The Team

Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern
President
Dr. Shuki Friedman
Vice President
Ita Alcalay
Project Manager

Bio

Professor Stern is President of the Jewish People Policy Institute and a full professor in the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University. He is an alumnus of the Kerem B’Yavneh hesder yeshiva (1973-1978); holds a law degree (summa cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University (1982), and a doctorate in corporate law from Harvard University (1986).

Stern has served as dean of Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Law (1994-1998), and was a Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute (1989-2000). For a decade he served as the IDI’s Vice President for Research.

His areas of expertise are corporate law (merger and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance), and public law (constitutional law, religion and state, human rights, law and halacha or Jewish law). He has lectured and been a visiting scholar at universities abroad (including Harvard, Columbia, Brandeis, and Princeton), and was Distinguished University Professor at Monash University in Australia (2009-2011).

Stern has served as advisor to the Knesset Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee; has participated in numerous committees and public entities, among them the Commission of Inquiry on the Treatment of Residents of Gush Katif (2009); the National Committee for Civic Studies (2009-2011, committee chair); the Takana Forum for the prevention of sexual harassment in the religious community (founding member); the Government Committee for Equality in the Burden of Service (2012); the Committee for Regulating Governance in Higher Education (2014). He has served on the boards of multiple companies, including (currently) that of Bank Leumi.

Stern has been awarded the Zeltner Prize for Excellence in Legal Research (2009), and the Gorny Prize for Outstanding Activity in Public Law (2012).

Professor Stern has written and edited over twenty books; has published over fifty research articles in five languages; is the coeditor (with Professor Sagi) of the journal Democratic Culture (19 volumes to date); regularly publishes essays and articles in the Israeli and international press, and is interviewed by the Israeli and international media on issues of law and society, religion and state, Judaism and democracy, Jewish identity and Israeli culture.

Born in England (1955), married to Dr. Karen Friedman-Stern, father of eight.


Read more by Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern

10/07/2021

High Court Judge Selection is Critical in Israel’s Culture War

9/19/2021

From Tribalism to Cohesion, and the Israeli Cultural War

9/01/2021

The (non-)draft law for Haredim

7/19/2021

High Court gender segregation ruling provides for ‘A Room of Their Own’

3/21/2021

The Haredim: What Was Is Not What Will Be

1/21/2021

Yedidia Z. Stern: A battle for the soul of Israel

12/25/2020

Of Whales and Members of Knesset

10/30/2020

Yitzhak’s Blood Cries Out to us from the Ground

10/23/2020

An Organized Civil Disobedience Campaign

8/17/2020

Gavison’s Last Will and Testament

7/30/2020

Tisha Be’av: A Social Tragedy From Then to Now

7/17/2020

Two Identity Cards

7/07/2020

No More Shame – No More Responsibility

5/27/2020

On the Street or in the Courtroom?

5/22/2020

The Rule of Law Over the Ruler

5/10/2020

Sanity Prevails: 11 to 0

5/08/2020

Moment of Truth for Judicial Restraint

4/24/2020

Two Hedgehogs and a Hydra

4/08/2020

The Yom Kippur of the Ultra-Orthodox

3/19/2020

Virus and Democracy

3/13/2020

Israel’s Third Elections Marks the Defeat of Rabbi Kook’s Dream

3/02/2020

What’s at Stake in This Election?

2/26/2020

A Blow to the IDF as the ‘People’s Army’

2/10/2020

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

1/13/2020

A Vote of Confidence in the Rule of Law

1/13/2020

It Boils Down to Netanyahu’s Conspiracy Theories

12/16/2019

Israeli Voters – Not Judges

12/16/2019

Only the Voters can Put a Prime Minister Out to Pasture

11/29/2019

Justice in the Courtroom, Not in the Streets

11/06/2019

Assault on Israel’s Judicial System: The Angel of History is Watching Us

11/04/2019

The Coming Capitalist Revolution

9/26/2019

In Praise of Normalcy

6/04/2019

Conversion: Joining a Religion or Joining a Nation?

