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, JCPA, Louisville, KY

Tom Allen
Former Member of Congress

Stuart Appelbaum
President, Jewish Labor Committee; President, Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union

David Avital
MTP Investments

Diana Aviv
President and CEO, Independent Sector; Former Vice President for Public Policy, United Jewish Communities

Peter Aweida
President, Westland Development Services, Inc.

Aaron Back
Director, Social Justice Fund

Diane Balser
Former Executive Director, Brit Tzedek V’Shalom

David Baltimore
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and President Emeritus, Caltech

Patricia Bauman

Dolores Beilenson
Former Co-Chair, Congressional Spouses for Soviet Jewry

Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson
Former Member of Congress, California

Professor Martin H. Belsky
Dean and Professor of Law, University of Akron

Shlomo Ben-Ami
Former Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs

Marshall Bennett

Marjorie Benton
Co-Founder of the Chicago Global Donors Network and Co-Founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women

Rabbi Don Berlin
Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Oheb Shalom, Baltimore

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

Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein
Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, New York City

Rabbi Sharon Brous
IKAR-LA

Martin Bunzl
Professor of Philosophy, 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

Lincoln Chafee
Former United States Senator

Michael Chabon
Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Stephen Chernof
Past President, Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Joe Cirincione
President, Ploughshares Fund

Cantor Jack Chomsky
Senior Vice President, Cantors Assembly

Avner Cohen
Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, and author of “Israel and the Bomb.”

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

Rabbi Hillel Cohn
Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Emanu El, San Bernardino, CA

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels
Beth Shir Sholom

Bruce Corwin
Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Theatres Corporation

Rabbi Rachel Cowan
Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Ambassador George Cranwell Montgomery
Former Ambassador to Sultanate of Oman

Lynn Cutler
Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs

Rabbi Harry Danziger
Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis

Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Rector, American Jewish University

Rep. Thomas J. Downey
Former Member of Congress, New York

Sheldon Drobny
Co-Founder, Nova M Radio, Air America Radio

Matt Duss
President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace

Albert J. Dwoskin
President/CEO, A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc.

Maria Echaveste
Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff

Peter Eckstein
Jewish Educator, formerly of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach

Peter Edelman
Board Chair, New Israel Fund

Paul Egerman
Co-founder, IDX Systems Corporation, and former CEO, eScription, Inc.

Sara Ehrman
Former Political Education Director, AIPAC

Rabbi Amy Eilberg
St. Paul Interfaith Network

Marilyn Eisenberg
Community Activist

David M. Elcott
Former Executive Director, Israel Policy Forum, Professor, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Edith Everett
President, The Everett Foundation

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi
Professor of Comparative Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Robert A. Farmer
former Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone
Board Member, Rabbis for Human Rights

Dr. Franklin Fisher
Board Chair, Americans for Peace Now

Dan Fleshler
Writer and Blogger

Emil Frankel
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, United States Department of Transportation, 2002-2005

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

David Friedman
Former Co-Chair, Jewish Funders Network

Eleanor Friedman
Founder, New Israel Fund

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

Rabbi Capers Funnye, Jr.
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, Chicago

Gail Furman
Board Member, Democracy Alliance

Toby Gati
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and the Eurasian States at the National Security Council

Eve Galanter
Past President, Wisconsin Women in Government

Sunil & Julia Garg

Judy Gaynor
Founding co-chair, Human Rights Watch Chicago

Eric Geller
Former member of National Board of Governors, American Jewish Committee

Jane Gellman
President, World Confederation of Jewish Community Centers

Larry Gellman

Jim Gerstein
Former Executive Director, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation

Michelle Goldberg
Author, Kingdom Coming

Victor J. Goldberg
Former IBM Corporate Vice President

David R. Goodfriend
Former Deputy Staff Secretary to President Clinton

Len Goodman
Criminal Defense Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University

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
Rabbi, Congregation Sukkat Shalom

Barbara Gould
Board Emeritus, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater
Rabbi, Pasadena Temple and Jewish Center

Mark Green
Former New York City Public Advocate

Sherri Greenberg
Former Texas State Representative and Director, Center for Politics and Governance UT Austin

