What We Do
The Aish Center is New York City’s premier organization for Jewish, learning, community and experience. Our one-on-one, Executive Learning Program (ELP) brings together Jewish professionals of any level of observance and a rabbi in a comfortable and convenient setting. We also offer a one-on-one Youth Learning Program (YLP) which is designed to supplement and enhance your child’s (ages 8-15) current learning program. Our rabbis visit participants at their home or office providing highly customized, learning sessions, designed for those who don’t have a lot of free time and have interest or curiosity about Judaism, Torah, Talmud, spirituality, improving their relationships or marriages, business ethics or just finding a better way of living. The Aish Center also provides access to networking events, inspirational speakers, special film screenings, unique trips and more.
Executive Board of Directors
Matt Sweetwood, Chairman of the Board and President
Matt is currently the U.S. CEO and President of beBee. He is well known for his innovative and transformative ideas in marketing, social media, and business development. He was President of Unique Photo, NJ’s premiere camera store, for over 28 years. Matt has been credited with the reinvention of the modern camera store, as well as the country’s largest in-store photography education program. However, by far, his greatest achievement is having raised five successful children to adulthood as a single dad. He is the creator of the Man-Up Project, helping other men though fatherhood and life. He is a regular contributor on national TV and to several publications in the social media, photography, business, ethics, politics and parenting arenas.
Film-maker: Steven Bram has been the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Member of New York based Bombo Sports & Entertainment, LLC since its founding in 1999. He has produced over 100 sports films for television, DVD and digital release. Steven has studied Torah and Kabbalah since 2010 years and sits on the board of the Aish Center in New York City as well as the development and finance committees at Rodeph Sholom School. Steven produced a personal documentary called “Kabbalah Me” that chronicles his spiritual journey. The film has been released on DVD, aired on PBS and screened in movie theaters around the country.
Ruth Goldstein, Secretary
Ruth joined the Aish Center Board after retiring from a forty-year career at Goldman Sachs. She was the longest tenured female in the firm at that time. Ruth was a Vice President who held a variety of senior compliance roles, including having primary responsibility for New York Equities Compliance on the Goldman Sachs IPO. Ruth resides in Manhattan with her husband, Michael Satine.
Deborah Moelis, Vice President
Senior Associate, Handel Architects: Deborah Moelis is the mother of Samuel and Stella and wife of Jeffrey. She is a graduate of University of Michigan undergraduate and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Deborah has been practicing architecture for 22 years with Handel Architects here in NYC. She is responsible for several award winning high rise buildings as well as the world’s largest Passive House building which aims to recreate the way the construction industry builds with the goal of reducing energy consumption by up to 90%. She is active in her synagogue and has been a board member of Aish Center for 6 years.
CEO, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co.: Mr. Rosenberg has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, and has served as Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. since January 2012. Prior to his current role, David was the Co-Chief Operating Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. from 2007-2011. From 2002 through 2006, he served as the CEO and Co-Founder of BroadWall Capital LLC. Certain assets of BroadWall Capital were sold to Ladenburg Thalmann in 2006. Prior to BroadWall, Mr. Rosenberg was a Managing Director at Ladenburg Thalmann and GBI Capital, a predecessor to Ladenburg. Mr. Rosenberg received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. David lives in Scarsdale with his wife and four children.
Henry Siegel, Treasurer
Managing Director, Trivergance: Henry is known for growing new businesses. From the creation stage, to raising capital, to managing and ultimately selling businesses, he has been a top producing salesman at leading banks for the last decade – including BAML and BNP Paribas. He consistently produces in the top 10% and has been among the top performers. While at BNP, Henry was promoted to run Sponsor Coverage. He enjoys building relationships, listening to and understanding client needs, providing a solution, and asking for the order. Most recently, he joined Trivergance, a successful, growing, and dynamic Private Equity & Merchant Bank to source deals and new capital partners.
Henry is a proponent of retaining work-life balance: quality time with family, fitness, philanthropy, spirituality, and work. Given the limited hours in a day, Henry makes every moment count!
Managing Director and head of equity execution services strategies at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch