Authors

 

Kenneth Bob

National President

Kenneth Bob is the National President of Ameinu. He is a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors,  the treasurer of Board of Directors of J Street and a board member of the Forward Association. Ken is a past chair of the Habonim Dror Foundation, the national alumni association of the Labor Zionist youth movement, providing financial support for their educational programming throughout North America. In his professional life, Ken is an experienced entrepreneur and currently provides management consulting for small and merging companies.

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Judith Gelman

Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee

Judith Gelman is the Chair of Ameinu’s Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of the Fundraising and Membership Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Habonim Dror Foundation and on the Camp Committee for Habonim Dror Camp Moshava, where her three children represent the fourth generation of her family associated with the camp. Prior to attending Oberlin College and MIT, Judith participated in the Habonim’s 23rd Workshop at Maayan Baruch. In addition to her work with Ameinu and Habonim Dror, Judith sits on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and on the NIF DC Local Council. Judy also serves on the Montgomery County, MD Steering Committee for J Street and on the board of a local private high school.

She is a former President of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD. She has previously worked for the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Trade Commission, and is currently employed at Salop Economics in Washington, DC.

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Brad Rothschild

Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee

Brad Rothschild currently serves as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee. Besides Brad's important work for Ameinu, he is a documentary filmmaker. From 1995-97, Brad worked as a speechwriter and Director of Communications at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations. After graduating from Emory University, Brad lived in Israel for two years. During this period he worked as a research associate at the Israel Democracy Institute, a think tank advocating political and economic reform. Brad is a passionate advocate for Israel and is deeply committed to achieving peace and social justice. He lives in New York City.

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Jeffry V. Mallow Ph. D.

Immediate Past President

Jeffry V. Mallow is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Loyola University Chicago. He does research on science education and on quantum physics. He is a member of the Forward Association and honorary chair of the Chicago YIVO Society. His articles on Jewish themes have appeared in numerous publications.  He is the author of Zionist Diarist and Other Polemics. He is also a standup Jewish comic.

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Haggai Alon

Haggai Alon is CEO of MAOF, an economic consulting company that serves kibbutzim in Israel. He is also a columnist on Maariv’s NRG website. He previously served as advisor to the Defense Minister on Palestinian matters.

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Carolyn Amacher

Board Member

Carolyn Amacher is a member of the Ameinu Board of Directors and has spent 15 years working in executive management of several Jewish Community Centers throughout the United States, and is currently Community Development Specialist for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, VA.

Amacher has bachelor's degrees in journalism and psychology from Syracuse University. She also earned a master of social work degree from Yeshiva University and a Jewish studies certificate from the WUJS Institute in 1985, when she also worked for United Press International covering the Lebanon War and the absorption of Ethiopian immigrants.

She has served as vice president for the Association of Jewish Center Professionals, president of the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Central Virginia and chair of the Community Advisory Board for KXCI Community Radio in Tucson, Ariz.

As a member of the Western Region Partnership 2000 Steering Committee, she developed an environmental educational workshop with American and Israeli teens. Carolyn also served as Co-President for JNF in St. Louis and co-chair of Ameinu's St. Louis chapter. Carolyn is Community Development Specialist for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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Sharon Bershtel

Sharon Bershtel grew up in a home of active zionists and was a second generation Habonim member. Attended Workshop 22 at Gesher Haziv and made Aliya in 1974 to Gesher Haziv, and later moved to Kibbutz Gezer. Has a background in education and has worked as a pre-school teacher both on Kibbutz and at her local JCC of Long Beach. Has also been a board member of her synagogue for a number of years and has been a member of Ameinu since returning to the U.S. Recently participated in the Ameinu Mission trip to Israel and has been a member of the board since 2011.

Sharon Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the founder and rabbi of IKAR (www.ikar-la.org), a vibrant Jewish spiritual community in Los Angeles.

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Gil Browdy

Gil Browdy was the National Director of Habonim Dror North America for two years starting in August 2006. through He grew up in Kensington, MD and is a long-time member of Habonim Dror. Gil lived in Israel in 2000/2001, primarily in the lower Galilee area, on Habonim Dror’s Workshop program. Gil has also been the educational coordinator and camp director for different Habonim Dror summer camps across North America. He graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics from McGill University. Gil considers himself to be a life-long educator and activist for peace and equality. At the end of his term as National Director he moved to Israel and remains active in Zionist youth activities there.

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Deborah Bunim-Simon

Deborah Bunim-Simon, (nee Slomovitz) attended Habonim Camp Tavor, Machaneh Bonim Daled and the 17th workshop at Kibbutz Urim. Deborah was active in Ken Lachish in Milwaukee and lived in Israel for nine years. After graduating from Hebrew University with a BA in History and English Literature and working as a High School teacher in Jerusalem and Haifa, she returned to the United States. Deborah went on to become a PhD social worker and psychoanalyst and currently has a private practice in Englewood, NJ. She has two children, both of whom attended Habonim Dror Camp Galil, and three grandchildren.

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Julia Chaitin

Julia Chaitin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Sapir College in Israel and a member of Kibbutz Urim.