Robert Greenwald
Brave New Films

David Gross
Nobel Laureate, Physics; Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Richard and Lois Gunther

Joan Harris
Chairman, Irving B. Harris Foundation

Ambassador William C. Harrop
Former Ambassador to Israel and former Inspector General of the State Department and Foreign Service

Gary Hart
Former U.S. Senator, Former Co-Chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century

Floyd Herman
Rabbi Emeritus, Har Sinai Congregation, Baltimore, MD

Arnold Hiatt
Former Chairman, The Stride Rite Corporation

Elaine Hoffman
Former Finance Director, Democratic National Committee

Jim Hofheimer

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

Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs
Founder, Progressive Faith Foundation

Professor Robert Jervis
Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

Robert H. Kapp
Founder and Co-President, International Senior Lawyers Project

Meg and Lawrence Kasdan

Ambassador Ted Kattouf
Former US Ambassador to Syria and the United Arab Emirates

Marilyn Katz
President, MK Communications

Stanley N. Katz
Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University

Priscilla Kersten
President, Square One Foundation

Jim Klutznick

Rabbi Peter Knobel
Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis

 

Herbert S. Kohlmeyer, Jr.
Former Louisiana AIPAC Chair

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

Leon Lederman
Nobel Laureate, Physics; Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Franz Leichter
Former New York State Senator

Lawrence I. Lerner
President, MeretzUSA

Bruce Lev

Hank Levine
Past President, Washington Hebrew Congregation

Daniel Levy
Former Advisor, Israeli Prime Minister’s office

Rabbi Richard N. Levy
Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis

Geoffrey Lewis
Kernstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP

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

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

William Marovitz
Former Illinois State Senator

Mike Medavoy

Abner Mikva
Former U.S. Representative, Federal Judge, and White House Counsel

Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY

 

Judson Miner
Partner, Miner, Barnhill & Galland

Newton Minow
Former Chairman, Board of Overseers of Jewish Theological Seminary

Allan Muchin
Chicago

Professor David N. Myers
Professor and Director, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

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

Michael Ostrolenk
Co-Founder, The Transpartisan Center

Eli Pariser
Board President, MoveOn.org 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

Jeff Pozmantier
Texas Hillel Board of Directors

Rabbi Arnold Rachlis
University Synagogue, Irvine CA

Fran Rodgers
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

Dr. Howard Sachar
Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs, George Washington University

Alan Sagner
Organizer/First Chairman, Young Leadership Cabinet of National UJA

Deborah Sagner
Board Member, Democracy Alliance

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

Paul Scham
Professor in Israel Studies Program, University of Maryland

Mark Schneider
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights

Eric P. Schwartz
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration;
Former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Mitchell Schwartz
California State Director for Obama

Gordon and Carole Segal
Chicago, IL

Daniel Serwer
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Stanley Sheinbaum
Publisher, New Perspective Quarterly

Michael Shtender-Auerbach
Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group

Henry Siegman
President, U.S./Middle East Project

Maxine Singer
Biochemist, President Emerita, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Jan Soifer
Past President of Congregation Beth Israel, Austin, Texas

Daniel Sokatch
CEO New Israel Fund

Daniel Solomon

Robert Solow
Nobel Laureate, Economics; Professor Emeritus of Economics, MIT

Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Vice-President, American Conference of Cantors

Robert Spiegel
Private Investor

Herzl R. Spiro
Former Chair, Jewish Agency for Israel Committee on Immigration and Absorption

Ronna Stamm

Alexandra Stanton
Former Chief of Staff, Empire State Development Corporation

Mary Ann Stein

Henry J. Steiner
Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School

Paula Stern
Former Chairwoman, United States International Trade Commission

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

Jeremi 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 (ret.) 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

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 (ret.) Philip C. Wilcox, Jr.
Former President, Foundation for Middle East Peace

Edward Witten
Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Stanley S. Wulf, M.D.
Founder, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com
Former President, Beth Israel, Berkeley, CA

Alan Wurtzel

Mark Zivin
Former Treasurer, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation

Sandra Zylberman
Member of the Board of Governors of Israel Bonds