Mordechai Abir is a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Professor (Emeritus) of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include Saudi Arabia: Society, Government and the Gulf Crises (1993) and Saudi Arabia in the Oil Era: Regime and Elites: Conflict and Collaboration (1988).
Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House.
Khaled Abu Toameh is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades. He studied at Hebrew University and began his career as a reporter by working for a PLO-affiliated newspaper in Jerusalem. Abu Toameh currently works for the international media, serving as the 'eyes and ears' of foreign journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Prof. Jonathan Adelman founded and ran both the China Center and the Israel Center at the University of Denver . Dr. Adelman is a full professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and has written and edited 12 books.
Hanna Adoni is Professor Emeritus of Communication and Journalism Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She served as a Chair of the Department, as a Director of the Smart Family Institute for Communication Research and as a co-editor of Devarim Achadim: The Israel Journal of Communication, Culture and Society.
Edward Alexander is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Washington. He is the author of numerous books including Jews Against Themselves, Resonance of Dust and The Jewish Wars .
Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog is the former Commander of the IDF's Southern Command (2000-2003). Throughout his military career and during the course of four wars, Gen. Almog gained extensive experience in combat and special clandestine operations in the ongoing war against terrorism. He participated in the Tripoli raid that targeted key terrorist leaders in February 1973, and in the Entebbe rescue operation in 1976.
Nadia Aloush has worked in a variety of positions, including managerial roles at Rami Levy’s supermarket branch in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone in the West Bank since 2005. After completing a BA in business management, Aloush worked at the Israeli Civil Administration’s Interior Ministry branch in Ramallah from 1985 to 1995, before moving to the Palestinian Authority’s Interior Ministry, where she worked for two years.
Dr. Moses Altsech was born in Salonika, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He has published and lectured in many countries on the subjects of Greek Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and the Holocaust in Greece. He is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mark Ami-El has been responsible for editing and production of JCPA's English books, monographs, newsletters, website, and Internet publications since 1986. He is managing editor of JCPA's Daily Alert Internet digest of Israel and Mideast news, as well as the Center's Jerusalem Viewpoints and Jerusalem Issue Briefs. He served as assistant to Jerusalem Center Founding President Daniel J. Elazar from 1985 to 1999, and as press and legislative assistant to Congressman William Lehman (D-Fla.) from 1973 to 1978.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror is a former Israeli national security advisor. He formerly served as director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is former commander of the IDF's National Defense College and the IDF Staff and Command College and former head of the IDF's Research and Assessment Division, with special responsibility for preparing the National Intelligence Assessment. In addition, he served as the military secretary of the defense minister.
Menashe Amir, one of Israel’s leading experts on Iran, is the chief editor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Persian-language website and former head of the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s Persian-language division. Since 1960 he has been a senior member of Israel Radio’s internationally acclaimed Persian-language service that reaches millions of Iranian listeners, and for many years was one of the Iranian people’s only outlets to the free world. He has also served as Iranian Affairs advisor for ABC News.
Ruth Amir is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel. She is co-author of two books on electoral reform in Israel and on executive governance. More recently, her research and publications have focused on Israeli politics and on the discourse of identity and collective memory.
Uzi Arad is Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) and Professor of Government at the Lauder School of Government, Strategy and Diplomacy at Herzliya's Interdisciplinary Center. He is also chairman of the Herzliya Conference of IDC Herzliya. Arad's areas of specialization include foreign and security affairs, intelligence and policy-making. From 1975-1999, Arad served in senior positions with the Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence service, both in Israel and abroad.
Prof. Moshe Arens taught aeronautics at the Technion. From 1962 until 1971 he was Deputy Director General at Israel Aircraft Industries, and won the Israel Defense Prize in 1971. Prof Arens served as Israel's Ambassador to the United States, 1982-83,
1983-84 Minister of Defense
1984-88 Minister without Portfolio
1988-90 Minister of Foreign Affairs
1990-92 Minister of Defense
1999 Minister of Defense
Arthur Arnheim, former director of the Union of Danish Ph.Ds, MAs, and MSc.s, is a historian who received his M.A. from Copenhagen University. He researched the history of Danish Jews and the Jews of Northern Germany. He published studies and articles on the Danish Jewish community leadership and the Holocaust, as well as on the rescue of most Danish Jews from German persecution. Now retired, he works on research in Jerusalem.
Philippe Assouline, Esq. is a lawyer, freelance journalist and political activist currently pursuing graduate studies (PhD) in International Relations at UCLA, with a concentration on culture and its influence on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is a frequent contributor to the Times of Israel and blogs at the Huffington Post.
Zeidan Atashi is an Associate of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He has been a senior reporter and commentator on Arab affairs for Israel Television, Consul and Head of Information Affairs at the Israel Consulate General in New York (1972), a member of the Israeli delegation to the UN (1975-76, 1989, 1993), a member of the Knesset (1977-81, 1984-88), and advisor to the Minister of Education and Culture (1992-96). He is the author of Druze and Jews in Israel -- A Shared Destiny? and is today an independent scholar and researcher focusing on ethnicity and minority-majority relations.
Danny Ayalon is Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister. He previously served as Ambassador to the United States. He was Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser to two previous prime ministers, and Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Diana Ayton Shenker is the founder of the Fast Forward Fund, teaches Social Entrepreneurship at The New School, and is a Senior Fellow at Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program, where she taught “Global Social Entrepreneurship & Strategic Philanthropy”.
Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz is a senior journalist and commentator in Middle East affairs. Previously, she served as head of the research unit in the information section of the Israel Police, and as head of the Middle East desk of Arabic TV at the Israel Broadcasting Authority.
Amb. Alan Baker is Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center and the head of the Global Law Forum. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, as well as agreements and peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. He served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel’s ambassador to Canada.
Rıfat N. Bali, an independent scholar, is a graduate of Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Religious Sciences Division, in Paris. He is the author of nine books and numerous articles on the history of Turkish Jewry.
David Bankier was a professor of Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem. (2000-2010)
Dr. Shmuel Bar is Director of Studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Herzliya, Israel. He served for thirty years in the Israeli intelligence community and since 2002 has headed research projects – many of them for U.S. government agencies – on issues such as Iranian defense doctrine, negotiating behavior and susceptibility to signaling,
command and control culture in the Middle East, potential paradigms of command and control over nuclear weapons in Middle Eastern regimes, deterrence of terrorism, the influence of religion on deterrence, and implications of a polynuclear Middle East, among others.
Sylvia Barack Fishman is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, and also co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and a faculty affiliate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.
Amazia Baram is a Professor in the Department of the History of the Middle East at the University of Haifa, and advises various branches of the Israeli and U.S. governments about Iraq and the Gulf. In 2003-2004 he was a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. He also served as chair of his university department and Director of the Jewish-Arab Center and the Gustav Heinemann Institute for Middle East Studies at the University of Haifa.
Dr. Mitchell G. Bard is executive director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on U.S. Middle East policy. Dr. Bard is also director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world's most comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture.
Rafael Bardaji studied political science at the Madrid Complutense University and specialized in international relations in London, and at Harvard and MIT in the United States. He was a lecturer at ICADE, a private university in Madrid, from 1990-1993. In 1989 he became adviser to the Parliamentary Group of José María Aznar, then leader of the Popular Party. In 1996, when the Popular Party came to power, he was appointed strategic adviser, based in the Defense Ministry, to Prime Minister Aznar. After the March 2004 elections, he became head of International Policy Studies at FAES. He remains a personal adviser to Mr. Aznar.
Dr. Shaul Bartal is a military analyst and a lecturer on Palestinian Affairs at Bar-Ilan University. He is the author of The Fedayeen Emerge: The Palestine-Israel Conflict, 1949-1956 (Bloomington, 2011); Jihad in Palestine: Political Islam and the Israeli-Arab Conflict (London, 2015).
Dr. Barton is the Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, Australia. He is based in the Politics stream in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. He is acting Director of the Centre for Islam and the Modern World (CIMOW), Deputy UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific, and is active in the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC).
Nabil Basherat is a manager at the SodaStream factory in Idan Hanegev, Israel, where he oversees a diverse team responsible for engraving, rinsing, spray, inventory, and valves. Basherat has worked at SodaStream in various positions since 2009. At 41, he is a father of seven children, a grandfather, and a resident of the village of Jaba’, located near Ramallah.
Yehuda Bauer was born in Prague in 1926. He is Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He founded the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism in 1982, remaining its chairperson until 1995. He retired in 2001 from his directorship of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, where he now serves as Academic Advisor. In 1998 he was awarded the Israel Prize. He has been a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2000.
Julien Bauer has served as a researcher for the Quebec government and is a professor of political science at Université du Québec à Montréal. A fellow of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, he is the author of eight books.
Steven Bayme serves as national director, Contemporary Jewish Life, for the American Jewish Committee and is director of its Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. He is also a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Dr. Edward S. Beck is co-founder and President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (www.spme.net). He is director of the Susquehanna Institute in Harrisburg, PA and has served on the administrations and taught psychology and professional ethics at Penn State, New York University, Rutgers University, Alvernia College, Lebanon Valley College, Rosemont College and the City University of New York.
From 1994 to 2017, Volker Beck was a member of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, for the Green Party. Beck served as the Green Party Speaker for Legal Affairs from 1994–2002, and as the Green Party Chief Whip in the Bundestag till 2013. He was spokesman of the Green Parliamentary group for interior affairs and religion. In 2014 he was elected president of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group of the German Bundestag.
Dr. Leila Beckwith is Professor Emeritus , Department of Pediatrics, University of California at Los Angeles. She is a board member of the California Association of Scholars and the Amcha Initiative. She has numerous publications not only in her own field of developmental psychology, but also articles that detail the manifestations of prejudice against Jewish students on university campuses and the responses of university administrations.
MK Ze’ev Binyamin Begin (Benny Begin) is currently Minister without Portfolio and a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s forum of seven senior ministers. Currently serving his fourth term, he first served in the Knesset as a Likud MK from 1988 until 1997. During this period he was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee as well as Minister of Science. He returned to the Knesset in 2009.
Margalit Bejarano received her Ph.D. on the history of the Jewish Community of Cuba from the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She teaches in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Hebrew University, and is the Academic Director of the Oral History Division at the university’s Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry.
Dr. Avi Beker is former secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the Jewish refugees from Arab countries. He teaches international diplomacy to MA students and heads the Jewish Public Policy project at the School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Avi Bell of the Faculty of Law of Bar-Ilan University is currently a visiting professor at the University of San Diego. He specializes in international law, particularly the laws of war. Dr. Bell served in an IDF reserve paratrooper brigade in combat in the Second Lebanon war.
Judge Hadassa Ben Itto served for 31 years as a judge in all levels of the Israeli courts, including as an acting justice of the Supreme Court. She has also served as an official representative of the State of Israel in various international forums, including UNESCO and the United Nations General Assembly. She is currently the Honorary President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.
Yoni Ben Menachem, a veteran Arab affairs and diplomatic commentator for Israel Radio and Television, is a senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem Center. He served as Director General and Chief Editor of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.
Dr. Rephael Ben-Ari, 2011-2012 Hauser Global Research Fellow (New York University School of Law)is the author of The Normative Position of International Non-Governmental Organizations under International Law: An Analytical Framework (2012); The Legal Status of International Non-Governmental Organizations: Analysis of Past and Present Initiatives (1912-2012) and former Legal Adviser to the Israel Mission in the Netherlands. He teaches public and criminal international law.
Lenny Ben-David is the Jerusalem Center’s Director of Publications. Ben-David served 25 years in senior posts in AIPAC in Washington and Jerusalem. He served as Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy in Washington D.C. He is the author of the American Interests in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs (Urim Publications).
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was Military Governor of Judea and Samaria and later Government Coordinator of Activities in the Administered Areas in the 1980s. Elected to the Knesset in 1984, Ben-Eliezer has served as Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Communications, Minister of Defense, and as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Infrastructures. He is currently a Labor MK.
Eran Benedek is a research analyst at the Community Security Trust (CST). Previously, he was a researcher at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. He holds an MSc in nationalism and ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Lt. Col. (res.) David Benjamin served in the IDF Military Advocate General’s Corps (MAG) as Chief Legal Advisor for the Gaza Strip and as Director of the Strategic and International Branch in the International Law Department. He is the Director and Founder of SILS – Security & International Law Specialists.
Norman Berdichevsky holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1974) and is the author of The Danish-German Border Dispute (Bethesda, MD: Academica Press LLC, 2002) and Nations, Language and Citizenship (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2004) and one of the contributors to Best Jewish Writing 2003 (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004).
Michael Berenbaum is executive editor of the new edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. He is also director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, and professor of Jewish studies at the American Jewish University. He is the former project director of the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, first director of its Research Institute, and former president of the Survivors of the Holocaust Visual History Foundation.
Jamie Berk is a research scholar and Coordinator of the Program to Counter BDS and Political Warfare at the Jerusalem Center. She is a graduate of McGill University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Shmuel Berkowitz, Adv. is a renowned expert on Jerusalem and the holy places in Israel from a historical, religious, legal, and political perspective. He is a researcher, a lecturer in universities and research institutes, and an adviser to the Government of Israel, the President of Israel, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Ateret Cohanim, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and various Christian committees. He is the author of Wars of the Holy Places (Jerusalem, 2000), and How Awesome Is This Place (Jerusalem, 2006), as well as numerous articles. The book Wars of the Holy Places won first prize at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies for top research in the field of Israeli security in 2001.