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Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen works for the Middle East organization, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and is the author of "Einstein's Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul." Contact him at: rabbimichael@friendsofarava.org

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Danny Cohen

Danny is a strategic consultant for Labor Party Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer. Danny is a member of the Labor party and is also a succesful businessman in Israel. Danny lives in Ashdod with his wife and four children.

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Steven Cohen

Board Member

Steven M. Cohen is a Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University (www.BJPA.org ). In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught for 14 years at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

With Arnold Eisen, he wrote, The Jew Within, and with Charles Liebman he wrote, Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences. His earlier books include American Modernity & Jewish Identity, and American Assimilation or Jewish Revival?

In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. In 2010, he received the Marshall Sklare Award of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. The book, Sacred Strategies, of which he is a co-author, won a National Jewish Book Award in 2010.

He is married to Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen, and they live in Tel Aviv and New York. His daughter, Edeet, mother of one, works at the Israel State Prosecutor’s office, and his son Adam lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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Elihu Davison

Elihu Davison is an alumnus of the 17th Habonim Workshop in Kibbutz Urim. He lives in Morristown, NJ.

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Yael Dayan

Yael Dayan was born in 1939 in Nahalal, a co-operative village in Israel, to Ruth and the late General Moshe Dayan. A three time Member of Knesset for the Labor party, Ms. Dayan has chaired the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and has been a member of several high-profile committees. An author of eight books and a signatory to the Geneva Accords, Ms. Dayan writes regularly on political affairs in both the Israeli and foreign press. She is currently the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

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Noam Dolgin

Noam Dolgin is the Associate Director of the Teva Learning Center and an alumnus of Habonim Dror North America. He also ran for the Green Zionist Alliance in the most recent World Zionist Congress elections and has studied at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

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Rabbi Amy Eiberg

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rabbi Eilberg directs interfaith dialog programs in the Twin Cities, including at the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning and the St. Paul Interfaith Network. She is deeply engaged in peace and reconciliation efforts in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as with issues of conflict within the Jewish community.

Mihal Eliav

Mihal grew up in Chicago, and is a 2nd generation Hashomernik. Mihal came to Israel before in 1976. Since then she has done a little of everything: dairy farmer, cook, zoo keeper, artists model, grade school teacher, translator, reception clerk, housecleaner, gardener, beach cleaner, graphic artist, document manager and more. Currently she lives in Be'er Sheva.

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Ron Finkel

Ron Finkel is the President of Ameinu Australia. Ron has been actively involved in the Australian venture capital industry since 1986 with time at both the Advent and Pratt venture funds. Prior to founding Momentum (with Ergad Gold), Ron was Director of Investments at Advent Management Group for many years where he was actively involved with several investments and divestments, was a director of a number of portfolio companies, and also identified and developed the opportunity to establish a fund investing in businesses serving the Australian tourist industry. Ron has also worked as a corporate advisor and as an executive in the travel industry. He holds degrees in Law and Commerce from Melbourne University.

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Howard Fremeth

Howard Fremeth has always had a close affinity with Israel. He has visited Israel on three separate occasions. In the summer of 1997, he had the opportunity to live the Canadian-Zionist dream by playing hockey in Metulla's Mercaz Canada. From 1998-2001, he worked at Habonim Dror's Machaneh Gesher in Ontario where he learnt about and was inspired by labour Zionism. Howard has just completed a MA in Communications at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His thesis focused on the formation of communication satellite policy in Canada. While at Simon Fraser University, Howard was heavily involved in raising Israel issues on campus through his work with the Israel Advocacy Club and writing for the campus newspaper. Howard will soon be starting his PhD in Mass Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He is generally interested in Canadian broadcasting and telecommunication policy. In particular, how the federal government has regulated communications to achieve social objectives and how these policies have recently been challenged by new technologies, consumer demands and legal decisions. He believes his work has relevance to Canada's Jewish community as the policy regime that once curbed hate speech and regulated foreign satellite broadcasts is now under disrepute.

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Rabbi David Gedzelman

Rabbi David Gedzelman is Executive Director of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.

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Edyth Geiger

Edyth Geiger, a resident of Safed, built a free library in her apartment over many years which serves villages from all around the Galilee.
She also has a variety of games, puzzles, jigsaw etc. that she circulates to everyone.
After her small apartment got overwhelmed (more than 10,000 volumes) she built with her own funds a separate unit which now operates with coded and numbered books.

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Saadia Gelb

Saadia Gelb is a lifelong Labor Zionist and kibbutz movement activist who has lived on Kibbutz Kfar Blum since immigrating to Israel from the United States in 1947. He is the author of several books including the recently updated "The Chase is the Game: The Journey of an American-Israeli Pioneer."

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Norman Gelman

Norman I. Gelman was a public affairs consultant to major U.S. corporations including IBM, Citicorp, and Ford Motor Co., among others. Prior to that, he was on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, specializing in international trade policy. He is now retired. Mr. Gelman served as president of the American Jewish Committee's Washington, D.C., chapter and is currently a member of AJC's Board of Governors. He is also vice-chairman of the American Jewish International Relations Institute(AJIRI).

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Jim Gerstein

Jim Gerstein is a founding partner of Gerstein | Agne and offers clients a unique blend of experience in managing non-profit organizations, strategic planning, and communications for large scale projects ranging from U.S. presidential campaigns to international peace efforts to crisis management for corporations. During the 1999 Israeli election campaign, he served on Ehud Barak's American consulting team. He served as the U.S. team's person on the ground and oversaw the polling, paid media, and message development for the Barak campaign.

