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Our Board & Staff

Jean Seltzer, President

Throughout my adult life I have held professional and volunteer positions in public and community service and Judaism. The presence of the Jewish Fellowship (JFHF) greatly influenced our decision to build our home in Hemlock Farms in 1987. We joined JFHF in 1988. Because of the Fellowship we truly feel “at home” and have made many friends here. As part-timers for many years, we attended JFHF Friday night services in the summer and other events at JFHF regularly. When I retired in 2007, I became active on the JFHF Sisterhood Board as well as Women of Reform Judaism at a congregation in Jacksonville FL were we spent winters for 14 years. I was appointed to the Fellowship Board of Directors in 2020 and was Treasurer for a year before becoming President in 2022. I believe that we do things better when we do them together so as President I have endeavored to engage and welcome long term and new Hemlock homeowners to join JFHF and actively participate in our Jewish community.

Professionally, after college I joined the American Red Cross staff in Chicago. In  1967-68 I served in the Red Overseas Recreation Program for U.S. military servicemen in South Vietnam and returned to Vietnam in 1970-71 as Assistant Area Director of that program. In New York City I was an Assistant Director in the Greater New York Blood Program and I earned a Master of Public Administration Degree at New York University in 1977. I then joined the NYC workforce development agency where I was a Deputy Commissioner. I was Co-President of the Metropolitan Synagogue of NY and volunteered in the NYC Red Cross Disaster Services assisting victims of fires and other disasters. I also chaired the Hemlock Farms Planning and Land Use Committee and served on the Hemlock Farms Board of Directors. I have been a volunteer in the Hemlock Fire & Rescue Company Auxiliary for several years.

Gail Neldon, Immediate Past President, 2019-2022

I have served on the JFHF Board for 12 years in the roles of Co-president, President, and President of the Sisterhood (which, until a few years ago, was the driving force behind Fellowship’s social, spiritual, ritual and fundraising programs).

I particularly enjoyed organizing international group travel and local day trips attended by up to 40 JFHF Members. Currently I chair JFHF’s Security, Nominations, A/V Streaming Project, and 50th Anniversary Committees. I am a Retired Health Benefits/ Financial Services Director, Consultant, Project Manager; Mobil Travel Guides Editor/Proofreader, and H.S. French/English teacher (M.A.). I am active with the Jewish Federation of NEPA; a former Trustee, long-time facilitator for HERC Teen Symposium on Holocaust. I have been a Member NCJW; Hadassah and Livingston, and NJ Health Advisory Council. Hobbies include reading, travel, and Tikkun Olam.

Rachael Migler, Vice President

I am a playwright, journalist, editor, former professor (NYU) and executive director of the Fibrolamellar Registry, a pediatric cancer organization. Currently I chair JFHF’s Membership committee. Previously I co-chaired the Spiritual Leader Search Committee. I am thrilled to be part of the Jewish Fellowship. My hobbies include kayaking, design, comedy, and horses.

Helene Hodosh-Zaytounian, Treasurer

Amid the craziness of Covid, we decided to look for a weekend getaway home. Our realtor showed us the Hemlock Farms Happenings Newsletter and 2 words popped out at me.  Jewish and Mah Jongg! After living here for a few short months in 2021, we decided HF and the JFHF were “home” and we now live here full time. My position at AIG as the Director/VP of Operations for the Premium Audit Department allows me to work from home, so we get the best of both worlds. I currently serve as Treasurer and have been active on the Finance and Social Programming  committees.  I also chair the Berkman Building stabilization project. My work with the Fellowship has provided the opportunity to truly become a member of a warm and vibrant Jewish Community as well meet incredible friends!

Nan Siegmund, Secretary

As a newcomer to Hemlock Farms during the pandemic, I found new friends, spirituality, and purpose with the Fellowship. My husband and I moved here from New York City, where I had always been affiliated with, but never closely involved with a synagogue. Seeing the support the Fellowship offers to its members and others in need, I was pleased to join the Board as Secretary and to share my strategic planning, grant writing, event planning and business analysis skills. It has been a privilege to work in concert with the senior members of the Board. I own a small jewelry design company called Playful Event. My background includes 35 years in NYC theatre production, technology, and institutional development.

Yehudit Moch, Director

I have been on the JFHF Board since the Fall of 2023 and Chair the Ritual Committee. My wife Judith Ullman and I moved to Hemlock in 2021  in part because of the existence of a Jewish community here. Visiting the Jewish Fellowship and being greeted by a welcoming smile sealed the deal.  I love that the Fellowship encourages people with  different interests and levels of observance. Rav Shoshana is spiritually inspirational for me and brings in people through creative meaningful experiences. Before moving to Hemlock Farms, I was very involved at my Brooklyn shul, the Park Slope Jewish Center, for decades. Professionally, I worked as an informal Jewish educator and social service administrator, working with people from "cradle to grave."

Robert Lankin, Director

I am an Attorney and Certified Financial Planner ® and Branch Manager at Raymond James. My wife, Holly, and I found a community in Hemlock which fulfilled our priorities. We believe in supporting and being active in the Jewish Fellowship for ourselves, for our extended multi-generational family who visit frequently, and for the future of this Jewish community. I chair the Capital Campaign Committee, co-chaired the Spiritual Leader Search Committee and serve on the Ritual Committee. In the past I have held leadership positions in many community organizations including the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia, PA Bar Association Corrections Committee, and a synagogue in Elkins Park. 

Laura Ritchie, Office Administrator

My family and I moved to Hemlock Farms in the beginning of 2020. Shortly thereafter, I became employed at the Jewish Fellowship. I work closely with the Board and volunteers to ensure the efficient and smooth operation of the synagogue office. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Fellowship team and to get to know and assist our members.  I have an extensive background in financial and office management. 

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