Lazar Berman writes extensively on Kurdistan and on military affairs, most recently as breaking news editor for the Times of Israel. From 2012-2013, Lazar taught at Salahuddin University in Iraqi Kurdistan. His work has appeared in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Commentary, Small Wars Journal, Weekly Standard, Mosaic, and other journals.
Tamas Berzi holds an MA in International Relations from Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary, and an MA in Political Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He coordinates the Israel Advocacy project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Corinne Berzon is originally from Montreal, where she completed an undergraduate honors degree at Concordia University in political science and liberal arts. She moved to Israel in 2003 and is completing a master’s degree in political philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2005 she was an intern at the JCPA
Dr. John Bew is Harris Fellow and Lecturer in Modern British History at Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge, and has published on aspects of British and Irish history from the eighteenth century onwards.
Daniel Birnbaum has served as chief executive officer of SodaStream International Ltd. and of the Soda Club Group at Soda-Club Enterprises NV since 2007. From 2003 to 2006, he served as general manager of Nike Israel. Previously he served as a founding member of Nuvisio Corporation and of Pillsbury Israel. A graduate of Hebrew University and Harvard Business School, Birnbaum held senior positions at Pillsbury International and at Procter & Gamble.
Bent Blüdnikow worked at the Danish National Archives from 1983 to 1993. He then became opinion editor of the weekly Weekendavisen. From 1998 he was opinion editor, and since 2002 journalist, at the conservative daily Berlingske Tidende. He has published several books on Danish Jewish history and eighteenth-century Danish history.
Amb. Yehuda Z. Blum served as a Member of Israel Delegation to 3rd UN Conference on the Law of the Sea, New York, 1973, and 31st session of UN General Assembly, New York 1976; he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, New York, 1978-84: a member of the Israeli negotiating team on peace treaty with Egypt (Camp David, February 1979; Blair House, March 1979). Member of Israeli legal team, Taba Arbitration (Israel-Egypt), 1986-8. Law Editor of the Encyclopedia Hebraica, 1973-8.
Frits Bolkestein is a Dutch politician and former EU Commissioner. He was the leader of the market liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, the VVD. In the European Commission, Bolkestein was responsible for Internal Market, Taxation and Customs Union issues.
Ephraim Borowski, MBE MA BPhil, is director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. He is a former head of the Philosophy Department of the University of Glasgow and is the author of The HarperCollins Dictionary of Mathematics (1991). He is a ministerial appointee to the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and is chair of the Regional Council of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Seva Brodsky grew up in Moscow and immigrated to the United States in 1981. He received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northeastern University in Boston, respectively. Brodsky was actively involved in the struggle against divestment in Somerville.
Michael Brown is professor emeritus at York University in Toronto. In 2006, he was visiting professor at the Halbert Center for Canadian Studies and the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Bjarte Bruland earned his Master's Degree in 1995 with a thesis entitled, "The Attempt to Destroy the Jews of Norway, 1940-1945." During 1996-97 he was a member of the government committee investigating the fate of Jewish property during and after the war. . He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation, "Norway and the Holocaust, 1925-1950," at Bergen University.
Gerald Bubis is Founding Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service and Alfred Gottschalk Professor Emeritus of Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. He served as Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Daphne Burdman is a physician with double specialist certification from the American Board of Pathologists and the American Board of Psychiatrists and Neurologists, and has published research in both fields. She was assistant clinical professor of pathology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. In Israel she was research associate for a special project at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1996-1999.
Ambassador Richard Butler of Australia is former Executive Chairman of UNSCOM, the UN Monitoring Agency on Iraq and former Australian Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and current distinguished scholar for international peace and security at Penn State’s School of International Affairs.
Dr. Bystritskiy is a professor, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the highly regarded Russian National Research University and the Writers Association. He is a senior communications expert, and has served in several senior positions in Russia and Europe.
Scott Carpenter, a fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2004 to 2007. He served in Baghdad as director of the governance group for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Prior to that, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
Entrepreneur and manager Marco Carrai is the chairman of Toscana Aeroporti S.p.A., chairman and founder of CyS4, a cybersecurity company, and a member of the Board of Directors of the banking foundation Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.
Ivan Ceresnjes was the head of the Jewish community of Bosnia-Herzegovina until his emigration to Israel in 1996, and a vice-chairman of the Yugoslav Federation of Jewish Communities. During the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina he organized rescue efforts to evacuate Jews and non-Jews and also organized nonsectarian humanitarian relief for citizens of the besieged city and other parts of the country. An architect by profession, he presently is employed by the Center for Jewish Art of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Liora Chartouni was an intern for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in September 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Montreal and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ethnographer, literary scholar and Yiddish poet Velvl Chernin was born in Moscow in 1958. In the 1980s, he was on the staff of Sovetish heymland—the only magazine published in Yiddish in the Soviet Union during that period.
Steven M. Cohen is a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. In the past, he served as Professor at The Melton Centre for Jewish Education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and was Professor of Sociology at Queens College.
Ben Cohen is a British Jewish writer and broadcaster based in New York. A former producer and reporter with the BBC, he now works as a freelance journalist and analyst for several newspapers and broadcasters.
Dr. Yaacov Cohen completed his doctorate in economics at the University of Vienna while employed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He has held various foreign assignments: ambassador to Spain, 1992-1995; to Japan and South Korea, 1985-1988; to Venezuela, 1981-1985; chargé d'affaires in Turkey, 1980-1981; minister (economy) at the Israeli embassy in Belgium and deputy head of Mission to the European Union in Brussels, 1972-1976. In Jerusalem: deputy economic director of the Foreign Ministry, 1988-1992; head of the foreign trade desk of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, 1976-1980;. Since 1995, Dr. Cohen has been senior lecturer in East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University.
Kenneth Collins, FRCGP MPhil PhD, was chairman of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities from 1999 to 2003 and again from 2006 to 2007. He is chairman of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and the author of a number of books and articles about the Jews in Scotland. He is currently visiting professor at the Medical Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Ruth Contreras is a member of the Board of Directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East from 2002 to the present. She is also the European coordinator for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and coordinator of the Austrian Chapter of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East . Formerly head of the Department of Entomology at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, she is now pursuing Jewish studies at the University of Vienna.
David Cook is assistant professor of religious studies at Rice University, specializing in Islam. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2001. His areas of specialization include early Islamic history and development, Muslim apocalyptic literature and movements, historical astronomy, and Judeo-Arabic literature.
Levi Cooper, originally from Australia, holds an LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. from the Law Faculty of Bar-Ilan University and is a member of the Israel Bar Association. He studied at Chabad, Shaalvim Hesder Yeshiva, the Bar-Ilan University Kollel and Beit Morasha. Cooper served in the IDF’s Golani Brigade and continues to do reserve duty as a commander in an infantry unit. His doctoral dissertation explores the interaction between Hasidism and Halakha, and his current research focuses on the evolution of Hasidic lore.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. He has been extensively involved in Soviet Jewry issues, including helping to open the first Jewish cultural center in Moscow. For nearly 25 years he has overseen the SWC's international social action agenda, which ranges from worldwide anti-Semitism and Nazi war crimes and restitution, to extremist groups and tolerance education.
Barbara Crook is associate director and North American representative of Palestinian Media Watch. She teaches at the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She holds an Honors BA in English Literature from Queen’s University, an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and a Southam Fellow at the University of Toronto.
Catherine D. Chatterley is the author of Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Civilization After Auschwitz (Syracuse, 2011), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in Modern Jewish Thought. She teaches modern European and Jewish history at the University of Manitoba and is the founding director of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA). She can be reached through the Institute’s website: canisa.org.
Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi has decades of experience in reconciliation, conflict resolution, and interfaith dialogue. He received PhDs from the University of South Carolina and from the University of Texas, and has authored numerous academic books and articles. Dajani is the founding executive director of the Wasatia moderate Islamic movement in Palestine, a professor emeritus of political science, and founding director of the American Studies Institute at Al-Quds University. Dajani is also the Weston Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Dr. Avi Davidi is a Senior Iran Analyst and Director of the Iran Project on the Implications of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at the Jerusalem Center. He was formerly Iran Director and Senior Advisor at the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Senior Advisor at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, heading Digital Diplomacy in Persian, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Times of Israel Persian.
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan served as Head of the Planning Branch of the IDF General Staff and headed the Israeli security committee to peace negotiations with the Jordanians, Palestinians, and Syrians. He later served as head of the Central Command and as Deputy Chief of the General Staff. He also served as Chairman of Israel's National Security Council and was the National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister.
Udi Dekel, who joined the Institute for National Security Studies as a senior research fellow in 2012, was head of the negotiations team with the Palestinians in the Annapolis process under the Olmert government.
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dekel's last post in the IDF was head of the Strategic Planning Division in the Planning Directorate of the General Staff, and as a reservist he is head of the Center for Strategic Planning. Previously he served as head of the foreign relations section in the General Staff and head of the Research Division in Lahak, Israel Air Force Intelligence. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dekel served as head of the Israel-UN-Lebanon committee following the Second Lebanon War and head of military committees with Egypt and Jordan. In addition, he headed a working group on strategic-operative cooperation with the United States on development of a response to the surface-to-surface missile threat and international military cooperation.
Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, of the A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is senior fellow and project head at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem.
Douglas Den Uyl earned his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, his MA from the University of Chicago, and his PH.D. from Marquette University. Den Uyl's areas of scholarly interest include the history of ideas, moral and political theory, and has published essays or books on Spinoza, Smith, Shaftesbury, Mandeville and others.
Elliot N. Dorff is a Conservative rabbi and professor of Jewish theology at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) in California (where he is also rector), an author and a bio-ethicist.
Alan Dowty is Professor of Political Science Emeritus, at the University of Notre Dame. He was formerly Kahanoff Chair Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Calgary, 2003-2006, and President of the Association for Israel Studies, 2005-2007.
Maj. (ret.) Chris Driver-Williams has served 25 years in the British military and in private consulting in counter-terrorism, national infrastructure protection, blast and explosive engineering, and security and risk management.
He spent the majority of his military career as a high threat bomb disposal operator in the British Army and during that time he served with a variety of specialist counter-terrorism units including four years with the UK Special Forces. During his military career he deployed to the Balkans, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and for his actions during an Iraq bomb disposal tour he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. He rounded off his military career as an intelligence officer, and at the time of the 2005 London suicide bombings, he played an instrumental role at COBR-A, the British Cabinet Office’s emergency response committee.
Mr. Alexey Drobinin is a Minister-Counsellor, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the State of Israel since September 2014. Previously Mr. Alexey Drobinin served in various diplomatic positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Russian Embassies in Ankara, Tel Aviv and Washington.
Prof. Yehezkel Dror is professor of political science (emeritus) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and founding president of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. He has worked for the RAND Corporation, had senior advisory positions in the offices of the Israeli prime minister and defense minister, and has worked on EU policy issues at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht.
Nitza Druyan received her Ph.D. in Jewish History from Bar Ilan University in Israel.
Her area of research concentrates on the modern Jewish experience, with emphasis on Yemenite Jewry, Middle-Eastern Jewish communities and socio-cultural trends in Israeli society.
Dr. Nathan Durst was born in Berlin and came to the Netherlands in 1939 (Deceased). He had a doctorate in clinical psychology from Groningen University. He came to Israel in 1971 and worked as chief psychologist in a psychiatric hospital for 15 years. He is a past chairman of the Israeli Psychotherapeutic Association and teaches at Tel Aviv University. He was co-founder of AMCHA (Israeli Center for Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation) and worked as its clinical director. He lectured in Israel, the United States and in Europe – mostly in Germany – about trauma and the Shoah.
Dr. Abraham J. Edelheit is an assistant professor of History at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York. Educated in Israel and the United States, Dr. Edelheit holds degrees from Yeshiva University, Brandeis University, and the City University of New York.
Talia Einhorn is Professor of Law (Ordinaria) at Ariel University Department of Economics and Business Management and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Management. She has taught and lectured widely at Israeli, European and American universities and institutes of higher education.
Arnold M. Eisen is Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. He is the author of The Chosen People in America (Indiana University Press); Galut: Modern Jewish Reflections on Homelessness and Homecoming (Indiana University Press); Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America (Indiana University Press); and Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community (University of Chicago Press)--winner of a Koret Jewish Book Award.
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat is Co-chairman, Jewish People Policy Institute; Partner, Head of International Trade and Finance, Covington & Burlington LLP; former Chief White House Domestic Policy Advisor (President Carter); former US Ambassador to the EU, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary of Treasury, and Special Advisor to the President on Holocaust-Era Issues.
Professor Daniel J. Elazar (1934-1999) was a leading political scientist and specialist in the study of the Jewish political tradition, Israel, the world Jewish community, federalism, and political culture. He was Professor of Political Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he founded the Center for the Study of Federalism, and held the Senator N.M. Paterson Professorship in Intergovernmental Relations at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, heading its Institute for Local Government. Professor Elazar was the author or editor of more than 60 books, and founded and edited the scholarly journal Jewish Political Studies Review.
Rabbi David Ellenson has served as president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion since 2001. Rabbi Ellenson was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1977. He received his PhD in the sociology of religion from Columbia University in 1981. He has published several books including Between Tradition and Culture: The Dialectics of Jewish Religion and Identity in the Modern World.
Menachem Elon is an Israeli jurist and Professor of Law specializing in Mishpat Ivri, and a prolific author on traditional Jewish law. He served as a justice on the Israeli Supreme Court from 1977-1993 and as its Deputy President from 1988-1993.
Abba Engelberg graduated from Telshe Yeshiva (valedictorian) and Yeshiva University (cum laude), where he received rabbinical ordination. He received a Ph. D. from NYU in operations research and served as professor at Jerusalem College of Technology for 40 years, where he founded and headed the women’s division. He served as a reserve chaplain in the United States Air Force where he achieved the rank of colonel. He has written books and articles in the areas of science and religion, including The Ethics of Genesis and The Ethics of Exodus.
Simon Epstein came to Jerusalem in 1974. In France he was secretary general of the French Zionist Federation. He worked as an economist in the budget department of the Israeli Ministry of Finance. He is a former director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he now carries out research.
Dr. Oded Eran, a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies, served as director of INSS from July 2008 to November 2011.
Before joining INSS, Dr. Eran served as the World Jewish Congress Representative in Israel and the Secretary General of the WJC Israel Branch. From 2002-2007, he served as Israel's ambassador to the European Union. Between 1997-2000 he was Israel's ambassador to Jordan, and head of Israel's negotiations team with the Palestinians (1999-2000). Other previous positions include deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the deputy chief of the Israeli embassy in Washington.
Dr. Eran serves as an advisor to the Knesset Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Simon Erlanger is a journalist and historian. He was born in Switzerland in 1965 and educated in Basel and Jerusalem. A former employee of the Yad Vashem Archives in Jerusalem, he presently teaches Jewish history at the University of Lucerne. He also works as an editor for Telebasel, a television station for northwestern Switzerland.
Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel is Commander of the Israeli Air Force. He began his career as a fighter pilot in 1979 and went on to serve in a variety of staff and command positions, including Air Force Chief of Staff and Chief of Air Staff. Maj.-Gen. Eshel assumed his position as Head of the IDF Planning Directorate in 2008 and became Air Force Commander in 2012.
Amb. Yoram Ettinger is a consultant on U.S.-Israel relations and the Middle East, regularly briefing Israeli and U.S. movers and shakers and interviewed by Israeli and U.S. media. He served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington, D.C., Israel's Consul General to the Southwestern USA, and Director of Israel's Government Press Office.
Dr. Evers-Emden was born to a Jewish family in Amsterdam in 1926. In August 1944 she was seized by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz, which she survived. In 1973 she became a lecturer in psychology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research on Dutch Jewish children hidden during the war, and on their parents and "hiding-parents," has been published in four books. She was decorated by the queen of Holland as an officer of the Orde van Oranje-Nassau.
Amb. Freddy Eytan, a former Foreign Ministry senior advisor who served in Israel’s embassies in Paris and Brussels, was Israel’s first Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He was also the spokesman of the Israeli delegation in the peace process with the Palestinians. Since 2007, he heads the Israel-Europe Project at the Jerusalem Center, which focuses on analyzing Israeli relations with the countries of Europe and seeks to develop ties and avenues of bilateral cooperation. He is also the director of Le Cape, the Jerusalem Center website in French. Amb. Eytan has written 20 books about the Israeli-Arab conflict and the policy of France in the Middle East, including La Poudriere (The Powder Keg) and Le double jeu (the Double Game). He has also published biographies of Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, and a book, The 18 Who Built Israel.
Chairman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (UK), Falter studied law at the University of Warwick, building up the JSoc while fighting off opposition within the Students’ Union. In the summer of 2014, as fighting flared between Hamas and Israel and antisemitism peaked in Britain, he joined the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. Falter has spoken at the House of Commons and given evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. He serves on the board of the Jewish National Fund UK.
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Ze'evi Farkash served as Director of IDF Military Intelligence from 2001 to 2006. He previously served as Head of the Technology and Logistics Division, and as Deputy Head of the IDF Planning Division.
Giuliano Ferrara is the founder and editor of the daily Il Foglio. He was born in Rome in 1952 to a family of longstanding communists, and remained a communist until the age of thirty. He was a political columnist for Corriera della Sera ande has been the director of many television programs. For five years he has been anchoring a daily news program on the independent network La7 owned by the Telecom group.
Col. (res.) Jonathan Fighel is a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism. He is also a member of the International Academic Counter Terrorism Community and serves as a consultant and expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice on Hamas trials, as well as to private U.S.-based law firms in cases of prosecuting al-Qaeda terrorism.
Eitan Fischberger, an intern at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is currently a student at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). Previously, he interned at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in New York.
Dr. Joel Fishman is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs. He served as the assistant editor of volumes X (July 1920-December 1921) and XI (January 1922-July 1923) of The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann (Jerusalem: Israel Universities Press, 1977).
Tzvi Fleischer has been editor of The Review, the monthly current affairs magazine of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), since 1999. He has served in various roles at AIJAC since 1992, and also writes a monthly media column for the Australian Jewish News. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in international politics at Monash University.
Shlomi Fogel is an Israeli entrepreneur and the owner of the Ampa Group, Israel Shipyards, and Gold Bond companies. He is active in numerous initiatives to promote business between Israel and its neighbors, including the “Jordan Gateway Industrial Park,” as a means of promoting economic peace.
Jonathan Fox received his Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland in 1997. He is currently a senior lecturer in the Political Studies Department of Bar Ilan University and a fellow in the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. He specializes in the influence of religion on politics.
Dr. Robert O. Freedman, an Associate of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science at Baltimore Hebrew University and is Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.
Rochelle Furstenberg is a Jerusalem-based writer specializing in cultural, social, and religious issues. She is a columnist for Hadassah Magazine, and has been a frequent contributor to the Jerusalem Post and the Jerusalem Report.
Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant was appointed Head of the IDF Southern Command in 2005, after serving as Military Secretary to Prime Minister Sharon. He also served as Head of the Gaza Division, and as Head of the Naval Commando Unit.
Gilad Gamlieli is an Arab affairs monitor at Israel’s Channel Two news. At the Arab affairs desk he deals with television and radio broadcasts from the Palestinian territories and the Arab world. Gilad is a Hebrew University graduate in Middle East studies and has a masters’ degree in security studies from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Boaz Ganor is the deputy dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He is also the founder and the executive director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the IDC.
Dr. Jacques Gauthier, is the principal and founder of Gauthier & Associates, an international law firm established in Toronto, Canada in 1984. He is a member of the Intercontinental Grouping of Accountants and Lawyers (IGAL).
Ruth Gavison is Haim H. Cohn Professor Emerita of Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, winner of the Israel Prize in Law 2011, and the founding president of Metzilah, a Center for Zionist, Jewish, Liberal and Humanist Thought. She has taught at Yale and the University of Southern California, and was a fellow at Princeton’s Center for Human Values. She has been a member of numerous Israeli Public Inquiry Committees, including the Winograd Commission to investigate the 2006 Lebanon War. She was a founding member of ACRI, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, served for many years as its chairperson and, from 1996-1999 as its president.
Jeffrey Gedmin was born in Washington, DC, in 1958. He studied music as an undergraduate. He holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and worked at the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he became director of the Aspen Institute of Berlin.
Rela Mintz Geffen was president of Baltimore Hebrew University. Before that she was professor of sociology and coordinator of the programs in Jewish communal service at Gratz College in Philadelphia, where she served as dean for academic affairs. She was a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and her PhD in sociology was from the University of Florida. She was a board member of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Sander Gerber is CEO and CIO of the Hudson Bay Capital Management. Since 9/11 he has served in advisory roles dealing with international terrorist financing. In 2006, he was appointed as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served as vice chairman of the Wilson center for seven years. He is currently a fellow of the Jerusalem Center, a member of the Wilson Cabinet, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Johannes Gerloff is Middle East correspondent for the Christian Media Association KEP in Germany and the German language news agency www.israelnetz.com. He grew up in the northern Black Forest and studied Theology
in Tübingen/Germany, Vancouver/Canada and Prague/Czech Republic. He
has lived in Jerusalem since 1994.
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is emeritus chairman (2000-2012) of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. The author was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, and the International Leadership Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. His latest book is The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle against the Delegitimization of Israel and the Jews, and the Growth of New Anti-Semitism (2015). His previous books include Europe’s Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of Today’s Anti-Semitism; Judging the Netherlands: The Renewed Holocaust Restitution Process, 1997-2000; and The Abuse of Holocaust Memory: Distortions and Responses.
Dr. Johannes Gerster has been the representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Israel since 1997. From 1972 to 1976 and from 1977 to 1994 he was a member of the German Bundestag (parliament) and, as such, deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary faction. At the same time he was chairman of the CDU Party in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. For forty years he has been working for improvement in Israeli-German relations. For decades he was vice-president and president of the German-Israeli parliamentarian group in the Bundestag.
Dr. Betsy Gidwitz, a member of the Jerusalem Center's Board of Overseers and formerly a Soviet-area specialist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is now an independent consultant in Chicago.
Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilad is Director, Policy and Political-Military Affairs and Chair, Security Relations with Regional and Strategic Partners of the Ministry of Defense; former Coordinator of Government Operations in the Territories, former Head, Military Intelligence Production Division; former Spokesperson, Israeli Defense Forces; former Acting Military Secretary of the Prime Minister and Defense Minister.
Martin Gilbert was named Winston Churchill's official biographer in 1968. He is the author of seventy-five books, among them the single-volume Churchill: A Life, his twin histories The First World War and The Second World War, the comprehensive Israel: A History, and his three-volume History of the Twentieth Century. An Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan, he was knighted in 1995 "for services to British history and international relations," and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford.
Lela Gilbert is an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute and has authored and co-authored more than sixty books, including most recently, Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion (2008). Lela Gilbert and Paul Marshall co-wrote the award-winning 1996 survey of anti-Christian persecution, Their Blood Cries Out (1997).
Eytan Gilboa is professor of communications and government at Bar-Ilan University, where he also serves as director of the Ph.D. Program in communications, senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and a faculty member of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy.
Zvi Gitelman studies ethnicity and politics, especially in former Communist countries, as well as Israeli politics, East European politics, and Jewish political thought and behavior. His most recent book is Jewish Identities in Postcommunist Russia and Ukraine: An Uncertain Ethnicity, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Joshua Gleis is a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Studies at Harvard University and a Ph.D. Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. As an analyst at the Jebsen Center for Counter Terrorism Studies, his areas of focus are counterterrorism, counterinsurgencies, and the Middle East.
Ambassador Dore Gold has served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000. From June 2015 until October 2016 he served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN (1997-1999), and as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Giora Goldberg is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and also teaches at the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. He has published numerous papers in periodicals and collections in Israel, and the United States and Europe.
David Goldberg is a Toronto-based independent policy analyst. He has had a long career in Jewish studies and in Jewish communal work. He was the national executive director of Canadian Professors for Peace in the Middle East (1988-1991) and the director of research and education of the Canada-Israel Committee (1991-2007).
Harvey E. Goldberg is the Sarah Allen Shaine Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests center around Study of Jewish communities in North Africa through ethnographic reconstruction. Ethnic identity and cultural diversity in Israeli society.
Prof. Alain Goldschläger is Ontario Region Co-Chair of the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada. A specialist in Holocaust education, he is director of the Holocaust Literature Research Institute and professor of French at the University of Western Ontario.
Allison Good is a graduate student at George Washington University. She earned a B.A in political science at Vassar and studied at Hebrew University. She has been an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.com and has written for the Huffington Post, Tablet, the Jewish Week and The Times-Picayune.
Hirsh Goodman established the program on media strategy at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He was a former military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Report and a strategic fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Yosef Gorny, is Professor of Study of Zionism and head of the Zionist Research Institute at the Tel Aviv University. He is a former head of the Weizmann Institute for the Study of Zionism, at the same university.
David Govrin has served in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1989. He was formerly First Secretary of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and Political Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in New York.
Dr. Yosef Govrin joined Israel’s Foreign Ministry in 1953 and served as director of the East European Department and deputy director-general of the Ministry, ambassador to Romania, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, and to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna. Since 1996 he has been a Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Arnon Groiss has followed Middle Eastern politics during his four-decade career at Israel's Arabic Radio and has specialized since 2000 in Middle East schoolbook research. A graduate of Hebrew University, Dr. Groiss earned his MA and Ph.D from Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Gavin Gross was a postgraduate student from 2004-2006 and chair of the Jewish Society at the school of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In September 2006 he completed his MA in Near and Middle Eastern studies and now serves as director of public affairs for the Zionist Federation of Britain and Ireland.
Marissa Gross graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in American History. She earned a Master's Degree in Education Policy and Administration from the Hebrew University.
Alexander J. Groth is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Accomplices: Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust (New York: Peter Lang, 2011). Groth is a Holocaust survivor and former inmate of the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1942.
Dr. George E. Gruen, an Associate of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University's Middle East Institute and a specialist in Turkish affairs.
Prof. Amos N. Guiora is professor of law and director of the Institute for Global Security, Law and Policy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He served for nineteen years in the Israel Defense Forces, holding senior command positions in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps including legal adviser for the Gaza Strip, judge advocate for the navy and Home Front commands, and commander of the IDF School of Military Law.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Shalom Harari is a Senior Research Scholar with the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. He served in the territories for twenty years as a senior advisor on Palestinian affairs for Israel's Defense Ministry.
Thomas Haury lectures in the Sociology Department of the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. He received his PhD in 2001. His research focuses on anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and anti-Americanism on the Left.
Prof. Samuel Heilman holds the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York. He has also been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and the Universities of New South Wales and Melbourne in Australia.
Dr. Olli Heinonen was the Deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As such, he helped identify A.Q. Khan. Today he is Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and an associate of Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Dr. Moshe Hellinger is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, a law professor at Bar-Ilan University, and head of The Schwartz Insistute for Ethics, Judaism, and State at Beit Morasha of Jerusalem. He is also an IDI Research Fellow who is conducting research as part of the Religion and State project.
Jeffrey S. Helmreich, a legal theorist, has authored numerous articles for American newspaper and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the Forward and the Jewish World, as well as academic legal journals. During 2012 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School.
