ELIHU “HUGH” BAVER
BOARD MEMBER / AUTHOR
RABBI ANCEL SALAMON
BOARD MEMBER / JEWISH CULTURE, HISTORY, & PRACTICES
Born in Romania, Rabbi Salamon emigrated to Canada in 1963 & then came to the USA in 1989 where he led the Chevra Kadisha in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. During his tenure there as Assistant Rabbi he performed more than 2000 TAHARAS and funerals. Having attained the highest degree of Rabbinical Ordination as Yoreh Yoreh, Yadin Yadin, Rabbi Salamon is a Member of the Faculty of Mesifta Wolkowisk Rabbinical Academy in Woodmere, NY. A distinguished member of the Sheriffs Council, Ancel is also a Military and Police Certified Chaplain. Currently serving as President of the Jewish Chaplains of the Dominican Republic, Rabbi Salamon is recognized as a Rabbi in Israel & is extensively connected to the wider Jewish community in the US, Canada, & the Dominican Republic. Well known for his compassionate and inspirational leadership, Rabbi Salamon also performs wedding ceremonies, Bar & Bat Mitzvot, Brit Milah, and baby namings. Residing in Sosua with his wife of many years, he is highly committed to keeping this area’s Jewish heritage alive and will serve as the Dominican focal point for strategic execution of this project.
DR. DENNIS LAFFER
BOARD MEMBER / HISTORIAN
He has come to agree with the viewpoint proposed by Professor David Wyman and others that President Franklin D. Roosevelt did little to aid Jewish refugees during the critical pre-war and intra-war periods and that this international gathering was primarily a publicity ploy designed to deflect any changes in American immigration policies.
BOARD MEMBER / ART & THEATER
BOARD MEMBER / Permaculture & Organic Farming
BOARD MEMBER / Taino Indian Indigenous Culture
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Skye Stephenson is a global educator and writer. She received a doctorate in International Relations and Latin American Studies from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was one of the first students at Wellesley College to graduate with a Latin American Studies major. She lived more than a decade in Latin America, and has helped to develop educational programs in many of the countries of the region – including the Dominican Republic. Skye currently makes her home in southern New Hampshire, working at Keene State College as Director of their Global Education Office. In recent years, she has served as U.S. representative for the indigenous pluriversity of Ecuador. In her free time, Skye enjoys writing and spiritual activities. She is the author a full-length book about South American culture, a novel, two poetry books, numerous academic articles as well as a monthly newspaper column in the Monadnock region.
Hernani Isaac Del Giudice
BOARD MEMBER / TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
As a founding member of the non-profit Fundacion SLD, Hernani is helping a team, together with CabareteNetwork, to develop free educational internet service to the various neighborhoods in Cabarete. In the past, he also proposed educational solutions to the Dominican Government and other Dominican North Coast communities.
Meira Ferster is a sophomore studying neuroscience at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Her interest in becoming an intern for Sosua75 stems from the history of her own family who had escaped Europe during WWII to the Dominican Republic. In addition to still having family there, maintaining her Jewish faith is very important to her. An accomplished musician in the piano, alto saxophone , and guitar, who performed at Carnegie Hall, one of Meira’s other interests include figure skating where she was a member of the UNH synchro skating team. Some of her other accomplishments include placing fourth in the Empire State Games, and performing under famous musician Wynton Marsalis. Coming to NH from Great Neck, NY, Meira’s future aspirations include doing research to find a cure for Diabetes and Neuroscience.
Mary Hilliard is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame in the Mendoza College of Business with a second major in English. Upon completion of a “Europe at War” course detailing European history between 1900-1945, Mary learned about the Evian Conference in the context of the destruction of European Jewry. Although only mentioned in a short sentence in the span of 50 pages, Mary was intrigued by this event due to the general lack of knowledge about this Conference and its immense repercussions. As a result, she applied for and received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in Liberal Arts to conduct archival research at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland. Through her research, Mary drew parallels between the attempts to ameliorate the refugee crisis in the 1930s and actions taken to address the Syrian refugee crisis and others taking place today in contemporary times. Originally from Kansas City, Mary is a member of the Sorin Scholar undergraduate research Honors program, a manager for the lacrosse team, and a Student Government Senator for her dorm at Notre Dame.