Who's Who: A Look at the General Assembly's Speakers

The General Assembly will be packed with VIP speakers, including world leaders and top people from the worlds of philanthropy, business, religion, culture and more.

• Phyllis Adler
Executive Director, Stepping Stones

• Ambassador Ido Aharoni
Consul General to NY, State of Israel

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• Rabbi Rachel Ain
Senior Director for Leadership Development , The Jewish Federations of North America

• Yonatan Ariel
Executive Director, Makom

• Sharon Ashley
Director, Center for Israel Engagement, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

• Joshua Avedon
Co-Founder/COO, Jumpstart

• Hon. Nir Barkat
Mayor, City of Jerusalem

• Joey Baron
Co-Founder/Executive Director, Boston Jewish Music Festival

• Howard Behar
President, Starbucks International (Retired), Starbucks Coffee

• Peter Beinart
Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science, The City University of New York

• Mitchell Bellman
President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Ottawa

• Aluf Benn
Editor-in-chief, Haaretz

• Jodie Berkman
Chair, Community Outreach Committee, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

• Julie Bernstein
Associate Managing Director, JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network

• Maya Bernstein
Director of Education, Upstart Bay Area

• Joseph Roger Bismuth
President, Tunisian Jewish Community

• Laura Black
Immediate Past President, Associated Women, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

• Marc N. Blattner
President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

• Heather Blonsky
Jewish Service Corps Fellow, JDC

• David Brief
Chief Investment Officer, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

• Florence Broder
COO, IsraelGives

• David T. Brown
Incoming Chair, Domestic Affairs Cabinet, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Nina Bruder
Executive Director, Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas

• Jeremy Burton
Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council

• Jeanine Buzali
Jewish Service Corps Fellow, JDC

• Danyael Cantor
Executive Director, Bronfman Jewish Education Centre of Montreal

• Sanford R. Cardin
President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

• Ambassador Daniel Carmon
Head of Mashav, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation

• James Carroll
Columnist, Boston Globe

• Rebecca Caspi
Senior Vice President, Israel and Overseas and Director General of JFNA Israel., The Jewish Federations of North America

• Yigal Caspi
Deputy Director General for Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Israel, Washington DC

• Cindy Chazan
Vice President, The Wexner Foundation

• Shelly Christensen , MA
Program Manager and Consultant, Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities, JFCS Minneapolis

• Seth Cohen
Director of Network Initiatives, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

• Lisa Colton
President, Darim Online

• Deborah Schnitzer Cooper
Program Director, Early Childhood Initiatives, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

• Hon Irwin Cotler MP
Canadian Parliament, MP and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

• Tracy Daniels
Coordinator, The PJ Library and Young Families Division, UJA Federation of Greenwich

• Galeet Dardashti
Artist and Anthropologist, Foundation for Jewish Culture

• William C. Daroff
Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington Office, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Kathy Davis-Weiner
Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

• Susan Wolf Ditkoff
Partner, The Bridgespan Group

• Alisa Doctoroff
Chair of the Board, UJA-Federation of New York

• Pepi Dunay
Vice President, Community Relations/Israel & Overseas, Jewish Federation of Broward County

• Theresa Dupuis
Campaign Chair, Jewish Federation of San Diego County

• Ami Eden
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, JTA

• Pamela Ehrenkranz
Executive Director, UJA Federation of Greenwich and JCC Greenwich

• Miri Eisin
Col. (Res.), Israel Defense Forces

• Chaviva Eisler
Director of Planning and Overseas Partnerships, JDC Israel

• Joey Eisman
JDC/BBYO Global Service Fellow, JDC

• David M. Elcott
Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership, Wagner School of Public Service at NYU

• Howard English
Senior Vice President, Greater Toronto Region & University Affairs, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

• Dr. Haleh Esfandiari
Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

• Andrew Farkash
Founder, Techanthropy.org

• Mariam Shpeen Feist
Senior Development Manager, World ORT

• Elizabeth Fine
Director of International Relations and Development, Moscow Representative Office, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

• Jeffrey H. Finkelstein
President/CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

• Wayne Firestone
President and CEO, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

• Shimon Fogel
CEO, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

• Rabbi Steven Foster
Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanuel

• Laura Giannarelli
Actor, MAKOM

• Adi Gigi
Officer, Israel Navy

• No'a Gorlin
Director of Strategy and Professional Development , ROI Community

• Jennifer Gorovitz
CEO, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

• Robbie Gringras
Artist-In-Residence, MAKOM

• Gidi Grinstein
Founder & President, Reut Institute

• John S. Griswold
Executive Director, Commonfund Institute

• Haviv Rettig Gur
Director of Communications, Jewish Agency for Israel

• Rabbi Steve Gutow
President and CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