Dr. Helmreich is Professor of Sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and at City College of New York where he served as Department Chairman and heads the college’s Conflict Resolution Center. Before coming to CUNY, Dr. Helmreich taught at Yale University.
Dr. Clemens Heni is a political scientist and author. He is a Fellow of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA), Hebrew University, Jerusalem and earned a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Innsbruck (Austria)
Jeffrey Herf is Distinguished University Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park. His publications on modern German history include Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale University Press, 2009). His work, Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Radical Left, 1967-1989 is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in spring 2016.
Dr. Tsilla Hershco of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies and the Political Sciences Department, Bar-Ilan University, specializes in Franco-Israeli relations, France and the Middle East conflict, Muslims and Jews in France, and France and the memory of the Holocaust.
MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) was first elected to the Knesset in 2003. Since then he has served as Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of the Diaspora, Society, and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism. He is currently serving his second term as Minister of Welfare and Social Services.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog served as chief of staff and military secretary to four Israeli defense ministers over the last decade, before which he served as head of the IDF Strategic Planning Division. He is currently an International Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali s a human rights activist and political writer. She is the daughter of the Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. Ms. Ali is the author of Nomad and Infidel.She is a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and founder of the AHA Foundation, which works to protect the rights of Muslim women.
Richard C. Holbrooke served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1977-81), U.S. Ambassador to Germany (1993-94), Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs (1994-96), and U.S. Ambassador to the UN (1999-2001). He was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the war in Bosnia.
Johannes Houwink ten Cate (b. 1956) studied contemporary and socio-economic history at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 1985-2002, he worked as a researcher for the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. Since 1989, his main topic of interest is the Nazi persecution of the Jews in the occupied Dutch territories. Since 2002, he is Professor for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Zach D. Huff is a Middle East analyst with expertise in Kurdish affairs, and splits his time between Tel Aviv and Iraqi Kurdistan. He has been published or quoted in The New York Times, Jerusalem Post, CBS News, The Forward, Algemeiner Journal, Sputnik, and the Clarion Project.
Raphael Israeli is a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in History and Arabic Literature, he received his PhD in Chinese and Islamic History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. Israeli has written 30 books and some 100 scholarly articles in the fields of Islamic radicalism, Islamic terrorism, the Modern Middle East, Islam in China and Asia and the Opening of China by the French. His books include The Iraq War: Hidden Agendas and Babylonian Intrigue and Living with Islam: The Sources of Fundamentalist Islam. His most recent book (2012) is The Oslo Process: The Euphoria of Failure
DR. MLADENKA IVANKOVIĆ was born in 1958 in Belgrade, Serbia. She received a PhD in history at the Faculty of Humanities in Belgrade, and is currently a researcher at the Institute for the Recent History of Serbia in Belgrade. Her research focuses on the history of the Jews in Yugoslavia after World War II.
Noam Ivri, a fluent Arabic speaker, earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from the Elliott School at George Washington University. He served in the IDF's Liaison Branch for Foreign Forces and is presently a researcher at CyberDissidents.org.
Jonathan Jaffit is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a double major in human biology and Jewish studies. He was the founding president of Betar-Tagar, the university's Zionist Student Association, and director of campus affairs for Betar-Tagar Canada. He received rabbinic ordination and is currently teaching at Ohr Sameach's Shoresh program in Jerusalem.
Prof. Hans Jansen taught history from 1990 to 2000 at the Flemish Free University in Brussels and since 2002 has been teaching at the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Brussels. He also has lectured at the Free University in Amsterdam. He has prepared radio programs for the Dutch radio, among others, on the Christian roots of anti-Semitism.
Professor Emiritus Leon Jick was the Helen and Irving Schneider Emeritus Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. He was a rabbi and scholar whose book "The Americanization of the Synagogue, 1820-1870" became a classic in the study of Reform Judaism.
Dr. Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of the German quality weekly Die Zeit. He is also adjunct professor of political science at Stanford University, where he teaches U.S. foreign policy and co-teaches a seminar on terrorism. At Stanford, he is Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies as well as Abramowitz Fellow of International Relations at the Hoover Institution.
Jeremy Jones is former director of international and community affairs of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council. He is also co-chair of the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims & Jews and represents the ECAJ on the Australian Partnership of Religious Organizations. He has been awarded the Australia Human Rights Medal and made a member of the Order of Australia.
Dr. Helen B. Junz served as an economist with the U.S. government and the International Monetary Fund before establishing her economic consultancy service in 1996. She has served as a member of the Bergier Commission, as Director of Research for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Era Assets and as an advisor to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.
Dr. Ephraim Kam is principal research fellow and deputy director of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He previously served as a colonel in the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence. He specializes in security problems of the Middle East, Iranian strategy, Israeli national security issues, and strategic intelligence.
Eliyahu Kanovsky, a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is Professor of Economics and Senior Researcher at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Daniel Ari Kapner is a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst specializing in Japanese and Judaic studies. During 1999 he was studying at the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies in a consortium program administered by Stanford University.
Prof. Asa Kasher is the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor Emeritus of Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University in Israel. In 2000, Professor Kasher was awarded the Israel Prize for his work in philosophy and ethics. Prof. Kasher is author of the IDF's Code of Ethics.
Avraham Katz-Oz. Among the founders of Kibbutz Nahal Oz, 1953. Former director-general of the kibbutz movement. Former minister of agriculture and member of Knesset. Former chairman of Mifal Hapayis. Former chairman of the international team to solve the water problems of the region. Former chairman of the Israeli-American team to rehabilitate agriculture in Central Asian countries. Chairman of the Council for a Beautiful Israel. Chairman of the Maccabee Reut Organization of Intelligence Veterans. Agronomist. Painter.
Avi Kay holds a doctorate in human development and social policy from Northwestern University. He is currently Chairman of the Business Management and Marketing Technology Department at the Jerusalem College of Technology.
Eli Kazhdan is CEO of CityBook Services Ltd. He earned his BA with Honors from Harvard University and his LLB from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to his current position, Mr. Kazhdan was the CEO of StartUp Jerusalem. From 1996-2002, Mr. Kazhdan served in senior economic positions in the Israeli Government. He was the Chief of Staff in the Ministry of Industry & Trade, and then the Chief of Staff in the Ministry of Interior.
Nibras Kazimi is a visiting scholar at the Hudson Institute. Previously, he directed the Research Bureau of the Iraqi National Congress in Washington, D.C., and Baghdad and was a pro bono adviser to the Higher National Commission for De-Ba'athification, which he helped establish and staff. He also contributed regular columns to the New York Sun and Prospect Magazine (UK).
Lt.-Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar served in IDF Military Intelligence for 25 years, specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups, and the Syrian domestic arena. Dr. Kedar teaches in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University and is a research associate at the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies
Dr. Menachem Keren-Kratz completed a PhD in Yiddish literature (summa cum laude, Bar-Ilan University, Israel) in 2009, and in 2013 he received an additional PhD in Jewish history (Tel Aviv University, Israel). His recently published book is Maramaros-Sziget: Extreme Orthodoxy and Secular Jewish Culture at the Foothills of the Carpathian Mountains (Jerusalem: Dov Sadan Publishing Project of the Hebrew University, 2013, in Hebrew). His forthcoming book Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum – The Satmar Rebbe: The Pious, the Zealot and the Politician will shortly be published by the Zalman Shazar Center of Jerusalem. Keren-Kratz has had some 30 articles accepted by academic and semi-academic publications, most of them peer-reviewed journals, including: Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, Identities, Cathedra, Kesher, Moreshet Israel, Modern Judaism, Contemporary Jewry, Israel Studies Review, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, and Tradition.
Dr. Vladimir (Ze'ev) Khanin is a leading Israeli expert on Russian Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora and the FSU politics. His publications include 4 books, 4 edited collections and numerous articles on Israeli, East European, Jewish and African politics and society
Lesley Klaff is senior lecturer in law at Sheffield Hallam University, England, and an affiliate professor of law at Haifa University, Israel. She is a reviewer for English Legal System and Skills texts and Jurisprudence texts for Oxford University Press and Pearson Longman publishers and associate editor and book review editor of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA).Ms. Klaff serves on the Advisory Board of The Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA)
Dr. Yitzhak Klein is Director of Policy Research at the Foundation for Society and Liberty, a policy institute in Jerusalem devoted to a Jewish society, civil liberties and economic liberalism in Israel. Dr. Klein is former Director of the Israel Policy Institute in Jerusalem. He has published numerous articles on Israeli politics and economic policy.
Irit Kohn, Esq., joined the Israel Ministry of Justice in 1989 and from 1995 to 2005 was director of its International Affairs Department. In that position she was involved in one of the first cases involving universal jurisdiction as head of the legal team defending Prime Minister Sharon in Belgium in 2001. In 2011, she was elected President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.
Lawrence Kohn is Education Director of Temple Beth El in Madison Wisconsin. He has conducted workshops for Madison Public School teachers on teaching the Holocaust, served on the Yom HaShoah committee of the Madison Jewish Community Council, and has written regularly on Middle Eastern affairs in Midstream and other publications.
Dr. Susanna Kokkonen received her PhD in contemporary Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Originally from Finland, Dr. Kokkonen is Director of the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem and the Country Director for Italy and Scandinavia at the International Relations Division of Yad Vashem.
Eugene Kontorovich is a Professor at Northwestern University School of Law whose research spans the fields of constitutional law, international law, and law and economics. He is an expert in international jurisdiction and criminal law, and has written extensively about the legal aspects of the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Dr. Eugene Korn is the American director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel, where he co-directs the center's Institute for Theological Inquiry and is the editor of the online journal Meorot-A Forum for Modern Orthodox Discourse. He holds a doctorate in moral philosophy from Columbia University and was ordained by the Israeli Rabbinate.
Dr. Joël Kotek was born in Gent in 1958. He studied history at the Free University of Brussels, and at Oxford University. He has a doctorate in Political Science from the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris. Kotek teaches Political Science at the Free University of Brussels, specializing in the subject of European Integration. He is also director of Training at the Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation in Paris.
Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz has been the Director of Research and Analysis, at The Jewish Federations of North America since February 2006. He has published articles in leading political science, sociology, Jewish studies and in professional journals.
Jonathan Krasner is Visiting Associate Research Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. His book, The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (2011) was the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies.
Matthias Küntzel, a political scientist in Hamburg, Germany, is a member of the Advisory Board of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) in New York, and of the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. Until 2015, he was a research associate of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His published works in English include: Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism, and the Roots of 9/11 (Telos Press, 2007) and Germany and Iran. From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold (Telos Press, 2014).
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser is Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments at the Jerusalem Center. He was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence.
Rabbi Norman Lamm received three degrees from Yeshiva University: BA, PhD, and rabbinic ordination. After twenty-five years in the pulpit and twenty-seven years as president of Yeshiva University, he became the university's chancellor in 2003. He is the author of many books and hundreds of articles..
Dr. Jacob Landau is professor emeritus of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a fellow of the JCPA. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize for his research, which has focused on the history, politics, and culture of the modern Middle East
Richard Landes, a historian of the Middle Ages, was Professor of History at Boston University until 2015. He now lives in Jerusalem, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communications at Bar Ilan University, and currently writing a book entitled They’re So Smart cause We’re So Stupid: A Medievalist’s Guide to the 21st Century. He blogs at the Augean Stables.
Ruth Lapidoth is a Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Professor at the Law School of the College of Management. She is a recipient of the 2006 Israel Prize in Legal Research and of the 2000 Prominent Woman in International Law Award from the American Society of International Law.She served in the Israeli delegation to the UN in 1976, and in 1979 was appointed Legal Advisor to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ted Lapkin is a commentator on public affairs whose work has appeared in leading U.S. and Australian newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, The Australian, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has also appeared as an analyst on Australian TV and radio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Tel Aviv University and a master’s in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Scott Lasensky is a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. A former Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, he holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Brandeis University.
Judy Lash Balint is Book Review Editor of the Jewish Political Studies Review and Intern Coordinator at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. She blogs at JerusalemDiaries.blogspot.com. Ms. Balint was born in the UK.
Naphtali Lavie was a member of the editorial board of the Ha’aretz daily. In 1970 he became the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense and adviser to the late Minister Moshe Dayan and participated in talks for the peace treaty with Egypt. He was Israeli Consul General in New York with the rank of ambassador. He has held the post of Vice-Chairman of the Executive of the WJRO since 1993
Netanel Lederberg teaches Talmud and Hasidism at various high schools and yeshivot. His research focuses on rabbinical leadership during the Shoah. He holds a B.A. in Talmudic Studies from Bar-Ilan University.
Isi Leibler now resident in Jerusalem is a veteran Jewish leader, He was a former head of the Australian Jewish community, Chairman of the World Jewish Congress Governing Board and global leader in the campaign to free Soviet Jewry. He is a widely read political commentator and his columns appear regularly in the Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom.
Rebecca Leibowitz is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a Henry Rutgers Scholar with BAs in psychology and Jewish studies. She served as student president of Rutgers Hillel and the Jewish Community Service Organization.
Yechiel Leiter is the Chairman of Israel Ports Authority. He previously served as Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Education and was Chief of Staff to Benjamin Netanyahu at the Ministry of Finance. He holds a degree in law, an MA in international relations, and a Ph.D from Haifa University.
Ambassador Itzhak Levanon served as Israel's Ambassador to Egypt from 2009 to 2011. He first entered the field of public service in 1969 as an assistant for Arab Affairs to Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, after which he joined the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and served in a variety of positions. He was a member of the Israeli delegation to the peace talks in Washington, D.C., following the Madrid Conference, Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, and spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Arab world.
