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2023 J Street Georgia Event Honoree
Judith Taylor: Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1936, Judith Taylor graduated at age 19 from Brandeis University. Upon her marriage to Mark Taylor and subsequent move to Atlanta, Judith immersed herself in activities that supported the city’s civic, women’s, children’s, and Jewish causes.
As State Public Affairs Chair for the National Council of Jewish Women, she lobbied in the state legislature on issues relating to women, children, and the elderly including the ERA, changing rape laws, and juvenile justice. She campaigned for the first female Atlanta City Council members and helped to found Vote Choice, a Georgia PAC. She was also a founding mother of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the first woman to serve as Vice President of the Planning and Allocation Division of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, and the second woman Vice President of its Community and Government Relations Division.
Judith is an alumna, as well as an alumna chair, trustee, and treasurer of Leadership Atlanta, and a lifetime member of the Board of the Southeast Region of the Anti-Defamation League. She also serves as a board member for the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
Judith has been recognized for her many accomplishments: In 1984, she was a member of the first YWCA Academy of Women Archivers. In 2008, she and her husband Mark were the recipients of the Jerry and Dulcy Rosenberg SHORASHIM Award, and in 2010, they were both recipients of Planned Parenthood of Georgia’s Living Legends Award. In 2013 she was one of two women awarded the GSU Library’s Women’s Collection Shero of the Year Award. Judith and Mark were also honored to receive the Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 2018.
A founding member of the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Judith currently serves on both its Board, and as an Emerita Board Member. She and Mark also founded the Taylor Oral History Library at the Breman Museum, an Atlanta treasure. Additionally, Judith continues to write an annual Voters Guide which has a wide network of readers.
Judith and Mark have four children, and eight grandchildren (three of whom are married).
Jeremy Ben-Ami is the President of J Street, bringing to the role both deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel. Ben-Ami’s family connection to Israel goes back 130 years to the first aliyah when his great-grandparents were among the first settlers in Petah Tikva. His grandparents were one of the founding families of Tel Aviv, and his father was an activist and leader in the Irgun, working for Israel’s independence and on the rescue of European Jews before and during World War II.
His political resume includes serving in the mid-1990s as the Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor in the White House to President Bill Clinton and working on seven Presidential and numerous state and local campaigns. He was Howard Dean’s National Policy Director in 2004 and helped manage a Mayoral campaign in New York City in 2001. For nearly three years in the late 90s, Jeremy lived in Israel, where he started a consulting firm working with Israeli non-profit organizations and politicians. He was chosen by America’s weekly Jewish newspaper, the Forward, for three years as part of the Forward 50, their compilation of the most influential Jewish Americans. He was one of 50 “People of the Decade” selected by Ha’aretz, the influential Israeli daily newspaper, and the Jerusalem Post included him in its list of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the world. Ben-Ami received a law degree from New York University and is a graduate of the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.