Submitted by Haya Fri Mar 01 2013 09:57:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Michael B. Oren is the State of Israel's Ambassador to the United States. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. Raised in New Jersey, where he was an activist in Zionist youth movements and a gold medal winning athlete in the Maccabia Games, Ambassador Oren moved to Israel in the 1970s. He served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, in the paratroopers in the Lebanon War, as a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and as an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009. He acted as an Israeli Emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union, as an advisor to Israel's delegation to the United Nations, and as the government's director of Inter-Religious Affairs.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 20:20:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Jeffrey Goldberg is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic Magazine and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the Daniel Pearl Prize for Reporting; the Abraham Cahan Prize; and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Prize for best investigative reporting. He is a former Middle East Correspondent, and former Washington Correspondent, of The New Yorker, and was also a writer for The New York Times Magazine.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 18:40:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 18:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 17:50:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Rabbi Steve Gutow, President & CEO of the JCPA, is a lawyer, rabbi, and political organizer. He has chaired United to End Genocide, formerly known as the Save Darfur Coalition/Genocide Intervention Network and serves on the board of Faith in Public Life and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. Steve has led national efforts to restore civility to the national discourse, to combat poverty, and to fight the delegitimization of Israel with the creation of the Israel Action Network. Steve graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and served as Adjunct Law Professor Law at St. Louis University. Newsweek named him month the 50 most influential rabbis in the US in 2009, 2010, and 2012. He has also been named to the “Forward 50.”
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 17:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Jeremy Burton is the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), promoting a society that reflects the best of American and Jewish values; in Greater Boston, Israel and around the world. Through advocacy, organizing, service and partnerships, JCRC pursues social justice, ensures a vibrant Jewish community, and builds a network of support for Israel. Jeremy is currently a board member of the Executive Committee of Keshet, working for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life, and serves on the advisory board of Eshel, an organization dedicated to creating understanding and support for LGBT people in traditional Jewish communities. He was a gabbai, and former co-chair, of Darkhei Noam, an independent minyan committed to halachic & inclusive community. He was also on the advisory board for the Human Rights Campaign’s Jewish Workplace Equality Program.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 16:55:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Yehuda Neuberger, of Baltimore, is the lay Chairman of the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs | Jewish Political Affairs (“OU/IPA”) – the organization’s political and policy advocacy arm.
A graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School, and Executive Vice President of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC., Mr. Neuberger resides in Baltimore with his wife, Chani, and their two children.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 16:45:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Selected by Newsweek magazine in 2009 as the most influential rabbi in the country and described in a Washington Post profile as the "quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill," Rabbi David Saperstein represents the Reform Jewish Movement to Congress and the Administration as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC).
Under Rabbi Saperstein, writes J.J. Goldberg in his book Jewish Power, the Religious Action Center "has become one of the most powerful Jewish bodies in Washington, second only to AIPAC." In addition to its advocating on a broad range of social justice issues, the RAC provides extensive legislative and programmatic materials to synagogues nationwide and coordinates social action education programs that train nearly 3,000 Jewish adults, youth, rabbinic and lay leaders each year.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 16:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Judith L. Lichtman has been a guiding and influential force in the women's movement for more than 40 years. She stepped down as president of the National Partnership for Women & Families in 2004, and is presently senior advisor at the National Partnership. Her commitment, vision, and talent as an attorney and advocate have made a profound difference for women and families across the United States.
Lichtman often says: “I went to law school because being a lawyer gave me a license for activism.” After receiving her law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1965, Lichtman worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Jackson State College, the Urban Coalition, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and as legal advisor to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 1974, Lichtman became the executive director and first paid staff person for the Women's Legal Defense Fund (WLDF), which became the National Partnership for Women & Families in February 1998.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 15:30:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Janet Napolitano is the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is leading our nation's collective efforts to secure our country from the threats we face - from terrorism to natural disasters.
To counter the threat of terrorism, Napolitano has forged new partnerships with international allies, and expanded information sharing with federal, state and local law enforcement - building a collaborative effort to detect and disrupt threats early on.