• Dan Hadad-Aviad
Associate Director, New Media and Campaigns, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

• Abeer Halabi
Senior Educator, Merchavim

• Hanan Harchol
Creator/Artist, Jewish Food for Thought: The Animated Series

• Rabbi Shai Held
Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar

• Sally Helgesen
Author, The Female Vision: Women's Real Power at Work

• Cynthia benEzra Heller
Director of Educational Programming, Stepping Stones

• Saundra Heller
Co-Founder and Director Emeritus, Stepping Stones

• Bobbie Higer
Chair, Miami/Yerucham Partnership, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

• Yechiel Hoffman
Executive Director, LimmudLA

• Israel Hofrichter
Director, Shahar Chadash, JDC Israel - Tevet

• Linda Hurwitz
Immediate Past Chair, National Women's Philanthropy, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Sarah Indyk
Jewish Life Iniatives Manager, Rose Community Foundation

• Avraham Infeld
President Emeritus, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

• Rabbi Doug Kahn
Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council, San Francisco

• Anna Kaller
Missions and Community Development Program Coordinator, Moscow Representative Office, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

• Ron Kampeas
Washington Bureau Chief, JTA

• Rabbi Dr. Joe Kanofsky
Rabbi, Kehillat Shaarei Torah, Toronto

• Joyce Karam
Washington Correspondent, Al-Hayat Newspaper

• Andrea Rose Cheatham Kasper
Winner, Jewish Futures Competition

• Noam Katz
Minister for Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Israel, Washington DC

• Scott Kaufman
Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

• Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
Executive Director, Mechon Hadar

• Evelyn B. Kenvin
Chair, JAFI Loan Fund Advisory Group

• Bryan Keshen
Vice President, Community Capacity Building for Emerging Communities and Jewish Camping, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

• Wayne D. Kimmel
Founder, Artists & Instigators

• Idit Klein
Executive Director, Keshet

• Max L. Kleinman
Executive Vice President, United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, NJ

• Abby Knopp
Vice President, Program and Strategy, Foundation for Jewish Camp

• Michael Kogon
CEO, Definition 6

• Justin Korda
Executive Director, ROI Community

• Udi Krauss
Musician and Educator, The iCenter

• Mirm Kriegel
Senior Vice President, Group Director, BBMG, Brand Consultancy

• Debbie Krivoy
Director, Avoda Arts

• Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer
President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

• Esther D. Kustanowitz
Consultant, ROI Community

• Shawn Landres
Co-Founder and CEO, Jumpstart

• Anne Lanski
Executive Director, The iCenter

• Alison Goldstein Lebovitz
President, One Clip at a Time

• Sarah Lefton
Executive Director/Producer, G-dcast

• Chris Lehmann
Founding Principal, Science Leadership Academy

• Alan Leifer
President, Leifer Capital Advisers, LLC

• Naomi Less
Founder, Jewish Chicks Rock

• Jerry W. Levin
President, UJA Federation of New York

• Morlie Levin
CEO, Birthright Israel NEXT

• Miriam (Mimi) Levine
Rosh Hodesh Leader, Moving Traditions

• Leslie K. Lichter
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications, UJA-Federation of New York

• Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane MP
Chair, British Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, House of Commons

• David Makovsky
Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute on Near East Policy

• Shelly Malis
Chair of the Board, Jewish Volunteer Connection

• David Mallach
Managing Director, Commission on the Jewish People, UJA-Federation of New York

• Jakir Manela
Founding Director, Kayam Farm at Pearlstone

• Rabbi Juan Mejia
Southwestern Coordinator, Bechon Lashon

• David Merage
Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Investment Group

• Deborah S. Meyer
Founder and Executive Director, Moving Traditions

• Denise Miller
Chair, Board of Directors, Stepping Stones

• Gregg Miller
ERP Architect, Colorado Department of Transportation

• Lisa Farber Miller
Senior Program Officer, Rose Community Foundation

• Rabbi Jay Henry Moses
Director, Wexner Heritage Program, The Wexner Foundation

• Ari Ne'eman
President, Autistic Self Advocacy Network

• Mark Neumann
Chair, Community Planning & Allocations, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

