Board Members

From our dedicated board members who chart our path into the future to our hardworking staff who put our mission into action, it’s the people of MJHS Foundation who make providing compassionate care to our community possible.

Steven L. Topal – Chair

Steven L. Topal has leadership roles on many boards. He serves as President of MJHS Foundation, Secretary and Treasurer of MJHS Home Care, Chair of Menorah and Shorefront Centers for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, and a board member of MJHS. He brings to each board an extensive background in accounting as well as a sound understanding of the law.

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For more than 20 years, Topal has been a Partner at Metis Group LLC. He also is a Partner in the law firm of Topal & Topal.

In 2004, he was honored by the Foundation at The Waldorf Astoria for his dedication and support of MJHS’ programs and agencies.

Topal received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and has a juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School.

Eli S. Feldman – Executive Vice Chair

A unique success story, Eli S. Feldman began his career as an administrative assistant more than 40 years ago and rose through the ranks to become President and Chief Executive Officer of MJHS.

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Under his leadership, the system expanded to nine business units and nearly 25 programs and services, including:

• Pediatric and adult hospice as well as pediatric and adult palliative care
• Two skilled nursing and sub-acute facilities
• A certified home health care agency
• Adult day health care
• A Medicare Advantage Organization with a Medicare contract (Elderplan)
• A managed long-term care plan (HomeFirst)
• An integrated Medicare Advantage and Managed Long-Term Care product (MAP) that fully integrates health care and managed long-term care in one program
• Senior housing
• A center for development of assistive technology
• An applied research center

Throughout his career, Feldman has provided insight and leadership to a number of state and national professional organizations that serve the chronically impaired, frail and elderly. His current and previous service includes:

• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team, member
• Managed Long Term Care Implementation and Waiver Redesign, workgroup co-chair
• State of New Jersey’s Medicaid LTC Funding Advisory Council, steering group member
• Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC), immediate past chair and executive committee member
• Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), vice chair and board member
• Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), board member
• Managed Long Term Care-PACE Coalition, chair
• International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA), board member
• Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care, board member
• Association for Jewish Aging Services of North America (AJAS), past chair; board member

Other highlights of his career include:

• Center for Aging Services Technologies, commission member
• American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Faith-Based Cabinet, co-chair
• GeronTech (The Israel Center for Assistive Technology and Aging), chair
• Andante Medical Devices Ltd., board member
• New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aged (NYAHSA), past chair
• National Chronic Care Consortium, past chair

Often asked to discuss chronic and long-term care issues, Feldman is a frequent speaker at conferences that focus on aging and managed care. Dozens of groups have recognized Feldman for his enormous contributions to the health care sector. Recent honors include the Good Scout Award (Boy Scouts of America); Lawrence E. Larson Award (Leading Age, New York); Award of Honor (Leading Age); Ruth F. Wilson Award (Home Care Association of New York State, Inc.); Community Leadership Award (Agudah Women of America); and Distinguished Alumnus Award from C.W. Post College of Long Island University.

Feldman graduated cum laude with a B.S. in business administration from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. He holds an M.B.A. in hospital administration from Wagner College. He also is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Shmuel Lefkowitz – Vice Chair

Shmuel Lefkowitz chairs the boards of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care as well as Shorefront Towers. He also serves on the boards of MJHS, MJHS Foundation, in addition to Menorah and Shorefront Centers for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care. He brings to the boards his business acumen and counsel on addressing the social service and educational needs of the Orthodox Jewish community.

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While chair of the MJHS Board from 2005-2009, Lefkowitz spearheaded the effort to broaden hospice outreach to the Jewish Orthodox community, which resulted in the creation of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care’s Halachic Pathway initiative. This program provides Jewish patients with an even higher level of culturally sensitive care and the opportunity to elect to have their care directed by a halachic advisor in collaboration with their physicians and Hospice medical director. His efforts in this area have also served as a template for the creation of other culturally sensitive initiatives such as the hospice’s Asian outreach program.

Currently President of Prime Resources Group, Inc., Lefkowitz also is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Agudath Israel of America and Board Member of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush and Sinai Academy, respectively. In addition, he was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Neighborhood Investment Advisory Panel. In 2010, he was appointed by Governor David Patterson to the New York State Department of Health Palliative Care Council.

Lefkowitz received his Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a master’s degree from The New School for Social Research.

Ronald Milch

Ronald Milch chairs the MJHS Home Care board of directors. He also serves on the boards of Elderplan, Inc., MJHS Foundation, SafePath, MJHS Home Care Solutions, and Menorah and Shorefront Centers for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care. He brings to the boards extensive health care management experience.

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Milch has more than 45 years of leadership experience in health care management. His most recent position was that of President and CEO of Combined Coordinating Council, Inc. (CCC) in NY and a Consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network in New Brunswick, NJ. CCC is the risk management advisor to seven New York City hospitals participating in the CCC Program of insurance, self-insurance and claims, as well as risk management.

Prior to joining CCC, Milch served as President and CEO of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, as well as Executive Director of Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, NJ and Bellevue Hospital Center in NY. Milch also has held senior administrative positions at Beth Abraham Hospital and Montefiore Hospital Medical Center in the Bronx, NY; University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Milch has served and continues to serve on various professional and community boards, some of which include service as community oversight Board Chairman for Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ; Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, NJ; and in various capacities on the Boards of Healthcare Trustees of New York State, Trustee of Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS), the New Jersey Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association.

In 2009, Milch was MJHS’ honoree for the UJA-Federation’s of New York’s 29th agency recognition event.

Milch has a Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York, a master’s degree in business administration from New York University’s (NYU) Graduate School of Business and a master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Graduate School of Public Administration.

Arthur Goshin

Arthur Goshin, MD, chairs the boards of Elderplan, Inc. He also is Vice Chair of MJHS. In addition, Goshin is a Board Member of MJHS Home Care and HomeFirst LHCSA, Inc. He brings to the boards his medical background, as well as years of leadership experience in medical and social endeavors.

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Director of the Center for the Advancement of Community Health Care at the Lifetime Healthcare Companies, Goshin also is Chairperson for several health-related organizations including: Peak Health Solutions; Plan Data Management; the Alliance for Advancing Non-Profit Health Care; Union Occupational Health Center; and Integral Information Systems, LLC.

Goshin is a Trustee for Freedom from Hunger, a Faculty Member at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Buffalo School of Public Health, respectively. He also is an Advisor at the Weinberg Campus and the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. In addition, he serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Buffalo State College.

He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo and the University of Buffalo’s School of Medicine, where he is now a clinical associate professor.