She has initiated a new, more strategic course to strengthen security along our southwest border, deploying additional personnel and advanced technology, while working closely with Mexico to combat violent international drug cartels - resulting in increased seizures of illegal contraband along the border and throughout our country's interior.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 11:16:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Michael Lieberman is Washington Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League and Director of the League's Civil Rights Policy Planning Center. Before coming to work for ADL in September of 1982, Mr. Lieberman served as Legislative Assistant and Counsel in Washington to former Representative Dan Glickman, who served as the Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration. Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan and his law degree from Duke University. He played an instrumental role in the passage of hate crimes legislation – and is a go-to person in Washington on many issues including civil rights and religious liberty concerns.
Submitted by Haya Thu Feb 28 2013 06:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. She holds the B.A. from Smith College, the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and five honorary doctorates. Her recent publications include “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus” and “The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us”, co-authored with Douglas Knight. With Marc Brettler she edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament.
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 27 2013 22:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Geri Palast is the Managing Director of the Israel Action Network, the joint initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs forged to strategically mobilize their member communities and allied organizations to counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy. She directs and supervises IAN strategy, operations, program and staff. She has extensive experience organizing and leading broad-based national grassroots and legislative issue campaigns. From 1993-2000, she served as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs during the Clinton Administration. Previously, she served as the national Legislative and Political Director of Service Employees International Union. She has served on numerous boards, including the JCPA, taught at universities, ran three social justice NGOs, and she is an attorney.
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 27 2013 21:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Rachel Lerner is the Senior Vice President for Community Relations at J Street. Rachel joined J Street after working for the Jewish community for close to ten years. Most recently, she was Director of Strategic Community Planning Initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto. Prior to that, Rachel was Director of the Israel Advocacy Initiative at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in New York. Rachel graduated with a BA in Literature from SUNY Binghamton and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused her studies on the role of religion in public life. Rachel has been deeply passionate about Israel and social and political justice since she can remember. She spent her freshman undergraduate year in Israel at Bar Ilan University, a summer at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, and countless trips traveling the country. Rachel is a native New Yorker. She lives in Washington, DC.
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 27 2013 20:45:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal, and a Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.
Gil Troy His latest book, "The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction" was published last fall by Oxford University Press, as was the book he co-edited with Vincent Cannato "Living in the Eighties." This fall, Facts on File is planning on publishing the revised and updated edition he edited of the multi-volume classic "History of Presidential Elections" originally edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Fred Israel while Sterling Publishing Company of Barnes & Noble will release a new illustrated edition of "The Reagan Revolution: A Brief Insight" in January, 2011.
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 27 2013 16:40:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Rabbi Douglas Kahn is Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council, a position he assumed in 1989. He serves on the Global Council of United Religions Initiative, an international grassroots interfaith organization and on the JCPA Civility Committee. A fourth generation San Franciscan, Doug received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 27 2013 16:05:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Eric Fusfield has served as Deputy Director of the B’nai B’rith Center for Human Rights and Public Policy since 2007 and as Director of Legislative Affairs for B’nai B’rith International since 2003. He is responsible for B’nai B’rith’s policy advocacy and government relations, including formulating and promoting B’nai B’rith’s agenda on Capitol Hill and representing the agency before Congress, the Executive branch, foreign governments, and international organizations. He also helps oversee B’nai B’rith’s public policy operations in Washington, New York, Brussels, and its other offices abroad. He has met with numerous heads of government, foreign ministers, and ambassadors; has frequently been interviewed by television and radio programs and print publications; has spoken at many conferences and other public events; and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament, the Organizations for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Organization of American States (OAS).
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 27 2013 07:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Mark B. Levin, Executive Director of NCSJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia since 1992, is one of the organized Jewish community’s leading experts on national and international political and legislative issues. Mr. Levin travels extensively throughout the former Soviet region on a frequent basis.
In 2008, Mr. Levin received the Soviet Jewry Freedom Award from the Russian Jewish Community Foundation, and the Order of Merit medal from Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko. In 2006, Mr. Levin was honored for 25 years of distinguished service with NCSJ.