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Dyonna Ginsburg

Dyonna Ginsburg is the Executive Director of Bema’aglei Tzedek (“Circles of Justice”), an Israeli NGO that uses cutting-edge educational tools and social action campaigns to create a more just Israeli society informed and inspired by Jewish values. Upon completing her B.A. in political science at Columbia University, Dyonna Ginsburg made Aliyah in 2002 and obtained an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew University. Dyonna is a frequent guest lecturer and has appeared on Israel’s Channel Two TV, Galei Tzahal and Reshet Bet radio.

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Michael Givel

Michael Givel joined the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma University in August of 2002. His current areas of teaching and research interest include: public policy, health policy and tobacco policy, social welfare policy, urban politics, and social movements. He is the author of The War on Poverty Revisited: The Community Services Block Grant Program in the Reagan Years published by University Press of America. His recent journal articles have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Public Health Policy, Tobacco Control, St. Louis University Public Law Review, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Public Integrity, International Journal of Health Services, and Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.

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Rabbi Miri Gold

Rabbi Miri Gold went to the University of Michigan and made aliyah to Kibbutz Gezer in central Israel in 1977. She quickly became a lay leader at the kibbutz synagogue, Kehilat Birkat Shalom. Miri completed her rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College, was ordained in 1999, and has served as rabbi of the congregation ever since. The congregation has 180 members from Kibbutz Gezer and the surrounding communities.

Since Rabbi Gold is not recognized by the state, she receives her salary directly from the congregation. Gezer regional officials have backed her bid for government funding and support the Israel Religious Action Center’s petition with the High Court of Justice to compel the government to recognize her and pay her salary, like any other community rabbi. Her case has been reported extensively in Ha’aretz, the Forward, and the Jerusalem Post.

Emma Goldberg

Emma Goldberg is a member of Habonim Dror who has attended both Machaneh Galil and Machaneh Naaleh. In a recent communication she says..."the Habonim community continues to inspire me to pursue important issues."

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J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg, editor at large, was the Forward’s editor in chief from 2000 to 2007. He previously served as a syndicated columnist, U.S. bureau chief of The Jerusalem Report, managing editor and New York bureau chief of the Forward, managing editor of the New York Jewish Week, editor of the magazine Jewish Frontier and metro reporter for the Los Angeles Hebrew-language newsweekly HaMevaker. His books include "Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment", and his essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Daily Beast, Salon, Columbia Journalism Review and elsewhere. His writing has been honored repeatedly by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockower Awards of the American Jewish Press Association, the New York Press Association, the Deadline Club of the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations. A graduate of McGill University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he has served in the past as an education specialist with the World Zionist Organization in Jerusalem, a founding member and secretary-general of Kibbutz Gezer near Tel Aviv, a sharpshooter with the Israeli Border Police Civil Guard, a New York City taxi driver and a member of the Pulitzer Prize jury. J.J. Goldberg can be reached at goldberg@forward.com

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Shelly Goldwater

Shelly Goldwater is the executive director of Habonim-Dror Camp Tavor, located in Three Rivers, Michigan. She is a long time Zionist, growing up in Young Judea and living on Kibbutz Gezer in Israel.

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Jerry Goodman

Board Member

Jerry Goodman is President of Phoenix Ventures LLC, a consulting company specializing in conflict resolution and mediation for NPO's as well as small to medium sized businesses. He is also Senior Advisor to Strategy XXI, a company that specializes in Strategic Planning and Communications for governments, business enterprises, and NPO's. He was founding Executive Director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry and was Executive Director of the International Committee for Sepharad '92. He has spoken and written widely on Israel and the Middle East.

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Leonard Gordon

Leonard Gordon serves as rabbi at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia, PA. This fall, he is teaching Talmud at the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College where a version of this article was presented at a pre-High Holiday workshop.

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David Grossman

Born in Jerusalem on January 25, 1954 is an Israeli author of fiction, nonfiction, and youth and children's literature. His books have been translated into numerous languages. The Yellow Wind, his nonfiction study of the Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip met with acclaim abroad but sparked controversy at home.

Grossman studied philosophy and theater at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He worked as a correspondent and radio actor for Israel's national broadcasting service.

Grossman, an outspoken peace activist, supported Israel during the Second Lebanon War. On August 10, 2006, however, he and fellow authors Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua held a press conference at which they urged the government to agree to a ceasefire that would create the basis for a negotiated solution.

Two days later, his 20-year-old son Uri, a staff sergeant in an armoured unit, was killed by an anti-tank missile during an IDF operation in southern Lebanon shortly before the ceasefire.

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Shawn Guttman

Shawn Guttman made Aliyah in 2010 and lives in an educators’ collective in Givat Olga, part of The Cooperative of Educational Collectives of Olim from Habonim Dror. He is an educator and program coordinator for Hechalutz, a cooperatively run education center for Diaspora Jews visiting Israel. Hechalutz’s staff of olim and sabras seek to make change in Israeli society using education as our tool to do so.

