Our Speakers

Avivah Zornberg

Avivah Zornberg has been teaching Torah for the past 30 years at Jewish, academic & psychoanalytic settings around the world, & is the author of five acclaimed books on Tanach.

Daniel Polisar

Dr. Daniel Polisar is Provost of Shalem College in Jerusalem. He researches and lectures on Palestinian politics and public opinion, Israeli society, and Zionist history.

Gershom Gorenberg

Gershom Gorenberg is an iconoclastic Israeli journalist, historian and religion scholar. His books include 'The Unmaking of Israel' and 'The Accidental Empire'

Gershon Baskin

Dr. Gershon Baskin is best known for facilitating the release of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. He is a leading Israeli scholar and peace activist.

Gil Troy

Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University, the author of the bestselling "Why I Am a Zionist," and a weekly columnist for the Jerusalem Post & the Huffington Post.

Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner, a senior faculty member at Pardes in Jerusalem, has taught Bible and biblical exegesis for two decades. Author of the acclaimed "Subversive Sequels in the Bible."

Linda Gradstein

Linda Gradstein is an award–winning journalist who spent 20 years as the Jerusalem correspondent for NPR. She is currently the Mideast Bureau Chief of The Media Line.

Mike Reiss

Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his 28 years writing for The Simpsons. He is also an award-winning mystery writer, playwright, and children's book author.

Raphael Zarum

Rabbi Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies and has a doctorate in Theoretical Physics. He specialises in wildly innovative and meaningful readings of Jewish sources

Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Sarah Tuttle-Singer is the New Media Editor at Times of Israel. She writes for her life, and enjoys meeting new people and learning new things.

Tova Hartman

Tova Hartman, a founder of Shira Hadasha, lectures widely on Judaism & feminism, religious innovation, prayer, & marginalization of the other in Jewish tradition.

Yaakov Katz

Yaakov Katz is Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post. He is a lecturer at Harvard University and co-author of "Weapon Wizards - How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower".

Yisrael Campbell

Yisrael Campbell is just your average Irish, Italian, Catholic, Reform, Conservative, Unorthodox, Orthodox Jew, who was born to be funny. Audiences love him.

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Aaron Leibowitz

Founding Rabbi of Hashgacha Pratit, alternative Orthodox Kosher supervisory agency. Jerusalem City Council Member. Inspirational teacher, Feminist, Storyteller and Troublemaker.

Amotz Asa-El

Amotz Asa-El, is the Jerusalem Post's senior commentator and former executive editor, Dow Jones' MarketWatch's Middle East commentator, and senior editor at the Jerusalem Report

Aryeh Green

Inspiring and dynamic, an expert in regional affairs, media issues & Israel history, Aryeh brings a passionate centrist approach to the challenges facing Israel & the Jewish world.

Benji Lovitt

Comedian/educator Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences around the world, breaking down cultural differences and reminding people why we love Israel in all its craziness.

Beth Steinberg

Beth Steinberg is the co-founder of Shutaf Inclusion Programs in Jerusalem, and the artistic director of Theater in the Rough, creating new kinds of theatrical experiences.

Eetta Prince-Gibson

After five years as Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Report, Eetta is Israel Editor of Moment Magazine and contributes often to Haaretz, The Forward, Global Post and WomenseNews.

Maureen Kendler

Maureen is a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies where she teaches Modern Jewish Literature and Tanach - and broadcasts for BBC Radio's "Pause For Thought."

Michael Carasik

Michael Carasik is creator of the Commentators' Bible and author of The Bible's Many Voices; has a PhD from Brandeis in Bible and a weekly podcast; has taught for 25 years.

Michael Freund

Former Deputy Communications Director for PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Veteran Jerusalem Post columnist. Founder & Chairman of Shavei Israel. Raised in NY, made Aliya over 20 years ago.

Noga  Kainan

Noga Kainan is a well-known figure and speaker on Israel's Economy and Social issues. She is co-author of presentation & book (to be published): ISRAEL - Island of Success.

Nora Gold

Dr. Gold is a prize-winning author (praised by Alice Munro, Cynthia Ozick & others), the editor of JewishFiction.net, & the Writer-in-Residence at CWSE, OISE/University of Toronto.

Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits is an expert on women and Judaism, authored "A Daughter's Recitation of Mourner's Kaddish," and teaches Mishnah, Talmud, and Halahka at the Pardes Institute.

Shai Cherry

Shai Cherry is a Conservative rabbi with a doctorate in Jewish Thought. He is an authority on Judaism & Darwinism, Torah interpretations, and the philosophy of halakhah.

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Sharon is the ED of JOFA. Sharon was the first Orthodox woman chaplain at Harvard University and an OU JLIC educator. Sharon earned her PhD at NYU as a Wexner/Davidson fellow.

Susan Silverman

Susan is a rabbi, author, teacher and activist. Her newest book, Casting Lots, was published in 2016 by Da Capo Press. She is the Director of Second Nurture.

