2024 Speakers

Thousands came together at Never Is Now 2024 to hear from over 100 global experts, advocates and leaders in the fight against antisemitism and hate. Check out the speakers below and see their powerful remarks at Never Is Now Next.

Juju Chang

Co-anchor, ABC News’ “Nightline"

Juju Chang is an Emmy® Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.”

Chang has been recognized for her in-depth personal narratives set against the backdrop of pressing national and international news. From mass shootings to the Opioid Epidemic, Chang is a veteran journalist with a wide-ranging body of work. Chang reported on the recent rise of hate crimes toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as anchor of the ABC News Live special “Stop The Hate: The Rise In Violence Against Asian Americans” and the “20/20” special “Murder In Atlanta” following the Atlanta mass shooting.

Chang’s decades-long career has been recognized with numerous awards, including multiple Emmy’s, Gracie’s, a DuPont, a Murrow and Peabody awards. In 2017, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Front Page Awards.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Northern California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University. A former news anchor for “Good Morning America,” Chang joined ABC News just after college. Chang is a co-founder of the Korean American Community Foundation and a recipient of the Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is a pandemic gardener, devoted wife and mother to 3 sons who identify as “50% Korean and 100% Jewish.”


Abigail Pogrebin

Journalist and Author

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew – a finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Awards and still included in synagogue community reads 7 years after publication. Her first book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, for which she interviewed 60 major public figures — from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Steven Spielberg – went into eight hardcover printings and was later adapted for the Off-Broadway stage. Pogrebin’s book, One and the Same, delved into every aspect of growing up as a twin, (her identical twin, Robin Pogrebin, covers culture for the New York Times). Abby was an Emmy-nominated broadcast producer for CBS News’ 60 Minutes — for Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace — and before that at PBS for Fred W. Friendly, Charlie Rose and Bill Moyers. She has written for the Atlantic Magazine, Newsweek, Tablet, the Forward, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. She has moderated public conversations with Hillary Clinton, Lynne Cheney, Madeleine Albright, Bret Stephens, Tom Friedman, Julianna Margulies, Dan Senor, Mayim Bialik, Yossi Klein Halevi, and scores of others at The Streicker Center, the JCC in Manhattan and for JBS Television. Her next book coming out from Fig Tree Books in September and co-authored with Rabbi Dov Linzer — President of YCT — is It Takes Two to Torah: An Orthodox Rabbi and Reform Journalist Discuss and Debate Their Way Through the Five Books of Moses. Abby is a past president of Central Synagogue, a board member of The Shalom Hartman Institute and Yale’s Hillel, The Slifka Center. She is a member of AJC’s Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council and sits on the advisory councils for Atra: The Center for Rabbinic Innovation and for IJS: Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Abby received The Impact Award from The Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan in June 2019, was honored by The Jewish Week in 2017 for contributions to Jewish communal life, and was asked to deliver the plenary address at Hillel International Conference in 2014.

Imam Abdullah Antepli

Associate Vice President & Provost, Duke University

Professor Antepli is a globally acknowledged scholar and leader of cross-religious and cross-cultural dialogue in American higher education and in non-profit world. He has built multiple organizations and initiatives to facilitate religious and spiritual life across America’s college campuses, sowing seeds of understanding between religions while upholding their cultural integrity and dignity. In July 2019, Antepli joined the Sanford School of Public Policy as associate professor of the practice, with a secondary appointment at the Divinity School as associate professor of the practice of interfaith relations.

From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member.

He previously served as Duke  University’s first Muslim chaplain and director of Center for Muslim Life from July 2008 to 2014, and then as Duke’s chief representative for Muslim affairs from July 2014 to 2019. He was also the associate director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center from 2014 to 2015. Professor Antepli is also a senior fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he founded and co-directs the widely recognized Muslim Leadership Initiative. The NonProfit Times recognized Imam Antepli as one of their Power & Influence Top 50 leaders of 2019, calling him one of the most prominent Muslim leaders in higher education today. As a Muslim-American imam and one of the very few scholars bridging faith, ethics, and public policy, and as someone who was  born in Turkey and lived in three different countries, Antepli offers the academy an important element of intellectual, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.

Eitan Bernath

Award-Winning Chef, Author, TV Personality

Eitan Bernath is an award-winning chef, author, TV personality, entertainer, and social justice activist. The multihyphenate began his gilded entertainment career early, appearing as one of the youngest ever contestants on the Food Network’s Chopped at just 11 years old. Since then, Bernath’s social media presence has amassed over 8 million followers and 3 billion annual video views that reach more than 350 million consumers in 150 countries every year. He is the chief executive officer of Eitan Productions, the Principal Culinary Contributor for the Daytime Emmy® award-winning Drew Barrymore Show on CBS, and is a contributor to The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Delish. Bernath’s debut cookbook Eitan Eats the World, a national bestseller, hit bookstands in May 2022 from Penguin Random House with critical acclaim from outlets including USA Today, Good Morning America, and the Associated Press. Heralded as a leader in social media for mastering the art of quick-cut content, Bernath’s story and success has graced the pages of publications including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, and People. In September 2021, Bernath became the youngest ever recipient of Forbes coveted 30 Under 30 award in Food & Drink. Building on his passion to contribute to the global effort to solve hunger, Bernath was appointed by the United Nations World Food Programme as a High Level Supporter in February 2023, becoming the youngest individual ever elevated to such a position. He also serves on City Harvest’s Food Council, World Central Kitchen’s Chef Corps, the Anti-Defamation League’s Entertainment Leadership Council, the White House Historical Association’s Next-Gen Leaders Cohort, and as an ambassador for Animal Haven, an animal shelter in downtown Manhattan.

Dr. Albert Bourla

Chairman & CEO, Pfizer

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Albert Bourla leads Pfizer in its purpose, Breakthroughs that change patients’ lives, with a focus on driving the scientific and commercial innovation needed to have a transformational impact on human health.

During his more than 25 years at Pfizer, Albert has built a diverse and successful career, holding several senior positions across a range of markets and disciplines. The global nature of his work – having lived and worked in eight different cities and led teams across five continents – has informed his understanding of the needs of patients and healthcare systems around the world and deepened his commitment to helping ensure equitable access to medicines and vaccines.

When he took the reins as CEO in January 2019, Albert accelerated Pfizer’s transformation to become a more science-driven, innovative company – divesting its consumer and off-patent products businesses and dramatically increasing its R&D and digital innovation budgets. To create a culture in which the company’s people and science could thrive, Albert and his leadership team established Pfizer’s Purpose Blueprint, which included four core values: courage, excellence, equity and joy.

A powerful example of Pfizer’s capabilities and culture was seen in the company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Refusing to accept public funding and instead investing more than $2 billion dollars at-risk, Albert inspired colleagues to deliver a safe and effective vaccine in just eight months – a process that typically take 8-10 years – without compromising quality or integrity. A year later, continuing to move at the speed of science, Pfizer delivered the first FDA-authorized oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19 by implementing the same sense of urgency and new ways of working that had made the vaccine program so successful. The company is now applying many of these “lightspeed” principles to projects across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory conditions and more.

Under Albert’s leadership, Pfizer also has further strengthened its commitment to Environmental,
Social and Governance (ESG) principles. This includes issuing the biopharmaceutical industry’s first Sustainability Bond addressing capital investments in both environmental and social initiatives; launching the company’s first ESG report; and completing an extensive priority issue assessment to confirm where and how Pfizer can have the greatest long-term impact.

Albert is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in the Biotechnology of Reproduction from the Veterinary School of Aristotle University. In January 2022, he was named the 2022 Genesis Prize Laureate in recognition of his leadership during the pandemic. In 2021, he was named CEO of the Year by CNN Business, included in Insider Magazine’s Most Transformative CEOs list, and inducted into the Crain’s New York Business 2021 Hall of Fame. That same year, he received the Appeal of Conscience Award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership in service of the global community and The Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award for his and Pfizer’s work on the COVID-19 vaccine. He is on the executive committee of The Partnership for New York City, a vice president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, a director on multiple boards – Pfizer Inc., The Pfizer Foundation, PhRMA and Catalyst – and a Trustee of the United States Council for International Business. In addition, Albert is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business Roundtable, the Business Council and the New York City Mayor’s Corporate Council.

Video Address

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent over five decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate. As 67th U.S. Secretary of State, her “smart power” approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening, and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as First Lady and Senator for New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. She also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic 2016 campaign for President of the United States, Clinton won 66 million votes. She is the author of ten best-selling books; host of the podcast You and Me Both; founder of the global production studio HiddenLight Productions; Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast; and a Professor of Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs and Presidential Fellow at Columbia World Projects at Columbia University. She is married to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, has one daughter Chelsea, and three grandchildren: Charlotte, Aidan, and Jasper.

Alex Edelman

Comedian, Actor & Writer

Alex Edelman is a comedian, actor, and writer. He is known for his TV writing, his love of black-and-white cookies, and his solo shows – all created in collaboration with director Adam Brace and all award-winning, sell-out hits in London’s West End and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Alex made his Broadway debut with Just For Us in 2023, after sold-out runs Off-Broadway (Obie Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), in Washington DC, Boston (his hometown), Melbourne, Edinburgh (Herald Angel Award), London and more. His first solo show, Millennial, won the 2014 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, the first American show to do so since 1997. He has appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Conan.” He is also the creator of Peer Group – a show about young people – on BBC Radio 4. At the start of the pandemic, he served as the head writer and executive producer of Saturday Night Seder, a star-studded 70-minute special posted on YouTube that has so far raised $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund.




Zarna Garg


Zarna Garg is “One in a Billion”, and that’s not the just name of her first comedy special. She’s also the only Indian mom comedian taking on her mother-in-law. She was recently profiled as one of the gutsiest women in comedy on Apple TV’s new “Gutsy Women” series, and featured on “This American Life” with Ira Glass. When she’s not doing 15 shows a week at Comedy Cellar in New York City, she is touring the world with her show. She is the winner of Kevin Hart’s Lyft Comics, the winner of the 2021 Ladies of Laughter Award, and has over a million followers across social media platforms. Her debut feature screenplay, ‘Rearranged’ won Top Comedy Feature award at Austin Film Festival in 2019 and was a 2019 Nicholl Fellowships Semi-Finalist.

Merrick B. Garland

Attorney General of the United States Merrick B. Garland

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland was sworn in as the 86th Attorney General of the United States on March 11, 2021. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Garland leads the Justice Department’s 115,000 employees, who work across the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Under his leadership, the Department of Justice is dedicated to upholding the rule of law, keeping our country safe, and protecting the civil rights of all Americans.

Immediately preceding his confirmation as Attorney General, Attorney General Garland was a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was appointed to that position in 1997, served as Chief Judge of the Circuit from 2013-20, and served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2017-20. In 2016, President Obama nominated him for the position of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Before becoming a federal judge, Attorney General Garland spent a substantial part of his professional life at the Department of Justice. He served in both career and non-career positions under five Attorneys General, including as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division, and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. In those roles, his responsibilities spanned the work of the Department, including criminal, civil, and national security matters. They also included direct supervision of investigations and prosecutions of national importance, including the Oklahoma City bombing, Unabomber, and Montana Freemen cases.

Earlier in his career, Attorney General Garland was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where his practice involved civil and criminal litigation, antitrust, and administrative law. He also taught antitrust at Harvard Law School and published law review articles on both antitrust and administrative law.

Attorney General Garland graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court.

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President Isaac Herzog

Isaac Herzog is the 11th President of the State of Israel. The son of Israel’s sixth President, Chaim Herzog and grandson of Israel’s first Chief Rabbi, Yizhak Isaac Halevi Herzog, President Isaac Herzog was born in Tel Aviv in 1960, trained as a lawyer and became senior partner in one of Israel’s leading Law firms.

In 2003, Herzog was elected member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, after serving as Government Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001). Throughout his 15 years in the Knesset, Herzog held several parliamentary and ministerial posts, among them Minister of Housing and Construction; Minister of Tourism; Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Society and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism. Herzog’s revolutionary term as Minister of Welfare & Social Services is considered his crowning achievement in the Government of Israel. Herzog was a Member of Israel’s Security Cabinet, in addition to serving as Government Coordinator for the Provision of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza.

In 2013, Herzog was elected Chairman of the Israeli Labor Party, the founding party of the State of Israel, becoming Leader of the Opposition. Two years later he led the alliance between the Labor Party and the Hatnua Party to form Israel’s largest center-left political party of that time – the Zionist Union, which made him a leading candidate for Prime Minister during the 2015 national elections.

In June of 2018, Herzog was appointed Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the historic organization which laid the foundations of the State of Israel and the largest Jewish NGO in the world. As JAFI Chairman he led the process of restructuring the organization, which reinvigorated it, reaffirmed its prominence within world Jewry, and solidified JAFI’s status as a bridge to Jewish communities worldwide and the State of Israel.

On July 7, 2021 Isaac Herzog was sworn in as the 11th President of the State of Israel, following an overwhelming majority vote at the Knesset which constituted a historic landslide victory. President Herzog published numerous books and articles in Israel and worldwide, and is a sought after speaker in different fields all over the world. He is married to Michal, also a lawyer by profession and an expert in philanthropy, and they have three sons.

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Dara Horn

Award-winning author of People Love Dead Jews

Dara Horn is the award-winning author of six books, including the novels In the Image (Norton 2002), The World to Come (Norton 2006), All Other Nights (Norton 2009), A Guide for the Perplexed (Norton 2013), and Eternal Life (Norton 2018), and the essay collection People Love Dead Jews (Norton 2021). One of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists, she is the recipient of two National Jewish Book Awards, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, the Harold U. Ribalow Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and she was a finalist for the JW Wingate Prize, the Simpson Family Literary Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, Booklist’s Best 25 Books of the Decade, and San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year, and have been translated into eleven languages. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The Jewish Review of Books, among many other publications, and she is a regular columnist for Tablet. Horn received her doctorate in Yiddish and Hebrew literature from Harvard University. She has taught courses in these subjects at Sarah Lawrence College and Yeshiva University, and has held the Gerald Weinstock Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at Harvard. She has lectured for audiences in hundreds of venues throughout North America, Israel and Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

Inor Kagno

Photographer, Trance Music Festivals, Survivor of the Nova Music Festival

Inor Kagno is the Nova Festival’s main photographer, who survived the massacre. Since then he’s volunteered and founded a war-room aimed at supplying IDF soldiers with food & equipment, did international media interviews, helped brand & market nova help-centres, raised money for retreat for nova survivors, organized trance parties at IDF bases to raise soldiers’ morale and created reels that got millions of views about 10/7 nova massacre.

Jared Kushner

Architect of the Abraham Accords and CEO of Affinity Partners

Jared is the CEO of Affinity Partners, a global investment firm. From 2017-2021, Jared served as Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump. In this role, Jared managed the US-Mexico relationship; led Middle East peace efforts, resulting in the historic signings of several peace agreements known as The Abraham Accords; and negotiated the administration’s historic overhaul of America’s federal prison and criminal justice systems. Before joining the Trump administration, Jared oversaw many aspects of the Trump presidential campaign while simultaneously leading real estate, media, and technology businesses based in New York.

Jared graduated Harvard in 2003, with honors, and received his J.D and MBA from NYU in 2007. Jared is the author of the New York Times No. 1 Best Seller, Breaking History: A White House Memoir.

Daniel Lifshitz

Grandson of Yocheved and Oded Lifshitz

Daniel Lifshitz, a 35-year-old wine importer and former soccer player, a man of strong convictions and unwavering determination. As the grandson of Oded and Yocheved Lifshitz, he carries with him a legacy marked by tragedy and resilience.

Growing up in the shadow of the harrowing events that unfolded in Kibbutz Nir Oz, where 117 out of 400 inhabitants were either brutally murdered or violently kidnapped, Daniel’s life has been shaped by the profound impact of loss and captivity. The abduction of his grandparents, Oded and Yocheved, by Hamas on October 7th left an indelible mark on his family and community.

While Yocheved was eventually returned after 16 days, Oded remains in captivity, a painful reminder of the ongoing struggle for freedom and justice. Fueled by a relentless drive to seek justice and secure the release of all hostages, Daniel dedicates his days to working at the Civil HQ and spearheading the “Bring them home now” campaign.

In addition to his advocacy work, Daniel travels extensively, rallying support and raising awareness for the plight of hostages worldwide. His commitment to picking up every stone in the pursuit of freedom echoes his unwavering dedication to the cause.

Daniel Lifshitz’s story is one of courage, perseverance, and a steadfast belief in the power of hope and action. Through his tireless efforts, he embodies the spirit of resilience and solidarity, standing as a beacon of strength for those still held captive and a voice for those who have been silenced by injustice.


Deborah Lipstadt

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism

Deborah E. Lipstadt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 30, 2022, as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, with the rank of Ambassador. As Special Envoy, she leads efforts to advance U.S. foreign policy to counter antisemitism throughout the world.

Special Envoy Lipstadt has a storied career as a historian, academic, and author. At Emory University’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, which she helped to found, she served as the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies. She has also taught at the University of Washington, UCLA, and Occidental College. Special Envoy Lipstadt also served as the director of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute and was a research fellow at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Her numerous, award-winning books include: The Eichmann TrialDenial: Holocaust History on TrialDenying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory; and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945. She received the National Jewish Book Award three times, most recently in 2019 for Antisemitism: Here and Now. Her biographical study of Golda Meir will be published by Yale University Press in 2023.

Special Envoy Lipstadt is probably best known for having been sued for libel by David Irving, one of the world’s leading Holocaust deniers. The case, which lasted for six years and was heard in court in a twelve-week trial, resulted in Irving being declared by the court to be “a right-wing polemicist,” who engages in antisemitism, racism, and misogyny. That trial was depicted in the 2016 film Denial, which was based on her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

Special Envoy Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, helping design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. She has held a Presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Special Envoy Lipstadt holds a BA from the City College of New York and an MA and PhD from Brandeis University.

Hen Mazzig

Author and founder of The Tel Aviv Institute

Hen Mazzig is a globally recognized speaker, educator, author, and digital influencer. Mazzig has gained 500k across his social media platforms, and over 100 million users have interacted with his content. He has appeared as an expert on Jewish issues in media on four continents, including BBC, CNN, The Washington Post, SkyNews, LA Times, Haaretz, and more.

Hen was named in Algemeiner’s Top 100 People positively influencing Jewish Life in 2018 and 2021, the Top 50 online pro-Israel Influencers, and the Top 50 LGBTQ+ Influencers. For his advocacy, he was recently awarded CAMERA’s Portrait in Courage Award. Mazzig’s first book, “The Wrong Kind of Jew” was released in 2022.

In 2019 he co-founded the Tel Aviv Institute which researches and combats online antisemitism.





Richard F. Moss

President, Moss Group

Richard F. Moss, President of Moss Group, was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1990. Prior to practicing law, Richard attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received a Master’s degree in 1986. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Richard received a B.A., college honors and honors in his major.

In January, 1999, Richard left Rubin & Moss, LLP and joined Moss Group as a principal and Executive Vice-President. In 2001, Richard was promoted to President. As President of Moss Group, Richard oversees the firm’s day-to-day property management and leasing activities, sets its investment and financial strategies and acts as its general counsel.

Richard is involved in numerous community and charitable activities. He is Chairman of Val*Pac, the pre-eminent political action committee focused on business issues affecting the San Fernando Valley, and is an officer and board member of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Foundation. Richard is also a member of the National Executive Commission of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Formerly, Richard served as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. As one of five Commissioners acting as the Board of Directors of the LADWP, Richard was responsible for setting policies and utility rates of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility with annual revenues of approximately $5 Billion.

Marc Rowan

CEO, Apollo Global Management

Mr. Rowan is a Co-Founder and CEO of Apollo Global Management, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, Inc., Athene Holding Ltd. and Athora Holding Ltd. Currently, Mr. Rowan is Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he is involved in public policy and is an initial funder and contributor to the development of the Penn Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan research initiative which provides analysis of public policy’s fiscal impact. An active philanthropist and civically engaged, Mr. Rowan is Chair of the Board of UJA- Federation of New York, the world’s largest local philanthropy helping 4.5 million people annually while funding a network of nonprofits in New York, Israel, and 70 countries. He is also a founding member and Chair of Youth Renewal Fund and Vice Chair of Darca, Israel’s top educational network operating 47 schools with over 27,000 students throughout its most diverse and under-served communities. He is an Executive Committee member of the Civil Society Fellowship, a partnership of ADL and the Aspen Institute, designed to empower the next generation of community leaders and problem solvers. Mr. Rowan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS and an MBA in Finance.

Dan Senor

New York Times bestselling Author & Podcast Host

Dan Senor is the host of the popular podcast CALL ME BACK. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling books THE GENIUS OF ISRAEL: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World (2023) and START-UP NATION: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (2009), which has been translated into more than 30 languages.

He was a senior advisor to former Speaker Paul Ryan’s campaign for vice president and foreign policy advisor to Senator Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns. A former Defense Department official, Dan was based in Iraq and at U.S. Central Command in Qatar in 2003 and 2004 as chief spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition. Mr. Senor has served as a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Mitt Romney and former U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in their campaigns for national office. During the presidential administration of George W. Bush, Mr. Senor was based in Baghdad for one year, where he served as chief spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. Before that, he was a senior Defense Department official based at U.S. Central Command in Qatar. For his service in these roles, he was awarded the Pentagon’s highest civilian honor – the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service – by the Secretary of Defense. In the 1990s, Mr. Senor served in a number of staff positions in the U.S. Senate.

Dan Senor is the Chief Public Affairs Officer and a member of the Management Committee at Elliott Investment Management L.P. He joined Elliott in 2010, and has since developed and supervises the firm’s global communications team, global public policy team, and geopolitical risk functions.

He currently serves as a trustee of The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Start-Up Nation Central, and the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. Dan was educated at the University of Western Ontario, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Harvard Business School. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

Julie Sweet

Chair & CEO, Accenture

Julie Sweet is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Accenture. She became CEO in September 2019 and assumed the additional position of Chair in September 2021. Previously, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Accenture’s business in North America, the company’s largest geographic market. Prior to that, she was Accenture’s general counsel, secretary, and chief compliance officer for five years. Before joining Accenture in 2010, Julie was a partner for 10 years in the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Julie serves on the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees. Additionally, Julie is board chair of Catalyst and serves on the board of trustees for the Center for Strategic & International Studies and for the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities – Bridges from School to Work.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.

Julie has been recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business and by Forbes as one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Montana Tucker

Social Media Activist

With almost 14 million combined followers across her social media platforms, the majority being GenZ, award winning actress, singer, dancer, philanthropist, and social media activist, Montana Tucker, empowers from every angle. As a singer, she has had her songs featured in blockbuster movies, and as an actress, she has been in award winning TV shows and movies, but Montana’s passion has always been to combat antisemitism, as well as all forms of hate and to educate people to love others for their kind hearts and souls and not because of their color, race, sexual preference or religion.

Montana garnered acclaim for her educational online docuseries, “How To: Never Forget”, where she traveled to Poland. The emotional journey culminated with a 10-part docuseries that Tucker posted on her social media channels last fall. The series ends with a visit to Auschwitz, where all 4 of Montana’s great grandparents were murdered and her grandmother Lilly survived. The series was nominated for a Webby Award.

She has been honored by numerous organizations including Magen David Adom, Hatzalah, The National Holocaust Museum, Artists 4 Israel, Auschwitz Jewish Foundation and International Influencer Awards. She most recently headlined the March for Israel Rally in Washington, DC and was the guest speaker for the National Menorah Lighting in Washington this past Hanukkah. In December, Montana met with President Herzog in Israel as well as released hostages and survivors of the Nova Music Festival and kibbutzim.

Montana continues to be one of the strongest voices and leaders reaching the Gen Z population to combat antisemitism.


Kaylee Werner

Chair, Antisemitism Prevention Task Force, Indiana University

Kaylee Werner, 20, is a Junior at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with plans to pursue a career that encompasses entrepreneurship and corporate innovation as well as environmental sustainability and political science. On campus, Kaylee is in a business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) and a social sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta). She is involved with Hillel and is using her background in activism to lead a task force to prevent and combat antisemitism on campus. She spent last summer working at a Shibolet law firm in Tel Aviv. Kaylee is also training to ride in the “Little 500” this spring on behalf of her sorority Theta.

Kaylee is from Pittsburgh, PA and came to college with broad experience in leadership, activism, and business. Kaylee was the Regional President of her Jewish youth group (BBYO) and started a non-profit at age 15 to combat gun violence. As a former member of Tree of Life synagogue, gun violence and antisemitism hit Kaylee’s community directly in 2018 with the deadliest attack on Jews in US history. She has led campaigns for TOMS and CeasefirePA, been featured in a UN documentary and has spoken all over the country to audiences as large as 5,000 people about gun violence prevention and antisemitism prevention. Kaylee loves camping, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, biking, rowing, expressive socks, hanging out with friends and family and has an unwavering fascination with parliamentary procedure.


Avi Weinstein

Chief Operating Officer, Chabad on Campus International

Since joining Chabad on Campus International in 2010, Rabbi Avi Weinstein has been instrumental in COCI’s transformation into a world-class organization at the forefront of Jewish life on campus, supporting the sustainability and success of the 364 Chabad Houses serving 892 campuses and counting.

Prior to joining Chabad on Campus International, Avi directed the North American office of Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies and the Taglit-Birthright Israel: Mayanot program for ten years. In that capacity, he transformed Mayanot into one of the largest and most prominent Birthright Israel providers.

Avi resides with his wife Naomi, an Interior Designer, and their children in Rockland County, New York.

Eden Weisberg

Special Educator, Advocate and Founding Member of Mothers Against College Antisemitism (MACA)

E. Rosie Weisberg is a Jewish and Special Educator and Advocate. She is a founding member of Mothers Against College Antisemitism and founder of Our Voices Rise. Her work in violence prevention in education, sexual assault crisis counseling, and foster care, has given her insight into a variety of voiceless populations. In pursuit of her passion to uplift diverse marginalized voices, Rosie has spent time volunteering and learning in Israel, Ukraine, Jamaica, and numerous urban and rural environments in the U.S. As a Jewish mother of three and Principal of a Jewish school, Rosie is immersed in supporting Jewish youth.



Rabbi David Wolpe

Inaugural Rabbinic Fellow, ADL

As ADL’s Inaugural Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi David Wolpe serves as a thought leader within the organization, advising on interfaith and intergroup affairs, and sharing his thoughts and reflections with the community at large.

Rabbi David Wolpe is the Max Webb Emeritus Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Author of eight books, including the national bestseller “Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times,” Wolpe has been named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and twice named among the 50 most influential Angelinos by LA Magazine. He is the Senior Advisor at Maimonides Fund. He has taught at a number of universities, including UCLA, Hunter College, Pepperdine and the Jewish Theological Seminary and written for The NY Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Jerusalem Post among other newspapers and journals. Wolpe has also recently accepted a position as visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School.

Nuseir Yassin

CEO, Nas Company

Nuseir, recipient of the Daniel Pearl Award, rose to fame by doing the crazy task of making 1,000 videos in 1,000 days. Now, he is focused on building Nas Company – the community company. They make video content, craft incredible experiences, and build powerful technology tools for community builders. By reaching over 300 million people every month, he has transformed the way people connect both online and offline.





Jonathan Greenblatt

National Director and CEO, ADL

Jonathan A. Greenblatt is the CEO of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and its sixth National Director. As chief executive of ADL, Jonathan leads all aspects of the world’s leading anti-hate organization. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative leader with deep experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Since becoming CEO in July 2015, Greenblatt has modernized ADL while refocusing it on the mission it has had since its founding in 1913: to fight the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.

Under Greenblatt, ADL has modernized its operations, innovated its approaches to counter antisemitism from all sides and enhanced its efforts to combat extremism in all forms. During his tenure ADL rebooted its Center on Extremism that analyzes and monitors extremists and hate groups; launched “Never Is Now” the largest annual convening in the world focused on antisemitism and hate; created the Center for Technology and Society in Silicon Valley to fight the rising tide of online hate and harassment; partnered with the Aspen Institute to launch the Civil Society Fellowship, an innovative program that builds cohorts of emerging leaders across a continuum of ideology and identity; developed the Sports Leadership Council to engage athletes, teams and leagues to confront bigotry and discrimination more effectively; and executed Stop Hate for Profit, the successful campaign that organized businesses, celebrities, nonprofits and policy makers to fight the rampant racism, antisemitism and extremism on Facebook.

In 2022, Greenblatt released It Could Happen Here, a book that sounds an alarm, warning that hate and systemic violence is gathering momentum in the United States – and that violence on a more catastrophic scale could be just around the corner.

Jonathan serves on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and has been recognized on multiple occasions for his leadership at ADL. He has been named by The NonProfit Times to its list of Top 50 Nonprofit Leaders from 2016-2022. Recode named Jonathan to its inaugural “Recode 100,” a list of the top 100 people in business and technology. He has been named among the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in the global Jewish community by The Jerusalem Post and as one of the Top 50 Jews to follow on Twitter by the JTA.

Before ADL, Greenblatt served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of the Office of Social Innovation. He came to that role after a long career in business. In 2002, he co-founded Ethos Brands, the business that launched Ethos Water, a premium bottled water that helps children around the world access clean water. Ethos was acquired by Starbucks Coffee Company in 2005. Following the acquisition, Jonathan was named VP of Global Consumer Products at Starbucks and joined the board of the Starbucks Foundation.

In 2009, Jonathan founded All for Good (AFG), the largest database of volunteer opportunities on the Internet. Incubated at Google, AFG developed an innovative strategy to organize the world’s volunteer listings. AFG was acquired by Points of Light in 2011. Jonathan also served as CEO of GOOD Worldwide, a diversified media company and as an executive at REALTOR.com, joining the company as a product manager and eventually heading up its consumer products division. REALTOR went public in 1999 (HOMS) and was acquired by News Corp in 2014.

