Category Archive for: JCPA2018 speakers

Jeff Wice, SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 7, 2018

Jeffrey M. Wice is a Fellow at the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government  where he directs  a statewide census and redistricting program and is a leader in New York  Counts 2020 a census complete count effort. He has over 35 years of experience working in redistricting, voting rights and census law and is considered a…



Yehuda Kurtzer, Shalom Hartman Institute

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 7, 2018

Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, the value of the Jewish past to the Jewish present, and questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda leads the efforts of the Institute…



William Daroff, Jewish Federations of North America

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

William Daroff is senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America. As the chief lobbyist and principal spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for 148 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities, he ensures that the voice of Jewish Federations is a…



Rabbi Robert (Bob) G. Kaplan, JCRC of New York

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

Rabbi Bob Kaplan is currently the founding Director of The Center for Community Leadership, (formally known as CAUSE – NY) a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC).  He also co-directs the New York – Jerusalem Experts Exchange, a joint project of the JCRC and the Jerusalem Intercultural Center that exchanges…



Susan K. Stern, 2018 JCPA Tikkun Olam Award Recipient

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

Named as one of the 2012 “Women to Watch” by Jewish Women’s International, Susan Stern has been unflinchingly dedicated to Jewish communities across the globe for much of her life. Her work has taken her to countries such as Ethiopia, Cuba, Argentina, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Bulgaria. In 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Susan…



Rabbi Rachel Ain, 2018 JCPA Tikkun Olam Recipient

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

Rabbi Rachel Ain is the recipient of the 2018 JCPA Chair’s Tikkun Olam Award. Rabbi Ain became the Rabbi of Sutton Place Synagogue in the Summer of 2012. Before joining SPS, Rabbi Ain was the Senior Director for National Young Leadership of the Jewish Federations of North America, where she worked closely with lay leaders…



Ruth W. Messinger, American Jewish World Service

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

From 1998 to 2016 Messinger was the CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international human rights and development organization dedicated to promoting social justice in the developing world. She currently serves as its Global Ambassador, working to engage rabbis and international interfaith leaders to work against poverty and oppression. Messinger also works to…



Liron Shoham, Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

Liron Shoham  is Associate Director at the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues where she works to further the organization’s mission of raising awareness and providing education about Israel’s Arab citizens for North American Jewish communities. Liron joined the Task Force after serving as Director of Operations for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF)…



Robert Fersh, Convergence

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

Rob Fersh is the President and Founder of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to promote consensus solutions to issues of domestic and international importance. Immediately prior, Rob served as the United States country director for Search for Common Ground, an international conflict resolution organization. While at SFCG, he directed…



Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Resetting the Table

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is the founding Co-Executive Director of Resetting the Table, an organization dedicated to building meaningful dialogue and deliberation across political divides in American Jewish life. Melissa is a veteran facilitator and noted educator who trains leaders and builds programs at the intersections of Israel, Jewish thought and conflict resolution. Melissa was awarded…