Rabbi David Rosenn, Executive Director

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Rabbi David Rosenn is the Executive Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society.  

David has spent his career in the Jewish community, building organizations that help translate the community’s social values into action. For thirteen years, he served as the founder and Executive Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a highly-regarded year-long service program that engages recent college graduates in anti-poverty work and community building. Immediately before joining HFLS, David was Executive Vice President of The New Israel Fund, the largest funder of social change nonprofits in Israel.

Rabbi Rosenn graduated from Harvard University. He attended rabbinical school as a Wexner Graduate Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), where he was ordained in 1997.

David and his wife Jennie live in Manhattan with their two sons. 

Kim Kaplan, Deputy Director

photo 2Kim manages HFLS’s loan programs and is involved in all facets of the organization’s operations, including communications, marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising.

Prior to joining HFLS, Kim held positions in development, grantmaking, communications, and administration at nonprofit organizations including The Jewish Theological Seminary, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Kim is the Board Chair of Kids n Culture, an academic enrichment program for high school students who aspire to become professional and community leaders. She is a former Board member and chair of Advancing Jewish Professionals of NYC and a recipient of the 2015 JPRO Network Young Professional Award. 

Kim holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management and an MA in Judaic Studies from New York University and a BA in Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Kim can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 207.


Rona Gottlib Bochenek, Director of Finance and Administration

RonaBio3.jpgRona oversees the finance department and is responsible for four UJA-Federation of New York scholarship funds for higher education.

Prior to joining HFLS, Rona was a Program Director at Israel at Heart, an international advocacy nonprofit organization, where she created and marketed new programs, as well as oversaw the coordination and production of large-scale events and volunteers.

Born and raised in Israel, Rona served as an instructor of decoding courses in the Israeli Defense Force. Rona received her MPA from the Robert E. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, and her BA from Ono Academic College in Israel.

Rona can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 211. 


Naomi Borrebach, Communications and Development Associate

naomibioNaomi focuses on HFLS’s communications and development activities, including creating print and online content, assisting with the annual event and campaigns, and managing the organization’s social media presence.

Prior to joining HFLS, she worked as a Program Associate at Hillel at Brandeis University, where she worked to engage students and mentor student leaders.

Naomi received her BA in Linguistics with minors in French and Turkish languages from the University of Pittsburgh.

Naomi can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 212.



Tanya Hackel, Director of Development

TanyaHbio4.jpgTanya is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s fundraising efforts including the annual campaign, the annual event, and donor engagement.

Prior to joining HFLS, Tanya was the Major Gifts Officer at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, an organization providing housing and support services to homeless men and women. She started her development career at UJA-Federation of New York, in the Wall Street and Professional Women’s divisions. Before her work in development, Tanya spent several years as an advertising account manager, working with clients including Maybelline, Cover Girl, M&M’s and Datek Online.

Tanya received her MPA from the Robert E. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, and her BA from Williams College.

Tanya can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 211. 


Shlomo Haft, Microenterprise Program Director

Shlomo4.jpgShlomo focuses on providing interest-free business startup and expansion loans to entrepreneurs in the New York City area.

Prior to joining HFLS, Shlomo served for 20 years as Chief Operating Officer and In-House Counsel of Haywin Textile Products, a successful home textile wholesale distributor. He helped grow Haywin’s annual sales from $10-million to $70-million, negotiated strategic joint venture agreements with overseas manufacturers and U.S. based licensors, and oversaw the company’s credit risk decisions.

Shlomo received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Yeshiva University and his JD from Cardozo School of Law.

Shlomo can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 213.


Kate Nicholson, Executive Assistant

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Kate primarily supports the Executive Director and Development Department and is also responsible for general office management.

Prior to joining HFLS, Kate was a professional organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a faith-based community organizing effort that helps people create the change they want to see in their neighborhoods and cities. She began her community-based work as a two-year Americorps VISTA volunteer in the Milwaukee Public School system.

Kate has a degree in Spanish and Writing Intensive English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Kate can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 210.


Valerie Stern, Staff Accountant

Valerie is responsible for all accounting procedures for HFLS.

Prior to joining HFLS, Valerie held positions in finance and accounting with several corporations in New York and New Jersey. She began her career in Aramark’s Uniform division and went on to become head of accounting at Dynasty House of Design, a large retail and wholesale company, and financial controller at DM Services, an international internet company. She joined the HFLS staff in 2009.

Valerie was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States in 1994. She received her Master’s degree in Mathematics from Odessa State University of Education and trained in not-for-profit accounting at New York University.

Valerie can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 205. 


Anna Levanidova, Loan Officer/Network Administrator

212-687-0188 ext. 204


Raizy Polatchek, Loan Officer

212-687-0188 ext. 200


Larisa Shakirova, Loan Officer

212-687-0188 ext. 206