October 26-29, 2019 | Washington, DC

Confirmed Speakers

(Regularly Updated)


Dr. Thabet Abu Rass   Co-Executive Director, Abraham Initiatives
Sharhabeel Al Zaeem   Founder and Senior Partner, Al Zaeem & Associates
Mutasim Ali  
Lior Amihai   Executive Director, Yesh Din
Hady Amr   Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
Issa Amro   Youth Against Settlements
Chen Arieli   Deputy Mayor, Tel-Aviv Jaffo
Eva Armour   Director for Impact, Seeds of Peace
Eric Axelman   Director, Israelism
Ami Ayalon   Former Director, Shin Bet
Bashar Azzeh   Member of PLO Palestine National Council & Central Council


Suhad Babaa   Executive Director, Just Vision
Rikki Baker Keusch   Mid-Atlantic Campus Organizer, J Street U
Dr. Enaya Banna-Jeries   Urban Planner, The Arab Center for Alternative Planning
Adam Basciano   IPF Atid National Director
Yousef Bashir  
April N. Baskin   Racial Justice Director, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable & Founder/Principal, Joyous Justice Consulting
Peter Beinart   Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York
Talia Benamy  
Maya Berry   Executive Director, Arab American Institute
Ken Bob   President, Ameinu
Sarah Brammer-Shlay   Rabbinical Student, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rebecca Brocato   Director of Strategy and Government Affairs, National Security Action
Cherie Brown   Founder and CEO, National Coalition Building Institute
David Bryfman   CEO, The Jewish Education Project


Elizabeth Campbell   Director, Washington Representative Office for UNRWA
Amit Caraco   Jewish Israeli Regional Manager, Hands of Peace
Prof. Naomi Chazan   Former Member of Knesset, Former Board President, New Israel Fund
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen   Senior Director, New Israel Fund’s NY / Tri-State Region
Eli Cohn-Postel   Director of Israel Engagement, JCRC of Greater Boston
Kyle Cristofalo   Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Churches for Middle East Peace


Robi Damelin   Israeli spokesperson for Parents Circle – Families Forum
Dr. Assaf David   Co-Founder, Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH)


Oriel Eisner   Center for Jewish Non-Violence
Hagai El-Ad   Executive Director, B’tselem
Khaled Elgindy   Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Ido Even-Paz   Educational Activities Coordinator, Breaking the Silence


Mazen Faraj   Bereaved Son, Parents Circle – Families Forum
Karen Finney   Democratic Strategist
Rabbi Eliana Fischel   Assistant Rabbi, Washington Hebrew Congregation


Gili Getz   activist, actor and photographer
Bar Gissin   Community Organizer and Political Entrepreneur
Jonathan Golden   Israeli Curriculum Coordinator, Gann Academy
Ilan Goldenberg   Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Miki Golod   Director of Israel Programs, Ameinu
Dr. Nimrod Goren   Head of the Institute, Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
Gretchen Grad   Founder, Hands of Peace
Alon-Lee Green   National Director, Standing Together
Rabbi Reuven Greenvald   Director of Israel Engagement, Union for Reform Judaism
Avner Gvaryahu   Executive Director, Breaking the Silence


Abdallah Hamarsheh   Executive Director and Co-Founder, Zimam
Tania Hary   Executive Director, Gisha
Joy Hill   Alumnus, J Street U and J Street Young Leadership Advocacy Corps
Rami Hod   Executive Director, Berl Katznelson Center


Rabbi Jill Jacobs   Executive Director, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Rabbi David Jaffe   Author, Changing the World from the Inside Out: The Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change
Maisam Jaljuli   Member of the National Leadership, Standing Together


Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster   Deputy Director, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh   Member of Knesset, Blue and White Party
Gabi Kamran   Alumnus, J Street U and LOPK Participant, current first year UCLA law student
Brian Katulis   Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Sheila Katz   CEO, National Council of Jewish Women
Nancy K. Kaufman   Immediate Past CEO, National Council of Jewish Women
Sulaiman Khatib   Co-Founder, Combatants for Peace
Rebecca Kirzner   Director of Grassroots Campaigns, HIAS
Kate Kizer   Policy Director, Win Without War
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum   Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Tally Kritzman-Amir   Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard University


Ned Lazarus   Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University
Libby Lenkinski   Vice President for Public Engagement, New Israel Fund
Jeffrey Levy   Congregant, Temple Rodef Shalom, VA
Frank Lowenstein   Former Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Isaac Luria   Director, Voice, Creativity, and Culture, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
John Lyndon   Executive Director, ALLMEP


Rob Malley   President and CEO, International Crisis Group
Mikhael Manekin   Director, Alliance for Israel’s Future Fellowship
Ezzeldeen Masri   Senior Regional Organizing Director, OneVoice Movement
Emily Mayer   Founding Member, IfNotNow
Marsha Melnick   Congregant, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Mirabella MooreWeathers   OneVoice Alumna
Shaqued Morag   Executive Director, Peace Now
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher   Senior Rabbi, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York City


Fida Nara   Co-Director, Mahapach-Taghir
Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson   Director of Rabbinic Training, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Melanie Nezer   Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, HIAS
Shir Nosatzki   Director, Have You Seen The Horizon Lately?