Mark Levene lectures in Modern Jewish History at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the 1991 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for the manuscript of his book "War, Jews and the New Europe: The Diplomacy of Lucien Wolf 1914-1919".
Yehudah (Leo) Levi is past rector and professor of electro-optics at the Jerusalem College of Technology, where he also gave courses in Torah thought. In addition to some 140 articles published in scientific, technical, and Judaica journals, Professor Levi has published a number of books on optics, as well as halakhah and Jewish ideology.
Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch. Before joining CiF Watch Mr. Levick was a researcher at NGO Monitor. Prior to working for NGO Monitor, Adam spent five years working in the Civil Rights Division at the national office of the Anti-Defamation League where he was responsible for analyzing and contextualizing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in progressive journals and political blogs in the U.S. Mr. Levick made aliya in 2009.
Irene Levin is a professor of Social Work at the Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research at Oslo University College. She is on the board of the Oslo Holocaust Center and a member of the Info-Middle East group that deals with the media's presentation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She was also involved in activities on behalf of Soviet Jewry.
Andrea Levin is executive director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), a position she has held since 1990. Formerly associate editor of a public policy journal at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, she writes and lectures widely on media coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Stephen Levine is Associate Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Political Science and International Relations of Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He has been a visiting professor at universities in both Kobe and Tokyo in Japan. He is the author of The New Zealand Jewish Community (Lexington Books and JCPA, 1999).
Rami Levy is the founder of Rami Levy Shivuk Hashikma Ltd. and Israco International Food Brands Marketing Ltd. at Tiv Taam Holdings 1 Ltd. In 1976, at the age of 21, he opened his first Rami Levy wholesale supermarket in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market. Levy has since built a multimillion-dollar chain of discount supermarkets, and has diversified his business to include cellular communications, real estate development, and shopping malls.
EYAL LEWIN is assistant professor at the Political Science Department at Ariel University. He is a research fellow at the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa. Lewin writes on the political psychology of national resilience. He discovered his interest in political science while serving as a personal assistant to a member of the Israeli parliament and department head of the Jewish Agency. Before beginning his academic career, he managed a private company for business development and the training of marketing managers.
Noah Liben is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a former president of LionPAC, Columbia's pro-Israeli political action group.
Mr. Liben is an associate in the New York office of Mayer Brown's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice.
Dr. Meir Litvak was born in 1958 in Jerusalem. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1991. He is a senior researcher at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and a senior lecturer in its Middle Eastern Studies Department.
Dr. John D. Loike is the co-director of Graduate Studies Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and director for Special Projects, Center for Biotethics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Aharon Lopez was previously Ambassador of Israel to the Vatican . A career diplomat in Israel's Foreign Service, he also served as Ambassador of Israel in Cyprus, as well as in diplomatic posts in Burma, Finland, and Australia.
An Israeli journalist with the daily newspaper Yisrael Hayom, Amnon Lord’s articles and essays about media, film, and politics have been published in The Jerusalem Post, Mida, Azure, Nativ, and Achshav. Lord wrote and anchored a TV series about the beginnings of Israeli cinema. He is the author of The Israeli Left: From Socialism to Nihilism (2003), a political and historical analysis of the Israeli Left from a personal perspective.
Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington based think tank focused on energy security. He is an adviser to the United States Energy Security Council.
Dr. Daniel Mandel is a fellow in history at Melbourne University, director of the Zionist Organization of America's Center for Middle East Policy, and author of H.V. Evatt & the Establishment of Israel: The Undercover Zionist (London: Routledge, 2004).
Dr. Yohanan Manor is a co-founder of IMPACT-SE and was the Board Chairman from 2005 to 2011. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) and received his Ph.D. at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques for his thesis on "Palestine in the Foreign Policy of Gamal Abd El Nasser." He was a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Political Science Department (1970-1984) and coordinator of the campaign (1984-1991) that brought about the revocation of the UN General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism.
Itamar Marcus is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch. He was the Israeli representative to the Anti-Incitement Committee established under the Wye Accords. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Research Director of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace. He holds a BA in political science from City College of New York and an MA in Hebrew culture from New York University.
From 1986 to 2006, Henri Markens was principal of the Joods Lyceum Maimonides (Jewish Maimonides High School) in Amsterdam. Since then he serves as director-general of the Organization for Jewish Education. He has also been chairman of the Organization of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands from 1994-2002. He was chairman of the CJO, the umbrella organization of Dutch Jewry, from 2000 to 2002.
Prof. Andrei S. Markovits, born in Timisoara, Romania, emigrated to the United States and received five degrees from Columbia University. He is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan.
Tzvi C. Marx was ordained by Yeshiva University in 1971 and earned his Ph.D. from the Catholic Theological University of Utrecht in 1993. He was the director of education at the Hartman Institute (Jerusalem). He is the director of the B. Folkertsma Institute for Talmudica (Hilversum) and lectures on Judaism at the Radboud University (Nijmegen) and at the Windesheim College (Utrecht). He co-edits the periodical Tenachon.
Amb. Zvi Mazel served as Israel's Ambassador to Sweden between 2002-2004. From 1989 to 1992 he was Israel's Ambassador to Romania and from 1996 to 2001, Israel's Ambassador to Egypt. He has also held senior positions in Israel's Foreign Ministry as Deputy Director General in charge of African Affairs and Director of the Eastern European division and head of the Egyptian and North African department.
Yisrael Medad holds a MA degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is currently the Deputy Editor of the new critical-edition English langauge anthology of Ze'ev Jabotisnky's collected writings.
Prof. Peter Medding was born in Australia and is now Dr. Israel Goldstein Professor of the History of Zionism and the State of Israel in the Departments of Political Science and of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is one of the editors of the annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry.
Rabbi Michael Melchior is the eighth generation of Scandinavian chief rabbis in his family. In 1980 he became chief rabbi of the Norwegian Jewish Community. Until 1999 he served as International Relations Director for the Eli Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. In 1999 he was elected to the Knesset and served as Minister for Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community.
DR. KOBI MICHAEL is a scholar who focuses on peace and war studies and professor
of conflict resolution and strategy. He is a recipient of the Tshetshik Prize (2005)
for the best research on Israel National Security, the Itzhak Sade Prize for military
literature for a book to which he contributed three chapters (2006), and the Yariv
Award (2002) for the best research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Rory Miller is senior lecturer in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London where he teaches on U.S. and EU involvement in the Middle East and Mediterranean and on the history of anti-Zionism. He is the author or editor of four books and associate editor of the journal Israel Affairs.
Dr. Sergio Itzhak Minerbi served as Ambassador of Israel to the Ivory Coast and to the EEC, Belgium and Luxembourg. He served as Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Visiting Professor at the Haifa University. He is the author of The Eichmann Trial Diary, New York: Enigma Books, 2011. He has also published The Vatican and Zionism (Oxford University Press, 1990).
Prof. Alan Mittleman teaches modern Jewish philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he is also the director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies.
Dr. Ben Mollov is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences and the Program in Conflict Management at Bar-Ilan University. In addition to his interest in the Jewish political tradition, he has been specializing in interreligious and intercultural approaches to conflict management and has published in the Journal of Church and State and the International Journal of Conflict Management.
Ambassador Alfred H. Moses is the Chair of UN Watch, Geneva, Switzerland. From 1991 until 1994 he was president of the American Jewish Committee. He served as Special Adviser and Special Counsel to the President of the United States in the Carter White House. In 1994, he became American ambassador to Romania, where he served for three years. In 1999, President Clinton appointed him Special Presidential Emissary for the Cyprus Conflict. He served until the end of the Clinton administration. For more than fifty years he has been with the Washington, DC, law firm Covington & Burling LLP. He is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Promontory Financial Group, Washington, DC.
Hildegard Müller is a member of the German Bundestag, representing the city of Düsseldorf. She is chairwoman of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group and a member of the Committee on Health and Social Security. Müller is also a member of the presidium of the CDU. She has studied business economics, is a banker by profession, and an employee of Dresdner Bank. Ms. Muller is Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW), Berlin.
In 2005, she was appointed Minister of State by Chancellor Angela Merkel, where she was responsible for Federal/State coordination of the German federal government and for issues relating to the reduction of administrative burdens.
She is Chairperson of the Society of German Friends of Yad Vashem,
Amichai Nachshon completed his doctorate in Bible studies at Bar-Ilan University. Dr. Nachshon is a teacher and researcher at the Ashkelon Academic College, Bar-Ilan University and Moreshet Yaacob institute.
Asher Naim is a veteran Israeli diplomat who has held positions in Japan and the United States, and was ambassador to Kenya, Uganda, Finland, Ethiopia, the Third Committee of the United Nations, and South Korea. He was instrumental in negotiating the transit of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, and in the repeal of the "Zionism is racism" UN resolution.
Dan Naveh was a Member of Knesset for the Likud party for three terms (15th, 16th and 17th Knessets), totaling 8 years. During that time he was a government minister for five years (2001–2006). As a Member of Knesset he served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and Committee on the Rights of Children. He resigned in 2006 and is founder and managing general partner of Agate Medical Investments.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon is a professor, consultant and public speaker specializing in foreign affairs. He is also an Executive Board Member of the Knesset Forum on International Relations, an Advisory Board Member of EMET (a pro-Israel Washington think tank), a Senior Fellow at Bar-Ilan University’s Center for International Communication, and a Senior Consultant for Halevy-Dweck. He was previously a research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IDC Herzliyah) and at the Shalem Center.
Michal Navoth is an Israeli attorney. Among her fields of expertise is public international law. In this capacity she publishes in English and lectures in various local and international forums on subjects relating to legal aspects of the Arab Israeli Conflict, human rights and anti-Semitism and is a frequent commentator on events in Greece.
Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan is former Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force (2008-2012)
Major General Nehushtan graduated with honours from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science and earned an MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati International Executive MBA Program, a joint program of Tel Aviv University, and Northwestern University, Chicago. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's Advanced Management Program. In April 2012, he was awarded the Legion of Merit by US Air Force Commander Gen. Norton Schwartz during a ceremony in Washington.
Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, a special analyst for the Middle East at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.
David Newman is Associate Professor of Political Geography and Director of the Humphrey Institute for Social Research at Ben-Gurion University. His study of the green line boundary between Israel and the West Bank was published by the International Boundaries Research Institute.
Journalist Fiamma Nirenstein was a member of the Italian Parliament (2008-2013) where she served as Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Chamber of Deputies, served in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and established and chaired the Committee for the Inquiry into Anti-Semitism. A founding member of the international Friends of Israel Initiative, she is the author of 13 books, including Israel Is Us (2009). She is a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Barry O'Neill is a Professor of Political Science at UCLA. His work focuses on decision-making in social and political contexts. He applies game theory to study of foreign policy decisions, with a view to preventing war.
Dr. Andre Oboler is a social media expert. He holds a PhD in computer science from Lancaster University, UK, and has been a postdoctoral fellow in political science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and a Legacy Heritage Fellow at NGO Monitor in Jerusalem. He edits ZionismOnTheWeb.org, a website countering online hate.
Dr. Arye Oded joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry 1958 and served in several countries including Uganda and Malawi and as ambassador to Kenya, Zambia, Mauritius, Swaziland, Lesotho, and the Seychelles. He is now senior lecturer at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, and research fellow at the Truman Research Institute.
Dr. Ottolenghi is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He headed the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, where he resides, and taught Israel Studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He obtained his Ph.D. in political theory at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, preceded by undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Bologna.
He has a column in the British monthly, Standpoint Magazine and blogs on Contentions, the Blog of Commentary Magazine.
Dr. Françoise S. Ouzan is associate professor and currently an affiliated scholar at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv University and an associate researcher at the French Research Center in Jerusalem (CRFJ, CNRS). She has published several works on immigration and postwar Jewish identity.
Yves Pallade is director of the Foreign Affairs Network of B'nai B'rith Europe. He deals in particular with the question of Israel’s image in Europe and the political fight against anti-Semitism. He previously served as an expert on combating anti-Semitism at the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee.The focus of his research and writing is on modern anti-Semitism, political extremism, and international terrorism.
Thomas Lee Pangle is an American political scientist. He currently holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also taught at the University of Toronto and Yale University. He is a student of Leo Strauss.
DANIEL PARMER is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and is a 2007/08 Mandell L. Berman Steinhardt Social Research Institute Fellow. He received his dual MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Policy at Brandeis University.
Avi Pazner joined, In 1965, the Foreign Ministry and served in Africa and Washington. He became spokesman for the Ministry in 1981 and in 1986 was named senior adviser to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. In 1991 he was named ambassador to Italy and in that capacity negotiated the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Vatican. From 1995 to 1998 he served as ambassador to France and then was elected world chairman of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal.
Prof. Anton Pelinka is an internationally known political scientist. He is director of the Institute of Conflict Research (Vienna) and professor of political science at the University of Innsbruck. His work has appeared in many languages and he has written widely about both Austrian and European politics.
Gustavo Daniel Perednik, is an Argentinian-born Israeli author and educator. Perednik graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (cum laude). He completed doctoral studies in philosophy in New York and is a member of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Karl Pfeifer is an Austrian journalist and former editor of the Jewish community's newspaper, Die Gemeinde. He has published several books, including a selection of his articles under the title Nicht immer ganz bequem[Not always quite comfortable] (Vienna: Verlag Der Apfel, 1996).
Dr. Winston Pickett is a UK-based writer and analyst. He is a former director of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and previously served as communications director at the Board of Deputies of British Jews and external relations director at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.
Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum, a member of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a prize-winning columnist for the New York Sun and the Jerusalem Post. He received his B.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, both in history. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College, and has served at the Departments of State and Defense.
Professor Yakir Plessner is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Fellow and member of the Steering Committee of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He was formerly Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel and economic advisor to the Minister of Finance. He is the author of The Political Economy of Israel: From Ideology to Stagnation.
Rabbi Dr. David Polish is the author of the recently published "Give Us a King, the Eternal Dissent", "Review Our Days", and other books. He is a past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Nidra Poller is an American writer living in Paris since 1972. She is the author of Karimi Hotel et autres nouvelles d'Africa (Paris: l'Harmattan, 2011) [French] and many articles on European Jewry and Israel relations.
Dr. David Pollock is the former chief of Near East/South Asia/Africa research at the U.S. Information Agency. He is the principal advisor to Pechter Middle East Polls and a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, focusing on the political dynamics of Middle Eastern countries. Dr. Pollock previously served as senior advisor for the Broader Middle East at the State Department, a post he assumed in 2002.
Manuel Prutschi is national executive director pro tem of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He holds degrees in history from McGill University and the University of Western Ontario. He has played a major role before courts and human rights tribunals dealing with discrimination and the activities of anti-Semites and other racists.
Professor Ali Qleibo is a professor emeritus at Al-Quds University and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Tokyo University for Foreign Studies. Professor Qleibo has developed the Palestinian Social and Muslim Tourism Itinerary as a specialist in Palestinian social history, and through his work at the Jerusalem Research Center.
Haim Ramon is a Member of the Knesset from the Labor party who served as Minister of Health and Minister of Interior in the governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Ehud Barak. In the early 1990s, as the elected chairman of the Histadrut General Federation of Labor, he oversaw a major restructuring of that organization, and was a leading advocate of legislation that reformed Israel's national health insurance system.
Benjamin Ravid is a Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. His interests lie in Medieval and early modern Jewish history. Jews of Venice; institution of the ghetto, raison d'etat and the Jews in early modern Europe
Mathan Ravid has a BA from Uppsala University, Sweden. His fields are history and the history of religions. He has conducted research on anti-Semitism and the Swedish press in relation to Nazi Germany as well as gender roles in Rastafarian culture. Ravid has lived in Israel, Italy, and Germany.
Dr. Chanan Reich is head of the Department of Political Science at the Yizre'el Valley Academic College, visiting lecturer at the University of Haifa, and honorary research associate at the Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilisation in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. He is the author of Australia and Israel: An Ambiguous Relationship (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002).
Daniel Reisner served as a legal adviser in the Israel Defence Forces Military Advocate General's Corps for 19 years. Between 1995 and 2004 he held the position of Head of the International Law Department. Between 1994 and 2000 Reisner served as a senior member of Israel's peace delegations with both Jordan and the Palestinians, working in the triple role of negotiator, legal advisor and drafter.
Dr. Harold Rhode, served for 28 years as an advisor on the Islamic world in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. He is a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and at the Gatestone Institute in New York.
Prof. Elihu D. Richter MD MPH is head of the Genocide Prevention Program and Injury Prevention Center and Director of the Jerusalem Center for Genocide Prevention. He is the retired head of the Unit of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Injury Prevention Center at Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and the author of over 150 papers, monographs, and editorials. In recent years he has been working on epidemiologic models for prediction and prevention of genocide, mass atrocities and terror, with specific emphasis on the cause-effect relationship between hate language and incitement and these outcomes.
Prof. Andrew Roberts is a Founder Member of the Friends of Israel Initiative. He has written seventeen books, including Eminent Churchillians, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900, Masters and Commanders, The Storm of War and Napoleon the Great. He is a PhD from Caius College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, the Lehrman Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and a visiting professor at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London. His website is www.andrew-roberts.net
Ira Robinson is professor of Judaic Studies in the Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has written extensively on issues relating to Judaism and science as well as on the Canadian Jewish community.
Asaf Romirowsky, PhD is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), a fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Professor [Affiliate] at the University of Haifa.
Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israeli and Zionist history.
Romirowsky is co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. She has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1989, and is the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban-American elected to Congress. She has served as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia, the Subcommittee on Africa, and the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights.
Rabbi David Rosen is director of the Department for Interreligious Affairs and director of the Heilbrunn Institute. He is also president of the World Conference on Religion and Peace and founder and vice-chairman of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. Rabbi Rosen is the former chief rabbi of Ireland.
Steven J. Rosen is Director of the Washington Project of the Middle East Forum. He served as Associate Director of the National Security Strategies Program at the RAND Corporation, followed by 23 years with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) where he was Director of Foreign Policy Issues.
Ehud Rosen specializes in modern political Islam, focusing on the ideology and history of the Muslim Brotherhood. He received his PhD from SOAS, University of London. He is currently a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Ambassador Meir Rosenne was Israeli Ambassador to France, 1979-1983. Israeli Ambassador to the US, 1983-1987. Member, Israel Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. Member, Israel Delegation to Geneva Peace Talks, 1973. Participant, Camp David, Israel-Egyptian Peace Negotiations and Drafter, Camp David Accords. Participant, Israel-Syrian and Israel-U.S. negotiations. Senior Lecturer on International Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa. Member, Board of Trustees, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Member, Board of Trustees, Ben-Gurion University. Member, various international law organizations in the United States and Canada.
Abigail L. Rosenthal is the author of A Good Look at Evil, Confessions of a Young Philosopher (forthcoming), and editor of Henry M. Rosenthal’s Consolations of Philosophy: Hobbes’s Secret; Spinoza’s Way. She is Professor of Philosophy Emerita at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York.
Jennifer Roskies works at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs as chief of staff to the president. She was senior advisor to Dore Gold in the Director General’s Bureau during his tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, she was involved in academic research, development and communications.
Moshe Rosman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Jewish History at Bar Ilan University. His interests lie primarily in Early Modern, Gender, Hasidism, Historiography, History, Jewish Studies, and Poland.
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is lecturer in Hebrew at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Jewish educator who teaches widely in the local Jewish community. She is cofounder of the UCSC chapter of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.
Prof. Nicholas Rostow is Charles Evans Hughes Visiting Professor of Government and Jurisprudence at Colgate University. He teaches courses in international law and American foreign policy. In addition, he is a Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School.
Laurence E. Rothenberg is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The former editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal, he is the author of numerous articles, studies, and book chapters on international law, globalization, and U.S. military strategy.
Roz Rothstein serves as national director of StandWithUs and all its affiliated programs. She was born in Los Angeles, a child of Holocaust survivors. She worked for a decade with Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) as the supervisor of children's programs at the Westside Jewish Community Center. She was a practicing family therapist for two decades before becoming one of the founders of StandWithUs.
Prof. Maurice Roumani is professor of politics and the Middle East at Ben-Gurion University and director of the Elyachar Center for Sephardi Studies.He is an expert on Muslim-Jewish relations, minorities, Jews in Arab countries, and the effects of modernization on ethnic groups in the Middle East.
Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is editor of the Middle East Quarterly. He is co-author, with Patrick Clawson, of Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos (Palgrave, 2005).
Uzi Rubin has been involved in Israeli military research, development, and engineering programs for almost forty years. Between 1991 and 1999 he served as head of Israel's Missile Defense Organization, and in that capacity he oversaw the development of Israel's Arrow anti-missile defense system. He was awarded the Israel Defense Prize in 1996.
Professor Barry Rubin is Director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He is also editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, and a featured columnist for PajamasMedia. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan)
After earning his doctorate in political science at Columbia University, Dr. Ruskay served for six years as educational director of the 92nd Street Y and then for eight years (1985-1993) as vice-chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He came to UJA-Federation of New York in 1992, where he was appointed executive vice-president and CEO in October 1999.
Robbie Sabel is professor of international law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and former legal adviser to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among his publications: Procedure in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2006) (awarded the Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law); International Law (the Sacher Institute of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2nd ed., 2010).
Lord Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991–2013. Educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge he pursued postgraduate studies at New College, Oxford, and King’s College London. The Chief Rabbi holds 15 honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity conferred by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2005 and made a Life Peer in 2009. He has written 24 books, a number of which have won literary awards. Rabbi Sacks currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Efrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University.
Prof. Ezra Sadan has served as Director General of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture. He also chaired a commission appointed by the Minister of Defense on programs to develop the Palestinian economy and participated in mediation and study panels hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister, the World Bank, and others to inquire into the economics and financing of peace in the Middle East.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Dr. Yom Tov Samia was Commander of the IDF Southern Command during 1997-2001. He was a member of the Israeli negotiation team during the Taba and Cairo talks for the implementation of the Oslo Accords. He also served as commander of the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Security Council (JSC).
Jared Samilow is a student at Brown University and a member of Brown Students for Israel. He is a graduate of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs' fellowship program in Israel-Arab studies and of Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi, Jerusalem.
Dr. Shimon Samuels served as Deputy Director of the Leonard Davis Institute. He then was appointed European Director of the Anti-Defamation League and later became Israel Director of the American Jewish Committee. He is the Director for International Liaison of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and also serves as Honorary President of the Europe-Israel Forum.
Norbert M. Samuelson is a Professor of Religion at Temple University and a founder of the Academy for Jewish Philosophy. He is the author of "An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy," among others.
Tomas Sandell is a founding director of the European Coalition for Israel, which is the only non-Jewish pro-Israel advocacy group accredited to the European Union. The Coalition was formed in Brussels in 2003 in order to combat anti-Semitism in Europe and promote better relations between Europe and Israel. Since 2013, the Coalition is also active at the United Nations in New York through the new initiative, Forum for Cultural Diplomacy.
Prof. Shmuel Sandler (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Univeristy) is a prominent analyst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as religion, party and electoral politics in Israel, and U.S.-Israel relations. He is professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and head of its chair in democracy and civility.
Ellis Sandoz is the Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies. Ellis Sandoz is also the former chairman of that department.
Georges-Elia Sarfati is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Clermont Ferrand in France and carries out research at the CNRS, the French national center for scientific research. Previously he taught at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of a number of books which deal with the analysis of the relationships between discourse, politics and ideology.
Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna is spending this year as a fellow of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University. Ordinarily, he serves as University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he chairs its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He also is the past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
Leonard Saxe, a social psychologist, is professor of Jewish community research and social policy at Brandeis University and coauthor of How Goodly Are Thy Tents: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences (Brandeis University Press, 2003). Together with Prof. Barry Chazan, he authored Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity (Brandeis University Press, 2008).
David Schenker is a senior fellow in Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 2002 to 2006, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as country director for Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. He is a member of the Board of Advisers of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Ze'ev Schiff is the military and strategic affairs editor of Ha'aretz, and is the author of numerous books including A History of the Israeli Army, Fedayeen, and October Earthquake and the Yom Kippur War.
Dr. Ron Schleifer (PhD, University of Leeds) is an Israeli expert on Information/Psychological Warfare (PSYWAR/PSYOPS) and military-media relations. He currently lectures at Ariel University, Bar Ilan University, and the Israeli Defense Force Tactical Command College. He is the Director of the Ariel Research Center for Defense and Communication.
Dr. Sarah Schmidt teaches courses related to modern Jewish history at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with an emphasis both on Israeli and American Jewish history.
Stuart Schoenfeld is Associate Professor and Chair of the department of sociology at Glendon College - York University (Toronto). He works on the sociologies of environment and religion, with continuing interests in transnational networks in both areas and in the potential for the emergence of cosmopolitan identities and empathy. He co-moderates the blog “Environment and Climate in the Middle East.
Carl Schrag, a former editor of the Jerusalem Post, studies the changing nature of relations between American Jews and Israel, as well as a wide range of grassroots pro-Israeli efforts among American Jews and Christians. Currently based in Chicago, he writes, teaches, and lectures on these topics across the United States.
New York-born rabbi Michael Schudrich served as Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan from 1983 to 1989. He began working in Poland in 1990 on behalf of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. Since 2004 he has served as Chief Rabbi of Poland.
Julian Schvindlerman is a writer and journalist specializing in Middle East affairs. He is a columnist for Infobae (Argentina) and Libertad Digital (Spain), and a blogger at the Times of Israel. He is the author of “Rome and Jerusalem: Vatican Policy toward the Jewish State”; “The Hidden Letter: A History of an Arab-Jewish Family”; “Triangle of Infamy: Richard Wagner, the Nazis and Israel”; and “Land for Peace, Land for War.” He has an MA in Social Sciences from the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Since 2011, Daniel Schwammenthal has served as director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute in Brussels. In this capacity, he works to strengthen the transatlantic bond by fostering dialogue between the United States and the European Union in the fields of global security, Arab-Israeli peace, and human rights. Before joining the Transatlantic Institute, Schwammenthal worked as op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels and Amsterdam, writing about EU politics and economics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, radical Islam, and terrorism.
Dr. Wolfgang G. Schwanitz is a historian of the Middle East and German Middle East policy. He is the author of five volumes and the editor of ten books, including Germany and the Middle East, 1871–1945 (Princeton: Markus Wiener, 2004). His upcoming book is German Middle Eastern Studies After 9/11 (Weist, Berlin 2013).
Professor Joshua Schwartz of the Department of Land of Israel Studies at Bar Ilan University is Director of the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies, and the C. G. Foundation Jerusalem Project at Bar-Ilan.
Professor Eliezer Schweid, a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, received the Israel Prize in 1994 for his contributions to Jewish thought. He is the author of numerous books on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, Hebrew literature, Zionism, and current affairs.
Mary V. Seeman is Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, was born in Lodz, Poland. She has received numerous awards, including an honorary degree from the University of Toronto and appointment as Officer in the Order of Canada.
