Team members

  • Susan Weiss, PhD.

    Executive Director of CWJ

    Susan Weiss, PhD. is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Justice (CWJ). Susan has been actively working to find solutions for the problems of Jewish women and divorce for over 20 years, first as a private attorney, then as the founder and director of Yad L'Isha from 1997-2004, and now as the founder and executive director of CWJ. 

    Susan initiated the innovative tactic of securing compensatory damage awards for women whose husbands withheld a get by filing damage cases in Israeli civil courts – a tactic noted as “game-changing” by the prestigious Ha’aretz news daily.  A 2013 profile in Tablet Magazine recognizes Susan as “one woman [who] has changed the playing field,” significantly advancing the cause of women in Israel. She is also an editor of “The Law and its Decisor” (a quarterly journal published by Bar Ilan University Law School) and has written extensively about Jewish women and divorce.  Susan is a published author with her new book, “Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State: Israel's Civil War,” which she coauthored with Netty C. Gross-Horowitz, launched in December 2012. 

    In recognition of her essential work, Susan has been honored with a number of awards including the Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project Tikkun Olam Award (2016), Jewel Bellush Israeli Feminist Award (2013), Israel Bar Association Women in Law Award (2009), and La’Isha magazine’s “Alternative Torch-Bearer” Award (2007).

    These credentials have positioned Susan as a sought-after speaker and lecturer. Some recent speaking engagements included the AJC leadership colloquium on the role of the rabbinate in public life as a factor affecting Israel-American Jewish relations in NY, a JOFA event entitled “Separate but Equal? The Status of Women in Israel and the American Jewish Community” on gender-related events in Israel and their implications for American Jewry and an HBI International Workshop on New Understandings of Gender, Love, and the Jewish Family. Susan holds an MA and a PhD in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University, and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

  • Alona Toledano, Esq.

    Junior Attorney

    Alona’s work at CWJ benefits from her expertise in representing clients, preparing legal briefs and negotiating difficult legal matters. Alona honed these skills through her work in the international mergers and acquisitions department at Yigal Arnon & Co. and her three years at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in France. Alona earned her law degree at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also served in an elite intelligence unit in the Israeli Defense Forces.

  • Nitzan Caspi Shiloni, Esq.

    Junior Attorney

    Nitzan represents clients in Israeli courts (i.e., family court, district court, rabbinic court and the Supreme Court) on matters of family law. Her expertise in the area of civil, religious and constitutional family law enables her to capably manage all aspects of any given case.  Nitzan’s prior experience as a legal assistant to two prominent family court justices, Judge Philip Marcus (ret.) and Judge Daniel Tepperberg, provided her with a deep practical understanding of the Israeli family court system. Her experience was further enriched by her year-long internship in the Office of the State Attorney, Division of Civil Affairs.  During her service in the Israel Defense Forces, Nitzan gained familiarity with the conversion process, as an officer in charge of education for the Nativ course for soldiers converting to Judaism. Nitzan holds a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master of Laws, cum laude, from Bar- Ilan University.

  • Shoni Pomerantz

    Director Strategic Relations

    Shoni has eighteen years of experience in program coordination, resource development and marketing support. Her diverse experience includes seven years at the Jerusalem-based American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in International Relations as well as four years serving as the Director of Drexel University’s Co-op Program in Israel. Shoni holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research.

  • Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman

    Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is the executive director of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. A writer, researcher, educator and organizational consultant who has been active in Orthodox feminism for the past 17 years, Elana holds a doctorate in gender and education from Hebrew University. She is the author of The Men’s Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World.