J Street Chicago’s 2023 Annual Luncheon

November 17, 2023
University Club of Chicago

After the horrific Hamas terror onslaught, and the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Gaza, our community’s support and solidarity is needed perhaps more than ever.

J Street Chicago’s annual luncheon, on Friday, November 17 at 12 pm CT at the University Club of Chicago, will be an opportunity for our community to gather together and support each other, to process the events that continue to unfold, to hear from leaders in Washington and Israel, and hear about how we can best help those on the ground.

We will be honoring Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a steadfast pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-democracy champion, for her leadership and support on our issues in Congress. We will also be joined by journalist Barak Ravid from Axios and J Street chief of staff Adina Vogel Ayalon.

Circumstances permitting, we will also be joined by reserved Major General Yair Golan, who put on his uniform and immediately rushed to southern Israel when news broke of the Hamas attack, fighting alongside fellow soldiers to repel terrorists and save civilian lives.


VIP Reception | 11:15am – 12pm
Main Event | 12pm – 2pm


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Barak Ravid

Barak Ravid is a political correspondent for Axios based in Washington DC and covering national security, foreign policy and the 2024 presidential elections. He is also the Washington correspondent for Walla! News in Israel.  Ravid began his career in journalism in 2005 as a diplomatic correspondent for the Israeli NRG news website. From there, he moved to the Haaretz daily newspaper, where he spent a decade as a diplomatic correspondent and columnist. In 2017, he was appointed as the chief diplomatic correspondent of Channel 13, a position he held until 2020. Over the last 17 years, Ravid has extensively covered Israel’s national security and foreign policy, as well as US policy in the Middle East. He has reported from more than 30 capitals in five continents, covered five Israeli prime ministers and four US presidents. 

Over the course of his career, Ravid has published hundreds of exclusive stories on the Middle East peace process, Israel’s relations with the Arab world, the Iran nuclear crisis and the US-Israeli relationship. In 2019 and 2020, Ravid published two series of detailed reports on the secret relationship between Israel and the Gulf states.

The Abraham Accords were signed a few months later. In early December 2021 Ravid Published his book “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords And The Reshaping Of The Middle East” in Hebrew in Israel. It was the first book about Trump’s signature foreign policy achievements in the Middle East and quickly became a bestseller. In May 2022 the book was published in English and is available on Amazon. Ravid is a frequent guest on US television networks. He has given numerous interviews on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS and Newsmax.

He has a large social media presence, with more than 215,000 followers on Twitter, and his newsletter, “Axios from Tel Aviv”, is sent out to 30,000 subscribers every week.

Ravid holds a BA in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University. He is married to Dr. Adi Prizan-Ravid, and they have two children—Yuval and Uri.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yair Golan

Yair Golan is a left-wing Zionist politician who is known for his expertise on US-Israel security topics and his work as a former deputy chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He is also a prominent leader of the pro-democracy movement in Israel. Golan served as a Member of Knesset (MK) of the Meretz Party from 2020 to 2022, and he recently founded the new political movement “Hitorerut”.

Tzedek v’Shalom (Justice and Peace) Award Recipient

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Chicago native and J Street champion Jan Schakowsky has been an unapologetic advocate for progressive, diplomacy-first foreign policy since her election to Congress in 1999.

Outspoken in her opposition to the Iraq War, Schakowsky was one of the earliest and most emphatic supporters of Barack Obama in his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

A proud champion of American diplomatic leadership, she was one of the strongest backers of President Obama’s Iran Deal and helped lead the pushback against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly controversial speech to Congress in which he sought to undermine and block the president’s diplomacy.

Rep. Schakowsky has been at the forefront of Congressional efforts to promote a just and peaceful two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians and to speak out against demolitions, settlement growth and annexation in the West Bank. She helped lead a recent letter with Reps. DeLauro and McGovern supporting US action to deescalate tensions in Israel and Gaza, led a letter signed by an overwhelming majority of congressional Democrats opposing West Bank annexation, and was an original co-sponsor of the Two-State Solution Act. Rep. Schakowsky has also been a frequent guest and speaker at J Street’s policy conferences and has joined two congressional delegations to Israel and the Palestinian territory led by the J Street Education Fund.

Rep. Schakowsky serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House Budget Committee, as well as serving in Democratic leadership as the Senior Chief Deputy Whip. She is Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.