Featured Speakers

Our content features some of the most engaging and admired educators in the Jewish world.

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Zeev Ben-Shachar

Zeev Ben-Shachar is the Director of Israel Education at Jerusalem U. He oversees curriculum development and directs the Jerusalem U leadership development Gap Year Oz program. Previously, Ben-Shachar worked as an Educator for The David Project and as an organizational consultant and teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department, where he received Harvard’s certificate of distinction for excellence in teaching. Ben-Shachar has a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University.


Professor Alan Dershowitz is best known for his role in several high-profile law cases and his commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of 27 works of fiction and non-fiction, including Rights From Wrong, The Case For Israel, and The Case For Peace. Professor Dershowitz has also published hundreds of articles in leading newspapers, magazines and journals and has advised presidents, UN officials, prime ministers, and business leaders about legal and political issues.


Fern Oppenheim is the co-founder of Brand Israel Group and the President of Applied Marketing Innovations, a marketing firm she founded to provide consulting support to pro-Israel organizations. She was also a communications consultant to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and is responsible for the U.S. Segmentation Study and the implementation of its results. She also has an extensive marketing, media and management background with advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam , Fortune 500, and companies such as Kraft/General Foods.


Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. From 1997 to 1999 he served as the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. Ambassador Gold also served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu and advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In addition, he was an advisor to the Israeli delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991. Ambassador Gold has written numerous books and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Post.

Professor Sharon Musher

Dr. Sharon Musher is Associate Professor of History and Director of American Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Dr. Musher received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Her teaching and research focus on the arts, visual culture, gender and race. Dr. Musher is currently completing a book, A New Deal for Art, and has published articles and reviews in The American Quarterly, The Jewish Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History and Women and Social Movements in the United States. She is also the Founding Director of Stockton’s Master of Arts in American Studies.


Sir Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. He is the author of 81 books, including Churchill: A Life, History of Israel, a three-volume work entitled A History of the Twentieth Century, and The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy. Sir Gilbert is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Liz Wahl

Liz Wahl is a correspondent who has garnered international recognition for her journalistic integrity. From 2011-2014, she worked as an anchor for RT (Russia Today). She made international headlines with her televised resignation, speaking out about Russian propaganda tactics and journalistic ethics. She has written about her experiences for POLITICO Magazine and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, The View, The Colbert Report and international news outlets. She has also spoken to congress and at journalism conferences. Wahl was born to Filipino and Hungarian-American parents on a US naval base in the Philippines. Her grandparents were Hungarian refugees who fled the Soviet invasion during the Hungarian Uprising.




Colonel Richard Kemp

Colonel Richard Kemp is the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, South Asia and Northern Ireland. Col Kemp has also been involved in national policy leadership roles at the Joint Intelligence Committee and the strategic intelligence group at COBRA. In addition, he founded the intergovernmental US-UK International Security Strategy Group. He is a best-selling author, a regular international columnist, a prolific contributor to television and radio news and current affairs programmes, and an international speaker.

Roz Rothstein

Roz Rothstein is the Co-Founder and CEO of StandWithUs, a global Israel education organization with 15 offices worldwide. As part of its mission, StandWithUs organizes demonstrations, advertising campaigns, petitions and other initiatives that help oppose the delegitimization of Israel, and also trains young people to advocate for Israel. In 2007, the Forward named Rothstein one of the 50 most influential Jews in America, and in 2011[,] the Jerusalem Post named her the 29th of 50 most influential Jews in the world.


Professor Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He specializes in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. He is also well-known for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire.

Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman is a journalist, award-winning author, and former AP correspondent whose work has taken him to Lebanon, Morocco, Cairo, Moscow, Washington, D.C. and conflicts in Israel and the Caucasus. After working at the AP for five years, Friedman spoke out about the anti-Israel bias he perceived in the international media, writing articles in The Atlantic and Tablet on the issue. He published his first book, The Aleppo Codex, in 2012. The book has since won numerous awards and has been published in Israel, Australia, Holland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia and South Korea. Friedman’s second book, Pumpkinflowers: A War Story, will be published in 2016. He grew up in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

Chloé Valdary

Chloé Simone Valdary is an International Studies Major at the University of New Orleans, as well as a Consultant for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), the Assistant of Directors for the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (ISBI), and a Fellow at the Lawfare project. In 2012, Valdary created the group Allies of Israel to promote the Jewish state and Israel advocacy. As a result of her work, Algemeiner named her one of the top 100 people positively affecting Jewish and Israeli life. Valdary has written articles for Huffington Post, Tablet Magazine, The Jerusalem Post and Israel National News.

Professor Robert S. Wistrich

Robert S. Wistrich is the Neuberger professor of European and Jewish history and Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He recently received an award for Lifetime Achievement by the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, and is the author and editor of 29 books, several of which have won international awards. Since 2003, Professor Wistrich has edited the research journal Antisemitism International and the Posen Papers in Contemporary Antisemitism. He has been called “the leading scholar in the field of antisemitism study.”

Aviva Slomich

Aviva Slomich is the International Campus Director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), where she directs CAMERA fellows, leads an annual Leadership and Advocacy Training Mission, and created CAMERA’s Campus Activist Project. She speaks to students and community members on the conflicts student activists may encounter on campus and the best strategies to counter false and defamatory information. Slomich received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts.


Professor David Luchins is the chairman of the political science department at Touro College. He has also served as the Vice President of the Orthodox Union since 1976 and was a senior aide and advisor to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan for 20 years. Professor Luchins has always been at the forefront of communal social justice, serving on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the National Commissions of the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Fund for Justice.

Jackie Retig

Jackie Retig is the Director of Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in NY, serving as a liaison between Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and universities in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. She has also worked at the America-Israel Friendship League with Uri Bar-Ner, the former Israeli ambassador to Turkey, as well as at the ADL and World Zionist Organization. In 2014, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from NYU, where she worked to promote the US-Israel Relationship[,] as the Co-Director of Campus Relations for TorchPAC at NYU.


Elliot Mathias is the founder and director of Hasbara Fellowships. He also serves as an advisor for media watchdog HonestReporting.com. Elliot has dedicated his life to Israel advocacy and Israel activism on campus and travels to colleges across the country to educate and prepare students to be pro-Israel leaders. He has a degree in Political Communications from Northwestern University.


Dr. Mordechai Kedar served in Israeli Defense Force Military Intelligence for 25 years. He specializes in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups, and the Syrian domestic arena. He is currently a lecturer in Arabic at Bar Ilan University.

David Horovitz

David Horovitz is an award-winning author and founding editor of the online newspaper The Times of Israel. He was previously editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and editor and publisher of the award-winning news magazine The Jerusalem Report. Horovitz has written for newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times and (London) Independent, and he is a frequent interviewee on CNN, BBC, Sky, Fox News, NPR, and other media sources. Horovitz lectures internationally on Israeli current affairs and has conducted landmark interviews with world figures, including Barack Obama and George Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and Paul McCartney. Horovitz immigrated to Israel from London in 1983 and is a graduate of Hebrew University.


Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is a celebrated author and former lecturer at Harvard University where he is notorious for teaching the largest and most popular course, Positive Psychology, to over 1,400 students. Dr. Ben-Shahar consults and lectures on the subject to a variety of groups around the world, including executives of multi-national corporations. His areas of expertise include happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, and leadership.


Michelle Rojas-Tal, the Diaspora Education Director at Stand With Us, coordinates all programs for International students in Israel including their flagship program, "The Ambassadors' Club". In 2009 and 2010, she was selected as a member of the ROI community; Lynn Schusterman’s network of Young Jewish Innovators. In addition to reaching out to activists abroad in South America, Australia and South Africa, Rojas-Tal has traveled to Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, and Australia, being featured as a keynote speaker in numerous conferences and forums.


