CEO, American Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Brian Abrahams has spent thirty-five years as a senior professional and lay leader in local, national and international philanthropic organizations.
He was with AIPAC for a total of fifteen years, including twelve as Midwest Regional Director where he grew total fundraising from $2.2M to $16M. He was with UJA/UJC/JFNA for a total of eleven years, most recently as Senior Vice-President for Financial Resource Development, where he led multiple initiatives including on multi-generational philanthropy, women’s giving, and major gifts fundraising.
He has worked in the private sector in national marketing and sales management roles with a number of technology companies. For one of them this included a year and a half living in Brussels, Belgium.
Among many volunteer roles, Brian was a board member and Development Chair for a Chicago Jewish day school where among other things, they quadrupled the annual campaign and ran a successful $8.5M capital campaign. Brian was also a founding board member of a new synagogue in Chicago directed at millennials that now serves 3500 individuals. Brian has three children and lives in the Chicago area.
Chief Development Officer
For more than two decades, Sheri Zvi has been dedicated to serving and strengthening the Jewish community, fighting antisemitism and all forms of bigotry. Sheri joined the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as the Florida Regional Director in July of 2017. In this role she created the strategy and vision to drive continuous growth and impact of all activities, the annual campaign and staff.
The granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, daughter of an Israeli mother and a first generation American, Sheri was proud to serve as the Southeast Regional Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2014-2017. In that capacity she oversaw the development and growth of nine states and was responsible for helping to ensure the longevity of the Museum’s mission of “Never Again”, through teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring leaders and citizens to confront hatred, and promote human dignity.
Prior to joining the Museum’s staff, Sheri served in several capacities in the Florida Region of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where she was responsible for the organization’s development and grassroots objectives for nine years.
Born in New England and raised in South Florida, Sheri received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in Near Eastern and North African Studies and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Psychology. Sheri, her husband and two children are long-time Broward County residents.