America's Jewish Television Network
 
 

 
 


JBS, the Jewish Broadcasting Service, (formerly Shalom TV) is America's Jewish television network covering the panorama of Jewish life.

Programs on JBS reflect and address the diversity and pluralism of the Jewish experience. The service does not represent any specific movement or organization in the Jewish community.

JBS is directed to every Jewish person with a sense of Jewish identity, and for members of the Jewish community seeking their roots.

Televised offerings are also for anyone with a passion for learning and a desire to gain a greater understanding of Jewish tradition, Jewish life, and the land of Israel


JBS is led by a team of Jewish and television professionals.


Board of Directors

Catherine Alt

Kenneth Asher

Saul Cohen

Marion Gans

David S. Golub

Rabbi Mark S. Golub

E. Robert Goodkind

Dr. Jeffrey Gurock

Dale Hoffman

Stephen Hoffman

Judith Alter Kallman

Barbara Kasman

Carol Lilienthal

Mort Lowenthal

Millie Magid

Jeffrey Reiss

Robert Selig

Deborah Simon

Joshua Troderman

Dr. Naomi Vilko

Edward Zinbarg


Board of Advisors

Dr. Steven Bayme
American Jewish Committee

Kenneth J. Bialkin, Esq
Skadden, Arps, Slate,
Meagher & Flom


Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Steven M. Cohen
New York University

Prof. Alan Dershowitz
Harvard University

Blu Greenberg
Author

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg
Author

Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock
Yeshiva University

Rabbi Steve Gutow
Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Yossi Klein Halevi
Author & Journalist

David Harris
American Jewish Committee

Rabbi Richard Hirsh
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Malcolm Hoenlein
Conference of Presidents

Rabba Sara Hurwitz
Yeshivat Maharat

Morton Klein
Zionist Organization of America

Lisa Alcalay Klug
Author, Cool Jew

Isi Leibler
Jerusalem Post

Ruth Messinger
American Jewish World Service

Dr. Deborah Dash Moore
University of Michigan

Daniel Pipes
Middle East Forum

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Ohr Torah Stone

Russell Robinson
Jewish National Fund

Rabbi David Saperstein
Religious Action Center

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld
Rabbinical Assembly of America

Dr. Charles Small
Institute for the Study of Global
Antisemitism and Policy


Prof. Elie Wiesel
Author & Nobel Peace Laureate

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg
Beth Tefiloh Congregation, Baltimore, MD

Rabbi Eric Yoffie
Union for Reform Judaism


Executive Staff
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Rabbi Mark S. Golub
President and CEO

David Brugnone
Chief Marketing Officer

Edith Samers
Vice President, Marketing

Dr. Evgueni Lvov
Vice President, Operations

Alan E. Oirich
Director of Production

Jan Weiss
Executive Assistant


Rabbi Mark S. Golub
President and CEO

Rabbi Mark S. GolubRabbi Mark S. Golub's outstanding experience in teaching and media make him especially well-suited for his role as president and CEO of JBS.

Lauded by Newsweek as one of America's most influential rabbis, Mark S. Golub is recognized within American Jewry as a leading interviewer and television producer. His award-winning national program, "L'Chayim," has aired continuously since 1979 with a guest list that reads like a "Who's Who" on the world Jewish scene. Rabbi Golub's interviews have been reprinted in Jewish newspapers and magazines as well as in an anthology published by SUNY Press.

Rabbi Golub is an extremely successful entrepreneur in the field of ethnic television.  He created the Russian Television Network of America (RTN) which serves the needs of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The company now nationally distributes RTN along with nine other Russian-language channels as the only vertically integrated ethnic television company in America.

Rabbi Golub is a gifted teacher with an unusual ability to explain the genius of the Jewish tradition and the uniqueness of Jewish values. He has taught in the CCNY Jewish Studies Department and HUC-JIR's Cantorial School and School of Education. In addition, he is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the country on the meaning of being Jewish and on Midrash (Jewish commentaries to the Bible).

HUC-JIR recognized these talents of Rabbi Golub when they bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate, describing him as an "Innovative Rabbi" whose "gifts as a communicator have helped disseminate the meaning of Judaism, whose commitment to Torah has inspired and enlightened the chavurot he founded and sustains, whose experience and creativity have earned him a position of leadership in Jewish broadcasting, and whose spirit finds expression in his religious conviction and in his artistic talent."  He also received the prestigious Tree of Life award from the Jewish National Fund in recognition of his significant work in media in promoting Jewish life. 

