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Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Israeli Security, Regional Diplomacy, and International Law


Key People

Dore Gold – President

Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, which he has led since 2000. He served as Director General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs from June 2015 to October 2016, advancing policies that strengthened Israel on a global level – from Africa and Asia to the Mideast and the Western world.

Ambassador Gold was the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999). In January 2014, he was appointed as an external advisor on international issues to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first term, in his capacity as foreign policy advisor, Amb. Gold served as an envoy to the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States. He also served as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Ambassador Gold was a member of the Israeli delegation at the Wye River negotiations between Israel and the PLO. He negotiated the Note for the Record, which supplemented the 1997 Hebron Protocol, and in 1999 concluded the negotiations with the U.S., Lebanon, Syria, and France for the creation of the Monitoring Group for Southern Lebanon. In 1991, he served as an advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. From 1985 to 1996, he was a senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, where he was Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project. Dr. Gold received his B.A. (’75), M.A. (’76), and Ph.D. (’84) from Columbia University, where he specialized in the Middle East and in international law.

Ambassador Gold has written books and articles on the Middle East, including The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (Regnery, 2009), The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007), Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (Crown, 2004), Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Regnery, 2003), and U.S. Military Strategy in the Middle East (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publications, 1993). His articles have appeared in Asahi Shinbun, Commentary, Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, Le Monde, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

Jennifer Roskies – Director General

Jennifer Roskies serves as Director General of the Jerusalem Center, succeeding Chaya Herskovic in September 2020. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff to the president of the Jerusalem Center, Ambassador Dore Gold, and had joined him in 2015 during his term as Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving as Senior Advisor. She has also worked at the Hebrew University, IDC Herzliya, and the Mandel Foundation.

Roskies earned her B.A. at Brandeis University, a Master’s degree at Harvard University, and pursued doctoral studies at Bar-Ilan University. Her publications address many of the same issues as the Jerusalem Center’s areas of focus, including Oslo’s Betrayal: How the Oslo Accords Made Israel Less Safe and Sowed Discord between Israel and Diaspora Jewry, Marginalization and Its Discontents: American Jews in Multicultural and Identity Studies, and Missing from the Map: Feminist Theory and the Omission of Jewish Women.

Professor Daniel J. Elazar, z”l – Founder of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

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.

Zvi R. Marom – Director General 1984-2003

Zvi R. Marom served as Director General of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs from 1984 to 2003 and served on the Steering Committee of the Board of Fellows from 2004 to 2020. He was particularly involved in the Center’s research projects on electoral and constitutional reform, privatization of Israel’s economy, forecasting Israel’s law enforcement needs, the study of educational systems, and the Druze minority. Prior to joining the JCPA, he held a variety of senior positions at the Prime Minister’s Office and retired with the equivalent rank of Major General.

Chaya Herskovic – Director General 2004-2020

Chaya Herskovic, served as Director General of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs from July 2004 to September 2020, and had served since 1988 as the Jerusalem Center’s Director of Projects, responsible for the organization and management of numerous Jerusalem Center research projects, conferences, and seminars in a variety of fields including privatization, education, law enforcement, local government, Israel’s political system, and the Druze minority. She has also been responsible for the editing and production of the Center’s Hebrew publications.

Steering Committee of the Board of Fellows

Prof. Arthur Eidelman, Chairman

Sander Gerber

Prof. Shmuel Sandler

Irit Tratt

Alexander Tsigutkin

Howard Weisband

Prof. Arthur Eidelman – Chairman of the Steering Committee

Prof. Arthur Eidelman is Chair (Emeritus) of the Department of Pediatrics at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He is Professor of Pediatrics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and International Editor of the Journal of Perinatology (the official publication of the Section of Perinatal Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics).

Sander Gerber – Steering Committee Member

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 where he served as vice chairman for seven years. He is currently a fellow of the Jerusalem Center, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He also serves as a member of the United States Agency for International Development’s Partnership for Peace Fund Advisory Board.

Prof. Shmuel Sandler – Steering Committee Member

Prof. Shmuel Sandler is president of Emunah-Efrat College in Jerusalem and a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He is a prominent analyst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as religion, party and electoral politics in Israel, and U.S.-Israel relations.

Irit Tratt – Steering Committee Member

Irit Tratt obtained her Masters in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from The George Washington University. Upon graduating, she worked as a Legislative Assistant handling foreign affairs and defense issues for several members of Congress. Irit maintains her advocacy on behalf of Jewish and pro-Israel causes through her involvement with organizations such as The Tikvah Fund and the Republican Jewish Coalition. She is currently a freelance journalist. Her work has been published in The Jerusalem Post, The American Spectator, The Algemeiner, JNS, and Israel Hayom.

Alexander Tsigutkin – Steering Committee Member

Alex Tsigutkin was the founder of AxiomSL, global financial software company, and served as its CEO from 1991 to 2021. Alex designed the original software platform and managed the company to become a global leader in risk management and regulatory compliance for the financial industry. Prior to founding AxiomSL, Alex was an independent consultant to top-tier international banks and financial institutions, advising senior management in banking operations and database engineering. Alex’s passion is helping Jews in Israel and around the world.

Howard M. Weisband – Steering Committee Member

Howard M. Weisband, a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center, served as Senior Adviser on Israel Affairs to the President of Yeshiva University (2004-2007); Director General of UIA Federations Canada (2001-2004); Vice President for International Development at Bar-Ilan University (1997-2001); Secretary General of The Jewish Agency for Israel (1985-1997); and Executive Director of the Memphis Jewish Federation (1977-1984).

