The dedication of the Clifford-Kahn Board Room.
The dedication of the Clifford-Kahn Board Room.

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University consists of approximately thirty members, with a roughly equal number of Catholics and Jews. It meets several times each year in the Clifford-Kahn Board Room in Bellarmine Hall, honors the more than thirty-year partnership between the long-standing director of the Institute, Rev. Donald G. Clifford, S.J. and Jewish community leader, Charles Kahn, Jr. Board members are from the greater Delaware Valley community together with representation from university administrators and from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Members from outside Saint Joseph’s University are appointed for renewable three-year terms. Board meetings are chaired by the directors of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations. Members are selected because of their commitment to the Vision Statement of the Institute and their ability and desire to advance its work. Board meetings provide the opportunity for the members to engage in vigorous and productive exchange about the work of the Institute. Advising the directors on the focus and direction of the Institute, developing strategies regarding management and development, serving as consultants for various projects and initiatives, and assisting in the establishment of Institute priorities are all examples of how directors share their experience, expertise, and counsel.

Board members are encouraged to use their contacts to help advance the mission of the Institute. They are encouraged to promote enthusiastically the Institute’s mission, strengths and successes to friends, colleagues and associates, and to attend important Institute events whenever possible. Board members support the Institute’s work through their advisory, networking, and/or financial contributions.


Paul Aspan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Saint Joseph's University

Msgr. Michael Carroll, Director Emeritus, Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Joan Coale

Gina Christian, Senior Content Producer,

Rabbi Neil Cooper, Rabbi, Temple Beth Hillel - Beth El

Perry Dane, J.D., Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law

Kenneth E. Davis, Senior Director, Duane Morris Government Strategies LLC

Bob DeMento, Jr., Owner, Brandywine Marketing Associates

Josey G. Fisher, M.A., M.S.W., Director, Holocaust Oral History Archive, Gratz College

Nancy Ruth Fox, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Saint Joseph's University

Leonard Grossman, National and local board member, American Jewish Committee; Board of Trustees member, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Barton A. Hertzbach, Esq., Past chair, Board member, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Batame Hertzbach, Chair of Holocaust Programming Committee, board member, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Rabbi Alan Iser, Adjunct Professor, Saint Joseph's University, Villanova University

Barbara Kahn, Kahn Foundation

Charles Kahn, Jr., Hon. Ph.D., Comm. Science President, Kahn and Company Real Estate; past Board member, American Jewish Committee.

Adam Kessler, Executive Director Emeritus, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Joni Magee, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Certified Paralegal

Barbara D'Iorio Martino, Past Chair, Board of Directors, Chestnut Hill College

David Maxey, Esq., Retired partner in Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; emeritus member of the boards of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (former chairman) and The Library Company of Philadelphia.

Charles J. McMahon, Jr., Sc.D., Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (emeritus), University of Pennsylvania

Helen McMahon, Teacher (retired), past president of the Science and Art Club of Germantown

Adena Potok, Psychiatric social worker and child care counselor, Board of Directors of Jewish Social Policy Action Network

Ruth N. Sandberg, Ph.D., Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, Director, Jewish-Christian Studies Program, Gratz College

Mark Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Bible and Near Eastern Studies, New York University

Rev. Todd Stavrakos, Pastor, Gladwyne Presbyterian Church

Rabbi David Straus, Senior Rabbi, Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim; Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council

Rabbi Dr. Robert Tabak, Editor, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association newsletter, RRA Connection

Domenic J.Vallone, Director of Operations emeritus, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Board member, Cathedral Kitchen, Camden, N.J.

Charlotte Cohen Weinberg, Carroll and Charlotte Weinberg Charitable Foundation, Inc.