The Team / Senior Fellows

Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern
President
Dr. Shuki Friedman
Vice President
Ita Alcalay
Project Manager
Shmuel Rosner
Senior Fellow
Ambassador Avi Gil
Senior Fellow
Dr. John Ruskay
Senior Fellow
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Michael Herzog
Senior Fellow
Dr. Dov Maimon
Senior Fellow
Prof. Steven W. Popper
Senior Fellow
Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald
Senior Fellow
Dr. Shlomo Fischer
Senior Fellow

Activity:


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

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

10/26/2020

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.

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Activity:

Head of the Pluralism and Democracy in Israel Project and the Structured World Dialogue Process


Bio

Shmuel Rosner is a Tel Aviv based columnist, editor and think tank fellow.

He is a fellow at The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI);
He is the non-fiction Editor for Israel’s largest Publishing House, Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan-Dvir;
He is Senior Political Editor for the Jewish Journal, and he writes the popular blog Rosner’s Domain;
He writes a weekly column for The International Herald Tribune \ New York Times and for Israel’s Maariv Daily.

Rosner was previously a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, and was Chief U.S. Correspondent, Head of the News Division and Head of the Features Division for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He wrote for many magazines, including Slate, Foreign Policy, Commentary, The New Republic, The Jewish Review of Books, and others.

Rosner’s book “Shtetl Bagel Baseball, on the Wonderful Dreadful State of American Jews” was published in Israel by Keter (Hebrew, 2011) and became a bestseller.


Read more by Shmuel Rosner

7/20/2021

Noam Gidron: Exploring the Differences Between the Israeli and American Political Systems

6/27/2021

Ofer Kenig: Understanding Israel’s New Government

6/20/2021

Tal Shalev: Israel’s New Government

6/14/2021

Adam Kirsch: Israeli Book week Special

6/02/2021

Sergio Della Pergola: A Demographer’s Take on the 2020 Pew Research

6/01/2021

The 2021 Arab Israeli Riots and their Consequences

5/26/2021

Dr. Shlomo Fischer: Discussing the 2020 Pew Report

5/19/2021

Discussing the Gaza Dilemma with Military Expert Michael Herzog

5/11/2021

The Jewish Camp of the Nine Percent

5/03/2021

Ryan P. Burge: The Nones

4/27/2021

Einat Nathan: My Everything

4/19/2021

Gadi Taub: Global Elites and National Citizens

4/11/2021

Gayil Talshir: Understanding Israel’s Fourth Election Results

4/08/2021

The 2021 Israel Pluralism Index: Consensus and Disagreements

3/25/2021

Rabbi Ilay Ofran: The Torah – A Psychic Turn

3/25/2021

Israeli Election: Initial Lessons

3/21/2021

Dr. Rabbi Wayne Allen: Thinking about Good and Evil

3/01/2021

The Diaspora Jewish Community, Post-Pandemic: Trends and Recommendations

2/28/2021

Natan Slifkin: Rationalist Judaism

2/21/2021

Marc Rosenstein: Contested Utopia

2/12/2021

Gershom Gorenberg: War of Shadows

2/06/2021

Leon Kass: Reading Exodus

1/30/2021

Nadav Eyal: The Worldwide Uprising Against Globalization

1/21/2021

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

1/15/2021

Ksenia Svetlova: On high heels in the Middle East

1/05/2021

Ephraim Shoham-Steiner: Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe

12/28/2020

Ohad Hemo: The future of the Palestinian’s struggle

12/21/2020

Jeremy England: Every Life Is on Fire

12/09/2020

Avi Gil: An Insider’s Look on the Life of Shimon Peres

12/03/2020

Emmanuel Navon: A Diplomatic History of Israel

11/26/2020

David L. Graizbord: The New Zionists

11/18/2020

Dan Ornstein: Cain v. Abel

11/12/2020

Professor Eytan Gilboa: The American Public and Israel in the Twenty-First Century

11/05/2020

Dr. Nurit Cohen-Levinovsky: The Rabin Legacy

10/27/2020

Chuck Freilich: The future of the US Israel connection

10/20/2020

Jacob Dayan: Will Biden be good for Israel?