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Amnon Hadary

Amnon Hadary was born in Palestine in 1929, spent the years '38 to '48 in Chicago, and returned to Eretz Yisrael in time to serve in the Palmach during the War of Independence. So he has experienced life in the diaspora in one of the world's oldest democracies and homecoming to one of the newest. A founding member of a kibbutz Gesher Haziv, where he lived for 20 years, he has spent the past 35 years in Jerusalem, writing, editing and lecturing. His first book, "To Royal Estate: The American Jewish Novel", (in Hebrew) was a critique of American Jewish literature. Married, with children and grandchildren, his commitment to Zionism remains vital: its realization attainable only through the imperative of peace. The affirmations of an unrepentant Zionist are written in that spirit. Amnon was a shaliach to Habonim in Philadelphia and Vancouver in the late 50's and served as Workshop Madrich at Gesher Haziv for 6 consecutive years.

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Steven Hancoff

Steven Hancoff is a guitarist and recording artist, as well as a long-time Rolfer (R) and psychotherapist. His four CD's of solo acoustic guitar music have been released by DGM Records. He is also the author of two books of guitar music for Warner BROS Publications and Mel Bay Publications. In 1993 he was formally designated an Artistic Ambassador by the US State Department, representing the United States all over the world. In that capacity, he has conducted master classes and performed concerts that describe and demonstrate the history and evolution of American folk music and jazz, and its relationship with the development of American democracy. In 2002, during the height of the intifada and in response to concert cancellations by some international artists, he organized a free, ten-city concert tour throughout Israel, bringing Andy Statman (and his trio - Jim Whitney, bass, and Bob Weiner, drums) and Peter Himmelman with him. Each concert also featured a prominent Israeli artist. Presently, he is at work recording his guitar transcriptions of the Six Suites For Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Much more information is available on his website, www.stevehancoff.com.

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Miriam G. Harel

Miriam G. Harel, born in New York, is a senior psychotherapist, affiliated with Telem Clinic in Tel Aviv. She is a free lance lecturer and is currently presenting her work in Israel and abroad at major institutions of learning such as Tavistock in London and the University of Amsterdam, Schneider and Hillel Yaffefe Childrens' Hospitals, and has been doing this for several years. She has published a book, Patchwork , distributed by Karnac in London, relating to her experience with Israeli children and their families, in the process of therapy. A lifetime member of Hashomer Hatzair, she lives with her family on Kibbutz Haogen Emek in Hefer, Israel.

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Russel Harris

Russel Harris serves as MarComs Director of an Israeli security software developer; writing marketing collateral and managing the company website. In his spare time he freelances as a writer, commenting on life in Israel for the Cape Times; and as a photographer for the PictureNET Africa online photographic agency.

Born in South Africa, he moved to Israel in 2004. He has been involved in the high-tech industry for 10 years, initially as a journalist and then later in a PRO and Corporate Communications capacity for companies such as Ericsson and HP.

Prior to that he worked as a news writer for the Zionist Record newspaper and freelanced for other South African entertainment and tourist publications.

Russel studied Visual Communications at the Johannesburg Art foundation, graduating in 1988.

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Ami Isseroff

Ami Isseroff is director of MidEastWeb for Coexistence, and editor of
http.Zionism-Israel.com and http://MidEastWeb.org. He lives in Rehovot.

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James Horrox

James Horrox is the author of A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement, forthcoming in 2008 from AK Press. He is a regular contributor to numerous independent publications and is currently working on his postgraduate research at Manchester Metropolitan University. He wrote this article for Zeek in October, 2007.

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Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Rabbi Vernon Kurtz is the Rabbi of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois and is a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of 1500 Conservative Rabbis. Rabbi Kurtz currently serves as President of MERCAZ OLAMI, the World Organization of the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement and is also on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and serves as co-chairman of its FSU committee.

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Rabbi Esther Lederman

Board Member

Rabbi Esther Lederman is the Director of Communities of Practice at the Union for Reform Judaism.  Prior to working at the URJ, Esther served as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Micah in Washington, DC. Before moving to Washington, DC, she served as the Marshall T. Meyer Fellow at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun of Manhattan. She was ordained in May 2008 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Prior to becoming a rabbi, Esther worked for several years in the non-profit world. She held positions with the Israel Policy Forum and directed a project on Middle East peace education for the Union for Reform Judaism. In addition to serving for two years as the rabbi of the Jewish community of Indiana, Pennsylvania, she has held pulpits at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and for the United States Navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in 1996.

Esther was the Mazkira of Habonim Dror North America from 1996-1998 and had the distinct honor of serving as Rosh Machanah at three Habonim camps – Moshava, Galil and Na’aleh.

Esther is very involved in social justice organizations, serving on the advisory council of AVODAH in Washington, DC and the national board of T'ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.  Originally from Ottawa, Canada, she now makes her home in Virginia with her husband and two children. 

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Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz is the executive producer of Tablet's video and interactive media. He is the author, most recently, of Lili Marlene: The Soldiers’ Song of World War II, published in 2008 by W.W. Norton. A native of Tel Aviv, he completed his doctoral studies in communications at Columbia University, researching the ontology of video games. This means he spends more time playing games than a grown man should. He is obsessed with coffee.

