WHO WE ARE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Holly Rosen Fink
President & Co-founder
Holly has always had a deep interest in Jewish history and the Holocaust and has applied that passion to helping refugees and asylum seekers. She is a former Communications and Marketing executive who has worked in various sectors at companies and organizations such as ABC, Viacom, John Wiley & Sons, and the United Nations Foundation. She is also a former Vice-President and Board of Directors and current volunteer for Neighbors for Refugees, a refugee resettlement organization based in Westchester, a board member of Westchester Jewish Council, a board member of Jewish Plays Project, and she serves as an advocate for Indivisible Westchester. She is head of the World Jewry and Holocaust Learning Committees at her synagogue, Westchester Jewish Center. Holly has proudly produced several NYC plays including a show called "The Best of Everything Based on a Book by Rona Jaffe" that received a New York Times Critic's Pick. She recently received her MSW from Fordham University and lives in Larchmont, NY with her husband and two teenage children.
As the son of an immigrant who was on one of the last kinder transports out of Germany, and who didn’t want to talk about it until recently, Alan is acutely aware of the pain of remembrance, the need to remember, and the obligation to act so that others don’t suffer through similar experiences. An experienced commercial and transactional attorney with over 30 years of in-house legal experience following eight years in private practice. He worked in the cellular telephone, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and oil and gas transportation industries, before shifting his focus in the last few years to non-profit work, as a lawyer, administrator and Board member. Alan still acts as an independent legal consultant, advising clients with respect to the procurement of goods and services, including information technology. He is also a soccer referee and a third dan black belt in taekwondo. Alan is also on the Executive Board of Interfaith Council for New Americans Westchester (ICNAW), an organization involved in sponsoring and resettling refugees in Westchester County, New York, and he helps to coordinate immigration-related activities for his synagogue, Temple Israel Center, in White Plains.
Laura J. Lewis
An immigrant, Laura is a passionate believer in immigration reform. Born in the UK, Laura attended both college and law school in the US. After a short law career she transitioned to nonprofit management. Laura has advocated at the diplomatic, federal, state and local levels, as well as specialized in interfaith and intergroup work forging alliances with people of different faiths and ethnicities. Subsequently, Laura specialized in non-profit change management. She is currently a board member of the Inter-Religious Coalition of New Rochelle, and also serves on the Westchester Women’s Agenda Race and Equity Task Force, and on a regional task for Encounter. She is a former board member of Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle and the Education Priorities Panel, NYC.
Ruth Braidy Rothseid
As the granddaughter of immigrants who thrived in the United States, it is important to Ruth to see that other immigrant groups have that same experience. She has worked in advertising sales for 19 years, at The Jewish Week in New York and now at Mid-Atlantic Media which owns many publications including The Baltimore Jewish Times and Washington Jewish Week. Ruth serves on two UJA Federation of New York committees, including the Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors.
Jeff R. Swarz, Ph.D
Jeff is the great grandson and grandson of Polish and Russian immigrants who escaped poverty and pogroms to be free from hunger, fear. and death. I can do no less for others to honor their memory.Ph.D: Founder and co-Executive of the Interfaith Council of New Americans Westchester (ICNAW) 2017-Present. Mgr. Director and Partner at MM Dillon & Co.Investment Bankers. Formerly at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and FBR. Member of Beth El Synagogue Center (Finance sub-committee) and Anshe Shalom. Mentor to several under-resourced students through NYC Catholic Schools. Member ACLU. SPLC and AAAS.
Jewish values (and history) as encapsulated by the words of Hillel, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” compels Howard’s advocacy for all immigrants and refugees who bear the burden of war, racism, nationalism and the inequities of our economic order. A political scientist by training and market researcher by profession, who over his long career has shaped and advanced the practice of market research on cable television services and programming, home entertainment services, and broadband and mobile content and services for his major media clientele. Established in 1985, and located in downtown New Rochelle, NY, Horowitz Research has become the go-to company for research on urban markets, multiculturalism, and Latinx, Black and other historically marginalized consumers.
Howard has been active in local, national and international social justice and human rights issues for decades. He is Board Chair the WESPAC (Westchester People’s Action Coalition) Foundation and serves on the Executive Committee of Interfaith Council for New Americans (ICNAW) providing support services to refugee families in Westchester and NYS. He served as lead organizer of the Hudson Valley Call to Action in support of Syrian refugees in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley in 2016. In 2009, Howard was a founding member of the Iraqi Student Project in Westchester that provided tuition and financial assistance, and emotional support to war refugee Iraqi students, enrolled at local universities, including Manhattanville and Bard.
An active member of Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Howard serves on the Social Action and Israel Action committees. He is an active member of JVP Westchester, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), and of the NY Caring Majority Rising (advocacy for health care, wages and benefits for care workers). Over the past decade, he has worked with Adaptive Spirit and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (of New York State, ORDA) on behalf of adaptive winter sports athletes.
Howard has an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Psychology from New York University, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. He lives in New Rochelle, NY with his wife, Professor Alisse Waterston, and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Eric Levine is a faculty member and Director, Social Work Alumni Engagement, Continuing Education & Financial Resource Development for the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work in New York City. Eric began his career directing anti-poverty agencies and grassroots organizing in the Bronx. Later, he held senior management positions in the Jewish Federation movement where he raised millions of dollars through donor stewardship, innovative programs and fund raising campaigns. Eric earned the DSW and MSW degrees from Yeshiva University, where he also taught for many years. He serves as the 2nd Vice President and Board member of the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter. He co-chairs its Committee on Immigration and Global Social Work, and is the founder and co-chair of the Immigration Advisory Work Group for National NASW. Eric co-edited three books, is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Judaism, Humanities and the Social Sciences and is a member of the Board of Copy Editors for the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.
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