Mira Marcus is a communications consultant and Public Affairs Director at Headline Media, an international media consultancy firm. Prior, she served as Bureau Chief and Public Affairs Advisor to Minister of Public Security Avi Dichter. She is also an expert in public advocacy and political consulting and was selected by The European Union Parliament and the Peres Center for Peace for their Young Political Leaders Forum for the years 2009-2010. Marcus graduated from The Argov Fellowship for Leadership and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and was awarded the Legacy Heritage Fellowship.

Oren Rosenfeld

Oren Rosenfeld is a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist and film producer who has covered major events in Israel and the Middle East for 25 years. He was instrumental in photo documenting the second Palestinian Intifada. In 2010 Rosenfeld founded the award-winning Holy Land Productions, creating documentaries and providing film services and current-affairs pieces to major international news and media outlets. Rosenfeld has over 15 years of experience working with media outlets such as BBC, National Geographic, Time Magazine, The History Channel, Vice, and many others. Rosenfeld recently completed directing and producing Hummus the Movie, as well as directing and filming new documentaries in India and Ethiopia.

Jonathan Sacerdoti

Jonathan Sacerdoti is an award-winning political and cultural commentator on a wide range of topics, appearing on news outlets worldwide, including BBC, providing extensive coverage of Middle Eastern news, ITV's Good Morning Britain, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Fox, CCTV-America, Voice of Russia and LBC Radio. He has been published by the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Haaretz, the New Statesman and The Jewish Chronicle, among others. Sacerdoti is also the former director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy and a lecturer for the Masters in Communications course at the IDC Herzliya. He has debated at the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and spoken at international conferences organized by Harvard University, National Chengchi University in Taiwan, the American University in Dubai and Keio University in Tokyo.

Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Sarah Tuttle-Singer is the New Media Editor at The Times of Israel, a contributing editor at Kveller, and a writer, blogger and social media expert . She has written for sites including Jezebel, Ladies Home Journal, Scary Mommy, Offbeat Families and TIME.com, and she has been published in the anthology The Good Mother Myth. Tuttle-Singer’s writing covers a range of personal topics, including parenting, divorce, death, abortion and living under rocket fire. She graduated from UC Berkeley and is an LA expat in Israel.


Eyad is a tour guide and local journalist based in Bethlehem, where he is a member of the Christian Palestinian community. He has asked that he remain anonymous due to safety concerns.  



Aaron Klein is a Jerusalem-based author, journalist, columnist and U.S. radio and television commentator known for his close contacts with Middle East leaders. He is the Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily and a columnist for The Jewish Press. Aaron is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Schmoozing with Terrorists. He has regular segments on top American radio programs and is a frequent guest on cable news networks, including Fox News and Al Jazeera.


Natalie Menaged is the Director of Recruitment & Admissions for The Israel Experience at Bar Ilan University, a unique gap year program that strengthens Jewish identity,  combining a year of university with Jewish growth connection to Israel and leadership development. For the ten years prior to that, Menaged worked at Hasbara Fellowships, an organization that trains, educates and inspires students to stand up for Israel on over 100 campuses across North America. Menaged began at Hasbara Fellowships as a participant on their very first trip, and over the years served as their Managing Director, National Director and Director of Education, helping to train over 1500 student activists build Israel activism and Jewish leadership skills. She was also the founder and president of Gators for Israel at the University of Florida, where she got a BA in political science and religion.


Shachar Zahavi is the Director of ISRAAID, The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid. ISRAAID is a coordinating body of Israeli and Jewish NGOs and other organizations that are active in development and relief work and concerned about global issues.


Jessica Felber, a UC Berkeley graduate with degrees in Economics and Legal Studies, served as the Co-President of Tikvah: Students for Israel, in her junior year. Subsequently, she broadened the scope of her work in Israel advocacy as the California Campus Coordinator of Hasbara Fellowships. 


Alan Levine, Managing Director of Hasbara Fellowships, has trained hundreds of student to be pro-Israel activists. Previously, he focused on research and writing, where he concentrated on the activities of Hezbollah and Iran in Latin America. His writings have been featured in Front Page Magazine, InFocus Magazine, and National Review Online. Levine received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara, where he first became involved in pro-Israel activism through Hasbara Fellowships.