5/31/2019

Solidifying the Israel-Diaspora Relationship

4/11/2019

From Isolation to Integration

4/09/2019

Celebrating Voter’s Day

4/07/2019

Too Much Religion in the Knesset?

3/24/2019

Take Great Care When You Limit Freedom of Expression

3/10/2019

Netanyahu vs. the State of Israel?

2/06/2019

Time to Vote for a Bloc!

1/17/2019

Observing the World from Our Own Perspective

1/17/2019

A Lethal Virus

11/08/2018

Beit Shemesh and Tel Aviv

9/17/2018

Are We Guilty? Are We Traitors?

8/23/2018

Rosh Hashanah: The Personal and the National

7/17/2018

Israel Is Repeating The Mistakes That Led To The Temple’s Destruction

7/02/2018

The Attack on Legal Oversight Threatens Us All

5/21/2018

Bnei Brak and Washington

2/20/2018

The Assault on the Rule of Law

1/08/2018

Who are the ultra-Orthodox?

12/20/2017

Israel: Crying or Laughing?

12/20/2017

How Much Do Diaspora Jews Matter To Israel?

11/30/2017

Are Judges Objective?

10/19/2017

Harmful Revolution: The Nation-State Bill’s Assault on Equality

9/27/2017

Ultra-Orthodox in the IDF: A Ticking Time Bomb

8/31/2017

The Voice of Our Brothers’ Blood

7/06/2017

Leviathans, Minnows and the Rule of Law

6/01/2017

Voyage to Identity

4/27/2017

Israel at 69 — Not What You Think

4/10/2017

The Festival of Freedom and Responsibility

4/01/2017

A Threat to the Foundations of Jewish Peoplehood

3/23/2017

Hijab, Kippah, Crucifix

3/20/2017

The Most Dangerous Terrorist in Israel is Someone You’ve Never Heard Of

3/06/2017

What these Conservative Supreme Court Justices Won’t Do

1/17/2017

Is Israeli Society Frail Or Flourishing?

12/27/2016

Is Israeli Society Falling Apart?

9/27/2016

Is Israeli Society Healthy or Afflicted?

9/23/2016

How to Save Israel’s Shabbat

9/08/2016

Surprised? Meet Israel’s New political Center

8/14/2016

Companions on a Shared Quest

8/11/2016

A New Approach To Dealing With Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

7/12/2016

Time to Allow Everyone to Worship at the Foot of the Temple Mount as they Wish

6/20/2016

Trump, Clinton and the King of Moab

5/11/2016

The Jewish Happiness Index

5/10/2016

Passover To Independence Day: From Miracles To Responsibility

4/14/2016

Jewish, Democratic and Equal

4/14/2016

The Moral Imperative

3/17/2016

Judicial Appointment Highlights Dramatic Changes Among Israeli Haredim

3/16/2016

The Mikveh Bill: When My Purity Means Your Impurity

12/02/2015

The Charedi Draft: Here We Go Again

10/26/2015

The Rabin Assassination and Religious Responsibility

10/19/2015

Rabin memorial into ‘Israeli Democracy Day’

9/24/2015

Praying with ‘Sinners’

9/16/2015

An Israeli Version of Repentance

8/10/2015

Should Jews Pray on the Temple Mount Today?

4/29/2015

The Haredi Draft: Snakes and Ladders

2/24/2015

The Elephant in the Room: Relations between Religion and State in Israel

2/18/2015

New Partners in the Struggle Against Terrorism

11/09/2014

Is There a Place for God in the Israeli Army?

11/04/2014

Israeli Democracy Day: Yitzhak Rabin’s Legacy for the Future

10/31/2014

Adviser or Prosecutor? Israel’s Attorney General Can’t be Both

9/22/2014

Shmita: Rest, Share, Release

8/11/2014

A Social Iron Dome for Jewish-Arab Relations

5/18/2014

The Holyland Sentencing: A Faithful City?

