What We Do

Aish NY is an aspirational community of educators and lay people dedicated to intellectual honesty, spiritual growth, and strengthening Jewish community.

We are an open-minded group of entrepreneurs and givers; of Jews of every background and ideology. Our common bond is a love for the Jewish people, and a desire to explore the Jewish ideas that have informed mankind for over three millennia.

Our philosophy is that Judaism is not all or nothing; it is a journey where every step counts, to be pursued according to one’s own pace and interest. Judaism is not based on rituals, but opportunities for personal growth, to be studied and understood. We learn the Torah’s wisdom to enrich our own lives, and to share these ideas with all humanity.

Our exclusive Executive Learning Program provides bespoke yet affordable opportunities for professionals of all types (members include investors, lawyers, film makers, and entrepreneurs) to rigorously explore the beauty and meaning of Judaism in the comfort of their homes or offices. Learn more here.

Our programs for Jewish Young Professionals include social events, seminars, social action, and unique travel opportunities. Our Lower East Side Hub hosts warm and exciting Shabbat dinners almost every weekend. Learn more here.

Aish HaTorah was established by legendary visionary Rabbi Noach Weinberg, of blessed memory. With extraordinary dedication, love, and insight Rabbi Weinberg redefined Jewish education across the world and built a global network of Jewish renaissance centers from Jerusalem to New York, from LA to Chile and beyond. We aspire to continue his legacy. Learn more about Aish Global here.

Executive Board of Directors

Steven Bram, Co-Chair

Film-maker: Steven Bram has been the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Member of New York based Bombo Sports & Entertainment, LLC since its founding in 1999. He has produced over 100 sports films for television, DVD and digital release. Steven has studied Torah and Kabbalah since 2010 years and sits on the board of the AishNY in New York City as well as the development and finance committees at Rodeph Sholom School. Steven produced a personal documentary called “Kabbalah Me” that chronicles his spiritual journey. The film has been released on DVD, aired on PBS and screened in movie theaters around the country.


Henry Siegel, Co-Chair

Managing Director, Trivergance: Henry is known for growing new businesses. From the creation stage, to raising capital, to managing and ultimately selling businesses, he has been a top producing salesman at leading banks for the last decade – including BAML and BNP Paribas. He consistently produces in the top 10% and has been among the top performers. While at BNP, Henry was promoted to run Sponsor Coverage. He enjoys building relationships, listening to and understanding client needs, providing a solution, and asking for the order. Most recently, he joined Trivergance, a successful, growing, and dynamic Private Equity & Merchant Bank to source deals and new capital partners.
Henry is a proponent of retaining work-life balance: quality time with family, fitness, philanthropy, spirituality, and work. Given the limited hours in a day, Henry makes every moment count!


Seth Damski

Seth founded Old City in 2006 and oversees its key investing and capital placement activities. Previously, from 2001 to 2006, he advised family offices on alternative investment strategy and manager selection at Merrill Lynch & Co. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Seth was a Director at SITE Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund, after beginning his career as a Corporate Finance Analyst at Prudential Volpe Technology Partners, a San Francisco investment bank. He is active in several non-profit organizations, including as chair of the Harvard Club of New York’s Philanthropy and Non-Profit Group. Seth graduated with honors from Harvard College, is Series 3, 7, 24 & 66 licensed and is an Investment Advisor Representative.


Eric Schetina



Ruth Goldstein, Secretary

Ruth joined the AishNY Board after retiring from a forty-year career at Goldman Sachs. She was the longest tenured female in the firm at that time. Ruth was a Vice President who held a variety of senior compliance roles, including having primary responsibility for New York Equities Compliance on the Goldman Sachs IPO. Ruth resides in Manhattan with her husband, Michael Satine.