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JCPA Plenum 2010 Speakers

Amb. Michael Oren- International Plenary

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Amb. Michael OrenMichael B. Oren is the State of Israel's Ambassador to the United States.  A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and from the British and Canadian governments. Formerly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University, and the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.

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Henry Cisneros- Poverty in America

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Henry CisnerosThe Honorable Henry Cisneros served four terms as the first Hispanic mayor of a major United States city, his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Cisneros accepted the position to serve as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997, the full first term of President Clinton. Mr. Cisneros will address poverty in America and the many contributing factors to the hardships of lower-income Americans.


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Nadine Strossen- Albert D. Chernin Award Recipient

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Nadine Strossen Nadine Strossen is a leader in the defense of the First Amendment and protector of civil liberties.  She was president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from February 1991 to October 2008 and the first woman and the youngest person to ever lead the ACLU. A professor at New York Law School, Professor Strossen sits on the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been hailed as one of the most influential business leaders, women, or lawyers in such publications as the National Law Journal, Working Woman Magazine, Vanity Fair, and many others.

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Lee Cullum- Interfaith Relations Plenary

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Lee CullumLee Cullum is a journalist who contributes columns to the Dallas Morning News and commentaries to the National Public Radio station in North Texas. She also is host of CEO, a series of interviews with leaders from the world of business, produced by the PBS station in Dallas-Fort Worth.


Cullum has done regular commentary for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She was editor of the editorial page of the Dallas Times Herald and edited D Magazine, which during her tenure won a National Magazine Award.

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Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon- Interfaith Relations Plenary

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Rev. Michael KinnamonThe Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergyman and a long-time educator and ecumenical leader, is the ninth General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.  Kinnamon brings a long record of ecumenical activity to his office. He was General Secretary of the Consultation on Church Union, which became Churches Uniting in Christ, from 1999 to 2002.  He was executive secretary of the WCC's Commission on Faith and Order from 1980 to 1983 and had a major role in drafting the World Council of Churches' major planning document, "Toward a Common Understanding and Vision of the WCC." He has been the Allen and Dottie Miller Professor of Mission, Peace and Ecumenical Studies at Eden Theological Seminary since 2000. He was professor of Theology and Ecumenical Studies at Lexington, Ky., Theological Seminary from 1988 to 2000 and was dean of the seminary from 1988 to 1998.  Kinnamon was Assistant Professor of Theology at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, from 1983 to 1988 and Acting Dean from 1986 to 1988. He was a visiting professor at United Theological College and South Asian Theological Institute, Bangalore, India, in 1987 and 1997.

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Rabbi Steve Gutow- Interfaith Relations Plenary

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Rabbi Steve GutowRabbi Steve Gutow has served the American Jewish Congress, Texas Civil Liberties Union, and numerous leadership roles, founded the National Jewish Democratic Council, served as Rabbi of the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. Louis and as Adjunct Law Professor Law at St. Louis University.  He has written and spoken on various social justice issues.  As President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Steve has encouraged the Jewish community and government to protect Darfuris, reform immigration policy, support Israel, maintain poverty programs, and create a sustainable environment.  In 2007, Steve was named among the “Forward 50 most influential Jews in America today,” and in 2009 Newsweek magazine named him the 20th most influential rabbi in America.

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Abraham Foxman- Fighting Anti-Semitism with Chutzpah Plenary

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Abraham Foxman Abraham H. Foxman is the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and is known throughout the world as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, hatred, prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.

Mr. Foxman, who has worked for ADL since 1965, was named National Director in 1987. Prior to that, he worked in the League's international affairs and civil rights divisions. His background and experience have contributed significantly to the development of meaningful relationships between different groups of people both here in the United States and also internationally.

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Hannah Rosenthal- Fighting Anti-Semitism with Chutzpah Plenary

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Hannah RosenthalHannah Rosenthal is the State Department's newly appointed Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism.

Sparked by the work and experience of her father, a rabbi and Holocaust survivor, and her own experience studying to become a rabbi, Hannah Rosenthal has led a life marked by activism and a passion for social justice.  She was involved in community organizing, and the antiwar and civil rights movements in the 1960s.  Today, she works to further social justice through advocacy and leadership development in her role at Wisconsin Physician Service Insurance Corporation, focusing on health care policy and prevention.

As Executive Director of Chicago Foundation for Women for three years, Rosenthal lead one of the largest women’s funds in the world.  The Foundation’s core issues are comprehensive access to health services and information, freedom from violence and economic security.

