Category Archives: Speakers 2016

Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International

Eric Fingerhut is the President and CEO of Hillel International. He has devoted his entire professional life to public service and higher education. Fingerhut was appointed president on July 14, 2013 as the organization began its 90th year. He came to Hillel after a distinguished and varied career. As Chancellor of the Ohio Board of

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Rob Halber, Washington, D.C.

Since 2001, Ronald Halber has served as the JCRC Executive Director. Prior, he served in other capacities at the JCRC since 1997, including as Associate Director. Under his leadership, the JCRC developed a wide range of strategic initiatives; secured tens of millions of dollars for Jewish agencies,passed numerous piece of state-wide and local legislation of

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Stephanie Hausner, JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network

IAN’s Director of Community Strategy, is responsible for strengthening the capacity of local community professionals in countering the assault on Israel’s legitimacy. In this role, she will coordinate the activities of the field of Israel advocates throughout North America, lead mobilization programming and proactively build partnerships with communities vulnerable to anti-Israel messaging. Stephanie comes to

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Geri Palast, JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network

Geri Palast, IAN’s Executive Director, is responsible for overall IAN operations and directs and supervises all IAN staff. She has extensive experience organizing and leading broad-based national grassroots and legislative issue campaigns. From 2000-2011, she founded and ran two NGOs on school finance reform to ensure adequate funding for poor children and justice system reform.

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Lindsey Mintz, Indianapolis

Lindsey Mintz has been the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations since 2012, and served as the JCRC’s Government Affairs Director from 2002 to 2007. JCRC is an active member of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation; Lindsey is currently serving as the Board Chair of this organization.  She is also a member of

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Rabbi Robert (Bob) Kaplan

Rabbi Bob Kaplan is currently the founding Director of The Center for Community Leadership,  a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC), the central coordinating and resource body for 62 major Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area.  Mr. Kaplan is involved in a variety of issues including conflict resolution,

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Richard Foltin, AJC

Richard T. Foltin is Director of National and Legislative Affairs in the American Jewish Committee’s Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Foltin coordinates AJC’s policy and legislative activities on a broad range of AJC concerns (including religious liberty, civil rights, immigration, energy security, domestic anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel boycott efforts).  He assumed

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Linda Maizels, JCPA

Linda Maizels was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She completed her doctorate in Jewish history/Jewish studies at the Avraham Harmon Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; her dissertation was on antisemitism and anti-Zionism on American college campuses and how they affect Jewish student identity. She taught at both Portland State

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Rabbi Michael Miller, New York

Michael S. Miller is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), where he has served for over two decades.  As the head of the central coordinating body for more than 60 major civic, communal, educational and religious organizations representing the 1.4 million members of the Jewish

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David Bernstein, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

David Bernstein was recently appointed President and CEO of JCPA. Prior to his appointment, David served as a consultant dedicated to assisting organizations and communities in strengthening their Israel education, engagement and advocacy work. He is also founder of CultureSolutions LLC, which works with non-profits on strategic planning and culture change efforts. He served as

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