Leadership

RABBI SHOLOM D. LIPSKAR

Since receiving ordination from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn in 1968, Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar has been an emissary in Miami for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. In 1969 he founded the Landow Yeshiva Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He has served as its principal and dean of its elementary school, yeshivah academy, and high school, and was responsible for training its rabbinical students.

In 1981, he founded The Shul of Bal Harbour.  As its head Rabbi, he is both the spiritual leader and educational programmer for all ages. Also in 1981, Rabbi Lipskar founded the Aleph Institute and the Educational Academy for the Elderly. Rabbi Lipskar has created alternative punishment philosophies and developed unique educational opportunities for the general public in the field of treatment of closed populations.

He also directs the pioneering Educational Academy for the Elderly. Rabbi Lipskar is the founder and chief organizer of the Miami International Conferences on Torah and Science.

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RABBI AARON LIPSKAR

Rabbi Lipskar serves as Aleph’s Executive VP/Director. He oversees all aspects of the organization including: board and program development, finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and government relations with the Pentagon, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Corrections nationwide.

After concluding formal Talmudic and rabbinic studies in the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva, he studied in Israel and received rabbinical ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

He has taught in Israel, Canada, the United States and South Africa. In 1995, he began serving as an Aleph volunteer conducting national prison visits and joined the organization as a full-time employee in 2000.  A highlight of his Aleph experiences including conducting High Holiday services at GITMO for Jewish military servicemen and women.

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RABBI SANFORD L. DRESIN

Rabbi Dresin serves as Aleph’s Director of Military Programs. Prior to coming to Aleph, he served for over 26 years as an active duty army chaplain, retiring with the rank of colonel.

Among his military assignments were: Assistant Corps Chaplain, Vietnam; Faculty, US Army Chaplain Center and School; Chief of Personnel Actions; Office Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon Division; Chaplain 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; Chief of Chaplains, 7th Medical Command, Europe; and, Chief of the Department of Ministry, Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Rabbi Dresin was selected by the Army for a graduate program in clinical pastoral education and psychotherapy at Yale University and is a graduate of the National Defense University, Washington, DC. He holds four graduate degrees.

Among his military awards and decorations are: the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster; the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster; and, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

Rabbi Dresin is married to the former Paula Rappoport, a math teacher. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

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RABBI MENACHEM KATZ

Rabbi Katz serves as Aleph’s Director of Military and Prison Outreach.  He grew up in Miami Beach, Florida and graduated from Oholei Torah in 1992. Two years later, he was ordained by Rabbi Farkash and started working for Aleph shortly thereafter.

Rabbi Katz embodies the important commandment of loving a fellow Jew as oneself by dedicating himself to helping Jewish inmates and their families. Rabbi Katz has been instrumental in ensuring that kosher food is provided in states all over the country.

He and his wife Rochel, who also works at Aleph, are proud parents of six children.

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RABBI SHUA BROOK

Rabbi Brook serves as Aleph’s Family Services Director.

He graduate from Yeshiva Oholei Torah in Brooklyn, NY and studied in Tomchei Temimim Lubavich in Israel, Canada and France. He received rabbinical ordination from Chief Chabad Rabbis in Israel.

During his six years at Aleph, he has transformed the family services department, reaching thousands of previously under-served families struggling with a loved one in prison. He pioneered the children’s camp program, expanded therapy assistance, and increased urgent financial aid funds. With a focus on helping marginalized Jewish families, Rabbi Brook personifies compassion, humility and leadership.

He resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Hindy and their six children.

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RABBI ZVI BOYARSKY

Rabbi Boyarsky serves as Aleph’s Director of Constitutional Advocacy.  He currently operates in Aleph’s West Coast Offices, overseeing cases around the country.

In addition to a number of initiatives within Aleph, he has been instrumental in the formation of Aleph’s 2016 Alternative Sentencing Summit to advance criminal justice reform through collaboration with legal, academic and field experts.

With determination and compassion, he advocates for the rehabilitation of those in prison and their successful reentry into the community. He is also dedicated to supporting, guiding and serving shattered families struggling with the incarceration of a loved one.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, he received his rabbinical ordination at the Rabbinical College of America, Lubavitch: Tomchei Tmimim. He lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife Shayna and their six children, thank G-d.

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JIMMY DELSHAD

Mr. Delshad serves as Aleph’s Vice President. A passionate and visionary leader, he is dedicated to improving the lives of incarcerated individuals and their struggling families, as well as advancing the efforts of early intervention and alternatives to incarceration in appropriate cases.

Prior to his role at Aleph, he served as two-term mayor and council-member of the City of Beverly Hills. As the first elected Iranian-American mayor, he created innovative policies, balanced the city budget, and collaborated with local and federal officials to promote the city’s security and standing worldwide.

He has a proven track record within both the private and nonprofit sectors, serving on various boards, as past-president of Sinai Temple and the Magbit Educational Foundation, and as chairman of his own high-tech company.

A committed supporter of the State of Israel, Mr. Delshad is involved with AIPAC, the Jewish Federation, Sheba Medical Center in Israel, Mount Sinai Mortuaries, and various other similar organizations.

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CAROLINE MARKS

Caroline Marks serves as Aleph’s Director of Alternative Sentencing and Policy Programs. An Australian-trained attorney with leadership positions in various media companies across the US and UK, she is spearheading the development of Aleph’s Key Stakeholder Summit on Alternative Sentencing.

In addition to holding positions at Comcast, IAC and Meredith Publishing, she was the founding general manager for the Daily Beast, overseeing all non-editorial operations and quadrupling the audience within one year. She was also responsible for the execution plan for the initial Women in the World conference, the most successful women’s issues conference in the world.

Caroline is closely involved in the promotion of effective prison reform. At Aleph, she has also been involved in the pre-sentencing phases of various cases, advocating for effective alternatives to lengthy sentencing for deserving individuals.

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LEAH PERL

Leah Perl serves as Aleph’s co-Director of Project Tikvah. A member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), she works on behalf of young adults and their families struggling with conditions such as mental illness and drug abuse that often result in repeat incarceration.

A dedicated educator since 1981, she has held several positions at local schools and camps. Most notably, she helped found the Jewish Educational Trade School for teens in LA (JETS), now in its tenth year.

At Aleph, she works in conjunction with psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals to develop comprehensive rehabilitation plans that address individual, psychological and spiritual needs. With professional expertise and personal insight, she guides affected youth and their families from onset of crisis to final recovery and reentry to the community.

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