Jonathan has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and as a senior fellow at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jonathan graduated cum laude with a BA from Tufts University and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ben Sax

Chair, Board of Directors, ADL

Ben Sax is the Chair of ADL Board of Directors. In his 25 years of volunteering for ADL, Ben has served in various leadership positions, including Vice-Chair of the Board, National Chair of Development and New York Regional Board Chair. Ben also assisted in a complete revamp of the organization’s governance structure to bolster leadership, accountability and transparency to sustain the organization’s long-term future.

Ben is a partner at KORE Private Wealth, a multibillion-dollar registered investment advisor that works exclusively with wealthy individuals and their families to help navigate the world around them. Focusing on everything from financial, estate and tax planning to asset allocation and investment, Ben and his team work with clients to achieve their goals through objective thinking and innovative wealth solutions with a mission to educate, inform and help them feel secure in the decisions they make about their financial lives.

He has also taught financial literacy to young adults at several non-profit organizations over the years. Ben has a deep appreciation for the arts, is a graduate of Bowdoin college, has two adult children, two grandchildren and is married to Hollis, a professional photographer.

Shira Goodman

Senior Director, Government Relations, Advocacy, and Community Engagement, ADL

Shira Goodman is a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Government Relations, Advocacy and Community Engagement (GRACE) Team. She serves as Senior Director of Advocacy, coordinating state and local advocacy across ADL’s 25 Regional offices, developing engagement opportunities for volunteers, and, since October 7, leading ADL’s work to combat antisemitism on campus. Prior to that, she served as the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Philadelphia Region, which serves Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

For seven years before joining the ADL, Shira served as the Executive Director of CeaseFirePA, a statewide organization working to end the epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania and across the country.  Prior to that, Shira worked as Deputy Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a non-profit working for fair courts and equal access to justice, and as a labor lawyer at Ballard Spahr.

Shira is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.


Carole Nuriel

Senior Regional Director, Israel, the Middle East and North Africa, ADL

Carole Nuriel has been working with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for 22 years. Prior to assuming her current position as Senior Regional Director, Israel and MENA Countries, Carole was ADL’s Senior Middle Eastern Affairs Analyst with 24 years of experience in this field, focusing on manifestations of anti-Semitism in Middle Eastern media outlets. In her current position Carole is focused on promoting ADL’s programming, advocacy and partnerships globally as well as ADL’s work in Israel including advancing social cohesion, raising awareness to anti-Semitism and de-legitimization of Israel and working with ADL’s partners in Israel (government offices, IDF, INP, NGOs and others).

Carole served in the Israel Defense Force’s Intelligence Corps during her compulsory service. Later she worked for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Shalem Center. Carole holds a BA in Arabic language and literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Arabic language and literature (majoring in classic Arabic language). She speaks Hebrew, French, Arabic, English and Spanish. Carole is married with three children.

Ambassador Marina Rosenberg

Senior Vice President, International Affairs, ADL

As Senior Vice President, International Affairs, Marina G. Rosenberg oversees ADL’s work combating antisemitism and hate outside of the United States as well as supporting the Jewish and democratic state of Israel. She leads a team of professionals in the U.S., Europe and Israel pursuing ADL’s mission of fighting antisemitism globally, promoting the security of Jewish communities around the world, and advocating for a safe and democratic State of Israel.

A former ambassador and diplomat, Marina joined ADL in early 2023 after 16 years of service in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs leading diplomatic missions abroad. She was appointed the country’s first female Ambassador to Chile in 2019 and spearheaded the fight against antisemitism, antizionism, and the anti-Israel BDS movement in that country. Her other diplomatic posts have included Director of the Gulf Department (2017-19), Counsellor for Foreign Affairs in the Embassy of Israel in Germany (2014-17), and Head of Mission in the United Arab Emirates office (2012-14). During her service in South America, Europe and the Persian Gulf region, Marina worked to revitalize Israel’s image and strengthen its bilateral relations while promoting social impact diplomacy.

From 2017 to 2019, Marina also led the Women in Diplomacy Network, a group she co-founded, where she organized dozens of events with other female leaders and brought together Israeli and international female diplomats with the purpose of promoting gender equality in international diplomacy.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marina and her family immigrated to Israel when she was six years old. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Hebrew University and an M.A. in Diplomacy and Security Studies from Tel Aviv University. Rosenberg holds Israeli, German and Argentinian citizenships and is fluent in English, Hebrew and Spanish.

Aaron Ahlquist

Director of Policy for the Southern Division, ADL

Aaron Ahlquist serves as ADL’s Director of Policy for the Southern Division, and previously served as the regional director of ADL’s South Central Region. In his role as Divisional Policy Director, Aaron helps guide strategy and advocacy while leading the Divisional Engagement Team in supporting the work of ADL in the Southern Division. Prior to his joining ADL, after obtaining his JD from the University of Richmond School of Law, Aaron began practicing law in New Orleans in 2004 where he focused his efforts on national level mass torts and class actions, including among other cases, helping lead efforts against the BP and Transocean Defendants following the Gulf Oil Spill, and as part of leadership on other pharmaceutical and products liability mass torts across the country. Following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin, and prior to his attending law school, Aaron spent three years on the Legislative Staff of Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) in Washington, DC. Aaron lives in New Orleans with his wife and children, where he is an active member of the community, having served on a number of boards and campaigns, and where he loves to enjoy the music and culture of his adopted home.

Jeffrey Abrams

Regional Director, ADL Los Angeles

Jeffrey Abrams is the Regional Director of ADL’s Los Angeles office, which covers Los Angeles. Riverside, San Bernadino and Kern counties, a territory with over 15 million people and the second largest Jewish community in the country, with over 750,000 people living in Jewish households. Prior to assuming his role in August 2020, Jeff practiced law in Los Angeles for over 25 years as an entertainment attorney, business advisor and mediator. Jeff currently is a director and trustee of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a member of the President’s Advisory Council of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, a past director the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and is a co-trustee of the Samuel and Helene Soref Foundation. Jeff also is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation leadership program and a Peabody Award winner. A native of Los Angeles, Jeff and his wife are proud parents of three sons, one high-schooler, one college student and one law student.

Koustubh “K.J.” Bagchi

VP, Center for Civil Rights & Technology

Koustubh “K.J.” Bagchi services as Vice President, Center for Civil Rights and Technology at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Prior to this role, K.J. served as vice president of technology policy at the Chamber of Progress. He is a veteran of Capitol Hill and public interest organizations, which includes his role as senior policy counsel at New America’s Open Technology Institute. K.J. has more than 15 years of experience in public policy and legislative strategy at the local, state, and federal levels and led the re-establishment of the technology, telecommunications, and media program during his tenure as senior counsel at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC. In addition to advising members of the Washington State Senate, K.J. worked as legislative counsel for a D.C. city council member and former Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), a member of Congress who served on the influential House Appropriations Committee.

K.J. graduated from the University of California Davis and received his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

Debbie L. Berman

Partner at Jenner & Block LLP

Debbie L Berman is a first chair trial lawyer at Jenner & Block LLP where she co-chairs the Business Litigation, Trade Secrets and First Amendment and Defamation practices. She leads cases and client teams for multinational companies facing significant business challenges. An experienced advisor to boards and the C-suite, she helps clients resolve complex commercial matters including contractual obligations, vendor relationships, and strategic partnerships. Debbie frequently is involved in matters that make national headlines, as well as situations that require discretion and sensitivity. Her deep experience and diverse skills are utilized on matters involving complicated business disputes, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, trademark protection, and First Amendment litigation related to new social media platforms. She also helps develop policies and build corporate culture to protect trade secrets in the United States and international jurisdictions.

Debbie is involved in a variety of leadership roles at Jenner & Block, including serving as the co-chair of the pro bono committee. She is chair emeritus of the firm’s Women’s Forum and was involved in launching the firm’s Jewish affinity group.

Debbie also serves in leadership roles in local, national and international philanthropic organizations. She currently is the board chair for the Midwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League where she has been involved for more than 15 years. She also is the President of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois. She is on the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel where she chairs the audit committee. And she is on the board of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago where she has held a variety of leadership positions over the past 30 plus years.

Elizabeth Bloom

Policy Advisor and Speechwriter, White House Domestic Policy Council

Liz Bloom is policy advisor and speechwriter on the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she leads implementation of the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. Previously in the Biden-Harris Administration, she worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission under Chair Gary Gensler. She began her career in journalism.

Jillian Bontke

M.Ed., LPC, Director of Educational Programs, ADL Central Division

Jillian Bontke is the Director of Education Programs for ADL’s Central Division where she provides strategic planning and leadership for all ADL Education programs and resources at the divisional level including, antisemitism, antibias, Holocaust education and No Place for Hate on over 800 campuses in the division. Jillian joined the ADL after working as a public school teacher & counselor. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and is passionate about helping people critically explore their own bias and empowering them to become changemakers in their communities.

Alexandra Brownstein

President, AEPhi, Syracuse University

Alexandra Brownstein is a second-year student at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies, with a concentration in International Law and Organizations. Before attending SU, she attended The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, graduating in 2022.

Alexandra serves as the President of the Iota chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi at Syracuse University and strives to foster an environment where collegiate women feel empowered, supported, and engaged while pushing for inclusivity, understanding, and diversity within and outside of the chapter community.

Alexandra is an alumnus of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel semester program and a recent participant on Perspectives, an immersive travel experience through Israel and the Palestinian territories aimed at better understanding the region’s geopolitical complexities through Syracuse University Hillel.

Alexandra is a 4th generation camper and staff member of Camps Airy and Louise in Western Maryland, where she will serve as a Unit Leader this summer. Additionally, Alexandra serves as a Peer Mentor for the InclusiveU Peer2Peer program at Syracuse, providing guidance and support for SU students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl

Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue

Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl serves as the Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City and is the first woman to lead Central’s Reform congregation in its 180-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as Senior Cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to be Senior Rabbi.

Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She earned a bachelor of arts in religious studies from Yale University in 1994. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Rabbi Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as a cantor or rabbi in North America. Prior to her service at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Buchdahl served as Associate Rabbi/Cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.

Rabbi Buchdahl has been nationally recognized for her innovations in leading worship, which draw large crowds both in the congregation’s historic Main Sanctuary and via livestream and cable broadcast to viewers in more than 100 countries.

Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the Today Show, NPR, and PBS and was listed as one of Newsweek’s “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” She serves on the boards of the AJC, the Asia Society, the New York Board of Rabbis, and the Yale University President’s Council.

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Deborah Camiel

Director, Media & Entertainment Institute (MEI), ADL

Deborah Camiel is the inaugural Director of the ADL Media & Entertainment Institute (MEI). She will lead the MEI’s engagement with the entertainment, media and related industries to increase understanding of antisemitism, combat bias, promote balanced, accurate press coverage of Jewish people and Israel and support more diverse representations of Jews on screen.

Deborah spent six years at CBS News — first leading the network’s editorial team in Tel Aviv, Israel and then at CBS Evening News in New York City — and seven years at Reuters international news agency’s Jerusalem bureau. She then spent ten years producing prime-time shows in the documentary unit at CNBC. Deborah also built a full-service communications department at 50+1 Strategies, a political consulting firm, and served as Director of Communications at the Birthright Israel Foundation.

Deborah graduated with a BA in English and two MAs in English and Jewish History from Stanford University. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Hoover Institution Media Fellow and a Stanford Humanities Fellow. She is a member of the Overseas Press Club and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Remaya Campbell

Senior Program Manager, ADL Center on Extremism

Remaya is an intelligence professional with expertise in extremism, disinformation, and emerging technologies. As the Senior Program Manager at the ADL’s Center on Extremism, she leads the Embedded Researcher Program, managing its staff, operations, and strategic planning. Her work focuses on partnering with community organizations to research and disrupt a broad range of domestic extremism. Additionally, Remaya is the Acting Chair & an appointed Commissioner on the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission, where she formulates policy recommendations for both the Mayor and the District Council. She possesses a Master’s degree in Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Otago and a B.A. in Law, History & Culture from the University of Southern California.

Laura Chavoen

Senior Brand Director, ADL

Laura Chavoen joined ADL in July 2023 as Senior Brand Director on the Brand & Marketing team. In this role, she seeks to support, invigorate and expand the meaningful connections between ADL and our audiences in support of our mission.Laura has over 15 years of experience as an advertising strategist where she developed brand narratives and drove impactful marketing initiatives. As a product marketer at Audible, she spearheaded in-depth audience understanding, launched new products and led a global brand marketing campaign.A self-proclaimed geek, Laura finds insight and inspiration in the intersection of art + science and is an avid consumer of both technology and culture.

Jon Cohen

Director of Community Mobilization, Keshet

Jon Cohen (he/him) is a national community builder with a commitment to LGBTQ+ rights. His work organizing diverse communities through an intersectional Jewish lens is inspired by the wisdom and experiences he has gained as a Gay, Mexican, Jew. As Keshet’s Director of Community Mobilization, Jon has mobilized Jewish institutions in all 50 states to fight for LGBTQ+ rights. A South Florida native, Jon lives in Miami with his husband, Kevin.

Ben Cosgrove

Founder and CEO of Leviathan Productions

BEN COSGROVE is a Founder and CEO of Leviathan Productions, a film and television production company dedicated to telling Jewish stories, and stories about Israel.

Previously he was President of 2929 Productions. Among the projects he produced at 2929 were Serena (Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence), Deadfall (Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde), Please Stand By (Dakota Fanning), and Permanent (Rainn Wilson & Patricia Arquette).

Before 2929, Cosgrove was Senior Vice-President of Production at Paramount Pictures. Among the projects he developed and/or supervised at Paramount were Dreamgirls (Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy & Jennifer Hudson), The Fighter (Christian Bale & Mark Wahlberg) and Interstellar (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain).

Before Paramount, Cosgrove was President of George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s production company Section Eight. Among the projects he produced at Section Eight were The Good German
(George Clooney, Cate Blanchett & Tobey Maguire) and Rumor Has It (Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo & Kevin Costner). At Section Eight Cosgrove executive produced Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, David Strathairn & Robert Downey, Jr.), Syriana (George Clooney, Matt Damon & Jeffrey Wright), A Scanner Darkly (Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder & Robert Downey, Jr.), Insomnia (Al Pacino, Robin Williams & Hillary Swank) and Welcome to Collinwood (William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell & Patricia Clarkson).

Cosgrove graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English Literature.

Darryl Coulon

Associate Director of Education, Southern Division, ADL

Darryl Coulon currently serves as the Associate Director of Education for ADL’s Southern Division, where he helps PreK-12 and workplace educational efforts in fifteen states.

Darryl began a career in Jewish nonprofits before graduating undergrad, by interning in ADL’s New Orleans office in 2016, interning for a pro-Israel organization in 2017 in Washington, D.C., and serving as lead organizer for pro-Israel student groups at Xavier University of Louisiana and at LSU in Baton Rouge between 2016-2019.