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 27 2013 06:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
David Dabscheck, IAN’s Deputy Managing Director, oversees the continental strategy of the organization. In this role, he manages IAN’s advocacy campaigns and the formation of strategic partnerships with other global and continental institutions active in this arena. David is a founder and co-President of the Community Security Service (CSS) and formerly the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects for The David Project. His writings on political and public affairs have appeared in a range of publications and in 2011 The Jewish Week named him one of the “36 Under 36” young leaders innovatively shaping the community. David holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia, an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is currently in the Executive MBA program at Columbia University.
Submitted by Haya Tue Feb 26 2013 23:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Shalom (Shuli) Dichter, a civic society activist in Israel, has served as the Co-Executive Director of Sikkuy, The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, a Jewish-Arab advocacy organization, between 1998-2008, working to advance equality via government-policy change, municipal cooperation and mobilizing public opinion. As of 2009 Dichter is writing and consulting in his field of expertise. Consulting portfolio includes Prime Minister's office of Israel and others.
Ditcher's op-ed articles and assays, conceptualizing issues of equality and Arab-Jewish relations in Israel, are frequently published in Israel and abroad. In 2001 Dichter was invited to present expert testimony and testified before the Or State Commission of Inquiry examining the status of Israel’s Arab citizens following the killing of 13 Arab demonstrators in October 2000 events.
Submitted by Haya Tue Feb 26 2013 22:45:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Nancy Kaufman is the chief executive officer of the National Council of Jewish Women. Prior to joining NCJW, Kaufman served as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston for twenty years, where she led the social justice, Israel advocacy, and governmental affairs agendas for Boston’s Jewish Federation and its agencies. She has also held a variety of positions related to health and human services delivery in state and local government and in the nonprofit sector, including being founding executive director of a community action agency and working for the Dukakis administration as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Social Policy, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, and deputy commissioner of the Welfare Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Submitted by Haya Sat Feb 23 2013 22:30:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Batya Abramson-Goldstein was appointed Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, effective January 1, 2003. Batya joined the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council in November of 1988 as Director of International Affairs and was appointed Associate Executive Director in 1992 With her family, she lived in Israel from 1973-87. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tel Aviv University. She also has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Rochester.
Batya staffs the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations, a program of the St. Louis JCRC. The Institute is dedicated to advancing pluralism by organizing, supporting and promoting programs and activities that foster good human relations between people of diverse backgrounds.
Submitted by Haya Sat Feb 23 2013 22:15:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Robert Cohen joined the Jewish Community Relations Council after serving as Assistant Executive Director and Director, Community Relations of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. Prior to that, he worked for three decades in television news, public relations and advertising.
After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees and completing advanced studies in international relations from American University, he worked as anchor, reporter and news manager for TV stations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Wichita, Cleveland and Tulsa. During his broadcast journalism career, he won numerous professional honors including the National Headliners Award, the National Association of Broadcasters Service to Children Award, and the Gabriel Award of Unda-USA (National Catholic Association for Communicators). He also worked as an international public relations consultant for the New York firm Hill and Knowlton, and was executive vice president of Schmelzer and Associates public relations and advertising in Cleveland.
Submitted by Haya Sat Feb 23 2013 22:10:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Michael S. Miller is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), where he has served for over two decades. As the head of the central coordinating body for more than 60 major civic, communal, educational and religious organizations representing the 1.4 million members of the Jewish community in the New York metropolitan area, Mr. Miller oversees the JCRC-NY’s agenda which includes handling Israel and international affairs, government relations, coalition building with over 180 ethnic groups, interfaith activities, liaison with law enforcement, security and emergency planning, outreach to the Russian-speaking Jewish community, legal assistance to Jewish organizations, YouthBridge-NY, and the Celebrate Israel Parade and Run.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 23:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
David Prystowsky is the Executive Director of JCRC and Government Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. David leads a team of seasoned professionals who are second to none in their expertise of Israel advocacy, campus and inter-group affairs and the role government plays in funding and regulating the human service programs our network of Federation agencies provide. David started at the Federation in 2001 as a Campaign Associate in the Young Leadership Division and was subsequently the Director of the Lawyers Division, Director of Corporate Partners, and Assistant Vice President of Campaign. He has led dozens of missions to Israel and Central and Eastern Europe. An Indianapolis native, David graduated from Indiana University with degrees in History and Film Studies.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 22:45:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Sara Saber-Freedman is the Executive Vice President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Canada’s national Jewish advocacy organization.