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Elliott Gould is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor who has performed in over 70 feature films in a career spanning 35 years. He is most famous for his role in the TV series M*A*S*H and the Ocean's 11Ocean's 12 andOcean's 13 films. He has starred in numerous other popular TV shows, including FriendsCSI and Law & Order, hosted Saturday Night Live six times, and appeared on the cover of Time magazine.


Gary Sinise is an American actor, film director, producer and musician. Before entering the Hollywood scene, he founded and directed many notable productions of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He has won various awards including an Emmy for the television film show George Wallace, a Golden Globe Award for his role in the filmTruman, and numerous Academy Awards nominations, including for his role in the film Forrest Gump, which also earned him an Oscar nomination. He directed and acted in the film adaptation Of Mine and Men, and starred in the dramatic hit RansomApollo 13 with Tom Hanks, and CBS's CSI: NY since 2004. He lives with his wife Moira Harris and their three children.


David Shore is the creator and executive producer of House MD, which has won awards as varied as the People's Choice and the Peabody. He personally won the Humanitas Prize and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the House episode Three Stories. He has written for numerous TV shows, including cult favorites Due SouthNYPD Blue and EZ Streets, served as head writer and supervising producer on Traders, and was part of the writing team of the Emmy Award-winning first season of The Practice. He was twice nominated for an Emmy as a producer on Law & Order and executive-produced both Family Law and Hack.


Howard Gordon is a producer and television writer. After graduating from Princeton University, he began his Hollywood career writing for a number of popular TV shows and joined The Ex-Files as a supervising producer and writer. He spent time writing for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and The Inside, until he became a writer, executive producer and then showrunner for 24. He also recently co-developed and produced the hit show Homeland, and will be premiering another show, Awake, as executive producer, writer and showrunner.


Michael Mann is a film director and producer who has received numerous award nominations, including from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is most famous for directing his first award-winning film, the The Jericho Mile, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch, producing and creating the long-running TV series Miami Vice, and directing, writing and producing many famous films, including The Last of the MohicansHeatAli and Public Enemies. He produced the Academy Awards ceremony twice, and received a graduate degree at the International Film School in London.


Michael Medved is a bestselling author of twelve non-fiction books and a nationally syndicated talk radio host. His three-hour daily program on politics and pop culture reaches more than 200 markets and an audience estimated at 4.7 million. As co-founder of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice, California, he has helped to educate thousands in Jewish wisdom. He has been a frequent guest on major TV talk shows, including Larry King LiveNightlineOprahDavid LettermanGood Morning America, CNN's Reliable Sources and countless others. His columns on media and society appear regularly in USA Today, where he serves as a member of the Board of Contributors.


Jennifer Gibgot began her career as a producer running Tapestry Films in 1995. In 2002 she started Offspring Entertainment with her brother, director Adam Shankman. Her producer credits include Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, The Last Song, Going the Distance17 AgainPremonitionBedtime StoriesHairspray,The Pacifier, all three of the Step Up movies, She's All That and The Wedding Planner. She currently lives in California with her husband and two children.


Etan Cohen was born in Jerusalem, Israel and became a screenwriter in the United States after graduating from Harvard, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon, the student humor magazine. He has written scripts for numerous popular TV series and feature films, including Beavis and Butthead, Recess, King of the Hill, American Dad andIdiocracy. In 2008 he co-wrote the script for the action-comedy film Tropic Thunder, along with Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux. He also wrote the script for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and is currently working on the scripts for the filmsMen in Black 3, Candy Land, The Fiancé and Project A.


