Guests

Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz - Speaker, Author & Journalist on Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries, Whose Story Was Made Into The Movie 'Shadow in Baghdad'.

Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz serves as a commentator in Middle East Affairs both in Israeli and Arab media. Entrenched in the Arab culture, she reinvented herself in Israel, rising from an Iraqi refugee to a senior journalist. Her unique background, accentuated by a worldwide network, provides her with an unprecedented scope of understanding both Arab and Israeli cultures. Having positioned herself on the seam line, between Israel and the Arab world, she provides a new perspective, often ignored by the media, yet indispensable for understanding the misconception between Arabs and Israelis. Her writings are essential for policy makers aiming at resolving the conflict. She has won a media prize from the Next Century Foundation for outstanding contribution for peace in the media. Throughout her career, Linda had the opportunity to influence public policy, primarily through her work at the Ministry of Public Security and the Union of Local Authorities where she served as a spokeswoman. Previously, she had worked as a Senior Journalist working with The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and eventually she embarked on a mission to educate both Israelis and Arabs on the conflict and one another. She writes tri-lingual columns & articles in the Arab and Israeli press. For more information about Linda Menuhin visit: http://www.jimena.org/speakers/linda-menuhin/

    Ambassador Alan Baker - Former Israeli Ambassador To Canada & Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

    Prior to being Israel’s ambassador to Canada between 2004-2008, Alan Baker held the post of Legal Adviser and Deputy Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1996. In this and previous capacities in Israel Government service, he has been actively involved in the Middle-East peace negotiations with Israel’s neighbors. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Peace Treaties & other agreements with Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinians. He served as Israel’s representative to the Legal Committee of the United Nations, to the preparatory committees and conferences involved in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Between 1985-1989 he was seconded by the Government of Israel to the United Nations where he served as a senior legal adviser to the UN. Ambassador Baker studied law at University College London, United Kingdom, and has a Masters Degree in International Law from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In 2012 he was appointed by Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu as member of The Levy Committee which compiled a Report on the Legal Status of Building in Judea and Samaria. For more information about Ambassador Alan Baker visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Baker_(diplomat)

      David Nekrutman - Executive Director of The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC) Jerusalem, Israel.

      David Nekrutman is a Columnist for The Jerusalem Post Christian Edition and radio personality for Frontpage Jerusalem, he currently serves as the Executive Director for The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC) in Jerusalem, Israel. In this capacity, Mr. Nekrutman is breaking new ground in leading the first ever Orthodox Jewish institution to dialogue with Christians on a religious and theological basis. Prior to his work with CJCUC, Mr. Nekrutman served as the Director of Christian Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel in New York. He was instrumental in the successful launching of The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, The Israel Experience, The Christian Jerusalem Day Banquet, and The Watchman on the Wall program with Reverend Robert Stearns of Eagles Wings, resulting in millions of Christians praying & supporting Israel and the Jewish people. Prior to his calling in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, Mr. Nekrutman’s professional career ranged from working for the City Council of New York as a Legislative Analyst to e-marketing for a major high tech company in Israel. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Mr. Nekrutman was accepted into Oral Roberts University’s Theology program, taking a Masters of Arts in Biblical Literature with a concentration in Judaic-Christian Studies. Mr. Nekrutman resides in Netanya with his wife and three sons. For more information about David Nekrutman visit: http://cjcuc.org/staff/#nekrutman

        Rabbi Pesach Wolicki - Associate Director at the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) Jerusalem, Israel

        Rabbi Pesach Wolicki serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC) as well as heads its Blessing Bethlehem program providing weekly food deliveries to Christian Arabs in need. Rabbi Wolicki has been a guest lecturer in churches, Christian colleges and seminaries across the United States and Canada. His columns and commentaries on the topic of Jewish-Christian relations appear regularly in Israeli media. He is known and appreciated for his engaging, welcoming, and interactive teaching style. He is a regular lecturer at CJCUC’s weekly Bible study programs hosted at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. Prior to joining CJCUC, Rabbi Wolicki served for twelve years as Dean of Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah, a post secondary academy of higher Torah learning. He is widely respected in the world of Jewish education as an innovator. He is known and appreciated for his engaging, welcoming, and interactive teaching style. He is a regular lecturer at the CJCUC weekly Bible study programs hosted at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. Previously, Rabbi Wolicki served as a communal rabbi in Fairfield, Connecticut and Newport News, Virginia. Rabbi Wolicki and his wife Kate live in Beth Shemesh with their eight children. For more information about Rabbi Pesach Wolicki visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesach_Wolicki

          Rabbi Abe Reichman - Community Relations Director at the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) Jerusalem, Israel

