Jewish Wisdom as a Framework for Personal Growth

Board Members

Board of Directors

Louis J. Kolom, CPA – Lincolnwood, IL

Since 1996, Mr. Kolom has served and continues to serve as President, CEO, Chairman and Director of First Equity Corp. and 1st Equity Bank. Since 2003, Mr. Kolom serves as Chairman, Director and employee of Northwest Equity Corp. and 1 st Equity Bank Northwest.  Mr. Kolom has extensive experience in bank lending, investments, finance and operations and extensive exposure to business transactions.  Louis is active on his synagogue board and has served on various school boards.

Steven Frischling – Baltimore, MD

Simcha is the founder and executive director of Call of the Shofar. For the past 10 years he has worked, both in the US and Israel, with hundreds of men and women through the programs that he creates. He continues to develop and run a wide range of wellness programs employing a unique system of cutting edge healing modalities firmly grounded in Torah principles.

Michael Elman, M.D. – Baltimore, MD

Michael, a practicing ophthalmologist of 30+ years, is the owner of the Elman Retina Group. He is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and current Director of Retina Surgery at Franklin Square Hospital. He is deeply active in many community service and philanthropic activities. Michael is a widely respected member and a pillar of the Baltimore Jewish Community.


Vlad Gutin – New York, NY

During his 13 years with Goldman Sachs, Vlad served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Specialty Finance Group. He is currently a Senior Partner and co-founder of TZP group LLC, a private equity firm. Vlad is a member of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City and recipient of National Jewish Outreach Program’s Young Leadership Award.


Shmuel Solomon – Rosh Pina, Israel

Shmuel is an angel investor and principal at Arizal Services LLC. He participates on board of directors of private and public companies. Shmuel is a successful entrepreneur and business executive with over 30 years experience in the legal, financial and information technology industries.


Todd Miller – Milwaukee, WI


Joe Carmen – Queens, NY

Board of Rabbinic Advisers

Rabbi Michel Twerski – Congregation Beth Jehudah, Milwaukee, WI

Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz – Yeshivas Ohr Sameach, Jerusalem, Israel


Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer – Shearith Israel Congregation Baltimore, MD