Who is Who

Dekel Houmash Executive Director

As arzenu’s lead employee, Dekel Houmash is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation. She joined arzenu after previously working for the Jewish Agency for Israel where she was responsible for the shilchim to URJ summer camps. Born and raised in Israel, Dekel Houmash holds an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University.

She joined arzenu after previously working for the Jewish Agency for Israel where she was responsible for the shilchim to URJ summer camps. Born and raised in Israel, Dekel Houmash holds an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University.

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein International Chair

Rabbi Mühlstein first attended the Zionist Congress in 2006 as a representative of the World Union of Jewish Students. Having served a term as vice-chair of arzenu, she was elected chair in 2017. Born and raised in Germany, Rabbi Mühlstein was ordained from Leo Baeck College in 2012. She works as a fulltime pulpit rabbi at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue in London, UK.

Rabbi Jack Luxemburg Vice-chair

A founding member of arzenu’s constituent in the United States, ARZA – the Association of Reform Zionists in America, Rabbi Luxemburg was elected vice-chair of Arzenu in 2017. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College -JIR Cincinnati in 1976. Rabbi Luxemburg is the rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Ami in Rockville MD, where he served as senior rabbi for 35 years.

Susan C. Longo Co-treasurer

Susan C. Longo is President of Making Auditors Proficient (MAP), which provides consulting services to industry and CPA practices throughout the United States and Canada.  She has been associated with national, regional, and local practices in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan and Texas.  She has expertise in compliance auditing for nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, employee benefit plans, HUD, financial institutions, broker-dealers, CIRAs and contractors.

Rabbi Robert Orkand Co-Treasurer

Rabbi Orkand is currently serving his second term as treasurer (now co-treasurer) of arzenu having first been elected in 2014. From 2010 to 2014, he served as the president of ARZA US. Ordained as a Rabbi in 1973, Rabbi Orkand retired from the pulpit rabbinate in June, 2014. At the time of his retirement he was the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in Westport, CT.

Yaron Shavit Israel Chair and Legal Consultant

Yaron Shavit has served as the chair of arzenu’s faction in the Zionist Institutions since 2010 and serves as arzenu’s legal consultant. He is one of arzenu’s representatives on the Executive Committee of the World Zionist Organization. He is an active attorney and a colonel in reserve within the IDF Central Command. Yaron Shavit is the former chair of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.

Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman Chair of the Diaspora Department of the WZO

Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman represents arzenu as the chair of the Diaspora Department in the World Zionist Organization since 200. Her department coordinates support for Zionist Activities across the globe. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the WZO. Previously, Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman served as the Associate Director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism. Born and raised in Israel, she is a board member of Reform congregation Kamatz in

Yair Lootsteen Vice-chair of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael

Yair Lootsteen represents arzenu as a vice-chair on the board of directors of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and is charged with overseeing that organization’s financial affairs. A lawyer, Yair Lootsteen served in the IDF’s Military Advocate General Corps for 23 years, completing his term of duty in 2007 with the rank of Colonel.

Matityahu Sperber Chair of the Board of Himanuta

Matityahu Sperber represents arzenu as chair of the board of Himanuta, the economic development company of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael. He worked for 20 years as the CEO of three kibbutzim. Matityahu Sperber is a founding member of Kibbutz Yahel. He also served as the chair of the steering committee of the Israel Religious Action Center and is a board member of the IMPJ.