The Sephardic Foundation on Aging fosters innovation and collaboration in the field of aging so older people and their communities have the support and resources they need to flourish.
Our values are the foundation upon which we’re built. They inspire all we do, and inform the characteristics we strive to cultivate in ourselves and in our work with others.
Judaism teaches that with years comes perspective and wisdom that should be listened to and respected. We believe that lived experience is a powerful and trustworthy guide for decision-making.
Cooperation, care, and connection are hallmarks of the Sephardic community we were founded to serve. We strive to embody these values in our philanthropic work, creating an expansive intergenerational community rooted in a common Jewish tradition.
Humility is one of the most essential values in Judaism. We strive to always listen and learn from the expertise and experience of all of our peers and neighbors.
Our Jewish values teach us that all people are created in the image of God. We extend kindness, respect, and dignity to everyone we encounter.
Truth is central to our Jewish faith. We strive to be reliable and trustworthy partners, speaking with candor and always acting with integrity.
We’re a dedicated team with varied experiences and backgrounds that have come together to make positive change in the lives of older Jewish people around the world.
With nearly 15 years of experience in program and grant management, Joshua understands the burdens that can be put on a grantee when receiving funding from a foundation. In his work as Executive Director, he is committed to reducing those burdens for grantees. In 2016, Joshua was selected as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Star for his leadership and dedication to the nonprofit sector. Joshua received his Bachelor of Science from Yeshiva University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. He has received certifications from the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the National Association of Nonprofit Accountants and Consultants, Baruch College Executive Certificate Program, Build NYC Grassroots Fundraising Institute, and from Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s WAAB Fellowship. Outside the office, Josh enjoys high-intensity interval training, yoga, live music, travel, and volunteering.
Director of Grants
As an experienced grants consultant and fundraiser, Janice is responsible for the strategic growth of the Foundation’s program priorities. She has worked as a Television Producer with the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach, and brings experience in nonprofit organization, planned giving, event planning, and strategic management and planning. She also served as Executive Director for the Israel Scholarship Education Foundation; National Development Director for The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem; Chief Advancement Officer and Interim COO for ORT America; National Women's Philanthropy Director for the Jewish Federations of North America; and is a Board Trustee of the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. She received her Bachelors from Syracuse University. When she’s not at the office, Janice enjoys travel, fine wine and dining, playing tennis, exercising, reading, spending time with family and friends, and following sports and theatre.
Elisabeth brings her experience preserving Jewish history to her work with the Foundation, where she now helps older communities and engages with their histories in real time. Previously, Elisabeth researched and curated exhibits for the American Sephardi Federation, as well as working to digitally map abandoned Jewish sites in the Middle East and North Africa with the Diarna Project. Elisabeth received her Bachelor of Arts from Jacobs University; her Masters in World and Global History from Columbia University; and her Masters of Science in World History from the London School of Economics. She enjoys camping, traveling and cycling.
Our Board of Directors is composed of business and community leaders, each representing generations of involvement with Jewish community care.
Michael Lopez, President
Louis Rousso, Chair
Neil Crespi, Treasurer
Joe Halio, M.D., Secretary
James J. Khani
Alan Matarasso, M.D.
Rabbi Arnold Marans, Z"L
We’re proud to support the following partners working to advance our priorities in communities around the world.