With professional experience in fundraising and community organizing, Darryl brings a passion for bridge-building across diverse communities and facilitating important, yet sensitive, conversations related to interpersonal themes at the intersection of oppression and race/ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

Darryl recently relocated from Houston, Texas, back to his hometown of New Orleans, to continue fighting hate for good in this role at ADL. In his free time, Darryl is usually found studying and flying for his pilot’s license.

Philissa Cramer

Editor in chief, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Philissa Cramer is the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s editor in chief. Prior to joining JTA in 2020, she was a founder and editor at Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering education. She is a graduate of Brown University.


William C. Daroff

CEO, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, William Daroff is the senior professional guiding the Conference’s agenda on behalf of the 50 national member organizations that represent the wide mosaic of American Jewish life.

Named by The Jerusalem Post as being among the fifty most influential Jews worldwide, and by The Forward newspaper as one of the fifty most influential Jews in America, Daroff steadfastly guides the leadership of American Jewry through its thorniest issues. He builds consensus among the Conference’s diverse membership to craft cohesive foreign policy goals for the American Jewish community. He advocates for a secure Israel, for strengthening the US-Israel relationship, and the protection and security of Jews worldwide. Daroff is an international leader fighting antisemitism in all its forms, both in America and abroad.

As CEO of the Conference, Daroff is in continual dialogue with key policymakers, members of Congress, and the White House. He regularly engages with the diplomatic corps in Washington and at the UN on a range of issues that are of interest to the American Jewish community. He is frequently invited to give testimony before committees of the US Senate, US House of Representatives, European Parliament, and Knesset. Daroff also travels extensively to meet with governmental and Jewish communal leaders from across the globe, including the top leadership of the Israeli government.

Daroff received his Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science & History, Master’s Degree in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in his hometown of Cleveland, OH. He is an adjunct Professor at George Washington University and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Eytan Davidson

Regional Director, Southeast, ADL

Eytan Davidson is the Regional Director for ADL Southeast. In this role he is responsible for carrying out ADL’s mission to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. The Southeast Region is comprised of the states of Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. Eytan is a seasoned nonprofit executive with a deep background in communications, government affairs, and community relations with experience at senior levels of transformational projects and organizations in cities across the country.

He previously served as Vice President of Communications for Purpose Built Communities where he was a member of the senior leadership team for the organization leading all aspects of communications, marketing, government affairs, and served as a senior consultant for the 28 member organizations of Purpose Built Communities’ national network. Prior to that, he served as Director of Communications and Media Relations for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. where he led and executed the communications and marketing efforts of the Atlanta BeltLine. He has also served as Vice President of Communications and Director of the David Rockefeller Fellows program for the Partnership for New York City, an international business organization. Prior to that, he served in various communications and administrative roles in the Mayoral Administration of Michael R. Bloomberg for four and a half years in the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Small Business Services. He also worked on the Bloomberg for Mayor Campaign in 2001.

As a volunteer, Eytan served as the first vice president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta and was a Frank Fellow at the Jewish Council of Public Affairs in 2019-2020. He previously served on the boards of Jewish Kids Groups, the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, and Limmud Southeast + Atlanta.

Eytan is also a husband, father of two children, and a professional musician and music producer.

Mr. Davidson is a graduate of Columbia University in New York with a B.A. in History and earned a Certificate of Business Excellence for Senior Nonprofit Managers from Columbia Business School.

Deb Donig

Professor and ADL Belfer Fellow

Deb Donig is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Cal Poly and a Lecturer UC Berkeley’s School of Information in the MA in Data Science Program. She is the co-founder of the Cal Poly Ethical Technology Initiative and the host of “Technically Human,” a podcast where she talks with major thinkers, writers, and industry-leading technologists about the relationship between humans and the technologies we create. She is the 2023-2024 Belfer Fellow at the Center for Technology and Society at the ADL and a Fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has taught and published on a wide variety of areas, including ethical technology, comparative genocide studies, science fiction, African and Caribbean literatures, and The New Yorker. Her first book is on comparative genocide and the ecology of evidence in human rights discourse.

Outside of academia, she consults on film and television projects, including the forthcoming anthology series “Weight of the World,” and the Amazon Prime Series Hunters, produced by Jordan Peele and starring Al Pacino. In 2020, she was featured as an expert in the documentary “Hunters: Behind the Scenes,” where she discussed the role of fiction in and the ethics of representing the Holocaust.

Wendy Doernberg

Senior Attorney-Advisor, Federal Sector Programs, Office of Federal Operations, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Wendy Doernberg is a Senior Attorney-Advisor in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Federal Operations, Federal Sector Programs. Wendy specializes in a variety of federal sector equal employment opportunity issues. She has served on the implementation team for Executive 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce since prior to its issuance in June 2021 and participates in various cross-agency initiatives to promote disability rights and accessibility. She is also the immediate past chair of the Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended The George Washington University, where she majored in Political Science and Judaic Studies, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She previously worked for several federal agencies. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and exploring DC with her husband, Aaron.

Cheryl Drazin

Senior Vice President, Talent and Knowledge, ADL

As Senior Vice President, Talent and Knowledge, Cheryl Drazin provides strategic leadership across all areas that affect the organization’s people and culture.

Cheryl joined ADL in 2013 as the Jean and Jerry Moore Civil Rights Area counsel and became Regional Director for the Dallas regional office in 2016. In 2020, Cheryl was appointed Vice President of the Central Division where she and her team worked daily to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate. In that capacity, Cheryl led operations for seven ADL regional offices. Cheryl was promoted to Senior Vice President for Talent and Knowledge in 2023. Prior to joining ADL, Cheryl was shareholder at a boutique labor and employment law firm where her practice focused on advocating for individuals who experienced workplace discrimination.

Cheryl earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from The University of Texas School of Law.

Alex Dwek

COO, Nas Company

Alex Dwek is the Chief Operating Officer of Nas Company, an ecosystem of businesses in the fields of media, technology, and travel, including Nas Daily, Nas Academy, Nas Summit and Nas.io. The Nas Company’s products reach 300 million people every month. The company has one mission: to bring people together through content, experiences and technology.

Prior to Nas, Alex spent 4 years as a General Manager in Southeast Asia’s tech ecosystem, leading businesses in Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia for technology giant Uber and regional super app Grab. As a student, Alex served as the President of the Union of Jewish Students UK, as the sole representative of the 10,000 Jewish students across UK college campuses. Alex currently lives in Singapore with his wife and two daughters.


Eric Ebenstein

Senior Director of Public Policy, TikTok

Eric Ebenstein is a Senior Director of Public Policy at TikTok where he is responsible for US strategic policy initiatives and government affairs at the federal, state and international levels. He has more than a decade of experience working on regulatory and policy issues for technology companies.

Prior to joining TikTok, Eric was Head of North America Public Policy at DJI–the world’s leading civilian drone company. During his tenure, he led DJI’s advocacy efforts for regulatory and legislative issues on the federal and state level as well as internationally for Mexico and Canada. Before this, Eric was at POET, a sustainable energy company where he built the state Government Affairs team and mandate. He also served as Chief of Staff for Government Relations at Hewlett Packard where he advised on the North American government affairs program.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lehigh University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is based in TikTok’s Washington, DC office and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children.



Miriam Ezagui

Content creator, RN, BSN

Miriam Ezagui is a Brooklyn based Orthodox Jewish mom of four and labor & delivery nurse who uses her platforms to share what her life is like as an Orthodox Jew, educating about antisemitism and often features her 95 year old grandmother who is a Holocaust survivor.




Rivkie Feiner

Community Activist, CEO, Feiner Grant Strategies

Rivkie is a community activist and the CEO and Chief Visionary Officer of Feiner Grant Strategies (FGS), a program development consulting firm that assists clients in obtaining program funding. Her firm has succeeded in raising hundreds of millions in funding for nonprofits. Rivkies resolve to break barriers in the world of Jewish fundraising has successfully facilitated the expansion of numerous nonprofits worldwide. Dynamic and passionate, Rivkie Feiner is deeply involved in community affairs stemming from a deep sense of responsibility and concern for both the individual and the community. Her dedication is reflected in the positions she has held as a Fellow in JCRCNYs Community Connections Fellowship Program, a former Board member of JCC Rockland County and current Board member of Rockland Federation and a member of their Community Relations Committee, a Board member of the American Zionist Movement, and an Eretz Hakodesh delegate to the World Zionist Organization. A powerful motivational speaker and presenter, Rivkie has been a panelist in forums about government and foundation funding, at the annual Presidents Conference of Torah Umesorah National Society of Hebrew Day Schools, the USAID/ASHA conference in Washington, D.C., in a roundtable discussion in an antisemitism working group, and the Jewish Woman Entrepreneur conference, among others. Just recently, upon hearing that that a pro-Palestinian demonstration was being organized in Rockland County, Rivkie managed to mobilize 1,000 people to turn out for a pro-Israel rally on less than 24 hours notice. As a consummate leader with outstanding communication and people skills, she has used her abilities to network and foster cooperation and collaboration between diverse populations, always respectfully seeking to find common ground.

Rabbi Ron Fish

Interim New England Regional Director, ADL

Rabbi Ron Fish is the ADL’s Interim New England Regional Director. He also serves as the Anti-Defamation League’s first East Division Director of Antisemitism Education and Advocacy, impacting Jewish communities from Maine to Delaware. His central role is in addressing antisemitism on college campuses today and to offer support for young adults during those first years of independence. His work is directed toward helping Directors of Equity and Inclusion (DEIs), Provosts and University Presidents to understand the experience of Jewish students on campus and their unique and diverse needs.

Ron is a graduate of Brandeis University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. He has served as a congregational rabbi in 3 communities in the Northeast for 25 years. Most recently, Ron was the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in Sharon, MA. He is currently the president of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis and has worked through the years as a committed and enthusiastic partner for interfaith dialogue. In the run up to vote on the Affordable Care Act, Ron organized 400 colleagues across the state of Connecticut to advocate for universal healthcare. He is the proud father of four and the husband to Leah Bieler, a writer and fellow Jewish educator.

Shimon Fogel

President and CEO, CIJA

Shimon Fogel has served as President and CEO for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs since 2011. He is a graduate of the Clark School of Government and International Relations in Massachusetts and pursued graduate and doctoral studies at McGill University. He also holds both Rabbinic and Judicial ordination.

Shimon joined the Canada-Israel Committee as Director of Government Relations in 1988 and was appointed as CEO in 2001.

Shimon Fogel has served as a consultant to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a member of the prestigious Round Table on Global Security under the Department of National Defense.

In 2002 he introduced the concept of the Shared Values strategy as a basis for securing support for Israel that has now been adopted by much of the international pro-Israel advocacy community, including Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2005 he developed a model for moving to sustainable peace in the Middle East that focuses on conflict management rather than conflict resolution – an approach that has won broad support internationally.

He has written and lectured extensively in Canada and internationally on matters of public policy and has been engaged by numerous groups, including the Assembly of First Nations, the World Sikh Organization, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canadian Tibet Committee, to advise on strategic planning and advocacy.

The Hill Times recognized Fogel as one of the 100 most influential actors within the political sector, and Embassy Magazine ranked him among the 50 most important people influencing Canadian foreign policy.






Ben M. Freeman

Author and Educator

Founder of the modern Jewish Pride movement, a leader, thinker, and educator, Ben M. Freeman is the author of Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People and Reclaiming our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride. Educating, inspiring and empowering, his work focuses on Jewish identity and historical and contemporary Jew-hatred. A Holocaust scholar for over fifteen years, Ben came to prominence during the Corbyn Labour Jew-hate crisis in the UK and quickly became one of his generation’s leading Jewish thinkers and voices against Jew-hate. Voted number 8 on the inaugural 25 Young ViZionaries list by the Jerusalem Post and JNF-USA. He is also a Jewish Diplomat for the World Jewish Congress, a Research Fellow for the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism Policy and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. As a specialist in the field for over a decade, Ben is a prominent thought-leader on Jewish education, history and identity and carries out speaking engagements all over the world. His work also includes consulting for Emmy Award-winning directors on documentary projects, such as Jews of the Wild West. Through his work, he aims to educate, inspire and empower both Jewish and non-Jewish people from all over the world.

Sarah Fried

Chief External Affairs Officer, Hillel International

Sarah Fried is the Chief External Affairs Officer for Hillel International, overseeing organizational advancement for the Hillel movement through strategic partnerships, resource development, marketing, communications, and global experiences. Sarah and her team are charged with creating and implementing innovative strategies that grow overall resources for Hillel International and local affiliates, building the Hillel brand to deepen stakeholder engagement in the movement and developing strategic partnerships that align resources with organizational priorities. Previously, Sarah served as vice president for leadership giving at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Sarah received her B.S from Ithaca College and master’s degrees from both The University of Pennsylvania and Gratz College.

Alex Friedfeld

Associate Director, Investigative Research, ADL

Alex Friedfeld is an Associate Director of Investigative Research with the ADL’s Center on Extremism, where he leads a research team that tracks a range of extremist groups and movements. To date, he has trained thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers on a variety of extremism and domestic terrorism-related issues. He frequently represents the ADL on national and international outlets, including CNN, NBC, and the Guardian. Prior to joining the ADL, he worked as an analyst in the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus where he monitored terrorist activity around the world and ran terrorism-related investigations in the city.


Yosef Getachew

Senior Policy Counsel, Reset.Tech

Yosef Getachew is a Senior Policy Counsel at Reset.Tech where he supports programmatic work in the United States to help shape policies and regulations that safeguard digital rights and mitigate platform business practices that cause public harm. Yosef works with Reset’s partners to develop legal, policy, and corporate accountability strategies to combat digital threats to democracy. His work focuses on data privacy, transparency, artificial intelligence, content moderation, and other issues. Prior to joining Reset, Yosef served as the Media and Democracy Program Director for Common Cause where he led strategic campaigns to educate and engage the public and policymakers on critical reforms needed to advance an open and accessible media ecosystem that supports democracy.

Carrie Goldberg

Founding Attorney, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC

Carrie Goldberg is the founder of Victims’ Rights law firm C. A. Goldberg, PLLC, which does groundbreaking work nationally fighting for survivors of sexual violence and representing victims of catastrophic injuries caused by tech giants. The firm leads the nation in landmark cases challenging Section 230 immunity against big tech. As lead counsel in Herrick v. Grindr, Carrie introduced the novel legal approach of applying product liability law to dangerous tech products. The firm presently represents 12 families suing Amazon for selling a suicide poison to their children. In November 2023 the firm’s monumental settlement in A.M. v. Omegle resulted in the platform shuttering forever. The case created new precedent in the realm of product liability and sex trafficking, the first case to overcome Section 230 where the plaintiff sued a platform for injuries caused by a malicious user. The firm overcame 230 immunity in January 2024 against Snap for its role in fentanyl deaths in Neville, et al. v Snap and is appealing to the 9th Circuit in Doe v Grindr relating to the foreseeable child rapes caused from the app marketing to children. Carrie proudly serves on the plaintiff steering committee in the multi-district litigation against Snap, Google, TikTok, and Meta regarding the platforms designing products intended to addict children.

