Avinoam Bar-Yosef

Former President and Founding Director


Avinoam Bar-Yosef is the Former President and the Founding Director of the Jewish People Policy Institute. He was Chief Diplomatic Correspondent and Commentator, and later US Bureau Chief for the Ma'ariv daily newspaper. He wrote thousands of articles, weekly columns and analyses, many of them on Jewish People issues and policies. From 1999 to 2002 he served as senior advisor to then JAFI chairman Sallai Meridor. At JPPI he wrote policy papers, and published op-ed columns in the Israeli and international newspapers including the New York Times - International Herald Tribune, Ha'aretz and Ma'ariv.

Articles by Avinoam Bar-Yosef

The 2022 Annual Assessment


Prof. Yehezkel Dror

Founding President (Emeritus)


Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Club of Rome, scholar and international advisor on statecraft, governance, and policy planning. He served as a senior staff member of the RAND Corporation in the USA; Senior Advisor in the Offices of Israeli Prime Ministers and Ministers of Defense; Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study and Science Center; and senior professor at the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht.

Articles by Prof. Yehezkel Dror


Sallai Meridor


Sallai Meridor served as Israel’s Ambassador to the USA from 2006 to 2009, and as the Chairman of the Jewish Agency from 1999 to 2005. From 2011 to mid 2018, he served as the Chairperson and co founder of a cyber security focused VC fund. He currently serves as the Chairperson of a Pension and Provident fund and as a board member of several policy institutes.

He is married to Noa, father of 3 daughters, grandfather of 8 grandchildren.

Photo: Muki Schwartz

Articles by Sallai Meridor

Not On One Leg