Michael A. Helfant is co-founder of Troika Pictures, LLC and former President and COO of Marvel Studios, where he launched such films as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man 3. He has also served as the Senior Executive Vice President of Iramax/Dimension Films, overseeing the SPY Kids, Scream and Scary Movie film franchises. He has also produced feature films that include Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and The Associate. He currently serves on the advisory boards of various entertainment companies, charities and non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the JD/MBA program at UCLA and taught entertainment strategy and at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Jeremy Garelick is a screenwriter famous for the hit comedy films The Break-Up and The Hangover. He is currently in the process of debuting a career in directing, and is working on a few films including an adaptation of the TV seriesBaywatch, Hassle Man, An Ex to Grind, starring Cameron Diaz, and The Insane Laws, a film based on his own experience dating his wife.


Brian Udovich is a producer and former Senior Business Consultant in telecommunications for the French firm Cap Gemini. His films include The Wackness, A Necessary Death, South of Heaven and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. He has a master’s degree from the American Film Institute, is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and currently resides in Los Angeles.


Richard Benjamin is an actor and director who first entered Hollywood starring in the cult TV series He & She, where he also met his wife, actress Paula Prentiss. He went on to star in many other popular films and TV series, includingGoodbye, Columbus, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Westworld, Catch-22, Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Pushing Daisies, and The Sunshine Boys, for which he won a Golden Globe award. He turned to directing with the hit comedy My Favorite Year, and went on to direct a number of Hollywood films, including City Heat with Clint Eastwood, The Money Pitwith Tom Hanks and Mermaids with Cher, most recently directing A Little Thing Called Murder in 2006. He studied theater at Northwestern University and currently lives with his wife and their two children.


Maria Elena de las Carreras, MA, Ph.D is a Fulbright scholar and film critic from Argentina. She is a regular collaborator of the Los Angeles, California Latino International Film Festival, the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles, California and the CSUN Cinematheque. She has been a screener of international documentaries for the Sundance Film Festival since 2007, and an accredited journalist at the Berlin Film Festival since 1986. She has published many journalistic articles, scholarly essays and encyclopedia entries, in English and Spanish, and is a visiting professor at Cal State Northridge, Los Angeles, California City College and UCLA.


Jonathan Kuntz is a film historian and a popular professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. As a widely respected expert on Hollywood cinema, he has written articles and conference papers, is known for his encyclopedic knowledge, and has been quoted in the media on topics ranging from celebrity careers to the effects of controversial films on American politics. He did his undergraduate work in psychology at UC Berkeley before earning both a Master in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Film and Television at UCLA.


David N. Weiss is a screenwriter, and has worked on numerous film projects, including All Dogs go to HeavenShrek 2,ClockstoppersJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. He has also written for television shows such as Mission Hill and Rugrats. In 2005, he was elected vice president of the Writers Guild of America, West and served for two terms, being elected as secretary-treasurer in 2009. He also travels around the world and speaks about his life. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Eliana and their two children.


David Sacks is a television writer and producer, and is credited in The Simpsons3rd Rock from the SunMalcolm in the MiddleThe Tick and Murphy Brown. He began his career in comedy by working as an editor for the Harvard Lampoon, Harvard's student humor magazine, while working on his degree there. He is the co-founder and Senior Lecturer of The Happy Minyan in Los Angeles, California and is co-founder of Jewish Impact Films.


Barry Weiss is the head of East Coast Operations for the Universal Music Group, having previously served as the Senior Vice President of Animation at Sony Pictures Imageworks, head of the Zomba Label Group, and chairman and CEO of RCA/Jive Label Group of Sony Music Entertainment. Since 1981, he worked with Clive Calder to build Jive Records into a hip hop and rap empire, and had a strong influence on the careers of many famous singers, including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Usher, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain.


Gill Dennis is a screenwriter who has written several screenplays, including the acclaimed film Walk the Line, about the life of country music star Johnny Cash. He has also directed numerous plays and is a recipient of the Los Angeles, California Critics’ Circle Award for Distinguished Direction. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as Master Filmmaker-in-Residence at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.


Saul Blinkoff is a movie director who began his career as an animator for Walt Disney Studios, working on the hit filmsPocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan and Kronk's New Groove, and consulting on the Disney films Tinkerbell, Fox and the Hound II, Brother Bear II, Cinderella II and Dumbo II. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with the hip action-adventure series Spy Groove for MTV, and has directed a number of feature films and high profile national commercials and live action shorts for Academy Award winning producer Rob Fried. Currently, he is developing two original animated features, one with legendary songwriter and music producer Desmond Child and the other with producers Jordan Kerner and Ben Haber.


Michael Borkow is a television comedy writer and producer who has worked on Malcolm in the Middle, Roseanne, Joeyand as executive producer on Friends. He is a Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow, initiated the Israel Volunteer Corps and lectures to students in both the USA and Israel about his personal experience with Judaism. He graduated from Harvard College and the Columbia University School of Law.


Michael Miner has spent 30 years as a scriptwriter, director and cinematographer of award winning films, as well as director and cameraman of 20 music videos. He won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Screenplay for his first script Robocop, and has written many other scripts, including those for Oliver Stone, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Douglas. He is also a professor and has taught screenwriting at many universities and institutes. He earned his BA from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Fine Arts in motion picture and television production from UCLA. Every Saturday he mentors incarcerated juveniles in self-expression.


Adam Gibgot is a screenwriter and producer who has written numerous TV and film projects for studios such as Disney, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock and Paramount. In television, he has written for NBC, ABC, and is creating a new original series for F/X. He also recently completed his first novel, and is currently living in California with his wife and two children.


Stephen Farber is one of the country’s leading film critics and historians, and is currently a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter. He has interviewed hundreds of Hollywood industry experts and has written reviews and articles on film for many top national publications, besides writing screenplays and several acclaimed books on film. He is the host and producer of Reel Talk, a syndicated weekend movie review series, has lectured on film at several American universities and international institutes and hosted celebrity tributes at numerous film festivals. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and received an M.A. in English at UC Berkeley and a second M.A. in theater arts at UCLA.


Michele Gendelman is a comedy writer, with credits on NewhartFacts of Life, and Ghost Stories, among many other shows. A part-time professor of screenwriting and film history at Los Angeles, California City College, she also writes animated series for Cartoon Network and PBS. She is married to writer and producer Andrew Guerdat and has two children.


Michael Karp is a 25-year veteran of the motion picture industry and has worked as a visual effects artist and VFX cameraman on blockbusters including Titanic, Terminator 2, Apollo 13, X-Men2, Alice in Wonderland and True Lies, as well as the stereoscopic film Journey to the Center of the Earth. He is also an experienced Director of Photography and story development analyst, creates and produces music for television and film, and has received numerous awards for his work, including two Emmys and an Emmy nomination. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a longtime film instructor there.


David Lipper is an actor of musical theater and film and a screenwriter. He has starred in such films as The Last Song, Beautiful Boy, The Pacifier, and the TV series Crash and Burn, See Jane Date and Full House. He also coaches and teaches acting workshops at the Ivana Chubbuck Studios. He received his BFA in musical theater at Emerson College and currently resides in Los Angeles.


Mitch Julis is a prolific film buff, besides being a founding partner, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Canyon Partners, LLC, a leading global alternative asset management firm. He graduated magna cum laude from both the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, as well as receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Joleen and their four children.


Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is a world-renowned author who has published many best-selling books, including Jewish Literacy, the most widely selling book on Judaism for the past two decades. He has been named by Talk Magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, and his books have inspired State Resolutions and Hollywood television series and films. He was ordained at Yeshiva University and studied Jewish history at Columbia University. He currently serves as spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, among other positions, and resides in New York City with his wife Dvorah Menashe and their four children.


Jon Erlbaum is a writer, an innovative leader in Jewish outreach and education, and the Executive Director of The Chevra, an organization that connects young Jewish adults to dynamic Jewish experiences. He writes a popular online series for the Federation’s Men’s Cabinet entitled Edutainment Weekly, and his articles are also featured on various websites and list serves. He has edited three books on contemporary Jewish thought and was recently profiled by Inside Magazine as one of Philly’s 10 most influential Jews under 50.


