The Team / Former Fellows

Prof. Sergio DellaPergola
Prof. Sharon Pardo
Dr. Einat Wilf
Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Mirsky
Prof. Suzanne Last Stone
Chaya Ekstein-Koppel
Associate Fellow
Yogev Karasenty
Arielle Kandel
Matthew Gerson
Intern
Ohad Shpak
Antony Korenstein
Fellow
Nadia Ellis

Bio

Prof. Sharon Pardo (Ph.D., Ghent University, Faculty of Political and Social Studies) is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in European studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Chair of the National Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS), as well as the Chair of the Bologna Training Centre (BTC) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the co-editor of Europe and the World book series by Lexington Books. Prof. Pardo is an adjunct fellow at the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a member of the Board of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR). His research interests focus on the legal and political dimensions of European Union foreign and security policy. Prof. Pardo also has significant interest in the development of the Euro-Mediterranean region and in Israeli-European Union relations. He has published widely on these issues and is the author of Normative Power Europe Meets Israel: Perceptions and Realities (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015), and the co-author (with Joel Peters) of Israel and the European Union: A Documentary History (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012, 2014) and Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010). Prof. Pardo teaches courses on the European integration process, diplomacy and public international law.


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Dr. Einat Wilf, the Baye Foundation Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset.

Previously, Dr. Wilf served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, and a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces.

Dr. Wilf is the author of four books that explore key issues in Israeli society. Her first book, “My Israel, Our Generation”, is about Israel’s past and future from the perspective of the younger generation. Her second book, “Back to Basics: How to Save Israeli Education (at no additional cost)“, offers a detailed and feasible policy proposal for improving Israel’s education system. Her third book, “It’s NOT the Electoral System, Stupid”, demonstrates through comparative analysis why Israel’s electoral system is no worse than those of other democracies and therefore should not be changed. Her fourth and most recent book, “Winning the War of Words”, compiles her key essays on Israel and Zionism.

Dr. Wilf has a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.


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Studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. Graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, and completed his PhD in Religion at Harvard. He was an aide to Senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore and served in the Clinton Administration as a Presidential appointee in the US State Department’s human rights bureau. His has written widely on politics, culture and religion for The Economist, New Republic, Washington Post and many other publications. After the attacks of September 11 he was a chaplain for the Red Cross. His research interests are in political and social thought, comparative religion, Jewish philosophy and intellectual history. He is currently a fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and is a Contributing Editor of Jewish Ideas Daily.com.


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Suzanne Last Stone is University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She has held the Gruss Visiting Chair in Talmudic Civil Law at both the Harvard and University of Pennsylvania Law Schools, and also has visited at Princeton, Columbia Law, Hebrew University Law, and Tel Aviv Law. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School and was a Danforth Fellow in 1974 in Jewish History and Classical Religions at Yale University. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Stone clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. In addition to teaching courses in Jewish Law and Political Thought and Jewish Law and American Legal Theory, she currently teaches Federal Courts and Law, Religion and the State.

Professor Stone is the co-editor-in-chief of Diné Israel, a peer review journal of Jewish law, co-edited with Tel Aviv Law School. She is also on the editorial boards of the Jewish Quarterly Review and of Hebraic Political Studies. She is a member of the board of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the Center for Ethics of Yeshiva University, and the International Summer School in Religion and Public Life.

Professor Stone writes and lectures on the intersection of Jewish thought, legal theory, and the humanities. Her publications include: “In Pursuit of the Counter-text: The Turn to the Jewish Legal Model in Contemporary American Legal Theory,” (Harvard Law Review); “The Jewish Conception of Civil Society,” in Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society (Princeton University Press); “Feminism and the Rabbinic Conception of Justice” in Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy (Indiana University); and “Rabbinic Legal Magic” (Yale Journal of Law & Humanities). Her work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Hebrew, and Arabic.


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Mr. Karasenty holds a M.A degree in Public Policy from the Honors Bachelors program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and B.A with distinction in History of the Jewish People, Sociology and Anthropology from the same university. Mr. Karasenty is founder and a board member of several initiatives aiming to promote Israel Diaspora discourse and Judaism as a culture; in addition Mr. Karasenty is a frequent lecturer on Jewish sociological and demographical trends and a co writer of the new paradigm for Israel Diaspora relationships (commissioned by the Israeli Government).


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Arielle Kandel holds a Master’s Degree in Law (“Maîtrise”) with a specialization in Humanitarian Action and International Law from the University of Aix-Marseille III (France).

Arielle’s long-time involvement in the nonprofit sector began during her law studies, when she interned as a legal assistant at an association of help for victims of crime. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she volunteered for several months at a local non-profit in northern India, teaching English and basic computer skills to a group of young Tibetan refugees. In Israel, she worked as a legal assistant at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC), a nonprofit organization providing support and advocacy to African asylum seekers and other migrants. She also served for nearly four years as a Fellow at JPPI, conducting research and analysis and developing key assessments and action strategies for decision makers on foreign policy and issues related to diaspora and transnationalism.

As a daughter and grand-daughter of immigrants and refugees, Arielle is strongly dedicated to helping immigrants and refugees, young women in particular, better integrate their host country and achieve their potential, and she hopes to succeed in building a sustainable nonprofit organization that will serve this purpose in New York City.

Arielle is a 2015 Agents of Change of the Centre for Social Innovation in Chelsea, and a 2016 Fellow of the PresenTense NYC Fellowship.

Arielle enjoys good conversation and stinky French cheese, adventurous treks and backpacking trips, and is a dance and theater lover.


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Ohad is an Israeli lawyer by training, speechwriter for President Reuven Rivlin and the director of an NGO called ‘Forum Hashlama’, whose purpose is to shape policy with regards to issues of state and religion in Israel.

Previously, Ohad worked in the prominent law firm Shimron, Molho, Persky & Co and the Middle East Media Research Institute. Ohad was part of the political team of the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., where he focused on American foreign and security policy in Asia and Latin America and represented Israel at the Organization of American States. Prior to that, while in the Ministry of Justice Ohad assisted in preparing the Israeli Self-Assessment Report on implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Ohad also consults and writes on foreign policy, current events and public policy.


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Born in the UK, Antony Korenstein received a BA in Geography and MA in American studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before moving to Washington DC, where he served for 14 years in a variety of political and government positions. On returning to Israel in 1996, he became director of communications (later director of strategic communications) for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and played a key role in articulating the intellectual and strategic foundations for JDC’s work. He also served for six years as director of JDC’s programs in India.


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