David Halperin, Israel Policy Forum

by Haya Luftig

David Halperin is executive director of the Israel Policy Forum, a non-partisan American organization founded in 1993 that advocates for a viable two-state solution that ensures Israel’s security, maintains it as a Jewish, democratic state and strengthens US-Israel relations.

Rabbi Dr. Ayala Samuels, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)

by Haya Luftig

Rabbi Dr. Ayala Ronen Samuels was born and raised on Kibbutz Shamir in the Upper Galilee. As a graduate of the “Shomer Hatzair” movement, she had the benefit of a Zionist education that sanctifies the search for inner truth, social action and tikkun olam.  These basic values have been her moral compass ever since. Ayala graduated…

Rabbi Noa Sattath, Israel Religious Action Center

by Haya Luftig

Rabbi Noa Sattath is the Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the social justice arm of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). She is charged with leading the staff of the organization, developing and implementing social change strategies in the fields of separation of religion and state, women’s rights, and…

Prof. Ken Stein, Emory University and Center for Israel Education

by Haya Luftig

Kenneth W. Stein, Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies, has taught at Emory University since 1977.  He holds a joint appointment in the History and Political Science Departments. In Spring 2006, he was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University. Stein’s scholarship focuses on the origins of the modern Arab…

Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Shalom Hartman Institute

by Haya Luftig

Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Director of Leadership Education at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as a lead faculty member and oversees the content of the Institute’s lay and professional leadership programs. A widely well-regarded teacher and scholar, Elana earned her doctorate in Religion from Columbia University with a dissertation…

Prof. Timothy Snyder, Yale University

by Haya Luftig

Prof. Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe. Born in 1969 in southwestern Ohio and a graduate of Centerville High School, he received his B.A. from Brown University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a…

Media Hatchet Job On Chabad Is Troubling

by Haya Luftig

      BY DAVID BERNSTEIN May 2, 2017, 2:35 pm When “ultra-Orthodox” Jews are targeted, do non-Orthodox Jews take it sufficiently seriously? A few weeks ago, Politico published an article, “The happy go lucky Jewish group that connects Trump and Putin,” that suggested nefarious connections among Chabad, Putin and Trump. It failed to make…

CRCast: May 17 – The Socially Responsible Investing Movement’s Influence on Israel/BDS and Other Communal Concerns

by Haya Luftig

Join JCPA’s CRCast series, in which we tackle the issues of the day. In each webcast, JCPA’s David Bernstein will interview a special guest expert or practitioner about the most pressing topics that are affecting the Jewish community and the Community Relations field. From the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide to the new Administration to the…