Gary Bretton-Granatoor, Executive Director

An experienced fundraiser and Jewish community leader, Gary was named Executive Director of the American Friends of Kidum in January, 2018.

Most recently Gary served for seven years as Vice President, Philanthropy, at the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Previously he was with the Anti-Defamation League as Director, Interfaith Affairs and Director, Education Division. He also spent 9 years in a variety of leadership positions at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, including Director, Department of Interreligious Affairs.

Gary received his rabbinic ordination and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Hebrew Union College. For 8 years he was Senior Rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City. He has also served as a Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Congregation Da’at Elohim – Temple of Universal Judaism, New York City, and currently serves part time as rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam in Nantucket, MA.

Larry Geiger, Associate Director

Larry has held leadership positioins with the American Friends of Open University of Israel and the American Society of the University of Haifa. He spent more than 20 years developing marketing strategies for consumer products and high tech clients at Grey Advertising, and has led marketing, communications and membership teams at the American Management Association, the American Red Cross in Greater New York and the National Kidney Foundation.  Larry earned a BA in History from Dartmouth College and an MBA in Marketing from Harvard University.

Talia Priel Tuch, West Coast Representative

Talia was born and raised in Israel and served two years in the teachers unit of the IDF. After graduating from Hebrew University Jerusalem, Talia was a Hebrew/English teacher and educator in a high school in central Israel and a group leader and education projects coordinator with the Ministry of Education.  For the past five years Talia has lived in Los Angeles and worked as a Hebrew teacher and as a project manager serving as the West Coast representative of Naale Elite Academy and a consultant for the Israel education program of the World Zionist Organization. She is a proud mother to Shira, a college student.

Yefet Ozery, Executive Advisor

Yefet has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, grant management, non-profit professional leadership, lay leadership development and strategic planning. He has broad knowledge of the American Jewish Community having served as Executive Director of the American Society of the University of Haifa, Director of the Development and Public Relations Division of Hebrew University and Director of Development and External Relations at Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Jewish People.