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

Aaron Back
Director, Social Justice Fund

Beth Badik
Board Member, JCRC Boston

Diane Balser
Former Executive Director, Brit Tzedek V’Shalom

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

Judith Barnett
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the Middle East and Africa

M. Cherif Bassiouni
Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Patricia Bauman

Rabbi Leonard Beerman
Founding Rabbi, Leo Baeck Temple

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

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

Kenneth Bob
President, Ameinu

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

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.”

David Cohen
Co-Founder, Advocacy Institute, President, Global Integrity and former President, Common Cause

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

Debra DeLee
President/CEO, Americans for Peace Now

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

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

Leonard Fein
Writer

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

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

Lila Garrett
Emmy-Award Winning Writer and Director and Host, public radio’s Connect the Dots

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

Davidi Gilo

Rabbi Edwin Goldberg
Temple Judea, Coral Gables, Florida

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

Joanna Goodwin
President, Middle East Peace Dialogue Network

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

Rabbi Arthur Green
Rector, Hebrew College Rabbinical School

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

Morton H. Halperin
Former Director of Policy Planning, Department of State

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

Stanley Hoffmann
Professor of Government and Social Studies, Harvard University

Jim Hofheimer

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

Marc Kahn
President, The Bancroft Foundation, Inc.

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

Steven Koltai
Former Senior Adviser, Entrepreneurship, US Dept of State

Markos Kounalakis
President and Publisher, The Washington Monthly

Melodee Kornacker

Victor Kovner
Former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York

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

Bob Lord
2008 Congressional Candidate, AZ-03

Rob Malley
Former Special Assistant to the President for Arab-Israeli Affairs

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

Mrs. Robert B. Mayer

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

Rabbi Shira I. Milgrom
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

Arthur Obermayer
President, Moleculon Research Corporation

Ambassador Herbert S. Okun
Former Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic and to the United Nations
Professorial Lecturer, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Ostrolenk
Co-Founder, The Transpartisan Center

Eli Pariser
Board President, MoveOn.org Political Action

Robert Pastor
Former Senior Director, National Security Council

Ricken Patel
Co-founder and Executive Director, Avaaz

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

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

Kevin F.F. Quigley
President, National Peace Corps Association

Rabbi Arnold Rachlis
University Synagogue, Irvine CA

Gidon D. Remba
Executive Director, Jewish Alliance for Change

Jeri Rice

Fran Rodgers

Dr. Irwin Rose
Nobel Prize Winner, Chemistry

Rabbi Kliel Rose
Nashville, TN

Saul Rosenthal
Former Director, ADL Mountain States Region

Thomas Rosenthal

Mrs. Ruth M. Rothstein

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 and Marion 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

Irwin Schneiderman
Senior Counsel, Cahill Gordon & Reindel

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

Stanley Sheinbaum
Publisher, New Perspective Quarterly

Rabbi Arnold I. Sher
Immediate Past Director of Placement of the Joint Placement Commission representing the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Union for Reform Judaism and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Michael Shtender-Auerbach
Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group

Rabbi Dennis Shulman
Former Congressional Candidate, New Jersey

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

Bill Singer
Brandeis Fellow and Commissioner on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States

Maxine Singer
Biochemist, President Emerita, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Scott Sklar
President, The Stella Group, Ltd.

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

Rabbi Toba Spitzer
President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

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
E. Gordon Fox Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

JCharles E. Taylor
National Executive Committee, Anti-Defamation League

Joshua B. Tenenbaum
Associate Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

J. Marty Tenenbaum
Chairman and Founder, CommerceNet

Rabbi David A. Teutsch
Director, Center for Jewish Ethics, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Sidney Topol
Former Chairman/CEO, Scientific Atlanta, Inc.

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

Robert L. Wald
Founder and former Co-Chair, Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

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

Charles Wheelan
Senior Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

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

Edward Witten
Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Alan Wurtzel

Mark Zivin
Former Treasurer, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation

Sandra Zylberman
Member of the Board of Governors of Israel Bonds