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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Terry Kassel


Terry Kassel is a philanthropist committed to the future of the Jewish people and Israel. She co-founded Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), which connects the world to Israeli innovation, and the Jewish Food Society (JFS), which preserves and elevates Jewish culinary heritage. In July 2021, SNC and JFS launched Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel, which nurtures Israel’s diverse and creative culinary scene. As a trustee of the Paul E. Singer Foundation, Kassel played a leading role in the Jewish community’s response to COVID-19 by driving additional support to Jewish day schools, camps, and other at-risk institutions. And she increased the capacity of New York’s Jewish community security infrastructure to respond to increasing threats to Jewish life. She was a founding board member of OneTable, which seeks to connect young Jews to their peers and Jewish community through Shabbat dinner experiences. Professionally, Kassel has served in senior executive positions at Merrill Lynch and Elliott Management. (Photo: The Tikvah Fund)


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