Executive Director

Rabbi David Rosenn

212-687-0188 ext. 209

Rabbi David Rosenn was named HFLS Executive Director on September 1, 2015. He oversees HFLS’s wide range of interest-free loan 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.

Deputy Director

Kim Kaplan

212-687-0188 ext. 207

Kim 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.

Communications and Development Associate

Naomi Borrebach

212-687-0188 ext. 212

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.


Tanya Hackel

212-687-0188 ext. 201

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.

Microenterprise Program Director

Shlomo Haft

212-687-0188 ext. 213

Shlomo 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.


Kate Nicholson

212-687-0188 ext. 210

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.


Valerie Stern

212-687-0188 ext. 205

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.

Loan Officer

Anna Levanidova

212-687-0188 ext. 204

In her role as Loan Officer, Anna works directly with HFLS applicants and borrowers through all stages of the loan process, from loan interviews to check processing. Anna is also the HFLS IT Coordinator, handling computer, loan database, and organization network support.

Anna graduated from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia with a major in Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a leading engineer in the research department at a factory in Russia before immigrating to the US.

Loan Officer

Raizy Polatchek

212-687-0188 ext. 200

Raizy has been a member of the HFLS staff for more than thirty years. As a Loan Officer, she works directly with applicants and borrowers throughout the loan process, conducting loan interviews and processing loan applications. She also manages HFLS loan payments and collections.

Loan Officer

Larisa Shakirova

212-687-0188 ext. 206

Larisa joined the HFLS staff in 2006. As a Loan Officer, she works directly with loan applicants and borrowers and is responsible for loan interviews and all aspects of loan application processing. She also works with the Microenterprise Program Director as the lead Loan Officer for HFLS Microenterprise Loans.

Prior to joining HFLS, Larisa was a case manager in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department at Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst.

She was born and raised in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in 2000. She received her BEC from Pryazovskyi State Technical University in Ukraine and her ABA from ASA College in New York.