Among the firm’s better-known clients are former Congresswoman Katie Hill and five Weinstein accusers, including Lucia Evans whose accusations helped launch the #MeToo movement and resulted in Weinstein’s arrest. Some of the firm’s proudest successes, though, are the ones that stay out of the headlines – recoveries for adult survivors of child sexual abuse and restraining orders for A-list celebrities against their stalkers.  In K.M. v. City of New York, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC achieved the highest known recovery in a Title IX case in NYC.

Carrie’s well-known work for victims of nonconsensual porn is featured in the documentary Netizens and her work is profiled in The New Yorker, Elle, Cosmo, Wired, Glamour and more. Carrie is the author of “Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs & Trolls” a 2019 NYT Editor’s Choice and Paramount TV is developing a fictionalized series about Carrie and the firm. She attended Vassar College and Brooklyn Law School.



Tyler Goldberger

Public Historian

Tyler J. Goldberger is an advanced History PhD candidate at William & Mary specializing in historical memory. His research interests surround sites of memory, transnationalism, and human rights in the United States and Spain in the 20th and 21st centuries. He speaks annually for The International School of Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel and supported the creation of the Echoes and Reflections video toolbox “Liberators and Survivors: The First Moments,” which, at 5.1 million views, is Yad Vashem’s most viewed video. Tyler’s research and pedagogy have been generously supported by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, New York Public Library, Duke University Human Rights Archive, and Charles E. Scheidt Teaching & Research Grant for Atrocity Prevention, among others.

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Ellen P. Goodman

Distinguished Professor, Rutgers Law School; Visiting Professor, Yale Law School

Ellen P. Goodman, @ellgood, is Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Law School, where she has also served as Assoc. Dean for Strategic Initiatives. She recently completed a stint serving as Senior Advisor for Algorithmic Justice at NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce. At Rutgers, she co-directs and co-founded the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL) and was prior to government service a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Goodman has published widely on media and telecommunications law, smart cities and algorithmic governance, freedom of expression, and advertising law. Her short-form writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Guardian, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Democracy Journal, etc.  She served in the Obama Administration as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the Federal Communications Commission and has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and the University of Pennsylvania. Goodman has received grants from the Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for work on digital platform regulation, transparency, advancing new public media models, and public interest journalism. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Goodman was a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where she practiced in the information technology area. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, clerked for Judge Norma Shapiro on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and has three grownish children.

Ginnifer Goodwin


Ginnifer Goodwin is an actress, best known for her roles in the television series BIG LOVE (HBO,) ONCE UPON A TIME (Disney+,) and WHY WOMEN KILL (PARAMOUNT+.) Her film credits include MONA LISA SMILE, WALK THE LINE, A SINGLE MAN, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, SOMETHING BORROWED, and ZOOTOPIA.


Dan Granot

Director of Government Relations, ADL

Dan Granot is the Director of Government Relations for ADL (Anti-Defamation League), where he leads federal advocacy on efforts to combat antisemitism and advance ADL’s international priorities. He previously worked as an Assistant Director in AIPAC’s Policy and Government Affairs department, where he focused on progressive engagement, social movements, and economic issues, and as a research associate for a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, where he focused on trilateral relations between Turkey, Israel, and the United States. Prior to that, he was a Graduate Fellow at the Israel Council on Foreign Relations in Jerusalem, and a Program Manager at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, where he focused on water dialogue in Iraq and Syria. Dan has also worked on development projects in India, Thailand, and Fiji. He earned his master’s degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and holds bachelor’s degrees in Global Development and Government & Politics, specializing in international development and conflict management, from the University of Maryland.


Yasmin Green

Jigsaw CEO

Yasmin Green is the CEO of Jigsaw, a unit within Google that addresses threats to open societies. She leads an interdisciplinary team that researches and develops technical solutions across a range of global security challenges, including violent extremism, repressive censorship, hate, harassment, and disinformation. Yasmin has spent 17 years at Google serving in a variety of roles including strategy, business development and operations in Europe, the Middle-East and Sub-saharan Africa. Yasmin is Co-chair of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group, and sits on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and the Tory Burch Foundation. Yasmin has been named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” most influential young leaders, and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.”


Devorah Halberstam

Chair, NYPD Hate Crimes Review Panel & Co-founder and Director of External Affairs of the Jewish Children's Museum

On March 1st, 1994, a Lebanese gunman murdered 16-year-old Ari Halberstam in an antisemitic and terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Grief and fury over her beloved elder son’s murder transformed his mother, Devorah, into an activist and crusader against terrorism.

After the FBI’s initial classification of the shooting as an act of “road rage”, Devorah led a one-woman battle to have her son’s death reclassified as an act of terrorism. Six years later, the FBI finally recognized the attack as a terrorist act.

She pounded the halls of Congress, offices of elected officials and the New York court system, where she advocated reforms in our government. She campaigned for changes in our judicial and immigrations systems, where she pursued deportation proceedings against the accomplices who flouted American immigration laws.

She brought the first lawsuit in the history of American jurisprudence against the gun manufacturer that supplied Ari’s killer with the arsenal of weapons he used in the shooting.

Her endless struggle for justice did not end there. She continued, advocating in the state for the passing of “Ari’s Law” as part of a comprehensive gun control bill, which prohibits interstate gun trafficking.

Ari’s Law is also pending in Congress which would ban the sale of gun kits.

She helped craft new laws in Congress that has reduced the abuses found in the political asylum process.

Devorah authored together with Governor George E. Pataki the first New York State laws to counter terrorism, which included the death penalty for the crimes of a terrorist. These were signed into law by Governor Pataki in 2001. Devorah was appointed by the Governor to serve on the New York State Commission on Terrorism.

Devorah is a frequent speaker who has traveled around the country speaking to the civic community and on college campuses, educating the public about the threats of antisemitism and terrorism in New York, United States, and around the world. She currently instructs local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on terrorism- related issues in the United States and other Governments including AFP, EU Counter-terrorism and Belgian law enforcement.

She is one of the founders of the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, New York and presently its Director of External Affairs. It is a 50,000 Square-Ft. landmark with hands-on workshops and exhibits on the history and culture of the Jewish people. Since its opening in 2005, there have been over 3 million visitors. The museum is dedicated to her son’s memory and its mission is to promote tolerance and understanding through education and culture.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the FBI Community Leadership Award and was nominated for the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Devorah is a NYPD Hon. Commissioner for Community Safety and Chair of NYPD’s Civilian Hate Crimes Review Panel.

Jason Harris

Co-Founder and CEO of Mekanism

Jason Harris is the co-founder & CEO of award-winning creative advertising agency Mekanism, co-founder of the Creative Alliance and author of national bestseller, The Soulful Art of Persuasion. Harris works closely with clients to build iconic brands using a blend of soul & science. Iconic brand partners include Jose Cuervo, Alaska Airlines, Quaker, Charles Schwab, Amtrak and Whoop, among others.

Under his leadership, Mekanism has been ranked by the Effie Index as a top 10 Most Effective Agency in the United States. Mekanism has also been named to Ad Age’s Agency A-list and twice to their Best Places to Work. Mekanism has two active case studies on their methods at the Harvard Business School.

Harris was named CEO of the Year by The Drum, a recipient of the 4A’s 100 People Who Make Advertising Great, and Campaign US’s 40 Over 40 for his noteworthy contributions to the advertising & marketing industry. Harris also hosts the Soul & Science Podcast – interviewing the world’s top CMOs. The podcast is the recipient of 5 industry podcast awards.

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Rabbi Moshe Hauer

Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union

Rabbi Moshe Hauer joined the Orthodox Union (OU) as its Executive Vice President on May 1, 2020. In this role he serves as the organization’s rabbinic leader, heading its communal-oriented efforts and serving as its professional religious/policy leader and primary spokesman. Prior to joining the OU, Rabbi Hauer served as the senior Rabbi of the Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation in Baltimore, MD for 26 years, where he was active in local communal leadership in many areas, with an emphasis on education, children-at-risk, and social service organizations serving the Jewish community. Rabbi Hauer is an active teacher of Torah who led a leadership training program for rabbis and communal leaders, and was a founding editor of the online journal Klal Perspectives. Rabbi Hauer received his rabbinic ordination and doctor of Talmudic law from Ner Israel. He received his master’s of science from John Hopkins University.

Susan Heller Pinto

Vice President, International Policy, ADL

As Vice President of International Policy, Susan Heller Pinto oversees ADL’s work combatting antisemitism and hate outside the United States as well as supporting Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. She also pays a key role with ADL’s work in the U.S. and globally educating and engaging about anti-Zionism and countering efforts to undermine Israel’s legitimacy.

Susan joined ADL in 1993 as Assistant Director of Middle Eastern Affairs and has worked for nearly three decades to develop and promote ADL’s international affairs priorities.

Susan is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Dr. Libby Hemphill

Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information

Libby Hemphill, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Michigan where she studies extremism in social media, data access, and data curation. She was a Belfer Fellow at ADL and wrote Very Fine People: What Social Media Platforms Miss About White Supremacist Speech. She uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand how extremism in social media changes over time and how to encourage healthy, productive social media conversations.

Justin Herdman

Partner, Jones Day

Justin Herdman, a former United States Attorney, is a trial lawyer who represents businesses and individuals involved in high-stakes government investigations, criminal litigation, and civil actions. Justin’s practice is focused on obtaining favorable results in matters arising from alleged violations of state and federal laws, including fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the False Claims Act (FCA). He has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts throughout his two decades in public service and private practice.

Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2021, Justin served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the Northern District of Ohio. Justin was nationally recognized for his effort in developing strategic responses to controlled substances, terrorism, and violent crime. While U.S. Attorney, Justin served as vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), where he provided national-level guidance on the management and operations of the Justice Department. Justin was also named co- chair of the Attorney General’s Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force and was chair of AGAC’s Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.

Justin also maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2022, his trial work with the Ohio Innocence Project led to the acquittal of a wrongfully convicted man who had spent 15 years in state prison.

Justin previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting national security offenses, including terrorism, money laundering, and export control violations. He is a former assistant district attorney in New York City and currently serves as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Yael Hershfield

Director, Incident Response and Law Enforcement Initiatives, Southern Division, ADL

Yael Hershfield is the Director for Incident Response and Law Enforcement Initiatives for the ADL Southern Division which encompasses 15 states covered by 5 regional offices- Florida, South East, South Central, Cleveland and Washington DC.

As Director of Incident Response, Yael manages all bias-motivated incidents that are reported to ADL in this division and in particular antisemitic incidents against Jewish institutions or individuals.

ADL’s expertise on hate crimes and extremism brings added value to the work of law enforcement. Yael ensures that training and briefings on these areas of expertise are available to law enforcement officials.

Yael has been working to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish people and protecting the rights of all citizens alike with ADL since 2006.

Meredith Jacobs

CEO, Jewish Women International (JWI)

Meredith Jacobs is CEO of Jewish Women International (JWI), a 125-year-old nonprofit dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. Since assuming the role of CEO in 2020, Jacobs has shepherded the development of numerous JWI initiatives, including the National Center on Domestic & Sexual Violence in the Jewish Community; the Collaborative of Jewish Domestic Violence Agencies; the Women’s Financial Empowerment Institute; ReStart: job readiness for survivors; the Jewish Gun Violence Prevention Roundtable; and the international expansion of JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network.

An award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of Washington Jewish Week, Jacobs is the author of The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat (HarperCollins) and co-author, with her daughter Sofie of the bestselling series of interactive journals, Just Between Us (Chronicle Books). Prior to joining JWI, she founded ModernJewishMom.com, the first Jewish parenting website (now part of Kveller), and was the host of the WYPR radio show, Connecting Family and The Jewish Channel television holiday specials, Modern Jewish Mom.

Named one of the “50 Most Influential Jews of 2020” by The Jerusalem Post, Jacobs is a sought-after speaker, moderator and writer. Her opinion pieces appear frequently in outlets such as JTA, eJewishPhilanthropy, and the Forward. She is a member of the advisory board of the Women’s Business Collaborative (WBC) and serves on the Women’s Economic Empowerment Council for the State of Maryland — an advisory council to Brooke Lierman, Comptroller of Maryland. In 2024, Jacobs was a member of the expert panel on Improving Access to Services for Domestic Abuse Victims in the Military, sponsored by the Department of Defense. She earned a B.A. in English from Haverford College and holds a Masters of Science in Business from Johns Hopkins University.

Letitia James

New York State Attorney General

Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the state of New York. With decades of experience and a long record of achievements, she is a powerful, effective attorney and lifelong public servant. When she was elected in 2018, she became the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General.

In her first term, Attorney General James focused on protecting vulnerable New York residents and ensuring that individuals or companies that broke state laws were held accountable. She secured more than $7.5 billion for New York from those who broke state laws and took advantage of New Yorkers, including more than $2.5 billion from opioid manufacturers and distributors for their roles in the opioid epidemic. Under her leadership, the Office of the New York State Attorney General helped remove more than 4,000 guns from New York communities, took down dozens of dangerous drug and gun trafficking rings throughout the state, and took legal action to stop the proliferation of ghost guns.

Attorney General James took on predatory landlords who harassed tenants and endangered children by violating New York’s lead paint laws. She protected New Yorkers’ health and the state’s natural resources by going after polluters and companies that flouted environmental protection laws. Attorney General James stood up for vulnerable populations by going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a question about citizenship from being added to the census and successfully protecting DACA.

She has been a national leader in the fight to defend access to reproductive health care, leading dozens of legal actions across the country to protect and expand access to this lifesaving care. Attorney General James also stood up against corruption and took strong action against officials who broke New York laws or workplace protection measure, regardless of their status or political affiliation.

Oren Jacobson

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Project Shema

Oren Jacobson is a civic entrepreneur, thought leader, and organizer focused on addressing systemic problems. He’s the co-founder and Executive Director of Project Shema which trains and supports the Jewish community and allies to more effectively address contemporary antisemitism, with an emphasis on how anti-Jewish ideas can emerge in progressive spaces, including in discourse around Israel and Palestine. Oren is a nationally recognized expert on this issue and, through this work, he has advised major Jewish institutions and served as a subject matter expert on antisemitism to multinational corporations and institutions for higher learning. He’s the former National Chapter Development Director for the New Leaders Council, where he helped grow NLC into the largest leadership development organization in the progressive movement. He also co-founded and continues to lead Men4Choice, a multi-state advocacy organization working to bring male allies into the fight for reproductive freedom. He holds a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Economics and Policy Analysis from DePaul University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University.

Julia Jassey

CEO and Co-Founder, Jewish on Campus

Julia Jassey is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jewish on Campus the leading voice for Jewish students in the United States, combatting antisemitism, engaging in grassroots activism, and advocating for the Jewish community. Her work has been recognized widely in the Jewish community and beyond, featured on CNN, CBS, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other international news outlets. Working together with students around the country, she has advocated for students at every level—from university administrators to the White House as a contributor to the National Strategy to Combat Antisemitism. She was awarded at the Anti-Defamation League’s Concert Against Hate for her leadership in the Jewish community, and she was considered one of Algemeiner Magazine’s “Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life” in 2021. She currently serves as a Brume and Allen Scholar at the American Sephardi Federation, and she was formerly the host of the “Nice Jewish Girls” feminist podcast. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2023, where she studied Political Science and Jewish Studies.

