Category Archives: Speakers 2015

Avi Weinryb, JFNA/JCPA JCPAIsrael Action Network

Avi Weinryb, IAN’s Assistant Director of Community Strategy and Communications, manages national organizing campaigns focused on developing, supporting and growing a collective of advocates across multiple disciplines to counter attacks on Israel’s legitimacy. In this role, he identifies and coordinates teams of faculty and other professionals, fostering relationships and creating resources to further their engagement
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Adam Maslia, Israel on Campus Coalition

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Adam graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor of science degree in communication and minors in Jewish studies and psychology. While in Charleston, Adam became an outspoken advocate for the State of Israel and was involved in the pro-Israel and Jewish community through internships with JNF, AJC, the
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Tamar Abrams, International Food Policy Research Institute

Tamar Abrams is the Head of Outreach for the International Food Policy Research Institute in DC, and has been a communications professional focused on women and children and global health for the past 31 years. She is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and writes for numerous magazines. She has provided media training to over
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Hanna Dershowitz, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Hanna Liebman Dershowitz is the Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Development for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Dershowitz is an attorney, and her public policy background includes serving as Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California; directing public policy activities for the Los Angeles region of the
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Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation

Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish congregation located within the City limits of St. Louis. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Talve joined with a small group to keep a vibrant presence in the city to be on the front line of
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Ira Forman, U.S. Department of State

Ira N. Forman was sworn in as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism on May 20, 2013. Inspired by his parents’ values, Mr. Forman has accumulated 30 years of experience in Jewish communal work and public service. Most recently Mr. Forman served as the Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama for America campaign. He
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Angelyn Frazer-Giles, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles has over 25 years’ experience in community organizing, policy analysis and advocacy on civil and human rights issues and criminal justice. She is the Director of State Legislative Affairs and Special Projects for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and is responsible for the development, articulation, and strategic vision of
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Dr. Salman Elbedour, Howard University

Dr. Salman Elbedour is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at the Howard University School of Education in Washington, D.C. and coordinator of its School Psychology Program. For many years, he has been researching, speaking, writing, and teaching on the educational system in Israel as well as the psychological impact
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David Luchins, Touro College

Dr. David Luchins, chair of the Political Science Department at Touro College, has helped represent the Orthodox Union since his College days almost 5 decades ago. His interest in Social Justice and Communal Service was first shaped by his involvement in the Orthodox Union’s National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) where he served as National
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Laura Blumenfeld

Laura Blumenfeld is a best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and a scholar in residence at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center. She previously served in the US State Department as senior policy advisor for the Middle East Peace Process. Blumenfeld spent two decades as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering the Middle East, national security, and
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