CWJ Board Members

Professor Anita Bernstein is the Anita and Stuart Subotnick Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.  She is an expert on tort law, feminist jurisprudence, professional responsibility, and products liability. Prof. Bernstein is also a prolific author whose work includes several books on marriage and torts, and whose awards include the first Fulbright scholarship in European Union affairs given to a law professor.


Sarah Craimer is currently a principal at OutManage, which provides senior level consulting services to start-ups and mid-level companies in the areas of management and business strategy, including investor connections, marketing and business development, management of operations, finance and human resources. Among other positions, Ms. Craimer has served as VP Human Resources at Star Defense Systems, a TASE traded company with 350 employees in 7 subsidiaries, as Senior Human Resources & Operations Consultant at AppNexus, a global company with over 600 employees, as a Director on the Board of Directors of Sovereign Assets Ltd., a TASE traded company, as the COO at Modular Implant Dentistry, the COO at Densys, VP Human Resources & Operations at Chiasma, VP Finance and Operations at XOSoft, and VP Operations at FourFold. Ms. Craimer is also accredited by the Ministry of Industry and Trade as a lecturer at MATI and holds a BA and a Masters degree.


Professor Aviad HaCohen is the dean of the Sha’arei Mishpat Academic Center of Law and Science in Hod HaSharon, and is a senior lecturer in constitutional law and Jewish law at the Center and at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor HaCohen is a leading authority on issues of state and religion in Israel.  As founder and CEO of Mosaica: The Institute for the Study of Religion, Society and State, Prof. HaCohen established the Forum for Law, Halacha and Philosophy. Among his many other public service activities, Prof. HaCohen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Institute. He has also published extensively, authoring many books and articles on halacha, law, Mishpat Ivri, and religion and state.. 


Leah Kraus works for the municipality of Jerusalem as its district welfare officer.   She has an M.A. in Social Work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is an expert in the area of rehabilitation.


Rivkah Lubitch is a veteran rabbinic pleader who writes and lectures extensively about feminism and religion.  To date, she has written more than 300 blogs and articles, including weekly columns on Ynet and NRG-Maariv, which reflect her belief that achieving justice for women within Jewish law is necessary for tikkun olammaking the world a better place.  Rivkah holds an M.A. in the history of the Jewish people from Hebrew University.


Tova Osofsky is the managing partner at Isratec Business Consulting, which provides consulting services in strategic planning, marketing, marketing research, and business and marketing writing. Ms. Osofsky has worked with numerous companies in the high tech industry, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors. She holds an M.B.A. in marketing and decision sciences from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Rabbi Dr. Ariel Picard is the educational director of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Be’eri program and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.  Ordained by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, Dr. Picard has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Bar-Ilan University and conducts research in contemporary Jewish law.  His most recent publication, Halakha in a New World: Rabbinic Discourse in Modern Society, was published by the Shalom Hartman Institute in 2012.  


Yehudit Schweig is the director of publications for the Shalom Hartman Institute, after serving  as its CEO for seven years. She has an M.A. in Communications (specializing in translation) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Barbara Sofer is the Israel director of public relations and communications for Hadassah.  She is also a popular columnist in the Jerusalem Post, a journalist, and novelist. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Women’s Day, Reader’s Digest and Parents, among others.   Ms. Sofer is the winner of seven Rockower Awards for Outstanding Jewish Journalism, and the Sydney Taylor Award in 1996 for the Best Jewish Children’s Book for Shalom, Haver. Ms. Sofer has written five books and is currently a bi-weekly columnist for The Jerusalem Post.


Professor Daniel Statman is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Haifa University and a prolific writer. He received his B.A. and his Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University. His research areas are: ethics, moral psychology philosophy of law, and Jewish philosophy.


Miriam Zussman is a senior vice president at Jennison Associates, where she manages bond-investment portfolios. She holds an M.B.A. from New York University. 


Honorary Board Member

Yosef (Yoske) Ahituv(dec’d) received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in 2004 for his significant contribution to religious Zionism and the Religious Kibbutz Movement, and his impact on Israel’s developing Jewish, Zionist, and democratic character. A renowned scholar in the area of Jewish law and philosophy and a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Mr. Ahituv also taught Judaic studies at Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati and the Ya’akov Herzog Center at Ein Zurim. His extensive writings examined mythic and other perspectives on the nature of “woman” and the significance of sexuality in rabbinic literature, as well as Jewish belief and life after the Holocaust.