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Samantha Joseph

Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Samantha H. Joseph serves as the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the United States Department of Agriculture. Samantha spent the first 10 years of her career leading community, diversity and environmental programs for Fortune 500 companies, including at Iron Mountain where she was the company’s first head of corporate social responsibility. Most recently, she led the outreach and engagement efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Equity Initiative. A dedicated community leader, Samantha is chair of the board of directors of Samaritans, the largest suicide prevention agency in MA and a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. She is a graduate Brandeis University, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.



Vlad Khaykin

Director, Public Research and Knowledge, Center for Antisemitism Research, ADL

Vlad Khaykin is a distinguished expert renowned for his knowledge in the fields of antisemitism, extremism, discrimination, and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. With a reputation that extends worldwide, Vlad’s expertise has been sought after by government agencies, NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and prominent media outlets.

With nearly two decades of influential roles at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), American Jewish Committee (AJC), and other respected advocacy and Jewish communal organizations, Vlad’s thought leadership has left an indelible impact.

He has advised leading media and tech companies and provided thoughtful commentary for numerous major news outlets. The innovative educational programs Vlad has designed have been utilized by institutions across North America and beyond to empower young people with new knowledge. He has produced pioneering research to open new avenues of understanding.

Vlad has organized international conferences and drafted impactful remarks delivered at the United Nations and other global platforms, influencing policy discussions and shaping the perspectives of influential stakeholders. Additionally, his expertise has been sought by lawmakers and law enforcement agencies, contributing to their understanding of hate and extremism, and informing effective responses.

Vlad Khaykin is not only a compelling speaker but also a powerful advocate and incisive analyst. His dedication is backed by extensive academic study and over a decade of hands-on experience with leading anti-hate and counter-extremism institutions.

Vlad earned dual Master’s degrees in Non-Profit Leadership and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, where he was awarded the Genesis Fellowship, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

A former refugee from state-sponsored antisemitism in the Soviet Union and a grandson of Holocaust survivors, Vlad’s approach to ADL’s work to combat antisemitism and secure justice and fair treatment to all is deeply personal.

Selected Media

Corporate America Has Seen a Rise in Discrimination and Bias Against Jewish Workers

Words Matter. How Business Leaders Can Respond to the Rise of Antisemitism

As Antisemitism Grows So Do Its Dangers to Everyone

No Lone Shooter: How Antisemitism is Winning New Converts on the Internet

Sheila Katz

CEO, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Sheila Katz is the CEO of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a 130-year-old Jewish feminist civil rights organization with over 210,000 advocates working for the full equity and safety of women, children, and families in the United States and Israel. Under Sheila’s leadership, NCJW has responded to threats to reproductive freedom, voting rights, childcare access, equal pay, and other civil rights issues.

Before coming to NCJW, Sheila was the vice president for student engagement and leadership at Hillel International, where she founded award-winning programs to expand student participation in Jewish and civic life, including Ask Big Questions and MitzVote. Sheila was recently named as one of the top 10 faith influencers by Religion News Service and as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post. In 2022, Sheila was the commencement speaker for her alma mater Ithaca College. She currently sits on the board of governors of Tel Aviv University.

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Kendall Kosai

Director of Policy, ADL Western Division

Kendall Kosai is the Director of Policy for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Western Division, overseeing legislative advocacy and policy for ten states on the West Coast. His portfolio includes leading a comprehensive legislative strategy, supporting field offices in key political issues, engaging with elected officials, and strengthening the organization’s civic engagement efforts. Since starting at ADL, Kendall has led the passage of numerous state-level legislation addressing issues of social media transparency, online hate and harassment, hate crimes, support for victims of hate, domestic extremism, and symbols of terror.

Prior to his current role, Kendall was the Associate Regional Director for the ADL’s Pacific Northwest region, Deputy Director for OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, and a Senior Reporter at the North American Post.

Kendall is a Washington State Commissioner on Asian Pacific American Affairs, appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in 2021 where he currently serves on the Executive Committee the 2nd Vice Chair.  He is the President Emeritus of White River Buddhist Temple and a member of the US-Japan Council. In 2023, he was recognized as a 40 Under 40 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. He is a proud fourth generation Japanese American native to the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Japanese Language.



Kiyomi Kowalski

Co-Founder, Jewbian Princess & Vice President of Partnerships, Project Shema

Kiyomi is an Afro-Latin, queer, Jewish, Marine Corps veteran, mother who works to ensure that all of the intersecting identities of her and her children feel at home in any space. If there is one word to sum up her life’s work it would be “inclusion.” Kiyomi’s social justice activism is centered on creating more inclusive spaces for Jewish people of all backgrounds as well as eradicating racism and antisemitism. To that end, she develops, produces, and facilitates panels, workshops, and discussions on the topics of race, racism, and antisemitism and utilizes non-violent communication approaches to coach people through tough conversations and promote productive dialogues. In 2020, Kiyomi co-founded Jewbian Princess, a Black, Jewish women-led organization to deliver corporate-level diversity and inclusion education to Jewish organizations through a Jewish lens. Kiyomi joined the Project Shema team as a coach and facilitator to help educate people on antisemitism and its root causes within social justice activism in 2021. In her role as the Vice President of Partnerships at Project Shema, Kiyomi works with Jewish activists to coach a training and support strategy with the goal of slowing the tide of antisemitism to ensure Jewish voices are included in progressive activism. Recently, Kiyomi joined the facilitator team at Ta’amod to “stand up” for creating psychologically safe Jewish workplaces through empathy, education, and equity. In addition to her day jobs, Kiyomi serves as a board member of the Los Angeles section of the National Council for Jewish Women (“NCJW”) and the national board of Jewish Council of Public Affairs (“JCPA”). She has a degree in political science and a Juris Doctorate with an emphasis in public service. Kiyomi lives with her partner and two children in the suburbs of Los Angeles where she can be found watercolor painting, embroidering, and sewing pieces of flare to inspire a more just world. Learn more about her at KiyomiKowalski.com.

Dr. Scott Lasensky

Senior Advisor to Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Scott Lasensky is a Senior Advisor to Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, the U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Antisemitism and served in a similar capacity in the State Department for Ambassadors Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Daniel Shapiro. Scott has been a fellow at several leading think tanks and most recently taught Israel and Jewish studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2022, Scott published the study “Washington and the New Battle Against Antisemitism: the Executive Branch, Congress and the Role of National Authorities.”

Maoz Lauber

Director, Operations & Incident Response, ADL

Maoz joined the ADL Operations team in 2023, as Director, Operations & Incident Response. Carrying responsibility for ADL’s incident response services during a long and unprecedented surge in reported incidents, Maoz focuses his work on enabling staff to provide timely and effective support to constituents, optimizing internal processes to increase ADL’s capacity to counter hate and antisemitism, and introducing new technologies and best practices to enhance the impact of the regional offices.

Born and raised in Israel, Maoz immigrated to the US in 2017 and lives New York with his wife and son. Before joining ADL, Maoz helped the Hartman Institute scale up North American operations as their Program Operations Manager. Prior to that, he worked for the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel as a national security analyst and a technology procurement specialist. During his IDF service, Maoz served as a Search and Rescue specialist and a Combat Medic for the Homefront Command.

Maoz is a graduate of the Hebrew University with a BA in International Relations, as well as a graduate of NYU’s dual-degree program, where he earned an MPA focusing on nonprofit management and an MA in Judaic Studies. During his time at NYU, Maoz completed an internship with the JCC Association, where he developed an incident response manual and resources as part of the JResponse program.

Debbie Lechtman

Jewish Writer and Educator

Debbie Lechtman is a Jewish, Israeli, and Latina author, educator, content creator, and artist. She is a sitting board member at Indigenous Bridges and writes educational content on Jewish history and identity for the Anti-Defamation League, Creative Community for Peace, Honest Reporting, and more.

She has collaborated with a number of renowned organizations, including Jewish on Campus and the Center for Peace Communications, and has also presented lectures at a number of events, including events hosted by Limmud, the American Jewish Committee, the Holocaust Center for Humanity, Hillel, and Microsoft. In the past, she worked as a guide, educator, and curator at Costa Rica’s only Jewish museum and wrote for a number of Jewish publications


Adam Lehman

President and CEO of Hillel International

Adam Lehman is privileged to serve as the President and CEO of Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization in the world with presence on more than 850 college and university campuses in the U.S. and 16 other countries. Adam spent the first two decades of his career as an entrepreneur and executive, developing and growing new technology and media ventures, including as a Senior Vice President at AOL. Seven years ago, Adam made his career transition into professional leadership at Hillel International, based on his passion for empowering the next generation of Jewish leaders. During his tenure as CEO, Hillel International has focused on investing in the outstanding professionals who support diverse Jewish students across the Hillel field, aggressively addressing the troubling rise of campus antisemitism, growing opportunities for students to engage in service and civic engagement through Hillel, and advancing Hillel’s leadership as the innovation lab for the Jewish future. Adam is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and a former Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Shaya Lerner

Director of Israel Affairs, ADL

Shaya Lerner is ADL’s Director of Israel Affairs, and Associate Director of Middle Eastern Affairs. He is responsible for helping develop ADL’s Israel policies and programs, including on anti-Zionism, BDS trends, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as on issues related to global antisemitism, Iran, and persecuted minorities around the world.

Shaya has drafted and edited numerous ADL statements, letters, op-eds and policy memos on a variety of international issues and has contributed to a number of ADL publications.

Shaya joined ADL in 2011. He resides in White Plains, NY, and holds a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University and a B.A. from Yeshiva University, where he studied history and philosophy.

Tara Levine

President, Foundation to Combat Antisemitism

Tara Levine is the President of the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism, responsible for leading and scaling the organization’s efforts to stand up to Jewish hate and all hate. In this role, she leverages her 20+ years of experience guiding global consumer brands through growth inflection points.

She served as GM, North America and Vice President at Converse, a subsidiary of Nike, and as Chief Growth Officer of Inari. She held multiple leadership roles at Ocean Spray, including Vice President of Strategy and M&A, as well as Managing Director of Ocean Spray’s Europe/Middle East/Africa business based in London. Levine also oversaw numerous brands at P&G/Gillette.

Levine has also held several leadership roles in the nonprofit space, having served as the founding Director of Research and Advisory Services at Catalyst, a think tank advancing women in business, creating their consulting business, and writing the book “Creating Women’s Networks.” She also serves as a board member for the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Brown University and lives in Boston.

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Alyza Lewin

President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

Alyza D. Lewin is the President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (“LDB”), a non-profit organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center conducts research, education and legal advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti- Semitism on college and university campuses. It empowers students by training them to understand their legal rights, and educates administrators on best practices to combat racism and anti-Semitism on campus. Ms. Lewin is also a co-founder and partner in Lewin & Lewin, LLP where she has specialized in litigation, mediation and government relations. Her experience includes criminal defense, civil litigation and anti-discrimination matters.

Ms. Lewin led the litigation team that represented Avi Zinger, the Israeli licensee of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, in the lawsuit that Mr. Zinger filed against Unilever to prevent Ben & Jerry’s boycott of Israel. Ms. Lewin negotiated a successful resolution to that matter pursuant to which Avi Zinger obtained the right in perpetuity to sell Ben & Jerry’s ice cream everywhere in Israel and the territories using the Hebrew and Arabic logos.

In 2014, Lewin argued Zivotofsky v. Kerry (the “Jerusalem Passport” case) before the U.S. Supreme Court, a case involving the constitutionality of a law granting American citizens born in Jerusalem the right to list “Israel” as the place of birth on their U.S. passports. In Zivotofsky, the Supreme Court held that the President of the United States has the exclusive authority to recognize foreign sovereigns. The case paved the way for President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. After 18 years, Ms. Lewin brought this pro- bono case to a successful resolution in October 2020, when Secretary of State Pompeo revised the US passport regulations and Ambassador David Friedman presented her client with the very first US passport to list “Israel” as place of birth for a US citizen born in Jerusalem.

Ms. Lewin, together with her father Nathan Lewin, also successfully represented the Boim family in its landmark civil tort litigation which established the right of American victims of terror to obtain damages under American law against organizations that knowingly provide financial support to international terrorist groups.

Ms. Lewin began her law career in Israel where she clerked on the Supreme Court for Deputy President Justice Menachem Elon. Ms. Lewin served as President of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (“AAJLJ”) from 2012 – 2017. In January 2020, Ms. Lewin was awarded the AAJLJ’s distinguished Pursuit of Justice Award. In December 2022, Alyza was named by the Algemeiner to their J100 – as one of the “Top 100 people positively influencing Jewish Life.”

Ms. Lewin received her B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Ms. Lewin has also been trained as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association and the Center for Dispute Settlement.

Ariella Loewenstein

Deputy Regional Director of ADL Los Angeles

Ariella Loewenstein is the Deputy Regional Director for ADL Los Angeles. As Deputy Regional Director, Ms. Loewenstein oversees the administration of the office, including staff development and supervision and directs communications with various constituencies. She assists in planning, developing, and implementing advocacy initiatives, program activities, and services in the community to advance ADL’s mission within the region. She is also one of ADL’s Regional Operations Law Enforcement contacts, maintaining relationships with key Law Enforcement professionals and providing workshops on domestic terrorism, extremism and hate crimes.

She has been with the League since November 2005. Prior to coming to ADL, she worked in the Jewish community for five years at the Jewish Free Loan Association as a program coordinator and loan analyst.

Ms. Loewenstein has a master’s degree in Public Policy from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Relations. She also received her certificate of mediation from the Center for Conflict Resolution at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Ms. Loewenstein is a graduate of both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Citizens’ Academies. She is also a current member of the California Women of Homeland Security. In 2017, she was recognized for her professional excellence by being awarded ADL’s prestigious Senn/Greenberg Award.

Ariel Martin


Ariel Martin, known as ‘Baby Ariel’ by much of her fandom, got her start in the entertainment industry when she was only 14 by posting lip sync videos on musical.ly, the precursor app to Tik Tok. Her unique style struck a chord and within a few months, her following grew from a few dozen to over 6,000,000. Early on, Ariel decided to leverage her success across other entertainment platforms by posting original content which expanded her following to over 50,000,000 across all platforms. Her success did not come without challenges and being a young creator, she experienced a tremendous amount of cyber-bullying. Recognizing how other kids, teens, and young adults are vulnerable to personal, hurtful online attacks, she decided to use her influence to stand up and fight against cyber-bullying with her nationally recognized program, #ArielMovement. Her actions earned her the recognition of being a twice-honored ‘Time’s Most Influential People on the Internet’ along with multiple Teen’s Choice Awards. Ariel has gone on to expand her interests and activities within the entertainment industry where she has been featured in multiple ‘Disney Channel Original Movies’, starred in a Nickelodeon original movie, and hosted ‘Fam Jam’, a Disney Original show. Her most recent project, “Suncoast” premiered at 2024’s Sundance Film Festival and stars Woody Harrelson, Laura Linney, and Sundance’s breakout performer, Nico Parker. Ariel has always been a proud Jew having visited Israel for the first time when she was only 2 years old to honor her uncle Danny, an IDF soldier who’d been shot and killed by a sniper while escorting a group of mourners in Hebron. She later visited at age 11 with her family. Since the attacks of October 7th, Ariel has been a strong and staunch advocate for Jews, the land of Israel, and its right to defend itself despite the daily harassment and death threats she receives. She has interviewed survivors of the attack and family members of hostages in hopes of sharing their stories and bearing witness. This February, she visited Israel again, this time as a guest of “Combat Anti-Semitism Movement” where she visited the sites where the massacres of October 7th took place and met with families of hostages and victims of the attack. Ariel is an aspiring screenwriter and director and lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Milo, her fluffy dog Arlo, and her two silly cats Koa and Ash.

