Philadelphia.

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    Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

    Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an organization that works to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in the developing world through grassroots social-change grantmaking, public policy advocacy, volunteer service and education about global justice within the Jewish community. Ms. Messinger assumed this role in 1998 following a 20-year career in public service in New York City.

    Considered a national leader in the movement to end the genocide in Sudan, Ms. Messinger has been called upon several times to advise President Obama about creating a sustainable path toward peace in that country. She has also served on the Obama administration's Task Force on Global Poverty and Development. Ms. Messinger has received honorary degrees and awards from four major American rabbinical schools and awards from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Women's Funding Network and the American Jewish Committee. In recognition of her leadership she has been named among the Forward's "50 Most Influential Jews of the Year" for nine years and, in 2011 was on the Jerusalem Post's "World's Most Influential Jews" list. Ms. Messinger is an active member of her congregation, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and has three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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    Max Schorr, GOOD

    Max Schorr is Co-founder and Chief Community Officer of GOOD, an award winning media company with integrated web, video, print and live platforms.

    As Founding Editor, Max developed the editorial vision for GOOD, which began as part of a generational impulse to create positive change. GOOD currently has over four million monthly visitors, 30 million online video streams and 680,000 Twitter followers. Recently, Max developed GOOD/Corps, an initiative to help businesses align their success with social impact.

    Recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the American Cancer Society, a member of the Japan Society's Innovators Network and a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Max has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and has spoken on issues of community, business and social change at The Commonwealth Club, NYU School of Journalism, Social Media Week, The Paley Center for Media, PSFK and elsewhere.

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    Jesse Shapins, Zeega and metaLAB (at) Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Jesse Shapins is a media theorist, documentary artist, and social entrepreneur whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Metropolis, PRAXIS and Wired, cited in books such as The Sentient City and Networked Locality, and been exhibited at MoMA, Deutsches Architektur Zentrum and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, among other venues. Through a hybrid practice of interactive design, public intervention, architectural theory, and experimental pedagogy, his work experiments in mapping the imagination and perception of place between physical, virtual and social space.

    He is the co-creator of: Zeega, a 2011 Knight News Challenge winner that is an open-source HTML5 platform for creating interactive documentaries and inventing new forms of storytelling; Yellow Arrow, a seminal project in locative media that involved cities, stickers, mobile phones, and participants in over 450 cities in 39 countries, transforming the urban landscape into a “deep map” that expresses the personal histories and hidden secrets that live within our everyday spaces; Mapping Main Street, a collaborative documentary with NPR that creates a new map of the country through stories, photos and videos recorded on actual Main Streets; Stadtblind, a gallery and urban research studio focused upon challenging the urban imaginaries of Berlin; and the UnionDocs Collaborative, a laboratory for documentary research and production in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

    Jesse is Co-Founder/Associate Director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, a new hub for innovation in arts, media and humanities at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Graduate School of Design. Jesse is also on the faculty of the Graduate School of Design, where he is an Instructor of Architecture

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    James Snyder, Israel Museum

    James S. Snyder has served as the Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum since 1996. During his tenure, the Museum has strengthened its international presence with an ambitious series of important loan exhibitions in Jerusalem and traveling exhibitions worldwide; continued to expand its holdings across all of its collecting areas; developed its network of International Friends organizations, now operating in fourteen countries worldwide; launched a campaign to double its endowment to $150 million; and undergone a series of upgrades and enhancements.

    Prior to his appointment at the Israel Museum, Snyder held a number of positions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, culminating as Deputy Director from 1986 to 1996. During his tenure at MoMA, he oversaw the Museum’s $60-million, 350,000-square-foot expansion completed in 1984. He also had significant organizational responsibility for such major international loan exhibitions as Henri Matisse: A Retrospective (1992) and Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective (1980).

    Snyder is a graduate of Harvard University and a Loeb Fellow of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. His publications include: Museum Design: Planning and Building for Art (Oxford University Press) in 1993; and RENEWED: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Campus Renewal Project (The Israel Museum) in 2011. In 2006, Snyder was awarded the Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) of the Republic of Italy; in 2010, he received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) of the French Republic; and, in 2011, he was awarded the Jerusalem Foundation’s Teddy Kollek Award for Significant Contribution to Jerusalem.

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    Aviva Werner, Behrman House

    Aviva Werner is an editor at Behrman House and former managing editor of BabagaNewz magazine. She is the author of Experience Modern Israel (Behrman House 2011) and her writing has appeared in both Jewish and secular educational magazines.

    Aviva Werner will be judging for the Student Track.

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    Stefanie Zelkind, Jewish Teen Funders Network

    Stefanie Zelkind is the Director of Youth Philanthropy at the Jewish Funders Network. In this capacity, Stefanie oversees the Jewish TEEN Funders Network, bringing together nearly 100 Jewish teen foundations and individual giving programs throughout North America. In these programs, teens learn by giving; participants identify issues they’d like to address, research nonprofit organizations working on these issues, review grant proposals and conduct site visits, and work through consensus to award grants – and all of this is done through a Jewish lens of texts, traditions, and values guiding their giving.

    Stefanie comes to JFN with nearly 10 years of professional experience in the Jewish communal sector. She has worked both in Israel and in the United States, having served as the National Field Director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), Director of International Affairs for Adam Teva V’Din: the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, and Program Manager at EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East. As a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Stefanie completed a double Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management and Judaic Studies at New York University.

    Stefanie Zelkind will be judging for the Student Track.