Advisory Board

The Onkelos Advisory Board is comprised of rabbis, spiritual leaders, mental health practitioners, scholars, academic advisers, legal counsel, and alumni mentors. This group provides feedback and organizes activities which enhance the supports of the organization.

Advisory Board members are often available for direct support if hey choose to participate in the following roles: Immersion Program Readiness Evaluation, Adopt-A-Scholar Program, Spiritual Leadership, Engagement and Training, Scholar Engagement and Support, Academic Advisement, Technology, Events, Marketing and Communication

Rabbi Matt Cutler
Spiritual Leadership

Rabbi Matt is the senior Rabbi of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, New York,  and is committed to social advocacy. It is the foundation of his faith to see each and every person as a person created b’tselem Elohim. He has founded a group to address bigotry and racism in his community, called Schenectady Clergy against Hate. He served on various Ethics Committee in the Schenectady area, former board member of the United Way and Planned Parenthood as well as an advocate Jewish informal education thru Reform Jewish movement’s summer camps.

Shulamit S. Magnus (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1988)
PR, Academic Advisement

Shulamit S. Magnus is Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies and History at Oberlin College. She is the author of four books and dozens of articles focusing on Jewish social and cultural history, the history of Jewish women, and the workings of gender in Jewish societies. She is the recipient of a National Jewish Book Award and a Hadassah-Brandeis Award for her work on the memoirs of Pauline Wengeroff. She lives in Jerusalem and teaches at Hebrew University-Rothberg.

Barbara Raffel, MSW, LCSW
Coordinator, Adopt-A-Scholar Program

Barbara Raffel has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years. She has experienced working with the disenfranchised in a variety of settings. Barbara had a private practice in Central New Jersey working with Military Families. For the past 20 years, she has worked in a therapeutic alternative High School. Barbara is passionate about working with adolescents who are on a journey to find their sense of self. She has also worked with the organization Unchained at Last and is a strong supporter of the Onkelos Mission.