Board of Directors

Karen Davidson

Karen Davidson

Davidson, who was born in LaPorte, Indiana, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her husband was the late Bill Davidson, owner of Guardian Industries Corp, the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. Karen is a very active leader, serving on multiple committees and boards, including the William Davidson Foundation; the William Davidson Institute at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Henry Ford Health Systems; the Michigan Regional Board; the University of Michigan President’s Advisory Group; the Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute; the International Board of the Weizmann Institute; co-chair of Arievim; and supporter of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem (Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower), the Weizmann Institute, and Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA). Karen is the mother of three daughters. Her late husband, Bill was the father of a son and a daughter. Together they have nine grandchildren.
Peter Friedmann

Peter Friedmann

Friedmann is a Director of Teltronics. He also serves on the Board of Brighter Minds. Mr. Friedmann is the Chairman of FGC Holdings Inc. and Steelman Software Solutions. He was a Strategic Advisor at iGan Partners. Throughout his career, Mr. Friedmann has been involved in various real estate projects in Canada, the United States, and Europe and is also currently involved in the IT industry. He developed and operated major business in North America and Europe. In addition, Mr. Friedmann is a Principal of a venture capital company which is investing in startup technology driven companies. He is managing investments for investors in a major pension fund and oil and gas exploration company. Mr. Friedmann was a Strategic Limited Partner at Hargan Ventures. Mr. Friedmann was involved in one of the largest steel mills in Central Europe, which was acquired by United States Steel in 2000. Mr. Friedmann received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 1972.

Amy Holtz

Amy Holtz is the CEO of the Israel-Diaspora Initiative. As former president of Jerusalem U, she grew the organizationto an internationally recognized brand that distributes films in 26 countries and educates thousands of students every year. Previously, Amy co-owned and operated the Party City retail chain, with more than 900 employees and sales in excess of $50 million.

Mitch Julis

Julis is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, and Co-CEO of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Julis is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude), and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., honors). Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Julis directed a group of professionals responsible for a portfolio of distressed and special situation securities at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he was a bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Mr. Julis has authored a number of articles published in law journals and other periodicals on the subject of bankruptcy and distressed credit investing.
Marc Rowan

Marc Rowan

Rowan is a Founding Partner of Apollo Management LP, a private investment firm that manages a series of institutional funds focused on complex equity investments, leveraged buyouts and corporate reorganizations. He currently serves on the board of directors of AAA, an Apollo-sponsored multibillion-dollar alternative investment manager; Harrah's Entertainment, a leading hotel-and-casino company; and Norwegian Cruise Lines, a premium cruise line with itineraries worldwide. He also serves on the boards of AP Investment Europe Ltd., BHR Holdings GP Ltd. and Apollo Principal Holdings IV GP, Ltd. Prior to joining Apollo, Rowan was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., with responsibilities in high-yield financing, transaction idea generation and merger structure negotiation. Rowan graduated from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with a bachelor's degree and an M.B.A. in finance.
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Raphael Shore

Raphael Shore is the Founder and CEO of Jerusalem U. Since inception, Jerusalem U has educated and inspired 6,500 college students from over 300 campuses, and is responsible for over 130,000 hours of Jewish and Israel online learning. Shore produced the 2010 documentary Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus, 2012 PBS film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, 2014 film Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, and 2015 film Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus. Shore also founded and is the CEO of the Clarion Project, producing its groundbreaking documentary films, including the critically acclaimed Obsession: Radical Islam's War against the West (seen by 30 million Americans and won Best Feature Film at the 2005 Liberty Film Festival), The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America, Iranium, and Honor Diaries. CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and other leading media organizations have interviewed him and featured his films. Shore previously served as COO of the Jewish outreach organization Aish HaTorah. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Shore and his family now live in Jerusalem.

Rivka Zell

Zell is an active philanthropist with a strong focus on bringing education to the community. She maintains strong ties to Israel through the Zell Entrepreneurial Program at IDC Herzliya. This program, now in its 12th year, provides final year students a platform for business venture development with support from accomplished instructors, mentors and the business community. Rivka brings Israeli culture to Chicago through the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and serves on the Chicago boards of the Jewish National Fund (Co-VP Education and Community Affairs), CAMERA, and StandWithUs. Rivka is also actively involved in AIPAC and works closely with members of Congress to support the US-Israel relationship. Rivka Zell joins us from Chicago where she resides after being raised in Anchorage Alaska. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon.