Spill The Honey honors Jewish survival of the Holocaust and the African American's suffering of slavery as it seeks to bring awareness of the historic connections between these two communities.
SHARI ROGERS, PhD, President
Dr. Shari L. Rogers is a licensed clinical psychologist and activist. She is the founder and director of Building Relationships Inc., Spill the Honey Organization, and a trustee of The Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP). She is the co-executive producer of Eli Inspiring Future Generations, a documentary on the important lessons learned from the Holocaust, and has been published in "Friendship and Faith, the Wisdom of Women Creating Alliances for Peace." Dr. Rogers has a long history of community activism, which includes work with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), AJC (American Jewish Committee), American Women's Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and a board member on the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation. Dr. Rogers also supervised therapists as a consultant at Kadima a Jewish mental health agency. She is a facilitator of various educational programs, fundraisers, lectures, and music and concerts related to promoting non-violence, tolerance, and compassion. She has worked to build a relationship with the United States Holocaust Museum and the Institute for World Justice.
BARBARA M. SWARTZ, Secretary
Barbara received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University School of Education. Since 1971, she has been involved in a variety of educational endeavors in higher education in Massachusetts, including teaching at her alma mater. In addition, she became the Educational Coordinator for World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH), a non-profit organization that focuses on publicizing children's safety issues. She developed a bilingual curriculum based on the work of Attorney Edward M. Swartz and is a Trustee of the Cummings Institute of World Justice. She is on the board of overseers at the Franciscan Hospital for Children.
ROBERT LEVIN, Treasurer
Robert is CEO of Transclick, a contributing member of the World Economic Forum, where he was honored in 2008 as a technology pioneer, and Managing Director of Emerging Star Capital, LLC. He is a foreign policy analyst and a recognized expert in technology and in global emerging markets. He was an active corporate member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the author of the first biography of President Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton: The inside Story. Robert was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance at Columbia Business School and received his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley. He has a master's degree from Fletcher School of Diplomacy and an MBA from NYU's School of Business. Recently, he was asked to speak before the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the National Academy of Sciences.
LISA WEITZMAN, Business Development
Lisa is a Founding Partner of Blue Star Global Investors LLC. Lisa has more than 20 years of national market expertise in the commercial real estate industry, with in-depth partner experience in real estate development and the capital markets. She has had primary responsibility for more than $2.2 billion in real estate transactions in all major asset classes. Her experience includes underwriting, originating, structuring and closing debt and equity financings, as well as pursuing strategic asset management solutions for assets through multiple cycles of the market and the multiple phases of an asset's progression from site development through stabilization. She is a second generation Holocaust survivor.
MAXINE DOVERE, Media Advisor
Maxine is a broadcast and print journalist who was associate producer for the Barry Gray Show, and created, produced, and hosted the newsmagazines "Connections," "Lookin' Good" and Mid East Market Watch. She was a host of the English version of "Israel Today" and is guest commentator on several international broadcasts. Her writing and photographs have been widely published. She is co-author of the recently published A Return to Living, a memoir of a widow's first memorial year. She holds degrees from Douglass College (Rutgers) and Polytechnic/NYU.
DR. CLARENCE B. JONES
Dr. Jones is currently a Scholar/Writer in Residence and Visiting Professor at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University. In a distinguished and heralded career, Dr. Clarence B. Jones served as counsel to Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1960 to 1968 and assisted with the first seven paragraphs of the "I Have a Dream" speech. He partnered with Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr. as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), in the Wall Street investment banking firm Carter, Berlind & Weill, becoming the first African-American on Wall Street. Twice recognized as Fortune Magazine's Business Man of the Month, he founded successful financial, corporate and media-related ventures. He has also provided strategic legal and financial consulting services to several governments around the world including The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Zambia. He has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society.
Award-winning, New York Times bestselling international investigative author of 120 award-winning editions in 14 languages in 65 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With more than a million books in print, his work focuses on human rights, genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropic abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work ten times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and, in recent years, he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards.
Daniel Hernandez was the congressional intern who helped save Gabrielle Giffords life after she was shot, got a shout-out at the NJDC event. He is a human rights activist and Speaker, Advocate, Author of the Memoir They Call Me A Hero. School board member for Sunnyside District. Karaoke Aficionado. Hernandez was inspired by a teacher who was a Holocaust survivor, "I started working for a lot of older Jewish women who called themselves my yentas."