10/14/2020

Aviram Halevi: On the IDF’s Top Secret Unit

10/08/2020

Rabbi Uri Regev: The 2020 Israeli State and Religion Index

9/16/2020

A guide to Social change in Israel

9/10/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be Anti Israel?

8/27/2020

Michael Herzog: Israel’s Treaty With the United Arab Emirates

8/19/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be pro Israel?

8/13/2020

Jacob Poushter: On The Global God Divide

8/09/2020

Shlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem ProtestsShlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem Protests

7/29/2020

Gil Samsonov: Who are the Israeli princes?

7/23/2020

Virtual Tisha b’Av Study Session on National and Personal Loneliness

7/22/2020

Sharren Haskel: On the Israeli Lobby to Promote Relations With Christian Communities Worldwide

7/15/2020

Alon Aranya: Introducing the show “Tehran”

7/08/2020

Jonathan Rynhold: US-Israel relations in the age of Trump

7/01/2020

Oded Revivi: Why would a settler oppose the annexation?

6/21/2020

Emi Palmor: On the Ethiopian Israeli’s struggle for equality

6/11/2020

Yoav Gelber: Is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict insolvable?

6/03/2020

Moav Vardi: Israel and the world

5/27/2020

Matti Friedman: Israel’s forgotten war

5/19/2020

Michael Herzog: Will Israel annex the west bank this summer?

5/13/2020

Akiva Bigman: The Netanyahu Doctrine

5/05/2020

Tal Schneider: Israel’s New Government

4/28/2020

Dr. Einat Wilf and Adi Shwartz – The War for the Palestinian Right of Return.

4/23/2020

2020 Pluralism Index

4/22/2020

Hizky Shoham: How Israel celebrates

4/19/2020

2020 JPPI Pluralism Index: Digital Event

4/14/2020

Dr. Shlomo Fischer and Dr. John Ruskay: JPPI’s 2019 dialogue

4/07/2020

Prof. Yair Zakovitch and Prof. Avigdor Shinan: The Song of Songs Scroll

3/31/2020

Amotz Asa-El: The Jewish March of Folly

3/24/2020

Professor Laura Rosen: How Israel is handling the Coronavirus crisis

3/18/2020

Noah Slepkov: Data analysis the election results

3/09/2020

Dr. Thamar Eilam Gindin: The history of the Book of Esther

3/01/2020

Dana Weiss: Will anything change in Israel’s third elections?

2/24/2020

Simcha Rothman: How Israel became a legalocracy

2/17/2020

Boris Dolin: The secret war between Israel and the Soviet Union

2/10/2020

Avi Gil: Thoughts on Trump’s peace plan

2/03/2020

Menachem Lazar: A pollster’s view on the upcoming Israeli elections

1/27/2020

Uri Keider: The fight for Israel’s freedom

1/21/2020

Amos Gilad: Israel’s Military and Political Challenges

1/13/2020

Meital Lehavi: Israel’s bussing revolution

12/11/2019

Uri Bar-Joseph: How to prepare for a surprise war with Iran

12/09/2019

Yair Ettinger and Shlomo Fischer: The unraveling of the national religious society

11/26/2019

Zvika Klein: Should we care about the World Zionist Organization elections?

11/21/2019

Eyal Zisser: The Middle East without America

11/04/2019

Special Crossover episode – Makom Israel Teachers Lounge

11/04/2019

Irina Nevzlin: The importance of identity

10/28/2019

Danny Ayalon: The future of the relationship between Israel and American Jewry

10/17/2019

Dr. Ido Baum: Understanding the cases against Netanyahu

9/15/2019

Yaron Dekel: Understanding the upcoming elections results

9/09/2019

Dana Weiss: Who will form the new Israeli government?