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David Barkey- Religion in Public Schools Forum

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David Barkey serves as the Anti-Defamation League’s Southern Area Counsel.  In that position, he provides legal, legislative and public affairs counsel to five regional offices within the Southern States on issues including, discrimination, extremism, free speech, hate crimes, and religious freedom. 

Mr. Barkey previously served as ADL’s Associate Director of Legal Affairs.  In 2001, he joined ADL as its Midwest Area Counsel.  Prior to joining ADL, Mr. Barkey served as Trial Attorney at the New York District Office of the U.S. EEOC.  He began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Jackson Lewis.  Mr. Barkey received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Northwestern University.  He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Connecticut, and New York.

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Professor Kenneth Stein- Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions Forum

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Ken SteinAt Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Kenneth W. Stein is Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies. Since coming to Emory in 1977, he founded and developed the International Studies Center, was the first director of the Carter Center (1983-1986), and established in 1998, the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI).  In addition, he is the President of the Center for Israel Education, a non-profit organization that writes curriculum and instructional material about modern Israel for adults and students, and provides engaging and enriching pre-collegiate teacher workshops on modern Israel and the Middle East. (www.israeled.org)

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Michael Kotzin- Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions- Forum

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Michael KotzinMichael Kotzin is Executive Vice President of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.  He joined the Federation in 1988 as Director of its Jewish Communities Relations Council and has held his current position, which includes oversight of the Federation’s Community Relations and Communications efforts, along with a range of Israel-connected projects, since 1999. 

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Kotzin holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota.  From 1968 to 1979 he was a faculty member at Tel Aviv University, and he then served on the staff of the Anti-Defamation League for nine years.

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Michael Salberg- Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions- Forum

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Michael SalbergSince July 2006, Michael Salberg has been Associate National Director and Director of International Affairs of the Anti-Defamation League. Michael served as ADL’s General Counsel from the time he joined ADL in 2003 until July 2006. In addition to his duties as General Counsel, Michael also served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer until December 2005 and then as Special Assistant to the National Director.

Prior to joining ADL, Michael practiced law for more than 28 years and was a partner in the New York City law firm Graubard Miller. He was deeply involved in the work of ADL for many years as a volunteer. He received his J.D. in 1976 from New York Law School and a B.A. in 1973 from the University of Cincinnati.


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Rabi Doug Kahn- Civility When We Talk About Israel Forum

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Doug KahnRabbi Douglas Kahn is Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council. Among his activities, he has served as co-chairman of the Intergroup Clearinghouse, San Francisco’s major organization addressing issues of intergroup tensions and hate violence. He serves on the board of an international interfaith organization based in San Francisco called United Religions Initiative. Prior to joining the JCRC staff in 1982, Rabbi Kahn served as Executive Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published numerous articles on community relations issues.

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Rabbi Melissa Weintraub- Civility When We Talk About Israel Forum

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Melissa WeintraubRabbi Melissa Weintraub is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Encounter, an educational organization dedicated to catalyzing conversation between Jews and Palestinians as well as between Jews from across the political spectrum. Rabbi Melissa Weintraub was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and has represented the Seminary as a Rabbinic Fellow in Conservative communities throughout North America. Rabbi Weintraub builds on twelve years of experience in Middle East co-existence and interfaith efforts, and is the author of several articles treating the subjects of war ethics in Jewish sources. A noted speaker and Jewish educator, Rabbi Weintraub has taught in an array of conferences and synagogues on four continents, including the Parliament of World Religions, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Jewish Council of Public Affairs Plenum. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, she graduated from Harvard University with a summa cum laude degree in Political Theory. Her recent publications include: “Warriors, Prophets, Peacemakers, and Disciples: A Call to Action in the Face of Religious-Inspired Violence,” (in Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice) and “Torture and Torah: Human Dignity and Self-Defense in Jewish Law” (in Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and People of Conscience Speak Out). Recipient of a grant from the Samuel Ruben Foundation, Rabbi Weintraub is currently working on a book exploring Jewish religious responses to terror. 

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David Luchins- Civility When We Talk About Israel Forum

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David LucinsDavid Luchins has been Chair of the Political Science Department since 1978. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College, and earned his doctorate from the CUNY Graduate center in 1977. Dr. Luchins teaches courses in American Politics and International Relations and serves as Founding Dean of Touro’s Lander College for Women.

Dr. Luchins served on the staff of United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan for twenty years as special assistant, senior assistant and ultimately senior advisor to the Senator. He is active in Jewish Communal life, having served as vice-president of the Orthodox Union since 1976, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (since 1984), the National Commissions of the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Fund for Justice.