RABBI JOSHUA BENNETT
Rabbi Bennett has served as one of the spiritual leaders of Temple Israel, Michigan since his ordination from the Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 1994. He holds a Masters Degree of Hebrew Letters in addition to Rabbinic Ordination. Rabbi Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1989. Rabbi Bennett has focused his energies on Jewish youth throughout his career. Included in his resume is time spent as the Assistant Director of the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana and as the Director of the North American Federation of Temple Youth - Ohio Valley
REVEREND DR. DEEDEE M. COLEMAN
Pastor of the Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church since 1999. Reverend Coleman earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove College in Detroit and a Doctoral Degree from The United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, majoring in Inter-cultural Communications. Reverend Coleman has been in the ministry since 1963, receiving Full Ordination to the Ministry in 1993. She received the 2007 Edwin T. Dalhberg Peace Award for outstanding work in prison ministry and reentry services to this country. The Dahlberg Peace Award is the highest award granted by the American Baptist Churches, USA; its first recipient was Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
DR. WILLIAM G. ANDERSON
Dr. Anderson was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association for twenty years where he also served as President. He is best known for his role with the Coalition of Desegregation, a civil rights movement in Albany, GA. The movement, led by Dr. Anderson, was formed in 1961 by local activists in Albany.
DR. CHARLES ASHER SMALL
Dr. Small is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also the Koret Distinguished Scholar at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University. Dr. Small specializes in social and cultural theory, globalization and national identity, socio-cultural policy, and racism(s) - including anti-semitism.
DR. ORA MOBLEY SWEETING
Dr. Ora Mobley Sweeting is a human rights activist, visionary and initiator for the renaming of the Harriet Tubman Schools, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Malcolm X Blvd. and nationwide education decentralization.
Amy is the Creative Co-Founder for Spill the Honey. She has an MBA from Columbia University and is an expert in strategic business development working with some of the world's leading executives, corporations, non-profits and social impact initiatives. Ms. Nederlander is a third generation member of the Nederlander family in entertainment and is a producer.
DR. SUSANNAH HESCHEL
Dr. Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. She is the recipient of many grants and awards including the Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center, an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Colorado College, the John M. Manley Huntington award from Dartmouth, the National Jewish Book Award and Germany's Geiger Prize.
RABBI ISRAEL "SI" DRESNER
Past president for the Education Fund for Israel, Civil Rights and Peace, Rabbi Dresner was "the most arrested rabbi in America" of the twentieth century. At Dr. King's request, his friend Rabbi Dresner helped organize the largest group of clergy ever arrested at one time in history, in 1962. He was recently honored by President Obama for his work in civil rights.
JAMES E. WHITE, JR.
Mr. White is the president and CEO of Jim White Enterprises. A multitalented individual, he has been a singer, a television broadcaster, a writer and a producer. Mr. White's book, Shoah Never Again, is a collection of poems and history of the Holocaust.
ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, IV
Mr. Powell was a member of the New York City Council and the New York State House of Representatives. He is responsible for passing state legislation to exempt seniors from paying rent increases. Born in Puerto Rico, he attended Howard and Fordham Universities, where he earned a law degree.
RABBI BEN KAMIN
National speaker on MLK and Civil Rights. Books on the subject include "Nothing Like Sunshine: A Story in the Aftermath of the MLK Assassination." Kamin launched his next book, "ROOM 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel," at the National Civil Rights Museum on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of MLK assassination, April 4, 2012. Kamin's tenth book, "DANGEROUS FRIENDSHIP: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King Jr., and The Kennedy Brothers," was released by Michigan State University Press on April 1, 2014. The book was launched at the Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute, the home of the King Papers, at Stanford University.
RABBI DANIEL B. SYME
Lifestyle magazine's readers voted Rabbi Daniel B. Syme one of the 18 North American Jews "who will be most influential in shaping the future of the Jewish community in the '90s and into the 21st century. "The black, Jewish and Latino communities of America will create the new vision of America" said Syme who believes working together to creating a political system that works is essential. "This world, that is drenched with the blood of Jews and blacks in so many areas of globe, is testimony to the absolute necessity of all us to interact with one another, to be involved and not back off."
RABBI MARK GOLUB
Lauded by Newsweek as one of America's most influential rabbis, is recognized within American Jewry as a leading interviewer and television producer. His award-winning national program, "Shalom Television reads like a "Who's Who" on the world Jewish scene.
RABBI DR. DOUGLAS GOLDHAMMER
Rabbi Goldhamer received his Bachelor of Hebrew Law, Master of Hebrew Letters and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sir George Williams University, Montreal. His Ph.D. is in Medieval Philosophy from University of Chicago. He was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1945, and became a citizen of the United States in 2003. At his temple, Congregation Bene Shalom, American Sign Language (ASL) is used for the hearing impaired and diversity is stressed.
PASTOR JIM VICKERS, JR.
Reverend Vickers is a senior pastor of Ebenezer Second Baptist Church in Lincoln Heights and executive director of Valley Learning Center Inc. Reverend Vickers wants to see churches and businesses come together to make the community stronger. He has sponsored the Mountaintop Economic Development Summit and Jewish African American forums.