8/29/2019

Sammy Smooha: Understanding the Ashkenazi and Mizrahi divide

8/29/2019

Ronia Victor: Celebrating Tu B’Av

8/12/2019

Ze’ev Orenstein: Commemorating Tisha B’av

8/01/2019

Arieh Eldad: Is Israel fulfilling its promise?

7/24/2019

Historian Avi Shilon: What it takes to be a good Israeli leader

7/15/2019

Noya Rimalt: Gender based segregation in Haredi higher education

7/04/2019

Amos Harel: A defense analyst’s look at Israel’s current situation

6/25/2019

Dr. Liran Harsgor: Understanding the Israeli voting system

6/24/2019

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman: Is Israel a part of the Mediterranean region?

6/06/2019

Dr. Gila Vachman: Celebrating Shavuot

6/03/2019

Yaakov Katz: The story behind Israel’s 2007 attack on Syria’s nuclear reactor

5/23/2019

Roberta R. Kwall: Can you “remix” Judaism?

5/16/2019

Daniel Dunkelman: Celebrating Eurovision in Israel

5/08/2019

Dr. Joel Rappel: Is the Israeli Independence day a religious holiday?

5/01/2019

Dr. Amir Teicher: The scientific darkness behind The Holocaust

4/18/2019

Nir Braudo: A Secular Passover

4/11/2019

Ambassador Avi Gil and Dr. Shlomo Fischer: Israeli Elections Aftermath

4/03/2019

Special Election Panel 3: Knesset Member Avraham Neguise and Gil Hoffman

3/27/2019

Special Election Panel: Knesset Member Meirav Ben-Ari and Amnon Lord

3/21/2019

Rabbi Mishael Zion: A Special Purim Episode

3/17/2019

Special Election Panel: Knesset member Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin and Professor Yossi Shain

2/28/2019

Dr. Yizhar Hess: The future of the Conservative Judaism movement in Israel

2/21/2019

Brigadier General (Res.) Michael Herzog: Israel’s upcoming security challenges

2/15/2019

Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald: Is There Such a Thing As a Jewish Gene?

2/06/2019

Jonathan de Shalit: Israeli Spy Turned Mystery Author

2/01/2019

Dana Weiss: How Will We Remember Benjamin Netanyahu

1/23/2019

Avi Buskila: Is there a future for the Israeli Left?

1/17/2019

Noah Slepkov: Who are the Jewish Israelis?

1/02/2019

Dennis Ross: Geo-Political Predictions for 2019

12/21/2018

Avi Gil: Concluding 2018

12/16/2018

Hana Bendcowsky: Who are the Israeli Christians?

12/06/2018

Uzi Leibner: Is Hanukkah a religious holiday or a national one?

11/20/2018

Moshe Koppel: The key for keeping Jewish tradition alive

11/14/2018

Special Crossover Episode – Two Nice Jewish Boys

11/12/2018

Answer our survey and see where you land on the map of Israeli Judaism

11/06/2018

Yaacov Lozowick: Is America getting more anti-Semitic?

11/04/2018

Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz: Is UNRWA damaging the Palestinians?

11/04/2018

Dan Feferman: The Rise of Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

10/15/2018

Dr. Shlomo Fischer: The Real Reasons why Israeli Haredis don’t serve in the IDF

10/15/2018

Jewish Journal/JPPI Podcast

7/11/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: The Next Generation

4/10/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: the Next Generation

11/08/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division

8/24/2017

Putting the Kotel Decision in Context – Implications and Steps Forward

7/21/2017

Op-Ed: Putting the Kotel Decision in Context

7/02/2017

What JPPI’s 2017 Global Jewish Dialogue on Jerusalem Teaches us about the Kotel Crisis

5/18/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division – Interim Report

4/20/2017

2017 Pluralism in Israel Index

4/20/2017

2017 Pluralism Index Survey Results

12/15/2016

Exploring the Jewish Spectrum in a Time of Fluid Identity

5/08/2016

JPPI Launches Its Pluralism Index in Israel

5/08/2016

JPPI Pluralism Index Launch Presentation

7/23/2015

Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry

6/03/2014

Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

3/16/2014

Preliminary Findings – Jewish and Democratic: Perspectives from World Jewry

3/13/2014

The Challenge of Peoplehood: Strengthening the Attachment of Young American Jews to Israel in the Time of the Distancing Discourse

