Four Seasons Lodge is thankful to have the support of so many talented people on our Advisory Board:
Tony Kushner’s plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; and Homebody/Kabul. He has written adaptations of Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, and Brecht’s The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; as well as the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibar by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplay for the Mike Nichols’ film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg’s film Munich. Recent books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon.
Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg
Alongside Michael Steinhardt and JJ Greenberg, z”l, Rabbi Irving Greenberg played a founding role in the establishment of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation. From 2000-2002, Greenberg served as Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. An ordained Orthodox rabbi and a Harvard Ph.D. and scholar, Greenberg has been a seminal thinker in confronting the Holocaust as an historical transforming event and Israel as the Jewish assumption of power and the beginning of a third era in Jewish history. Rabbi Greenberg has published numerous articles and monographs on Jewish thought and religion, including The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays (1988), a philosophy of Judaism based on an analysis of the Sabbath and holidays, Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World (1998), and For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity (2004). He has written extensively on the theory and practice of pluralism and on the theology of Jewish-Christian relations. From 1974 through 1997, Greenberg served as founding President of CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a pioneering institution in the development of adult and leadership education in the Jewish community and the leading organization in intra-Jewish dialogue and the promotion of Jewish unity. Prior to creating CLAL, Greenberg was the Rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center, an Associate Professor of History at Yeshiva University, and a founder, chairman and Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies of City College of the City University of New York.
Learn more about Rabbi Greenberg’s work at www.jewishlife.org/about.html
Sandi Simcha DuBowski (Director/Producer) is a filmmaker and writer based in New York. His film, Trembling Before G-d was relesaed theatrically in the United States, Israel, Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Argentina, and Czech Republic (in the U.S. with New Yorker Films). Trembling Before G-d was launched at New York’s Film Forum to incredible audience, critical, and box office response. It broke Film Forum’s Opening Day box office records (held previously by Paris Is Burning) and opened in over 80 U.S. cities. Tremblinghas been the recipient of twelve awards including The Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival, The Mayor’s Prize for the Jewish Experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival, The GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary, and The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at OUTFEST Los Angeles. The L.A. Weekly named it one of the 10 Best Films of 2001. It airied on BBC, The Sundance Channel, ARTE, Denmark’s Channel 2, Australia’s ABC, Netherlands’ NIK, and other TV stations worldwide in 2003-2004. He is currently producing A Jihad for Love, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
You can learn more at: www.tremblingbeforeg-d.com
Krysanne is a film producer and financing-packager, whose credits include:
1. Once in a Lifetime (2006) (co-executive producer)
2. loudQUIETloud: A Film About The Pixies (2006) (executive producer: Cactus Three)
3. Black Sun (2005) (co-executive producer)
4. Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) (co-executive producer)
5. The American Ruling Class (2005) (executive producer)
6. Punk: Attitude (2005) (TV) (executive producer)
7. What Remains (2005) (TV) (co-executive producer)
8. Family Bonds (2004) TV Series (co-executive producer)
9. Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2004) (co-executive producer)
10. Slasher (2004) (TV) (executive producer)
11. American Masters – Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (2004) TV Episode (producer: Cactus Three)
12. The AMC Project – The Cult of Cindy TV Episode (executive producer)
Roger Bennett is the vice president at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies in New York where he has spent time looking at generational changes in identity and community.
Mitch is a documentary producer and marketing/fundraising consultant. He was the longtime marketing director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center before beginning Soy Andina, a project that grew out of a 15-year friendship with Nelida, the movie’s title character. While at the Film Society Mitch made a personal documentary about his immigrant grandmother. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and began his career working for major media companies (Viacom, MTV, Arbitron).