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Jamie Levin

Jamie Levin was Executive Director of Ameinu and is now pursuing an advanced degree in Canada. Jamie has long been an activist for progressive Israel, serving as the elected National Director of Habonim Dror North America in 2001-02. Jamie completed an MS in Political Economy from the London School of Economics in 2004, specializing in the economic aspects of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy is a Senior Fellow at the New America and The Century Foundations and directs their respective Middle East Peace policy initiatives. He formerly worked as an adviser in Israeli Prime Minister Barak’s office and as an official negotiator and as lead Israeli drafter of the informal Geneva Initiative peace plan.

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Sarah Michaels Levy

Sarah is a member of the Habonim Dror Tnuat Bogrim (Graduate Movement) and lives in Israel.
She manages the Anglo-Saxon Desk for World Habonim Dror.

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Bernard-Henri Levy

Bernard-Henri Levy is one of France's most famed philosophers, a journalist, and a bestselling writer. He is considered a founder of the New Philosophy movement and is leading thinker on religious issues, genocide, and international affairs. His most recent book, Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism, discusses political and cultural affairs as an ongoing battle against the inhumane.

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Zach Luck

Zach Luck graduated from Columbia in May. He currently lives in Washington, DC, where he is a research assistant.

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Avram Lyon

Board Member

Avram Lyon, an Ameinu board member, is a consultant to labor and Jewish communal organizations.

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Christopher MacDonald-Dennis

Chris MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D., is Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate College and Director of Intercultural Affairs at Bryn Mawr College. He has been a scholar-activist for more than fifteen years and has been involved with many social change movements, including the feminist movement, LGBT movement and progressive Zionism. He received his BA from Framingham State College in Massachusetts, his MS from Northeastern University and his Ed.D. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally from Boston, he currently lives in Philadelphia.

Chris' activity with Ameinu has found a number of expressions. He has written regularly for the website. He serves on the joint committee Ameinu has formed with MeretzUSA to address the Left's attitudes towards Israel and Zionism and is also part of the effort to establish an Ameinu chapter in Philadelphia.

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Daniel Mann z"l former Board Member

Daniel Mann was a retired Jewish communal worker and educator active in several volunteer capacities in the national and local communities. From 1994-2000 he was national president of the Labor Zionist Alliance (now Ameinu). In 1982-4 he was the first president from the Washington area of the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America, the professional organization of Jewish communal workers in the United States and Canada. In the 1990s he chaired the committee that published "Builders and Dreamers: Habonim Labor Zionist Youth in North America" and raised the seed money for the Habonim Dror Foundation, the major national funding instrumentality for the Labor Zionist youth movement. Daniel passed away in June 2014.

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Anton Marks

Anton Marks lives in the biggest urban kibbutz in Israel and works to bring young Diaspora Jews to Israel to live and volunteer within one of many such young Israeli communities.
For more information, check out the website at: www.jewishagency.org/shnatkehila
or the Facebook group: 'Shnat Kehila'.
You can contact Anton at: shnatkehila@jafi.org or call him on: +972 525 348 550

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Ben Meiselman

Board Member

Ben Meiselman is an alumnus of the Habonim Dror youth movement. Ben was an activist with the Union of Progressive Zionists as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, where he studied political science and economics. Ben served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2012-2013, and he received a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2017. Ben is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Avi Melamed

Avi Melamed was born in 1960 to an old Jerusalemite Sefardi family. Avi is a sought-after lecturer in Israel and abroad, specializing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, democracy, education, the West and Islam. For thirteen years Avi, worked for the Government of Israel in civilian affairs and counter-terrorism. By the mid 1990's Avi was a Senior Advisor on Arab Affairs for the Mayor of Jerusalem. Based on this experience, Avi co-authored "Separate and Unequal-The Inside Story of Israeli Rule in East Jerusalem" (Harvard University Press, 1999). Avi has delivered lectures to the UJC, the World Bank, The Israeli Foreign Office, The Peres Institute for Peace, AJC, and The Jerusalem Foundation. He is also the Founder of The Teachers for a New Leadership movement (TNL) and a member of the Board of The Israeli Forum and a member of the Young Israeli Leadership Forum (YLF). Currently, Avi works as an Educator and Lecturer in the Maayan-Shachar educational campus.

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Seth Morrison

Seth Morrison has held leadership posts in various local, regional and national Jewish organizations starting in college as a youth leader in Young Judea. He is currently on the J Street Washington DC Metro Steering Committee, and he is active in LGBT organizations and local politics in Northern Virginia.

He joined the pro-peace camp in the mid 80s, thanks to two dear friends. Gershon Baskin who facilitated Gilad Shalit’s release and Alon Tal who founded the Arava Institute, which brings Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians together for environmental studies. Morrison is the immediate past chair of the Friends of the Arava Institute.

Professionally, Morrison is consulting in association marketing and management while seeing full time opportunities. Most recently, he was the SVP & General Manager of a trade association serving the cable television industry. As a marketer, he has been responsible for major local and national marketing, PR and social media campaigns for industry and non-profit organizations.

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Lonny Moses

Lonny Moses is the youth leadership coordinator of Habonim Dror North America. He graduated from American University in 2010.

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Benjamin Murane

Benjamin Murane is the co-chair of the New York City chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, a contributing editor to Jewschool.com, and the former director of the Jewish Student Press Service, publisher of New Voices magazine. His blog can be read at www.judaismwithoutborders.org.