12/13/2013

‘Jews Not by Religion’

2/21/2013

“The Haredi Challenge”

1/01/2012

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

1/19/2011

Conversion: After the Dialogue and the Crisis

1/18/2011

Debating Religion and State and “Distancing”

10/30/2010

Background: Conversion, Between Crisis and Dialogue

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Bio

Ambassador Avi Gil Served as the Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from April 2001-November 2002. He also served as Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Regional Cooperation, Deputy Director-General of the Peres Center for Peace; the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Media Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Finance, and Executive Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has been closely involved in Israel’s policy-making and peace efforts, including the negotiations that led to the Oslo Accords and the peace treaty with Jordan. He is a Senior Fellow at the JPPPI and a was a close advisor to President Shimon Peres.


Read more by Ambassador Avi Gil

5/20/2021

Israel’s confrontation with Hamas is a strategic wake-up call

1/25/2021

The downside of Blinken’s encouraging confirmation hearing – opinion

12/09/2020

Avi Gil: An Insider’s Look on the Life of Shimon Peres

11/10/2020

Trump’s defeat ends the Israeli right’s long celebration

10/28/2020

No substitute for Oslo and the ‘new Middle East’ – opinion

9/02/2020

The Geopolitical Arena in the Shadow of the COVID-19 Pandemic

2/10/2020

Avi Gil: Thoughts on Trump’s peace plan

9/18/2019

The Geopolitical Arena

4/16/2019

The Evolving World Order: Implications for Israel and the Jewish People

4/11/2019

Ambassador Avi Gil and Dr. Shlomo Fischer: Israeli Elections Aftermath

2/22/2019

The Future of the Current World Order: Implications for Israel and the Jewish People

12/21/2018

Avi Gil: Concluding 2018

8/29/2018

Summary

8/29/2018

The Triangle’s Jewish Side

8/29/2018

The American Side of the Triangle

8/29/2018

The Jerusalem-Washington-American Jewry Triangle

8/29/2018

Hamas

8/29/2018

The “Ultimate Deal”

8/29/2018

The Palestinian Arena

8/29/2018

Turkey

8/29/2018

Jordan

8/29/2018

Egypt

8/29/2018

Saudi Arabia

8/29/2018

ISIS

8/29/2018

Syria

8/29/2018

Hezbollah

8/29/2018

Iran

8/29/2018

The Regional System: threats and opportunities

8/29/2018

The International System: U.S. status and performance and the implications for Israeli strategic resilience

8/29/2018

Introduction

8/29/2018

Navigating Stormy Geopolitical Arenas

2/16/2018

Will Netanyahu Surrender to the Annexation Camp?

12/18/2017

The Geopolitical Landscape – Growing Uncertainty in light of the Trump Presidency

12/04/2016

An Opportunity for a Geopolitical Adjustment

2/21/2016

Op-Ed: The Truth from the U.S.

5/10/2015

Geopolitical Challenges and the New Government

2/04/2015

Op-Ed: Democratic Crisis or Jewish Catastrophe?

8/07/2014

2014 – A Strategic Crossroads

6/03/2014

Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

3/11/2014

2014 – A Strategically Decisive Year

9/07/2013

The Renewed Peace Talks

2/01/2011

A Permanent Agreement: The Jewish Dimension

10/14/2010

Background: Mideast Peace, the Jewish Dimension

1/01/2010

2030: Alternative Futures for the Jewish People


Bio

John S. Ruskay came to UJA-Federation in 1993 and held several positions before being appointed Executive Vice President and CEO in October 1999, serving in this role until July 2014. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968, Dr. Ruskay earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University. He served as Educational Director of the 92nd Street Y from 1980 to 1985, and Vice Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America from 1985 to 1993.

