NEW-A- Founders

Michael Shevack,
Rabbi & Founder   

Michael Shevack received the rare honor of a private ordination by a Classic Reform Bet Din in 1995. He has been deeply involved in inter-religious dialogue around the world. Shevack has taught Spirituality and Comparative Religion in the School of Social Welfare at S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook, and Business Spirituality at the Iacocca School for Global Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University.

The author/co-author of 5 books, Shevack is currently the Social Responsibility Officer for the Patton Foundation, working with Helen Patton, the granddaughter of General George S. Patton. He’s also on the board of the Association for Progressive Judaism.

Prior to ordination, Shevack was an award-winning Madison Avenue Creative Director. He wrote the campaign Gillette. The Best A Man Can Get, still running in 120 countries. His work on Apple computers, won a Silver Lion at Cannes. Shevack has helped many religious groups and non-profits find their voice.

Joel Weiner, President and Founder

Joel has had a successful career in management consulting and senior corporate roles. He is an expert in finance and in strategic and marketing planning. He has been the CFO of several companies.

As a consultant Joel specialized in helping insurance companies throughout the United States to improve. Often this involved streamlining their products, reorganizing their operations, developing management information systems and process improvements.

As a company executive, Joel’s forte was bridging the financial function with other departments for cross-functional cooperation and improvement.

Joel graduated from Drexel University with a degree in mathematics; he has an MBA from Wharton; and he is a retired member of the Casualty Actuarial Society and American Academy of Actuaries. He also is an Enterprise Risk Analyst.

Joel was the former President of Temple Judea of Bucks County, a Reform synagogue, where he was instrumental in engineering and leading a turnaround in that organization.

He resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania with his wife Carol. Their children and grandchildren live in New Jersey. Joel is an avid, amateur guitarist.



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