Founder & Executive Chairman
Prof. Benjamin W. Corn, M.D.
Benjamin W. Corn, MD, is a professor of oncology at Tel Aviv University School of Medicine and chairman of the Institute of Radiotherapy at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. He is co-founder and executive chairman of Life's Door-Gisha L'Chaim Tishkofet-Ma'agan, an NGO that has developed innovative approaches to facing illness and loss and has impacted thousands of patients, families and professionals. In 2011, Dr. Corn was awarded the Israeli Citation for Volunteerism by President Shimon Peres for “changing the way people face illness” on behalf of Gisha L'Chaim/Life's Door (Tishkofet-Ma'agan). He was the winner of the Essay Writing Contest of Lancet Oncology for 2012-2013
Dvora Corn, M.Sc., O.T.R., graduated with honors from Boston University Sargent School of Allied Health in Occupational Therapy and earned her Master's degree in clinical sociology from the University of North Texas. She is a graduate of the post-graduate clinical internship program at the Family Institute, and currently practices as a family therapist in Jerusalem. Prior to her aliya in 1997, she established one of the largest private rehabilitation practices in the Philadelphia- South Jersey area, and for 20 years was a practicing occupational therapist specializing in terminally and chronically ill adults, many in the end stages of life.
Dvora has lectured and provided workshops to patients, families and professionals throughout Israel and in the US. Her clinical work as a family therapist focuses on issues of loss and illness, where she works from the existential and systems perspectives. She is a leading force in the development of spiritual care in Israel and trains professionals to incorporate spirituality as part of a holistic treatment approach. Dvora lives in Jerusalem and Caesarea and is proud of her 4 daughters and their growing families.
Avi Frig , was born in Israel in 1953 and has served his country and community throughout his life. Avi is the proud father of five children. He and his wife Efrat live in Ra'anana. During his service in the IDF he was injured, Avi went on to found Liad Insurance Ltd., in 1975 which is a leader in the insurance field in Israel. When diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2005, Avi began conventional medical treatment and simultaneously added visual imagery, and positive thinking to his array of treatments. He describes these complementary approaches as a key element in his ability to continue with his work and social life throughout the course of his radiation and chemotherapy. From the start, Avi realized that as a cancer survivor he had more to give, and has since been an indomitable force in the Gisha L'Chaim Board of Directors. His commitment to supporting patients and family members facing illness is seen in his inability to say "no" whenever there is a need and to finding effective solutions to any challenge along the way. Avi is a person with a big heart who cares intensely and has amazing organizational talent. He exemplifies a person who faces the threat of illness with honesty, hope and optimism which he exudes and which he passes on to everyone he meets.
Currently, Nir is the CEO of C. Mer Industries, one of Israel's leading holding companies, focusing on telecommunications, security and clean-tech. Prior to C. Mer, for nearly a decade Nir was the CEO of the Zap Group (previously the Yellow Pages Group). Under his management, the group changed from a group focused on the production of printed directories to one whose main activities are conducted through the internet, which is also the source of most of his income, including some of the most advanced websites. In the past he served as CEO of Channel 10 TV and as deputy CEO of Yes Cable TV. Nir served in a variety of positions in the IDF 8200 unit. Currently, he is the chairman of the 8200 Alumni Association and is active in other NGOs. Nir is a board member of Life’s Door/Gisha L'Chaim (Tishkofet-Ma'agan), and a committed supporter of the organization.
Avraham Aberman, Attorney at Law
Avraham is a senior partner at Ephraim Abramson Law Offices, specializing in real estate and commercial practice. He also serves as general counsel and business adviser to several non-profit organizations and educational institutions. He has been active in Gisha L'Chaim since he got to know the organization during the illness of his late wife, Shira z"l. He is a resident of Jerusalem, married and a father of four.
Ms. Hammer was born and raised in London where she attended St. Martin School of Art in London, England. She has gained experience in various fields over the last 20 years, including a position as a fashion buyer in Washington, D.C. for Yves St. Laurent, and as the director of Public Relations for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and New York. She was the founder of a children's book publishing company in England, and previously held the position of marketing and communications director of Starhome in Tel Aviv. Currently, Sandy is the president and founder of Conference-Art Inc. an international conference and event planning entity.
Felix Bokstein, M.D.
Dr. Bokstein is a board-certified neurologist who is currently senior neurologist and physician In charge of the Neuro-Oncology Service Division of Oncology, Sourasky Tel Aviv Medical Center. He is also an instructor in neurology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University. Dr. Bokstein was born in Moscow, and immigrated to Israel in 1990. He was educated at the Moscow State Medical Institute and completed his residency in neurology with distinction at the Second Moscow Pirogov Memorial Medical Institute and 63rd Moscow. Dr. Bokstein practiced neurology in Moscow where he became the head of the Neurology Department at the 32nd Moscow. Upon making aliyah, Dr. Bokstein completed an additional residency in neurology at Ichilov (Sourasky) Hospital, He then did a fellowship in neuro-oncology at the Neuro-Oncology Center and stayed on as senior neurologist at the Hadassah Hospital and University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Dr. Bokstein is an active member of the Israel Medical Association, Israel Society of Neurology, American Society of Neurology and the American Society for Neuro-Oncology. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and daughter Anya Bokstein who is a nationally acclaimed actress.
Beth Eve Corn M.D.
Beth Eve Corn, M.D. is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Columbia University where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kapa Society .She completed her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. After training in internal medicine and completing a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, she conducted clinical research focused on allergy and the epidemiology of asthma. She is currently the chief of the Allergy and Asthma Clinic at Mount Sinai. Her clinical interests include: pregnancy and asthma and allergy, as well as chronic urticaria and immunological deficiencies.She is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and past president of the New York Allergy and Asthma Society. Dr. Corn lectures throughout the United States about food allergies, asthma and other chronic immunologic diseases
Alan Haber, M.D.
Dr. Haber completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees with distinction (B.A., M.D.) at Boston University (completed the 6-year accelerated program in 1984). He did his residency in internal medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Haber is currently associate clinical professor of Medicine at Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He holds active hospital positions at Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA., which include head of Pulmonary Medicine; director, Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Program; director, Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Function Laboratory; medical director, Sleep Disorders Center; chairman, Institutional Review Board, president-elect. Alan is a member of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, where he and his wife Dr. Marion Haber and their four children are actively involved.
Prof. Jonathan Sarna, PhD
Dr. Jonathan Sarna is one of America's foremost commentators on American Jewish History, Religion and Life. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New York and Boston, he attended Brandeis University, the Boston Hebrew College, Merkaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, and Yale University, where he earned his doctorate in 1979. From 1979-1990, Dr. Sarna taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he rose to become professor of American Jewish
History and director of the Center for the Study of the American Jewish Experience. He has also taught at Yale University, the University of Cincinnati, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Sarna came back to Brandeis in 1990 to assume the new Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professorship in American Jewish History in the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. He served two terms as chair of that department, and now chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. In addition, he serves as chief historian both of the National Museum of American Jewish History and of Celebrate 350: the 350th commemoration of Jewish life in America. The Forward newspaper has dubbed him one of America's fifty most influential American Jews. Dr. Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books. His most recent work is the acclaimed American Judaism: A History. Winner of the Jewish Book Council's Jewish Book of the Year Award in 2004, it has been praised as being" the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil." He is married to Professor Ruth Langer and they have two children, Aaron and Leah. They live in Boston, and spend sabbaticals and many vacations in Jerusalem
Harold Koenig, MD
Scientific Advisory Board
Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke
University Medical Center
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine,
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health,
Ningxia Medical University,
Yinchuan, People’s Republic of China