PAUL A. OMEKANDA
Founder of Best Man Tim National Campaign. He is a Penn State University graduate, who was also a NCAA Division 1 student athlete. He is the founder of the Ultimate Break Soccer Program, where he also served as Executive Director. Currently, he is a student at Cooley Law School.
Donna Charles is the CEO of MULTI-TRAINING SYSTEMS, LLC MTS has been a respected training and consulting company. MLT helps organizations in every industry achieve organizational excellence with our leadership, organization, employee, and team development services. MTS is Certified by Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC) and Women's Business Enterprise National Certification (WBENC)
Mr. Carl Dickerson, former President of the Black Business Association (BBA), initiated the first Dickerson Group of companies in 1965. Carl Dickerson is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Dickerson Employee Benefits and Insurance. Today he shares management with his two sons-in-law Tony Lee and Michael Wolff, CEO and President respectively. Carl's long career has included service on many boards and committees and he has held many prominent positions with organizations such as the Los Angeles Urban League and Town Hall Los Angeles.
Brian Hutcheson aka "Hutch" uses a fresh and unique approach to his work branding, marketing, consulting and promoting artists, brands, and concepts in the entertainment and music business. Brian started his own record label in 2009 achieving national and international success. He developed his first artist, a college buddy from Detroit MI, creating a local and national buzz based out of Orlando, Fl. Brian's label, Digital Dollar Production, used an innovative approach combining classic gorilla marketing techniques with Brian's proprietary digital marketing strategy achieving success with his very first single - played on national television (MTV, BET, FUSE) as well mainstream radio (2800 BDS Spins) and spreading virally across the internet (hitting all the major blogs, ranked #1 on Reverb Nation, and achieving 2nd position on natural Google rankings through SEO (search engine optimization). In 2013 Brian moved back to the Metro Detroit are where he has been managing the video director Gerard Victor as well as working with recently signed artist Boldy James.
MARVIN TOWNS, JR.
Marvin Towns was introduced to the film business though his friendship with Muhammad Ali, first working as an assistant on Freedom Road. His next gig was on The Blues Brothers and he hasn't looked back. Towns' production skills have been honed through years of working on big studio films, TV shows and small independent features. He is also the producer of the Classic Cruise Extravaganza, Concours d'Elegance at Cranbrook and The Detroit Festival of Speed and Style fund-raisers held in the Metro-Detroit area.
LYSA POSTULA-STEIN, JD
Lysa Postula-Stein, J.D. is an attorney, community organizer and civil rights activist from Detroit, MI. For many years, she was "the only female securities attorney in Michigan," primarily representing female,elderly investors in suits against fraudulent investment professionals and the nation's largest brokerage houses. She was appointed to three, two-year terms of service on the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character and Fitness, was a Prehearing Attorney for the State of Michigan Court of Appeals, and was a long-term intern for the United States District Court in Chicago, IL. Ms. Postula-Stein is a Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, was elected to the WLAM State Board of Directors for eleven consecutive years, and was integral to the organiation's evolution from advocating for women's access to the legal profession to promoting female attorneys' retention and promotion into leadership positions. As the daughter of a Jewish-American lawyer who defended African-Americans in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, Ms. Postula-Stein is a lifetime activist in Detroit’s Black-Jewish alliance and cultural unity movement.
Nurit Sirkis-Banks, Jerusalem
Debbie Bragman, Detroit
Lisa Chaben, Detroit
Carl Dickerson, Los Angeles
Judith G. Etkin, Detroit
Amy Folbe, Detroit
Dr. Lonnie Ford, Detroit
Rabbi Niles Goldstein, Chicago
Rabbi Felipe Goodman, Las Vegas
Pat Haron, Detroit
Ken L. Harris, Detroit
Leon Kassman, New York
Nancy Katzman, Detroit
Lori Lasday, Detroit
Julie Manning Lurz, Detroit
Ilene Kahan, Detroit
Debbie Keith, Detroit
Candida Mobley, Los Angeles
Minister Greg Philips, Los Angeles
Simah Philips, Jerusalem
Byron Pitts - Detroit Attorney
Seth Rogers, Detroit
Rachel Rosenberg, Detroit
Elaine Schonberger, Detroit
Karen Sherman, Detroit
Michelle Shapiro, Detroit
Rose Starow , Los Angeles
Dr. John Telford, Detroit
Mrs. Gayle Timmis, Detroit
Kelly Victor, Detroit
Sandra Ware, Detroit
Nicole Weissman, Las Vegas
Amy Wildstein, New York
Kelly Victor, Detroit
Burton Zipser, Detroit