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Daniel Orenstein

Daniel Orenstein, Ph.D., is a visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and Ameinu representative on the Jewish National Fund USA Board of Trustees.

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Gilad Perry

Gilad Perry lives in Kibbutz Eshbal in the Galilee. He run educational projects for at risk youth and is a member of Dror Israel, a movement of educators

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Jack Nusan Porter

Jack Nusan Porter, Ph.D., of Newtonville, Mass., is the former treasurer and executive board member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the largest such body in the world, a sociologist, and a human rights activist. His latest book is The Genocidal Mind. He can be contacted at jacknusan@earthlink.net or (857) 636-2669. Also, look his full name up on Wikipedia.

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Yona Prital

Yona Prital, a past recipient of the Excellency Award from the Jewish Agency, was the Central Shlicha for Habonim Dror North America. Yona holds a Masters degree in Education from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a graduate of the Mandel Institute for Leadership in Education. For twelve years, Yona was the Head of the Kibbutz Movement Education Department where she was the Kibbutz representative for the Israel Labor Party. Yona has returned to Israel and is living on Kibbutz Maale Hachamisha.

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Rabbi Dr. Einat Ramon

Coming from a family of three generations of Labor Zionists in Israel, Rabbi Dr. Einat Ramon was the first Israeli-born woman rabbi. Following her ordination by JTS in 1989, while pursuing her doctoral degree at Stanford University, Rabbi Dr. Ramon served as the interim rabbi at Berkeley Hillel and then as the "circuit" rabbi of congregation Har-Shalom of Missoula, Montana. Since her return to Israel in 1994, she has been teaching at various Israeli academic institutions (including the Hebrew University, the Shalom Hartman Institute, Hebrew Union College and Kibbutzim College of Education), and supervising a Masorti (Conservative) congregation (Havurat Tel Aviv) in north Tel Aviv. In 1996-1997 (during the peak of the battle against the conversion bill) she was the spokesperson of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel. Today Rabbi Dr. Ramon teaches modern Jewish thought and literature and Jewish feminism at the Schechter Institute, where she also serves a special consultant for women and gender issues at Schechter's rabbinical school. She has written and published numerous articles on modern Jewish thought, Jewish feminism and Zionist intellectual history, and has completed a book on the theology of Aharon David Gordon. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband Rabbi Arik Ascherman (together they constitute Israel's only rabbinic couple) and with their two children, Adi Rinat- Yah and Ayal Elazar

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Julian Resnick

Julian Resnick is currently the Central Shaliach (emissary) to Habonim Dror North America. He has lived in Israel, primarily on Kibbutz Tzora, since coming on Aliyah from SA in 1976. His work in Jewish education has taken him to most of the English speaking Jewish world over the past 30 years.

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Edward Rettig

Edward Rettig is the Director of the Israel/Middle East Office of American Jewish Committee in Jerusalem. Before that he served for nine years as Associate Director for Legislative Affairs and Education and for two years as Associate Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of AJC, working at national headquarters in New York.

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Moises F. Salinas

Dr. Moises Salinas is a professor of psychology at Central Connecticut State University. He was a winner of the 2004 WZO Herzl Centennial Award. His latest book “Planting hatred, Sowing Pain: The Psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (Greenwood/Praeger) will appear in May 2007.

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Eran Schafferman

Eran Schafferman, the Chair of Young Labor, Jerusalem, lives in Jerusalem.

Eran holds an MA in public policy from the Hebrew University and a BA in business administration from the Ruppin school of business.

Currently, Eran is the assistant to the regional coordinator in the Forum of Civil Peace Service. FCPS is an NGO that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Prior to that Eran was a parliamentary adviser to M.K. Colette Avital (Labour).

Dahlia Scheindlin

Dahlia Scheindlin is a leading international public opinion analyst and strategic consultant based in Tel Aviv, specializing in progressive causes, political campaigns in many countries, including new/transitional democracies and peace/ conflict research. In Israel, she works for a wide range of local and international organizations dealing with Israeli-Palestinian conflict issues, peacemaking, democracy, religious identity and internal social issues in Israeli society. Dahlia is currently writing her doctoral dissertation in comparative politics at Tel Aviv University. The focus of her research is unrecognized (de facto) states. In the fall of 2010 she will begin teaching at Ben Gurion University. Dahlia writes a monthly column for the Jerusalem Report magazine and is a regular media commentator and guest lecturer.

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Hillel Schenker

Hillel Schenker is co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal, a Jerusalem-based independent English-language quarterly, initiated and maintained by a group of prominent Israeli and Palestinian academics and journalists

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Sheldon Schreter

Sheldon Schreter is originally from Montreal and has lived in Israel since 1976. The former director of the WUJS Institute in Arad, he has been active in various Israeli businesses for the last 25 years. He is the proud father of 4 sons, two of whom are still serving in the Israel Defense Forces and the other two finished their service and are university students. A resident of Ra’anana, Schreter is a loyal fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.

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Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is the founder and president of PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values and the author of Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights).

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Tom Segev

Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha’aretz, Israel’s leading newspaper, and the author of three now-classic works on the history of Israel: 1949: The First Israelis; The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust; and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice for 2000. Segev’s latest book is 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East. He lives Jerusalem.

