Rabbi David Rosenn, Executive Director
Rabbi David Rosenn was named HFLS Executive Director on September 1, 2015. He oversees HFLS’s wide range of interest-free loans and entrepreneurship training programs and spearheads the development of new programs to benefit New Yorkers in need.
Before joining HFLS, Rabbi Rosenn was Executive Vice President of The New Israel Fund, an international public charity with over $30 million in annual revenues. Previously, he was Founder and Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. He created and led the well-known and highly-regarded service program, which aids the Jewish community’s fight against poverty by engaging participants in service work and community building.
Rabbi Rosenn has served as a chaplain for The Momentum AIDS Project in New York and as a hospital chaplain at Beth Israel Medical Center. He graduated from Harvard University and holds a Master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), where he was ordained in 1997.
He and his wife, Jennie, live in Manhattan with their two sons.
Rabbi Rosenn can be reached at 212-687-0188 ext. 209.
Kim Kaplan, Deputy Director
Prior to joining HFLS, Kim held positions in grantmaking, fundraising, communications, education, and administration at New York Jewish organizations including The Jewish Theological Seminary, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a Board member and former chair of Advancing Jewish Professionals of NYC, a volunteer-led organization that coordinates professional development programs for early- and mid-career Jewish communal professionals, 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
Rona 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
Naomi 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
Tanya 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
Shlomo focuses on providing business startup and expansion loans to the Haredi community in Brooklyn.
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
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
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/Office Manager
212-687-0188 ext. 200
Larisa Shakirova, Loan Officer
212-687-0188 ext. 206