TZAHAL SHALOM of Northern Westchester 



JOHN GOLDENBERG lives in Chappaqua with his wife Debbie & their two sons, Zach and Ben.  John manages a private investment fund. Prior to managing this fund & co-managing a prior fund, John practiced law in New York City.  The Goldenbergs visited Israel at the time of Zach’s Bar Mitzvah.  John’s passion for Israel & Tzahal Shalom intensifed when he joined his neighbor for a dinner with 2 IDF soldiers and the following year the Goldenbergs had the privilege of hosting a soldier in their own home. John is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

JEFF TAUB is an attorney in private practice in Manhattan focusing on real estate and corporate transactions and litigation. In addition, Mr. Taub is a founder and principle of Taub & Posman Associates, LLC, a Professional Office Suite company located in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Taub earned a B.A. from Hobart College and a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University. Mr. Taub, his wife Nancy, and their two children, Andrew and Lauren, hosted an Israeli soldier through the Tzahal Shalom program in 2013 cementing their connection to Israel, the IDF and Tzahal Shalom. Mr. Taub and his family reside in Pleasantville, New York.

ANITA GREENWALD is a Co-Founder (2006) and one of the original Co-Directors (2006-2014) of Tzahal Shalom of Northern Westchester.  The impact of Tzahal Shalom is one of the things she is most proud of.  Before and during Tzahal Shalom, Anita started and ran UJA Federation of NY's Connect to Care program for Westchester County (2009-2014) Before that she managed and was a producer at her  own recruiting firm Concorde Staffing, which her husband, Rich, took over in 1994. Both of Anita's parents were Holocaust survivors & she credits them with instilling a passion for Israel and for making a difference. Anita and Rich live in Armonk and have four children, Jessie, Zach, Hannah and Lucy.

MICHELE KRAUSHAAR co-founded Tzahal Shalom in 2006 creating an organization with a mission to connect the Northern Westchester community to Israel. She has been a passionate co-director and cheerleader for the program ever since. It has been successful beyond anything she had imagined and continues to be a big part of her life.  Additionally,  Michele  is a freelance graphic designer specializing in typographically driven design.  In the summer months, Michele and her husband Judah are involved in all aspects of agriculture at their working farm in Dutchess County, Meadowland Farm. Michele and Judah are avid supporters of Israel and travel there frequently to visit friends & Tzahal Shalom alumni. They have three grown children, Liana, Elias and Sofia.

RANDI KREISLER has been involved with Tzahal Shalom beginning 2008. Randi and her family were fortunate to host a soldier and had an incredible ten days getting to know him. They are still in touch with him today.  Over the years she has traveled back to Israel and always enjoys getting together with soldiers we have met through Tzahal Shalom. In 2009, Randi joined to help run the program. Over the past six years, she has been involved in all aspects of running Tzahal Shalom.  Randi has met an incredible group of people who have embraced the program and most importantly, has been inspired by Anita and Michele and the vision they had to bring Tzahal Shalom to our community. Randi, her husband Dan and three children live in Chappaqua.

​ELISSA BERKMAN lives in Armonk with her husband Adam and their three sons, Zachary, Alex and Aidan. She is an attorney in private practice focusing on software licensing and other commercial contracts. Elissa earned a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. Elissa and her family hosted an Israeli soldier through the Tzahal Shalom Program in 2016 and remain close with him, having visited him in Israel in 2017. She attributes the program to inspiring her son to become a member of Tamid and raising awareness of the importance of maintaining close ties to Israel. 

JASON BERLAND lives in Bedford with his wife Faith and their three children, Sophia, Jacob and Ethan.  Jason is a litigation attorney for Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss in Manhattan and was formerly a prosecutor with the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  The Berlands were a buddy family for the Tzahal Shalom program and Faith continues in her third year as a Tzahal Shalom Program Director.  Everybody in the family feels enriched by the deep connections they have developed with Israel through the IDF soldiers and reservists that visit Northern Westchester every October.  Israel has played a vital role in their lives as it is where Sophia became a Bat Mitzvah in 2016, where Jacob will become a Bar Mitzvah in 2019, where Jason became a Bar Mitzvah many years ago and where Faith studied while on a term abroad in college.  Jason is also in his fourth year as Chairman of the Byram Hills Education Foundation.