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Yigal Sela

Yigal Sela is the Senior Advisor to the Treasurer of the Jewish Agency on Foreign Affairs. He is a member of Kibbutz Machaniyim.

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Danny Shapiro

Danny Shapiro was active in Hashomer Hatzair in New York and Canada in the 1970s. He has lived in Israel since making aliya in 1980, was a member of Kibbutz Harel, and served in the IDF between 1984-86. In 1995, he founded the ShomerNet, an internet forum for past and present members of North American Hashomer Hatzair, which has grown to nearly 500 members. Danny has worked for Tel Aviv University for the past 10 years, and is currently the University's director of development and public affairs.

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Tamara (Tammy) Shapiro

TAMARA (TAMMY) SHAPIRO, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison), is the executive director of the Union of Progressive Zionists (UPZ).

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Gilead Sher

Attorney Gilead Sher, former Israeli Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator, acted as co-chief negotiator in 1999-2001 at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks as well as in extensive rounds of covert negotiations with the Palestinians. He teaches frequently as a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, mainly Dispute Resolution and Negotiations in Times of Crisis. The English version of his book The Israeli- Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001: Within Reach was published by Routledge in 2006.

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Ann Shlay

Ann Shlay a Professor of Urban Studies at Temple University.

Ann is in Israel this semester on a Fullbright Scholarship with her 16 year old daughter and has written several interesting pieces about her adventures in Israel.

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Andrew Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll is Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey Jewish News

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Ephraim Sneh

Dr. Ephraim Sneh, Israel's Deputy Defense Minister, served as a career officer in the IDF until 1987, reaching the rank of Brigadier-General. He has held a variety of important positions in the army, including Commander of the Medical Teams during the Entebbe Rescue Operation in 1976, Chief Medical Officer of the IDF Paratroops and Infantry Corps, Commander of the Security Zone in South Lebanon in the early 1980's and Head of Israel’s Civil Administration for the West Bank from 1985 to 1987. A Member of Knesset from Israel's Labor Party, Ephraim Sneh was first elected to Knesset in 1992 and has served as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and has held various cabinet posts, including Minister of Health and of Transportation.

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Cary Sperling

Cary Sperling has a highly diverse background. Having obtained Master's degrees in both Education and Sociology, she also completed doctoral course work in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, now New School University. She has taught every grade level from nursery through university including several years at Baruch College, CUNY and Haifa University in Israel, where she not only taught many classes to Ethiopian students but also worked closely with their community. In both Israel and American she has conducted research, written articles, edited dissertations, books and articles as well as grant-writing on varied topics.

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Guy Spigelman

Guy Spigelman is the editor of "Revival", the English language news magazine of the Labor Party. Guy was born in Sydney, Australia and served as Mazkir of Habonim Dror before making Aliya in 1994. Currently, Guy lives in Tel Aviv and serves as VP Asia Pacific at XMPie, a leading provider of software for the advertising and printing industry. In 2003 Guy and other leaders of the hitech industry founded I-tech, the hitech forum of the Israeli Labor Party. Today the forum has over 500 members who have banded together to promote: support for R&D, an overhaul of the education system, reducing social gaps and political reforms. Aside from politics, Guy is an active board member of Merchavim, the Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel, an NGO that has trained hundreds of teachers from across the school system in models for promoting cultural diversity inside the classroom. Guy is married to Naomi and together they are the parents of three wonderful girls Eden, Galia and Neta.

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Berry Steinberg

Barry Steinberg was raised in Brooklyn and Long Island. He first arrived in Israel in 1969, participating in a kibbutz volunteer program. In 1971 he was part of the second contingent of western immigrants that reestablished Kibbutz Adamit in Western Galilee. He remained there until 1989 when I moved to Kibbutz Eilon. He have worked as a fruit farmer in both communities. He represented Adamit at Mapam and various kibbutz federation functions. Barry developed strong ties with our Bedouin neighbors of Arab al-Aramshe. He was involved in the earlier stages of Aramshe's integration into the local regional counsel. He am married with three sons.

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David J. Steiner

David Steiner is the Director of Education at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Illinois. He holds a doctorate in education from National Louis University and is currently studying to be a rabbi at the Hebrew Seminary for the Deaf.

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Martin I. Taft Ph. D.

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Chairman and founder of the Frontiers of Learning Program that brings prominent national and Israeli figures on tours to Ameinu city branches for lectures and seminars. For Ameinu, he has served as National Vice President for Communications and as President of the local chapter in Los Angeles.

While member of the Jewish Federation Board of Directors, he was President of the Council of Affiliated Organizations and Chairman of the Aliyah Demonstration Project. In Los Angeles, Martin volunteers as management consultant to not-for-profit agencies for the Executive Service Corps and as a magician member of the Magic Castle he performs magic for patients two days per week at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at the Cadillac Facility.

He is a retired mechanical and systems engineer as well as a personal liability forensic expert witness in accident cases.

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Noah Taft

Noah Taft is a graduate of Habonim. He spent a year at the Hebrew High School in Sde Boker and another year at the Machon L'madrichai Chutz L'aretz. For many years he was a sit-com writer and is currently the V.P. of Sales and Marketing for California Faucets.

