Sheri Sable develops programming, growth, visibility, and community engagement and partnership strategies for both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and is the Founder and CEO of Metamark Advisors. Her policy expertise includes: science diplomacy; behavioral economics/finance and climate change. She curates workshops blending science/technology and public policy with cultural cognition in the entertainment, literary, musical and performing arts.
Munqeth Mehyar serves as Chairman and Jordanian Director of EcoPeace Middle East, a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. He leads EcoPeace activities concerning the Jordan River, the Dead Sea and the Good Water Neighbors Project, in addition to supervising international project development, management and lobbying for governmental and private sector figures on major regional policy issues relevant to environmental protection. Mehyar speaks regularly on water, peace and security issues, and received his degree in Regional Planning and Architecture from the University of Louisiana.
Julie Gruenbaum-Fax has been a writer and editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles for 13 years, covering religion, education and community. Her work has received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, New American Media, and the American Jewish Press Association. Julie is an alumna of the Wexner Heritage Foundation leadership program, and a member of the board at B’nai David Judea. Julie, a graduate of UCLA, is the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, and was born and raised in Los Angeles.
Gidon Bromberg is the founder and Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East, a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and peace efforts in the Middle East. Gidon has spearheaded the organization’s advocacy campaigns both in Israel and internationally, developing its cross-border community peace-building project Good Water Neighbors. He has presented before the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament. He is an attorney by profession, holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in International Environmental Law.
Yael Sternhell teaches history and American studies at Tel Aviv University. Her fields of interest include 19th century US history and the history of modern societies at war. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2008 and has since held fellowships from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Rothschild foundation, as well as from Yale University and the Huntington Library in California. A former journalist and news anchor for Channel One, she continues to contribute commentary on American affairs to various media outlets.
Rabbi Mordechai Bar-Or is the founder and director of Kolot, a study center aiming to educate an Israeli leadership that will advance Jewish values and create a meaningful Jewish mission for Israel. Bar-Or founded Kolot in 1997, after the assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. He serves as the government adviser for Jewish values and leads a new Jewish values initiative headed by President Shimon Peres. Rabbi Bar-Or was born in the US; brought up in Jerusalem and fought in the First Lebanon War. He was ordained by Chief Rabbi Goren in 1984, and in 1997 received the Avi Chai prize for his work in establishing and directing Elul, the first pluralistic Beit Midrash in Israel
Hussein Ibish was born in Beirut, Lebanon and is a Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine. He is a Washington Correspondent for the Daily Star in Beirut, has a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Emerson College. Hussein served as Vice-President of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom from 2001-2004 and served as Executive Director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership from 2004-2009. Hussein describes himself as an agnostic from the Muslim-American community.
Chaim Seidler-Feller is Director Emeritus of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, and is also the director of the Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University where he completed a Masters in Rabbinic Literature. Chaim is a lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA and in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is also a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He was a founding member of Americans for Peace Now.
Michael Berenbaum is a rabbi, scholar, writer and filmmaker. He served as Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, Project Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Director of the USHMM’s Holocaust Research Institute. He currently serves as Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and as Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University (formerly known as the University of Judaism), in Los Angeles.