Sara has extensive experience in the areas of community advocacy and public policy and administration, having worked as a senior manager for the Montreal Regional Health Authority, and as the lead community advocate for English-language health access in Quebec. She was for several years the Executive Director of the Missisquoi Institute, which carried out research on Quebec’s English-speaking communities.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 20:45:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Emily Hochberg, Director of Communications, Social Media and Research, is in charge of IAN’s communications, public relations and messaging work, including writing and editing the IAN Insider newsletter and managing IAN’s websites and social media. She was the former Digital Production and Editorial Assistant at MTV.com where she wrote, edited and produced a wide range of media and public relations materials. This included work for many well known television and cable shows, such as the MTV Movie Awards, Video Music Awards, The City, and The Hills. Emily has also written and edited a variety of news stories for MTV.com, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and Comcast.com among many others, in addition to past work as a celebrity talent booker.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 20:40:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Jed Shein is the Director of New Media at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. where he leads the Embassy’s digital engagement with online communities through the website and social media channels. Since joining the Embassy, Jed has focused on strengthening the voice and knowledge of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship online. Jed works in close cooperation with senior diplomats and officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, and other Israel agencies in planning and executing both local and international digital campaigns.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 20:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Under his stewardship, The Leadership Conference has become one of the nation's most effective advocates for civil and human rights. Mr. Henderson is also the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia. Prior to his role with The Leadership Conference, Mr. Henderson was the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP. Mr. Henderson is a graduate of Howard University and the Rutgers University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Henderson has received countless awards and honors, including the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 19:45:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Melanie Nelkin is the current chair of the Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide (GC2PG). She was in the inaugural Carl Wilkens Fellowship (CWF) class at the Genocide Intervention Network (GI-NET) in 2009. GI-NET’s mission was to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. On November 1, 2010 GI-NET and Save Darfur Coalition (SDC) merged to create United to End Genocide. A past president of Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA) Women’s Philanthropy division, Melanie currently serves on the executive committees of the American Jewish Committee’s Southeastern Office and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta. She is a community representative on the Jewish Council for Public Affairs’ board of directors. She was instrumental in founding the Genocide Prevention Institute in Atlanta which launched its first program for teachers in November 2011.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 19:25:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Lois J. Schiffer has extensive experience in environmental law through her work for the federal government, in private practice, and for non-profit organizations. She is currently General Counsel at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was previously General Counsel at the National Capital Planning Commission. From 1993-2001, she served as Assistant Attorney General for the U. S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, with responsibility for litigation across the country in cases related to pollution, natural resources, wildlife, Indian tribes, and condemnation. She has for over twenty-five years, been an adjunct professor of environmental law at Georgetown University Law Center. Her previous work includes partnership at Baach, Robinson, & Lewis in Washington D.C.; serving as Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the National Audubon Society; General Counsel at National Public Radio; and staff attorney at the Women's Rights Project of the Center of Law and Social Policy. She has authored many articles on environmental law topics.She has been on the Board, and now on the Governance Committee, of COEJL.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 19:15:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Richard T. Foltin is Director of National and Legislative Affairs in AJC's Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. Mr. Foltin coordinates AJC’s domestic policy activities as well as oversees AJC's legislative advocacy on a broad range of agency concerns (including religious liberty, civil rights, immigration, energy security, and foreign affairs issues). He assumed this position in March 2009, after serving in the DC office as Legislative Director and Counsel. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Mr. Foltin served in AJC's New York headquarters as director of governmental affairs and as associate legal director. Earlier, Mr. Foltin was an associate at the New York law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 19:10:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Adam Garber is the Field Director for PennEnvironment, a statewide, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organization with over 100,000 members and activist. He coordinates their efforts to educate the public about the state’s most pressing environmental issues, increase civic participation, and garner media coverage to inform concerned Pennsylvanians.