Dr. Ruskay has written extensively and speaks nationally on how the American Jewish community can most effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities of living in an open society; the critical role of Jewish philanthropy; and the central role of community. He has served as a senior consultant to the Wexner Foundation and The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, and has chaired the Publication Committee of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service and the Professional Advisory Committee of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

Dr. Ruskay has received numerous honors, including the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program, the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award from the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America, and honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2011), Hebrew Union College (2103), and Yeshiva University (2014).

The Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership is being established to provide in-service professional enrichment for the next generation of communal leaders.
Dr. Ruskay is married to Robin Bernstein; together they have five children and seven grandchildren.


Read more by Dr. John Ruskay

5/03/2021

Antisemitism and its Impact on Jewish Identity

4/12/2021

Israel Advocacy and Israel Education — Leadership Must Decide

9/10/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be Anti Israel?

8/19/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be pro Israel?

4/14/2020

Dr. Shlomo Fischer and Dr. John Ruskay: JPPI’s 2019 dialogue

4/05/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora: Expanding Civic and Political Engagement

3/25/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora

9/05/2018

After 70 Years: Examining US Philanthropy to the American Jewish Community and to Israel

7/11/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: The Next Generation

4/10/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: the Next Generation

11/08/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division

7/02/2017

What JPPI’s 2017 Global Jewish Dialogue on Jerusalem Teaches us about the Kotel Crisis

5/18/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division – Interim Report

12/15/2016

Exploring the Jewish Spectrum in a Time of Fluid Identity

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Head of the de-legitimization project


Bio

Brigadier General (Res.) Herzog is a senior fellow at JPPI and currently heads an extensive project on confronting the de-legitimization phenomena. He rose through the military ranks to become head of the IDF’s strategic planning division and one of Israel’s prominent experts on strategic, military and intelligence matters.

Over the last decade General Herzog has held senior positions in the office of Israel’s Minister of Defense, under four ministers and was the Chief of Staff to Minister Ehud Barak. In those positions, he was at the center of Israeli decision-making on all key strategic, defense and political issues. General Herzog is also a military fellow at the Washington Institute, where he published extensively on Middle Eastern affairs. General Herzog is the son of the late president of Israel, Chaim Herzog.


Read more by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Michael Herzog

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(עברית) אחראי על דסק אירופה במכון


Bio

Senior Fellow at JPPI, Dov Maimon leads the “Grand Strategy toward Islam” project, the “Israel-Diaspora New Paradigm” project and the Institute’s activities in Europe.

Among his action-oriented work, he is a member of the Advisory Committee for Improving access to Ultra-Orthodox to Higher Education chaired by Professor Manuel Trajtenberg. He is also the author of the Action Plan for bringing the developing mass migration of French Jews to Israel. Commissioned by governmental agencies, the plan was adopted by the Israeli Cabinet on June 22nd 2014.

Born in Paris, he earned a B.Sc. from the Technion (Haifa, Israel), a MBA from Insead (Fontainebleau, France), a M.A in Religious Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Islamic and Medieval Studies from the Sorbonne University. He is a laureate of the prestigious prize “Grand Prix du chancelier des universites 2005” awarded to the best French PhD work in Literature and Human Sciences. He is also a graduat of the Mandel School of Educational Leadership. Formerly an High-Tech industry entrepreneur, Dov is teaching at the School of Business Administration of the Ben Gurion University.


Read more by Dr. Dov Maimon

7/21/2021

Is the Future of European Jewry in Danger?

7/21/2021

Is the Future of European Jewry in Danger?