          Rabbi Abe Reichman is Community Relations liaison for The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC). He engages with Christian groups who believe in the importance of Jewish-Christian relations and also conducts the CJCUC’s weekly bible study. Prior to his role with CJCUC, Rabbi Reichman spent four decades in the world of education with major Jewish organizations both in Israel and the Diaspora. His educational niche was reaching out to the unaffiliated members of the Jewish community, connecting them with their roots while providing them with an understanding of how modern Israel plays a significant role in the development of Jewish identity. Ten years ago Rabbi Reichman began hosting Christian groups and sharing with them the Hebraic understanding of the Bible. Inspired by the passion of Christian support for Israel and by their desire to connect to their Judaic heritage, Rabbi Reichman decided to enter the field of Jewish-Christian relations with CJCUC in 2016. Rabbi Reichman received his Rabbinical ordination, his BA in psychology and his MA in Hebrew Literature from Yeshiva University. He and his wife Libby reside in Efrat and have four children & numerous grandchildren. For more information about Rabbi Abe Reichman visit: http://cjcuc.org/staff/

            Keren Hannah Pryor - Author and Teacher of The Hebrew Language

            Keren Hannah Pryor is originally from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is the wife of the renowned Hebrew Roots Teacher, the late Dwight H. Pryor. Keren is the author of the book ‘A Taste of Torah’ and is a Teacher of The Hebrew Language. She is based in Jerusalem, Israel.

            For more information about Keren Hannah Pryor visit: http://his-israel.com/

              Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz - Jerusalem City Councillor & General Secretary of The Yerushalmim Party

              Rabbi Aharon Leibowitz is originally from California and is a Jerusalem City Councilor and the General Secretary of Jerusalem’s Yerushalmim Political Party. He is the Founder and Director of Sulam Yaacov Yeshiva which prepares Students for Rabbinic Ordination. He was previously the Rabbi of the Kol Rina Synagogue sometimes known as the Bomb Shelter Synagogue for six years and Rabbi of Derech Etz Chaim Yeshiva for eight years. He is also the Founder of Synergy Training. For three years he was an Education Officer in the Israeli Army and a Program Director at Gesher, an organisation that helps build bridges between religious and non-religious Jews. He is married to Miiriam Leibowitz and they have five children. He has featured on BBC News, The Voice of Israel as well as in The New York Times, The Times of Israel, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz News, Breaking Israel News, The Jewish Press and is particularly active in the Community regarding the issue of Kosher Certification for Restaurants. For more information about Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz visit: http://jerusalemvillage.org/meet-rabbi-leibowitz/

                Jonathan Feldstein - Vice President of The Koby Mandell Foundation Inc

                Jonathan Feldstein was born and educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He is married and the father of six. He has a three decade career in nonprofit fundraising and marketing and throughout his life and career, he has become a respected bridge between Jews and Christians. He writes regularly on major Christian web sites about Israel and shares experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. He was previously fundraising for Magen David Adom (The Israeli National Ambulance & Emergency Service) and is currently the Vice President of The Koby Mandell Foundation which runs therapeutic healing programs for those who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother, or child to terrorism. The Foundation runs overnight camps and retreats which provide individuals and families with the tools to translate the pain and suffering of tragedy into positive personal growth, deeper interpersonal relationships, and active community leadership. The Foundation also runs Programs which employ affirmative life experiences, relevant informal education, and emotional and psychological support in formal group discussions and informal interactions. For more information about Jonathan Feldstein visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-feldstein-176a5531

                  David Rubin - Former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel & News Commentator

                  David Rubin is a former mayor of Shiloh, Israel—in the region of Samaria, known to much of the world as the West Bank. He is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund (SICF) —dedicated to healing the trauma of children who have been victims of terrorist attacks, as well as rebuilding the biblical heartland of Israel. SICF was established after Rubin and his three-year-old son were wounded in a vicious terrorist attack while driving home from Jerusalem. The toddler was shot in the head, but the bullet fired from an AK-47 assault rifle missed his brain stem by one millimeter. Rubin vowed to retaliate—not with hatred, nor with anger, but with compassion—in order to affect positive change for Israel and its children. He established a network of therapeutic, educational, and recreational programs that have profoundly impacted thousands of young lives, while simultaneously changing the political landscape, as Israel’s historic places are being rebuilt. As the organization’s activities have grown, David Rubin has become an address for those who want to learn the facts on the ground in Israel, without the distortions about Israel and the Middle East that too often are the norm in much of the mainstream media which has led to him being a frequent guest commentator on Television & Radio News Channels including Fox Business News, Newsmax and CBN News. For more information about The Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund visit: visit: https://www.shilohisraelchildren.org/ For more information about David Rubin visit: http://www.davidrubinisrael.com/