Barak M. Seener is CEO of Strategic Intelligentia, a consultancy specializing in the Middle East and the Gulf. He was Middle East Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and one of the founders of the Henry Jackson Society, where he served as Greater Middle East Section Director.
IDF Lt.-Col. (ret.) Michael (Mickey) Segall, an expert on strategic issues with a focus on Iran, terrorism, and the Middle East, is a senior analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and at Acumen Risk Advisors.
Dan V. Segre served in the British army in World War II and in the Israeli army as a paratroop officer during the 1948 War of Independence. After a period with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, he became Professor of International Relations and Professor of Zionism at Haifa University untill 1986. Concurrently, he was Israel correspondent for Le Figaro and Corriere delle Sera. He is currently Director of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.
Silvan Shalom is a Deputy Prime Minister in Israel. From 1997-1998 Shalom served as Deputy Minister of Defense and as Minister of Science from 1998 until July 1999. From 2001-2003 he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and from February 2003 until January 2006 as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as Minister for Regional Development and the Development of the Negev and the Galilee.
Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira is a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as Military Secretary to the Prime Minister and as chief of staff to the Foreign Minister. He edited the Jerusalem Center eBook Iran: From Regional Challenge to Global Threat. He is the author of Hizbullah: Between Iran and Lebanon, Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University, 2000, four editions.
Prof. Marc B. Shapiro holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton and is on the faculty of the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He is the author of Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy: The Life and Works of Rabbi Yehiel Jacob Weinberg, 1884-1966 and The Limits of Orthodox Theology, both of which were National Jewish Book Award finalists.
Haim Shapiro was a staff member of the Jerusalem Post from 1973 to 2003. During much of this time, he was the reporter for religious affairs. Following his retirement he studied Art History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Recently, he completed his MA thesis, about a Greek Orthodox Church which had been decorated in modern times by a Greek artist.
Natan Sharansky is Chairman of the Jewish Agency. He is a former Prisoner of Zion who spent nine years in Soviet jails, and served as Israel's minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs. In 2003 he founded the Global Forum against Anti-Semitism. He has also served as minister of industry and trade, interior minister, minister of construction and housing, and deputy prime minister.
Shabtai Shavit held a variety of senior positions within the Mossad for over 32 years, including head of the agency between 1989 and 1996. Since 2001 he has been the Chairman of the Board of the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, advisor to Israel's National Security Council, and advisor to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Adam Shay is a senior program coordinator and researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, specializing in battling the cultural boycott of Israel. He is regularly called upon by producers and concert promoters to help battle BDS activists in their attempts to pressure artists into cancelling performances in Israel.
Yair Sheleg is a Research Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem whose specialty is the relations between religion and state in Israel. Formerly at Haaretz, he currently is a columnist at the Hebrew weekly, Makor Rishon.
Sharon Shenhav, an international women's rights lawyer, has been recognized as an expert on marriage and divorce in Jewish law. In 1997 she established and became director of the International Jewish Women's Rights Project. She has served as a consultant to lawyers, judges, rabbis, and legislators worldwide, and was a member of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations Commission on Status of Women.
Byron L. Sherwin is Distinguished Service Professor and Vice-President Emeritus at Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago, Illinois and the author or editor of thirty books, including Studies in Jewish Theology and Jewish Ethics for the Twenty-First Century.
Prof. Ira M. Sheskin is associate professor of geography and regional studies and director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami. Prof. Sheskin has been a member of the National Technical Advisory Committee of United Jewish Communities, which completed both the 1990 and 2000 National Jewish Population Surveys.
Yitzhak Shichor, PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science and professor emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is professor of political science and Asian studies at the University of Haifa. A former Lipson Chair in Chinese Studies and dean of students at the Hebrew University, and head of the Tel-Hai Academic College, his research and publications cover Chinese politics, foreign policy, and military affairs.
Professor (Emeritus) Gideon Shimoni is a former head of the Hebrew University's Institute of Contemporary Jewry, and held the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations. Among his books are The Zionist Ideology, (1995) and Community and Conscience: The Jews in Apartheid South Africa, (2003) both published by Brandeis University & University Press of New England.
Beata Shneyer is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she was heavily involved in the pro-Israeli movement on and off campus, including membership of the AIPAC campus leadership for two years. She was a research assistant at the Jerusalem Center in 2006.
Zalman Shoval, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, served as Israel's Ambassador to the United States from 1990 to 1993 and from 1998 to 2000. A veteran member of Israel's Knesset (1970-1981, 1988-1990), Ambassador Shoval was a senior aide to the late Moshe Dayan during his tenure as foreign minister in the Begin government.
Nadav Shragai is a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as a journalist and commentator at Ha’aretz between 1983 and 2009, is currently a journalist and commentator at Israel Hayom, and has documented the dispute over Jerusalem for thirty years.
His books include: Jerusalem: Delusions of Division (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2015); The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2012); the ebook Jerusalem: Correcting the International Discourse – How the West Gets Jerusalem Wrong (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2012); At the Crossroads: The Story of Rachel’s Tomb (Gates for Jerusalem Studies, 2005); The Temple Mount Conflict (Keter, 1995); and the essay: “Jerusalem Is Not the Problem, It Is the Solution,” in Mr. Prime Minister: Jerusalem, Moshe Amirav, ed. (Carmel and Florsheimer Institute, 2005).
Israel Shrenzel is a former chief analyst in the Arabic section of the research division of the Israel Security Agency. He currently teaches at Tel Aviv University in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. His research covers modern Islamic thought (especially Islamic modernism and the Muslim Brotherhood), ancient Islam, and Jewish-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages. Shrenzel also researched the concept of global jihad and its manifestations in recent decades.
Dr. Zvi Shtauber was a brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Service. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy. Shtauber was an adviser to Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and served as Israeli ambassador in London during 2001-2004.
Israel Singer studied political science and international law at the City University of New York, where he later became a professor in political science. In 1985 he became secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress and its representative in the Claims Conference. He was chairman of the executive committee of the WJC and president of the Claims Conference .
Saul Singer is a co-author of the best-selling Start Up Nation. He was previously editorials editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Post. Before making aliya he served as a foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator Connie Mack and on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Banking Committee.
Max Singer is an independent consultant on public policy and a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute in the U.S. and at the BESA Institute of Bar Ilan University in Israel. He is also Research Director of the Institute for Zionist Strategies in Jerusalem .
He was a co-founder of the Hudson Institute and its president until 1973. From 1974 to 1976 he was managing director of the World Institute in Jerusalem, and from 1977 to 1978 he was director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Planning and Research of the Synagogue Council of America. His most recent book is The History of the Future: The Shape of the World to Come Is Visible Today (Lexington Books, 2011)
Dr. Gabriel Sivan, a cultural historian, has published, edited, and translated numerous works in the field of Judaica. He is currently Chairman of the World Jewish Bible Association and an executive of the Jewish Historical Society of England’s Israel branch.
Rabbi Dr. Haim Skirball heads the Department of Jewish Education and Culture in the Diaspora of the JAFI/WZO Join CAuthority for Zionist Jewish Education. He was formerly Director of Israel Programs for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Leonid Smilovitsky is the Fellow of the Yoran-Sznycer Research Foundation in Jewish History and Researcher at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center inTel Aviv University, Israel. He is also the author of numerous books on the history of Belarus Jewry.
Lee Smith is an American journalist and a visiting fellow with the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.His book on Arab societies, The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations, was published by Doubleday in January 2010
Mark Sofer is Israel's ambassador to India. He was previously deputy director-general of the Foreign Ministry responsible for Central Europe and Eurasia. He joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1981 and has held diplomatic positions in Peru, Norway, and New York. He served as ambassador to Ireland between1999-2002.
Hussein Solomon is senior professor in the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State, South Africa, a visiting professor at Osaka University, Japan, and a senior research associate at the Jerusalem-based Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa (RIMA).
Jay Solomon is the author of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East, and the chief foreign affairs correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. For nearly two decades, he has written from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, including stints in Jakarta, Seoul, New Delhi, and Washington. The Journal has nominated him for three Pulitzer Prizes.
Steven L. Spiegel is Professor of Political Science at UCLA and a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He has written widely about the American-Israeli relationship including "U.S.-Israeli Relations in the Post-Cold War Era" (VP:97).
Dr. David B. Starr is the Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Associate Professor in Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University. Dr. Starr holds rabbinic ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary, and received his PhD in history and Jewish studies from Columbia University.
Dr. Yael Stein is a physician and researcher at the Hebrew University-Hadassah medical center. She has researched the epidemiology and effects of various types of environmental and social exposures - including pesticides, electromagnetic radiation and hate language. She is a co-founder of the Jerusalem Center for Genocide Prevention. Dr. Stein is active in promoting pluralistic education, she is the former head of "Ganei Haim" Jewish pluralistic education association, and has participated in joint Israeli-Palestinian research projects.
Professor Gerald Steinberg is president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include international relations, Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Israeli politics and arms control.
Dr. Yuval Steinitz is Israel’s Minister of Energy and a member of the Security Cabinet. First elected to the Knesset in 1999, Dr. Steinitz has written extensively on Israeli and Arab strategic affairs and has focused attention on the rapid modernization of the Egyptian army. A philosopher by training, he taught at Haifa University and is the author of four books on philosophy.
Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern is the Vice President of Research at The Israeli Democracy Institute, where he heads the Religion and State project and the Human Rights and Judaism project. He is also a full professor of law at Bar-Ilan University, where he served as the Dean of the Law Faculty.
Lawrence Sternberg is the Executive Director of Hillel at Brandeis University and serves as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Hornstein Program, teaching courses in Jewish community relations and advocacy.
Judge Amnon Straschnov, currently president of the Israeli Institute of Commercial Arbitration, served as the Military Advocate General of the Israel Defense Forces (1986-1991) and as President of the Military Courts in the West Bank (1982-1984). He also administered Israel's military justice system both within the "green line" and in the administered areas.
Leo Strauss was a German-American political philosopher and classicist who specialized in classical political philosophy. He was born in Germany to Jewish parents and later immigrated to the United States.
Michael Sussman completed graduate studies at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He previously served in the office of the Critic of International Cooperation in the Canadian House of Commons, where he conducted foreign policy analyses. He is currently president of Samuel Sussman Strategic Consulting Group. Mr. Sussman was a research assistant at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs during the academic year 2004-2005.
Avi Sutton is currently a research assistant working with Justus Reid Weiner at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Sutton is a member of the Yale University class of 2010 majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics.
Amir Taheri, an Iranian-born journalist and author based in Europe, was executive editor-in-chief of Kayhan, Iran's main daily newspaper, from 1972 to 1979. Between 1980 and 1984 he was Middle East editor for the London Sunday Times.
Major-General (res.) Abraham "Abrasha" Tamir filled senior command, staff, and training positions in the Israel Defense Forces from 1948 through 1983. In 1974 he established the Strategic and Policy Planning Branch which was under both the Minister of Defense and the Chief of Staff. In this capacity he played a central role in the peace process. After leaving the IDF he became Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office and National Security Advisor under Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and afterward became the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Eliav Taub is a member of the Department of Political Science at Ashkelon Academic College and a lecturer in the Combined Social Science Department at Bar-Ilan University. His research focuses on the status of various social groups including new immigrants and Haredim.
Amb. Daniel Taub is an Israeli diplomat and international lawyer. He served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv foundation.
Arno Tausch is currently Honorary Associate Professor of Economics, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary (since Fall Semester 2010) and adjunct professor (Universitaetsdozent) of political science at Innsbruck University, Department of Political Science, Innsbruck University, Austria (since 1988). He entered the Austrian Civil Service on January 1, 1992, and retired from active service on February 29, 2016. He served as an Austrian diplomat abroad and was attaché, and later counselor for labor and migration at the Austrian Embassy in Warsaw, 1992-1999. Since 1978, he taught numerous regular courses in political science, economics, and sociology at universities in Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, and the United States. He authored or coauthored books and articles for major international publishers and journals, among them 19 books in English, 2 books in French, 8 books in German, and around 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and also numerous articles in the media of several countries. His publications also include a number of essays for leading economic and foreign policy global think tanks such as the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv; the IZA Institute of Labour Economics, Bonn; the Polish Institute for International Affairs PISM, Warsaw; and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Comparisons (WIIW).
Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum is Senior Research Fellow, Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University, and Rosenbloom Israeli Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University.
Prof. Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler is professor of biology and Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics at Yeshiva University. Moshe David Tendler received his B.A. degree from New York University (NYU) in 1947, and a Master’s degree in 1950. He was ordained at RIETS in 1949, and earned a Ph.D. in biology from Columbia University in 1957.
He is the rabbi of the Community Synagogue of Monsey, New York. He is a senior Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University's RIETS and Professor of Biology at Yeshiva College. He has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and is noted as an expert on Jewish medical ethics and their relationship to Halakha.
Giulio Terzi is a senior adviser to United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI). He previously served as Foreign Minister of Italy, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, and Italian Ambassador to the United States and Israel.
Sinem Tezyapar is an executive producer at a Turkish TV network, frequently contributing to international media focusing on the positive role of religion in diplomacy and peacebuilding process. She is working with inter-parliamentary and non-governmental organizations for the establishment of the United Nations Permanent Forum for a Culture of Peace and Global Ethics. She is the coordinator of a prominent interfaith organization for its international relations with political and religious leaders.
Col. (Res.) Dr. Danny Tirza was, from 1994 to 2007, in charge of regional strategic planning and the formulation of Israel's security positions in negotiations with the Palestinians in the IDF Central Command, and served as the IDF's chief architect for the Security Fence. He has taken part in formulating Israel's security positions in negotiations with the Palestinians. Col. Tirza specializes in the geography of Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley, and Jerusalem.