5/09/2021

Climate Change and the Jewish Question

9/08/2020

Integrated Index: Anti-Semitism

4/05/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora: Expanding Civic and Political Engagement

3/08/2018

An Integrated Jewish World Response to Israel’s Migrant Challenge

12/08/2016

Comprehensive Three-Dimensional Index on anti-Semitism in Europe

3/23/2015

JPPI’s Emergency Plan for French Aliyah

11/28/2013

The Cultural Dimension of Jewish European Identity

2/21/2013

“The Haredi Challenge”

8/23/2012

The Circumcision Crisis

1/03/2012

The Jews of France in 2030

1/01/2012

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

3/07/2011

Arevut, Responsibility and Partnership

2/21/2011

Muslim Anti-Semitism

2/02/2011

Back to the Future, European Jewry

10/01/2010

Background: European Jewry in 2030

12/28/2009

Muslim Anti-Semitism: The Challenge and Possible Responses


Bio

STEVEN W. POPPER, (Ph.D., Economics, UC Berkeley, 1985; B.S. summa cum laude, Biochemistry, U of Minnesota, 1976) is a RAND Senior Economist and Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also director of RAND’s Israel Initiative. He has published research on the economics of innovation — particularly how organizations both public and private identify and incorporate technological change. He led RAND’s first Summer Institute, a week-long workshop on science, technology and U.S. economic competitiveness. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Associate Director of RAND’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (S&TPI.) He provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the executive branch. His work included projects on the economic and social returns to basic research, assessing critical technologies (including principal authorship of the Fourth U.S. National Critical Technologies Review,) policy analyses of national innovation systems, evaluations of federal R&D portfolios relevant to the Global War on Terror, determining the S&T capabilities required for a prospective Department of Homeland Security, technical barriers to international trade (for the National Institute of Standards and Technology,) federal R&D portfolio decisionmaking (for the National Science Board and the World Bank,) and Presidential transition documents on S&T issues of national importance.

Dr. Popper is currently leading projects on better integration of technology assessment into transportation planning for the Transportation Research Board and has recently competed studies on energy strategy in Israel and science and technology-based economic development in Mexico City. He has now begun a new project to work with Israel’s police on domestic policing issues. He was active in founding projects of the RAND Pardee Center for Longer-Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. This included co-authorship of the flagship study, Shaping the Next Hundred Years, which provides a new methodological framework for decision making under profound uncertainty that has been applied to an increasing set of policy issues. In particular, he has advised doctoral dissertations applying these concepts to issues in R&D planning and S&T policy. Dr. Popper has conducted research for, and has served as consultant to, several non-U.S. governments as well as multilateral international organizations such as OECD and the World Bank on issues of technology planning, industrial restructuring, and regional economic development. Prior to joining RAND he worked as a researcher in physical chemistry and enzymology, as Country Account Officer for Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia at Bank of America, and as consultant to the World Bank on issues of industrial restructuring in East Europe. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the AAAS Policy Council representing the Industrial Science and Technology section, and is a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.


Read more by Prof. Steven W. Popper

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History of the Jewish Civilization and head of JPPI’s work regarding India and China.


Bio

S.Wald was born in 1936 in Milan, Italy. He grew up in Basel, Switzerland where he studied social sciences, history, and history of religions, graduating in 1962 as Ph.D. In 1964 he joined the Paris-based OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) where he stayed until his retirement in 2001. His career spanned education, technological innovation, science and technology policy, energy research policy and biotechnology policy. He was Head of the OECD/DSTI Biotechnology Unit. He joined the JPPPI in 2002 and worked on Jewish/Israeli relations with China; science and technology; and the history of Jewish civilization. Currently he reviews India-Israel-Jewish People links.

Three Reports written for JPPPI:
– China and the Jewish People – Old Civilizations in a New Era, Jerusalem 2004.
– “Science and Technology and the Jewish People”, JPPPI Annual Assessment 2005, Jerusalem 2005.
– Jewish Civilization at the Crossroads – Lessons from the History of Rise and Decline, to appear in 2010.

Three Research Papers written outside JPPPI:
– “China and Israel”, Encyclopedia Judaica, Second Edition, ed. Fred Skolnik, Vol. 4, Farmington Hills, 2007.
– “The ‘Confucianisation’ of the Jewish Community of Kaifeng: Jewish and Non-Jewish Historical Perspectives”, The Jews in Asia – Comparative Perspectives, ed. Pan Guang, Center of Jewish Studies Shanghai, The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 2007.
– “Chinese Jews in European Thought”, Youtai – Presence and Perception of Jews and Judaism in China, ed. Peter Kupfer, FASK, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, ed. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2008.