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Kathy Miller- Religion in Public Schools Forum

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Kathy MillerKathy Miller became president of the Texas Freedom Network in January 2005. Kathy has also served as communications director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and National Domestic Violence Hotline and as public affairs director for Planned Parenthood Federation of Austin. She served as TFN’s deputy director from 1996 to 2000. Kathy has appeared on Texas and national broadcast media and has testified before the Texas Legislature and Congress. Kathy created and directed a nationally acclaimed public awareness campaign that included television, radio and print advertising and reached thousands of Texas victims of domestic violence and connected them to lifesaving services. Kathy earned a degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and attended the University of Texas graduate school, studying philosophy. She is the mother of two daughters, Olivia and Caroline, both attending public school in Austin.

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Lisa Benjamin Goodgame- Religion in Public Schools Forum

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Lisa GoodgameLisa Benjamin Goodgame is Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Community Association of Austin. She previously served for two years as Assistant Director and Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)/JCRC Collaboration in Austin. Lisa now leads the JCRC in planning, coordinating, and implementing an effective program of positive community relations both within the Jewish community and between the Jewish and the general community in the Austin area by joining and building coalitions to promote effective action and opportunities for community involvement.

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Judy Lackritz- Christians United for Israel Forum

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Judy LackritzJudy Lackritz, who is a native of San Antonio, has been the Community Relations Director of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio since 2000. The Community Relations Council in San Antonio is composed of representatives of the major Jewish organizations and synagogues in the community. Judy serves on the following interfaith groups in San Antonio: The Interreligious Council of San Antonio, the Martin Luther King Interfaith Service Planning Committee, the San Antonio Interfaith Darfur Coalition, and she is President of the United Communities of San Antonio (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews).

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William Daroff- Healthcare and Jewish Ethics Forum

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William DaroffIn November 2008, William Daroff was named by the Forward Newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in America. As the Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America, he is a leading advocate for the American Jewish community’s agenda in the nation’s capitol. As the chief lobbyist and principle spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for the 157 Jewish federations and 400 independent communities represented by JFNA, Daroff ensures that the voice of Jewish federations is a prominent force on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch.

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Rabbi Yossi Grossman- Healthcare and Jewish Ethics Forum

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Yossi GrossmanRabbi Yossi Grossman is founder and dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, based in Houston, Texas. He is one of the leading Jewish medical ethicists in the Southwest, and has taught a class on Jewish Medical Ethics at Baylor College of medicine for five years. Rabbi Grossman teaches professionally accredited ethics classes to medical and legal professionals. Rabbi Grossman is currently writing a book titled “All Physicians are Destined to Hell” on Jewish medical ethics.

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H. Eric Schockman- Equal Opportunity and Social Justice Task Force

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Eric SchockmanH. Eric Schockman, Ph.D. is the president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a position he has held since January 2001. Established in 1985, MAZON is a national nonprofit organization that allocates donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

A public policy expert and an authority on hunger and poverty issues, Dr. Schockman previously served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science for the University of Southern California. He was also a top consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. Dr. Schockman presently serves as Chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), an alliance of all major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States.

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Dr. Emily Landau- Task Force on Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights

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Dr. Emily LandauDr. Emily Landau is a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, where she is also director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Project.  She has published and lectured extensively on CSBMs in the Middle East, Arab perceptions of Israel's qualitative edge, Israeli-Egyptian relations, Israel's nuclear policy and arms control policy, proliferation challenges in the post-Cold War world with particular emphasis on the Iranian nuclear challenge, and the Arms Control and Regional Security working group of the Madrid peace process (ACRS). Her current research focuses on regional dynamics and processes in the Middle East and developments in arms control thinking on nuclear proliferation, including implications of Iran's nuclear ambitions. She is co-author of Israel's Nuclear Image: Arab Perceptions of Israel's Nuclear Posture, author of Egypt and Israel in ACRS: Bilateral Concerns in a Regional Arms Control Process, and co-editor of Building Regional Security in the Middle East: International, Regional and Domestic Influences. Her most recent book is entitled Arms Control in the Middle East: Cooperative Security Dialogue and Regional Constraints (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2006).
 
Dr. Landau is a member of the Steering Committee of EuroMeSCo, the Euro-Mediterranean consortium of research institutes, and of the newly convened Expert Advisory Group for Euro-Mediterranean affairs. She holds a BA and MA from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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