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
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 Exec. Director of Brit Tzedek V’Shalom
Dr. David Baltimore   Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and President Emeritus, Caltech
Patricia Bauman  
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
Marshall Bennett  
Marjorie Benton   Co-Founder of the Chicago Global Donors Network and Co-Founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women
Rabbi Donald Berlin   Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Oheb Shalom
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
Senator Lincoln Chafee   Former United States Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate
Ahmed Charai   CEO, Global Media Holding
Stephen Chernof   Past President, Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Cantor Jack Chomsky   Senior Vice President, Cantors Assembly
Joe Cirincione   President, Ploughshares Fund
Dr. Avner Cohen   Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, and author of ’Israel and the Bomb.’
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels   Beth Shir Sholom
Bruce Corwin   Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Theatres Corporation
Rabbi Rachel Cowan   Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
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
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.


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


Robert A. Farmer   Former Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
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
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


Eve Galanter   Past President, Wisconsin Women in Government
Larry Garber   Fmr. CEO New Israel Fund, Fmr. Mission Director USAID West Bank/Gaza
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
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
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   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
Richard & 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
Rabbi Floyd Herman   Rabbi Emeritus, Har Sinai Congregation, Baltimore, MD
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


Meg & 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
Rabbi Peter Knobel   Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Herbert S. Kohlmeyer, Jr.   Former Louisiana AIPAC Chair
Melodee Kornacker  
Markos Kounalakis   President and Publisher, The Washington Monthly
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
Bruce Lev  
Hank Levine   Past President Washington Hebrew Congregation
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  
Willim Marovitz   Former Illinois State Senator
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
Mike Medavoy  
Avi Meyerstein   Founder, Alliance for Middle East Peace
Newton Minow   Former Chairman, Board of Overseers of Jewish Theological Seminary
Ambassador George Cranwell Montgomery   Former Ambassador to Sultanate of Oman
Professor David N. Myers   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 Parsler   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


Ronna Stamm  
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


Dr. Howard Sachar   Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs, George Washington University
Bettylu Saltzman  
Herb Sandler  
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  
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
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, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com, Former President, Beth Israel, Berkeley, CA


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