5/16/2014

A Jewish State Warrants Our Sacrifice

4/13/2014

The Lessons of Passover: We are the Other

3/09/2014

Is “Israeli” a Nationality?

2/16/2014

The Haredi Draft: Is the Shaked Committee’s Bill Destined to be Overturned?

11/24/2013

The Haredi Draft: Equality Now?!

11/12/2013

The Binding of the Boy from Damascus

10/31/2013

Sir Isaac Newton and the New Haredim

9/10/2013

The High Holidays: A Personal and National Time

8/27/2013

How Can We Draft the Ultra-Orthodox with Consent?

8/18/2013

The Ultra-Orthodox Draft: Crossing the Third Rubicon

7/30/2013

The Referendum Law: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

7/26/2013

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate: My Beloved Turned Away

7/18/2013

The Ultra-Orthodox Draft: A Test of the New Israeli Politics

6/15/2013

The Peri Committee Recommendations: Fanning the Flames of Haredi Extremism

5/14/2013

Conversion in Israel: From Bethlehem to Chelm to Sodom

4/14/2013

Israel at 65: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty

2/27/2013

The Haredi Draft: The Need for an Alliance of the Moderates

1/29/2013

A Coalition of Hope

12/26/2012

Habayit Hayehudi and Refusal of Orders: The Real Question

10/29/2012

Religious Zionism: Integration or Isolation?

9/20/2012

The Haredim and the State of Israel

4/24/2012

Israel Independence Day – For What Kind of State?

4/06/2012

The Allure of Miracles

3/18/2012

Justice vs. Law: King Solomon and Ivan the Terrible

2/28/2012

The Tal Law: Judicial Activism at its Height

2/22/2012

In the Aftermath of the Tal Law

1/10/2012

The Exclusion of Women and Control of the Public Sphere

11/09/2011

A Jewish and Undemocratic State?

10/24/2011

The Responsibility of a Sovereign State

10/03/2011

The Democratic Year in Review: The Knesset’s Missed Opportunity

6/20/2011

A Tragedy of Errors

5/08/2011

The Quality of Independence

2/26/2011

Religious Incitement: A Test Case for Freedom of Speech?

12/13/2010

An analysis of the proposed comprehensive counter-terrorism bill that was prepared by IDI’s Terrorism and Democracy research team and submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

10/14/2010

Loyalty is Not a Value

9/15/2010

A Boycott on Both Your Houses

9/07/2010

Judaism’s Gatekeepers

7/21/2010

Who Really Cares about Converts?

5/25/2010

From Ruth to Natasha

1/30/2010

Decade in Review: A Rocky Road for Israeli Courts

12/07/2009

Dismantling Sectarian Cities of Refuge

6/28/2009

Our False Apprehensions

5/10/2009

Right of Reply: The Jewish Case for the Israel Democracy Institute

10/29/2008

Gamblers in Disguise

10/26/2008

Executive Salaries and the Financial Crisis

9/05/2007

Orthodox Ought to Lead the Search for a Solution: How Should Israel Treat Refugees from Darfur?


Bio

Dr. Shuki Friedman is the Vice President of the Jewish People Policy Institute. He is a member of the Faculty of Law at the Peres Academic Center and formerly served as secretary of the Locker Committee for Examining the Defense Budget. He was also chairman of the government committee on the sanctions against Iran, and headed the international and foreign law department for the legal division of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.
Areas of expertise

The relationship of religion and state; processes of religionization; secular-religious-ultra-Orthodox relations; ultra-Orthodox employment; the defense budget; Islamic law; international law; the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.