LENI GOLDSTEIN  lives in Chappaqua, NY with her husband Mitch and three children- Alyx, Seth and Hayden. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has taken off some time to raise her children but is looking forward to practicing again in the near future. Leni and her family were both buddy and host to two IDF soldiers in the past year and truly enjoyed the life-changing experiences. They are planning on visiting their new Israeli families soon. Israel has played an important role in their lives as it is where their son became a Bar Mitzvah in 2014, where Mitch became a Bar  Mitzvah many years ago and is also where Leni and Mitch got engaged. 

ALAN TANTLEFF is a Sr Managing Director in the New York office of FTI Consulting’s Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice where he leads the company’s Hospitality, Gaming and Leisure practice. Alan is a respected hospitality industry and structured finance professional with 25 years of diverse, hands-on experience in areas of hotel and casino investment and development.  He is a twelve year resident of Westchester County, where he lives with his wife and three teenage daughters. The Tantleffs have had the pleasure of being a  “buddy family”  and a "host family" and look forward to continued involvement in Tzahal Shalom.

LISA UNGER  joins the Board following two years as Tzahal Shalom Program Director.   She is very excited to continue her work on the board expanding Tzahal in other communities. Lisa worked for 12 years as an investment banker at JP Morgan and at UBS. She specialized in trading, operations and risk management. Since leaving the banking world she has been teaching swimming part-time at camps, clubs & privately.  Lisa is in the process of completing her Master of Social Work (MSW).  Lisa and husband Mark live in Armonk where they have been active residents of the Northern Westchester community for nearly 20 years.  They have three beautiful children, Sarah, Kyle and Dean. Lisa has close ties to Israel and a large extended family living there as well. Tzahal Shalom has been an inspiration and major impact on all of their lives.  

MINDY UNGER is active member of the philanthropic community.  She is currently the Chair of the IPPF Fundraising and Awareness Committees.  She serves on the Board for UJA's Northern Westchester Women's Philanthropy Division and she is a founding member of the Neshamot Fund in Westchester. She serves on the Annual Fund Committee for Bet Torah as well as the committee for Chappaqua's Cure in Our Lifetime.  Mindy has been involved with Tzahal Shalom since its inception and was fortunate to host a soldier in the first year (2006).  Hosting a soldier prompted her and her family to visit Israel twice since inception and she is passionate about the program.  Mindy and her children Ali, Jason and Brian live in Chappaqua.

AMY ZIPPER  lives in Armonk, New York with her husband and 3 children.  She dedicates significant time to her family, community, career and charitable causes.  Most recently, her family has focused on increasing their connection to Israel and support of Israeli causes, such as through the Maccabiah Games and Tzahal Shalom, and they are currently creating and donating a recreational facility on an Israeli Army Base.  Her family will tour Israel again this year when her son becomes a bar mitzvah there.  Amy has most recently spent her professional time in the asset management business as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Tourbillon Capital Partners and previously at other asset management firms.  Her career started in law, with associate roles at Sullivan & Cromwell; Schulte, Roth & Zabel; and Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart. She graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and received her Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law as a Dean McKay Scholar. 

Dana, Faith and Deborah, Co-Chairs 2018

         WHO We ARE


The Tzahal Shalom program was started in 2006 by Anita Greenwald and Michele Kraushaar as a way of connecting the Northern Westchester community with Israel. Randi Kreisler joined in 2009 and together they managed every aspect of the program, connecting over 1500 people every year to IDF soldiers and Israel.   Anita, Michele and Randi continue on as Executive Directors and the day-to-day operation of the 10 day program is organized by community Program Co-Directors. 

​​This year, Program Directors are Faith Berland, Deborah Goldman and Dana Keiles. They are super excited to be planning an amazing experience for the delegation, the host and buddy families and the entire community!

In 2015, Tzahal Shalom of Northern Westchester created a Board of Directors (see below) to oversee the growth and sustainability of the program as it continues to move forward. Tzahal Shalom of Northern Westchester Incorporated is a recognized 501c3 organization.  

Hundreds of volunteers have been involved in this unique program. Please consider volunteering in some way – you and your family will reap the benefits from getting to know these outstanding individuals.  Go to the "GET INVOLVED" page to find out about more ways to be a part of this growing family program.


Michele,  Anita and Randi,  Co-Chairs  2006-2014