Dr. Mikael Tossavainen obtained his Ph.D. in history from Lund University, Sweden. Tossavainen's earlier research focused on anti-Semitism, historiography, and the connection between nationalism and religion. He was research director of the Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Alex Traiman is a veteran journalist and filmmaker, and currently the managing director and Jerusalem bureau chief of Jewish News Syndicate/JNS.org. Traiman has directed and produced award-winning documentaries, including Iranium and Honor Diaries.
Prof. Emanuela Trevisan Semi teaches modern Hebrew and Jewish studies at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Her research focuses mainly on marginal groups in contemporary Jewry (Karaites, Ethiopian Jews, Oriental Jews). She has published (with T. Parfitt) Judaic Movements: Studies in the Margins of Judaism (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002).
Professor Shmuel Trigano is professor of sociology at the University of Paris-Nanterre . He is director of the College of Jewish Studies at the Alliance Israélite Universelle, editor of Pardes, a journal of Jewish studies. Prof. Trigano is also the founder of L'Observatoire du Monde Juif, a research center on Jewish political life.
Prof. Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz is chair of the Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University. Her most recent book, Perfect Heroes: The World War II Parachutists and the Making of Israeli Collective Memory, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Dr. Susanne Urban is a historian who was employed between 2004 and 2009 at Yad Vashem. Since May 2009 she has served as Head of Historical Research at the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen. She has published two books together with Israel's first ambassador to Germany, Asher Ben Nathan. Another book on Jews at the Volkswagen factory in 1944-1945 was published in German and English. She also teaches at German universities.
Erez Uriely is founder and director of the Norwegian Centre against anti-Semitism, a nongovernmental organization focusing on hostile expressions against Jews and Israel in the Norwegian media and public institutions. He holds an MS degree and has published many articles in Norwegian newspapers.
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (ret.) is military analyst for FOX News. He had a distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1991 as deputy commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific. Gen. Vallely is chairman of the military committee at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and is the co-author of End Game: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror (Regnery, 2004).
Dexter Van Zile is Christian media analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. His writings have appeared in numerous American Jewish newspapers as well as the Jerusalem Post, Ecumenical Trends, and the Boston Globe. He has a BA in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and an MA in political science/environmental studies from Western Washington University. He is a Massachusetts native.
Dexter Van Zile is Christian media analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. He has a BA in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and an MA in political science/environmental studies from Western Washington University.
Major General Rephael Vardi was the principal figure in the government of Judea, Samaria and Gaza in the decade after the 1967 war. He has been part of the Jerusalem Center's project on reaching a solution for the future of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Prof. Mervin Verbit is professor and chair of sociology at the Touro College and University System and professor emeritus at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, where he was also founding director of CUNY’s Program for Study in Israel. He specializes in the sociology of religion and contemporary Jewry and is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He has served as national chairman of American Professors for Peace in the Middle East, chairman of the Zionist Academic Council, and member of the Jewish Agency’s Commission for Jewish Zionist Education, among other positions.
Dr. Vilhjálmur Örn Vilhjálmsson was an archeologist and curator at the National Museum of Iceland (1993-1997) and senior researcher at the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2000-2002). He is the author of Medaljens Bagside (Copenhagen, 2005), which reveals the Danish expulsion of Jewish refugees to Germany during 1940-1943.
Dr. Tommaso Virgili works at the Brussels-based policy center European Foundation for Democracy, where he specializes on a number of projects related to European policy, prevention of radicalisation and Islamism. He has previously held posts at the European External Action Service (covering Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan), the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia and the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Prof. Leslie Wagner is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Before making Aliyah in 2008, he was Chancellor of the University of Derby and Vice-Chancellor (President) of Leeds Metropolitan University in England. Within the Jewish community, the offices held by Professor Wagner included Vice President of the United Synagogue and trustee of the Office of the Chief Rabbi. He chaired the Commission on the Future of Jewish Schools for the Jewish Leadership Council. In 2000, Professor Wagner was honored by the Queen for his services to higher education and the Jewish community.
Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald has a PhD in economics, sociology and the history of religions. He worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 1964 to 2001. He joined the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) in Jerusalem at its foundation in 2002. In 2004 he published China and the Jewish People: Old Civilizations in a New Era
Harold Waller is a Professor at Georgetown University. His interests include The U.S. Budgetary Process as a Focal Point of the Struggle Over Public Policy,American Politics,
Research Methods, Jewish Political Studies, and Israeli Politics.
Professor Chaim I. Waxman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He received his masters and doctorate in Sociology from The New School for Social Research in New York City, and he holds a masters degree in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University. He specializes in the sociology of religion and the sociology of ethnicity with special focus on American Jews, Jews in Israel, and global Jewish identity and identification. He served as President of the Association for the Sociological Study of Jewry, is a member of numerous scientific associations, and is an editorial board member for a number of academic journals. At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute he is on the editorial boards of the "Identities" book series, as well as the new Identities: Journal for Jewish Culture & Identity.
Colonel (Res.) Yehuda Wegmen served for over a decade as a senior instructor of fighting doctrine at the IDF Command and General Staff College. During the Yom Kippur War he served as an officer in the first reservist battalion to reach the Golan Heights. Today he develops military instructional methods and writes on military and security matters.
Justus Reid Weiner received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and his BA from Colgate University. He is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. His professional publications have appeared in leading law journals and intellectual magazines. In the U.S Weiner practiced law as an associate in the litigation department of the international law firm White & Case. Weiner also served as a senior attorney at the Israel Ministry of Justice specializing in human rights and other facets of public international law.
Morton Weinfeld is professor of sociology at McGill University where he holds the Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies. He is the author of Like Everyone Else but Different: The Paradoxical Success of Canadian Jews (McClelland & Stewart, 2001) and editor of the section on Modern Jewish Life in the Diasporain Zman Yehudi Chadash: Tarbut Yehudit Be’edan Hiloni (Keter, 2007, Hebrew).
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is executive vice-president emeritus of the Orthodox Union. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva. He has an MA in psychology from the New School for Social Research and received his PhD from the University of Maryland
Avi Weinryb is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BA Hons, 2007) where he received the ‘Samuel James Stubbs Award’ for academic achievement. Avi served as a Hillel Vice-President and Chair of the Arts and Culture committee at the University of Toronto for two years.
Benjamin Weinthal reports on European affairs and the Middle East for The Jerusalem Post. He is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan national security think tank. Follow him on Twitter @BenWeinthal
Howard M. Weisband is a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as Secretary General of the Jewish Agency. Mr.Weisband serves as Senior Advisor on Israel Affairs to the President of Yeshiva University and Adjunct Faculty at YU in Jewish Communal Studies. He is currently Israel President and Associate President of the World Council of Jewish Communal Service.He has held senior level positions at UIA Federations Canada, Bar-Ilan University, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Memphis Jewish Federation. He earned an M.A. in Jewish Communal Studies and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College and was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Jewish Communal Service by HUC.
Dr. Omri Weisman is a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University and attended Yale University as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Weisman has extensive experience as an Arabic researcher, participating in several major U.S. lawsuits over the past decade against terror financing, including the case that led to the indictment against the Arab Bank. His research interests include the delegitimization of Israel in the international arena and the relationship between human rights organizations and terror.
Peter Wertheim AM is the Executive Director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the elected national representative body of the Australian Jewish community. He has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Laws degree in Public International Law from the University of New South Wales.
In 2003 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the Jewish and wider communities and for work in a variety of projects promoting communal harmony and understanding. He has been a Statutory Board Member of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board, and a member of the Australian Multicultural Council.
Dr. Jack Wertheimer is the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Dr. Wertheimer is the author or editor of more than a dozen volumes, including A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America (Basic Books), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994 for the best study on contemporary Jewish life.
Most recently, Dr. Wertheimer has written a number of studies about the rapidly evolving field of Jewish education:
His latest book is an edited volume titled, The New Jewish Leaders: Reshaping the American Jewish Landscape.
From 1997 to 2007, Dr. Wertheimer served as provost, the chief academic officer of JTS. He also served as the founding director of the Joseph and Miriam Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism from 1987 to 2008.
Dr. Michael Widlanski teaches political communication and comparative politics at the Rothberg School of Hebrew University. He is a former reporter, correspondent, and editor, respectively, at the New York Times, Cox Newspapers-Atlanta Constitution, and Jerusalem Post. He has also served as strategic affairs advisor to the Ministry of Public Security, editing secret PLO archives captured in Jerusalem. His latest book is Battle for our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat Simon and Schuster 2012.
Since 1976, Prof. Wiesel has been Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. He is a member of the Faculty in the Department of Religion as well as the Department of Philosophy.
Elie Wiesel is the author of more than fifty books of fiction and non-fiction, including A Beggar in Jerusalem (Prix Médicis winner), The Testament (Prix Livre Inter winner), The Fifth Son (winner of the Grand Prize in Literature from the City of Paris), two volumes of his memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea and And the Sea is Never Full, and most recently The Sonderberg Case.
For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the National Humanities Medal, the Medal of Liberty, and the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor. In 1986, Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and soon after, Marion and Elie Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
Dr. Steven Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Studies at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. His writings can be found on his website: thewindreport.com. Professor Windmueller is a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Prof. Robert S. Wistrich is Neuberger Professor of Modern European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He previously held the Chair for Jewish Studies at University College, London. Between 1999-2001, Professor Wistrich was one of six historians appointed by the Vatican to the Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission, which examined Pope Pius XII’s record during the Holocaust.
Carice Witte, SIGNAL’s founder and executive director, is a graduate of Yale University in East Asian Studies with a focus on China and has served as President of the Yale Club of Israel for the past eight years. After a 20-year entrepreneurial career in Israeli high tech and international real estate, Witte merged a commitment to Israel, respect for China, and belief that academia can provide a key to discovering creative approaches leading to much needed solutions by establishing SIGNAL, Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership (中以学术交流促进协会), to enhance strategic, diplomatic, cultural, and economic relationships between China and Israel through academia.
Jonathan Woocher, PhD, is CEO of JESNA and director of its Lippman Kanfer Institute, an action-oriented think tank for innovation in Jewish learning and engagement. Before coming to JESNA in 1986, Dr. Woocher taught at Carleton College and Brandeis University.
David Wurmser, Ph.D., is founder and executive member of the Delphi Global Analysis Group, LLC in Washington. He has served as a consultant to Noble Energy. Earlier, he served as senior advisor on Proliferation and the Middle East to former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, as senior advisor to John R. Bolton at the State Department, and as a research fellow on the Middle East at the American Enterprise Institute.
Prof. Avraham Wyler lectures in physics and technology of materials at the Jerusalem College of Technology. He holds a doctorate from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where he is a consultant to the National Research Institute of Metals. He is an ordained rabbi.
Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon is a deputy prime minister. He served as Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and was a distinguished military fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Ehud Yaari is the Middle East commentator for Israel's Channel 2 Television. He is also an associate editor of the Jerusalem Report, the author of eight books on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and an associate of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin became Israel's military attache in Washington on August 23, 2004. Formerly head of the IDF National Defense College and deputy commander of the Israel Air Force, he participated in the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor. Gen. Yadlin headed the IDF team that outlined the principles of the war against terror.
Elhanan Yakira is Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of Post-Zionism, Post-Holocaust: Three Essays on Denial, Forgetting and theDelegitimation of Israel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Spinoza and the Case for Philosophy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Moshe (Konstantin) Yanovskiy is head of the Shomron Center for Economic Policy Research (Israel). He is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Applied Economic Research at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow).
Dr. Moshe Yegar joined the Israeli Foreign Service in 1956 and retired in 1995. He served, among other places, as consul-general in New York (1985-1988), ambassador in Stockholm (1988-1990), and ambassador in Prague (1993-1995). He is the author of three books on Islam in Southeast Asia and five books on various issues of Israel's foreign policy.
Rabbi Dr. Yuter is Adjunct Prof. of Hebrew Lit., Baltimore Hebrew University, and Adjunct Faculty, Fairleigh Dickenson University/ Institute for Traditional Judaism. He was Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Touro College for 10 years, Rabbi Yuter served as spiritual leader of B’nai Israel of Baltimore since 2005.
Sidney Zabludoff is an economist who worked for the White House, CIA, and Treasury Department for more than thirty years. Upon retirement in 1995, he focused on issues related to the restitution of Jewish assets stolen during the Holocaust era. He has published numerous detailed studies on the issue and was the principal analyst for Jewish participants involved in insurance claims.
Tomáš Zdechovský is a Czech politician, crisis manager, media analyst, poet, and author. In May 2014, he was elected Member of the European Parliament with KDU-ČSL, which is part of the European Peoples Party.
Joshua Zimmerman is Associate Professor of History at Yeshiva University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in comparative history from Brandeis University, an M.A. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Josef Zissels was elected Chairman of the EAJC General Council in 2002. He is also a member of the councils of the European Council of Jewish Communities, of the European and World Jewish Congresses, and the World Zionist Organization.
Prof. Eyal Zisser is the head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History and a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. His books include Syria: Domestic Political Stress and Globalization (2002), Assad's Legacy: Syria in Transition (2000), and Lebanon: The Challenge of Independence (2000).
Dr. Efraim Zuroff is the chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and director of the Israel Office and Eastern European Affairs. His latest books are Mūsiškiai; Kelionė Su Priešu [Our People; Journey With an Enemy], (Vilnius: Alma Littera, 2016); and Operation Last Chance; One Man's Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice (New York: Macmillan, 2009).