Over the last six years, he has worked to pressure decision makers into supporting environmental policies by working with some of the state's largest media outlets, working with and training thousands of Pennsylvanians to demonstrate public support for these initiatives, and building diverse coalitions of elected officials, public health experts, religious leaders, environmental groups and more. Those efforts have lead to stronger national protections from smog and mercury pollution under the Clean Air Act, preventing drilling in the Delaware River Basin, and helping push for strong national fuel-efficiency standards. He currently focuses on building public support for protections from gas drilling, implementing new clean air protections at the federal level to reduce global warming pollution, and protecting our parks from development.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 19:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Anne Korin is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). She is an adviser to the United States Energy Security Council and chairs the Set America Free Coalition, a strange-bedfellow alliance focused on reducing the strategic importance of oil. Korin also chairs the Mobility Choice Coalition, an alliance promoting a fiscally responsible, free market oriented approach to expanding competition among transportation modes. She appears in the media frequently and has written articles for Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, The National Review, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary Magazine, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. She is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009,) Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence through Fuel Choice (2009) and Petropoly: The Collapse of America's Energy Security Paradigm (2012).
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 18:50:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
In November 2008, William Daroff was named by The Forward Newspaper as being among the 50 most influential Jews in America. As 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, William ensures that the voice of Jewish Federations is a prominent force on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch.
William guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the Federation movement’s key domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of the not-for-profit sector.
In addition to his focus on domestic policy, William is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policy-makers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, principally those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, vulnerable Jewish communities across the world, and the fight to combat states that promote terror.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 17:55:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. After many years of work in pastoral care, hospice and spiritual direction, Rabbi Eilberg now directs interfaith dialog programs in the Twin Cities, including at the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the St. Paul Interfaith Network. She has taught the art of listening in venues throughout the country, and 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. She now works with the Jewish Council on Public Affairs on its Civility Campaign. She is at work on a book on Judaism and peacemaking, with the working title, “From Enemy to Friend.”
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 17:40:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
From June of 2006 until June of 2010, Dr. Steven Windmueller served as the Dean of the Los Angeles Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In March of 2009, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of the College-Institute, named Professor Windmueller to the Gottschalk Chair, one of only twelve endowed HUC faculty positions.
In 1995 Steven Windmueller was named the Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service (now the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management) of Hebrew Union College. Prior to coming to HUC-LA, he has held a number of prominent positions within the Jewish community over the course of a thirty year professional career. Most recently, he served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Dr. Windmueller had previously served for twelve years as a federation director in upstate New York. He began his professional career on the staff of the American Jewish Committee.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 17:25:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Rabbi Leonard Gordon came to Congregation Mishkan Tefila in 2010 after 16 years as rabbi at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia, where he is rabbi emeritus. He is an experienced teacher and community builder who has held academic positions in Religious Studies and Humanities at Kenyon College and the Ohio State University. He has also taught rabbinical students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, and at Hebrew College.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 17:20:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Barbara Weinstein is the Religious Action Center's Associate Director. She directs legislative policy and oversees the RAC's Eisendrath Legislative Assistant program - a one year fellowship for recent college graduates focusing on Jewish values and social justice. Barbara is also the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism and its affiliates that seeks to apply the insights of Jewish tradition to domestic and foreign issues including human rights, world peace, civil liberties, religious freedom, famine, poverty, as well as other major societal concerns.