Advisory Council

J Street’s Advisory Council brings together leaders with vast and diverse experience in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These prominent experts advise us on important topics related to our work both in the United States and in Israel.

Over 250 prominent former public officials, policy experts, community and academic leaders are on the J Street Advisory Council.

PLEASE NOTE: Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only; individual involvement in this effort does not imply organizational support. Names are in alphabetical order.


Marie Abrams Past Chair of Jewish Council of Public Affairs, Louisville, KY
Representative Tom Allen Former Member of Congress (from Maine’s 1st)
Stuart Appelbaum President Jewish Labor Committee; President, Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union
Diana Aviv President and CEO, Independent Sector; Former Vice President for Public Policy, United Jewish Communities
Peter Aweida President, Westland Development Services, Inc.
David Avital MTP Investments


Rabbi Donald Berlin Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Oheb Shalom
Aaron Back Director, Social Justice Fund
Patricia Bauman  
Diane Balser Former Exec. Director of Brit Tzedek V’Shalom
Dr. David Baltimore Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and President Emeritus, Caltech
Representative Anthony C. Beilenson Former Member of Congress, California
Dolores Beilenson Former Co-Chair of Congressional Spouses for Soviet Jewry
Professor Martin H. Belsky Dean and Professor of Law, University of Akron
Marjorie Benton Co-Founder of the Chicago Global Donors Network and Co-Founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women
Marshall Bennett  
David Birenbaum Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. for U.N. Management Reform
Ernest Bogen Board Member, Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University
Professor Martin Bunzl Philosophy Professor, Rutgers University
Charles Burson Former Chief of Staff to the Vice President Al Gore


Cantor Susan Caro President, American Conference of Cantors
Daniel G. Cedarbaum Former President, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Michael Chabon Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Stephen Chernof Past President, Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Senator Lincoln Chafee Former United States Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate
Joe Cirincione President, Ploughshares Fund
Cantor Jack Chomsky Senior Vice President, Cantors Assembly
Professor Steven M. Cohen Professor of Jewish Social Policy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels Beth Shir Sholom
Dr. Avner Cohen Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, and author of ’Israel and the Bomb.’
Rabbi Rachel Cowan Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Bruce Corwin Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Theatres Corporation
Lynn Cutler Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs


Rabbi Harry Danziger Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Representative Thomas J. Downey Former Member of Congress, New York
Albert J. Dwoskin President/CEO, A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc.
Matt Duss President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace
Sheldon Drobny Co-Founder, Nova M Radio, Air America Radio


Peter Edelman Board Chair, New Israel Fund
Peter Eckstein Jewish Educator, formerly of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach
Marla Echeveste Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff
Rabbi Amy Ellberg St. Paul Interfaith Network
Marilyn Eisenberg Community Activist
Edith Everett President, The Everett Foundation
Professor Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi Comparative Literature Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. David M. Elcott Former Executive Director, Israel Policy Forum, Professor, NYU Wagner School of Public Service


Robert A. Farmer Former Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
Emil Frankel Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, United States Department of Transportation, 2002-2005
Dan Fleshler Writer and Blogger
Marcia Freedman Founding President, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
Rabbi Allen I. Freehling Former Executive Director, City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
Bennett Freeman Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State’Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Rabbi Capers Funnye, Jr. Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, Chicago
Dodi Fromson Board of Directors of the American Associates of Ben Gurion University and member of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles
Gail Furman Board Member, Democracy Alliance


Larry Garber Fmr. CEO New Israel Fund, Fmr. Mission Director USAID West Bank/Gaza
Richard & Lois Gunther  
Eve Galanter Past President, Wisconsin Women in Government
Sunil & Julia Garg  
Toby Gatl Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and the Eurasian States at the National Security Council
Eric Geller Former member of National Board of Governors, American Jewish Committee
Judy Gaynor Founding co-chair, Human Rights Watch Chicago
Jane Gellman President, World Confederation of Jewish Community Centers
Michelle Goldberg Author, Kingdom Coming
Victor J. Goldberg Former IBM Corporate Vice President
Len Goodman Criminal Defense Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University
David R. Goodfriend Former Deputy Staff Secretary to President Clinton
Dr. Richard C. Goodwin Chairman, Middle East Peace Dialogue Network
Dr. Marc Gopin Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Dr. David Gordis President Emeritus, Hebrew College
Rabbi Samuel Gordon Congregation Sukkat Shalom
Barbara Gould Board Emeritus, Hebrew Union College ’ Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater Pasadena Temple and Jewish Center
Mark Green Former New York City Public Advocate
Robert Greenwald Brave New Films
Dr. David Gross Nobel Laureate, Physics; Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara


Joan Harris Chairman, Irving B. Harris Foundation
Gary Hart Former U.S. Senator, Former Co-Chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century
Ambassador William C. Harrop Former Ambassador to Israel and former Inspector General of the State Department and Foreign Service
Rabbi Floyd Herman Rabbi Emeritus, Har Sinai Congregation, Baltimore, MD
Jim Hofheimer  
Elaine Hoffman Former Finance Director, Democratic National Committee
Ilyse Hogue  
Michael Huttner Executive Director of ProgressNowAction in Colorado
Lester Hyman Attorney, former Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair


Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm
Richard D. Jacobs Chair, Courage Campaign
Professor Robert Jervis Professor of International Politics, Columbia University
Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs Founder, Progressive Faith Foundation


Meg & Lawrence Kasdan  
Marilyn Katz President, MK Communications
Stanley N. Katz Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University
Ambassador Ted Kattouf Former US Ambassador to Syria and the United Arab Emirates
Rabbi Peter Knobel Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Herbert S. Kohlmeyer, Jr. Former Louisiana AIPAC Chair
Priscilla Kersten President, Square One Foundation
Markos Kounalakis President and Publisher, The Washington Monthly
Melodee Kornacker  
Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz Congregation B’nai Yisrael
Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis


Luis Lainer  
Dr. Leon Lederman Nobel Laureate, Physics; Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Franz Leichter Former New York State Senator
Lawrence I. Lerner President, MeretzUSA
Hank Levine Past President Washington Hebrew Congregation
Bruce Lev  
Rabbi Richard N. Levy Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Bud Lifton Board Member, New Israel Fund; Board Member, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs; Board Member, Kam Isaiah Israel Congregation
Lois Lipton Former Chair, Chicago Foundation for Women
Rabbi Andrea London Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL


Yaffa Maritz  
Dr. Eric Maskin Nobel Laureate, Economics; Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Steve Masters President, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
Rabbi Rolando Matalon Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, New York City
Avi Meyerstein Founder, Alliance for Middle East Peace
Willim Marovitz Former Illinois State Senator
Mike Medavoy  
Newton Minow Former Chairman, Board of Overseers of Jewish Theological Seminary
Professor David N. Myers Director, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
Ambassador George Cranwell Montgomery Former Ambassador to Sultanate of Oman


Timothy D. Naegele Former Counsel, Senate Banking Committee; Former Chief of Staff, Senator Edward W. Brooke


Michael Ostrolenk Co-Founder, The Transpartisan Center


Eli Parsler Board President, Political Action
Richard North Patterson Novelist, and Former Chairman of Common Cause
Ambassador Robert Pelletreau Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain
Michael Pertschuk Former Chairman, Federal Trade Commission; co-founder, The Advocacy Institute
Burton Pines Former Senior Vice President for Research of the Heritage Foundation
Richard Plepler Co-President, HBO
Professor David Politzer Nobel Laureate, Physics; Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology
Avi Poster Jewish and Community Activist


Rabbi Arnold Rachlis University Synagogue, Irvine CA
Fran Rogers Founder, New Community Fund
Dr. Irwin Rose Nobel Prize Winner, Chemistry
Rabbi Kliel Rose Nashville, TN
Saul Rosenthal Former Director, ADL Mountain States Region
Thomas Rosenthal  
Leonard Rubenstein Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Ronna Stamm  


Dr. Howard Sachar Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs, George Washington University
Bettylu Saltzman  
Herb Sandler  
Rabbi Herman Schaalman Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis Rabbi Emeritus, Emanuel Congregation, Chicago
Michael Schaalman Former President, Milwaukee Jewish Day School
Professor Paul Scham Professor in Israel Studies Program, University of Maryland
Mark Schneider Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights
Mitchell Schwartz California State Director for Obama
Gordon & Carole Segal Chicago, IL
Dr. Daniel Serwer Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Michael Shtender-Auerbach Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group
Henry Siegman President, U.S./Middle East Project
Dr. Maxine Singer Biochemist, President Emerita, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Daniel Sokatch CEO, New Israel Fund
Dr. Robert Solow Nobel Laureate, Economics; Professor Emeritus of Economics, MIT
Robert Spiegel Private Investor
Herzl R. Spiro Former Chair, Jewish Agency for Israel Committee on Immigration and Absorption
Mary Ann Stein  
Paula Stern Former Chairwoman, United States International Trade Commission
Henry J. Steiner Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School
David P. Stone Retired Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Rabbi Alvin Sugarman Rabbi Emeritus, The Temple-Hebrew Benevolent Congregation
Howard Sumka USAID Senior Foreign Service (ret.) Former Director, West Bank & Gaza
Professor Jeremy Suri The Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin


Charles E. Taylor National Executive Committee, Anti-Defamation League
J. Marty Tenenbaum Chairman and Founder, CommerceNet
Rabbi David A. Teutsch Director, Center for Jewish Ethics, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Joshua Tzuker Former Legislative Director, Office of Congressman John Dingell


Ambassador Nicholas Veliotes Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near East and South Asia, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Jordan and former Deputy Chief of Mission to Israel
Milton Viorst Writer
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky Professor, Jewish Theological Seminary
Al Vorspan Director Emeritus, Commission on Social Action, Union of American Hebrew Congregations


Ayelet Waldman Author, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Dr. Michael Walzer Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
Rabbi Martin Weiner Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Carl Weisbrod Former President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Bernice Weissbourd President, Family Focus
Robert Weissbourd President, RW Ventures
Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox Former President, Foundation for Middle East Peace
Professor Edward Witten Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Dr. Stanley S. Wulf Founder,, Former President, Beth Israel, Berkeley, CA


Mark Zivin Former Treasurer, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Sandra Zylberman Member of the Board of Governors of Israel Bonds