Marwa Odeh   Fellow, Combatants for Peace
Moien Odeh   PhD Candidate (Conflict Resolution)
Rawan Odeh   Managing Director, New Story Leadership
Emily Schaeffer Omer-Man   Human Rights Attorney
Yudith Oppenheimer   Executive Director, Ir Amim


Trita Parsi   Executive Vice President, The Quincy Institute
Salem Pearce   Director of Organizing, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Maya Peretz   Head of Public Transportation Sector, Koach LaOvdim
Joe Perlov   Founding Director, Re:IL – Regarding Israel
Alon Pinkas   Former Consul General, Israeli Consulate of New York
Mark A. Pinsky   Co-Author, Organized Money: How Progressives Can Make the Financial System Work For Them, Not Against Them
Channah Powell   J Street U Student Board Member, Tufts University, and “Let Our People Know” Participant
Rachel Powers   J Street U Student Board Member, Colorado College


Osama Qawasma   Advisor to Palestinian President Abbas


Dorit Rabinyan  
Kevin Rachlin   US Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
Jasmin Ramsey   Communications Director, Center for Human Rights in Iran
Nancy Reichman   Conference Co-Chair, J Street
Eli Reiter   Teacher and Storyteller
Ben Rhodes   Host, Pod Save the World
Brett Rosenberg   Associate Director of Policy, National Security Action
Daniel Roth   Co-Founder & Co-Director, Solidarity of Nations – Achvat Amim
Jodi Rudoren   Editor-in-Chief, The Jewish Forward


Lori Sagarin   Director of Congregational Learning, Temple Beth Israel
Yaniv Sagee   CEO, Givat Haviva
Samah Salaime   Director of Communications and Development, Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom
Anat Saragusti   Board Member, Abraham Initiatives
Rabbi Jeff Saxe   Rabbi Temple Rodef Shalom, VA
Paul Scham   President, Partners for Progressive Israel
Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin   Political analyst, public opinion expert
Daniel Seidemann   Founder and Director, Terrestrial Jerusalem
Susan Shadid   Strategic Facilitator, Taghyeer
Dr. Nachman Shai   Former Member of Knesset
Tilly Shames   Executive Director, University of Michigan Hillel
Sima Shine   Senior Researcher, Institute for National Security Studies
Moria Shlomot   Executive Director, Parents Against Child Detention
Debra Shushan   Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now
Yoni Slater   J Street U Student Leader
Barbara Slavin   Director, Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council
Jessica Smith   Chief Operating Officer, J Street
Haile Soifer   Executive Director, Jewish Democratic Council of America
Daniel Sokatch   CEO, New Israel Fund
Amy Spitalnick   Executive Director, Integrity First for America
Olivia Szabo   Student, Stanford University


Nadav Tamir   Advisor for International Affairs, Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
Amir Tibon   Washington Correspondent, Haaretz
Rabbi Rachel Timoner   Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim
Celine Touboul   Co-Director-General, Economic Cooperation Foundation


Tommy Vietor   Host, Pod Save the World


Eric Ward   Executive Director, Western States Center
Dr. Dov Waxman   Professor of Political Science, International Affairs and Israel Studies, and the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies, Northeastern University
Rabbi Deborah Waxman   President, Reconstructing Judaism
Abi Weber   Rabbinical Student, Jewish Theological Seminary
Randi Weingarten   President, American Federation of Teachers
Ethan Wellserstein   J Street U Student, UC Davis, and “Let Our People Know” Participant
Rabbi Dr. Laura Novak Winer   Director of Clinical Education, Rhea Hirsch School of Education
Robin Wright   Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace and the Wilson Center


Michael Young   Conference Co-Chair, J Street


Isaac Zablocki   Senior Director for Film Programs and the Israel Film Center, JCC Manhattan
Uri Zaki   Founder, The Front
Simone Zimmerman   Director, B’Tselem USA

Past Speakers