Jackie Engel is Director of the Jewish Student Leaders Foundation, runs the PERI internship program, and is a therapist at Neve Yerushalayim. For 2 years she was the resident psychologist on the Today Show, and she ran a private psychology practice in Sydney, Australia. Her specialties are family therapy, youth, self-esteem and stress, and she has done therapeutic work and consultation with hospitals, the police, media personalities and non-profit organizations.


Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt is the original founder of the Aish HaTorah branch in the UK, and in 2006 he founded Tikkun, an organization focused on using Jewish wisdom to further emotional well-being. In 2007 he published Finding Light in the Darkness, a book based on his own life experience losing his first wife Ilana to cancer. He received rabbinical ordination from Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem and currently lives in London with his wife Chana and their six children.


Rabbi Shalom Denbo is the Director of Aish HaTorah’s AEPi Jerusalem Roadtrips and is on the board of international rabbis for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He received his rabbinical ordination from Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem and studied theater and dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. He currently lives with his wife and seven children in Los Angeles.


Rebecca Shore is a Jewish educator, relationship coach and artist who speaks to international audiences on such topics as relationships, gender differences and the role of women in Judaism. She studied at Vassar College and received her degree in Psychology from the State University of New York. A native of NY, she now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and family.


Rabbi Nachum Braverman served for many years as the Educational Director of Aish HaTorah Los Angeles, and is now the Executive Director of Aish HaTorah's Jerusalem Partners, as well as the Executive Director of Academic Exchange's fellowship program in partnership with the Milken Institute, the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and the RAND Corporation. He is the author of The Bible for the Clueless but Curious and Death of Cupid - Reclaiming the Wisdom of Love and Marriage. He studied philosophy at Yale University and lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Emunah and their children.


Rabbi Daniel Rowe is the Education Director of Aish HaTorah UK, is considered one of the most dynamic Jewish speakers in the UK, and is an internationally sought after lecturer. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a tank driver in the 401st Armored Brigade and received the Outstanding Soldier award. He studied Talmud in Israel for many years and received a BA in philosophy from University College of London, where he was awarded the A.J. Ayer prize for philosophy.


Rabbi Moshe Zeldman is the Director of Education at Jerusalem U and an international lecturer on a wide variety of Jewish topics, travelling to speak and consult in such locations as Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, England, Ukraine, Poland, . He did his undergraduate work in Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and received his rabbinic ordination from Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. He currently lives in Jersualem with his wife and six children.


Tali Goldberg is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Jewessence, an experiential women's Jewish learning program. She teaches for various programs in Jerusalem on the topics of leadership and relationships, and has co-founded multiple non-profits, including GROW in Toronto, and the City Year branch in Los Angeles. She studied English and Developmental studies at the University of South Africa and now lives in Jerusalem with her family.

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Tal Ben-Shahar is an author, lecturer and consultant, famed for teaching Harvard University’s most popular course, Positive Psychology. He also obtained his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard. He is the author of the international best sellers Happier and Being Happy, and is currently on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives of multinational corporations, Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions on topics that include leadership, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting and mindfulness.


Jackie Engel is a psychotherapist, Jewish educator and the former resident psychologist on Australia’s Today Show. She has run her own private psychotherapy practice and conducted consulting and organizational work for media personalities and non-profit organizations. Engel is currently Director of the Jewish Student Leaders Foundation, dedicated to inspiring, empowering and training student leaders on college campuses and in communities. She is also Program Director for the Peer Educator Research Internship, a personal empowerment program for college students, and a Jewish topics lecturer and counselor at the Jerusalem College for Jewish Women’s Studies.


Yosef Lynn is an author, life coach, marriage counselor, Jewish educator and college lecturer on Positive Psychology. He completed a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, under the tutelage of Positive Psychology’s founder, Dr. Martin Seligman. He is currently Dean of Students at Machon Yaakov, the Dr. David Robinson Institute of Jewish Heritage, in Jerusalem.  Lynn also directs Greatness Within Seminars, offering consulting to businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations on personal empowerment and discovering and building your life based on your personal strengths.