Dani Menkin

Writer, Director, Producer, Hey Jude Productions

Dani Menkin is a twice Israeli-Academy-Award-Winning writer-director living and working in Los Angeles, California. His multi-award-winning films were sold internationally worldwide. Among them, AULCIE, PICTURE OF HIS LIFE, ON THE MAP, DOLPHIN BOY, and IS THAT YOU? His first acclaimed film 39 POUNDS OF LOVE was sold to HBO and shortlisted for the Oscars. Dani Menkin is the creative director of Hey Jude Productions.

Karen Milner

National Chairperson, South African Jewish Board of Deputies

Karen Milner (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. She is also the elected National Chairperson of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (the representative spokes body for the Jewish community in South Africa) and a vice President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

Karen is actively involved in fighting all forms of racism and antisemitism in South Africa, in particular on South African university campuses and in the government arena.

Sarah Moore

Anti-LGBTQ+ Extremism Analyst for ADL & GLAAD

Sarah Moore (she/her) is the Anti-LGBTQ+ Extremism Analyst for ADL and GLAAD focused on countering anti-LGBTQ+ extremism and hate. She received her master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and her bachelor’s degree from Miami University. Previously, she worked as a General Associate at the University of Maryland’s START Global Terrorism Database (GTD).


Melissa Mott

Director of Antisemitism, Holocaust and Genocide Education, ADL

Melissa is the Director of Antisemitism, Holocaust, and Genocide Education at ADL. A former 10th-grade English teacher in Newark Public Schools and a Fulbright scholar in Poland, Melissa studies the intersection of history education, collective memory, and anti-democratic thought.

Melissa has written curriculum and programs, and trained educators on Holocaust pedagogy, antisemitism education, inquiry-learning, human rights, and LGBTQIA+ history, in the U.S., Kenya, Ghana, Israel, Poland, UK, and Germany. Melissa received her Ed.M. from Columbia University Teachers College in 2017, focusing on the link between antisemitism and anti-LGBTQ sentiment in former Soviet countries. Melissa helms ADL’s programs on the Holocaust, genocide, and antisemitism education.

Dani Nurik

JLens Director of Advocacy

JLens invests in 300 of the most influential US public companies, and engages them on six Jewish value pillars. Dani oversees all of JLens’ direct advocacy and engagement with corporations. Dani has worked for a variety of organizations in the Jewish community focused on education and engagement in both the United States and Israel. Dani holds an MBA with a concentration on social impact and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University, as well as a BA in Public Health and Environmental Science from Brandeis University.

James Pasch

Senior Director of National Litigation, ADL

James Pasch is the ADL’s Senior Director of National Litigation, after serving four years as ADL’s Cleveland Regional Director (serving Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania). Building on the path-breaking litigation that ADL has helped to bring in federal court for the District of Columbia against the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers for the role they played in the January 6 insurrection, James is leading a legal advocacy practice for ADL during a particularly important time, as antisemitism and extremism become more mainstreamed, normalized and amplified both online and off.

In his new position, James is building a strategy of legal advocacy to combat antisemitism and other forms of hate, regardless of their political or ideological source. Notably, in November 2023, he oversaw the launch of CALL (Campus Antisemitism Legal Line), a free hotline, providing legal assistance for anyone experiencing antisemitism on college campuses. The project has already led to several potential new avenues of litigation for ADL. In conjunction with Brandeis, James led ADL in filing a complaint against the Santa Ana Unified School District for establishing a biased Ethnic Studies curriculum.

In his time leading the ADL Cleveland Office, James launched a pro-bono legal assistance program to assist victims of hate crimes in Ohio and, under his leadership, ADL’s No Place for Hate education programming has grown over 200 percent regionwide. He also drove the region’s response in the aftermath of the Tree of Life synagogue attack in Pittsburgh, the deadliest terror attack on Jews in U.S. history. James Pasch graduated from University of Vermont and earned his law degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Prior to entering the legal profession, James worked on Capitol Hill, first for Senator Frank Lautenberg and then as a law clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He then built a thriving small firm litigation practice in Cleveland. James served as the Case Western Reserve Law School’s Assistant Dean of Development and External Affairs during the Law School’s Capital Campaign. James has also served two-terms as a Councilman in Beachwood, where he led the City’s passage of its anti-discrimination ordinance.

Candice Perilstein

Associate Director, Jewish Partnerships, ADL

Candice Perilstein is the Associate Director of Jewish Partnerships at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), working to expand ADL’s reach with Jewish communal campus organizations across the country through partnerships and advocacy efforts. Joining ADL in 2019, Candice previously served as the Associate Regional Director for the Florida office. No stranger to the campus space, prior to ADL she held positions with Hillel at Vanderbilt University, as well as on the headquarters staff at Zeta Beta Tau as Director of Growth. She graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and Master of Education with a focus in College Student Affairs from the University of South Floria.

Carly Pildis

Director, Community Engagement, ADL

Carly Pildis has dedicated her career to fighting for justice and equity on a global and national scale. he currently serves Director of Community Engagement for the ADL. Past work includes Columnist for the Forward, Director of Grassroots Organizing for the Jewish Democratic Council of America, Contributing Editor at Tablet Magazine, RESULTS, Obama for America 2012, Jubilee USA Network and American Jewish World Service. In addition, she has served as a board member for the JCRC of Greater Washington, The Young Jewish Leadership board of the Greater Washington Jewish Federation, JDCA’s Next Gen Leadership Council and the Inter Jewish Muslim Alliance (IJMA). She has been featured in Forward, Refinery 29, Washington Jewish Weekly, Tablet Magazine, the Washington Post, Politico, CNN, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post. She has spoken at the ADL Never Again is Now Summit and National Leadership Summit, The Israel Forum at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Z3, The Jewish Council for Public Affairs Conference, The Israeli Embassy, AIPAC Policy Conference, and RESULTS International Conference. In her free time, Carly enjoys engaging in Jewish Twitter and making Shabbat with her family.

Matthew J. Platkin

New Jersey Attorney General

Matthew J. Platkin is the 62nd Attorney General of New Jersey, appointed by Governor Phil Murphy on February 3, 2022.

As New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Platkin has prioritized the safety of New Jersey residents, focusing on combating violent crime and implementing innovative public safety strategies. He has specifically targeted gun crimes and auto thefts, resulting in significant reductions in both areas during his tenure. He has also spearheaded efforts to change how law enforcement responds to mental health emergencies by connecting individuals to resources, underscored by the innovative ARRIVE Together program.

The Attorney General leads a department that touches upon nearly every aspect of life in New Jersey. Its sweeping responsibilities include investigating and prosecuting crimes, representing the State’s interests in court, enforcing strong consumer protection and civil rights statutes, regulating important industries and overseeing over 38,000 law enforcement officers throughout the state. Attorney General Platkin believes that at the center of this work is public trust. With that goal in mind, he has made it a priority to utilize available resources and authority to root out public waste and abuse, eradicate corruption, hold regulated businesses and industries accountable, defend civil rights, end bias and discrimination, and increase transparency concerning law enforcement conduct.

Since his appointment, Attorney General Platkin has established several new offices within the Department of Law and Public Safety, aligning with his core priorities, and many of which represent first-in-the-nation programming. These include the Statewide Affirmative Firearms Enforcement Office, the Division of Violence Intervention and Victim Assistance and specialized units within the Division of Criminal Justice dedicated to prosecuting human trafficking and complex financial crimes. From the moment reproductive rights were put at risk under the Dobbs decision, he created and has led the Reproductive Rights Strike Force and partnered with the Governor’s Office and Legislature to protect access to reproductive healthcare.

Prior to his role as Attorney General, Platkin served as Chief Counsel to Governor Murphy, overseeing legal matters and providing counsel on legislation, executive orders, regulations, and litigation.

Platkin is a native of New Jersey, hailing from Morris County, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. He lives in Montclair with his wife, Sophia, and children, Robert and Maya.

Hindy Poupko

Senior Vice President, Community Strategy and External Relations, UJA-Federation of New York

Hindy Poupko is the Senior Vice President for Community Strategy and External Relations. This newly created position matches Hindy’s strengths in planning and organizational development with her commitment to promoting community relations. In this role, Hindy oversees an integrated and holistic model of programmatic investment and government relations around key priority areas- including UJA’s work to confront antisemitism. Prior to this role, Hindy served as the Deputy Chief Planning Officer and Managing Director of UJA’s Commission on the Jewish People. Before coming to UJA, Hindy was the Managing Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. During her seven year tenure, Hindy led the agency’s efforts to build broad-based support for Israel in New York, advocated for the needs of Jewish communities abroad, and, in an increasingly challenging campus environment, developed innovative programming to support New York-area Hillels. Hindy also led the growth of the agency’s Council of Young Jewish Presidents, a leadership development program for young Jewish lay leaders. Prior to joining JCRC-NY, Hindy worked at a political consulting firm and as a Yeshiva University Presidential Fellow. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a Master’s Degree from the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Hindy is a Wexner Graduate Fellow Alum and a Schusterman Fellow. In November 2012, Hindy was named to the Forward’s list of the 50 most influential Jews in America.

Jessica Reaves

Director, Content and Editorial Strategy, Center on Extremism, ADL

Jessica Reaves is the Director of Content and Editorial Strategy for the ADL Center on Extremism. She has written extensively about the foundational role of misogyny within a range of extremist groups and movements, including incels and white supremacy.

Before joining the COE in 2014, Reaves was a reporter for more than 15 years, covering politics, the U.S. Supreme Court and global health as a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Ms., the Chicago News Cooperative and TIME.com, among others. Reaves is a graduate of Duke University.

Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein

Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor, Jewish Federations of North America

Isaiah Joseph Rothstein serves as Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor at Jewish Federations of North America and is a founder of JFNA’s Initiative for Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, and Kamochah, a community for Black Orthodox Jews. Prior to JFNA, Isaiah was rabbi-in-residence at Hazon, Isabella Freedman, and Be’chol Lashon, and served as rabbi for youth at Carmel Academy, Young Israel of Stamford, NCSY, and Camp Yavneh. Isaiah studied at Kushner Yeshiva High School, Lev HaTorah, Machon Lev, Binghamton University and received rabbinic ordination and a MSW from Yeshiva University. Raised in a multi-racial Chabad family from Monsey, NY, he sees himself as a human bridge, connecting disparate parts of the Jewish community and America. Isaiah is a part of Rabbis Without Borders, Schusterman’s ROI + Senior Fellowship Cohort VII, and was listed in Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36.” When not working to keep the world safe for the Jewish people and democracy, Isaiah is writing a musical about Queen Esther.


Jodi Rudoren

Editor in Chief, the Forward

Jodi Rudoren became editor-in-chief of the Forward in 2019 after more than two decades at The New York Times, including a stint as Jerusalem bureau chief.

Under her leadership, journalists at the Forward have won record numbers of Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association, as well as prizes from New York’s Deadline Club, L.A.’s Press Club, the Religion News Association and the Society for Features Journalism. Jodi herself won the RNA’s top commentary award in 2022 and was a Deadline Club finalist for her weekly column, “Looking Forward.”

Jodi is a contributor to the anthology, Jewish Priorities: Sixty-five proposals for the future of our people, and a sought-after public speaker. During the Israel-Hamas war, she has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer” show, among others.

At The Times, Jodi pioneered the masthead role of Associate Managing Editor for Audience, served on the 2020 committee designing the newsroom of the future, and won an Emmy Award as executive producer of the multimedia series “One in 8 Million.”

She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated cum laude in 1992 from Yale University, where she was managing editor of The Yale Daily News. She and her husband, Gary, combined their surnames in 2006 and live in Montclair, N.J., with their teenaged twins. She is on the board of The Fuller Project, a nonprofit newsroom doing groundbreaking investigative work on gender.


Alex Ryvchin

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Executive Council of Australian Jewry

Alex Ryvchin is co-Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the author of internationally acclaimed books of history and politics including Zionism – The Concise History, and a best-selling children’s author. His new book on antisemitism is The 7 Deadly Myths – Antisemitism from the Time of Christ to Kanye West

Ben Samuels

U.S. Correspondent, Haaretz

Ben Samuels is the U.S correspondent for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, based out of Washington. He has extensively covered the Biden administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, breaking news and offering deeply sourced analysis. Ben also covers Congress and how the Democratic and Republican parties have diverged on Israel, as well as evolving political and public debates around Israel and antisemitism. Ben was previously head of Haaretz’s news desk in Tel Aviv for several years prior to his current posting.


Sara Scheinbach

Director, Jewish Partnerships, ADL

Sara Scheinbach is ADL’s Director of Jewish Partnerships. In this role, she works with national and international Jewish organizations to create meaningful opportunities to join forces and fight hate. Prior to this role, she served as the Cleveland Region’s Senior Associate Regional Director, during which time she responded to incidents, developed a synagogue engagement program, led young leadership work, and represented ADL in the media. Prior to joining ADL staff, Sara taught as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, then earned her JD and worked for several years as a litigator in Cleveland.

Carol Ann Schwartz

National President, Hadassah

Carol Ann Schwartz is National President of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America – the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States and with an international network of supporters – dedicated to advancing women’s health and empowerment, fighting antisemitism, strengthening the US-Israel relationship, and healing the world through our hospitals and youth villages in Israel.

Early in her presidency, Carol Ann brought together Hadassah’s global leaders to launch the “End The Silence” campaign to unite people all over the world in speaking out against the weaponization of sexual violence by Hamas in Israel and by others around the globe and in demanding justice. In January, Carol Ann led a global Hadassah solidarity mission to Israel, where she and other Hadassah leaders hand-delivered a petition to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Tel Aviv, demanding that ICRC representatives meet with the Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

Carol Ann has a life-long passion for Israel and Zionism. She has been actively involved with Hadassah for over 30 years including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO), national volunteer leader focused on advocacy and communications, and local Cincinnati Chapter president. Additionally, she serves on the AZM (American Zionist Movement) Board, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations Board and JNF-USA Board of Governors.

Following seven plus years in banking, Carol Ann joined her family in commercial real estate and now runs, along with her sister, the family company started in 1946 by her grandfather.

Carol Ann is also active in her local community in Cincinnati, serving as president of Yavneh Day School (Rockwern Academy) and on several boards, including Adath Israel Synagogue, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and Hillel.

