Community Advisory Board

Harold Adler

Prior to retiring, Harold served in executive leadership positions in the Jewish community for over 50 years.  The organizations included BBYO, Anti-Defamation League, The Council of Jewish Federations, and The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science.  Presently he provides pro bono consulting for philanthropic organizations in his home area of Western Massachusetts.






Ted B. Farber

Since establishing TBF Consulting in 2001, Ted Farber has assisted a variety of for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations.  He has successfully integrated his substantial management experience into a consulting practice that emphasizes organizational development and change management.

In the 17 years prior to establishing his firm, Ted led the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as its Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.  In that capacity he managed a $36 million a year non-profit organization, with 85 staff and thousands of volunteers.  He led this organization through transformational change by developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan to change workplace assumptions and culture and to achieve specific outcomes in targeted areas.  Prior to that, he served for 14 years in a variety of capacities at the Jewish Federations in Cleveland and Metro West New Jersey.

Mr. Farber holds the degree of Master of Social Work – Administration and Community Organization from New York University.  He also holds Certificates from Harvard University’s Program on Negotiations and from Vanderbilt University on Leadership.



Chaim Lauer

Chaim is currently the President and CEO of HCL Resources, Inc., a Business Management Consulting Firm.  Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Education Association of Metro West, New Jersey from 1995-98, and the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington in 1988-95.  Eleven years earlier he was associated with the city’s United Jewish Appeal Federation as its Director of Budget and Planning and Assistant Executive Vice President.

He attended Yeshiva University, graduated with honors from the University of Miami, received his Masters from Cornell University, was a doctoral candidate in American Social History at The College of William and Mary, and is a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at The George Washington University.  He has received certification as a non-profit executive from the Columbia Business School.

Among his national responsibilities, he has served as an officer of the Council for Jewish Education, a member of the executive of the Council of Central Agencies Leadership, a member of the board of the Association of Jewish Communal Service, the International Board of the March of the Living, and has chaired the inter-agency committee of the Association of Directors of Central Agencies.

He has taught at all grade levels and is a published author of a variety of educational materials. Among his articles is “What We Know About Jewish Communal Planning” in Kelman, What We Know About Jewish Education, 1992.

Mr. Lauer has served as project director for grants for such organizations as the Covenant and Jim Joseph Foundations.  He has also led travel groups of all ages to Israel, served as a scholar-in-residence for Israel missions, and developed guide materials for them.

His favorite hobby is sukkah decorating.  He and his wife Phyllis are parents of four brilliant and beautiful daughters, and the grandparents of eight even more brilliant and beautiful grandchildren.