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Bruce Temkin

Bruce Temkin is the New York Director of the New Israel Fund, an organization that advances civil rights, equality and social justice for all Israelis. Bruce was in Habonim Dror garin Gal Hadash to Kibbutz Ravid, was Mazkir Tnua in 1986-87, Rosh Tavor '85 and '86, and was on workshop 31.

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Rachel Tepper

Rachel is a contributor to the JTA - the global news service of the Jewish People

Sidney Topol

Sidney Topol is a friend of Ameinu, a board member of Americans for Peace Now and on the Advisory Board of J-Street.

Sid, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Boston Latin School, where he was named Man of the Year in 1982. He holds a B.S. in Physics and honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard-MIT Radar School and has been awarded the MIT Corporate Leadership Award. His graduate study in electrical engineering was done at the University of California in Berkeley.

He is married to Lillian Friedman Topol, and they have three daughters, all of whom are married and pursuing professional careers.

Mr. Topol has been inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Cable Television Hall of Fame, MTC Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame.

Currently, he is President of The Topol Group LLC and The Topol Family Fund.

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David Twersky

David Twersky covered Washington DC for the Forward during the first Bush administration, was editor of the New Jersey Jewish News and while living on Kibbutz Gezer edited Shdemot, an English language kibbutz movement journal. Most recently he was Senior Adviser, International Affairs at the American Jewish Congress.

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Yigal Tzachor

Yigal Tzahor is Chairman of the World Labor Zionist Movement and Manager of the Ideological-Educational Center at the Berl Katzenelson Foundation in Israel.

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David Waksberg

David Waksberg is the executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco. He formerly was the director of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews and vice president of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. David sits on Ameinu’s Policy and Advocacy Committee.

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Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg was a member of Workshop 43 and was Rosh Galil in 1999 and 2000 and was the first Director of the Habonim Dror Foundation. He was a member of Kvutsat Yovel and continues to live in Israel. Ezra is currently finishing his second year of Rabbinical School at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Ezra holds a Masters in conflict Transformation from the School of International Training

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Ron Werber

Ron Werber is the newly appointed head of the Labor Party emergency restructuring program, which is overseeing radical political, organizational & financial change in the party while it prepares for the next election. Ron's assignment also includes holding the position of Acting General Director of the party. A leading political & media strategist, Ron Werber served as campaign director & chief strategist for many successful national, municipal & referendum campaigns in both Israel & in Europe, where he is widely recognized for his expertise in strategic planning, message formulation & grass-roots campaigning, as well as effective media & campaign training for grass-roots activists and national leaders. Mr. Werber is also the president of the Tel-Aviv based Werber Public Affairs agency.

Einat Wilf

Dr. Einat Wilf is a member of the Israeli Knesset on behalf of the Labor Party of Israel.

Dr. Wilf is the author of two books that explore key issues in Israeli society. Her first book, “My Israel, Our Generation”, about Israel’s past and future from the perspective of the younger generation, was published in Hebrew in 2003 and in English in 2006. Heaer second book, "Back to Basics: How to Save Israeli Education (at no additional cost)", which offers a detailed and fsible policy proposal for saving Israel's ailing education system, was published in Hebrew in 2008 by Yedioth Achronot.



Previously, Dr. Wilf served as a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, wrote a weekly column in the Israeli daily newspaper ‘Israel Hayom’, taught social entrepreneurship at Sapir College, was a member of the President's Conference Steering Committee, a Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York City and a General Partner with Koor Corporate Venture Capital in Israel.



Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces and holds a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

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Simone Zimmerman

Simone Zimmerman attends the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies. She loved celebrating Passover at home in Los Angeles and discussing the Jewish value of empathy towards strangers and all who suffer. Simone has traveled several times to Israel, and lived with a family in Tel-Aviv during a three-month program in high school. She spent a summer in Israel on a fellowship during which she took Jewish studies classes, went on eye-opening tours, and was inspired by the possibility of looking at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a Jewish, social justice lens. Already a Hebrew speaker, she is now studying Arabic, hoping to be able to speak to Palestinians in their own language. Simone presented at the Second J Street National Conference hoping to shine a light on an alternative to the destructive, polarizing and extreme positions expressed in campus debates.

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Nomika Zion

Nomika Zion is Program Director of Van-Leer Jeruslaem Institute’s Center for Social Justice in memory of Yaakov Hazan. In this position, she runs seminars on social and economic justice topics. She also works for the Gvanim Association where she creates and oversee programs that use technology to foster dialogue between different sectors of Israeli society (Jews-Arabs, kibbutz-cities, religious-seculars, and more.) Previously, Nomika worked as a journalist with Al-Hamishmar and Hotam. After a pre-army year of service with Hashomer Hatzair in Holon, she spent her army service teaching school drop-outs. After the army, she continued working with youth through the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. In 1987, Nomika Zion pioneered a new form of collective living in Israel when she founded Kibbutz Migvan in Sderot, an urban kibbutz that seeks to balance social-educational involvement and personal fulfillment. Nomika’s social activism and commitment to communal solutions are a natural outgrowth of her family background. Born and raised on Hashomer Hatzair Kibbutz Reshafim in the Beit Shean Valley, Nomika is the granddaughter of Yaakov Hazan, co-founder (with Meir Yaari) of Hashomer Hatzair.

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