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Rabbi Neal Gold, Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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Rabbi Gold worked as a Rabbi in congregations – New Jersey and Massachusetts – for 18 years, before joining ARZA last year as their Director of Program & Content. As one of the leading voices of progressive Zionism today, ARZA has two main missions: to promote and expand the place of Israel in American communities…



Dr. Hillel Gruenberg, HUC-JIR & JTS

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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



Liya Rechtman, ARZA Board, Harvard/Tufts

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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Liya Rechtman is Dorot Fellow 2016-2017 living in Jerusalem. You can read her work at The Energy Collective, Washington Jewish Week, The Interfaith Observer, RavBlog, and ReformJudaism.org.



David Halperin, Israel Policy Forum

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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



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

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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



Rabbi Noa Sattath, Israel Religious Action Center

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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



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

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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



Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Shalom Hartman Institute

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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



Prof. Timothy Snyder, Yale University

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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



Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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Rabbi Josh Weinberg has been President of ARZA since 2013. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, engaging in the NFTY-EIE program, and studying at the Hebrew University Rabbi Weinberg came to Israel on Aliyah in 2003, He began teaching as a Jewish History faculty member on the EIE program. He subsequently served…