Read more by Dr. Shuki Friedman

10/18/2021

Elect judges, not party loyalists

10/07/2021

Environmental Protection is a Jewish Matter of Life and Death

9/29/2021

The Secular in Israel Must Enter the Jewish Arena

9/13/2021

Israel and American Jewry – Pause a Moment before the Abyss

7/26/2021

What Israelis Want: Kosher Food at Affordable Prices

7/19/2021

The missed potential of Tisha B’Av

10/26/2020

Ultra-Orthodox Non-Compliance Rests on Fear

10/06/2020

At the Crossroads: The Ultra-Orthodox Community and Israeli Society

9/24/2020

From Politics to a Holy War

9/21/2020

Cries of Protest vs. Cries of Prayer

9/14/2020

Israeli Tribalism Will Be the Death of Us

8/03/2020

On Induction Cookers, Non-Jews and God

7/08/2020

The State of Tel Aviv is Founded

7/01/2020

Another Unnecessary War of the Jews

3/23/2020

Don’t Manage a Crisis under Threat of Investigation

2/11/2020

Our Jewish Solidarity is Eroding

1/25/2020

Rabbis in Politics—A Disaster for Both

1/19/2020

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel vs. the Jews

12/31/2019

The Decade in Review: Religion and State

9/26/2019

Jewish or Democratic? We Mustn’t Choose Between Them

8/11/2019

Solidarity is a Must for the Survival of the Jewish people

7/28/2019

Is Israel like Iran? Hardly

7/15/2019

Jewish Identity is Highly Explosive: Handle with Care

6/07/2019

DNA Tests for Jewishness

5/14/2019

The Liberal-Democratic Camp Will Keep on Losing Elections

3/25/2019

The Jewish Home Has Forgotten What It Means To Be Jewish

1/03/2019

When the Government Provides Religious Services

12/12/2018

Two Democracies for Two Peoples

11/01/2018

Faith and the City

7/16/2018

Is it time to do away with Tisha B’Av?

7/13/2018

The Nation State Bill is a Constitutional Abandonment of Diaspora Jewry

2/05/2018

How Much Should Jewish Law Control the Jewish State?

1/23/2018

From Peoplehood to Brotherhood

11/05/2017

Two Jewish Nations and the Abyss Between Them

10/15/2017

Religion Can Be the Bridge Linking Jews and Muslims

9/28/2017

Religion and State in Israel: Charting a New Course for 5778

9/27/2017

This Yom Kippur, Let’s Turn Down the Volume

9/17/2017

Is the Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly on Kashrut Over?

7/24/2017

What remains of the religious status quo?

7/06/2017

Israel’s ‘Status Quo’ On Religion Is In Chaos

5/01/2017

Battling Over Equality

4/24/2017

Personal Holocaust, Personal Responsibility

4/06/2017

Passover: Nationalism, Freedom and Humanism

9/29/2016

How To Prevent A Religious Civil War From Consuming Western Europe

9/28/2016

Rosh Hashanah Resolution

8/21/2016

Israel’s Tragedy: One Country, Separate School Systems

8/21/2016

Clinton Could Have Clout Over Israel

8/03/2016

A Holy War Over Israel’s Character

7/03/2016

The ‘Religionization’ of Israel is Troubling, but the Fears About it are Hysterical

6/23/2016

An Israeli Shabbat

6/19/2016

One Judaism, Two Nations

4/17/2016

Israel’s New Conversion Laws Give Power to the People

10/29/2015

‘Jewish and Democratic’ Even in Tough Times

8/13/2015

The End of the Chief Rabbinate?

7/16/2015

Keeping Kosher: By Faith, Not By Force

6/04/2015

An Open Letter to the New Minister of Religious Services

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Bio

Ita Alcalay worked at the Finance Minister’s Bureau for over 3 years with Prof. Yaacov Ne’eman and Dan Meridor. From 1990-1995 she worked with Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, and served at the Foreign Ministry from 1987 until 1993. She has a B.A in Political Science from Bar-Ilan University.