Tomer Persico

Dr. Tomer Persico is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute & teaches Religion at Tel-Aviv University. His book, "The Jewish Meditative Tradition," was published in 2016

Yiscah Smith

Yiscah speaks on the spiritual dimension of authentic living. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she teaches texts in an accessible and vivid style.

Yoaz Hendel

Yoaz Hendel is an historian, journalist, publicist, and chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies. Former Director of Communications for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

Yosef Abramowitz

The first private-sector candidate for Israel's Presidency, Yosef I. Abramowitz is Israel's leading solar pioneer, an educator, activist and impact investor.

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Abba Engelberg

YU – Semicha, MHL. NYU - Ph.D.. Founded women’s division, Jerusalem College of Technology (as Prof.). Reserve Chaplain (Colonel) in USAF.

Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen's interactive program "Jews in American Sports" is a thoroughly entertaining presentation from his years in MLB, NBA, ESPN and college football. Learn and laugh.

David Frankel

Rabbi Dr. David Frankel teaches Hebrew Bible and Jewish studies to Israeli M.A. and Rabbinical students at the Schechter Institute of Jerusalem.

David Starr

David Starr directs Tzion, and is a Research Associate at Brandeis. He served as Scholar in Residence at Gann Academy. David is writing a biography of Solomon Schechter.

Elhanan Miller

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab Affairs Reporter for The Times of Israel. He analyzes Palestinian politics and Muslim-Jewish relations in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

Jeanine Hoff

Jeanine Hoff is the incredibly outgoing and respected leader of Where is the Sunshine?, a mental health non-profit and online social media resource.

Jeff Klepper

Cantor/composer Jeff Klepper is a key figure in American Jewish music. One-half of the duo Kol B'Seder, his songs, such as "Shalom Rav," are known throughout the Jewish world.

Jeffrey Shoulson

Jeffrey Shoulson is Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies, Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and Professor of English at the University of Connecticut

Jessica Steinberg

Jessica Steinberg is the culture and lifestyles editor at the Times of Israel, covering the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center, and writes children's books.

Jonathan Porath

Rabbi Porath specializes in teaching Jewish values and Jewish passion through texts, stories and Jewish History. His dynamic style and energy captivate and energize the audience.

Josh Shron

For 20+ years, Josh has hosted "Israel Hour Radio". He's obsessed with Israeli music, and wants to share his passion with Jewish communities worldwide.

Laura Ben-David

Laura Ben-David is a marketing consultant, writer and photographer. Her subjects of choice include Israel, Aliyah & social media - and sometimes all three at once.

Laura Wharton

Dr. Laura Wharton immigrated to Israel from the US. She served in the IDF, was a kibbutz member and now teaches at Hebrew University while serving on Jerusalem's City Council.

Lionel Friedfeld

Lionel Friedfeld, Co-Author of Israel & China From Silk Road to Innovation Highway, CEO Israel Asian Fund and i24 News Financial Analyst.

Michael Feuer

Mike has a passion for Torah learning and a commitment to critical perspective. This combination allows him to present history, prayer and prophecy in an ever relevant fashion.

Mike Wagenheim

People talk about changing their life. Mike did it. This single American (very) secular Jew became an Israeli, husband, father, Torah student and TV reporter - all in 15 months.

Miri Shalem

Miri Shalem is an Orthodox Sephardic activist. The CEO of the Institute for Zionist Strategies & writer for Makor Rishon. She has a BA in Economics and an MA in Gender Studies.

Penina Taylor

Penina Taylor is a dynamic speaker, author and mentor who has inspired tens of thousands of Jewish people toward a more meaningful and relevant relationship with God and Judaism.

Philippe Metoudi

Philippe Metoudi, an international banker with China expertise, is Partner at AlfaSec Advisors, Founder of Duotem Capital Hong Kong and lecturer at People's University of Beijing

Rachel Braun Scherl

Rachel Braun Scherl has a record of success as a growth strategist, entrepreneur and public speaker. She has grown some of the world's leading brands and innovative start-ups.

Reuben Ebrahimoff

Reuben Ebrahimoff, author of "From Your Lips To God's Ears," has spoken about the Haftorahs in over 100 different congregations worldwide. He also teaches weekly Tehillim classes.

Rhonda Rosenheck

Yiddische Yoga author and recovering Jewish educator writes, edits & speaks. She was over-educated/alphabetized at SUNY-B, HC, HU, MTEI, SHI, JTS, & DSLTI.

Sonia Levitin

Sonia Levitin is the author of dozens of famous Jewish children's books, many of which have won prizes including the Sydney Taylor Award.

Tzemah Yoreh

As a Bible scholar and poet, Dr. Rabbi Tzemah most enjoys surprising people as they discover sides of the Bible they never knew and inspiring audiences with new prayers.