Who’s Who at the Jerusalem Center (in alphabetical order):

Mark Ami-El – Director of Internet Publishing

Mark Ami-El was responsible for editing and production of JCPA’s English books, monographs, newsletters, website, and Internet publications from 1986 to 2014. He is managing editor of JCPA’s Daily Alert Internet digest of Israel and Mideast news. 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.

Amb. Alan Baker – Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs

Amb. Alan Baker is Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs 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.

Lenny Ben-David – Director of Publications

Lenny Ben-David served 25 years in senior posts in AIPAC in Washington and Jerusalem and as a consultant to the governments of Georgia and Turkey.  He was also a consultant on conventional weapons reduction in Eastern Europe.  In 1997 he was appointed as Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission (number two position) in the Embassy in Washington D.C., where he served until 2000 under three ambassadors and two prime ministers. His areas of expertise include U.S.-Israel relations, Public Diplomacy, International Affairs, the Middle East, and 19th/20th century photography of the Land of Israel.

Dan Diker – Director of the Political Warfare Project

Dan Diker is Director of the Political Warfare Project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. A former director general of the World Jewish Congress, he is also a Research Fellow, International Institute for Counter Terrorism at IDC, Herzliya.

Amb. Freddy Eytan – Director of the Israel-Europe Project

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.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd. and is a former advisor to the Policy Planning Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Pinhas Inbari – Researcher, Middle East and Palestinians

Pinhas Inbari is a veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent who formerly reported for Israel Radio and Al Hamishmar newspaper, and currently reports for several foreign media outlets. He is the author of a number of books on the Palestinians including The Palestinians: Between Terrorism and Statehood.

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments

Yossi Kuperwasser was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence.

Dr. Jacques Neriah – Researcher

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.

Brig. Gen (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira is a senior research associate 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.

Sagiv Steinberg – Spokesman and Director of Digital Media

Sagiv Steinberg served as communications director for Benjamin Netanyahu’s election campaign in 2013 and works with leading journalists in the Israeli and international media. He also served as senior editor for i24News and as editor and head producer for leading media in Israel.

Administrative Personnel

Projects Director: Ahuva Volk

Graphic Designer and Webmaster: Daniel Levin

Administration:  Odelia Zaguri

Executive Assistant to the President: Elise Benattar


Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem

Yaakov Amidror, Ra’anana

Alan Baker, Jerusalem

Yoni Ben Menachem, Jerusalem

Eytan Bentsur, Jerusalem

Michael Brown, Toronto

Steven M. Cohen, Jerusalem

Irwin Cotler, Montreal

Dan Diker, Efrat

Arthur I. Eidelman, M.D. Jerusalem *

Freddy Eytan, Jerusalem

Joel Fishman, Jerusalem

Sander Ross Gerber, New York *

Allen (Avi) Glicksman, Philadelphia

Dore Gold, Jerusalem

Hirsh Goodman, Jerusalem

Jonathan Dahoah Halevi, Ontario

Aryeh Hecht, Jerusalem

Chaya Herskovic, Jerusalem

Pinhas Inbari, Modi’in

Raphael Israeli, Jerusalem

Chaim Kalchheim, Jerusalem

Prof. Asa Kasher, Ramat Gan

Col. Richard Kemp, Colchester, UK

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, Jerusalem

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Rosh HaAyin

Robert Licht, Philadelphia

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Atlanta

Amnon Lord, Jerusalem

Zvi R. Marom, Ramat Hasharon

Irwin Mansdorf, Ra’anana

Zvi Mazel, Jerusalem

Reuven Merhav, Jerusalem

Alan Mittleman, Allentown, PA

Jacques Neriah, Tel Aviv

Fiamma Nirenstein, Jerusalem

Daniel Reisner, Tel Aviv

Harold Rhode, Washington, DC

Dr. Richard Rossin, Givat Yeshayahu

Yuval Rotem, Givat Shmuel

Mordechai Rotenberg, Jerusalem

Colin Rubenstein, Melbourne

Shmuel Sandler, Jerusalem *

Jonathan Sarna, Newton, MA

Michael Segall, Netanya

Shimon Shapira, Ramat Efal

Nadav Shragai, Jerusalem

Steven Spiegel, Los Angeles

Gerald M. Steinberg, Jerusalem

Joshua Teitelbaum, Ra’anana

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, New York

Irit Tratt, Scarsdale, NY

Shmuel Trigano, Paris

Ilan Troen, Beersheva

Alexander Tsigutkin, New York

Mervin F. Verbit, New York

Leslie Wagner, Jerusalem

Harold M. Waller, Montreal

Howard Weisband, Jerusalem *

Steven Windmueller, Los Angeles

(*) – Member of Steering Committee


Irving Abella, Toronto

Zeidan Atashi, Ussifiya

Michael J. Bazyler, USA

Eliezer Don-Yehiya, Rishon le-Zion

Moshe Drori, Jerusalem

Nitza Druyan, Plainview, NY

Simon Zeev Erlanger, Switzerland

Andre Eshet, Haifa

Robert Freedman, Baltimore

Gordon Freeman, Walnut Creek, CA

Harvey Goldberg, Jerusalem

Sidney Goldstein, Providence

George Gruen, New York

Vladimir Khanin, Jerusalem

Samuel Klausner, Philadelphia

Jerome Kutnick, Philadelphia

Fadal Mansur, Haifa

Ivan Marcus, New York

Chaim Milikovsky, Jerusalem

Alberto Milkowitz, Sao Paulo

Ben Mollov, Jerusalem

Gustavo Perednik, Efrat

Ira Robinson, Montreal

David Schnall, New York

Carl Schrag, Chicago

Sharon Shenhav, Jerusalem

Baruch Susser, Ramat Gan

Morton Weinfeld, Montreal

Ruth Wisse, Cambridge, MA