• Stephanie A. K. Norton
Co-Vice President, JCC Greenwich

• Dr. Michael B. Oren
State of Israel, Ambassador to the United States

• Jessica Ost
Israel Education Center Intern, Jewish United Fund of Chicago

• Hon Geri D. Palast
Managing Director, Israel Action Network

• Lieutenant Pascal
Lieutenant, Israel Defense Forces

• Jenni Person
Director, Next@19th

• Melissa Plaskoff
Founder & CEO, Lemons to Aid

• Leslie Pomerantz
Senior Vice President of Development, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

• Ashley Pressman
Executive Director, Jewish Volunteer Connection

• Gil Preuss
Executive Vice President, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

• Martin J. Raffel
Senior Vice President, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

• Amy Randel
JDC Jewish Service Corps Volunteer, JDC

• Barbara Raynor
Managing Director, Boomers Leading Change in Health

• Rae Ringel
President, The Ringel Group

• Governor Bill Ritter Jr.
Director, Center for the New Energy, Colorado State University

• Joe Rosenbaum
Founder & Chairman, Madison Commercial Real Estate Services

• Jason Rosenberg
Director, Revolution Messaging

• Jon Rosenberg
CEO, Repair the World

• Avi Rubel
North American Director, Masa Israel Journey

• Toby Rubin
CEO, UpStart Bay Area

• Chagit Rubinstein
Microenterprise Programs Director, Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF)

• Dr. John Ruskay
Executive Vice President & CEO , UJA-Federation of New York

• Galit Sagie
Director of Planning and Development, JDC Israel

• Jay Sanderson
President & CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

• Leonard Saxe
Professor, Brandeis University

• DJ Schneeweiss
Director, Civil Society Affairs and Coordinator, Counter-BDS Campaigns, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

• Steven Schoenfeld
Founder, BlueStar Global Investors LLC

• Steve Schwager
Executive Vice President & CEO, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

• Cathrine Fischer Schwartz
President and CEO, Jewish Federation of GreaterHartford

• Lacey Schwartz
National Director of Outreach, Be' chol Lashon

• Amir Shacham
Director, MetroWest-Israel, United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, NJ

• Isaac Shalev
Executive Director, Storahtelling

• Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro
U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel, U.S. Department of State

• Amir Shaviv
Assistant Executive Vice President, Special Operations, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

• Dr. Carl A. Sheingold
Principal, CAS Consulting

• Lisa Shimel
Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors, Stepping Stones

• Tiffany Shlain
Director, Connected: The Film

• Sam Silverlieb
Israel Government Fellow for the Ministry of Justice, Department of Speical International Affairs, Israel Government Fellows

• Shana Sisk
Online Marketing Specialist, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Adam J. Smolyar
Chief Marketing Officer, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Becky Sobelman-Stern
Vice President, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Ted Sokolsky
President & CEO, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

• Andres Spokoiny
Executive Director, Federation CJA

• Naomi Stern
E-Initiatives Manager, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

• Noah Stern
Student Body President, 2010-2011, UC Berkeley

• Susan Stern
National Campaign Chair, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Alexander Strain
Actor, MAKOM

• Bruce K. Taragin
Managing Director, Blumberg Capital

• Bill Taylor
Author, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself

• Jonathan Tobin
Senior Online Editor and Chief Political Blogger, Commentary Magazine

• Joshua Troderman
President & CEO, JChoice.org

• Dr. Alice Viroslav
Member, Board of Trustees, The Jewish Federations of North America

• Michael Wagschal
Senior Vice President, Institutional Philanthropic Specialist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

• Jackie Waldman
Author, The Courage To Give Series

• Aaron Weil
Executive Director and CEO, The Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

• Dave Weinberg

• Aaron Weininger
Rabbinical Student, The Jewish Theological Seminary

• Jennifer Weinstock
Strategy Manager, Growing Annual Campaign Revenue, PEJE

• Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Encounter

• Rabbi Ari Weiss
Director, Uri L'Tzedek

• Captain Rom Weissman
Alumnus, Taglit-Birthright Israel

• Rami Wernik
North American Director, Makom

• Ben Wiener
Founder, tenpartners

• Dr. Einat Wilf
Member, Knesset

• Steven F. Windmueller
Professor, Hebrew Union College

• Michelle K. Wolf
Parent Disability Advocate, Jews and Special Needs Blog at JewishJournal.com

• Elizabeth Wolfe
Chair, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

• Rabbi Reuben Zellman
Assistant Rabbi and Music Director, Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, California

• Shelby Zitelman
North American Program Director, PresenTense