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Advisory Board

Sara Berman

Sara Berman is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Charter School Center. She is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of both the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, and the Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and the Board of Trustees of the Areivim Philanthropic Group. She has been a regular guest on CBS Morning News and FOX News, as well as a frequent guest lecturer at local schools and community centers throughout the city. Sara Berman graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she studied history.

Alan Dershowitz

Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg. He has also published more than 100 articles in magazines and journals such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, Saturday Review, The Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal, and more than 300 of his articles have appeared in syndication in 50 national daily newspapers. Professor Dershowitz is the author of 27 fiction and nonfiction works with a worldwide audience.

Malcolm Hoenlein

Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body for 51 national Jewish organizations. He received his B.A. from Temple University and completed his doctoral course work at the University of Pennsylvania where he taught International Relations and was a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was the Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York and of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.

Mr. Hoenlein appears regularly in the media and has lectured and met leading officials throughout the world. A recipient of many awards, including the Guardian of Jerusalem, the highest recognition of the capital city, and the Guardian of Zion award, and two Honorary Doctorates, he is associated with and serves on the boards of many communal, educational and civic organizations. He is the Chairman of America’s Voices in Israel and Co-Chair of the Secure Community Network. He is on the board of the Council for Secure America and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the board of several high-tech companies and a bank.

Mitch Julis

Mitchell R. Julis is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, and Co-CEO of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Julis is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude), and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., honors). Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Julis directed a group of professionals responsible for a portfolio of distressed and special situation securities at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he was a bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Mr. Julis has authored a number of articles published in law journals and other periodicals on the subject of bankruptcy and distressed credit investing.

Dr. Shmuel Katz

Dr. Shmuel Katz was born in Debrecen, Hungary and was raised in Jerusalem, Israel. He served as an officer in the Israeli army during the Six Day War (1967) where he decided to become a doctor. He enrolled in the University of Milan's Medical School and graduated summa cum laude. Shortly thereafter, he gained extensive trauma experience while serving during the Yom Kippur War (1973). Dr. Katz further enhanced his formal education by obtaining degrees of CS and MS from the University of Tel Aviv. Dr. Katz is double-boarded in Surgery, a Fellow of the Israeli Surgical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of multiple other medical societies. Dr. Katz is currently the Senior VP and past Chairman of the Executive Board of the Greater Miami Hebrew Academy; the Immediate Past President of the Greater Miami chapter of Friends of the IDF; on the National Board of the FIDF; on the Board of Trustees of The Shul of Bal-Harbour; a member of the international Board of Bar Ilan University, StandWithUs, HonestReporting, Hasbara Fellowship, PJTN, Jerusalem U and has played a key role on multiple additional committees both in the United States and abroad.

Amy Kratchman

Amy Kratchman is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in the department of Finance. Prior to coming to Drexel, she worked for Blackrock Securities and Eaton Vance Management in portfolio management of fixed income securities. She also teaches and helps develop CFA course review classes for Kaplan, Schweser Corp. Amy has been a longtime volunteer for the Jewish Relief Agency and Caring Clowns of Philadelphia.

David Magerman

Mr. Magerman is a computer scientist, venture capitalist, and the Founder of the Kohelet Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to support Jewish education in the Greater Philadelphia area. Previously, he was a research scientist and Head of Production for Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund management company which manages the Medallion Fund, the Meritage Fund and the Renaissance Institutional Equities Fund. Before coming to Renaissance, David was an artificial intelligence researcher at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, developing statistical methods for understanding speech and language. David has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, along with a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S.E. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Medved

Jonathan Medved is an investor, serial entrepreneur and, according to the Washington Post, “one of Israel’s leading high-tech venture capitalists”. Medved has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups. As a venture and angel investor over the past two decades, he invested in over 100 Israeli startup companies, helping to bring over a dozen of them to values in excess of $100 million. Medved has currently over 30 startup companies in his personal angel investor portfolio, including his OurCrowd portfolio. Medved serves on the Boards of various non-profits including Ma’aleh Film School, The Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, Artists and Musicians for Israel, Bnai David Eli, chairs the Aish HaTorah Boneh Yerushalayim Dinner and serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and on the Board of Governors of the Jerusalem College of Technology.

Adam Milstein

Adam Milstein was born in Israel, served in the Israeli army during the Yom Kippur War and graduated from the Technion in 1978. Upon his arrival in the US in 1981, he enrolled in USC where he earned an MBA. Adam has been involved in Commercial real estate since 1983 and he is"www.hagerpacific.com" target="_blank">Hager Pacific Properties, a private real estate investment firm.
Adam is the co-founder of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation which supports many organizations including: The American Israel Education Foundation, which is the educational arm of AIPAC, The Israeli-American Council which has built a strong and active Israeli-American Community in Los Angeles, Taglit-Birthright Israel, StandWithUs, Hasbara Fellowships, Israel on Campus Coalition, AEPi and Sifriyat Pijama B’America that provides free Hebrew books monthly to more than 8,000 Israeli-American families nationwide.

David Shore

David Shore is the creator and executive producer of House. He has written for cult favorite Due South, NYPD Blue and EZ Streets, served as head writer and supervising producer on Traders, which he developed for Canadian television, and was part of the writing team of the Emmy Award-winning first season of The Practice. He was twice nominated for an Emmy as a producer on Law & Order and executive-produced both Family Law and Hack before creating House. House has won awards as varied as the People's Choice and the Peabody. Shore won the Humanitas Prize and an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his House episode “Three Stories.”

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is a world-renowned author of many bestsellers ranging from humor to halacha. Named as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, he is the author of many best-selling books on Judaism. Rabbi Telushkin’s books have inspired state resolutions and have been the basis for Hollywood films and television series. He lectures throughout the United States, is a spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles and is on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council.

Gordon Zacks

Gordon B. Zacks, an expert on the Middle East and staunch supporter of Israel, worked as Chairman of the Board of the NASDAQ listed company R. G. Barry Corporation, the world's largest marketer and supplier of comfort footwear. Recognized as an authority on the qualities of leadership, Zacks was a frequently sought after speaker. He served as a behind-the-scenes advisor, confidante, and friend of Vice President and then President George H. W. Bush on Israel/American relations, the Middle East peace process, Soviet Jewry, Ethiopian Jewry, and the changing political landscape of the American Jewish community. Zacks was integrally involved in a wide variety of Jewish nonprofit endeavors ranging from AIPAC to the National Republican Jewish Coalition. He founded the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, which provides pluralistic adult Jewish education in more than 60 cities in four countries around the world. He authored the book, Defining Moments: Stories of Character, Courage, and Leadership, a collection of essays on leadership. Zacks graduated from The Ohio State University in 1955 with a BA from the Fisher College of Business. He passed away on February 1, 2014 at the age of 80.

Rivka Zell

Rivka Zell is an active philanthropist with a strong focus on bringing education to the community. She maintains strong ties to Israel through the Zell Entrepreneurial Program at IDC Herzliya. This program, now in its 12th year, provides final year students a platform for business venture development with support from accomplished instructors, mentors and the business community. Rivka brings Israeli culture to Chicago through the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and serves on the Chicago boards of the Jewish National Fund (Co-VP Education and Community Affairs), CAMERA, and StandWithUs. Rivka is also actively involved in AIPAC and works closely with members of Congress to support the US-Israel relationship. Rivka Zell joins us from Chicago where she resides after being raised in Anchorage Alaska. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon.