AFCLI leadership

AFCLI is honored to have so many experienced and highly-respected professionals serving on its Board of Directors.


Lou Balcher, AFCLI National Director

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Albert Algazi

Albert Algazi was born in Cairo, Egypt the year of Israel’s birth, 1948. His family left Egypt in early 1966 as a young teenager with his family. In Cairo, he attended French Catholic schools as a Jew in the Muslim country. He is the oldest of 5 siblings and currently resides in Yardley Pennsylvania and Sunny Isles, Florida. He speaks French and Arabic fluently and learned to understand the Moslem Arab culture.

Mr. Algazi is a licensed professional engineer with more than 40 years experience in the transportation industry managing bridge projects. He has several Engineering and Management Master Degrees. Mr. Algazi was the President of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) for 12 years for the NE Region and for 6 years was one of 8 National Directors on the ASHE National Board.

He recently served as National monitor for the 2017 National conference in New York City. Albert Algazi is involved with various Jewish and Christian organizations who support the state of Israel unconditionally. They include the ZOA, Friends of Israel, CUFI (Christians United For Israel), Israel Forum at the Synagogue, American Friends of Kaplin Medical Center, and more. Albert is married to Judee, a former teacher, with two sons Jonathan and Jason and two beautiful daughters in law, Wendy and Jackie and three gorgeous grandchildren, Jordyn, Alexis, and Ethan.

Jerome Baxley

Jerome Baxley is Co-Chair of the AFKMC Brick-by- Brick Campaign to build the new Kaplan Cardiac Center. Following is a bio as only Jerome could share: Born on July 15, 1947.   Mother was the only secretary at Baxley BlowPipe Co., so I came back to work with her when I was 2 weeks old and stayed in the bottom right drawer of her desk.  I have been at work at Baxley ever since.   

Graduated from Dothan High School in 1965.  Attended the University of Alabama until I realized that you don’t go to college to get smart; you go because you are already smart.  And if you ain’t smart when you get there, you won’t be smart when you leave.  So I came back home and went to work with Daddy.    Married in July of 1966 and left for Parris Island in December of same year.  Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire!   Spent three years in the Marines.  A year and half in Force Recon where I attended Jump School with the Army, Underwater Swim School with the Navy Seals, Ranger School with a mixture of forces and USMC Advanced Demolitions Schools where I really had a good time. 

Spent part of 1968 and 1969 in Viet Nam where I experienced God’s protection in a mighty way.   Discharged in Dec. 1969 as an E5 Sargent.  They wanted me to sign up for 4 more years and was going to promote me to E6 but the way I handle bureaucracy I figured I’d be a buck private before I got my first pay increase, so I headed home.  

Started back to work in 1970 and have been here ever since.  Trying to retire since I turned 70 in July of 2017 but can’t seem to do it very well.   All I’ve ever done in my life is work and it’s hard to stop.  

Married with three children, four grandsons, four granddaughters.  My two sons work with Baxley BlowPipe and my daughter is office manager for the Trailer Division.  We live in a log house I built myself with help from my (at the time) 72 year old Daddy.    I attend First Baptist Church of Headland and teach Sunday School occasionally.  Saved at age 7 and started living for the Lord at age 36.  Twenty Nine years wasted.   

A member of Gideons International.  Past State President for three years and six years on the International Convention Committee.  Been to numerous countries on Scripture distributions and have had the blessing of personally handing thousands of copies of God’s Word to school kids, police, military and people in hospitals around the world. 

Have had the pleasure of going to Israel working at Kaplan Medical Center for 6 years and have developed some great relationships with some of the staff.  Also blessed by being able to donate many rocket shelters in a number of areas around Israel to help protect God’s people during terrorist attacks by those who don’t know Him.

Col. Ken Brier

Col. Brier is currently a partner in Castle Drawbridge, LLC, a real estate development company. Prior to his current position, he founded and served as Chairman of the Board and President of Sealord, LLC and Sealord Holdings, Inc.

He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, Ohio University (Bachelor of Arts), Southern Methodist University (Master of Business Administration) and Harvard University (Master of Public Administration).

He has provided service to our country as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and as a Humanitarian and Refugee Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He has been a lecturer (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), an Assistant Professor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and an Associate Adjunct Professor (Drexel University.)

He has received the following honors and awards: The Bronze Star Medal, Us Army Desert Storm; The Legion of Merit Medal, US Army; Peierre Andre Scholar; Honors College Fellow; The Humanitarian Service Medal, US Army; Ohio Fellow; Cutler Fellow; Omicron Delta Kappa Society and the Blue Key Society.

Heidi Krizer Daroff


Cheryl Dorchinsky


Amb. Zion Evrony

Zion Evrony is currently a 2018-2019 Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of America.

Most recently serving as the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See (2012-2016), Zion Evrony has held several distinguished diplomatic positions in Israel and abroad, including serving as Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, as consul general in Houston, Texas, and as head of the Policy Planning Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Evrony joined the Foreign Service in 1973 after three years of military service and briefly worked as a journalist. Evrony frequently publishes and gives lectures on topics including the Middle East, Israel, the peace process, Jewish-Catholic dialogue, and Israel-Vatican relations. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

His publications include: “What’s Next for Jewish Catholic Ties” (The Times of Israel, 2015); “The Menorah and the Cross” (The Times of Israel, 2013); “Human Rights in International Relations” (Open University Press, 2011); “From Ireland to Israel” (The New York Times, 2010).

In 2000, he received Israel’s Foreign Service Award and the Civil Service Award for Excellence in recognition of his work as consul general in Houston. In 2015, he received a Vatican award in recognition of his service as ambassador.

Evrony earned a doctorate in international relations, a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science, all from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is married and has three children.

William Franklin


Steven L. Friedman

Steven L. Friedman is an attorney practicing in the area of corporate and commercial litigation. He has handled matters involving trade secrets, antitrust, securities, trademark and patent infringement including ANDA under Hatch Waxman, RICO, class action and corporate control and takeover/proxy fights, and breach of contract as well as other areas of corporate and commercial litigation.

He has appeared before federal and state courts throughout the United States representing clients in both jury and bench trials.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Friedman served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Samuel Roberts of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Mr. Friedman has extensive involvement in business and political activities in Israel. He has served and continues to serve as a legal and personal adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has served as general counsel to the Likud Party of Israel in the United States.

A member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations, Mr. Friedman is a 1971 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a cum laude graduate of Yale University.


Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg


Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg

Rabbi Gruenberg is the president of the Bucks County Board of Rabbis and a member of the national UJC rabbinic cabinet. He is a regional and national “up and coming” community leader, with strong Israel credentials.

Adriana Haimovitz-Friedman


Rabbi Scott Hoffman


Jonathan Kaufman

Dr. Kaufman earned his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the US government for 30 years, first serving as a senior scientist for the US Navy, conducting research into human respiratory and thermal physiology. Subsequently, he managed international research efforts addressing defense against chemical and biological weapons for the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

He is currently involved in enhancing biodefense for the US Department of Homeland Security. In 2011, Dr. Kaufman served as co-chair with the Israel Institute of Biological Research for an international workshop held in Israel on multidisciplinary approaches to chemical and biological defense. Perhaps most importantly, he met his future wife in Arad during a year-long program WJUS program in Israel in 1978.

Sigal Nehemiah


Lana Pinkenson

Lana is a community activist, synagogue leader, and philanthropist.

She is a recognized leader for Philadelphia’s chapter of American Friends of Ben Gurion University, and personally supports a number of synagogues and other Jewish causes in Greater Philadelphia.


Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Rabbi Potasnik is the Executive Vice President of The New York Board of Rabbis, the largest interdenominational rabbinic body in the world.

Since 1972, he has been the spiritual and educational leader of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, New York. He is presently Rabbi Emeritus. He has served as Chaplain of the New York City Fire Department since 1999. Rabbi Potasnik maintained a high profile, helping many families cope with the disaster of September 11th, 2001.

Rabbi Potasnik is the co-host along with Deacon Kevin McCormack of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, of “Religion on the Line,” which airs every Sunday morning on WABC Talk Radio, 770 AM, from 7:30 to 9AM. It is the longest running radio show in the history of WABC. Rabbi is the religious commentator for 1010 WINS Radio, succeeding the late Rabbi Marc Tannenbaum. He is the host of the TV program Faith to Faith on Jewish Broadcasting Service (“JBS”), which is seen around the country and invites people of all faiths to participate in meaningful conversation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

He was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and reappointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Campaign Finance Board. He also served as a member of the New York Human Rights Commission, and Chaplain of the New York Press Club. Rabbi Potasnik was awarded the Jan Karski Humanitarian Award 2014 by the Polish Consulate, named in honor of a Polish patriot, a Catholic, and hero of the Polish Resistance. He also received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2014.

Rabbi Potasnik has published numerous articles in local Brooklyn newspapers, assorted Jewish newspapers and the New York Post. He also authored the Forward for “The Illustrated Jewish Bible for Children.” He is completing a new book, “Just Give Me a Minute” which will contain many of his featured commentaries on 1010Wins. In 2013, he was selected by the Forward Newspaper as one of the 50 most inspiring Rabbis.

Rabbi Potasnik received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva College, and his Master of Science from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. In 1972, he was ordained from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. In addition, in 1986 he received his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is the proud father of 30-year-old Harrison Potasnik.


Joseph Puder

Mr. Puder is a native Israeli and widely read columnist. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the InterfaithTaskforce for American and Israel (ITAI). Among other roles in the Jewish community, Mr. Puder was the Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress, Philadelphia Region, and former Fundraising Director for B’nai B’rith District Three.


Rabbi Jonathan Rosenbaum

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenbaum is a specialist in Biblical history, the paleography and epigraphy of ancient Semitic languages, and American Jewish history. He has served as a rabbi in Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox congregations.

Prior to his nomination to the Board, Rabbi Rosenbaum has accepted the role of Co-Chair (along with Annette Sutter) of the Educational Supervisory Committee for the ‘Brick-by-Brick’ National Awareness Campaign.


Rabbi Joan Pitzele Sacks


Steven Schimmel


Robert Schwartz


Jacob Segal


Guy Shalem

Guy Shalem is an Israeli born, award-winning, TV, commercial, and music video director, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. He produced and directed several half-hour comedy pilots: With a Bullet for VH-1, Life of Leisure for ABC, and The Roxy for NBC. He also directed the feature film Cook-Off! co-written and starring Wendi Mclendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) which premiered at the Aspen Comedy Film Festival. For Lionsgate TV, Guy created the cult comedy series Lovespring International which aired on Lifetime, starring Jane Lynch in her first TV leading role.

Guy had three overall studio deals with FOX, 20th TV Studios and Buena Vista.

No stranger to reality television, Guy directed several reality pilots and served as Supervising Producer on the shows God or the Girl and Instant Beauty Pageant, which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy. He consulted on The Real World for Bunim/Murray and created REX, a semi-scripted pilot that became a viral sensation, starring Simon Rex, Paris Hilton, Jamie Presley, Victor Garber, Geoffrey Arend, Brian Huskey, and Lance Bass.

In 2011, Shalem had the honor of directing Betty White in her Emmy nominated NBC show Off Their Rockers and a couple of years later, created the Fall into me digital romance franchise which sold to A&E studios and is produced by Propagate Content. Guy is currently in development on a half-hour-pilot for Keshet Internernational.

Lately, Guy partnered with Bryan Singer to develop a feature documentary and an experimental short film called Ronny & I (Cannes 2013). The film, which was shot entirely on an iPhone, is hailed as a revolutionary step in first-person story and since then have been developing premium cutting-edge content curated for Gen Z and Millennials. He’s currently wrapping up production on a new docusoap for All3Media and Little Dot Studios in London.

One of Guy’s early contributions to the Jewish community was filming and producing an Israel travel music-video promotional documentary for the 10th Anniversary of Israel Encounter — national young professionals tour. Guy looks forward to similarly helping Kaplan Medical Center with his Hollywood experience of creative video production with impact.


Linda Simon


Elliot Weinstein

Elliott Weinstein is the President/CEO of Weinstein Realty Consultants, a Pennsylvania based boutique real estate advisory firm specializing in real estate property assessments and taxes. The firm has its roots as a real estate appraisal firm, which included Elliott having earned the coveted MAI designation, the leading designation in the field of commercial, industrial, and investment real estate valuation. Elliott earned his B.S. in Marketing and M.S. in Accounting from Penn State in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Most recently, he was appointed to the Penn State Board of Trustees by Governor Tom Wolf, with his 3-year term concluding in 2018.

Elliott’s primary passion is beyond real estate and Penn State, but for Jewish philanthropy, and for a Jewish renaissance. He has served on the board of Penn State Hillel since 2003, and as its past Board chair. He is also on the national board for Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and Israel Bonds, with a strong interest in Hillel International. Though not a philanthropy, he also currently serves the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on its national council, lobbying frequently on Capitol Hill in D.C.

Beyond real estate, Penn State, and Jewish philanthropy is his closeness for family. Elliott’s wife of 39-years, Sue, shares the same community passions; with children Elana, Ethan and Joshua, also carrying forward Dor L’Dor, along with favorite son-in-law, Ken. But the most important people in Elliott’s life are his two grandchildren, Madison and Noah, who teach Elliott the meaning of unconditional love. When not loving his family, Elliott also loves riding his bicycle, particularly in Israel, having completed 5-Israel rides with the Arava Institute and Hazon, and soon to hopefully complete his 6th ride.


Joseph Zuritsky

Joseph S. Zuritsky was literally born into the parking industry. At age 15, Mr. Zuritsky began working the parking lots of the family owned business, founded by his parents, Herman and Lee Zuritsky, in the late 1920s. Starting as a cashier and advancing to General Manager, he learned the business from the ground up.

Over the years, Mr. Zuritsky has consulted and partnered with municipalities, public and private corporations, not-for-profit entities and institutions. His remarkable depth of parking knowledge and real estate development makes him one of the industry’s foremost experts in parking management and development. Mr. Zuritsky’s varied experience and extraordinary reputation have helped him to forge close relationships with many of the nation’s preeminent commercial, retail and residential developers and acquirers. The extensive network of world-class colleagues has yielded significant opportunities and facilitated many developments responsible for Parkway’s growth.

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zuritsky is largely responsible for the growth realized by Parkway over the last fifty-four (54) years. As the parking industry stagnated, Mr. Zuritsky recognized the need to be on the cutting edge of parking technology. While competitors were vying for management contracts of the day, Mr. Zuritsky recognized the long-term potential of real estate ownership. This progressive thinking caused Parkway to begin the aggregation of well-located parking parcels in major urban centers. From the 1970’s through today, Parkway has steadily acquired some of the best sites in Philadelphia. During that same period, those sites appreciated in value as their surroundings blossomed. This patient and methodical approach to development has yielded garages at Liberty Place, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, among others, and has allowed Parkway to provide well-located development sites as development opportunities have presented themselves.

Mr. Zuritsky earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Temple University, where he majored in Real Estate. He later earned a Juris Doctorate from Temple Law School and was a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association for over 30 years. Mr. Zuritsky remains active in all facets of Parkway’s business, specializing in the latest techniques for the management and development of modern parking facilities, including unique and innovative technology to improve customer service and ensure revenue control.

Mr. Zuritsky is a community leader, well-respected businessman and philanthropist. While he currently serves as a Board member and past President of the Philadelphia Parking Association, is a member of the International Parking Institute, and is the past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Parking Association, he does not limit his interest to the parking business. Mr. Zuritsky remains active in many charitable endeavors locally and nationally. In addition to being the former Chairman of the Center City District, a Director for the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, on the boards of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, National Museum of American Jewish History, the National Liberty Museum, the African American Museum and many others, he is also an honorary board member of the American Technion Society for more than 25 years. Mr. Zuritsky is an active supporter of the Jewish National Fund, the United Way, the American Red Cross, and many other civic and charitable organizations.


AFCLI also has a dedicated staff working behind the scenes:

Steve Goldflam,
Jill Workman,
Administrative Coordinator
Carol Brumer Glicksman,
Scott Brenner,
Website and Technical Support

Lori Shuster,
Event Planner

Jocelyne Balcher,
Graphic Designer