Board of Directors

CHIC WOLK, Co-Founder is a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Survivor Mitzvah Project and Cofounder and Treasurer of SMP. Mr. Wolk is a businessman and committed philanthropist. He attended Loyola College School of Law in Chicago and served for two and a half years in the United States Air Force during and after World War II. Now retired, Mr. Wolk was formerly CEO of Charter Parking and Managing Partner of Five Star Parking. Mr. Wolk is CFO and Director of the Foundation for Consumers Rights and is the Honorary Consul of Kyrgyz Republic in Los Angeles. He served as Chairman of the American Friends of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute and presently serves on the Board of the California Institute of Yiddish Culture.

PHIL JOFFE is a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Survivor Mitzvah Project. Former Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CalFarm Insurance Company, he is also the former president and director of CalFarm Life Insurance Company and a former CPA with Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Joffe participates as a Co-founder and Director of the Carrera-Joffe Foundation and is the former director of several not-for-profit organizations. Currently, Mr. Joffe and his wife Margaret Carrera, are owners of Symphony Farms, the home of Rociero XV, formally top ranked PRE Grand Prix dressage horse in the country and are presently competing their other horses throughout the country.

CONAN BERKELEY is a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Survivor Mitzvah Project. He has spent thirty years in the Entertainment Industry as an Executive Producer of television and as a Talent Manager. In New York City, he was co-founder of the legendary comedy club CATCH A RISING STAR, where he was also a performer. Moving to California with his band, B&B, he went on to become a comedy writer and producer. Mr. Berkeley has developed pilots and series at ABC, UPN, The WB, Warner Brothers, and FBC, spearheading development deals for his production companies at Castle Rock, Columbia/Tristar and Paramount Pictures Television. He is involved with The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s Holocaust Video Archive and is a Producer of the SMP’s documentary film, FAMILY OF STRANGERS. Mr. Berkeley has lent his time and energy to the SMP since its inception.

JULES FREEMAN joined the Board of Directors of The Survivor Mitzvah Project in 2021. Since 1983, Mr. Freeman has been a Vice President and Financial Advisor at a major investment company. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at California State University, Northridge, and earned a post-graduate degree in Advanced Financial Advice from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. A community leader, Jules served on the Board of Directors and in various leadership positions including President and Event Chair of multiple organizations such as City of Hope, Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth Am, Temple Chai, Year-Up Arizona, and Little League of America. His work for City of Hope earned him the highest honor awarded to volunteers. Born and raised on the westside of Los Angeles, Jules relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1998 with his wife Jodi and their two sons.

RICHARD NATHAN currently serves as the Governor appointed Chairman of the Colorado Gaming Control Commission.  He is a founding member of The Board of Directors of The Survivor Mitzvah Project.  Mr. Nathan resides and practices law in Denver, Colorado. His 39-year legal career included 8 years as Director of the government’s Organized Crime Strike Force based in Denver and as Colorado’s First Assistant Attorney General in charge of Criminal Justice. Since 1982 Mr. Nathan’s private practice of law has evolved into an exclusive specialization in international regulatory law and business transactions. He has had a long commitment to community-based service in the Jewish community. In 1982 he and his wife Karin, together with an Israeli couple, founded the Kesher project which sent U.S. families to Israel for one-month periods to live and work in Israeli communities, a project sponsored by the Allied Jewish Federation of Denver. In 1987 Mr. Nathan was awarded the Adolph Kiesler award as the Outstanding Young Jewish Leader in Denver by the Allied Jewish Federation. He served as Chairman of the Allied Jewish Federation’s Israel Programs Committee from 1987 to 1996 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation from 1990 to 1996. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Committee from 1982 to 1987.

RABBI MOSHE J. KUSHMAN, of Blessed Memory, was a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Survivor Mitzvah Project. He was a tax partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP, specializing in Federal income taxation, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, international tax planning, and the taxation of financial products. Rabbi Kushman served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and the CSUN Bookstein Institute of Taxation. He also served on the Planning Committee of the U.S.C. Institute on Federal Taxation and the Advisory and Program Planning Board of the Master of Science in Taxation Program of California State University, Northridge, and was recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Rabbi Kushman wrote Echo From A Lost Generation about The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s efforts to bring aid to the last survivors of the Holocaust.