Taglit-Birthright Israel


SPEAKERS AND PARTICIPANTS 

Confirmed as of June 5th, 2013

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Chairs/Presenters/Discussants

Prof. Hanan Alexander, Dean of Students and Professor of Philosophy of Education, Head of the International School and the Center for Jewish Education, University of Haifa; Senior Research Fellow, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Prof. Reuven Amitai, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University, Head of the Academic Advising Board, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Gabor Balazs, Professor of Jewish and general philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Szeged

Prof. Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Yossi Beilin, Former Minister of Justice and Deputy Foreign Minister

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Barry D. Berger, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Haifa, Academic College of Emek Yezreel

Prof. Len Bickman, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University

Matthew Boxer, Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Dr. Mooli Brog, Chief Knowledge Officer, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Tamar Brosh, Henrietta Szold Institute

Dr. Ruth Calderon, Knesset Member

Fern Chertok, Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Erik Cohen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, The Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations (Emeritus), The Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Howard Deitcher, Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusaelem

Dr. Elan Ezrachi, Fellow, The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education

Dr. Jackie Feldman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Dr. Pnina Golan-Cook, Henrietta Szold Institute

Prof. Lisa Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York

Prof. Zehavit Gross, Assisant Professor, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Hagit Hacohen Wolf, Head of the Research and Evaluation Unit, Melton Center for Jewish Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hana Holland, Project Director, Journey into Jewish Heritage

Prof. Bethamie Horowitz, Research Assistant Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development 

Prof. Charles Kadushin, Professor Emeritus Sociology, Graduate Center, CUNY; Distinguished Scholar, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Menachem Kellner, Shalem College and University of Haifa (Professor of Jewish History Emeritus)

Dr. Ezra Kopelowitz, CEO, Research Success Technologies Ltd.

Prof. Eli Lederhendler, Stephen S. Wise Professor of American Jewish History and Institutions, Head of the School of History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Lilach Lev-Ari, Head Research and Evaluation Authority and Head of the Sociology Department, Oranim, Academic College of Education

Prof. Jon A. Levisohn, Associate Professor of Jewish Education; Assistant Academic Director, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University

Dr. Shlomit Levy, Visiting Researcher, The Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Hal M. Lewis, President, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Laura Limonic, Director of Quantitative Research, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, City University of New York

Prof. Judit Bokser Liwerant, Professor of Political Science; Director of the Graduate School of Political and Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Dr. Daniel Marom, Academic Director, Mandel Leadership Institute

Prof. David Mittelberg, Associate Professor of Sociology, Oranim, Academic College of Education

Darya Moaz, Hadassah College; The Center for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda

Prof. Dalia Ofer, Professor Emeritus, The Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Daniel Pekarsky, Professor Emeritus of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Educational Policy Studies

Anna Pokorna, Ph.D. Candidate, Charles University in Prague

Dr. Alex Pomson, Senior Lecturer, Melton Center for Jewish Education at Hebrew University; Rosov Consulting

Dr. Jillian Powers, Post Doctoral Fellow, Washington University

Dr. Zohar Raviv, Director of Education, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Prof. Uzi Rebhun, The Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations; Head of The A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Larissa Remennick, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University 

Dr. Aviad Rubin, Lecturer, Division of Government and Political Theory, School of Political Science, University of Haifa

Dr. Ofir Rubin, Lecturer, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Prof. Amy L. Sales, Associate Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Director of Fisher-Bernstein Institute, Brandeis University; Project Director JData.com

Prof. Theodore Sasson, Senior Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University; Professor of International Studies, Middlebury College 

Prof. Leonard Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Jewish Community Research and Social Policy; Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University

Prof. Barry Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Georgia

Dr. Shimshon Shoshani, Deputy Chairman Counsel of Higher Education and Former Director General of Israel's Ministry of Education

Prof. Noam Shoval, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Lee Shulman, President Emeritus, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus,  Stanford University

Dr. Alex Sinclair, Director of Programs in Israel Education, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary

Michael Soberman, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership; National Director of Canada Israel Experience, Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA

Prof. Ephraim Tabory, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies; Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Gil Troy, Professor of History, McGill University

Prof. Anders Uhrskov, Director, Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

Prof. Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Dean of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Chaim I. Waxman, Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute amd a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Rutgers University

Rabbi Yehudit Werchow, Shlicha, Union for Reform Judaism

Prof. Philip Wexler, Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Professor in Jewish Communal Innovation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Brandeis University

Dr. Aviva Zeltzer-Zubida, Director of Research, Evaluation & Measurement, in Strategy & Planning Unit, Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

Dr. Rachel Zorman, Executive Director, Henrietta Szold Institute

Participants

Esther Abramowitz, Director Hillel, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Ehud Afek, International CFO, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt,  Mildred and Benjamin Berger Professor of Criminology, Provost, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Gia Arnstein, IsraelExperts

Janet Aronson, Graduate Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Uri Avrouskine, General Manager, Kenes Tours - Awesome Israel

Michael Bohnen, President, Adelson Family Foundation

Abigail Dauber Sterne, VP for Global Jewish Experience, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Joshua Davidson, Research Specialist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Danny Elinson, Director General, EZRA WORLD

Dr. Shira MJ Fishman, Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Alon Friedman, Director General, Hillel Israel Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Aryeh Furst, CFO, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Daniel Gatushkin, Henrietta Szold Institute

Ariella Goldfein, Planning Executive, Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal (COJIR), UJA-Federation of New York

Daniel Gross, PhD Candidate, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Clare Hedwat, UJA Federation of New York - Israel Office

Shahar Hecht, Senior Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Avraham Infeld,    Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Doron Karni, VP of Marketing, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Lorne Klemensberg, Vice President, Routes Travel

Meir Kraus, Director, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

Sarah Mali, Director, Leadership Portfolio, The Jewish Agency for Israel

Gidi Mark, CEO, Taglit-Birthrigt Israel

Yizhaq Megnazy,    Mayanot

Hedai Offaim, Director, Canada Israel Experience

Ariel Partush, Henrietta Szold Institute

Joe Perlov, President, Israel Experts

Nimrod Ran, International Chief Operations Officer, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Micha Rieser, Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Danny Sack, Director, Mayanot

Michelle Shain, Graduate Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Naomi Shapiro, North American Director, Shorashim North America

Amy Solomon, Development Coordinator, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Prof. Ada Spitzer, Vice President of Development and Community Relations, Taglit-Birthright Israel

Yael Tamari, Education Director, OU Israel Free Spirit

Michal Tamim, Director-Israel Office, Shorashim

Prof. Andres Uhrskov, Director, DIS, Danish Institute for Study Abroad

Prof. Thorsten Wagner, Associate Professor, DIS, Danish Institute for Study Abroad

Graham Wright, Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Marcie Yoselevsky, Member of Taglit-Birthright Israel Education Committee