Read more by Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald

2/17/2021

Jewish Creativity Across the Ages – What About the Corona Age?

10/29/2020

Must Israel ‘support Washington to face down Beijing?’ – analysis

3/31/2020

The Global Positions of China and the US, Before and After the Coronavirus Crisis

3/20/2020

China’s Rise, US Opposition and the Implications for Israel

2/15/2019

Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald: Is There Such a Thing As a Jewish Gene?

10/02/2018

On Genetics and Jewish History

9/06/2018

The Innovation Challenge

9/05/2018

Israel’s Long Road to Asia

1/23/2018

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s landmark visit to India

12/10/2017

India’s Israel relations, the Middle East and China

9/13/2017

Creativity and the Factors that drive Intellectual and Cultural Achievements

6/27/2017

India, Israel and the Jewish People – Book Launch Closing Remarks

6/19/2017

India, Israel and the Jewish People

2/10/2014

Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald – Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Lessons for the Jewish People

12/14/2004

Policy Paper: China and the Jewish People

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Head of the Annual Assessment project


Bio

Dr. Shlomo Fischer teaches sociology in the School of Education at Hebrew University and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.He is also currently a research fellow at the Van Leer Institute. His research interests include the nexus of religion, politics and class in Israel, contemporary religion and the sociology of the Jewish people. He has published extensively on radical religious Zionism and the West Bank settlers as well as on the Shas movement.

Fischer has worked in the field of education for the past 25 years. In the past 10 years he has worked in the field of religion, democracy and tolerance. He has edited (together with Adam Seligman) The Burden of Tolerance: Religious Traditions and the Challenge of Pluralism (Hebrew; HaKibbutz Hameuchad and the Van Leer Institute, 2007) which addresses these issues. From 1996-2007 he was the founder and Executive Director of Yesodot – Center for Torah and Democracy which works to advance education for democracy in the State-Religious school sector in Israel and was also one of the founders and is on the Board of the International Summer School for Religion and Public Life which is based in Boston, Mass. He is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.


Read more by Dr. Shlomo Fischer

6/01/2021

One, Two, or Three Jewish Identities among Jewish Americans?

5/26/2021

Dr. Shlomo Fischer: Discussing the 2020 Pew Report

5/03/2021

Antisemitism and its Impact on Jewish Identity

4/28/2021

Why is it so Hard to Order Religion and State Relations in Israel?

8/09/2020

Talmud vs. Kabbalah: Religion, Theology, History, Philosophy, Sociology

8/09/2020

Shlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem ProtestsShlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem Protests

4/14/2020

Dr. Shlomo Fischer and Dr. John Ruskay: JPPI’s 2019 dialogue

4/05/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora: Expanding Civic and Political Engagement

3/25/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora

4/11/2019

Ambassador Avi Gil and Dr. Shlomo Fischer: Israeli Elections Aftermath

10/15/2018

Dr. Shlomo Fischer: The Real Reasons why Israeli Haredis don’t serve in the IDF

9/19/2017

The Rise of Orthodoxy and Political-Cultural Polarization within the Jewish Community in the U.S.

6/06/2017

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

6/05/2017

Raising Jewish Children: Research and Indications for Intervention

12/14/2016

Religious Zionism in Israel Today: Toward the Center

12/14/2016

Zionism and Jewish Identity

12/14/2016

After the Zionist Revolution: Patterns of Jewish Collective Identity among Israeli Jews

5/08/2016

JPPI Launches Its Pluralism Index in Israel

3/14/2016

Op-Ed: Understanding Pew- Factoring in Israeli culture

10/11/2015

Op-Ed: The New Jewish Underground

3/16/2014

Implications of the Pew Report

11/24/2013

Who are the “Jews by Religion” in the Pew Report?

9/18/2013

Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman – Three Decades of Patrilineal Descent in American Reform Judaism

1/01/2012

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

10/13/2010

Alberto Milkewitz – The Status of Brazilian Jewry