Joel has been active in Jewish communal affairs for many years. Following a full career as a Foreign Service Officer, with assignments in Korea, Romania, Tanzania, Malta and Berlin (where he headed the American Embassy Office), he was Founding Chairman for Germany of The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, New York Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League and President and CEO of the Center for Jewish History. Joel serves on the board of Youth Bridge New York, a JCRC high school leadership program through the lens of diversity, and is actively engaged in Park Slope Jewish Center. Joel is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Columbia University and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Joel and Carol, their adult children, and grandchildren all live within walking distance of each other in Brooklyn.
Team Categories: Professional Staff
Jeffrey Alton brings a broad financial background to JCP, including experience in non-profit finance, commercial banking and investments. He has worked both as a service provider and customer in many areas, sharpening his skills in budgeting, project analysis and retirement plans. His work experience includes positions of increasing responsibility at financial institutions including international banks and private investment firms. Jeffrey is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. He received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame. Jeffrey lives in New York City with his wife and three daughters.
Edward Kelly is a Facilities Manager whose extensive experience has included years at the 42nd Street branch of NY Public Library, the three building Google campus and the Sherry Netherland hotel. Most recently, he served for a year as Correspondence Manager at National Debt Relief performing duties as varied as code writing and creating client introductory documents. He holds an undergraduate degree in Film Production from Hunter College.
Ray Antonison is a video creator and visual artist from New York whose background includes writing, social media management, and media creation. They hold a Bachelor of the Arts in Playwriting & Screenwriting and Journalism from SUNY Purchase, and after graduation, began teaching in Brooklyn. As a videographer and editor, Ray has worked with non-profits and on brand launches, shot content for magazines, and edited videos for other content creators. As a disabled content creator, much of their work is centered around community-led representation. A self-taught animator, Ray is always experimenting with new forms of artmaking, and works often with collage and paint as well as pen and pencil. Ray’s background in childhood education made JCP a natural fit.
Yaffa Muhlbaum (she/her) is the Jewish Life Coordinator at JCP. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and relocated to New York for undergrad. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in the Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary. During her time at Columbia she served as the President of Pizmon, a Jewish 501c3 non-profit and music group. At the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Yaffa served as a Director of The Actualization Project, an engagement initiative designed to bring Hillel programming to underserved members of the Columbia community. She also served as the Ruderman Disability Inclusion Ambassador where she created more accessible and inclusive programming and advocated for students of all abilities. Yaffa participated in the Kraft Global Fellowship where she traveled to Chile as part of an interfaith learning exchange. She has also participated in the UJA Jewish Changemakers Fellowship, a program dedicated to the development of global Jewish leadership.
Carly Siegler was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. She is a 2013 graduate of Ursinus college, with a B.A. in Media and Communications Studies & Theater, and a Minor in French. Carly’s professional background is in the non-profit sector, and she has had the pleasure of serving various arts organizations in both Philadelphia and her adopted home of New York City, where she is currently pursuing a degree in public interest law.
Kalina Venugopal (she/her) grew up in California and received her B.A in Theater Arts from Santa Clara University in 2017. Kalina loves being a part of the JCP team, and in her spare time trains for marathons, eats tons of pasta, and is a proud volunteer for the non profit arts organization Film Fatales—which advocates for marginalized directors of all genders for television/film.