Dannielle Rothman is, among many things, a Jewish educator, lecturer and world traveler. She began her career studying Choreography, Dance and Musical Theatre, and served in the Israeli army as a sports instructor and combat trainer. Her experience living and travelling in many different countries has given her a broad perspective of different cultures and religions, which she brings to her passion for Jewish education. She currently  works as part of the team at London’s Jewish Learning Exchange, teaching and leading young professional groups along a personal discovery of their heritage.


Kaila Lasky is an author, leadership consultant, dynamic educator and motivational and keynote speaker. In a former life she was a Broker and Sales Team Trainer, as well as an actress who appeared on The Bill Cosby Show and acted in Hollywood film productions with Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone. Kaila currently travels across the US and internationally, presenting transformational workshops and seminars on topics related to leadership training, personal growth, Jewish observance, women’s topics and relationships.

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Dr. Gerald Schroeder is a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Schroeder has authored numerous books fusing modern science with ancient biblical commentary, including works such as Genesis and The Big Bang and The Science of God.


Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser received his B.A. from the University of California in Santa Barbra and moved to Israel in 1991. Six years later, he received rabbinical ordination. He currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children studying, teaching, and playing music to help others develop a closer relationship with God, what he calls "transformational education."


Lori Palatnik is an author and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She has lectured in North America, the U.K., South Africa and Israel. Focused on illuminating traditional practices and life-styles in the contemporary world, Lori has authored numerous books about Shabbat, Jewish concepts of soul and afterlife and gossip. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she is the Executive Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project.


Rabbi Ken Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and pursued his graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He also received an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University. Rabbi Spiro is licensed by the Israel Ministry of Tourism as a tour guide. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including B.B.C. Radio and TV and The National Geographic Channel.


Rabbi Tzvi Gluckin served in the Israeli Army and has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Noah Weinberg in Jerusalem. In addition to authoring two books, Rabbi Gluckin has lectured on a variety of topics, integrating his unique background and experience to deliver thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking lessons.


Rabbi Chaim Levine studied anthropology and philosophy at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He received rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem, and spent two and a half years building Aish HaTorah in Boston. Rabbi Levine also served as Executive Director of Aish’s largest branch in Toronto for two years.


Rabbi Raphael Shore is the founder and CEO of Jerusalem U. Shore produced the 2010 documentary Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus and the newest PBS film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Shore also founded and is the CEO of the Clarion Fund, producing its groundbreaking documentary films, includingObsession: Radical Islam's War against the WestThe Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America, and Iranium. CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and other leading media organizations have interviewed him and featured his films. Shore previously served as COO of the Jewish outreach organization Aish HaTorah. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Shore and his family now live in Jerusalem.


Rebecca Shore is an artist and educator who focuses on relationships, gender differences and the role of women in Judaism. She specializes in Jewish children's artwork, which combines her passion for Judaism with her flair for colorful, enchanting visual design. A native of New York, Rebecca now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.


Rabbi David Aaron is the founder of Isralight, an international organization that offers retreats, workshops, leadership training, trips and missions to Israel. He received rabbinical ordination from the Israel Torah Research Institute in 1979. Rabbi Aaron is the author of several best selling books and has appeared on international radio and TV programs, including Larry King Live and E! Entertainment.


Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of Blessed Memory, is considered the "founding father" of today's Jewish spiritual outreach movement for his efforts in establishing a global network of educational outreach programs for unaffiliated Jewish men and women. Through his activities at Aish HaTorah, Rabbi Weinberg has influenced tens of thousands of college-age students to explore their Jewish heritage. His audio series and books focus on how to build a positive relationship with God and how to achieve happiness through Judaism.


Rabbi Moshe Zeldman received his undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy from the University of Toronto and his rabbinical ordination in Israel. He lectures on a variety of topics and is involved in researching hidden codes in the Bible. Rabbi Zeldman currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and five children.