                    Katharine Van Der Beek - Israeli Tour Guide & Professional Musician

                    Katharine Van Der Beek is originally from the United Kingdom and is an Israeli Tour Guide and professional musician. Katharine is a versatile musician playing repertoire spanning several millennium on a variety of different instruments. Her formal musical training was at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Katharine has been a guest lecturer at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has played in the renowned Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra since 2005. Katharine is also a Licensed Israeli Tour Guide, is married to Richard and currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

                    For more information about Katharine Van Der Beek visit: https://en-gb.facebook.com/katharine.beek

                    To get in touch with Katharine with regards to a Tour Of Israel please contact Richard Van Der Beek at: sarel@sareltours.com

                      Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Expert on Islam and Arabic Affairs From Bar Illan University, Israel

                      Dr. Mordechai Keder is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel and a Speaker with the Begin-Sdat Centre For Strategic Studies. He served with Israeli Army Military Intelligence for 25 years where he specialised in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media and the Syrian domestic arena. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Army Reserves, is thoroughly familiar with Arab media in real time and is frequently interviewed on various news programmes in Israel. Edmund Sanders of the Los Angeles Times described him as ‘one of the few Arabic speaking Israeli experts seen on Arab Satellite TV Channels defending Israel’. He has spoken at the United States House of Representatives and has appeared on BBC News, Al Jazeera, France 24, Russia Today, i24 TV News and Voice of Israel Radio. For more information about Dr. Mordechai Kedar visit: http://mordechaikedar.com/

                        Roy Doliner - New York Times Best Selling Author, Playwright and Art Historian/Art Detective

                        Roy Doliner was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and is a New York Times Best Selling Author, Playwright, Art Historian/Art Detective and Movie Actor. Roy Doliner is an international writer and lecturer, and the co-author of the NY Times best-seller ‘The Sistine Secrets’. He is often seen in Italian media speaking on the history of Art, Italian Jewry, and the Renaissance. He has lectured at the Knesset, Yale University, top museums in Italy and Ariel University, among many others. His latest book is ‘Hidden Beneath The Beauty’ – Secrets in Italian Art. Roy has the same sort of bizarre and eclectic background as Michelangelo. His studies include several foreign languages, including Italian, American Sign Language, French, Italian Sign Language, Hebrew, Latin and smatterings of several others. He is a recognized scholar and expert on the art and history of Rome and the Vatican from a Jewish historical perspective. He has also delved into art history, religious history, Western civilization, architectural history, theatre and film. As a movie actor Roy appeared in the 2005 Hollywood Film ‘Casanova’ as Dalfonso’s Secretary. Learning of his Jewish heritage at a later age, he is today a passionate lecturer on Judaism and an eternal student of Torah and Talmud. For more information about Roy Doliner visit: http://www.roydoliner.com/bio.html

                          Dr. Martin Sherman - Political Analyst & Executive Director of The Israel Institute For Strategic Studies

                          Dr. Martin Sherman served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli Intelligence Community. He was a ministerial adviser to Yitzhak Shamir’s government and lectured for 20 years at Tel Aviv University in Political Science, International Relations and Strategic Studies. He holds several university degrees: a B.Sc. (Physics and Geology), an MBA (Finance), and a PhD in political science and international relations. He was the first academic director of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference and is the author of ‘The Politics of Water in The Middle East’, and ‘Despots, Democrats and the Determinants of International Conflict’ (Macmillan) and numerous articles and policy papers on a wide range of political, diplomatic and security issues. He has spoken on BBC, CNN, i24 News, Israel National News and has written articles for the Jerusalem Post. Dr. Sherman has 15 years’ experience as a director on the boards of several Israeli commercial companies. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Israel since 1971. Dr. Sherman is founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. For more information about Dr. Martin Sherman visit: http://www.martinsherman.org/ For more information about the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies visit: http://www.strategic-israel.org/

                            Mireia Pons - Public Relations and Communications Director of Yatar CTU - Israel's Elite Counter-Terror Unit

                            Mireia Pons is originally from Spain and has worked in The Netherlands prior to coming to live in Israel in 2014. She has experience of running her own business and has worked in the Israeli Wine Industry near Beit Shemesh. Mireia is now the Public Relations Director of Yatat CTU Division – Israel’s Elite Counter Terror Unit. Yatar CTU, a division of the Israel Police Force, was established to work hand in hand with the various Special Commando Forces to combat terrorism. The majority of the volunteers who come to Yatar from all walks of life, are specially trained by the Israel Police Force. Additionally, Yatar counts amongst it ranks quite a number of individuals who were trained and served in elite units of the police force and army. For more information about Yatar CTU – Israels Elite Counter-Terror Unit visit: http://www.yatarctu.org/about-us/

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