Elan Ezrachi, Author

by Haya Luftig

Elan Ezrachi is a Jerusalem-based independent consultant: Effective Partnerships in Today’s Jewish World. Born and Raised in Jerusalem. After six years in the Israeli Air Force as a helicopter pilot Elan went on to pursue a career in Jewish education. Elan served in various executive roles including: director of the International Dept of Melitz –…

Noam Gilboord, JCRC New York

by Haya Luftig

Noam Gilboord is Director of Israel and International Affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, where he builds bridges between New York and Israel through outreach programing, missions to Israel, leading the agency’s anti-BDS efforts, and managing the Celebrate Israel Parade.  Most recently, Noam served as Director of Community Strategy at the…

J.J. Goldberg, the Forward

by Haya Luftig

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007). He served in the past as U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli news magazine Jerusalem Report, managing editor of The Jewish Week of New York, as a nationally syndicated columnist in Jewish weeklies, as editor…

Dr. Hillel Gruenberg, HUC-JIR & JTS

by Haya Luftig

Dr. Hillel Gruenberg has experience teaching undergraduate, graduate, and rabbinical students about all facets of Israeli history and society at JTS, New York University, and St. Joseph’s College of New York. Outside of the academic world Hillel has taught about Israel’s past and present and been otherwise involved in Israel-related programming at a number of…

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…