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 17:10:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Abby Michelson Porth is Associate Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The JCRC represents more than 70 Bay Area synagogues and Jewish organizations on matters of public affairs and community relations. Ms. Porth manages sensitive community relations challenges for the Jewish community. She oversees JCRC’s coalition building programs with other faith and ethnic communities, its legislative affairs efforts, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, fundraising, strategic planning, and marketing and communications.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 17:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Anna Mudd is an associate with the Maryland No Kid Hungry Campaign. In this position, Anna works closely with the Maryland Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, which is co-chaired by Share Our Strength and the Governor’s Office for Children. Anna works with a variety of non-profit organizations and state agencies to reduce the barriers between federal nutrition programs and the children that need these programs most. Before joining Share Our Strength, Anna worked on local and state political campaigns in Maryland and also spent time working for Governor Martin O’Malley, managing his office of Constituent Services. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with family in her hometown of La Plata, Maryland and sharing her vast knowledge of the “Old Line State” with her colleagues at Share Our Strength and anyone else who will listen.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 16:50:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Rabbi Elizabeth Richman is Program Director and Rabbi in Residence at Jews United for Justice, Washington DC's local Jewish social justice group. She is also an incoming board member of Interfaith Worker Justice and a former member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Social Justice Commission and the National Havurah Committee board. Rabbi Richman has taught about Judaism and justice around the world, from Quebec to Qatar, and her writing has been published in LILITH, Sh'ma, My Jewish Learning, and other publications. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and where she led KeshetJTS, the campaign for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in the Conservative Movement. Rabbi Richman lives on the DC-Maryland border with her husband Ben Dreyfus and son Yonatan.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 16:10:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Aliza Craimer Elias, ICS Director of Program Development and National Outreach, became ICS’s first full-time staff person in 2006, after completing her Masters with distinction in Modern Jewish Studies at Oxford. She oversees ICS’s involvement in state textbook selections, manages ICS’s internal operations, and works nationally with JCRCs and publishers to advance ICS’s mission. She leads ICS’s fundraising and marketing and communications efforts, and the development of new initiatives such as the Texas Public Education Initiative (a five-year collaboration with the Greater Dallas JCRC) and the National Teacher Training Initiative.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 16:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Allan Gale has worked for the Detroit Jewish Community Relations Council for three decades, becoming Associate Director in 1989. Gale directs Israel-related programming, outreach to and relations with government officials, Jewish community advocacy education and mobilization, outreach to high school and college youth, and some media response. Gale also served many years as the administrator of the Michigan Board of Rabbis. Gale holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Midrasha - College of Jewish Studies, and completed Hebrew language studies in Israel. He has taught in Jewish religious schools, and is a guest lecturer in high schools, colleges, churches and synagogues and civic groups. Gale is a board member of the Detroit Council for World Affairs.
Submitted by Haya Fri Feb 22 2013 16:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Lindsey Mintz has been the Executive Director of the Indianapolis JCRC since September 2012. She served as the Indy JCRC's Government Affairs Director from 2002 to 2007, during which time she established a professional network of leaders within the Jewish community, the community-at-large, and among elected officials. Lindsey earned a Master’s in History from Indiana University, having written her thesis on the history of Jewish education in Indianapolis; she earned a BA in Jewish Studies and Art History from IU. Lindsey has served as a lay leader on the Boards of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, National Council of Jewish Women – Indianapolis Section, Indianapolis JCRC, and the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.
Submitted by Haya Wed Feb 20 2013 23:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
Suliman Arcua Minnawi, known as "Minni Minnawi" (born 1968 in Furawiyya, North Darfur), was the leader of the largest faction of the Sudanese Liberation Army until South Sudan seceded. A former educator, Minnawi was the Secretary of Sudan Liberation Army leader, Abdul Wahid Nur, before the organization split in 2004. Minnawi belongs to the Zaghawa ethnic group, the Ila Digen (or Awlad Digayn) clan of the non-Arab, Saharan Zaghawa people.
Minnawi signed a treaty, known as the Darfur Peace Agreement, with the Khartoum government in May 2006. Nevertheless, in July 2006, fighting broke out around the North Darfur town of Korma, resulting in the deaths of at least 80 people. In the same year, Minnawi was appointed the top Sudanese official in the Darfur region, as chairman of the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority, and was technically the fourth ranking member of the Presidency, as Senior Assistant to the President of the Republic.