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel describes Rabbi Golub as "a committed and passionate television professional who has enhanced Jewish understanding in the general Jewish community through programming he has created for nearly thirty years.”

"There may be no one more suited to head the first national Jewish channel in America than Mark Golub," said Dr. Wiesel.

Rabbi Golub's eclectic family background provides him with a unique appreciation for every major movement of Jewish life. His maternal grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi; his paternal grandparents helped create the Reconstructionist movement, and his father assisted in founding the first Conservative synagogue in Trumbull, Connecticut.  Mark S. Golub was ordained a Reform rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.



David Brugnone
Chief Marketing Officer

David BrugnoneDavid Brugnone, a founder of Shalom TV and now known as JBS, is known throughout the cable television industry for his outstanding accomplishments in the programming and operational areas.

Working with two mid-sized multiple system television providers in the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Brugnone received a national award from the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing. Mr. Brugnone then moved to the program provider side of the business at Showtime Networks and, later, KBL Sports (now Fox Cable Networks).

At Fox, Mr. Brugnone designed sales and packaging strategies, negotiated affiliate agreements with senior cable television operators, and managed commercial sales, marketing, and programming departments.

Following his employment at Fox, Mr. Brugnone applied his skills to the television provider side of the affiliate table in restructuring channel lineups for cable television companies in a three-state region as a professional consultant. He has also worked in new business development for Baker Installations.

Mr. Brugnone is responsible for distribution of the JBS Channel and works with advertisers and media agencies to generate advertising revenue. He coordinates with companies who wish to enter website or television barter deals with JBS, or who wish to place spots and long-form infomercials on JBS. He also manages JBS's website, email distribution, preparing and sending JBS Press Releases and Program Updates, and JBS's weekly email blast.



Edith Samers
Vice President, Marketing

Edith SamersEdith Samers has a long and outstanding history in the Jewish community, most recently serving for six years as Executive Vice President of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien (CT), where she brought together rabbis and Jewish institutions to fill gaps in community service, launched a high-quality Jewish teen education program, and significantly increased the funds for Jewish needs worldwide.

Prior to working at the Federation, Ms. Samers was employed for 16 years in major corporations including CBS, Sony, and Chase Manhattan Bank doing product development and marketing and sales in the online information world, a precursor to the Internet. She also administered and taught a program for gifted children in the Stamford Public School system.

Edith Samers has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College and a Master of Business Administration from University of Connecticut.



Dr. Evgueni Lvov
Vice President, Operations

Evgueni LvovDr. Evgueni Lvov has spent more than a decade managing ethnic television services in America.

In the 1990s, Dr. Lvov managed a unique Russian language television business that combined Direct-To-Home satellite, its own cable distribution, and a locally-produced television channel.

In 2000, Dr. Lvov joined Russian Media Group LLC (RMG), where his business acumen and technical expertise contributed to the company's ascent as the only completely vertically-integrated ethnic television service in North America.

RMG operations have since expanded to key US and Canadian markets, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Evgueni Lvov graduated from Moscow State University with a Bachelors Degree and completed his PhD in Technical Sciences in 1985.



Alan E. Oirich
Director of Production

Alan E. OirichAlan E. Oirich has been working in Jewish media and creative education for twenty years as writer, animator, director, and producer.

Creator of the critically acclaimed Jewish Hero Corps comic book series, Mr. Oirich was the recipient of a New York State grant for developing animated films. He created and produced the animated "Virtual Shabbat" CD-ROM for The National Jewish Outreach Program, and later developed several Jewish and Israel-oriented cable shows, including one for the World Zionist Organization.

Additionally, Mr. Oirich curated a traveling exhibit on Jewish values and themes in comic books, designed interactive educational seminars and game show formats, and remains a frequent lecturer on the use of popular culture in Jewish education. He has addressed the World Jewish Congress, Council of Jewish Federations, Jewish Agency, South African Zionist Federation and many other organizations, with his creative endeavors receiving favorable press in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wilmington News Journal, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Alan Oirich has written film reviews professionally since the 1980s.



Jan Weiss
Executive Assistant

Jan WeissJan Weiss has more than 30 years of financial and administrative experience, including employment in the telecommunications, broadcasting, publishing, and manufacturing industries. She has served as Executive Assistant to Rabbi Mark S. Golub since 2001.

In addition to her full-time role at the network, Ms. Weiss is active in Jewish and philanthropic causes. She serves on the Executive Board Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. She also serves on the Board of the Federationís Business & Professional Womenís Division.

Jan also volunteers her time with the Scott Nadler Cancer Fund, providing services and financial aid for children of families with a member who has cancer.

 
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