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2023 J Street Philadelphia Tzedek v’Shalom Award Recipient
Phyllis Snyder, J Street Philadelphia Chair Emeritus, led the Philadelphia chapter of J Street, serves on J Street’s Board of Directors, and served as co-chair of the Regional Advisory Committee for three years. She worked for over forty years for nonprofits focused on linking learning and work to help adults succeed in the workforce, most recently as Vice President of CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning). A long time member of Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim, she served as an officer and board member.
Snyder is a graduate of Smith College and holds masters degrees from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Merion, PA with her husband Peter, an endocrinologist at the University of Pennsylvania. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
About the Featured Speakers
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.
Jeremy Ben-Ami is the President of J Street with a background of deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel. His political background includes serving 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. He has been recognized for his leadership including being named one of 50 “People of the Decade” by Ha’aretz, the influential Israeli daily newspaper, and by the Jerusalem Post, which included him in its list of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the world.