Soy Andina is the dazzling story of two New York women raised in different worlds – an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes, and a modern dancer from Queens, NY – who return to Peru in search of roots and dance. For more information, see: www.soyandina.com
Phil Brown is a Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Brown University. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University. He is on the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society. He is a co-founder and President of the Catskills Institute, an organization that works to record and remember the history of the Catskills through yearly conferences (12 so far), a newsletter, a website(http://catskills.brown.edu), public speaking, coordination and support of scholarly research, and collecting materials for the world’s largest archival collection of Catskills items. Phil Brown’s book, Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat’s Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area, is based on his own memoirs, over 100 interviews, and extensive memorabilia and documents. He has taught a seminar at Brown University, “A Summer Eden: The Jewish Experience in the Catskills.” His volume, In the Catskills: A Century Of The Jewish Experience In “The Mountains,” appeared in 2002. It is an anthology of fiction and nonfiction writings about the Catskills, from many authors over the entire 20th century. The Jewish Book Council selected Phil Brown as one of their authors for a national tour in fall 2002. He speaks often at synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, and university Jewish Studies Programs. He has twice taught at KlezKamp, the annual festival of klezmer music and Yiddish culture.
Stephen K. Friedman is General Manager and Executive Vice President of mtvU, MTV Network’s channel solely dedicated to college students and college life on-air, online, on mobile phones and on campus. In this position, he oversees all aspects of the college-based network, as well as all operations of mtvU’s two owned-and-operated divisions: College Publisher, the largest interactive network of online college newspapers in the US, and RateMyProfessors.com, the Internet’s largest listing of collegiate professor ratings. During Mr. Friedman’s tenure as head of mtvU, the networkís distribution has grown more than 40%, advertisers have quintupled, the College Publisher and RateMyProfessors businesses have been acquired and mtvU’s Sudan Campaign to fight the genocide in Darfur has been honored with two Emmy awards, including the 2006 Governors Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Mr. Friedman joined MTV in 1998 when he was hired by Judy McGrath, now CEO of MTV Networks, to found MTV’s department of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs, with the charge of “using MTV’s superpowers for good.” The campaigns he pioneered in this role won three Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, and he served as Vice President of the group until being selected in April 2003 to head up and preside over the launch of mtvU.
Since joining Rubenstein Associates, Inc. more than fourteen years ago, Steven Rubenstein has taken on the additional role of president of its affiliated company, Rubenstein Communications, Inc. Steven plays a key role in setting the firm’s business and client service standards and objectives while directly handling a portfolio including some of the largest and most sophisticated accounts on the Rubenstein roster. Among the notable names on his client list are The Late Show with David Letterman, Tishman Speyer Properties (a real estate development and management company whose properties include Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building), Amazon.com, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Metropolitan Opera, National Geographic, the New York Post, the Partnership for New York City, and New York Cares. Mr. Rubenstein is also well known for planning and coordinating media coverage of large-scale events, such as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New Year’s Eve in Times Square celebration, the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, News Corporation’s Global Forum, and Fleet Week. His activities on behalf of his clients run the gamut of public relations disciplines-from developing strategies to programming campaigns, from serving as spokesman to building brands, from managing crises to implementing activities, from forging alliances to influencing public opinion.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, is the host of the National TV show ‘Shalom in the Home’ airing Sunday nights at 7 pm EST on TLC (The Learning Channel), and international best-selling author of 18 books. His latest book, Shalom in the Home, based on the hit television series, was released by Meredith Books in March of 2007. His recent work, “Parenting With Fire” was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in October. Rabbi Shmuley was recently named “a cultural phenomenon” and “the most famous rabbi in America” according to Newsweek’s list of The Top 50 Rabbis. He was also named as one of the top-ten most influential rabbi’s in the world. In April of 2007, Rabbi Shmuley was honored by The National Fatherhood Initiative, receiving their most prestigious award for his efforts on ‘Shalom in the Home’ to promote the importance of a caring father in the contemporary family. Rabbi Shmuley was also named by Talkers Magazine as one of the hundred most important radio hosts in America. Rabbi Shmuley is also the international best-selling author of 18 books, and an acclaimed syndicated columnist who in 2005 won the American Jewish Press Association’s highest award for excellence in commentary. A winner of the London Times highly prestigious “Preacher of the Year” award, Rabbi Shmuley has lectured and appeared in print, radio and TV all over the globe.