Carol Ann earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and management from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Xavier University.

Oren Segal

Vice President, ADL Center on Extremism

As Vice President of the Center on Extremism, Oren Segal leads the organization’s efforts to combat extremism, terrorism, and all forms of hate both in the physical world and online. Recognized as a foremost authority on extremism, the Center on Extremism consists of a team of experts, analysts, and investigators who provide invaluable resources, expertise, and educational briefings to law enforcement agencies, public officials, and internet and technology companies.

Throughout his tenure at ADL, Oren has dedicated much of his time to evaluating and countering the trends, tactics, and impact of antisemitism and extremism across the entire ideological spectrum. He regularly appears on national and international media outlets, provides expert witness testimony, and speaks at conferences worldwide. In recognition of his exceptional service in the public interest, Oren was honored by the FBI in 2006. He was named one of the 50 influential, intriguing, and inspiring American Jews by the Forward in 2019. Prior to joining ADL in 1998, Oren worked for The New York Times and the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Megan Shahi

Director, Technology Policy, Center for American Progress

Megan Shahi is the director of Technology Policy at American Progress. She has extensive experience across the U.S. public and private sectors and has spent the majority of her career promoting transparency and accountability inside some of the world’s most influential social media companies. She is deeply passionate about enacting smart and future-proof technology regulation in the United States and positively influencing the intersection of technology and public policy.

Prior to joining American Progress, Shahi worked at Meta, Instagram, and Twitter, where she advocated for user-choice functionality and control, wrote substantial platform policies, and shaped product strategies to safeguard social media users from both real world and online harm. She was a crisis manager in Meta’s first-ever U.S. election “War Room” in 2018, which worked to combat misinformation and inauthentic behavior. Shahi also architected Instagram’s product and content policies for the launch of its short-form video product—Reels—and guided Twitter’s strategy to comply with the European Union’s Digital Services Act. She helped each organization balance policy, safety, and regulatory interests with profit, growth, and engagement incentives to promote safe expression for global user bases.

Before her time working in the technology industry, Shahi served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Domestic Finance, where she specialized in Western Hemisphere economic policy and domestic financial inclusion, respectively. She began her career in public service at the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Shahi hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and is a graduate of The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Tema Smith

Director of Jewish Outreach & Partnerships, ADL

Tema Smith is a writer, educator, advocate and community builder whose work centers on antisemitism prevention and equity in the Jewish community and beyond. She currently serves as the Director of Jewish Outreach & Partnerships at ADL, where she leads the agency’s work in partnering with Jewish organizations across the United States to fight back against antisemitism and all forms of hate. A recipient of the 2022 JPro Young Professionals Award, Tema speaks and trains frequently on racial equity, diversity and antisemitism for synagogues, Jewish organizations, and community groups across North America. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the Union for Reform Judaism and on the board of Ammud: The Jews of Color Torah Academy. Prior to joining ADL, she was the Director of Community Engagement at Holy Blossom Temple where she is currently a member. The proud daughter of an Ashkenazi Jewish Torontonian and a Bahamian-American New Yorker, Tema lives in her hometown of Toronto with her dogs, her pour over coffee gear, and way too many books.

Rabbi Rachel Steiner

Senior Rabbi, Barnert Temple

Rabbi Rachel Steiner is the Senior Rabbi at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, the oldest Jewish congregation in New Jersey. She began serving Barnert as the Assistant Rabbi in 2010 and became the Senior Rabbi in 2018. Rabbi Steiner is passionate about engaging the growing Reform Jewish community that calls Barnert “home” in Jewish learning, creative and musical worship, social opportunities, and inspiring Jewish living that is filled with impact, joy, purpose, and connection. Rabbi Steiner is a leader in the local interfaith clergy group and works with other faith-based groups to build bridges between religious and cultural communities in Bergen County.

Rabbi Steiner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in NYC where she was ordained in 2010. A proud native of the Upper West Side of New York City, Rabbi Steiner and her family are grateful to have made their home in Bergen County, NJ.

Stacy Stuart

Co-Founder, JewBelong

Stacy Stuart is a co-founder of JewBelong.com. Originally launched as an online platform for easy, meaningful DIY Jewish rituals and educational resources focusing on outreach to Disengaged Jews (DJs), JewBelong is now focused largely on creating awareness for growing antisemitism in the United States. JewBelong’s national billboard campaign, using headlines like, “Can a billboard end antisemitism? No. But you’re not a billboard,” and “Let’s be clear: Hamas is your problem too” is currently up on outdoor media across the country.





Jackie Subar

Director of Strategic Partnerships, ADL

Jackie Subar serves as the national Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In her capacity she is responsible for bolstering national partnerships and for driving ADL’s critical efforts working with communities and lawmakers alike to advance the organization’s mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Jackie has served in many capacities at the intersection of advocacy and community building. Before joining ADL, Jackie was the Assistant Director for American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Department of Policy and Political Affairs. In this role, she was responsible for advancing AJC’s mission on Capitol Hill; for fostering strategic relationships in the U.S. House and Senate, and for managing AJC’s legislative work on areas related to civil rights, hate crimes, religious minorities, domestic terrorism, and online hate. She worked closely with the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations. Jackie has spent her professional career in Washington where she has worked to foster intergroup and diplomatic relations. She obtained her master’s in Public Administration from the George Bush School at Texas A&M University and prior to graduate school spent a year studying in Israel.


Nina Tassler

Producer, Author, and Media & Entertainment Executive

Nina Tassler is a Producer, Author, and Media & Entertainment Executive, Formerly Chair of CBS Entertainment. Serving as President since 2004, she led CBS Entertainment to great heights, propelling it to be named America’s #1 Network during 12 of the 13 years of her tenure. She developed such hit series as “The Big Bang Theory,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the “NCIS” franchise, “The Good Wife,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and the award-winning daytime talk show, “The Talk.” Nina also assembled a senior staff that was 50% female and helped establish CBS Entertainment’s first Diversity, Inclusion, and Communications department.

Nina delivered the 2016 commencement speech at her alma mater, Boston University. She has received the Award for Creative Achievement by The Imagen Foundation, The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television by Women in Film, The Champion of Choice Award by Planned Parenthood, and the National Champion of Children Award from the Alliance of Children’s Rights. Nina was Chair and Honoree of the Jewish Federation, Entertainment Division, as well as, recipient of Jewish Family Service, LA’s Susie Forer-Dehrey Spirit of Humanity Award. In 2010, she co-led with Nancy Josephson, the first Women in Entertainment mission to Israel.

In 2016, Simon & Schuster published her book, WHAT I TOLD MY DAUGHTER, a collection of inspiring reflections from notable, highly accomplished women in politics, academia, athletics, the arts, and business. In 2023, Nina produced the Broadway show, THE COTTAGE starring Eric McCormack, directed by Jason Alexander. Nina serves on the Boston University Board of Trustees, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and on the Board of Jewish Family Service, LA having served as Chair from 2019-2022. She lives in LA with husband Jerry Levine, daughter, son, and daughter in law.

Miriam Tennenbaum

VP of Development, Olami

Miriam Tennenbaum is the Vice President of Development at Olami, where she combines her diverse skill set and passions to build a movement centered in Jewish pride, identity, and engagement. Her background in nonprofit development and Jewish engagement, coupled with her expertise in security, enables her to address the unique challenges facing Jewish communities worldwide. Prior to her current role, Miriam held development positions at United Hatzalah and Chai Lifeline, where she focused on initiatives to support and strengthen Jewish communities. She has also served as a security consultant at DEG Strategic and as an investigative analyst at MSA Security, contributing to security assessments and threat analyses aimed at safeguarding Jewish organizations and institutions.

Miriam earned her BA in Political Science and Media Studies from the City University of New York-Queens College, and an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, with a specialization in International Security and the Middle East.  




Marie van der Zyl

President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Marie van der Zyl was elected President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews in May 2018.She became a Deputy is 2012 and was elected Vice President in 2015, where she served as Chair of the Defense Division. Since 2015, she has played a crucial part in the fight against antisemitism in the Labour Party. Her quote, labelling the Chakrabarti report as a “whitewash”, was carried widely across national media. Marie was at the forefront of the campaign against the so-called “cabrank” policy, by which the Inner North London Coroner delayed the release of bodies to Jewish families. The High Court ruled that this policy was discriminatory. She has been a strong advocate for the adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism, including negotiating with King’s College London which resulted in its adoption of the IHRA definition. She has energetically pursued interfaith relations with Britain’s faith communities and has also led the campaign against the persecution of the Uyghur Muslims. Marie is very passionate about youth engagement and future leadership development. Marie, who represents Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, has two daughters. In her professional life she is a solicitor specializing in employment equalities law and a partner at INCE GD.

Hanna Veiler

President of the German Union of Jewish Students (JSUD)

Hanna Esther Veiler was born into a Jewish family in Belarus in 1998 and grew up in a small town in southern Germany from 2005. Veiler is working on the topics of antisemitism, Jewish women empowerment, Eastern-Europe and remembrance culture. After completing a voluntary service in Israel in 2017, she studied art history, French literature and peace studies in Germany, France and Costa Rica. Veiler is president of the German Union of Jewish Students (JSUD), vice-president of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), a trainer in the ADL Words to Action program, Lauder Fellow at the WJC and works as a political educator and publicist.

Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath

Managing Director of Identity, Ideas and Adolescents at The Jewish Education Project

Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is an award-winning Jewish educator, and currently serves as the Managing Director of Identity, Ideas, and Adolescents at The Jewish Education Project. Samantha is a recognized expert on antisemitism, Jewish peoplehood, Israel, and Jewish teens. She is the author of #antisemitism: Coming of Age During the Resurgence of Hate, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of Education and Jewish Identity.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker

Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem and Special Advisor to ADL

Charlie Cytron-Walker became the new rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, NC on July 1, 2022.

Rabbi Charlie arrives at Temple Emanuel with a history of working to bring a sense of spirituality, compassion, and learning into the lives of the community.

He is a past President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis and served on the steering committee of Peace Together. In 2022, he was honored as a Hero Against Hate by the Texoma Anti-Defamation League and currently serves as a Special Advisor to the ADL.

He previously served at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in Colleyville, TX since 2006. On January 15, 2022 Rabbi Charlie and three CBI congregants were held hostage by a gunman in the CBI sanctuary.  After an 11-hour standoff, all the hostages were able to escape when Rabbi Charlie threw a chair at the gunman, distracting him long enough for everyone to get out of the building.  Since then, he has spoken at the White House, testified before Congress, and has been published in numerous news sources.

Michael Waitz

Chief Operating Officer, Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi)

Michael Waitz is the Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Fraternity. Michael graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Business Management and has completed certificate programs with Spertus/Northwestern University in Jewish Leadership as well as the Board Member Institute at Northwestern University. After graduation, Michael worked for AEPi running the program department where he visited 130 college campuses and later moved into fundraising for AEPi’s Foundation. For almost 9 years he focused on educational trips to Israel where he saw over 1,000 trips. Michael resides in the Chicago suburbs with his wife Aviva, and their two children.


Thom Waye

Chief Strategy Officer, Chabad on Campus International

Thom Waye is the Chief Strategy Officer of Chabad on Campus International. He comes from both a background in business and philanthropy, with a strong connection to the Jewish community and Israel. Prior to joining Chabad on Campus, Thom was the founder of Sigma Capital Partners and previously worked at ComVest Venture Partners, AIG Capital Partners, Motorola, and Unisys. He also sat on or Chaired, the boards of multiple private and public companies.

On the philanthropy front, Thom sits on the board of the Areivim Philanthropic Group, is a Trustee of Park Avenue Synagogue, serves on the Conservation Council of Panthera, was the former Trustee of the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, a founding member of the Board of Directors of Sprout Lake Camps, and served as Chairman US Friends of Madatech: The Israel National Museum of Science.

Thom has a BS from Syracuse University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School.


Rebecca Ulam Weiner

Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, NYPD

Deputy Commissioner Rebecca Ulam Weiner oversees the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence & Counterterrorism Bureau, managing investigative, analytical, operational, and engagement efforts across the domains of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, criminal intelligence, infrastructure and event protection, cyber threat intelligence, and geopolitical risk. She develops and implements policy and strategic priorities for the Intelligence & Counterterrorism Bureau and publically represents the NYPD in matters involving counterterrorism and intelligence. Prior to assuming command of the Intelligence & Counterterrorism Bureau, Deputy Commissioner Weiner oversaw the NYPD’s counterterrorism operations and analysis section, developing an internationally-recognized intelligence and threat analysis program. She also served as the first representative of local law enforcement on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Council, where she focused on transnational crime and terrorism. Deputy Commissioner Weiner previously served as Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence Analysis, Legal Counsel to the Intelligence Bureau’s Intelligence Analysis Unit, and Team Leader for the Middle East & North Africa, overseeing intelligence collection and analysis related to threats associated with those regions. Prior to joining the NYPD in 2006, Deputy Commissioner Weiner was an International Security Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; a biotechnology consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; and a Science & Technology Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Deputy Commissioner Weiner graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in History & Literature, and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2005 with a Juris Doctorate. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia’s School for International and Public Affairs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Leadership in Counterterrorism Alumni Association, and she was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 2006.

Tomer Witelson

President, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Columbia University

Tomer is a third-year student at Columbia University, studying Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. He is involved with various Jewish groups on campus, and is currently the president of the Columbia chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish college fraternity.


Alexandra Zapruder

Editor of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust and Education Director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation

Alexandra Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served on the curatorial team for the museum’s exhibition for young visitors, Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story. She earned her Ed.M. in Education at Harvard University in 1995.

In 2002, Alexandra completed her first book, Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which was published by Yale University Press and won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. It has since been published in Dutch and Italian. She wrote and co-produced I’m Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on her book, which aired on MTV in May 2005 and was nominated for two Emmy awards. In the fall of 2015, she completed a second paperback edition and a multimedia edition of Salvaged Pages and, in conjunction with Facing History and Ourselves, published related educational materials designed for middle and high school teachers. She contributed an essay about young writers’ diaries to the Anne Frank House Permanent Catalogue, which was published in eight languages.

In November 2016, she published her second book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, which tells the story of her grandfather’s home movie of President Kennedy’s assassination. She curated a permanent exhibition titled And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide which opened at Holocaust Museum Houston in 2019. In 2020, in partnership with EIHR, she launched a project called Dispatches from Quarantine which provided a platform for young people to document their real-time experiences of life during the Covid-19 Pandemic and published an online gallery showcasing their contributions in prose, poetry, photography, art, and song. In 2021-22, she ghostwrote a forthcoming memoir about a German-Jewish refugee family during the Holocaust and consulted on an online-exhibition at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research on the diary of Yitskhok Rudashevski from the Vilna Ghetto.

Alexandra serves as the Education Director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights (EIHR), a nonprofit that develops partnerships with teachers in post-conflict countries to provide training in best practices on human rights, genocide prevention, and Holocaust education.

She has been published in Parade, LitHub, Smithsonian, and The New York Times.