Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ilana Kaufman, San Francisco JCRC

 Ilana Kaufman is Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay, for the San Francisco, CA-based Jewish Community Relations Council. She has twenty years of leadership, community building and organizational development experience.  As a strategic designer, planner and problem solver, Ilana is regularly engaged by regional and national Jewish federations, community relations organizations, philanthropic entities

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Intersectionality

Numerous local and national community relations groups  have recently encountered the phenomena of “intersectionality” on and off campus in the discussion about BDS. Intersectionality is the study of related systems of oppression. It holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an intersecting system of oppression. 

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Mideast in Turmoil

What does the turmoil in the Mideast  mean for the US, Israel and American Jews? With the emergence of an expansionist ISIS, an aggressive Iran, and the continuation of a ruinous Syrian civil war, Middle East states are in crisis. What challenges and opportunities lay ahead for American and Israeli foreign policy makers as well

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Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations

Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.  He served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the Administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House. Mr. Abrams joined

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Political Polarization

“Martin Frost and Tom Davis are uniquely qualified to examine how constant conflict in Washington keeps too many good things from happening. The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis is a smart book that asks the right questions and offers some intriguing solutions.” — President Bill Clinton During their 40 years in Congress, Martin Frost and

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Dr. Marla Brettschneider, University of New Hampshire

Marla Brettschneider is a Political Philosopher with a joint appointment in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she also coordinates the Queer Studies program. Her books include: the forthcoming Queer Jews; Multiracial Families; Democratic Theorizing From the Margins; Cornerstones of Peace: Jewish Identity Politics and Democratic Theory; and The

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Ami Eden, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Ami Eden oversees editorial, business, marketing and fundraising for JTA’s parent company, 70 Face Media. He served previously as JTA’s CEO and editor-in-chief. Before joining JTA in the summer of 2007, he served as executive editor of the Forward and founding editor of the Forward’s website. He also worked as an editor of the Jewish

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Ami Eden, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Ami Eden oversees editorial, business, marketing and fundraising for JTA’s parent company, 70 Face Media. He served previously as JTA’s CEO and editor-in-chief. Before joining JTA in the summer of 2007, he served as executive editor of the Forward and founding editor of the Forward’s website. He also worked as an editor of the Jewish

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Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA)

Tom Davis is a former Republican congressman for the state of Virginia. He served seven terms and authored more than 100 bills that became law. He was also the first freshman in 50 years to be given a subcommittee chairmanship, taking the gavel of the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia. Throughout his tenure in

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Tamara Wittes, Brookings

Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow and the director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East for the State Department. Wittes also oversaw the

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